Falun Gong practitioners held a truth clarification event in a park near the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul on September 5, 2020. Many people learned about Falun Gong and watched the practitioners do the exercises.
|Learning about Falun Gong||Learning the Falun Gong exercises|
Practitioners set up posters showing the worldwide spread of Falun Gong, and exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. Many people walking in the park paused to read them.
|Listening to a practitioner’s explanation|
Some people paused for quite a while. They asked about the persecution and how to help stop it. Some asked for Falun Gong’s social media accounts to learn more about the persecution.
“At first I didn't understand anything, but then I felt relaxed and at ease,” Dilara said. “This is a kind of mental relief. It's as if you have received good news and everything is so beautiful. I am very comfortable and calm, as if everything has improved.”
Talking about the current coronavirus pandemic, she said, “I think that the CCP is responsible for the virus. Probably they did not think it would spread so fast. But, because of the CCP, the whole world has been damaged.”
|Children learn about Dafa.|
A group of children aged 8 to 12 years stopped to look at the posters. Two of them are well-known actors in TV series and commercials in Turkey. They learned the exercises. Their parents said they would share Falun Gong on social media.
|Deniz (left) and Gedizcan|
“I am glad I am here today to participate in this event,” Deniz said. “I learned a lot. After doing the exercises, I was no longer fatigued.”
“This exercise is really good, and now I am very relaxed,” Gedizcan said, “I mean, if you work hard during the day and finish this exercise at night, you will feel comfortable and purified.”
Beliz said she felt a little tired but refreshed after learning about Falun Gong and doing the exercises.
“We came from far away, and now my fatigue is gone,” said Enis, “I feel as if I have slept for eight days. My pain also disappeared.”
Ýnsel and her friend learned about the CCP’s persecution at a practitioners’ candlelight vigil a year ago. She said when she saw the practitioners this time, “Please keep up your efforts. I support you.”
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