Falun Dafa practitioners in Copenhagen held an event on Saturday, April 24, 2021 to commemorate of the 22nd anniversary of the April 25 Appeal. They also told people about the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party) decades-long persecution against practitioners.
|Practitioners hold an event in Copenhagen to commemorate the April 25 Appeal.|
|Mr. Chen does the Falun Dafa exercises during Saturday’s event.|
Mr. Chen participated in the appeal in Beijing 22 years ago. During Saturday’s event, he talked about his experience.
After retiring from the army, Mr. Chen worked at the National Security Bureau in Beijing as a high ranking officer. His wife was also a director at the bureau. They were both nearly 50 years old, 22 years ago.
“The practitioners' appeal did not not bring any trouble to the public. Even the traffic was not stopped,” Mr. Chen recalled.
“Practitioners followed the police officers' instructions. They went where the police directed them, and stopped where the officers told them to,” Mr. Chen said. “So the Communist Party lied when they claimed that Falun Dafa practitioners rioted and besieged the government compound.”
“Practitioners were peaceful and kind. The policemen relaxed, and chatted with us. The atmosphere that day was calm and harmonious.”
“At 9 p.m., a few representative practitioners met with the then-prime-minister Zhu Rongji. Since Zhu agreed to comply with practitioners’ appeal, we all left peacefully,” Mr. Chen said.
As a high-ranking government official, Mr. Chen said that he knew well how the Chinese government runs, and what consequences he faced by participating in the appeal.
“But, my whole family benefited so much from Falun Dafa, spiritually and physically. We felt that we must stand up and speak for Falun Dafa,” he explained.
“It is a wonderful and amazing practice. The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are profound. Practitioners are compassionate and honest. We have nothing to hide. So we decided to participate in the appeal. Back then we believed in the government, and we tried to help the government be just, so that was one reason why we went. Also, it is our constitutional right to appeal.”
“You Are So Different from Other Groups”
A man stopped to watch the practitioners’ exercise demonstration for a long time, and read their banners. He told the practitioner who gave him a flyer, “You are so different than other groups.”
|Practitioners demonstrated the exercises, passed out flyers, and talked to passersby about Falun Dafa.|
He explained that he just passed by the city hall, where two groups were holding events. Their music was so loud and violent that it made him uncomfortable.
“How can those people just demand society give them what they want, but they don't consider if their behavior annoys and harasses others?” he wondered.
He told the practitioner that when he watched the exercises, the beautiful music and the gentle movements drove away all the unhappiness in his heart.
The practitioner explained that those who practice Falun Dafa follow Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He also told the man about the April 25 Appeal. The man highly praised Falun Dafa and said, “Morality is important for people and society. I will tell my family what I’ve learned here today.”
An elderly lady stopped to watch practitioners as they did the exercises and she read the information about Falun Dafa. She said, “I know how brutal the Chinese Communist Party is, but how can this persecution still go on for 22 years!? The Chinese people must not remain silent!”
She explained that she worked in Hong Kong for years, and admired the traditional Chinese culture. But she is very concerned about the loss of basic freedoms and the human rights situation in Hong Kong.
The practitioner explained the CCP's history, and how it systematically destroyed China's millennia-old traditional culture and moral values.
“The Party not only brainwashes people, it even harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners,” the practitioner told her, “but now, more and more Chinese people have woken up. About 380 million Chinese have quit the CCP and its associated organizations.
“The international community has also recognized the nature of the Party. Many governments are carrying out sanctions against it, which encourages the Chinese people to fight for freedom.”
The woman said she was moved and encouraged. She added that she would tell her friends and family about Falun Dafa.
“I hope that the Chinese people will see a bright future soon,” she said.
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