The World Village Festival, a large multicultural program that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, was held in Helsinki, Finland from May 27 to May 28, 2017. Falun Gong practitioners took this opportunity to introduce Falun Gong and collect signatures on a petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Crowds of people continued to visit the Falun Gong booth during the two-day event. After watching practitioners’ exercise demonstration, some people became interested in learning this traditional cultivation practice. Many were saddened to learn that organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners was still going on in China, and they signed the petition calling for its end. A woman named Tuominen said, “Anyone with conscience would sign.”
Sorge, an artist, told a practitioner, “I know Falun Gong teaches people to be good. I would like to read the book Zhuan Falun. It’s hard to understand they [practitioners in China] have been persecuted by the Communist Party for so long. Such persecution should stop immediately!”