Practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) around the world have held public events for more than a decade to raise awareness and call for help in ending the persecution of the practice in China.
This newsletter covers four events that took place in England, the U.S.A., Canada, and Croatia during the past two weeks.
Rally and March in London Call for Ending the Persecution
Practitioners in London held a march and rally in the downtown area on October 1, 2016, to expose the facts of the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners in China. They also called upon the Chinese government to investigate the former communist head, Jiang Zemin, for his crimes in the persecution. Many people signed the petition during the event to support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.
The rally was held in front of the Chinese embassy in the morning. Several practitioners told the public about their own experiences of being tortured in China.
The march kicked off at noon, after the rally, and proceeded along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Chinatown, ending at Trafalgar Square, where practitioners held a 5-hour long exercise demonstration and signature collection activity.
Signature Campaign in Downtown San Francisco
Practitioners from San Francisco, U.S.A., held a similar event on October 1, 2016. They also focused on exposing the forced organ harvesting in China.
After the a group exercise demonstration at Union Square in the morning, several hundred practitioners went to numerous tourists spots, where they talked to people, passed out materials, and collected signatures.
Thomas Recuiter and his wife were terrified upon hearing about the brutal forced organ harvesting atrocity. They could not believe that such crimes were happening in the 21st century. Tom video filmed their conversation with practitioners, and broadcast it live on his Facebook account.
Tom said, “This is anti-humanity. It is like a horror movie,” He said he hoped that his friends, a thousand of them, would watch the video clip on Facebook.
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition on Canadian College Campus
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren International Exhibition was held on the campus of the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, one of the largest public universities in Canada with 15 thousand students, on September 25th through October 1st. All of the artworks were created by Falun Gong practitioners.
The artworks deeply touched the students and faculty and were highly praised by local artists. A few art professors took their entire classes to the exhibition.
What touched many viewers the most was the peaceful yet powerful spirit of Falun Gong practitioners manifested in the artworks, and the contrast of compassion and forbearance against the violence of the persecution.
Pouis Cloute said she felt sad that such evilness still existed in the world, but happy at the same time because she saw the uplifting of humanity too.
One of the guests said that he learned a lot from the artworks and hoped that more people can see them. “My heart just melted in the artworks,” he said.
Signature Campaign in Croatia
Practitioners from Croatia held a signature campaign in downtown Rijeka, the third largest city in the nation, on September 29, 2016, calling for help in stopping the forced organ harvesting in China. The local residents strongly supported the peaceful resistance. People said they were touched by practitioners’ efforts. A few visitors, after signing the petition, helped practitioners pass out flyers and talk to passersby.
One gentleman said to practitioners, “I can sense the strong positive energy around you. I feel good, and want to stay with you.” He did stay for a long time, learning more about Falun Gong and the persecution.