Helsinki, Finland: Practitioners Set Up in Esplanade Park to Increase Public Awareness about the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On August 9th, Falun Gong practitioners in Helsinki, Finland held an activity in Esplanade Park to raise awareness about Falun Gong and expose the CCP's nine-year inhuman persecution. In particular, the practitioners condemned the increased arrests of practitioners in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.
In the park, tourists from many countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and France were enjoying the summer sunshine. People slowed down upon seeing banners reading "Falun Dafa is Good" and "Stop the evil CCP from Persecuting Falun Gong". Some accepted leaflets, some stopped to look at the display of information panels, some came forward to ask questions, and still others went directly and signed a petition to show their support.
Practitioners talk to passersby about the persecution in China
Members of Amnesty International of Finland come to sign the petition
Passersby talk with practitioners and sign petition condemning the persecution of Falun Gong
"I have signed the petition supporting you before," said a lady when Dr. Li, a Falun Gong practitioner, politely gave leaflets to one couple. But the gentleman with her asked, "Why does the CCP persecute Falun Gong?" Dr. Li told him that Falun Gong was so effective in both improving one's health and moral standard that it had attracted nearly 100 million people to practice in just a few years, about which the CCP is very frightened. The evil nature of the CCP is destined not to tolerate the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance that it has forced Falun Gong practitioners to give up their belief by torturing them. After hearing this, the gentleman said, "I'll read the material carefully."
Having accepted leaflets, two tourists from Italy told Ms. Jiang, a local Falun Gong practitioner, "We know Falun Gong and have signed the petition supporting an end to the persecution before. In Italy, everybody has freedom in faith, but in China, people are not allowed the same. This should not have happened."
Two ladies from the USA took some photos of the activity after accepting leaflets. When a practitioner spoke to them, one of them said, "We know Falun Gong. My grandson now works in Shenzhen, China." Ms. Jiang asked her to tell her grandson the truth about Falun Gong. The woman replied that her son knows already. Both ladies expressed that they were very pleased to meet Falun Gong practitioners here.
Several members from Amnesty International in Finland also signed the petition supporting Falun Gong when passing by.
While watching practitioners demonstrating the exercises, a well dressed Russian lady said, "It is so beautiful!" and she then started to learn. She signed the petition before leaving. When found that Russian materials were available, she was so delighted that she asked for one more.
Some Chinese people also took leaflets. Among them, a young lady who worked on an oil tanker felt reluctant to accept the materials, not believing that Falun Gong is persecuted in China, but she thought that everyone should have freedom in their faith and she also appreciated Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful attitude when clarifying the truth. Later, she accepted the material, saying that she would read it carefully and said good-bye to the practitioners in a friendly manner.