Australia, U.S., Germany, and Canada: Introducing Falun Gong and Raising Awareness of the Persecution in Local Communities
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners regularly hold activities and participate in local community events to introduce the meditation practice to the public and to raise awareness of its persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). At these events, practitioners often demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises, tell people about Falun Gong, and collect signatures to call for an end to the persecution in China.
The following are reports from events in Sydney, Australia; California, United States; Munich, Germany; and Calgary, Canada.
Raising Awareness in Sydney, Australia
Falun Gong practitioners did the exercises as a group in Hyde Park in downtown Sydney, Australia, on August 2, 2019. They told passersby about the CCP’s persecution and collected signatures for a petition condemning the CCP's human rights abuses. Many people paused to talk with the practitioners and sign the petition.
Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises while passersby watch.A young man (in the red jacket) learns the Falun Gong exercises.Passersby read the flyers and sign the petition protesting the persecution.Chinese tourists read the posters and talk with a practitioner about Falun Gong and the persecution.
Undergraduate student David Cofa, who studies at the University of New South Wales Law Department, joined the practitioners in meditation.
“This is my second time to meditate here,” he said. “In such a peaceful atmosphere with melodious music, it is very easy for people like me who usually do not have time to meditate regularly to feel calmness and relaxation.”
David said he was given some materials by a practitioner when he passed by the first time. He knew that the CCP persecutes Falun Gong and that many practitioners have been killed through state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China. He said it is a horrible crime and commended practitioners for letting people know what is happening in China.
John Abert and his wife, Margaret, know a Falun Gong practitioner who has lived in their neighborhood for more than two decades. They said that the practitioner was a good and credible person.
“Falun Gong is doing good deeds and should be supported from all circles of life. The CCP’s persecution must be stopped as soon as possible,” John said. Margaret agreed.
Both John and Margaret read The Epoch Times newspaper. They had heard about the final judgment of the China Tribunal held in London, which concluded that the CCP conducts live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, who are mainly Falun Gong practitioners.
Annual Arts and Craft Festival in Fremont, California
Falun Gong practitioners participated in the annual Arts and Craft Festival in Fremont on August 3 and 4, 2019. Many people signed their petition calling for an end to the CCP’s live organ harvesting.
Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises.Falun Gong practitioners talk with visitors about Falun Gong and the persecution.People sign a petition calling for an end to the CCP’s live organ harvesting.People sign up to participate in a free Falun Gong instruction session.
City planner Mitchel Wexler told practitioners, “I learned about the CCP’s crime of organ harvesting on the Internet… Nazi Germany conducted genocide against Jews during World War II. People warned themselves that the sin should not be repeated. But now the CCP is even more evil and even harvesting organs from living people.”
“Governments across the world have not done anything about it. I have not seen the media reports about this. This is sad. More people should learn about the persecution in China,” he continued.
Having heard how Falun Gong helps people to keep fit and to get rid of bad habits, he signed up for an upcoming Falun Gong instruction session at the Fremont Library. “I believe practicing Falun Gong can calm my mind and relieve stress in daily life,” he said.
Awareness Raising in Munich, Germany
Falun Gong practitioners held activities on the Tal, a street in downtown Munich, Germany, on August 3, 2019.
The summer travel season brought many Chinese tourists to the practitioners' activities. Some asked for information materials, some talked with the practitioners, and some agreed to renounce their memberships in the CCP and its youth organizations.
Falun Gong practitioners conduct activities to introduce the practice and raise awareness of the CCP’s persecution in Munich on August 3, 2019.A passerby signs the petition calling on the German government to help stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting.
Stampede Parade in Calgary, Canada
Falun Gong practitioners participated in the 107th Calgary Stampede Parade on July 5, 2019. This year saw 120 groups join the parade, which lasted more than two hours. The parade route was nearly five kilometers (3.1 miles).
The Falun Gong float and waist drum team received enthusiastic applause and cheers from spectators.