Starting in the middle of September 2020, Falun Gong practitioners from Bayern’s Franken District held events in different cities on four consecutive Saturdays to raise awareness of Falun Gong and called for an end to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong practitioners for their faith. Many locals signed the anti-persecution petition to show their support.
Calling for an End to the Persecution of Falun Gong
Last Saturday, October 10, 2020, practitioners set up a tent in Bamberg, an ancient city. They hung up German and Chinese banners with messages such as “Stop the persecution of Falun Gong,” “Please sign to condemn organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners,” “Stay away from the CCP,” and information about the “End the evil CCP” campaign that was launched by the Global Center for Quitting the CCP this June.
|Falun Gong practitioners from Germany's Bayern held an event in Franken City.|
Many people saw the banners and signed the petition. One person saw the ‘End the evil CCP’ banner and shouted, “We support you!” He quickened his pace toward the tent to sign the petition.
Two women who were visiting their relatives in Bamberg passed by the tent and asked Falun Gong practitioners questions. They were very interested in what was happening in China and Hong Kong, and they wanted to know more about Falun Gong.
An elderly German woman saw practitioners demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises and came close to the tent. She had visited a local practice site to learn the exercises, but she did not persist in doing so. This time, she seriously listened to a practitioner share how he benefited physically and mentally from practising Falun Gong. She said that she would read Falun Gong’s main book, Zhuan Falun, earnestly and try her best to make time to go to the park to do the exercises.
Activities in Würzburg
Practitioners held four rounds of activities at the Vierröhrenbrunnen Fountain in Würzburg City from September 20 to October 3, 2020.
|Falun Gong practitioners from Germany's Freistaat Bayern held a public activity in Würzburg City on October 3, 2020.||Practitioners hold an event in Würzburg City on September 19, 2020.|
Just like in Bamberg, many people signed the petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong, and some thanked the practitioners for keeping up their effort.
An older German woman said that the persecution is against the law of the Heavens. When she learned that the Chinese practitioner standing beside her was illegally held in a detention centre for three years for his faith, she became emotional. She said the persecution by the CCP is unconscionable and said that she would pray for practitioners.
After practitioners explained the petition calling for an end to the CCP, she said she had to sign the petition no matter what.
Activities in Nuremberg
Practitioners returned to Nuremberg, the “City of Human Rights,” to hold an event on September 26, 2020. Their large banners attracted the attention of many passersby.
|Falun Gong practitioners hold an event in Nuremberg, Germany.|
Because some people did not want to approach the practitioners’ tent out of fear of the coronavirus, the practitioners played a recording about the persecution and the lies the CCP fabricated to justify their violent suppression of Falun Gong. Practitioners told people about the persecution plan perpetrated in Wuhan, where the pandemic first started. They also mentioned how a television company there broadcasted a video defaming Falun Gong, Wuhan doctors’ role in the CCP’s killing of practitioners for organs, and how Wuhan held large numbers of brainwashing sessions to force practitioners to renounce their faith, and so on.
Apart from raising awareness of the persecution, the practitioner also mentioned the outbreak of the coronavirus and how the CCP’s deliberate cover-up has led many people internationally to see the evilness of the regime. Despite the drizzle, people did not hesitate to stop by the practitioners’ event to learn more and show their support.
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