Ireland: Raising Awareness about the Persecution of Falun Gong in China During a Cultural Festival

On the 23rd and 24th of August, 2008, the Irish Dun Laoghaire global cultural art festival opened on the seashore, to the south of the capital Dublin. This year, eight hundred artists and thousands of performers from around the world participated. Performances spread over one hundred and fifty sites in the town. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to join the festival, making this the fourth time they had attended.

According to an introduction by the host, Dun Laoghaire global cultural art festival commits itself to carry forward traditional arts from all over the world, and at the same time to encourage the practise of new arts. The festival provides a communication platform for people from different countries, in order to enhance the expression of art and to encourage the fusion of the new community.

The Falun Gong group from the Irish Chinese community attracted many people an was surrounded by appreciative crowds and people. It presented pure and peaceful eastern traditional culture to tourists and artists from around the world.

Practitioners in traditional-style Chinese dress demonstrated the five Falun Gong exercises. The peaceful atmosphere infected every person watching on the scene, people one after another took pictures and asked for introductions, they wanted to know more about Falun Gong.

A Irish youth holding a "Falun Gong Today" newspaper talked with his friends: “Look, Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted in China. The CCP harvests organs from their living bodies and then sells them for several hundred thousand Yuan. It is too cruel.”

Another middle aged person told practitioners, “You should strive for your own human rights!”

A young Irish lady said, “I know Falun Gong, I knew that the CCP is always persecuting Chinese people. In order to have a better control of them, it made Chinese people lack belief in themselves.”

An Irish man went to a practitioner and said, “Please give me some material, I need Falun Gong!”

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