(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Germany's Rhine-Neckar region held an Information Day on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in the historic city of Heidelberg. It had been raining the night before and the clear, crisp air was filled with the slight chill of early winter. After setting up an information booth right on the main street of Heidelberg, Falun Gong practitioners started to demonstrate the five exercises.
Heidelberg’s charm seemed almost unaffected by the pandemic. The Christmas decorations seemed exceptionally beautiful this year and there was also an endless stream of pedestrians passing by. The calm and peaceful scenes displayed by Falun Gong practitioners attracted many onlookers.
Two young Iranian men were walking briskly near the information booth when one of the men saw a banner that said: “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the most evil virus that is ravaging the world.” He stopped in his tracks and asked a Falun Gong practitioner: “Are you against the CCP?” The Falun practitioners replied: “Yes, we are against the CCP because of the persecution of Falun Gong.” The Iranian man replied, “I want to sign the petition.” He signed two petitions, one for “Stopping Live Organ Harvesting” and the other for supporting efforts to “Disintegrate the CCP.”
After signing the petitions, the Iranian man started to chat with the Falun Gong practitioner and learned that the Falun Gong practitioner was from China. The Iranian man said that both Iran and China are totalitarian states. He was not shocked that China would do such a thing. He expressed his enthusiasm for the petition and said to the Falun Gong practitioners: “I wish you all the best!”
A Greek couple were looking contemplative for a long time in front of the information booth describing the forced live organ harvesting of Falun Gong in China. When a practitioner handed them a flyer and a Falun Gong newspaper, the young man asked if this was about human trafficking. The practitioner explained that it was about forced live organ harvesting. In China, the CCP is brutally persecuting a group of people who abide by the standards of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” Not only are these practitioners being persecuted through torture, some face the horrors of organ harvesting. This persecution has been going on for 21 years and it is still happening today.
The young man said: “This is too brutal. What can we do?” The practitioner said that they could sign the petition to stop the CCP's crimes against humanity. The couple signed immediately. Before leaving, the couple also took an English version of the book Falun Gong and a truth-clarification flyer. They said that after returning to Greece, they will tell their friends and family about it.
A German woman was listening very carefully to the words that Falun Gong practitioners were conveying through a loudspeaker. When a Falun Gong practitioner asked if she wanted to sign the petition, the lady expressed that she had already signed it. “I know about the CCP harassing the people in Hong Kong and persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, but how come I’ve never heard anything about live organ harvesting on television?” the woman asked. She did not seem to understand what was going on. The practitioner said, “This is all because of the economic interests of the German government, large German companies, and the enterprises who want to do business with the CCP. They want to make money and establish a good relationship with the CCP. As a result, the government will not say anything, therefore no media will report it.”
The woman agreed with what the Falun Gong practitioner said. On the other side of the information booth Falun Gong practitioners were doing the fifth exercise, the sitting meditation. The German lady said: “I think this meditation exercise is really good. I want to try it.” The Falun Gong practitioner handed her a flyer containing an introduction to Falun Gong and the German lady started to read it attentively. The practitioner introduced Falun Gong to her as a cultivation practice of the Buddha school with five sets of exercises that are very simple and easy to learn. The German lady seemed very interested and the Falun Gong practitioner told her that there is a group practice site in a park in Heidelberg. The lady took down the name and telephone number of a local Falun Gong coordinator before leaving happily.