Latvia: Introducing Falun Dafa and Exposing the Persecution in Auce City (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On August 20, 2005, invited by the Chairman of Congress, Latvian Falun Gong practitioners came to Auce City to introduce Falun Dafa.
The Chief of Police met with practitioners and said that he had already received information about Falun Gong. He decided to provide the largest plaza with the busiest flow of people for the practitioners to hold their activity, and the specific place was to be decided by practitioners themselves. Upon leaving, the Police Chief said that if there was any way he could help, to just give him a call.
Falun Gong practitioners chose the end of the street where there were more people. A great number of passers-by gathered in front of the display boards that the practitioners had set up. Two practitioners demonstrated the five Falun Gong exercises, while some distributed leaflets and others talked to interested people.
Telling people the facts about Falun Gong
At the very beginning of the activity, one woman not only listened to the practitioners' explanations but she also carefully read the information on each display board. She said, "It's good that you came here." We gave her a set of documentary VCDs and some leaflets. She then left. After about three hours, she returned and told us, "My daughter and I watched the movie. My daughter cried hard when watching innocent people persecuted."
Two little girls followed the practitioners throughout the whole activity. They viewed the display boards. When they were asked whether they understood what the event was all about, they responded with one voice that they did. They said, "I do. Such things [as torturing people for their beliefs] only happen in China." The Falun Gong practitioners did their best to help people understand the importance of what is happening in China, using simple explanations. The world is in need of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. At the end of the activity, the two little girls saw the practitioners off for quite a long distance.
Another young man said, "How strange. Why have I suddenly become so interested? I just happened to walk by. Why do I feel that it is so meaningful?" He looked very puzzled. The practitioners gave him a lot of reading materials so that he could come to understand.
Though a great number of people watched our activity, a hearing and speech impaired couple left a deep impression on us. When we first saw the man, he was with a thirteen-year-old child. He picked up a photo booklet about the persecution and called his son to come over. Together they read for quite some time and exchanged opinions with each other through gestures. Fellow practitioners handed over leaflets in Latvian and in Russian. Not long afterwards, the man called his wife to come over too. It happened that his wife was Chinese. When she looked at the photo booklets, her husband indicated to practitioners that what is happening in China is terrible. It certainly is hard to believe that such cruel things still happen in the world today. It is simply hard to accept. The couple expressed their thanks to the practitioners before they left.