Activities in Europe Mark 17th Anniversary of Falun Gong's Peaceful Resistance
(Minghui.org) With tremendous courage, Falun Gong's peaceful resistance has awakened countless people all over the world to the brutal persecution that the Chinese Communist Party initated on July 20, 1999.
In the past week, Europeans, from politicians to the average person, were reminded that Falun Gong practitioners have now resisted the persecution for 17 years.
In England, signatures on a petition protesting the persecution were collected in front of the Parliament Building from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 20. Locals and tourists from all over the world gave their signatures.
Twenty Parliament Members sent letters of support, and several came to the event. In their letters, MPs Brian Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate OBE, Ian Murray, and Daniel Zeichner strongly condemned the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China and called for help from the international community to stop it.
Sir Ian Hart, a famous British actor, praised practitioners for doing a good job.Jacob from Turkey signed the petition. He liked the hand-made lotus flower Falun Gong practitioners gave him.A Bulgarian gentleman didn't hesitate to sign the petition.Danish teacher Jetty was shocked to learn about forced live organ harvesting.Ali from India thought that forced organ harvesting was an act of terrorism.
Practitioners in Denmark held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese embassy in Copenhagen on July 20 in memory of those who were tortured to death. They asked the Chinese government to release all imprisoned practitioners.
Ms. Wei Zaiqun told embassy officials that 20 police officers in Chengdu broke into her house on May 27, 2015. They searched it; took the Falun Gong materials, computers, and cash; and arrested her sisters.
Her sisters were badly beaten in the detention center. Her mother had a heart attack due to the shock, and her sister-in-law is being watched closely by the local police. Her sisters have now been detained for 14 months. She asked the government to release them.
In Sweden, practitioners held banners in front of the Chinese embassy on the morning of July 20, calling for an end to the persecution and for those responsible to be brought to justice. In the afternoon, they moved to Mynttorget Square, a famous tourist destination in Stockholm, to demonstrate the exercises, re-enact forced organ harvesting, and collect signatures.
The rally in front of the Chinese embassy in StockholmRe-enacting forced organ harvesting on Mynttorget Square. The banner reads: “In the face of forced organ harvesting, are you going to keep silent?”Many people signed the petition condemning the persecution and supporting Falun Gong practitioners.
A similar rally was held in front of the Chinese embassy in Madrid, Spain, on July 20.
Carlos Iglesias, the lawyer who helped practitioners in Spain file lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former communist leader, for his role in the persecution, spoke at the rally. He pointed out that the persecution not only broke Chinese laws but also international laws.
Iglesias believes that Jiang Zemin will be put on trial soon. He called on Chinese government officials who have gone along with Jiang's policies of persecution to see the writing on the wall and stop carrying it out.
In Vienna, Austria, practitioners held a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in the morning and then moved to Stephansdom, a famous tourist spot, in the afternoon to raise awareness of the persecution.
Hermine, a bodybuilding race champion, was glad to find Falun Gong in 2010. “Falun Gong gave me the answers to questions that had bothered me for many years,” she said. “It is my responsibility to help practitioners who have been persecuted in China.”
In Bratislava, Slovakia, local practitioners and those from Czech held a signature collection downtown on July 19.
Practitioners also demonstrated the exercises. Tourists from Spain, Italy, and Austria, as well as local residents, signed the petition.