On April 25, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners in Switzerland once again went to Bahnhofstrasse, a bustling street in Zurich. They displayed photos depicting the persecution imposed on Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and exposed the CCP's crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
|People who have learned the facts sign their names to support Falun Gong practitioners' efforts to stop the persecution|
|Passersby stop to look at the display boards and learn the facts|
Many people passing by stopped to look at the banners with photos of practitioners who were tortured for their belief. Some people carefully read the explanations on the display boards, while others had conversations with practitioners, wanting to know why the people in the photos were covered with bruises and injuries.
Practitioners explained that the people in the photos were Falun Gong practitioners, and just because they want to be good people by following Falun Gong's guiding principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, they were subjected to the Chinese government's brutal persecution. As the CCP attempts to control it citizens with lies and violence – even to controlling their thoughts – it cannot tolerate them believing in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and therefore launched the persecution of Falun Gong that has lasted for nearly ten years.
A little girl heard that signatures were being collected on a petition to demand an immediate end to the persecution and immediately came to sign her name. Some people quietly finished reading the display boards and then asked to sign their names.
Many people have heard about Falun Gong more than once, because, since the beginning of the persecution in 1999, practitioners from around the world have held a variety of activities to explain what Falun Gong is and to expose the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong. A passerby from New York said that he already knew about Falun Gong and the persecution and signed his name on the signature collection form. Some passersby explained to their own friends in front of the display boards what they had already learned about the situation.
After a couple from Ireland learned about the persecution, they looked very serious and then signed their names on the signature collection form to express their hope that the CCP's crime of harvesting organs from living practitioners will end.
Irene and her friend are DJs on a radio station in Spain. They happened to pass by and saw the photos depicting the tortures that Falun Gong practitioners have suffered. They signed their names and took several copies of truth clarification materials. They also took down a contact number of a practitioner who can speak Spanish, because they wanted to talk about Falun Gong and the CCP persecution of Falun Gong on their programmes. Irene added that it was good to have materials in different languages, so that people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds could learn about the persecution.
Two female students were stunned upon seeing the photos, especially after learning about the harvesting of organs from living practitioners. They said that it was inconceivable that such a thing could be happening. They were shocked. They said they would share the information with their friends and let more people learn about it.
Many passersby who have learned the facts about Falun Gong said that they would pass the information on to more people.
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