(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners held activities to introduce Falun Dafa in Antwerp, Belgium, on Meir, the main shopping street, on June 25, 2022.
They talked to people about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 23-year-long persecution of Falun Dafa and demonstrated the five Falun Dafa exercises. Many who passed by wanted to learn more about the persecution in China.
“I hope Falun Dafa can flourish again in China”
Betty Leysses and her son Thomas chatted with a practitioner for almost half an hour. Betty said that Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are important because they display the true, good nature of human beings. She said it was wrong that Falun Dafa was persecuted in China.
“A person’s soul is most important, and hope is something that we should never lose,” Betty said. “That is why I am interested in Falun Dafa. I was very upset when I learned about the persecution. I hope that people around the world can listen to their inner soul and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I hope Falun Dafa can flourish once again in China so that more Chinese people can know what true human nature is.”
Thomas, a medical student, said, “I am shocked to learn about the persecution. This is not right. We need to do something about it. Forced live organ harvesting is horrible and is something that we absolutely cannot do.”
Betty and Thomas took information about Falun Dafa and the persecution in China and said they would support and spread the truth about the practice.
University Students Condemn the Chinese Communist Party
Several groups of university students watched practitioners demonstrate the exercises for a long time. They then took Falun Dafa flyers.
Giorgia, a language major, and Francesca, a literature major, from Erasmus University Rotterdam talked about Falun Dafa with a practitioner. Giorgia said, “I was drawn to this because you look peaceful and calm. That is something that I am not. I am always very anxious. I want to know how you can achieve a state of tranquility. Thank you for telling me about this practice. I am very interested in it. I have an informational booklet about Falun Dafa now and will research it more online.”
Francesca said she was also interested in Falun Dafa. She pointed to a practitioner and said, “She is so calm and has such a serene smile on her face. She looks very happy and peaceful.”
They both asked many questions about Falun Dafa, such as why China banned the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, why these principles are such a threat to the CCP regime, and if the persecution is still going on. When a practitioner told them more about Falun Dafa, they said it was unbelievable that the CCP forbids the spread of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
A practitioner told them about the resolution passed by the European Parliament condemning forced live organ harvesting of Falun Dafa practitioners. Giorgia and Francesca said they would spread information about the persecution and that they supported Falun Dafa.
They thanked the practitioners for their efforts and said they were truly grateful to have been made aware of the persecution.
University of Antwerp students An-Sofie, who majors in psychology, and Kat, who majors in event management, watched as practitioners demonstrated the exercises. “This is a good way to relax and be calm,” An-Sofie said. “Holding public activities is a good way for more people to learn about Falun Dafa.”
Kat said, “I already have Falun Dafa flyers. I hope to learn more about it because I am very interested in the practice.”
They both were upset to hear about the ongoing persecution in China. “It is hard to understand why the CCP persecutes a group of harmless citizens. It is odd to me that the CCP persecutes Falun Dafa practitioners, because they have done nothing wrong. This is not fair. People should have the freedom to choose for themselves,” An-Sofie said.
Mother and Daughter Hope to Start Practicing Falun Dafa
Bianca and her mother Bauke Cermera chatted with Wilfried, a Falun Dafa practitioner, about the CCP’s ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa.
“I think this practice is full of positive energy. It looks very calming and beautiful,” Bianca said. “It is horrible that the CCP is persecuting Falun Dafa. We think the persecution should not exist and it should end immediately.”
They said they would look into Falun Dafa more after they got home.
Aditza and her daughter Chloe watched practitioners demonstrate the exercises. The two were encountering Falun Dafa for the first time and wanted to learn more about the practice.
“Practitioners emit a peaceful energy. I think this is very good,” Aditza said. After learning that the materials to learn Falun Dafa are all available free of charge online, including the exercise instruction videos, they expressed interest in learning Falun Dafa.
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