United Kingdom: Holding a Benefit Performance and Petitioning to Rescue Falun Gong Orphans in the City of Oxford (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On Saturday the 27th of August 2005, at Gloucester Green Square in the historic city of Oxford, Falun Gong practitioners held activities calling for help to rescue orphans of practitioners persecuted to death, which included a benefit performance and signature collection.
Truth-clarifying photo exhibit
On one side of the square, practitioners hung up many banners: some of which exposed the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that Falun Gong practitioners are still enduring; some showed pictures of children who have lost their mothers, fathers or even both parents because of the atrocious persecution by the CCP. Practitioners appealed to people to help rescue these unfortunate children. They also set up two tables of Falun Gong leaflets and other material, as well as petition forms, so that people could get to know the truth and sign the petitions.
There were also benefit performances which were designed by the practitioners themselves. They included the Lotus Dance, the Fan Dance, singing and the playing of musical instruments. In between, practitioners also demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises.
Signing the petition to support Falun Gong
Among the passers-by, apart from local people, there were also lots of tourists from all over the world who came to Oxford for sightseeing. They were all attracted to the graceful music from the rescue benefit performance and the peaceful, pure field from Falun Gong practitioners. They either slowed down their pace or stopped to watch. When they learned that the theme of this performance was to rescue Falun Gong orphans, many people asked practitioners for more information. There were also quite a lot of people who already knew about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and they just walked directly to the petition table and signed their names to support us.
A practitioner, who had been holding petition boards alongside the square to collect signatures, said that although it was not very busy on the square that day, what moved her most was the fact that nearly everyone whom she asked signed the petition. There were tourists from Japan, Thailand, India, the U.S., Italy and the Philippines. They said they had heard about Falun Gong and the persecution in China, so they were willing to sign the petition to show their support for Falun Gong practitioners. There was also a young English couple. The young man said to the practitioner that he knew about Falun Gong and asked if he could sign on behalf of his family members. The practitioner replied, "Yes, please do". So, after he signed his name, he signed his family members' names as well. When his girlfriend finished signing her name, she also signed one of her family members' names.
Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises
Benefit performance to rescue Falun Gong orphans
People are moved by the facts
The practitioner said that she could truly feel the support from mankind's compassionate and righteous heart. She really believes that as Falun Gong practitioners unrelentingly let people know about the situation, more and more people around the world will come to know the truth and the power of justice will grow. Then the CCP's lies and their crime of brutally persecuting good people will also be exposed completely, so that everyone in this world will come to see it.