Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners March in Berlin to Raise Awareness of the Brutal Persecution of Falun Gong in China (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Close to a thousand European Falun Gong practitioners held a parade in Berlin on November 5, 2008, calling on the people to help stop the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
At 2 p.m. the contingent of marchers rallied in front of Jannowitzbruecke. The chair of the European Falun Gong Association, Mr.Wu, said in his speech that Falun Gong has made over 100 million people healthy in mind and body and that the persecution of Falun Gong happened because of the evil nature of the Communist Party of China. It is a persecution against humanity.
Chairman of the European Falun Gong Association Mr. Wu making a speech
Falun Gong practitioner Wang Zhen was illegally detained in a labor camp in Shanghai from 2001 until 2003 and was subjected to hard labor, brainwashing, torture and torment by convicts. The convicts pulled his legs apart, attached them to a wall and beat him until his hip joints were broken from the blows and he could not stand up. Despite this, the labor camp still ordered him to kneel on the ground to scrub the floor. Wang Zhen said that when he was in the labor camp his blood was drawn twice and they did an electrocardiograph test on him. At that time the labor camp only did medical exams on Falun Gong practitioners. Even if the other criminals wanted to be tested they were not allowed. Wang Zhen even thought that this was to study the particular functioning of Falun Gong practitioners' blood. After leaving the country he then realized that this was in fact the CCP plan to sell their organs to make money.
Wang Zhen was interviewed by a reporter
Closely following the Divine Land Marching Band, which consists of 120 people from all over Europe, was the banner team. "Falun Gong Is Good", "Zhen Shan Ren (Truth Compassion Forbearance)" and such banners quietly communicated the practitioner's heartfelt message. The waist drum troupe's golden clothing flashed in the sunlight, the Tang-dynasty dancers and float were rich and colorful, and a moving car revealing the CCP's brutal torture methods informed onlookers about the brutal persecution.
The parade pass by the Berlin Town Hall
Berlin Town Hall is a large, famous building. Even though the weather wasn't too good, there were still a lot of tourists who had come here to take photographs.
A University student was waiting for the green light. Her name was Ulrik, and she said, "I heard about the persecution of human rights in China, it really is unimaginably outlandish."
A young couple were about to cross the road. The Divine Land Marching Band was performing "Falun Dafa Hao ("Falun Dafa Is Good") as it passed by. Regarding the music, the young man said, "I think it is very pleasant to listen to. I am very pleased." His girlfriend turned her head around and added, "Exciting, very powerful." They were here as tourists from Latvia.
Three young men were watching the parade grinning and smiling, frequently saying something to each other now and again. A young man amongst them called Amosida told the reporter that he had come from Algeria and that he goes to college in Paris. He brought two of his friends to Berlin to have a look. He said, "I just heard a Chinese person explain to me the persecution of human rights in China. I feel that to see these people (who had experienced being persecuted for their beliefs) with my own eyes was very important. They are in front of my eyes, and I have seen what they are like; this is very important for me. I think we should let the whole world see."
People on the street stop to look
People on the street stop to look
A Chinese husband and wife were watching the crowds at The Brandenburg Gate. The wife said: "Falun Gong is amazing! I am not a Falun Gong practitioner, but these years I have seen they have done many things. I feel today's gathering is just great, such a large scale activity. I am so moved that I cannot help but cry. I think more Chinese people should come to see this sort of gathering, to see with their own eyes what has happened." She also told the reporter, that she will tell her relatives and friends at home about what she saw outside China. She did this before, but she thinks that that still isn't enough, and afterwards she will do more.
At around 3:00 in the afternoon, the parade concluded at the Brandenburg Gate.