PureInsight | June 19, 2015
On May 17, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners celebrated the 23rd anniversary of Falun Dafa, which has spread to more than 100 countries and benefited over 100 million people. There was a group practice and stage show at the Municipal Square in Toronto. Several political VIPs showed up to celebrate and spoke loudly with Falun Gong practitioners: “Falun Dafa is good.”
Several political VIPs spoke onstage after watching the show. They praised Falun Gong’s ideas of Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truth-Compassion-Tolerance), condemned the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP and called for an end to the persecution.
Photo description: Group practice of Falun Gong practitioners at Municipal Square of Toronto
Photo description: Toronto Falun Gong practitioners celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the spread of Falun Dafa at Municipal Square of Tornoto on 17th May, 2015
Little Falun Dafa disciple performing handkerchief dance
Photo description: Political VIPs hailed with Falun Gong practitioners: “Falun Dafa is good!”
Photo description: Grand parade starting midday and departing from Municipal Square, headed by the grandiose Paradise Marching Band
Photo description: Parliament member Jack Maclaren from Ontario walking in the parade while holding a banner with Falun Gong practitioners
Photo description: Parliament member Jack Maclaren saying in his speech: “The beautiful values of Falun Gong are also the values of good people all over the world”
The grand parade began at noon. Led by the majestic Paradise Marching Band, the procession started from the Municipal Square, walked from downtown Toronto to China Town and back twice. Parliament member Jack Maclaren from Ontario held a banner with Falun Gong practitioners and walked in the procession. Many passersby took photos and accepted flyers. More people learned the truth.
The activity ended at 3 pm.
“The beautiful values of Falun Gong are also the values of good people all over the world.”
Parliament member and chairman of Friends of Falun Gong in Parliament Peter Kent said in his speech: “Through abiding to the philosophy of truth-compassion- tolerance, through meditation and suave practicing movements, Falun Dafa has brought healthy bodies and spiritual sublimation to countless people in the world.”
Photo description: Parliament member and chairman of Friends of Falun Gong in Parliament Peter Kent saying in his speech: “Falun Dafa has brought healthy bodies and spiritual sublimation to countless people in the world.”
“You have the beautiful values of truth-compassion-tolerance”, said parliament member Jack Maclaren from Ontario in his speech. “You meditate, practice, pursue spirit, morality and body health; you are humble, selfless… the beautiful values of yours are also the values of Canada. I would say these are also values of good people all over the world.”
“The principles of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance are universal values.” He said that this philosophy of thinking about others is the value of all nations and religions around the world. Falun Gong benefits the society without any harm.
Maclaren said: “This（value）is the core of all that we are representing.”
“You are the strongest people in the world”
Canadian senator Thanh Hai Ngo said that Falun Gong practitioners’ anti-persecution efforts have lasted for 16 years. “We think the Chinese authority must accept the existence of Falun Dafa and allow them to practice in China.”
Photo description: Canadian senator Thanh Hai Ngo
“The CCP fears these believers.” He said the CCP suppresses any belief, especially a belief that has so many believers.
Maclaren said it can be seen from the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP that “the CCP fears Falun Gong practitioners very much because they are free people practicing the way of cultivation they believe in.” Because free people are not controlled by an autocratic government such as the CCP, they are the “most feared” people of the autocratic government.
“You have the courage to believe. You stick to your belief and won’t give up your belief under menace.” He said, “I got to know in my past three and a half years’ parliament membership that you are the strongest people in the world.”
Maclaren said, the efforts of Falun Gong practitioners are changing China. They will make it. “It’s my honor to be with you until that day (when you succeed).”
“Only by respecting people’s beliefs can a country be successful”
Kent expressed the government’s support to Falun Gong practitioners. He said the Canadian government has always been calling for the Chinese authority to protect their citizens’ freedom of speech, gathering and religious belief, including Falun Gong practitioners’ freedom. Canada is offering help to anyone in need through diplomatic means.
He said that the Canadian government is now making efforts to rescue Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaobo, the father of Canadian citizen Li Zhe, who was jailed (by the CCP). Canada is pushing for his release from the unjust verdict. Because the Canadian government knows that Falun Gong practitioners are law-abiding citizens and contribute a lot to the Canadian society.
Photo description: Canadian parliament member Brad Butt
Canadian parliament member Brad Butt said Canada is a great country, one reason being that people’s beliefs are respected. “We must guard these Canadian values and spread it to countries like China. Only by respecting people’s beliefs, can a country be successful.”
“I believe you can make it, because you are conducting a righteous cause”
The former Canadian senator Consiglio Di Nino said the freedom of speech and religious beliefs that can be enjoyed in many countries have not yet been seen in China. “There seems to be a little bit of dawn light coming from the end of the tunnel.”
Photo description: The former Canadian senator Cosiglio Di Nino
He expressed that he was happy to see many CCP officials who participated in persecuting Falun Gong punished because they violated the law.
“I believe you (Falun Gong practitioners) can make it because you are conducting a righteous cause. What you are asking for are just basic human principles.” Dino said people who believe in basic human principles all over the world should all come out to support.
He said: “Perhaps we can celebrate (Falun Dafa) in China in the near future.”
Translated from: http://news.zhengjian.org/node/25895