On Saturday 15th December and Sunday 16th December, practitioners from many parts of Europe and from Canada gathered in Bratislava, to spread the truth about Falun Gong to the people of Slovakia. Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia, a country in Eastern Europe, and is a densely populated city. Despite a temperature of -10°C and a heavy snowfall, 13 practitioners were in SNP Square (the busy city centre) practising the exercises of Falun Gong and handing out flyers to the people of Bratislava. This truth-clarifying material was accepted with interest and many people expressed admiration for the practitioners’ unwavering tolerance of a bitterly chilling wind.
Practitioners were joined by the Bratislavan branch of Amnesty International in a display of their strong support for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. They told of their disgust and unease after receiving propaganda material from the Bratislavan Chinese Embassy. They were not fooled by the lies that covered every page of this piece of literature. They set up a stall with a petition for the people of Bratislava to sign in protest at the non-existence of human rights for Falun Dafa practitioners in Mainland China, and the fact that they are persecuted for their spiritual beliefs. Although representatives of the Slovakian Chinese Consulate attempted to spread lies to the practitioners on both days, they were aware that these practitioners are good people and that the threat of punishment through international law is inevitable for both themselves and their Government. They expressed both surprise and dismay that there were 13 practitioners present: they had expected only one. Chinese residents of Bratislava showed a very different reaction when many of the Falun Gong practitioners ate in their restaurant. As well as expressing an interest in learning about the truth and the practice of Falun Dafa, they presented practitioners with gifts after the meal.
Until 1989, Bratislava was ruled by a Communist Government. Many people, who could not understand why Falun Gong practitioners were persecuted in China, needed no further explanation when they learned the nature and beliefs of China’s ruling party. They were moved by the innocent victims of Jiang Zemin’s evil and brutal suppression and this made them more enthusiastic, not only to learn more about Falun Dafa, but also to see the end of the fundamentally wicked persecution of all practitioners in Mainland China.
Reported by a European practitioner
19 December 2001
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