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Vigil being held Saturday for Falun Gong

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Falun Gong practitioners hold portraits of victims of China's crackdown during a vigil in Taiwan.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold portraits of victims of China's crackdown during a vigil in Taiwan.

Supporters of Falun Gong are holding a candlelight vigil Saturday night at The Forks.

Organizers say it is to commemorate practitioners who’ve died and been persecuted over the last 14 years in China. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that’s a mix of meditation, movement and philosophy. It has millions of followers in China where the central government in 1999 outlawed and vilified it.

The vigil will be accompanied by Chinese flute player Xiaonan Wang. The Chinese immigrant, who had his own struggle with Chinese authority, has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and in Guy Maddin’s film The Saddest Music in the World.

The vigil begins at 7 p.m.

 

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