Vienna, Austria: Marching for Justice, Supporting Lawsuits Against Former Chinese Dictator
(Minghui.org) “The march is great...very peaceful, very well-organized,” said a police officer, commending the Falun Gong group's grand march in Vienna, Austria on September 19, 2015.
The practitioners from over 30 countries held the march to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong in China and the recent wave of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
More than 180,000 people have filed criminal complainants against Jiang to the Supreme People's Procuratorate and Supreme People's Court in Beijing for his abuse of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong.
The European Divine Land Marching Band led the three-hour march through the heart of Vienna, starting at the Stephansplatz square. A dragon dance team entertained and “celestial maidens” greeted spectators, while an exercise demonstration upon a colorful float displayed the peacefulness of Falun Gong.
The part of the march that focused on the persecution included banners in multiple languages about the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin and a re-enactment of the CCP's brutal crime of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. A group of practitioners dressed in white carried portraits of practitioners who died as a result of the persecution.
“Events like this should be held more often,” said a nicely-dressed man to a police officer. “They are so peaceful, but the persecution they suffer [in China] is horrible. I saw their event on Stephansplatz this morning and felt it was very good, very positive.”
Meditating before the march.The grand march led by the Divine Land Marching Band.Falun Gong marches to raise awareness in Vienna, Austria on September 19, 2015Dragon dancing teamPassers-by stop to ask questions about the persecution of Falun Gong.
Supporting the Lawsuit Against Jiang
Georg Merenyi, a scholar of art history and ancient architecture, took many photos of the march. He said he was interested in eastern culture, especially traditional culture. He condemned the persecution of Falun Gong, saying not enough people are aware.
“I could feel the strong energy coming from the procession,” said former performing arts instructor Susanne Vetter, who was visiting from South Africa. Hearing that Falun Gong's teachings are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, she said, “That's why the CCP doesn't like Falun Gong. As these principles have inner power, the CCP fears it.”
She said that everyone should follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She was imprssed by the lawsuits against Jiang and said that he should be sued.
Retired civil engineer Johann Smidel and his wife watched the march for quite a while. Seeing the truck with a reenactment of the CCP's torture, he asked his wife to get some photos. He said, “Jiang must be sued without a doubt.”
Smidel praised practitioners for taking legal action to stop the persecution and asked how he could help.
He said, “This persecution is unacceptable. We should actively support Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”