SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Dressed in yellow and standing six feet apart, Falun Dafa practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area commemorated July 20 differently this year.

Normally, practitioners of the Chinese meditation discipline known as Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) hold a parade on or around July 20, the anniversary of the day in 1999 when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to violently persecute Falun Dafa.

The persecution has continued for the past 21 years, and so have practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness of it.

This year, because of the pandemic, they raised awareness by gathering in smaller groups in their local areas.

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Falun Dafa practitioners do a meditative standing up exercise at Marina Recreation area in San Leandro, Calif., on July 18, 2020. (Ilene Eng/The Epoch Times) Epoch Times Photo

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Falun Dafa professionals meditate at Marina Recreation area in San Leandro, Calif., on July 18, 2020. (Ilene Eng/The Epoch Times)

Over a span associated with three days, practitioners within San Leandro, San Jose, and San Francisco set up details tables at their nearby parks and did the particular five exercises of Falun Dafa together. The workouts involve gentle movements plus meditation.

“ All of these people are kindhearted due to the principles — truthfulness, compassion, and escape. And yet they are so brutally persecuted, and we want to provide this up to everybody’ h attention, ” Samuel Zhang, a systems engineer, informed The Epoch Times.

He has been exercising Falun Dafa since 99, and he feels that it has profited his mind and body.

Vijay Kumar, an application developer at Clara Analytics, Inc., started practicing this a few months ago. He recently discovered the significance of July twenty.

He experienced that his interest in other forms of movement and workout come and go.   “ But if you really find out about Falun Dafa and if you will the exercises— do it for just one week, and I don’ capital t think you’ ll return, ” Kumar said.

He also discovered the CCP’ s offences against practitioners. In Tiongkok, the CCP has persecuted practitioners by subjecting these to harassment, imprisonment, torture, and also death.

“ Someone told me about . I looked into it and saw how kind of major it was. Until then, We don’ t know when it’ s just me personally, out of my ignorance, yet I never really heard about this, ” Kumar said.

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Falun Dafa practitioners keep signs at Townsend Recreation area in San Jose, Calif., on July 18, 2020, to raise awareness of the Chinese language Communist Party’ s criminal offense of forced organ collection against Falun Dafa professionals. (David Lam/The Epoch Times) Epoch Times Photo

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A sign sits on top of a parade car upon July 18, 2020. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

With signs on top of their own cars, Falun Dafa professionals created a car parade through Townsend Park to  99 Ranch Market in San Jose, California. They went to Costco, H Mart, Sea Supermarket, Safeway, Marina Grocery store, and Lion Supermarket along the way.

Practitioners each old and young turned out to join the activities. “ I believe it’ s important mainly because it’ s a way to keep in mind the people who were persecuted just for something that they believed within, ” 16-year-old Kaitlyn Li told The Epoch Instances.

Daren Chou, a student at San Jose State University, told The particular Epoch Times he’ ersus been attending the Come july 1st 20 anniversary events designed for 17 consecutive years.

He has been to occasions in Portsmouth Square within San Francisco, and he asked, “ Why is the Chinese Communist Party doing this to great people? ”

Chou visited China as soon as when he was more youthful, but he has not eliminated back since.

“ I do hope, 1 day when the persecution ends, that will I’ m able to proceed back— visit my family members in a more different kind of atmosphere, ” he said.

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A basket of flyers informs passersby about Falun Dafa. (Ilene Eng/The Epoch Times) Epoch Instances Photo

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A hazard about rejecting the CCP. (Ilene Eng/The Epoch Times)

The practitioners mentioned they hope to expose the particular CCP’ s lies. Since the persecution began, the particular CCP has been spreading propaganda against Falun Dafa so that they can garner support for the persecution.

For instance, several inspections , including those simply by Washington Post reporter Phillip Skillet , have found the CCP staged an incident from Tiananmen Square in which a number of people set themselves burning down. It claimed that those individuals were Falun Dafa practitioners.

The CCP used incident in China plus abroad to negatively show Falun Dafa. Those who talked up about it were apparently silenced.

“ That’ s what’ s i9000 happening in China. Individuals afraid to say the truth, ” mentioned Zhang.

He or she recalled the CCP’ s i9000 attempts to silence physicians and other people who tried to alert others about the CCP pathogen (commonly known as the novel coronavirus) early on.

“ That’ s why COVID-19 spreading to the world, ” he said.

“ We came out right here today to tell everyone inescapable fact regarding Falun Gong. It instructs people how to be genuine and compassionate, living based on truthfulness, compassion, and threshold to be a good person, ” Huimei from the East These types of said.

“ Do you think a society with no truthfulness, compassion, and escape is normal? ” Zhang said.