(Minghui.org) The 16th annual World Falun Dafa Day was celebrated by practitioners in the Czech Republic and Austria on May 9, 2015.

Falun Dafa practitioners in the Czech Republic gathered on Prague's Old Town Square and held a group exercise practice, offered free teaching of the exercises, distributing flyers and hand-made paper lotus flowers and held a poster exhibit introducing the practice of Falun Dafa. The posters also exposed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal persecution of Falun Dafa including the forced live organ harvesting of persecuted practitioners. They collected signatures on a petition to call for an end to the persecution.

Practicing the exercises together on Prague's Old Town Square.

Tourists on Prague's Old Town Square sign a petition to protest the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

Tourists read posters exposing the CCP's persecution of Falun Dafa.

A family of three visiting from Beijing renounced their membership in the CCP and its affiliated organizations after listening to a practitioner explain why it was important to do so.

A young man from Changchun, Jilin Province, China listened to a practitioner's introduction to Falun Dafa. He said, “I know about Master Li and Falun Dafa as I live near his previous home in Jilin.” The practitioner asked him, “Have you quit the Party?” The young man quit the Young Pioneers using an alias.

Falun Dafa practitioners in Austria held activities on St. Stephen's Cathedral Square in Vienna to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. They also raised awareness about the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

Falun Dafa practitioners do the exercises together on St. Stephen's Cathedral Square in Vienna.

Passers-by pause to learn about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

People sign the petition calling for a stop to the persecution.

Falun Gong practitioners talk with visitors to raise awareness.

“Your signature can save lives,” was written on a poster in front of the Falun Dafa practitioners' information table. A group of practitioners sang songs, including “Falun Dafa is great.”

The Falun Gong exercise demonstration drew the attention of many tourists and local residents. Many people took photos, asked for informational flyers and signed the petition.

Among the visitors to the event was a professor from New Jersey, USA who was attending a United Nations human rights conference in Vienna. She passed by the square and signed the petition. She mentioned that she had heard about the CCP's live organ harvesting, and she planned to learn more about Falun Dafa to see what she could do to help.

Arnoldi is chairman of an organization in Stuttgart, Germany to support those persecuted. He said after signing the petition, “Way to go! You will succeed one day.”

Arnoldi added that he would pay more attention to Falun Dafa after returning home to Stuttgart, and would help expose the CCP's atrocities.