Falun Gong practitioners in the UK have been continuing with their efforts to raise awareness of the persecution to the public in central London. For a few consecutive weekends, practitioners came to St. Martin’s Square, which is right next to Trafalgar Square, to display photographs, demonstrate the five Falun Gong exercises, distribute Falun Gong leaflets and collect signatures. They wanted more people in the UK to see and hear about Falun Gong, to learn about the brutal persecution Falun Gong practitioners suffered in mainland China and to sign the petition form calling to end the persecution. Endless streams of people from all directions passed by the banner “Falun Gong is being persecuted in China.” From short conversations with those who stopped to read the posters and signed the petition form, practitioners found that more and more westerners had heard and learned the truth. Many started to condemn the persecution in various ways whereby choosing a bright future for themselves.
An English lady walked straight over to sign the petition form, telling the practitioner at the stand that she practiced yoga. She had heard about Falun Gong and knew that it is good but being persecuted in China. She was attending a big event at Trafalgar Square with a lot of friends and colleagues. She would tell all her friends to come and sign to support Falun Gong. Later, she indeed twice brought along her friends for signatures, about twenty people in total.
Another western lady took a leaflet from a practitioner standing at the intersection. She stopped to tell the practitioner that she met practitioners here one year ago when she first heard Falun Gong practitioners who follow the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” are being barbarically persecuted in China. She felt sad that the persecution is still continuing. As a Christian, she believed goodness is rewarded and evil is punished and that the final judgement is approaching. In her mind, the many catastrophes happening in the world today are the beginning of God’s punishment to the evil-doers. She added that she believed Falun Gong which follows the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” and represents goodness will win. Those who persecute Falun Gong will eventually be punished.
Having read the exhibits and accepted a leaflet, a gentleman from Ireland signed the petition form under the urge of a practitioner. After a while he returned to ask the practitioner for more Falun Gong material. He told the practitioner that he was about to write his Master’s thesis on human rights. Having read the leaflet, he identified the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong as a prominent case of human rights violation. He must obtain a comprehensive understanding of the persecution. Consequently, the practitioner gave him a Falun Gong truth DVD and a copy of the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China by the independent investigators from Canada, telling him that he had chosen the right topic.
An English lady from outside London who had just attended a gathering at Trafalgar Square took a leaflet from a female practitioner that greeted her. Glancing at it, she asked interestedly, “What is Falun Gong?” The practitioner introduced in detail how Falun Gong is spread across the world and the truth about the brutal persecution practitioners suffered in mainland China. She was urged to read the exhibits. Having seeing the graphic reports on how Falun Gong practitioners are atrociously tortured even to the extent of being organ harvested while they are still alive for not giving up their beliefs, she said emotionally, “It must stop! It must stop!” She also told the practitioner, the Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities against Falun Gong reminded her of the genocidal crimes of the Nazis. A government like this is not fit for hosting the Olympics. When the Nazi Germany hosted the Olympics in 1936, the world dropped its guard on Hitler’s military regime under the lure of its fast economic growth and high employment rate. The Second World War that followed taught the world a tough lesson. We should not let history repeat itself.
A gentleman made a beeline for the stand with the petition form to sign. The practitioner at the stand asked whether he knew about Falun Gong. He answered that he was from the US. He had heard the truth from Falun Gong practitioners in New York. He did not expect to hear the truth about Falun Gong being persecuted in London again. He felt sad that such an inhuman persecution could happen. He sincerely hoped that the persecution would stop immediately.
An English gentleman and a Chinese lady stood by the exhibits for a long time while the gentleman kept explaining something to the lady. A practitioner went over to inquire. The gentleman said, he just came from Hong Kong and knew every well the facts of Falun Gong being persecuted in mainland China. He believed the large amount of facts of Falun Gong practitioners being brutally tortured to death on display here would be censored by the Communist regime with maximum 10% being allowed into China, in the same way that the ordinary Chinese could not learn the truth of the Tiananmen Square massacre that had been covered up. The lady next to him agreed, “You are right. Indeed I have not seen this material in China.” While saying so, the lady took a leaflet from the practitioner.
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