(Minghui.org) The annual commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day fell on January 27, 2023. Falun Dafa practitioners gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Helsinki, and peacefully demonstrated against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ongoing persecution of Falun Gong.

Practitioners also held truth-clarification activities at Kamppi Center in Helsinki, Finland on January 28, 2023. They demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises, distributed truth-clarification fliers, and raised awareness about the ongoing persecution.

Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Dafa exercises outside the Chinese consulate.
Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Dafa exercises at Kamppi Centre in Helsinki, Finland on January 28, 2023.

Pictures of Falun Dafa practitioners being persecuted to death were placed along the streets, which attracted the attention of many passersby. Many stopped and signed the petition to support practitioners in ending the persecution. Sofia, who was in tears, said, “This is truly saddening.”

Jenni, who was on her way to yoga class, said, “You are doing an important thing. Thank you for your persistence.”

Goseph, a engineer living in France, was on vacation with his Taiwanese wife. He explained details about the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP to Goseph. Just then, it started to snow, and Goseph gently wiped the snow off of the truth-clarification flier and began reading earnestly. Before leaving, his Taiwanese wife said, “Falun Dafa is great!”

Locals treasure handmade lotus flowers after learning the truth about Falun Dafa.

A Finnish resident stopped by and told practitioners multiple times that “the CCP is very evil.” He said, “This breaks my heart. The CCP forbids people to be themselves and bans people from knowing the truth. The CCP has been assertive in this world for a long time, and they can destroy anything they chose. I am empathetic towards Falun Dafa practitioners. Falun Gong is not in danger, on the contrary, the CCP is actually in danger. I want to let CCP know not to go against Falun Gong.” Lastly, he said, “I am a Christian and we must obey God’s will. The CCP does not allow people to believe in God and the divine.”

Sana was on her way to a candy store with her child. She stopped in front of practitioners’ booth and wiped tears from her face when she signed the petition. “This is different than the rights we have in Finland,” she said. “Humans should have the right to hold their own thoughts, otherwise, we’d be living in solitude. Every one has their life, and no one can be controlled and imprisoned like that! This is wrong!” As parting thought, Sana said that practitioners in China should “remain safe and be strong.”

Locals support practitioners effort despite it still snowed.

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