May 13, 2022, is the 23rd “World Falun Dafa Day” and the 30th anniversary of the spread of Falun Dafa. In addition, there are related celebrations all over the world.
According to Chinese language media Da Ji Yuan, Falun Gong practitioners in the UK held activities to celebrate the occasion in London, including gatherings, parades, waist drum performances, and dragon dances on May 7. The atmosphere was lively, attracting tourists to take pictures and stop to watch.
Several British politicians sent congratulatory messages and strongly condemned the Chinese regime’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong. The politicians emphasized that freedom of religion and belief are basic and inalienable human rights to which every person is entitled.
Baroness Janet Fokes wishes the rally a success. She said, [quote] “The principle of truth, kindness and tolerance advocated by Falun Dafa is of fundamental significance to all civilized societies and is well worth celebrating. I hope that more societies and countries will follow these principles in practice.”
In addition, Baroness Caroline Cox said in her congratulatory letter, [quote] “There is great admiration for the fulfillment of Truth, Kindness and Forbearance and for the help provided to so many people. I am also deeply disturbed by the suffering of so many people—the reports of imprisonment, torture, electroshock and organ harvesting are appalling.” [end quote]
Ian Murray, a British member of parliament, wrote, “the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China was intolerable. He added that the Chinese government should be held accountable. In addition, their actions violate all international laws and norms, and the international community should unite against the persecution of Falun Gong.
Congressman Cat Smith fully supports Falun Dafa practitioners. She strongly condemns the persecution of freedom of religion and belief by the Chinese communist regime. She said that the systematic and violent oppression of people’s religious beliefs is a major tragedy of this era. [quote] “We are gathered today to raise people’s awareness of the persecution of religious beliefs sweeping China, and we defend dignity and justice.”
Tom, a British human rights activist who initially participated in a rally in support of Ukraine, spoke to Chinese language media Da Ji Yuan. Tom said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doesn’t like people who believe in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance because it is against their atheist values and beliefs. He added that the CCP had violently controlled the mainland for over seventy years.
Moreover, Luo Yuan, a representative of the event organizer, said that Falun Dafa spreads “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” adding that practitioners demonstrate the values in their daily words and deeds.
According to Luo Yuan, Falun Dafa makes people healthy and calm in mind and enables them to better understand the meaning of life.
Zhang Pu, a Chinese writer, living in the UK, said that the vitality of Falun Gong comes from its belief in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. According to Zhang Pu, more than 100 million people in more than 140 countries and regions worldwide practice Falun Gong.
Zhang Pu mentioned a friend who was the county party committee’s secretary and practiced Falun Gong. Unfortunately, this person was arrested and detained in China. However, after he came out, he insisted on clarifying the truth to the world. Zhang Pu was very moved by this and was proud of Falun Gong.
Xiwang Zhisheng, a Chinese language media outlet, reported on some practitioners’ stories and how their life had changed after practicing Falun Gong.
Tina said that she learned the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong in the UK. However, Tina didn’t realize that the Chinese regime had deceived her until she read the main book of Falun Dafa. For more than six years, Tina has followed Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in her life and work and feels that her body and spirit have greatly improved.
A practitioner named Zhou is in her 70s and looks very young. The parade route is long, but she walks fast. Zhou said that she was not in good health before but that she had benefited both physically and mentally after cultivating.
According to Linh Nguyen, a Vietnamese practitioner, the values of Falun Dafa teach us to be good people and find our problems instead of condemning others. As a result, she experiences considerable changes in her mind, and her life is more meaningful now.