Salzburg, Austria: Raising Awareness about the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (Photos)
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held activities at Altmarkt Square in downtown Salzburg, Austria on June 14, 2014, to raise awareness about the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong in China, in particular the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from living practitioners.
The practitioners set up a table, put up display boards and demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises. They aimed to help tourists from around the world and the local residents alike understand how brutal the Chinese regime is in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
Upon hearing about the forced organ harvesting crimes, people often signed the petition immediately to call for an end to the heinous crimes. Some encouraged the practitioners to keep up their efforts.
A young man from China told a practitioner that he knew about the brutal suppression of Falun Gong in China because he could break through the Internet firewall there and visit overseas websites. He was outraged by the persecution and agreed to quit the Young Pioneers, one of the Chinese Communist Party organizations.
“Why are people in the West free to practice Falun Gong while the Chinese regime suppresses and bans the practice in China,” asked a Chinese student who studies in Italy. A practitioner explained to her about the persecution in China, and she became curious and wanted to learn more about the practice.
A young man from Hong Kong learned about Falun Gong because of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association’s smear campaign against the practitioners. He admired the practitioners’ effort to help people learn the facts.
A Taiwanese couple took a flier from a Western practitioner. Though there was a language barrier, they told the practitioner that they knew “Falun Dafa is good” and that there were many practitioners in Taiwan.
A local resident who is a retired businessman in Salzburg read the posters and viewed the photos of the persecution. He told the practitioners that it was a great and important activity, because the Chinese regime censors and blocks the information about the persecution of Falun Gong around the world.
“You [practitioners] should hold more such activities,” said the man.