Switzerland: Practitioners Hold an Anti-torture Exhibition During the Parliamentary Meeting in Bern (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) During the annual United Nations Human Rights Convention, the Swiss Parliament Spring Session was held in the capital city of Bern. To let more people know about the campaign of genocide being waged against Falun Gong practitioners in China, Swiss practitioners held an anti-torture exhibition in the city center on March 17. A similar exhibition was held in front of the United Nations building on the 16th of March in Geneva.
The weather that day was clear, warm and pleasant, and many people were out on the streets. What first met people's eyes was a banner reading, "This is happening now in China." Under the banner was a live reenactment of the methods of torture employed in China to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their beliefs. A continuous flow of people came to the Falun Gong stand to find out more. They watched the anti-torture exhibition and read the posters that detailed how practitioners are being persecuted. People's attention was also attracted by demonstrations of the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Some studied the exhibits carefully and listened to the practitioners for as long as two to three hours.
From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day, more than 3,000 leaflets were given out and 800 petition signatures were collected. Throughout the day, there were many moving exchanges between practitioners and the public:
"This kind of thing should not be allowed to happen in any country"
After watching the anti-torture exhibition and seeing pictures of Falun Gong practitioners suffering torture, a middle-aged gentleman said with indignation, "In today's 21st Century, this kind of serious violation of human rights should not be allowed to happen in any country. What you are doing is very good. You should let more people know the truth about the Chinese Government's atrocities against human rights. I wish you success!"
"Put down your baton!"
Two women had been listening to practitioners tell people about the human rights abuses in China. They took various leaflets and signed the petition, showing a great deal of sympathy and support for Falun Gong. One of the two approached the practitioner acting as a policeman who was waving a baton: "Put down your baton. Do not beat that lady any more. I feel terrible. Really, I feel horrible. How can you trample on human rights like this?"
People signing the petition calling an end to the persecution
Citizen were shocked by the brutality of the persecution
A woman signed the petition using her friend's back as a supporting board
"I will help you collect signatures"
One woman came to our stand and learned about the persecution against Falun Gong. Having signed the petition and taken a leaflet, she said: "We are holding a meeting with 200 participants. Please give me some more leaflets and some petition forms. I will help collect signatures and mail them back to you."
"We would like to pass information on to the Chinese"
A group of well-dressed youths came to the stand. They were very shocked after learning about what is happening in China and they all signed their names on the petition. They said they were there to attend an international professional competition and there would be Chinese people participating as well. The practitioners asked if they could tell what they had learned about Falun Gong and the persecution to these Chinese people. In unison, the young people quickly said, "Yes!" They took some Chinese-language leaflets and Video-CDs and said they would pass them on to the Chinese people at the competition.
"I will tell my students about the persecution of Falun Gong in China"
One practitioner happened to meet his former German teacher and he talked to her about Falun Gong. After learning about the human rights abuses against practitioners, the teacher showed a great deal of sympathy and support. She said, "Please give me some more leaflets. I will tell my students about the persecution of Falun Gong in China."