Introducing Falun Gong to Local Communities in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Denmark
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held activities and participated in local community events to introduce the cultivation practice to the public, and raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ongoing persecution. During these events, practitioners demonstrated the exercises, clarified the truth, and held signature drives. They invited people to sign a petition to condemn the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. The following are reports of local events in Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Denmark.
Munich, Germany: Introducing Falun Gong in Oktoberfest
German Falun Gong practitioners held an event on September 28, 2019, at Marienplatz in Munich to introduce Falun Gong and expose the CCP's persecution. Many people signed a petition to support Falun Gong practitioners.
The world-famous Munich October Festival (Oktoberfest) is held annually in Munich. Marlene Square is packed with tourists from Germany and around the world, including many Chinese tourists.
“It’s so evil. How can we do business with such a regime,” said a German man upon learning about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and its state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners. He immediately signed the petition protesting the persecution.
Valencia, Spain: Falun Gong Welcomed at Health Expo
Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain. From September 27 to 29, 2019, a three-day Health Expo (Biocultura) was held in the Convention and Exhibition Center in Valencia. Falun Gong was particularly eye-catching among numerous booths.
Mr. Luis, an artist, is the owner of a gallery in Valencia. He and his wife expressed their interest in Falun Gong. They said they would begin to learn to practice Falun Gong. Mr. Luis said that he would like to invite Falun Gong practitioners to his gallery to teach the practice.
Belgium: Introducing Falun Gong in Downtown Brussels
Practitioners held activities in downtown Brussels to introduce Falun Gong and expose the CCP’s persecution on September 28, 2019. Many people paused to watch the practitioners’ exercise demonstration, read the posters, talk with practitioners, and sign the petition protesting the persecution.
Auban Pringle taught English in China. He returned to the University of Brussels to study political science. During his stay in China, he heard about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.
He said, “I began to learn more about the Chinese government, and such things [as the persecution] and wanted to know why it is happening. I already knew about the persecution of Falun Gong, but I didn’t know the reason why.”
He talked about his understanding of the CCP's brainwashing. He said, “There is another difficulty in China. There is no way to freely browse the Internet. One has to get around the censorship firewall.”
He said that although people only chatted with friends and family and looked at the news, they still had to bear the risk of being monitored by the CCP.
Aarhus, Denmark: Practitioners Invited to Participate in Community Event
Practitioners participated in an event called Folk Gathering in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city on September 28, 2019. The event aimed to share community ideas and practices and provide a communication platform for people to learn and care for the public. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate in the event. They introduced the practice to the public.
Victor is a fitness instructor. Instead of passing by, he walked straight to the Falun Gong booth. He watched the practitioners' exercise demonstration for a while. He was very happy and excited and asked for more information.
A practitioner told him that there was a Falun Gong introduction at the activity center. He went to the activity center and learned all five-sets of exercises. He said excitedly afterward, “I felt a small fan rotating in my palm. I felt strong energy when I had both hands in front of my belly, and I had tears in my eyes.” The practitioners were really happy for him to learn Falun Gong.
Some parents brought their children to the event. A little girl walked to the exhibition table and listened to a practitioner's introduction. Afterward, she took a little paper-folded lotus flower and a Falun Gong flier and excitedly ran back to her parents.
When the practitioners gave people the small lotus pendant, they pointed to the words “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance”, and talked about the meaning of the lotus. When people practice Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, the bad thoughts in their minds and the bad substances in their body are removed. They become as elegant as the lotus.