(Minghui.org) After group exercises and activities at Brisbane Square in central Brisbane on April 23, Falun Gong practitioners went to a nearby Chinese-populated suburb, Sunnybank, to talk to people about the 17-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Both events were held to commemorate the peaceful appeal in Beijing of April 25, 1999. Drawn by the banners and posters, many people stopped for more information. While waiting in traffic, some motorists gave the thumbs-up to practitioners. One of them rolled down his car window and called out, “You are doing a wonderful job!”

Falun Gong practitioners talk to passersby about the persecution in China

“The CCP Is Worse than I Thought”

When a young man from China saw the practitioners and the banners, he called aloud, “Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)!” When a practitioner talked with him, he said that he knew the Party had done many bad things to people in the past and he hopes that the regime could be overthrown soon.

The practitioners explained to him that Falun Gong practitioners had no intention of overthrowing the CCP. “The communist party has persecuted so many innocent people, including Falun Gong practitioners who follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It is undermining the foundation of our society and Heaven will not allow it to exist anymore.”

The young man was very happy to renounce his membership in the CCP and its affiliated organizations, the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers.

A tourist from China read the materials offered to him by a practitioner and said that he knew that the communist party was very bad. “But I did not know the CCP was this bad! It is worse than I thought.”

He said that the Party is doomed to fall after killing so many innocent people. He then asked a practitioner to help him quit the Party to avoid going down with it.

From All Walks of Life

When Annie, a Falun Gong practitioner, talked with a group of four Chinese people about Falun Gong, one of the them asked about the practitioners' professions.

“We come from different backgrounds,” Annie said, “including professors, doctors, business owners, laborers, and housewives.” The young man was surprised because this was different than what he had heard from the slanderous propaganda in China.

Annie then told them that Falun Gong is practiced in more than 100 countries around the world, and went on to share how practitioners have benefited from the practice, both physically and spiritually. Everyone in the group agreed to renounce their membership in the communist party organizations.