Press Releases and Media Reports, Persecution Spreads from China to Europe, Voices of Support, Latest Events
This year, the Falun Gong booth added a new component – Chinese Calligraphy – in addition to the exercise demonstration, the exposure of the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong, and the signature drive to end the persecution. A practitioner good at calligraphy wrote the Chinese characters for "Falun Dafa Is Great" and "The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" for visitors.
The Divine Performing Arts company 2009 World Tour hopes to surpass its 2008 achievements.The tour celebrates the mysterious splendour of classical Chinese dance and music inspired by the legends, the values and the spirit of traditional Chinese culture. The amazing performances spans the time from 5,000 years ago up to today and ranges from the beauty of nature to the rendition of societal grievances. The show encompasses themes such as virtue, compassion and boldness of heart from China's god-inspired culture.
Falun Gong practitioner Yuan Mei Xian has lived in Hamburg for fifteen years. On the 8th of September, 2008, her Chinese passport was due for renewal. When she applied, the Chinese Embassy notified her saying that her old passport could not be extended and that if she wanted to apply for a new passport she would have to go to the Ministry of Public Security in China.
An annual Health Expo was held in a Gymnasium in Oslo on November 21st. The three day Expo was held on a weekend and attracted a lot of people. Since Falun Gong has physically and spiritually benefited over one hundred million people around the world, the Falun Gong group has been invited to participate in the event every year. Many visitors came over to watch practitioners' exercise demonstration and ask questions about Falun Gong.
Radio Free Asia broadcasting station interviewed Sichuanese internet writer Ran Fei Yun, who said that he supports Chris Patten’s view, but also added, “I see that the headline should be the CCP is challenging the West but the CCP is not China. The CCP persistently mixes up notions of things like country, nationality and political power.” He continued, saying that the Western Media and its relevant personages should distinguish between the people and the rulers. Chris Patten says that China’s economy is very successful; this is the result of the CCP’s propaganda
On October 26th it was reported by Voice of Germany that Chairman Volker Beck of the Green Party stated that German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel should be talking about China's human rights status with the Chinese Communist Party during her second trip to Beijing. Mr. Beck said in the interview that he hoped that during this visit the issue of human rights would be discussed and that Chancellor Merkel should urge the CCP to approve the international covenant regarding civil and political rights which has been committed by the Chinese government
“It is very important that you clarify the truth to the Finns. You should contact the Finnish government and MPs so that they would not see only the economic situation with China. They should say no to the CCP’s persecution. In history, the Finns knew that the Soviet Union was bad. People should know about the (evil nature of the) CCP. ”
On November 15th, 2008, more than a thousand Falun Gong practitioners from twenty-five countries in Europe and Asia held a large scale parade in Berlin, appealing to Europeans and the rest of the world to pay attention to human rights and religious issues in China.
On November 16th, the 2008 European Falun Gong Experience Sharing Conference was held in Berlin. Many practitioners expressed that they were deeply moved by other practitioners’ touching stories, in particular the congratulatory messages from Master Li.
On the 11th and 18th of October, Falun Gong practitioners in Austria held an 'Information Day' in Schiller Park and Pigeon Square in the city of Linz. This was the first time that this kind of activity was held in these two places and attracted great interest from passers-by.
Falun gong practitioners held an activity to raise awareness about Falun Gong at Kroepke Square in Hannover. They hoped to expose the crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and appealed to all people to help stop the persecution.
The 2008 European Falun Gong Experience Sharing Conference was successfully held in Berlin, Germany on November 16th. Practitioners from more than 30 countries participated in the Conference. 18 practitioners shared their own experiences and understandings of how to cultivate themselves. The Conference atmosphere was both warm and solemn. The Conference came to a successful conclusion with a reading of the Complementary Message sent by Falun Dafa's founder, Mr Li Hongzhi.
“Falun Gong is amazing! I am not a Falun Gong practitioner, but I have seen they have done many things, I feel today’s gathering is just great. Such a large scale activity, I am so moved that I cannot help but cry. I think more Chinese people should come to see this sort of gathering, to see with their own eyes what has happened.”
On August 23rd, Falun Gong practitioners went to Mynttorg Square in Stockholm, to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP. Practitioners also exposed incidents of the CCP harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and provided an opportunity for Chinese people to withdraw from the CCP.
When the police heard that Falung Gong practitioners are brutally persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime, immediately their attitude softened. They told practitioners, “There are not many people in this park. If you want to let more people know the truth, you have to find a place with many people."
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