A variety of events were held around the world to call attention to the persecution of Falun Gong on International Human Rights Day, December 10. The following detail a few such events that were held in Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, and Finland.
Residents in Gothenburg, Sweden Show Support for Falun Gong
Falun Gong practitioners in Sweden gathered at Kungsportsplatsen in Gothenburg to observe Human Rights Day and expose the persecution of Falun Gong in China, particularly the unimaginable crime of forced organ harvesting.
They also asked people to sign a petition calling for the prosecution of Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who launched the persecution 17 years ago. So far, over two million people have signed similar petitions.
A retired dentist stood in front of a poster with her grandchildren and explained to them what is happening in China. She pointed at the illustration of the five Falun Gong exercises and told a practitioner, “This is what people need most now–peace of mind.”
Petition Drive in Freiburg, Germany
Falun Gong practitioners from Germany and Switzerland gathered in Freiburg on December 10 to raise awareness about the persecution and collect signatures.
Human Rights Day this year fell on a Saturday and many people were out shopping for Christmas presents. In the morning, the practitioners set up an information booth near the entrance of the Christmas Market. At night, the practitioners held a candlelight vigil in memory of the practitioners who lost their lives in the persecution.
A young German woman stopped to sign the petition and said, “Everyone is shopping for Christmas and enjoying the holidays. The reason why Human Rights Day falls on this day of the year is to remind people that, while they are enjoying the holidays, they should also pay attention to the less fortunate and to protect their rights. Protecting human rights is protecting ourselves.”
A Chinese couple said that they heard about the persecution and organ harvesting from the Internet. The woman said that she was glad to have signed the petition on Human Rights Day. Her husband agreed, “The world should support your efforts in ending the persecution. There isn’t any human rights violation more serious than harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience.”
Practitioners Condemn the Persecution Outside the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia
Falun Gong practitioners held a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia on Human Rights Day. The practitioners hoped to raise public awareness of the persecution and help bring it to an end.
Finland: Protest in Front of Chinese Embassy
Practitioners in Finland held a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Embassy the day before Human Rights Day. They demanded the CCP immediately stop harvesting organs from practitioners incarcerated for their faith and to bring former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin to justice.
The next day, the practitioners held a candlelight vigil at Kamppi Square to commemorate the practitioners who died in the persecution. In the subzero temperatures, passersby still stopped to read the posters and sign a petition.
Marku, a musician from Holland and his friend signed the practitioners’ petition. Marku said that he had been to China, but had no idea of what was going on behind the dazzling scenes. “I can’t believe that something as unacceptable as organ harvesting is happening there,” he said.