20 Oct 15
Over a thousand Falun Gong practitioners from around the world participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles, CA., Oct. 15. Many held pictures of Falun Gong practitioners killed in the persecution. -TOT
Practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong held a candlelight vigil outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles on Oct. 15, 2015.
The vigil, which was attended by over a thousand Falun Gong practitioners from 36 nationalities, commemorated those killed by the Chinese Communist Party in a 16-year-long campaign aimed at eradicating the spiritual practice, and called for an end to the persecution.
Falun Gong practitioners young and old held glowing white cups as they sat in neat rows that stretched into the distance, outside the Consulate-General of China. Many had in front of them pictures of family members or friends who had been killed in the persecution in China.
Carolle Caza from Montreal, Canada, a practitioner of eight years, said she felt “very strong energy and powerful feelings inside” at the vigil. Caza, 63, who had attended a similar vigil in Washington D.C. last year, said the event was “a solemn and sacred moment.”
“We don’t have to speak anything, but we understand each other,” she said.
Estre Cota, Caza’s friend from Montreal, added that the vigil was important because “we have to show everyone why we are here,” that is, to tell the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution of it, she said.
Also at the vigil was Yang Qing from Chicago. Yang recalls a simpler, more innocent time in China when he used to be the contact person for a Falun Gong practice site at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, and wonders why the Chinese communist regime had to “mercilessly” suppress Falun Gong, a meditation practice that helped him quit smoking, and kept his family and friends healthy.
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