Special Speech at Georgia's Athens Human Rights Festival by Western Falun Dafa Practitioner (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) The annual human rights festival was held April 19-20, 2002 in the beautiful college town of Athens, Georgia. Georgia Falun Dafa practitioners set up a booth and took part in the two-day festival. Western practitioner Scot Roberson made a special speech on Falun Gong.
1. Introduce Dafa in a pure and compassionate manner
At the human rights festival, people of different races dressed in various clothing and playing different music and representatives of several human rights organizations were present.
Our Falun Dafa booth was set up 60 feet from the stage. The boundless compassion, peace and tranquility from the booth reached all the way to the street. Some Falun Dafa practitioners were practicing sitting meditation; some were sending forth righteous thoughts; some were handing out Falun Dafa truth-clarifying literature and introducing Falun Gong to the busy crowd in the scorching sun. Many people happily accepted Falun Dafa truth-clarifying literature and earnestly read it. Some adults with babies in their arms passed by our booth in a hurry, but the babies opened their small hands asking for something. They gave bright smiles when we gave them a piece of precious Falun Dafa literature. Many people stretched out their hands to Falun Dafa while they were still quite far away from us. We understood that our Compassionate Teacher guided these kind people with a predestined relationship to us, giving more people an opportunity to be saved.
2. Practitioner's rational and peaceful speech and miraculous cultivation amaze the public
University of Georgia at Athens (UGA) is western practitioner Scot Roberson's alma mater. With Falun Dafa Pudu music filling the air, Scot narrated in a rational and peaceful manner his extraordinary experience of going to Tiananmen Square to validate Falun Dafa. Hundreds of eyes looked at him in astonishment and listened to him attentively. He also talked about his personal cultivation practice in Falun Dafa, the widespread acceptance of Falun Dafa around the world and the persecution suffered by Falun Dafa practitioners in China. At the same time, four practitioners, in golden yellow t-shirts proclaiming "Falun Dafa" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" demonstrated the fifth set of exercise. They also sent forth righteous thoughts. Other practitioners took the chance to give Falun Dafa material to the audience. At that moment, the noisy human rights festival became solemn and respectful, and completely immersed in Falun Dafa's boundless compassion. Falun Dafa attracted the entire audience and tourists. People's eyes were filled with pleasant surprise, understanding, yearning and respect. "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" were embedded in people's hearts.3. Nearly one hundred Westerners signed the petition, extending their support to Falun Dafa practitioners in Changchun
Many Americans were surprised while viewing our Falun Dafa truth-clarifying posters. They felt it inconceivable that Jiang's regime persecutes Falun Dafa practitioners to such a brutal extent. Many people had tears in their eyes and sincerely worried about the situation of Falun Gong practitioners in China. A middle-aged American man in tears told the practitioners there that he had been to China and adopted a 22-month old orphan in Hunan Province. He said he witnessed how brutally the Chinese police treated Falun Gong practitioners. After he learned that Changchun Falun Dafa practitioners successfully broadcast truth-clarifying programs through the cable TV network and suffered a large-scale arrest, he said, "I must sign to support their righteous deeds, and to protect basic human rights." Another American was outraged after carefully looking through our photo display boards, he said, "If there are people who still don't know the severe persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China, these people must be living in caves..."
Amnesty International initiated the rescue of Changchun Falun Gong practitioners, and has gained support from kind-hearted people around the world. In less than two days, more than 130 people in Athens signed the petition. These kind people expressed their voice, "Chinese dictator Jiang must stop the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. Peaceful practice is one's basic human right. Whoever issued such an order to persecute people, he is indeed committing crimes, and he will definitely be brought to justice."