Finland: Raising Awareness about Falun Gong at a Health and Knowledge Expo

The annual Helsinki Health and Knowledge Expo has always been a good place for Finnish Falun Gong practitioners to raise awareness about the practice. On October 18th and 19th, practitioners returned to the Expo. They displayed a banner reading “Falun Dafa is good”, as well as Falun Dafa books and leaflets, to introduce the practice and expose the truth of the evil CCP’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. They appealed to the Finnish people to lend a hand and to help stop this persecution together.

Practitioners demonstrated the five Falun Gong exercises accompanied by traditional-style Chinese exercise music. Books of the Falun Gong principles and a variety of information material was displayed on the table. Visitors were interested in information about the atrocity of the CCP removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. A petition form was displayed on the table and many visitors came forward to sign to express their support.

Heikkil, a mechanical engineer and Muslim, talked to a practitioner for a long time. The following day, he brought his two friends. They signed to stop persecution, and received an English copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Perty, an editorial published by The Epoch Times newspaper. They said said that they would pray for the collapse of the CCP everyday.

A practitioner who has recently come to live in Finland told his own experience of being abducted and locked up four times by police in China for not giving up his belief, as well as about the persecution of the minority people of Huizu.

A little girl from Estonia took an English copy of a booklet and asked about Falun Gong in detail. She listened to a practitioner talk about his own experience of being persecuted in China and the current great tide of withdrawals fro, the CCP in China. Later, he gave her an English copy of the Nine Commentaries. She was very happy and grateful, and said, “My grandparents all experienced the horrible period of the Communist Party’s regime, but I don’t have this experience. I thought that China like the former Soviet Union and has already disassembled the Communist Party, this book is very good, I will have a look, and then give it to my friends to read.”

Another practitioner had come to Finland from China to visit her boyfriend. On the second day of her arrival in Finland, she was told that her mother Zhenping Chen was abducted after she left home. Her sister was not at home at the time, now she is destitute and homeless. The practitioner said, “People who live in a democratic society are very happy, they can have freedom to choose their belief, not like my mother and other countless Falun Gong practitioners, due to perseverance in being good people according to ‘truthfulness, compassion and tolerance’ and are persecuted by the evil CCP. In these two days I have seen the kindness of Finnish people. Many people came forward to sign the petition to support Falun Gong, and condemn the atrocities of the evil CCP. During the process of saving my mother, we also got help from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MPs, Amnesty International and some media. I really appreciate that.”

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