The atmosphere on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in greater New York area was electric as almost a thousand people took part in a stunning parade on Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn. It is the third-largest Chinese community in New York City.
The Tian Guo Marching Band led the parade with joyful music while over a hundred members dressed in golden yellow satin suits demonstrated Falun Gong exercises, performed a traditional Chinese lion dance, dragon dance. Banners were held high to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Mr. Zhou, owner of a store on 8th Avenue, and a friend Mr. Lin praised the performances. “It’s great that Falun Gong performs here every year, the march is full of positive energy.”
Mr. Chen an entranced spectator filmed the performance. “This is a Chinese march,” he said proudly, “Very impressive. I will watch it again at home.”
Chinese Quit the Communist Party
The brutal persecution has been happening in China for twenty years. Through the practitioners’ tireless work their efforts have achieved a lot, as many residents in Brooklyn’s Chinese community now know about the plight of Falun Gong in China.
Mr. Jiang a kind supporter told a reporter, “Falun Gong improves people’s mind and body, but the government suppresses them and even forcibly harvests their organs. It’s against humanity. I support their peaceful resistance.”
Ms. Dong Yanxin another spectator said, “When I was little, I believed the Chinese government and misunderstood Falun Gong. Now, I know that Falun Gong practitioners are good and kind people.”
When asked if she wanted to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations, she said, “The Communist Party persecutes a lot of people of good faith. I was a member of the Young Pioneers, and now I quit.”
Chinese spectators were happy to see the parade in their community. “It’s exciting,” Ms. Wu said, “You cannot see it in China. It’s great that Falun Gong can freely make their voices heard here.”
Li Xiang, a young man who moved to the U.S. from China two years ago, shared that he didn’t know much about Falun Gong but now he has learned so much.“The march shows portraits of people who were tortured to death,” he said, “It is wrong to persecute good people.”
More than 400 Chinese quit the Communist Party and its youth organizations.
New Year Event in Brooklyn
Three weekends before the parade, during the Chinese New Year season, there was another event on Eighth Avenue, where nearly 300 Chinese quit the Party.
Practitioners passed out new year gifts—colorful balloons printed with “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” as well as booklets introducing the meditation and spiritual practice in Chinese.