The 2005 World Track and Field Games were held in Finland's capital Helsinki from August 6th . Some practitioners went to the train station in the city centre to introduce Falun Gong and let people know about the brutal persecution taking place in China. Many pedestrians stopped to look at the display boards.
The games returned to Helsinki, Finland, where they were originally held in 1983. There were 1,900 athletes from two hundred countries participating in the various contests and more than one hundred and ninety countries and regions participated in the live broadcasts. It is estimated that four billion people will watch the broadcast worldwide. After learning about this, Falun Gong practitioners in Finland and other North European countries arranged the activity to tell as many people as possible learn about the persecution.
The pedestrians came in streams. They were attracted by the elegant and peaceful exercises. A lot of tourists took picture of the practitioners doing the exercises. After seeing the posters of some practitioners who were persecuted to death, some people went on right away to see the display boards and wanted to resolve their doubt: why were these men and women, old and young with kind and gentle faces persecuted to death? After they understood the truth, they signed their names to show support immediately. A lot of people directly signed their names.
Three persons from Ireland signed their names right after they received our leaflets. Two of them even said they wanted to learn Falun Gong. One lady who just came here from New York told us she had signed our petition in New York. She praised us for doing very well and encouraged us to do well in each country. We said to her: "Thanks, we are doing it."
A gentleman refused to receive materials at the beginning, yet he read the display boards seriously. After a while, he said to a practitioner, "China is too big, it is useless for you to do this." Practitioners replied, "every little bit will be helpful. One more person understanding the truth could stop the persecution, we are closer to the end of the persecution." Then he said, "There must be a way to eliminate the Communist Party of China." Our practitioners said: "Falun Gong practitioners will never do that. We will continue to oppose the persecution in a peaceful and rational manner until it is over."
We talked for a long time to two Chinese tourists. After they understood the truth of the persecution the crime of the evil Communist Party of China, they said they would withdraw from the Communist Party of China.
Through the relentless efforts of Falun Gong practitioners from all parts of the world, more and more tourists of various countries have learned the truth about Falun Gong. Many tourists passed us and greeted us in a friendly way: "Falun Gong is good!", "We know Falun Gong, you are doing very well."
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