The Houston political circle and the local Chinese community expressed their sympathy toward Falun Gong practitioners. Houston's incumbent Mayor Lee Brown and his challenger, mayoral candidate Orlando Sanchez both expressed their support for Falun Gong. Some local Chinese-American leaders disclosed that the Chinese Consulate held a meeting against Falun Gong in order to accomplish the political agenda of President Jiang's regime. The Chinese Consulate could not find anyone living in the Chinese Community to attend the meeting.
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) reported on November 20th that Chinese police officers arrested over thirty western Falun Gong practitioners who demonstrated in Tianamen Square. A woman was beaten unconscious. Compared with the first half of the year, this demonstration in Tianamen Square was a relatively large-scale activity by Falun Gong practitioners.
On November 21, 2001 The Voice of America reported that, in his statement, the 23-year old college student attending a university in Toronto, Zenon Dolnyckyj, who participated in the demonstration in Tianamen Square, said that he merely wanted to tell the deceived Chinese people that Falun Dafa is respected and welcomed throughout the world and it is only in the country where it originated that it is being brutally persecuted.
The Apple Daily reported that thirty-five western practitioners from Germany, Sweden, the U.S. and other countries unfurled a banner and demonstrated in Tianamen Square. They meditated as a group and composed a lotus flower design. Soon afterwards police officers arrested and interrogated them.
News From China - 11/21/2001
84 people solemnly announced that all they wrote, said and did against Dafa under high pressure and persecution are completely void. They made up their mind to determinedly cultivate Dafa and double their efforts in making up the loss they caused to Dafa, resist the evil and clarify the truth to people.
Falun Dafa Overseas
On November 20, Huston Falun Dafa practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate in support of the Western practitioners arrested by the police in China; Los Angeles Falun Gong practitioners held press conference in front of the Chinese Consulate-General, appealing to the Chinese government to immediately release the 36 Western practitioners, and to the international community for help.
Frankfurt - Heidelberg SOS walkers in Germany passed through Neu-Isenburg and clarified the truth to the City Council. The Mayor signed the petition to show support and helped practitioners contact local media. Spreading the Fa to children in a church in Egelsbach City.
The last stop of the Japan SOS Walk: Appealing at the official residence of the Prime Minister. Four SOS walkers had an hour-long talk with a senior official, who took a close look at photographs of Falun Dafa and the materials about the brutal persecution in China. He was shocked by what he saw and agreed to pass the letter of appeal and Dafa materials to the Prime Minister.
A female practitioner went to Tiananmen Square to clarify the truth about Falun Gong on June 9, 2001. She was arrested and sent to a detention center in her hometown. She completely opposed everything arranged by the evil old forces and did not cooperate with the persecution. After she was released, she clarified the truth to her managers in her work unit, requested her legal rights, and asked for the removal of her criminal record, as she had done nothing wrong.
Two Short Fa Rectification Stories
Some wicked people in a school in Hubei Province cooperate with the evil and often persecute Falun Dafa practitioners. Several practitioners hung a Dafa banner on the school flagpole and then posted and distributed fliers clarifying the truth about how righteous Falun Dafa is. Suddenly someone said, "Look, Falun are ascending into the sky!" Many students saw strings of radiant Falun flying in the air. Even after many days, neither the Dafa banner or the fliers had been removed. The school headmaster avoided walking by the area.
Dafa practitioner Xiao He was sentenced to three years in jail. He refused to cooperate with the evil and opposed everything arranged by the evil old forces. Xiao He went on a hunger strike for 23 days. During this time he developed a fever. The practitioner's mother asked the detention center to release her son. She said, "If my son dies, even if I don't return and get even with you, someone else will." The wicked people had no choice but to release Xiao He two years before his sentence was up.
What one Australian practitioner has learned while cultivating at his job: Walk every step uprightly, consider what is best for Dafa at all times and achieve the Dafa practitioners' criteria with each thought and every action. Understand each other and upgrade in the Fa together.
Stories of Clarifying the Truth
Two practitioners were distributing the truth-clarifying materials in a region of mountain villages. One practitioner was caught by a fisherman who would not let him go. The practitioner calmed his mind and began to promote Dafa openly, clarifying the truth and clearing up the fisherman's misconceptions of Dafa. The fisherman then honestly praised Master and Dafa practitioners. At last, the fisherman and the practitioners together distributed all materials they had brought.
An American person who holds a Ph.D. had a serious eye disease and visited many experts seeking a cure. Finally one doctor said: "I cannot do anything now. You go home now and come back when the disease becomes more serious. Then I will use a laser to cure it." Instead, this person practiced Falun Gong for several days. The eye disease recovered without medical treatment. This person can now read books and use a computer for long periods of time without discomfort.