On July 3, 2001, Sunday, the Cowley Road Carnival presented “Carnival in the Park” in South Park, Oxford. Local Falun Gong practitioners, who were invited to join the event, set up a booth to demonstrate the exercises, introduce Falun Gong, and expose the CCP's brutal persecution of the practice.
Practitioners presented display boards in English and Chinese to introduce Falun Dafa, show how Falun Dafa has been embraced in over 100 countries across the world, share the benefits of practising Falun Gong, and give information on free teaching sessions and practice sites in the UK. They also set up display boards to expose the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Gong and the CCP-staged self-immolation incident on Tiananmen Square.
|Falun Gong booth at the Cowley Road Carnival in Oxford|
Some of the practitioners demonstrated the five Falun Gong exercises, while others distributed leaflets and explained the facts to visitors. Some people said that it was inconceivable that the CCP would persecute Falun Gong. Many of them signed the petition to support practitioners' efforts to stop the persecution and also to appeal for an investigation into the CCP's organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners for lucrative profits. Mrs. Nuala Young, an Oxford City Councillor, was one of those who signed the petition.
|Oxford City Councillor Mrs. Nuala Young said, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is really good. I think these are the three good things that all countries and all people should have.”|
Having learned the facts of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, Mrs. Nuala Young said, “I think the persecution is a shame. Freedom of speech, to me, is very important. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is really good. I think these are the three good things that all countries and all people should have. I hope the practice will flourish in other countries including China.”
Regarding the CCP's organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit, Mrs. Young said sadly, “It's terrifying. It is barbaric, actually. The rest of the world should stand up against that.” She said she would let more people know about Falun Gong and see what could be done to stop the persecution.
|Signing the petition to support Falun Gong|
That day, many local people asked how to learn Falun Gong and requested information about free teaching sessions. Many people got the information and said that they would go learn the exercises the following week.
|A little boy learning the exercises|
|A sister and brother learning the exercises|
|Children practising Falun Gong|
In the afternoon, several practitioners were sitting in meditation next to the booth to demonstrate the fifth exercise. A group of children came by and sat beside the practitioners who were meditating, asking them questions out of curiosity. After listening to a practitioner's explanation, the children changed and reminded each other to keep quiet and watched practitioners in meditation for quite a long time. When the practitioners finished the meditation exercise, the children came back and learned the exercises attentively.
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