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  • Germany: European Divine Land Marching Band Performs in Heidelberg

    On June 22nd, 2008, magnificent music resounded in front of Heidelburg castle. Members of the band range from teenagers to seventy-year-olds. They came from various nations, speaking an assortment of languages. But they all share a common wish – to communicate the beauty of Falun Gong to listeners through music.
  • France: Seminar on China's Human Rights held in Paris

    On the night of June 5th, 2008, a human rights seminar was held in the (Fontenay-sous-Bois) in the Paris region of Val de Marne. A number of the city's Green Party members and the French representatives of Chinese organisations as well as individuals attended and spoke. Tang Hanlong, head of the French Falun Gong Association, was also invited to speak about Falun Gong and the nine years of persecution Falun Gong has suffered in China since 1999.
  • Sweden: Falun Gong Practitioners in Stockholm Raise Awareness of the Persecution

    On June 22nd, 2008, Swedish Falun Gong practitioners went to Vasa Museet, a place of interest in Stockholm, to practise the Falun Gong exercises together and raise awareness about Falun Gong and the persecution among local people and tourists from all over the world. A special Issue of the “Epoch Times” newspaper was well received by Chinese tourists.
  • France: Practitioners Raise Awareness about Falun Gong in Lille

    On June 14th, 2008, in Lille, Falun Gong practitioners held activities in the centre of Brunswick Square in Place Richebé. Practitioners displayed eye-catching banners and information posters depicting the cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and also performed a demonstration of Falun Gong exercises. A large number of people stood and paid their respects.
  • France: Support for the Thirty Eight Million Withdrawals from the CCP

    On June 14th, 2008, the French "Quitting the CCP Centre" held an activity to support the thirty eight million Chinese people who have quit the Chinese Communist Party. The activity took place in the Paris No. 13 region where a lot of Chinese people live, and exposed the deceiving propaganda of the CCP. They appealed for more of the Chinese people to quit the evil party as soon as possible.
  • Slovakia: Raising Awareness about Falun Gong in the city of Samorin

    On June 21st in Samorin, a city in middle Slovakia, a petition campaign for human rights of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted by the communist regime took place. The people were at first shy and asked practitioners, "What is Falun Gong?" A middle aged man said after signing the petition, "Everybody should be free to believe in what he chooses, nobody should restrain him."
  • Germany: Falun Gong "Information Day" in Hamburg

    Practitioners set up a booth with a sign reading "Falun Gong" in the middle of Hamburg's Monks Mountain Street. It was highly visible to everyone in the area. Many banners, as well as a re-enactment of organ removal drew the interest of the passersby. Posters depicted the brutal mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
  • Sweden: The Swedish Parliament Holds a Seminar on China’s Human Rights

    The Swedish Parliament held a seminar on China’s human rights in Stockholm. According to participants, the purpose of the seminar was to raise awareness about the Chinese Communist Party's human rights abuses and to immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and human rights activities in the run-up to the Olympics.
  • Switzerland: Former Detainee at Wanjia Labour Camp Lu Shiping Tells Her Story at the UN in Geneva

    The Chinese communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners has long been a grave concern of the UN. Ms. Lu Shiping, a Falun Gong practitioner, who endured cruel torture at the Wanjia Forced Labor Camp in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, was invited to testify at the session about the persecution of Falun Gong at the 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
  • Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners in Munich Condemn the CCP for Provoking Violence in Flushing, New York

    On June 15th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners held an activity at the Chinese Consulate in Munich Germany, both supporting 38 million withdrawals from the CCP and its affiliated organisations and at the same time condemning the CCP provocation of a disturbance in Flushing, New York.
  • Netherlands: Quitting the Chinese Communist Party Activities in Amsterdam

    On Saturday, June 7th, a "Quitting the Communist Party" activity was held at the Nieuwemarkt, next to Chinatown. Information about quitting the party and the persecution of Falun Gong in China were handed out to the people. Both Chinese and non-Chinese where happy to receive the information. Chinese people were also provided with the opportunity to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party on the spot.
  • Frettabladid (Icelandic Newspaper): What says The Olympic Charter?

    Loud criticism towards the conduct of the hosts of Olympics 2008 on human rights issues has not been created in a void but is an understandable reaction to unacceptable misuse of power. Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (the Minister of Education and Sports in Iceland) has the authority to show our symbolic disapproval/denunciation in action by shunning the opening and closing ceramonies at the Olympic Games in Peking in August. For such a decision are valid reasons according to well argumented claims from large number of human rights organisations.
  • Finland: Finnish Christians Encourage Falun Gong Practitioners to Continue Working Hard against the Persecution

    On June 14th, 2008, during Finland’s summer touring season, Falun Gong practitioners returned to Helsinki railway station to raise awareness about Falun Gong and the persecution of practitioners in China. The Chinese Communist Party has been persecuting mainland China’s Falun Gong practitioners for nine years. Practitioners erected display boards depicting the story of Falun Gong, demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, distributed leaflets and collected signatures.
  • Sweden: The Swedish People Give Support to an Assembly for Quitting the CCP Campaign

    On June 14th, at the Swedish 'Quit the CCP Centre' in Stockholm, Falun Gong practitioners held an assembly to support the 36, 800 000 Chinese people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organisations. They also raised awareness about how the CCP has tried to divert attention from the fact that it ignored predictions of the Sichuan earthquake. Chinese political secretary Zhou Yongkang personally deployed overseas CCP consulates and Communist Party supporters in America, inciting Chinese people who did not know the truth to hurl abuse, assault and beat up volunteer workers at the Flushing 'Quit the CCP Centre' in New York.
  • Polish MEP Decries Violence against Falun Gong Practitioner in Letter to Chinese Ambassador

    On June 7th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Qian was delivering Epoch Times newspapers in Poland when she was physically and verbally assaulted by a woman who, locals say, has ties to the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. In response to the CCP's continuing pattern of exporting the persecution of Falun Gong all over the world, Polish Member of European Parliament Hanna Foltyn - Kubicka sent the following letter to the Chinese Ambassador.