United Kingdom: Promoting Falun Gong and Exposing the Persecution During the Leeds Chinese Culture Week (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On September 26, UK Falun Gong practitioners gathered together in Leeds, a city in northeast England, to take part in the "Leeds Chinese Cultural Week" celebration.
In the hustle and bustle of the city center, practitioners demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises and performed some traditional Chinese dances. Although dancing is not part of Falun Gong, practitioners from all over the world have found it a great way for people to come and find out more about the practice, and it has been effective in raising awareness of the persecution. Many shoppers were attracted by the practitioners' performances and stopped to take a closer look. The gentle and peaceful exercises made people feel relaxed and happy, and some even followed the music and copied practitioners' movements to learn the exercises. After the exercise demonstration, many people expressed interest in the local free exercise classes.
After the exercise demonstration, practitioners performed traditional Chinese dances, including the Fan Dance, Lotus Flower Dance, Parasol Dance, and held a waist drum performance. The audience enjoyed the practitioners' beautiful performances, and many got the chance to find out more about Falun Gong.
During the performances, there were some local Chinese people and Chinese tourists passing by. Since launching the persecution against Falun Gong five years ago, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin has constantly used the state-controlled media to churn out propaganda and turn the Chinese people against Falun Gong. For these tourists who have had the chance to encounter Falun Gong outside of China, this was a precious opportunity to learn the truth. Practitioners chatted with them and corrected some of the lies and slander that they had encountered.