During the IOC Summit, Falun Gong Practitioners Expose the CCP Persecution (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On October 1-9, 2009, the 121st Olympic Session and the XIIIth Olympic Congress of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were held in Copenhagen, Denmark. There were about 1200 sports delegates from around the world and an equal number of journalists gathered there. Falun Gong practitioners took this opportunity to introduce Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), and expose the ten-year brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
During the IOC Summit, Falun Gong practitioners raise awareness about Falun Dafa across from the entrance to the conference center
Practitioners demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises near the conference center
Practitioners hold a candlelight vigil commemorating fellow practitioners who died as a result of the persecution
This was the first time Denmark has hosted such a world-class summit. Bella Center, the IOC 2009 Summit site, was fully safeguarded by the police, and the roads nearby were blocked. By explaining the facts to the Copenhagen Police chief, the Falun Gong group was granted an exception, and allowed to hold a protest across from the main entrance of Bella Center. As Falun Gong practitioners have a good reputation for their peaceful protests around the world, the chief constable in charge of summit security approved the permit for the Falun Gong group. "No groups allowed to gather/protest near Bella Center" was an agreement between Danish police, IOC headquarters in Switzerland, US security for President Obama's visit, and the Brazilian police.
On October 2, the hosting city for 2016 Olympic Games was chosen, with the contenders being Chicago (USA), Madrid (Spain), Tokyo (Japan), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). US President Obama, along with state leaders from the other three countries came in person to Bella Center in Copenhagen to try to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
In the morning on that day, the practitioners assembled opposite the main entrance of Bella Center. They erected banners reading "Falun Dafa is Great" and "Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong Immediately," and practiced the exercises quietly.
Heavily-armed police officers stood across the street. They noticed that the practitioners were not influenced by the early autumn weather, while peacefully practicing the exercises. The unusual serenity attracted the police officers. During their breaks, some even walked across the street to the practitioners' site and learned some movements. Some also listened to the practitioners introduce Falun Gong and showed great interest in learning.
At about 10:00 a.m., President Obama finished his speech and was about to leave Bella Center. His motorcade came out from the gate and was facing the bright yellow banners displayed across the street, "Falun Dafa Is Good" and "Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong Immediately." The practitioners said, "President Obama may already know about Falun Gong. He is now in Denmark, a small remote Nordic country, and he can see Falun Gong practitioners presenting the same message during his short stay in Denmark of only four and a half hours. Perhaps someday everyone will realize the importance of this message."
Local practitioner Gisela said, "Today I come here to draw attention to the Olympic spirit and values. This Olympic congress is the first ever since the Paris congress in 1994. I think many people have forgotten the Olympic spirit when holding the Olympic Games. One part of the Olympic spirit is peace. They held the Olympic Games in Beijing last year. Since then, the Chinese human rights situation has dramatically deteriorated. Not only the Falun Gong practitioners, but also other religious people, even everyday people, if they dare to speak out against injustice, suffer mercilessly cruel persecution. This is what I want all people who participate in the Olympic congress to know. One should not trade moral values for immediate economic interests."
At around 8:00 p.m. that evening, it had grown dark outside. As people were leaving Bella Center, after they had received the news that Brazil won the right to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games, they could still see the Falun Gong practitioners, who were holding a candlelight vigil to commemorate their fellow practitioners who lost their lives in the persecution.