The Tiananmen Protest by Western Practitioners Was Also A Significant Event for the Swedish People
Gothenburg, Sweden: November 20, 2001, was a day that touched the hearts of many Swedish people. Thirty-six Western Dafa practitioners chose to leave the security of their homes and traveled to Tiananmen Square to appeal to the Chinese Government to stop the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners and inform the Chinese people that Falun Dafa is good. What an unselfish and benevolent act!
When the news of the protest reached Sweden, the mass media almost went wild. Our telephones rang almost non-stop as one after another journalist tried desperately to reach us to confirm some facts and interview us. Within minutes the news was on the radio and TV and follow-up stories were broadcast regularly throughout the day. The importance of the event was apparent. On the surface it seemed to be just another piece of exciting news, but in other dimensions this compassionate act by Western Dafa practitioner may be very significant for the future of many people. Perhaps, on this single day, millions of Swedish people learned that Falun Gong is good.
It was also an intense day for many Swedish practitioners. Some of us took the day off from work to help out in answering questions from journalists, phoning the Foreign Office, getting in touch with family members of those who were arrested, preparing media packages, etc. In the afternoon, practitioners in Gothenburg attempted to deliver a letter of appeal to the Chinese Consulate. Once again our efforts were in vain, as we were not allowed to go in. In the end the journalists who were with us suggested that we just leave the letter in the box.
Meanwhile some practitioners set up a few large banners with words that exposed the evil deeds of Jiang Zemin and his accomplices. One of us commented that the reluctance shown by the personnel of the Consulate was strange. Using banners is the same communication method used by the Chinese practitioners when they go to Tiananmen. The only difference is that we do it in front of the consulate or embassy, while practitioners in China do it in Tiananmen. We wondered why they were so afraid to face people who believe in Truthfullness-Benevolence-Forebearance.
Category: Journeys of Cultivation