(Clearwisdom.net) On July 18, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, held a rally near Kennedy Square in Essen City, peacefully protesting the ten-year brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The series of activities included an anti-torture exhibit, a Falun Gong exercise demonstration, and a signature collection to condemn the persecution.

The following are photos of the event:

A practitioner tells passersby at the rally about the persecution taking place in China

Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises

A group of middle school students learn about the persecution of Falun Gong

Carefully reading flyers and learning the facts about Falun Gong

Listening to the facts about Falun Gong despite the rain

Signing the petition to condemn the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong

Signing the petition

After having learned the facts, a German couple signs to