Europe: Events in Eight Countries Mark 19 Years of Peaceful Resistance
(Minghui.org) In the last two weeks, Falun Gong practitioners all around the world have held events to acknowledge the 19th anniversary of the peaceful resistance to the persecution of Falun Gong in China and to call for help to stop this human rights crisis. This report features photos taken at the events in eight European countries.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Practitioners in Ireland held a parade and rally in Belfast on July 21. Beginning at city hall and ending at Spirit of Belfast, a famous tourist spot, the parade sought to raise public awareness of the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting.
The beginning of the paradeThe paradeTelling people about the persecutionSigning the petition to condemn the persecutionCharlotte Guy (right) and Zoe Alnudeff (left) from Portadown signed the petition and promised to bring the information back to their classmates. They took a stack of Falun Gong flyers.
Prague, the Czech Republic
On July 20, practitioners from the Czech Republic re-enacted some of the ways Falun Gong practitioners are tortured in China. They also handed out information and collected signatures on petitions that condemn the persecution.
The torture and forced organ harvesting reenactments shocked many tourists.People sign the petition to support Falun Gong.Demonstrating the exercises. The pictures in the front are of those who lost their lives in the persecution.
Practitioners from Denmark demonstrated the exercises and disributed materials on King's Park in Copenhagen on July 21.
Practitioners in Moscow held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese embassy on July 20.
The Hague, Netherlands
Practitioners in the Hague held a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Consulate on the morning of July 20, and demonstrated the exercises downtown in the afternoon.
Practitioners in Scotland assembled in downtown Glasgow on July 20 to hand out materials, collect signatures, and demonstrate the exercises.
Austrian practitioners passed out materials and collected signatures at Stephen Plaza on July 20.
Romanian practitioners held a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Bucharest on July 20 and 21.
Bearing Witness to the Persecution with Their Own Experiences
At the events, many practitioners shared their own experiences of being tortured because of their belief in Falun Gong.
Ms. Zhang and her daughter escaped China to the Netherlands just a few months ago. She was arrested three times. In 2017, the police tied her up, stretched her limbs, and force-fed her, which damaged her stomach.
Ms. Zhang said, “I passed out twice during the forced feeding. The doctors thought I was going to die, but I survived because I practice Falun Gong.
“As long as I am alive, I will tell people what Falun Gong really is. Nobody can stop me.”
Ms. Chen Man, who lives in Copenhagen, was incarcerated in China for seven years. In prison, she was forced to do hard labor 12 hours a day. She was also forced to read and watch things that slandered Falun Gong in an attempt to brainwash her.
“I am free now,” she said, “but many of my friends died. Cui Hai from Wuhan City was one of them. She was imprisoned for five years. Nineteen days after her release in December 2017, she passed away at the age of 69.”
Ms. Wei Zaiqun, also from Copenhagen, had similar experiences.
“Two of my sisters and my brother-in-law were sentenced, and my brother-in-law Chen Guangzhong died in a detention center five months after being arrested. My mother had been harassed by the police for a long time,” she said.
Ms. Wei called for the international community to help stop the persecution.