The annual October Falun Dafa Week in Cambridge attracted a lot of attention from the public. The week started with a performance of traditional Chinese dances and a parade with the theme of “The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance” in Cambridge’s busiest street on Saturday the 23rd. This was then followed by a week-long anti-torture exhibition in the street in front of King’s College, a popular attraction for tourist. During the Falun Dafa week, practitioners gave out more than fifteen thousand leaflets explaining Falun Gong in detail and exposing the persecution. Over a thousand petition signatures were collected calling for the instigator of the persecution against Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin, to be brought to justice.
On Thursday, the non-profit organisation “Friends of Falun Gong” organised a special seminar in Trinity College of Cambridge University, discussing Jiang’s persecution of Falun Gong. The Falun Dafa Week was greatly supported by local people, the government and tourists, and it achieved a very good effect in promoting Falun Gong.
Prior to Dafa week, practitioners made a big effort to promote this activity by advertising on public notice boards and sending out invitations to various government officials and local dignitaries. Local MPs, MEPs, the Mayor of Cambridge and many city councillors wrote back to express their support and encouragement.
Despite the continuous rain on the Saturday, everyone felt good and did not notice the chilly weather. The peaceful and tranquil exercise demonstrations coupled with the bright red Chinese traditional clothes attracted much attention. Many people came to ask for information. Over six thousand leaflets were given out in one day.
Cambridge is also a city where many Chinese people live and there are also many Chinese tourists. In the Dafa week, there were over ten tourist groups from China passing us each day. A western practitioner shared her experience with other practitioners at the end of one day’s activity. In the past she thought that when we promoted Falun Gong to the westerners, our main purpose was to get their support and raise awareness of the persecution. Now she realised that the righteous field formed by people knowing the truth about Falun Gong also plays a big role in helping to clarify the facts to the Chinese people. The Chinese people have been deeply poisoned by the constant propaganda against Falun Gong that fills their state-controlled media. If every country in the world learned the truth about Falun Gong, then the evil behind the persecution of Falun Gong in China could not survive. When Chinese people walked by our exhibition, they were affected by our righteous field. They slowed down, carefully read our banners and listened to our explanation. Many of them also accepted our leaflets. Many others videoed the contents of our exhibition boards with their camcorders.
Some Chinese people talked to practitioners for a long time to find answers to all the questions they had about Falun Gong. One man finished his conversation with practitioners by exclaiming, “I understand. It’s Jiang Zemin who is persecuting people.” A Chinese student in Cambridge University talked with practitioners for several hours before concluding, “It seems that in the not too distant future history will prove that what you are doing now is a great thing.”
People from all backgrounds in the world signed our petition forms. Many of them were university professors, lawyers, lectures and students. There was also a United States Government minister. A couple from New York said, “Falun Gong is so well known. In New York, Falun Gong practitioners are everywhere. We did not expect to see Falun Gong when we came here. It seems this persecution cannot last much longer.”
You are welcome to print and circulate all articles published on Clearharmony and their content, but please quote the source.