Scotland: Visitors Support Falun Gong Practitioners During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Photos)
(Minghui.org) Visitors at the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe had an opportunity to enjoy the event and support an important cause: ending forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
The festival kicked off on August 1, 2014, in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. For two weekends, practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises and invited visitors to sign the 2014 DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting) petition to call for thorough investigations and to end the forced organ harvesting in China.
The event, a large-scale arts festival, was established in 1947. It attracts hundreds of artists and street performers and tens of thousands of tourists from around the world.
Peaceful Exercises Draw Attention
Tourists who visit Edinburgh Castle from around the world and across the U.K. usually walk the Royal Mile. Practitioners from Scotland and England set up a booth there and displayed photos and information about Falun Gong. They demonstrated the exercises and handed out informational materials both weekends during the festival.
Many people were attracted by the peaceful exercise demonstration. They stopped to watch and took informational materials. Many Chinese tourists took photos of the tranquil scene that they would not be able to see back in China.
A young woman from China was surprised to see Falun Gong practitioners. She was very curious and asked many questions to learn what the Chinese regime propaganda has covered up in China.
Among those who gathered to watch the exercise demonstration was a Chinese woman with tears in her eyes. She later told a practitioner that she was so delighted to see practitioners outside of China, "It has been 15 years, and the persecution is still going on in China," she choked. She told the practitioner that she has practiced Falun Gong for 15 years, and she was relieved and encouraged to see practitioners overseas.
Signature Drive in a Busy Part of Edinburgh
After demonstrating the exercises on the Royal Mile, practitioners went to another busy area in Edinburgh to collect signatures on the petition calling for an end to forced organ harvesting carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in China.
Many people were shocked to learn of the CCP's atrocities and signed the petition. They read the information on the display boards and the resolution adopted by the European Parliament to condemn and call for an end to the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.
Some of those who signed promised to spread the word about the petition and posted the link to DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting) website's petition page to their social media network so that more people could learn about it and sign to show their support.
Several people thanked practitioners for their efforts and encouraged them to keep up the good work.