Geneva: We Came Here to Stop the CCP's Persecution of Falun Gong (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) From April 1-4, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners from over thirty European nations and Taiwan gathered in Geneva to attend the 2006 European Falun Dafa Experience Sharing conference. During the conference, a series of activities were organized to expose the atrocities in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp by the Chinese Communist regime. Falun Gong practitioners appealed to all nations in the world to help stop the Chinese Communist regime's relentless persecution of Falun Gong.
Experience Sharing Conference is a good opportunity for sharing and learning from each other
Namscoz from Norway said: "I am very impressed with the conference. Many practitioners spoke about their cultivation experiences. I am deeply moved by many of them and couldn't stop my tears coming down. I am very encouraged from other practitioners' experiences. We could do many things ourselves as well. I also see lots of my shortcomings. This is a very good opportunity that helps me to look inward and cultivate inward. I learned a lot for my future cultivation."
Mike from Denmark said: "I have come to Geneva for the experience-sharing conference many times. I think it is very good. Many practitioners come together to share and learn from each other. After listening to the sharing by many practitioners, I am very motivated and have lots of ideas for my future cultivation. The conference is very helpful to my cultivation."
Practitioners from Latvia thought that compared to the previous conferences, practitioners in general had changed a lot. They have stepped out from their personal cultivation status and walked into the cultivation in the Fa-rectification period.
Jia Ning from Taiwan returned to Taiwan after living in Germany for many years. She said: "Although there are various projects in Dafa work and practitioners come from different countries with different languages, and some languages I could not understand at all, we all cultivate in the same Fa and can cultivate well and upgrade ourselves, this is the most moving part."
From the experience-sharing speeches, some practitioners realized that there is still a big gap between Europe and North America. Especially in some important events, practitioners in Europe could not react as promptly as their North American counterparts.
Sixty-seven year old Pan Huiqin managed to come to Germany after three difficult years of efforts in China. This was the first time that she attended a large-scale experience sharing conference abroad. She was extremely excited. She told the reporter: "Prior to 1999, there were many conferences in each district of Beijing on a similar scale. One time there were ten experience-sharing conferences at the same time. After the persecution, there were no more large-scale conferences." In 2001 police and agents from the 610 Office arrested her daughter to be brainwashed and planned to arrest her as well. She ran away with her grandson in the night and managed to escape to Germany afterward. Among people with whom she practiced Falun Gong together, some were illegally sentenced for many years, some disappeared after being taken away by police and some are still without a home. Pan continued: "The truth-clarification efforts by overseas Falun Gong practitioners play a crucial rule in suppressing the persecution in China. In China when I went out to give out materials telling people the truth about Falun Gong, I was not sure if I would return home safely. The conditions abroad are much better. I treasure this period greatly when I can tell people the truth, expose the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party and validate the Fa. Because I don't know German very well, I go to tourist attractions to give out truth-clarifying materials every noon and afternoon. I talk to people from China face-to-face. I will try to do even better."
Appeal to all nations in the world to stop the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong
The CCP's persecution of Falun Gong has lasted nearly seven years. Through these years, Falun Gong practitioners from around the world, especially from Europe, would come to Geneva every year to appeal to the United Nations and international community to pay attention to the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, and remind the UN to fulfill their duties. This year, the news of mass killing of Falun Gong practitioners in the CCP's Sujiatun Concentration Camp and other concentration camps was exposed, and many people came to Geneva to participate in appeal activities.
This was the third time French Falun Gong practitioner Hanna came to Geneva. She considered Geneva very important because experience sharing is different every year. Attending experience-sharing conference is very important to her so that she would be able to follow the pace of the Fa-rectification. She also wanted to join the demonstration to show her objection to torture and to call for an end to the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong. Falun Gong practitioners around the world cultivate according to the same principles. However practitioners in China are subjected to such brutal persecution, especially the atrocities in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp where organs were harvested for profits from Falun Gong practitioners while they were still alive. This made her realize how important the Geneva event was. She was from Poland. The Sujiatun atrocities reminded her of the terrible scenes suffered by Jews in Concentration Camps in Poland. She planned to have a seminar at the Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp in Poland to expose to the world the atrocities occurring in China.
Falun Gong practitioner Andreas from Germany said, "It is necessary to let everyone know about the atrocities being committed in the Chinese Concentration Camps. Germany had persecuted Jews in the past. At that time, the concentration camps were also secret. Even when people learned of their existence, they chose to remain silent. We have to tell people about the terrible events happening in China. We must stop these terrible things and keep them from occurring again. Because the United Nations Human Rights commission is holding its conference, we can appeal to them to stop the atrocities. This was my first purpose of coming here. Through a large scale parade, we also hope to raise awareness of Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong."
Practitioners from Taiwan call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong
Some practitioners from Taiwan came to Geneva after attending activities in New York and Washington DC. This was the third time Mr. Li came to Geneva. He just retired. He said: "The United Nations' Human Rights Commission is in Geneva. China is a permanent member of the UN. It should abide by the UN's human rights treaties. Falun Gong is a most peaceful activity. The Chinese constitution stipulates that its citizens have the right to belief and assembly. Why, against its own constitution, did the Chinese Communist regime ban and persecute Falun Gong? It is therefore necessary to let the whole world know the truth. We want to expose to the UN the crimes committed by the Chinese Communist regime against Falun Gong and appeal to the whole world to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong. This is my ultimate aim of coming here." About atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist regime in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, Mr. Li said: "I was extremely shocked and saddened when I heard this news. It's a government's responsibility to protect its citizens. But the Chinese Communist regime always persecutes its own people. The organs were harvested for profits while they are still alive. This is against heavenly principle. The Chinese communist regime must be dissolved so that its citizens can truly enjoy freedom."
Distributing "Nine Commentaries" is a most urgent task
Lechovsky from Latvia said: "Coming to Geneva is such a good opportunity. It will help people to raise their concerns about the terrible human rights problems in China. The Chinese Communist regime's large-scale persecution of Falun Gong and other groups, and its wide abuse of human rights, must be stopped."
Shenbokos has practiced Falun Gong for three years. When he learned of the atrocities in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, he was saddened, but not shocked because people should not have any illusions about the Communist Party. He felt he should hurry up to distribute the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" and let the media know about this book to help them report the Sujiatun atrocities, helping more people to learn the events occurring in China. The book would help people to know exactly what the Communist Party is and why such atrocities can occur. He considers distributing the "Nine Commentaries" as his most urgent task.
Because the Communists also ruled Latvia previously, practitioners said that they joined the activities of the Communist Party's youth league when they were young. Because they grew up in such an environment, many things that were obviously wrong became correct and good in their eyes. After reading Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, they realized their thoughts were wrong and it was a great obstacle to their cultivation. Only through repeatedly reading the "Nine Commentaries", they could completely break through these obstacles.
They give practitioners a thumbs-up
During the Falun Gong grand parade on April 3 in Geneva, two busloads of Chinese tourist came across the Falun Gong parade procession. When practitioners saw these precious Chinese people, they held up large postures exposing the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, and the banners reading, "Falun Dafa is Good" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." The practitioners saw people on the buses responding differently. Some gave a thumb-ups, some smiled, some took pictures and some were indifferent.
The two buses soon passed by. Practitioners believed that this "encounter" would make a lasting impression in these tourists' memories.