(Minghui.org) The Chinese embassy is on one side of the Avenue de Tervueren in Brussels. On July 20, 2018, on the other side of Avenue de Tervueren was a row of Falun Gong practitioners in yellow T-shirts, peacefully protesting the 19-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. Some practitioners were doing the Falun Gong exercises together; some were talking to passersby about the persecution taking place in China. Passing motorists honked to express their support for Falun Gong.

It is not uncommon for protests in front of the Chinese embassy in Brussels to involve yelling and policemen reinforcing fences. However, today, during the Falun Gong practitioners' protest, the police were sitting in a police car and didn't feel the need to intervene.

Peaceful Falun Gong protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Belgium.

“This protest is not against China, the Chinese people, or staff members in the embassy,” said Nick, representative of the local Falun Dafa (another name for Falun Gong) Association. “We are here to protest the persecution of Falun Gong in China. It was initiated by the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Jiang Zemin in 1999. It is still going on today.

“We hope that the embassy staff members can think about this: if the CCP says that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is bad, then what is good? We hope the staff members can make their own judgments and choices.”

Support for Falun Gong in Brussels

Falun Gong practitioners collected signatures in the Brussels city center, calling for the end of the persecution in China. Many people signed the petition upon learning about the human rights violations in China.

Falun Gong practitioners speak with pedestrians about the persecution in China.

People sign the petition to call for the end of the persecution.

Verholst is a social worker. She signed the petition and expressed an interest in learning the Falun Gong exercises.

Ms. Duchesme had heard of Falun Gong from her brother and colleagues. She signed the petition as well.

Adele, Judith, and Jenny from France spoke with a Falun Gong practitioner. They said that the Chinese regime's killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs was absolutely unacceptable.