United Kingdom: Practitioners Collect Signatures against the Persecution

March 24th, 2008, was the last day of the long Easter weekend. Falun Gong practitioners in the UK came to St. Martin’s Square in central London once again to collect signatures supporting an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Practitioners hoped to let the British public know that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recently stepped up its persecution of Falun Gong under the name of the Olympics. They hoped the public would be able to see through the evil nature of the evil CCP, support justice and stop the CCP’s persecution together.

As usual, practitioners displayed banners and information boards. Some demonstrated the five Falun Gong exercises to traditional-style Chinese exercise music while others distributed leaflets and collected signatures from passer-bys. The large amount of posters and the banner reading “Strongly protesting against the CCP’s mass arrest of Falun Gong practitioners in the run-up to the Olympics” displayed on the side of the road attracted many to stop and inquire. Quite a few took the leaflets also. One after another, people signed the petition form to condemn the CCP’s atrocities and support stopping the persecution.

An English lady, Joyce, told a practitioner that she understood why the CCP persecuted Falun Gong. The CCP have a fear that the people would develop their own “free thinking.”

A Brazilian tourist, Ms. Dazi, came to know Falun Gong for the first time. She had not known such a persecution was happening. After reading the posters carefully, she signed to support the practitioners.

A few young people promoting “Free Hugs” in the streets also signed the petition form. They said aloud, "We support you!"

A couple from Spain wanted to learn the truth very much but did not know any English. A practitioner from Argentina happened to be on site to explain details of the persecution in China. They expressed deep sympathy for the suffering practitioners in China.

Seeing so many people had learned the truth and made a just choice, practitioners who stood in the wind and rain for five or six hours were very pleased. They also found that more and more people from all walks of life including overseas Chinese people and Chinese people from the mainland started to pay attention to the persecution of Falun Gong and support practitioners’ effort to stop the persecution.

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