Germany: Informing People in Hannover about the Human Rights Violations Against Falun Gong in China

In the town centre of Hannover, people pass each other hastily every day. Many shops have reduced the prices of their merchandise; so shopping at this time is especially worthwhile. Amongst this hurly-burly, practitioners set up their new tarpaulin, to protect themselves and the leaflets from the fine drizzle, which at this time shrouds northern Germany in a grey veil.

Coming from the train station and from a distance, one was able to see the bright yellow colour of the tarpaulin and read the words “Falun Gong”. During the course of the day, a centre for discussion had developed at this location. There was much to be done by the practitioners from this region. We distributed thousands of flyers, re-enacted some of the methods of torture used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, talked to people, imparted information and demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises.

People stopped in front of the pictures that depicted torture scenes. One lady said, “One has to cry looking at this!” and then she started to shed tears. Many children and young people stopped and curiously observed both our actors, who simulated the torture methods used on our practitioners in China in order to have them denounce their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. A flood of questions hit us and we were hardly able to answer all of them at this rate. Yet we hoped that the essential information was absorbed and taken in by everyone.

In the past, we often experienced similar reactions, but every time we talk to pedestrians, new aspects open up, and we always encounter new experiences within ourselves and with other people. This time it seemed that we had more discussions with young Chinese people. One young man came from the south west of China. He had never heard about Falun Gong, and not even about the persecution. It seemed that he very openly wanted to get some information. Another young man came to our tarpaulin with his girlfriend and stayed for almost three hours, engaging some of us in discussions. These young Chinese people left us with an honest and interested impression; we were friendly to them and showed kindness when explaining the facts about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong.

On this grey drizzling day, we felt the good energy field of Falun Dafa; we hardly felt like taking any breaks, but rather, felt the need to keep clarifying the facts about current events in China.

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