On Sunday the 11th of June, Scottish Falun Gong practitioners set up a stall at the Glasgow West End Festival. The festival is held every year in the West End of Glasgow and is considered as a family fun day. The stall featured a petition table for people to sign their names calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong and a table where practitioners taught people how to fold paper lotus flowers, which was popular with the children.
At around 12:00 pm the streets of Glasgow started to fill up with crowds of people. Although it was very noisy, the beautiful sound of Falun Gong music was not drowned out by the noise. Several practitioners were demonstrating the five sets of Falun Gong exercises and before long a crowd of people had stopped to watch. The expressions on their faces were very peaceful and interested. This gave practitioners the opportunity to talk to these people and tell them more about Falun Gong and the persecution waged against the practice y the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the last seven years. One elderly man said "I can feel a very strong energy field coming from the exercises".
|Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises caught the attention of passers-by|
Over the course of the entire day, 450 people signed the petition to stop the Chinese Communist Party's practice of harvesting living Falun Gong practitioners' internal organs for profit before cremating their body. Around 4,000 leaflets were also handed out exposing this persecution. Many Glasgow people with a sense of justice and conscience were appalled by the facts of the persecution. One woman was so moved that that she returned half an hour later with her family members who also signed the petition.
|People came to find out more and sign the petition|
One Chinese lady stood and watched the exercise demonstration. She told the practitioners: "I have lived in China and have never heard about any of this". One Western practitioner talked to her and explained about the CCP's propaganda and media control. At the end the lady took some materials away to read at home.
One practitioner sat at a small table teaching the children and families how to make paper lotus flowers. While making the flowers the children had the opportunity to hear about Dafa and the persecution in China. Many of the children were very happy to receive the little flowers. One small girl in particular was delighted and her face lit up when we gave her a lotus flower, she promised to keep it safe. A women and her daughter signed the petition after making a lotus flower. Later on they returned with the rest of the family who also signed the petition.
|People learned how to practise the Falun Gong exercises and fold paper lotus flowers|
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