(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region participated in Brueckenfest on June 11, 2022. They set up an information booth, gave waist drum performances, and demonstrated the exercises. One person who stopped and watched said, “I can feel the deeper meaning behind this practice.” Many learned about the ongoing persecution in China and signed the petition to help end it. They also encouraged practitioners to “keep up the good work.”
Brueckenfest, which featured over 80 booths and hands-on activities, was held on a boardwalk in Dortmund, and many people came out to enjoy the clear blue skies and warm breeze. Some of the practitioners demonstrated the exercises while others played the waist drums on stage.
The bright blue “Falun Dafa Is Good” banner and practitioners’ brilliant yellow costumes attracted many peoples’ attention. Passersby stood in line to either sign the petition or get a truth-clarification flyer. A photographer hired by the festival organizers also signed the petition. An elderly couple said after learning more about Falun Dafa, “What you are doing is right. Keep up the good work.”
Many at the festival had already gotten Falun Dafa flyers before practitioners got on stage to perform at 3 p.m. When the host of the event noticed practitioners getting ready to perform, he said, “I see many people gathering to watch the Falun Dafa practitioners’ perform.”
After practitioners played the waist drums, Milena, one of the performers, told how her herniated disc recovered after practicing Falun Dafa. Many in the audience applauded. Practitioners also demonstrated the five exercises. One man said, “I can feel the deeper meaning behind this practice.”
“Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the essence of human nature.”
Iris said that she’d tried many different qigong practices but felt that something was missing. Learning about Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, her eyes teared up and she wasn’t able to speak. She then said, “I believe that a healthy body always has a healthy soul. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the essence of human nature. I believe that people with faith always have a healthy mind and spirit.” Iris signed the petition after learning about the ongoing persecution. She also said she wanted to join the local group practice site.
When Anja signed the petition, she said, “I heard about forced live organ harvesting about three years ago due to my work in which I encounter many immigrants in Germany. I also did some research about forced live organ harvesting. As soon as I saw you here, I came to sign the petition. This shows that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is evil because it persecutes people who abide by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Background: What Is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline's growing popularity as a threat to the CCP's atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.Under Jiang's personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
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