As of March 10, 2018, 300 million Chinese people had announced their resignations from the communist organizations, including the Party itself, the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers.
To celebrate this milestone, Falun Gong practitioners and other Toronto residents held a parade at Clarence Park in the downtown area on March 10. The Tian Guo Marching Band led the parade.
With “Quitting the Communist Party for a Better Future” as its theme, the parade was made up of three sections: the benefits of Falun Gong, the 19 years of persecution in China, and why it is important to distance oneself from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Belinon and Callie Gray, two sisters from Scarborough, heard about Falun Gong several years ago. They knew that the practice improved one’s health and character. When they heard about the persecution in China, especially the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, they were shocked and encouraged the practitioners to let more people know about it. “This is a state-sanctioned crime and it has to stop,” remarked Belinon.
Another resident, Paul Welsh, was impressed by the parade and especially liked the colors of the Tian Guo Marching Band uniforms. Having read about how the Chinese communists have infiltrated overseas and affected students in Canada, he said he fully supported the practitioners' efforts to help Chinese people quit the Party. “What we do here sends a strong message and I am happy to see so many people have decided to stay away from the Party,” he stated.
Mary from Poland said she had seen the damage communism caused in Russia and Poland, as well as in China and other nations. “Communism has ruined our traditions and killed our people. Quitting the regime will help China and the Chinese. I am glad to see this parade today,” she said.