On the 13th anniversary of Falun Gong’s resistance to the persecution, practitioners in Sweden rallied outside the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm on July 20, 2012. They also held activities in a town centre, Mynttorget, located between the Swedish Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament, over the weekend of July 21-22. They informed the public of the facts about Falun Gong and condemned the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) regime. Many people came to sign the petition to support Falun Gong.
|Falun Gong practitioners in Sweden hold an activity in the centre of Stockholm to raise awareness.|
|People signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution.|
The practitioners displayed posters and banners exposing the CCP's persecution and slander. They told the public that the CCP regime has been cruelly persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for 13 years and harvested bodily organs from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners for profit. The practitioners called for an immediate end to the atrocities.
Compelled to Speak Out
Many Swedish practitioners participated in the “July 20” activities in Stockholm. Many of them travelled there from other towns. Kristina, a dance teacher, with her husband and their three daughters, drove over five hours to take part in the protest outside the Chinese Embassy.
Kristina said, "I think it is worth the time and effort to come here. The CCP regime is still persecuting good people while at the same time the regime is lying to the whole world. We have the responsibility to inform people about the real situation. This persecution is totally unjustified and must be stopped."
A Young Chinese Man Has a Change of Heart
A young Chinese man stood in front of the posters. He was wearing a pair of black sunglasses and seemed unimpressed. A practitioner went to talk with him. The man mentioned that he was a PhD student in Finland. He knew about the persecution. He came from northeast China. One of his neighbours had been arrested by the police for practising Falun Gong. He thought that as he had nothing to do with Falun Gong, he had no interest in knowing more. But when he saw that among those demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises at the event was Mr. Vasilios Zouponidis, who last year received the Swedish “King Carl XVI Gustaf's Honorary Prize” as an entrepreneur, he became interested, took off his sunglasses and started reading the posters seriously. He collected all the brochures and newspapers in Chinese before leaving and said, “Thanks! Thanks! I will study them carefully.”
Vasilios Zouponidis has participated in each year’s protest in Stockholm, calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. He has also taken part in many such rallies in other countries around the world. For this year’s “July 20,” he, with his wife and two children, drove two and a half hours from their hometown to Stockholm and joined the protest outside the Chinese Embassy. When he was asked why he participated in the demonstration, he answered, “We should first of all be human beings. A person with conscience would react when good people are being harmed. This is the most important thing.” Vasilios and his family also participated in the activities at Mynttorget the following two days.
Vasilios started practising Falun Gong in 1998. He thinks that much of his success is due to his practising Falun Gong and that “good is rewarded with good.” He said, “Because I am a practitioner and always try to act in accordance with the principles of ‘Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance,’ my company has been successful although the economy has been in recession in Europe. All of my success is thanks to Master Li and Dafa, absolutely!”
He has said after having received the King’s prize, “I know that my fellow practitioners in China are oppressed by the communist regime. They are imprisoned, tortured and many are killed. The Chinese communist regime propagandises that Falun Gong practitioners are uneducated or have low intelligence. Besides the fact that so many Falun Gong practitioners are professionals, my award helped show that what the Communist regime claims about Falun Gong is nothing but lies.”
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