Swedish Practitioners Commemorate April 25 Peaceful Appeal (Photos)
(Minghui.org) On April 20, 2012, to commemorate the 13th anniversary of April 25, when over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners peacefully appealed in Beijing, practitioners in Sweden assembled on Mynttorget Square between the Swedish Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament. They demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, exposed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) lies and persecution with poster exhibitions, called upon people to work together to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and demanded that Jiang Zemin and his followers be brought to justice.
Swedish people support Falun Gong and condemn the CCP's persecution
The melodius exercise music and gentle Falun Gong exercises drew a number of people to gather and watch the event. A young Swedish woman from Linkping in the southern part of Sweden was very interested in Falun Gong and did not leave until she had learned one exercise and gotten the contact details for Linkping’s local practice site.
A group of students from Latvia gathered around the posters to learn about Falun Gong. They did not understand why such a good practice would be subjected to such brutal persecution by the CCP. They raised a lot of questions and practitioners answered their questions one by one, from the April 25 appeal to the CCP-staged Tiananmen Square self-immolation. After learning the facts, the young people took the initiative to sign the petition to support an end to the persecution, then encouraged others in their tour group to also sign.
Lies can no longer be sustained
Mr. Li, who currently lives in Sweden, took part in the April 25 peaceful appeal thirteen years ago and bore eyewitness to the ten-thousand-strong gathering. Recalling the scene from thirteen years ago, he said, "At the time, along with other practitioners I petitioned to the government in accordance with the rights granted in the Constitution. I never imagined that the activity would become a significant historical event. On this special day today, the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his entourage are visiting Sweden. In fact, this gives them another opportunity to learn the truth about Falun Gong. I hope that Chinese Communist officials who have a conscience can tell right from wrong as soon as possible, bring Jiang and his faction to justice, and immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong.”
Mr. Li added, "It is the law of the universe that good is rewarded with good and evil meets with retribution! For thirteen years, regardless of how the CCP defames Falun Gong and distorts the April 25 appeal in order to justify its persecution, Falun Gong practitioners have persisted in clarifying the facts peacefully and rationally, with great compassion and tolerance. The facts distorted by the CCP, or outright lies fabricated by the CCP, have come to light one after another – including the April 25 appeal, the so-called 1,400 death cases, the CCP-staged Tiananmen Square self-immolation, etc. Lies can no longer be sustained. The truth will soon be revealed."
A middle-aged man from northeast China carefully read the posters about Falun Gong, and then struck up a conversation with several practitioners. He said that he was very familiar with the CCP's tyranny. He had never wanted to join the CCP, but his son, who is studying in Sweden, is a party member. After talking with practitioners, he realized the importance of quitting the CCP and said that he would talk to his son and urge him to quit the party online.
Six Chinese people, after learning more about Falun Gong, the persecution and the crimes of the CCP, announced their withdrawal from the CCP and its affiliated organizations.