The rally took place on Friday, 20 July 2012, starting at 1 p.m.
The Falun Dafa website
describes Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) as “an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School.”
Digital Journal interviewed Sonya Bryskine, Falun Gong practitioner and ‘MC’.
Digital Journal interview
DJ: Why are you protesting today specifically?
SB: “Well today, on July 20, it’s the day when the persecution of Falun Gong started in China, thirteen years ago. That was the day when the Chinese leader then - Jiang Zemin, he launched the persecution campaign and we will always remember that day every year, around the world in fact; there’s global candlelight vigils and peaceful appeals going on, marking today as the thirteenth anniversary of that day.”
DJ: Do you know roughly how many people have come today?
SB: “There’s probably about a hundred, all up, coming and going. It would have been close to a hundred.”
DJ: Are there similar demonstrations taking place in other Australian cities?
SB: “Last week we had one in Melbourne, leading up to the event. So we had close to eight hundred people in Melbourne attending a conference and a big rally as well.
In Washington D.C. last week as well there was about five thousand people from around the world."
More images of the rally can be seen here