On the 18th of March 2006, Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the National Palace of Culture in downtown Sofia, for a peaceful protest and a twenty four hour hunger strike following the recent revelations about the Sujiatun concentration camp organ removals. The protest lasted for six hours and was officially permitted by the Municipality of the city.
Most of the citizens passing by watched with sympathy the big posters showing how practitioners are tortured in Chinese labour camps and photos of the murdered ones. Many people shared their opinion that it is “horrible” and queued to sign the petition in support of stopping the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
|People read the poster display and talked to practitioners to find out more|
Practitioners explained to people about the recent information of the concentration camp in Sujiatun and how practitioners there are killed for their organs before their bodies are cremated. The practitioners gave them flyers with more information on the topic.
Some stayed for a long time in front of the exhibition site, talked with the practitioners and exclaimed that such a persecution can only be done in a country governed by a totalitarian regime, like communist China.
The Bulgarian people, most of whom personally experienced a communist regime that the country removed sixteen years ago, are aware of the brainwashing, the censure and suppression of speech, thought and beliefs used by the communists. Thus, many people signed the petitions as soon as they heard that the regime in China persecuted and tortured practitioners of Falun Gong in China for their beliefs.
|Many people signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China|
Many young people signed the petition and openly declared that they are against the violation of human rights, tortures and killings in the 21st century. An old woman, after hearing about the Sujiatun organ removals, said: “Of course, I will sign the petition! This is the most simple and logical thing to do! Dear everyone, please sign it!” she addressed those standing behind her.
Despite the very cold weather and cloudy sky, practitioners persisted to tell people the truth and help them understand the evilness of the persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners in China.
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