The Metropolitan Municipality of Mersin, Turkey, invited Falun Dafa practitioners to hold activities at the seaside on June 13, 2020, after the city lifted the Wuhan virus (coronavirus) restrictions.
Throughout the day, practitioners demonstrated the exercises, distributed leaflets, and talked to people strolling along the pedestrian pathway about the practice. They also raised awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.
|Practitioners distributed leaflets to people on the crowded pedestrian walkway and showed children how to do the exercises|
City organizers and officials in the Metropolitan Municipality of Mersin have been very interested Falun Dafa and have supported previous activities held by practitioners. The municipality invited them to do the exercises on the city’s busiest coast twice a week.
|Syrian children learning the exercises|
Mersin is a southern city near the country of Syria, and many Syrian immigrants live in and visit the city. Syrians were indeed interested in Falun Dafa and were given brochures written in Arabic. Several Syrian children learned the exercises and practised them for half an hour.
|Mrs. Serpil and her family from the city of Batman|
Mrs. Serpil and her family, who were visiting Mersin from the city of Batman, were curious about Falun Dafa and stopped to talk to practitioners. Her six-year-old son did all the exercises for about an hour. A practitioner who spoke with Mrs. Serpil and her husband explained that practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She also told them that people are tortured and killed for doing this practice in China. When they heard that, Mrs. Serpil and her husband asked for more leaflets to give to people they knew.
|Mücella and her mother sign the petition to end the persecution|
Mücella loves Falun Dafa even though she is not a practitioner. She and her 83-year-old mother came to the activity to support the practitioners. Mücella’s brother was infected with the coronavirus and had to be intubated and put on a respirator. He was in intensive care for three months. Mücella repeated the words “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” all the time he was in intensive care. Her brother finally recovered. Her 83-year-old mother and Mücella signed the petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
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