New Zealand: Falun Gong Practitioners Take Part in Auckland International Cultural Festival (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On March 5, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners from Auckland, New Zealand participated in the annual Auckland International Cultural Festival. They displayed the beauty of Falun Gong and exposed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) inhuman and brutal persecution of the practice.
More than ten thousand people from over 50 countries and nationalities took part in the cultural festival. Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the five graceful sets of exercises, gave a waist drum performance and held a photo exhibit depicting the truth about Falun Gong. Practitioners handed out truth-clarifying materials to people. An older western man who once opposed Falun Gong practitioners distributing materials at the Mount Eden tourist site said, "It's good that you came here today, this is the best place for you to come." He said, "I know you're suffering persecution, I understand you; the Auckland City administrative departments also sympathize with you and you can continue distributing Falun Gong materials at the Mount Eden tourist site."
An overseas student from Norway said that she had learned that Falun Gong is very good, but wondered why some of her Chinese classmates still have misunderstandings of Falun Gong. The practitioner told her that the Chinese Communist regime's lies have poisoned the minds of many people. The practitioner also told her about the staged self-immolation on Tiananmen Square and pointed out the many discrepancies in the event. When the practitioner told the student from Norway that her relatives in China who do not practice Falun Gong are also being monitored, the student was very angry and said, "I don't know how to describe the CCP's atrocities. Fortunately many Chinese people who went abroad have learned about the CCP's lies through their personal experience." She said, "I have several Chinese classmates who told me that they would definitely not want to return to China, because now they know that the CCP's propaganda they once believed is all lies."
A monk from Thailand said, "I know Falun Gong, it is a very good practice." Some people who were from Ethiopia and now live in Auckland expressed that they had never heard about Falun Gong before, and they wanted to learn about it. Some people watched the exercise demonstration and immediately started to learn them.
The photo exhibit displaying the truth about Falun Gong attracted groups of people who stopped to see the pictures. The photo exhibit consisted of two sections: the beauty of Falun Dafa and the horrible persecution Falun Gong practitioners have suffered in China. Many visitors asked the same question: why does the CCP persecute Falun Gong?
People who have seen Falun Gong practitioners clarify the truth on different occasions said, "I know you Falun Gong practitioners have been very busy, going everywhere to clarify the truth. I admire you."