Finland: Practitioners Hold Activity in Helsinki Supporting an End to the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On August 18, 2007, Falun Gong practitioners and volunteers from the Quitting the CCP Service Center in Finland held an activity at Esplanadi Park in central Helsinki to expose the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and protest its eight-year-long persecution of Falun Gong. They also called on local citizens to support the 25 million Chinese people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, the Chinese Youth League and the Young Pioneers.
Dr. Li, who has worked in Spain, talked about Falun Gong with Spanish tourists
"Please learn about the persecution in China"
A family signs to oppose the persecution
It was high season for tourism in Finland and the park was crowded with tourists from around the world. At 10:00 a.m., as the volunteers and Falun Gong practitioners started arranging the banners, posters, and petition table, they saw many tourists passing by. One lady carrying her luggage said, "Falun Gong, Falun Gong" and signed the petition form immediately. A practitioner asked her where she was from and she said, "Sweden."
Tourists from Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Russia were glad to receive material in their own languages. The number of Chinese people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations has now reached 25 million. Seeing this news, many Chinese tourists passing by accepted copies of The Epoch Times newspaper editorial the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and other material about quitting the CCP. A lady even asked a volunteer to publish a statement for her to quit the CCP on The Epoch Times website.
Ms. Wang, a volunteer from the Quitting the CCP Service Center said, "Many Chinese people have come to understand the evil nature of the CCP and quit the Party since the Nine Commentaries was published in late 2004.The great wave of people who have quit the CCP is overwhelming. I ran into two Chinese people who asked me to help them quit the CCP when I passed by the market at the seaside. Many passersby from different countries told me that they already knew about the persecution of Falun Gong and inspired us to go on. People also expressed their support for the human rights torch relay launched by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), and believed that the Olympic Games cannot coexist with the inhuman crimes taking place in China."
Two young Finnish men read the posters and asked for more materials from the volunteers, including the English version of the Investigation on the Allegation of the CCP's Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. They said that they would read them carefully.
An older man told a Falun Gong practitioner that he had been to China before he retired and he knew about the persecution taking place there, but he did not understand why international society remained silent in the presence of such crimes. His wife was a retired organ transplant physician. When she saw the banners and posters exposing the CCP's harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, she said, "This crime should stop immediately. You are doing the right thing." The couple signed the petition right away to express their support for an end to the persecution.
Two reporters from the well known Finnish magazine SUOMEN KUVALEHTI interviewed some volunteers and Falun Gong practitioners on the occasion and took photos of them.