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Falun Gong Practitioners Gather for Candlelight Vigil

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.—About 300 Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil July 18 next to the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, commemorating lives lost during a 22-year brutal persecution. Practitioners at the vigil called for the immediate release of 27 friends and family members currently incarcerated in China for practicing Falun Gong, while some shared experiences of the suppression of their faith. “Every day from morning to night, I heard the crackling of electric batons and the screams of Falun Gong practitioners when they were being persecuted,” Ding Xiaoxia, a victim of persecution of Falun Gong, told The Epoch Times. “The corridors [smelled] full of charred meat. I have also experienced the electric shock of tens of thousands of volts from an electric baton.” Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional spiritual practice that consists of five gentle, meditative exercises and a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. On July 20, 1999, the …

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