July 20, 1999 to 2014: The Amazing Persistence of Falun Gong Over 15 Years of Persecution

    Candlelight vigil. (James Smith Photography)(James Smith Photography)

    Falun Gong adherents around the world gathered on July 20 in peaceful protest against the persecution of the practice in mainland China.

    It is exactly 15 years since the Chinese Communist Party began its intense persecution. Falun Gong teaches practitioners to abide by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance, and the practice rapidly spread by worth of mouth after it was made public in 1992, with an estimated 100 million Chinese thought to have been practicing prior to the persecution.

    These photo collages from James Smith Photography are from this year’s rally and candlelight vigil in Washington D.C. where overseas practitioners solemnly remembered the deaths and suffering of millions from the brutalities of the persecution.

    (James Smith Photography)

    Practitioners at the rally in Washington D.C. (James Smith Photography)

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    Candlelight vigil. (James Smith Photography)

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