There’s a large Chinese community in San Francisco. This group are doing Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa). It’s a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centred on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
But you won’t see this sight in China. Since 1999, it’s been a proscribed activity. Perhaps the authorities didn’t like its popularity, its moral and spiritual content, and its independence from the Communist Party.
It’s reported that Falun Gong practitioners in China are subject to a wide range of human rights abuses, including imprisonment and even death as a result of torture in custody. Some observers report that tens of thousands may have been killed to supply China’s organ transplant industry.
And yes, until we were handed a leaflet, we were unaware of any of this.