“What can I do for you?” “I hope my signature will really help you.” “Thank you for all that you have done these years, please persist!” These and similar words were frequently spoken to Falun Dafa practitioners as they held an informational event in Stuttgart, an industrial town in the south of Germany, on March 13, 2021. Local residents expressed their support and also commended practitioners for their peaceful persistence against the 22-year persecution of Falun Dafa in China.
There was a parade that day, which attracted many people to the area. Many stopped at the information booth and asked to sign the petition calling for an end to the persecution. Some people told practitioners “I know about the persecution,” or, “I am aware of the [Chinese Communist Party's] forced organ harvesting of Falun Dafa practitioners in China.”
Stuttgart was under strict epidemic measures for the past three months, and it is only recently that people have started to stroll out on the streets again. Businesses were able to reopen, with a limited amount of people entering the store.
The Falun Dafa exercise music drew many people to the practitioners' booth. Residents slowed their steps and chatted with practitioners while looking at the posters describing the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. Many people also asked to sign the petition.
|Falun Dafa practitioners had an information booth in Stuttgart to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.|
After chatting with a Falun Dafa practitioner, Parida decided to sign the petition and then took out some money. When she was told that practitioners do not accept any donations, she asked “What can I do for you?” A practitioner said, “Making people aware of the persecution is the best way to support us.” Before leaving, Parida took several copies of truth-clarification fliers to give to others.
After signing the petition, a young man said that he and his girlfriend felt an energy field from the practitioners doing the exercises. He'd stopped by to get a flier and then came back a second time to sign the petition. He stated that he wanted to learn the Falun Dafa exercises.
Another young couple also signed the petition.
|Local residents stopped by the information booth and signed the petition to stop the Chinese regime's forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience.|
A young woman from Turkey stood by the poster boards for a long time and was very interested to learn about the ongoing persecution in China. After receiving additional information from a practitioner, she stayed to sign the petition despite the rain that just started.
Magdalena, a western Falun Dafa practitioner, remarked, “People are more open and cheerful now. When we started to wear masks last year, they seemed to be more cautious and careful. Now, many people are willing to come by and find out what Falun Dafa is about. Some even come to the information booth just to sign the petition.”
A Chinese woman walked by the information booth and accepted a copy of The Ultimate Goal of Communism. She also took some other truth-clarification materials. A practitioner asked her if she had quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. She stated that she was from Beijing and had never become a member of the Party. Before leaving, she signed the petition to stop the CCP's forced organ harvesting of living practitioners.
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