Europe: Practitioners and Supporters Celebrate the 20th Annual World Falun Dafa Day
(Minghui.org) May 13, 2019 marks the 20th annual World Falun Dafa Day, and is also the 68th birthday of Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of this traditional mind and body cultivation practice.
Last weekend, practitioners and supporters of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) from throughout the world held various activities to celebrate this holiday. This report covers the events that took place in Germany, Finland, and Switzerland.
Practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, performed traditional Chinese dances, and presented musical offerings on a variety of instruments. They also distributed fliers and collected signatures on a petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
European Union (EU) parliamentary members, German lawmakers, and human rights activists attended the celebration on Rome Square in Frankfurt on Saturday. In their speeches, these supporters strongly condemned the persecution and commended Falun Gong's 20-year peaceful resistance.
Practitioners from Germany wish Master Li a happy birthday.
Human rights activist Michaele Koller briefly listed the physical and mental tortures that the Chinese regime uses in its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. She praised the peaceful resistance and called upon the international community to speak up for Falun Gong.
The World Falun Dafa Day celebration in Helsinki was held in front of the Helsinki Cathedral, a well-known tourist destination, on Saturday.
Practitioners in Switzerland celebrated the holiday by performing group exercises and sharing cultivation experience.