On September 4th, 2011, the Cabramatta Moon Festival celebration was held in the suburb of Cabramatta, Sydney's Little Asia. This year's Moon Festival was celebrated together with Australia's Father's Day, and about 90,000 people of various ethnic backgrounds joined the event. Falun Gong practitioners were invited for the 11th year to participate in the celebration, which is known as the largest Asian festival in Australia.
|Practitioners set up a booth at the Cabramatta Moon Festival||People stop to learn about Falun Gong|
Practitioners set up a booth on the main street in Cabramatta. They displayed information about Falun Gong and also the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Practitioner Ms. Yang said that she remembers what it was like when the CCP started to persecute Falun Gong in 1999. Many Chinese people had been deceived by the CCP's state-run media and dared not take informational materials from practitioners; some even refused to take them. After practitioners' continuous efforts to expose the truth over the past twelve years, more and more Chinese people have learned the facts and recognised the goodness of Falun Gong.
Ms. Yang said that many tourists from China stopped at the booth to take informational materials. Two of them came to the booth to declare their resignation from CCP organisations. One of them was from Shenyang City. He said that he used to be an outstanding Party member and wholeheartedly believed in Communism, but he has long since witnessed the CCP's brutality and has seen how the CCP constantly deceives the Chinese people. He said he had stopped paying membership dues long ago, but wanted to formally declare his resignation from the Party on the Epoch Times website.
Mr. Tian started practising Falun Gong in 1996. He has come to join practitioners at the booth every Mid-Autumn Festival to do the exercises and raise awareness about the persecution over the past ten years. He said, “Residents nearby all know that there is a Falun Gong booth here. Today many people took informational materials, some came to learn the exercises, and some came from afar to ask where they could find practice sites and buy Falun Gong books.”
Ms. Huang, who is in charge of the local practice site, said, “We have persisted in our efforts to expose the persecution for more than ten years. So many people have encouraged and supported us. The mayor, members of the city council, and members of the provincial parliament have all shown support for Falun Dafa.”
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