Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa
) is a Chinese spiritual discipline founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992 that consists of spiritual and moral teachings, meditation and exercise.
The day has been successful enough to attract international news attention, and for groups to use the day to focus attention on particular issues such as genocide in Darfur, Falun Dafa
, and serious crimes of violence against women.
The cyclists aim to highlight abuses by the Chinese government against the practitioners of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa
The Falun Dafa
practice, more commonly known as Falun Gong, is all about gentle movement and meditation based on ancient foundations of enlightenment.
Presented by the charity, Zhen Shan Ren Arts (UK), in conjunction with the Falun Dafa
Association (UK), the exhibition has been touring various towns and cities for five years, including Caernarfon, Dover, Rye, Brighton, London, Cambridge, Reading, Oxford, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Dundee, Liverpool, Manchester, Chichester, Bristol, Bath and Birmingham.
In China, Falun Dafa
practitioners have been persecuted by the Communist Party since July 21, 1999.
People streamed into Federation Square to celebrate the State Government-sponsored event, walking to the beat of many kinds of drums including those of the outlawed-in-China Falun Dafa
, which was represented by a full marching band.
The Falun Dafa
Information Centre, a resource website on the practice and its persecution in China, puts the number of deaths suffered by believers in China over the last 10 years at 3,000, and the cases of torture at more than 63,000.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa
, is a practice that involves meditation, exercises and observance of certain spiritual or moral principles.
In a statement last night, they said: "All Falun Dafa
cultivators must strictly observe the laws of their countries of residence.
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In March 2007 the Court of First Instance dismissed an application for judicial review brought by four Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners and the Falun Dafa
Association of Hong Kong and affirmed the city's power to regulate who enters the city.