(Minghui.org) Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners across Europe held various events to raise awareness of the persecution in China, marking 17 years since the brutality began.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The then CCP head Jiang Zemin launched the state-sanctioned persecution against innocent practitioners. The 17-year-long persecution has led to many deaths and countless imprisonment. The communist regime event sponsors live organ harvesting from practitioners incarcerated for profit. Facing the brutality, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world conduct peaceful protests and demand the immediate end to the persecution.

Raising Awareness in Stockholm, Sweden

Falun Gong practitioners in Stockholm held events in busy downtown, parks, and well-known tourist destinations from July 19 to 24, 2016. They set up poster boards, demonstrated the exercises, and reenacted the CCP's live organ harvesting to raise awareness of the atrocities in China.

The reenactment drew the attention of many tourists who were shocked at the brutality occurring in China. Many signed a petition to help stop the atrocity.

Falun Gong practitioners perform the exercises by Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.Falun Gong practice near Stockholm City Hall.Passersby observe practitioners exposing the CCP's persecution on Coin Square.

People sign a petition calling for an end to the brutality.

Two sisters from China looked at the poster boards. Due to the CCP's misleading propaganda, they initially had negative views. One of them said, “Why does Falun Gong seem so different here than what we saw on the news in China?”

A practitioner explained how the brutal persecution began and about the CCP's lies and propaganda defaming Falun Gong. The two were finally convinced and decided to oppose the persecution by withdrawing their memberships in the Communist Party's organizations.

Munich, Germany: “People's Awareness Can Change the World”

Falun Gong practitioners held similar events in Munich, Germany on July 23, 2016.

Practitioners hold a booth and demonstrate the exercises in Munich, Germany.

Passersby sign the petition against the persecution.

Dominik Mast and his family.

Dominik Mast, an engineer with his own company, was drawn by the peaceful exercise demonstration. He and his wife studied the poster display.

“The three words (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) will bring good fortune, he said,” Mast said. “I must stand up to support those being persecuted. Those in power are a minority. If people unite, the minority cannot suppress the masses. People's awareness can change the world.”

Events Held in Freiburg, Germany Win Public Support

Falun Gong practitioners held events in Freiburg, a university city in southwest Germany, on July 22, 2016.

Practitioners set up informational displays.

Practitioners talk to passersby about the persecution.

People sign the petition against the CCP's persecution and live organ harvesting.

Mr. Engelhard, a tourist who recently visited China, said his group was monitored during the entire trip. He said, “The Chinese guide told us we could only say what was allowed. I then went to Hong Kong and stayed three days there. Freedom of speech is much better there. But it is worrying that Hong Kong is gradually losing freedom.”

Mr. Engelhard signs the petition against the persecution.

Ms. Hoffmann signs petition against the persecution.

Ms. Hoffmann said she read a book about the CCP's live organ harvesting two years ago. She felt bad that the atrocity was still going on. A practitioner explained to her that the newest investigation on the live organ harvesting showed that the main source of organs is Falun Gong practitioners. She said, “It is too evil!” She encouraged the practitioners to keep up their efforts until the persecution stops.

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