(Minghui.org) To honor the thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who died as a result of the 20-year-long persecution in China, practitioners in Brazil held activities in São Paulo on July 20, 2019, to introduce the practice and raise awareness of the atrocities that have been taking place in China. They talked to people at popular tourist destinations, the busy downtown area, and several shopping centers frequented by local Chinese.
Practitioners also demonstrated the exercises, distributed fliers in both Chinese and Portuguese, and talked with tourists and passersby about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong.
Practitioners went to the business areas in São Paulo including Bras, Liberdade, and Paulista. Several people already knew about the CCP’s persecution of practitioners, but some had never heard of Falun Gong.
Many people condemned the CCP’s crimes against humanity. Several said that they were moved by Falun Gong practitioners’ perseverance in peacefully protesting the persecution for these past 20 years.
A journalist named Jane was doing a report on the persecution of people in various countries. She spoke to practitioners and asked detailed questions about the persecution in China. She also took several photographs of the practitioners' activities. She said she would browse the Falun Gong websites for more information. She added that she was deeply touched by Falun Gong practitioners' perseverance and that she admired them.
Falun Gong practitioners from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, set up a stand at the market under the famous landmark TV tower. Since it was Saturday, the market was crowded and many people stopped to talk with practitioners. Several people said they were shocked to learn of the CCP’s state-run crime of harvesting organs from living practitioners for profit. Many signed the petition which condemns the CCP’s atrocities.
During the activities in the two major cities, many people expressed interest in learning Falun Gong. A gentleman named Sergio said he'd always been interested in Asian spiritual beliefs. He was deeply attracted by the five graceful Falun Gong exercises demonstrated by the practitioners.
Sergio learned the exercises on the spot. He said that afterward, he felt inner peace and strong energy. He added that he would like to learn more about Falun Dafa and would go to the nearby park to practice the exercises with other practitioners.
Fabrizio learned about Falun Gong and the CCP’s persecution on July 20. The next day, he went to the park and did the exercises with practitioners. After he did all five exercises, he said he liked the practice very much and would come every day. He also said he would read Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong.
A mother and daughter from a small town called Rio Grande do Sul were visiting the capital city when they came across the practitioners doing the exercises. After they heard more about Falun Gong, they said they wished to learn the exercises and more about this ancient spiritual practice. They thanked the practitioners and said they would go to the Falun Gong website site and watch the free exercise instructional video.