Poland: Practitioners Hold Activities in Warsaw To Commemorate the April 25 Appeal and Raise Awareness

Falun Dafa practitioners in Poland held day-long activities on April 25, 2021, in Warsaw to commemorate the April 25 Appeal in 1999. They sat quietly in front of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw to protest the 22-year Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa. They called for an end to the CCP, an end to the persecution, and that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

 
Practitioners quietly protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw on April 25, 2021.

Practitioner Mr. Przemysław drove to Warsaw from southern Poland that morning to participate in the commemorative activities. He said, “I learned about Falun Dafa in Poland when I graduated from the university. I was immediately drawn to it and felt that it was a practice that could benefit both body and mind. It’s hard to believe that the CCP has brutally persecuted something so wonderful as Falun Dafa!”

“More and more people recognize the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The CCP will surely go to its doom because it persecutes a group of good people,” he said.

Monika said, “I began practicing Falun Dafa three years ago. When I follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my everyday life, I experience many positive changes. My character and morality have improved. This helped me a lot in all aspects of my life. Falun Dafa brings people real hope. It is completely beneficial.

“However, in China, practitioners are tortured and even have their organs removed while they are alive because of their faith in Falun Dafa. Unfortunately, the persecution continues to this day. I am here to help raise awareness of this persecution and expose the evil nature of the CCP,” she said.

An elderly passerby read the display board and said, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. These three words are the dignity of human beings. Those who persecute these principles destroy human beings.”

A young girl stopped and said, “The persecution is so horrible. I can’t imagine how your fellow practitioners in China could endure and survive it. I admire them!”

Group Exercise in the Old City of Warsaw
Practitioners went to Warsaw's Old City in the afternoon to demonstrate the exercises and tell people about the persecution. Several people signed the petition to call for an end to the persecution.

Practitioners demonstrated the exercises in Warsaw’s Old City as part of their day-long activities to commemorate the April 25 Appeal.

Mrs. Kim, a Vietnamese practitioner, stood at the information booth for several hours. People have told her it’s hard to believe that she is in her 70s. Mrs. Kim used to have serious health problems because of her high blood pressure and nerves. She visited various hospitals and doctors, but her health did not improve. When her situation seemed hopeless, Mrs. Kim found Falun Dafa.

After she started practicing, Mrs. Kim’s health was completely transformed. The quality of her life improved significantly due to the improvement of her health. Her sister, daughter, and granddaughter all started practicing after witnessing the amazing changes.

Mrs. Kim said, “If no one stood up for justice for Dafa on April 25, 22 years ago, I would not know what Falun Dafa is today, let alone benefit from it. We are carrying on the spirit of the April 25 Appeal today, so more people will know the facts of Falun Dafa and benefit from it. People will see through the CCP’s lies when they know the truth.”

Passersby sign the petition calling for an end to the persecution to end.

 
Passersby read the display.

Mr. Boniecki, who is 86 years old, signed the petition. He said, “I know the Communist Party’s nature. The Party pretends to help people, but what they’ve done proves that they are demons.”

Another passerby, Jerzy, also came to sign the petition. He said, “How would you feel if someone rubbed salt in your eyes? It’s unbearable. That’s the Communist Party! The Communist Party only does bad things. I hope China can be freed from the CCP regime soon.”

 
Three girls from the Ukraine sign the petition calling for an end to the CCP’s persecution of Falun Dafa.

Three girls from the Ukraine came together to sign the petition. They each took a flyer and said they wanted to know more about Falun Dafa and learn the exercises.

A young couple who signed the petition last year came to the information booth and wanted to know what was new after one year. Practitioners told them that due to the CCP virus (coronavirus) pandemic more people now see the Party’s true nature. More than 900 government officials in 35 countries have called for an end to the persecution. The young couple was very happy to hear this and took updated flyers. They wanted to learn more about Falun Dafa and read the books.

Background: What Is the April 25 Appeal?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first taught to the public in 1992. Nearly 100 million people across China soon began practicing after experiencing improvements in their health and morals.

On April 23 and 24, 1999, police officers in Tianjin, a city near Beijing, assaulted and arrested dozens of practitioners who gathered outside a magazine office to discuss errors in a recently-published article attacking Falun Dafa. As word spread of the arrests and more practitioners talked with officials, they were told to take their appeal to Beijing.

The following day, April 25, some 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners spontaneously gathered at the Central Appeals office in Beijing, as they had been instructed by Tianjin officials. The gathering was peaceful and orderly. Several Falun Dafa representatives were called in to meet with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and members of his staff. That evening, practitioners’ concerns were answered. The arrested practitioners in Tianjin were released and everyone went home.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP, perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and issued an order to ban Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners due to the persecution over the past 22 years; the actual number is suspected to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.

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