Falun Dafa March in Melbourne, Australia, described as an example of a “peaceful” protest


Melbourne, Australia — A particular group stands out in the chaos and is peaceful to the locals in a protest planned in what was called the “most vibrant” city on July 9. I delivered a message.

The message was “Falun Dafa is good.”

The purpose of the march, which has remained unchanged since July 20, 1999, was to remind practitioners of the Falun Dafa, who suffered and died due to persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and to raise human awareness in progress. Call on Chinese practitioners today for human rights atrocity and help to end this persecution.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient spiritual practice of the Buddhist tradition that includes a gentle movement and a set of teachings based on the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance.

On the way to raise awareness

Starting from Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens, the Farndafa Group is led by a Tianguo marching band, followed by floats, waist drums, fan dancers, banners, gentle exercise practitioners, and women in white. He carried a wreath to commemorate them and died in China.

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Women in white clothes are holding garlands in Melbourne, Australia, on July 9, 2022, to commemorate a practitioner who died during the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Chen Ming / The Epoch Times)

There were also flags stating, “23 years of persecution must be done now,” “Falun Dafa teaches truth, compassion, and forgiveness,” and “ends communism and saves humanity.”

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A Falun Dafa practitioner holding a banner while walking on Spring Street in Melbourne, Australia during the commemorative event on July 9, 2022. (ChenMing / Epoch Times)

The Falun Dafa Group marches along Spring Street, along Little Bourke Street in Chinatown, through Swanston Street, and later at Fed Square, where passers-by beat and orchestra melody echoes. We were greeted by curious business owners and customers, and cheers. Through the streets of the city.

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The general public will take pictures and observe the procession of Falun Dafa in Chinatown on July 9, 2022. (Chen Ming / Epoch Times)

The peaceful procession also moved some members of the Victorian police, one official told NTD reporters that this was “an example of how a peaceful procession should take place.”

The peaceful procession is in stark contrast to the recent protests in Melbourne, where there were fierce clashes between groups and with members of the Victoria Police.

In an email to the Epoch Times, Victoria police saw the presence of visible police on July 9, but due to numerous planned protests and demonstrations, “maintain security and secure the area. And prevent security disturbances. “There was no problem with Falun [Gong] parade. “

“Relief and correction” for the cruel persecution of CCP

Since July 20, 1999 (the day former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin announced the ban on the Falun Gong Act), millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained in prisons and detention facilities nationwide, where torture and forced organ removal. Is being done.

According to Katrina Lands Sweat, a former chairman of the United States Commission on International Religion (USCIRF), when addressing human rights issues in China, the focus should be on forced organ removal by Falun Gong practitioners.

“First, we need to focus on that. [because] It’s one of the most horrifying crimes you can imagine, “Swett said on EpochTV.China Insider“program.

“But that’s also very specific. When they hear about it, it’s what people are. [will get] I was shocked and got sick. “

At a rally in Fed Square, Democratic Labor Party Gerald Flood offered some solutions to Australians.

“First, we must take the opportunity to condemn and refute the flow of lies and deception of the CCP and its agents,” he said.

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DLP’s Gerard Flood will be speaking at the Falun Dafa Rally on July 9, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (ChenMing / Epoch Times)

Second, Flood proposes to launch a campaign to apply “new corporate government requirements” to organizations, institutions, institutions, and cooperation. Transplantation, forced labor, slavery, torture, political persecution, genocide. “

“This program will be set up correctly for the medical responsibilities, transplant agencies and professionals needed to respect human rights to prevent serious abuse and misconduct,” said Flood.

“The CCP must be liquidated for world peace, and most urgently for the relief and remedy of the cruel persecution of the CCP.”

Appeal to the government

Also speaking at the rally was Liberal Democratic Party Parliamentarian David Limbrick, who spoke to Australians about people who had lost their freedom from other countries and asked, “Why do we have this freedom?” I urged them to better understand why we want them. To protect them in the first place. “

“I praise all those who have bravely stood up to defend religious freedom, and many who have bet their lives on helping those who have been persecuted or come, such as those of the Falun Dafa in China. I would like to go to Australia and make Australia my hometown to escape persecution. I welcome you, “said Limbrick.

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Liberal Democratic Party Rep. David Limbrick will speak at the Falun Dafa Rally in Melbourne, Australia on July 9, 2022. (ChenMing / Epoch Times)

Among those who went to China to appeal for the end of persecution were Jarod and Emma Hall, who went to protest Tiananmen Square in March 2001.

“The reason I went was because I always learned at school about the atrocities that happened in Germany in the 1940s, the genocide in Rwanda, the Tiananmen Square, and other things that happened all over the world,” Jarod said. rice field.

“I was always wondering if you were there, I was the one who did the right thing, or the one who took care of me and bowed down and did nothing about the terrible things that were happening. “

When both Jarod and Emma had the opportunity to go to Tiananmen Square in 2001, Jarod said it was an opportunity to do the “right thing.”

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Australian Falun Gong practitioners Emma (left) and Jarod Hall (right) will speak at the Falun Dafa Rally in Melbourne, Australia on July 9, 2022. (ChenMing / Epoch Times)

“It was barely enough, but the memory of standing at Tiananmen Square is clear and strong,” he recalls.

“I was standing at Tiananmen Square and could see pictures of Mao Zedong and didn’t feel like a tourist.

“And I thought of all the Chinese (Falun Gong) practitioners who sacrificed freedom, sacrificed health to protect human rights, and sacrificed life. And as a Westerner, where am I? I knew I wasn’t making any sacrifices. It’s about the same. “

After that, both Jarod and Emma pulled out a banner with the words “Falun Dafa Hao” (Falun Dafa is good) sewn on the collar of the coat.

“It wasn’t that much, but it’s one of the things I’ve done in my life and I’m most proud of it,” said Jarrod, and his actions are a legacy to his future generations. I added that I would leave it.

Explanation of persecution

Angel, a Chinese Falun Gong practitioner from Shenyang, talked about how she was persecuted after going to Tiananmen Square in July 2000 to protest with three other practitioners.

Within seconds of the complaint, they were forcibly taken away by police.

Then in 2001, the angel was illegally kidnapped and taken to a brainwashing class.

“I did a hunger strike to protest the persecution, and some people pushed me into the chair to force me to feed. When they pulled out the tube, blood on it There was. After the hunger strike, my blood pressure was so low that they asked my family to take me home, “she said.

Repeated persecution in March 2004, she was on the verge of death. The angel then came to Australia to escape the persecution of the CCP.

“Why do I and my family suffer so much because I believe in truth-compassion-patience? When do you go to work, learn the teachings of Falun Dafa, and feel at ease like a normal person? Will you be able to exercise? In China, religious freedom is a priority and a luxury, “she said.

Other speakers at the rally were Van Hui-chan of the Victoria Chapter of the Australian Falun Dafa Association, Peter Westmore, former President of the National Citizens’ Council, Luang Jie, editor of the Tiananmen Square Incident, Chairman of the Democracy Party of China, and a Chinese speaker. It was Gao Jiang. Other officials who could not speak at the rally but sent letters of support were Democratic Labor Party Bernie Finn and Australian Greens Senator Jordan Steele.

Henry Jom


Henry Jom is a reporter reporting on local news based in Australia. Contact him at [email protected].