For the first two weeks of December, practitioners in Europe visited three countries on the Balkan Peninsula: Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia. They talked to people about Falun Gong and how the meditation practice is being persecuted in China.
Tourists Show Support for Falun Gong
Practitioners went to the center of the Albanian capital city of Tirana, to clarify the truth and distribute fliers. Many passers-by asked, "What is Falun Gong?” and “Why is it being persecuted in China?" After learning the facts, many were appalled and condemned the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
|Promoting Falun Gong in Albania's capital city, Tirana|
In the afternoon, practitioners went to Tirana Ocean Park to hand out fliers and demonstrate the exercises. Many visitors in the park gladly accepted the materials. Some people carefully watched the exercise demonstration, including a park groundskeeper who later asked if someone would teach him the exercises.
After a French tourist read one of the fliers, he realized that the CCP's treatment of Falun Gong was terribly wrong. He compared the persecution of Falun Gong to the Roman's persecution of the Christians. He said, “Truth will always prevail over evil,” adding that he admired the practitioners’ perseverance in resisting the persecution.
Exposing the Persecution in the Republic of Montenegro
On December 6, practitioners went to Podgorica, the capital city of the Republic of Montenegro, to hand out informational materials. While there, they met a bishop named John, from one of the largest Catholic churches in the area.
Bishop John expressed great indignation about the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Gong. He clenched his raised fist, saying, “Communism taught people to disbelieve in God; it preaches atheism—turning people into ignorant fools. The CCP makes people do evil things. The result of the CCP's actions is moral degeneration, coupled with a high-tech modern life.”
He continued, “Nowadays, people do not believe in God, and spiritual pollution is everywhere. Social degradation can be found in all areas of society, and mankind is being pushed to the edge of destruction. The fact that the CCP performs live organ harvesting on practitioners, is totally evil! This is a crime against humanity and will be punished by heaven.”
|Promoting Falun Gong in the old town of Budva, Montenegro|
On December 9, practitioners went to the beautiful seaside city of Budva. After hanging up a banner with the words, "Falun Dafa Is Good," the practitioners demonstrated the exercises and distributed brochures. Many people gathered to watch the exercise demonstration.
One of the visitors thoroughly enjoyed the exercise music and asked about the practice. He told the practitioners several times how pleased he was to see Falun Gong in his country, and that he would learn more about it online.
A young tourist watched the exercise demonstration for quite a long time. After inquiring about the practice and contact information she said that she would learn Falun Gong as soon as she returned home.
In the evening, practitioners visited a few local Chinese businesses. After learning the truth, several Chinese businessmen decided to renounce their memberships to the Chinese Communist Party.
Spreading Falun Gong in Macedonia
Not long after, Dafa practitioners from Canada, Sweden, and Austria went to Macedonia's capital city, Skopje, to raise awareness.
|Promoting Falun Gong in Skopje, Macedonia|
On the afternoon of December 11, practitioners set up a table in front of a museum in Skopje; displayed banners, handed out materials, and demonstrated the exercises. Quite a few local people took brochures, while others quietly watched the exercise demonstration.
Some students stopped to ask questions about the exercises. One lady who was visiting the museum, found the practitioners by following the sound of the exercise music. After she received a brochure and asked some questions, she said that she wanted to learn more about Falun Dafa.
About an hour later, it began to snow. Even though the practitioners’ hands were nearly frozen, they still encouraged each other to cherish this rare opportunity. Thus, they continued to hand out fliers and talk to people. Their perseverance moved many people's hearts. Some people took pictures of the practitioners, while others asked if they could take a photo with the practitioners.
At 11:00 a.m. on December 12, practitioners visited the Macedonian Ministry of Culture. The director of the Ministry office and several of his colleagues, carefully listened to the practitioners introduce Falun Gong and explain the truth about the persecution in China.
The officials were shocked by the CCP's crimes against humanity and volunteered to deliver fliers to all of the members of the Ministry.
After the meeting was over, the practitioners went to a Chinese restaurant where they explained why both the staff and owner were well advised to quit the CCP. The owner of the restaurant appeared to be very moved and kept saying: "Thank you, thank you!"
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