On May 10th, Finnish Falun Gong practitioners in Helsinki hung banners in Finnish reading “Falun Dafa Day” and “Falun Dafa is Good”. They displayed a newly made introduction to the spreading of Falun Dafa in the world and a display exposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong and celebrating the ninth World Falun Dafa Day.
On May 13th 1992, the founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi spread Falun Dafa to the world. Passing through 16 years of trials and tribulations, those cultivation practitioners who cultivate themselves according to the principles of “Truth, Compassion, Tolerance”, to this day can be found in more than eighty different countries and areas around the world. World Falun Dafa day” has become a very special day, and Falun Gong practitioners around the world use different means to celebrate it.
A young Russian married couple, after reading the Russian material that a practitioner handed them, were reading the leaflet at the same time as crossing the road. Not long after, they turned around and came back to enquire and ask that practitioner: What is Falun Gong? What are you doing here? Falun Gong practitioner Sveta explained to them: Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese cultivation practice method. We are here today to celebrate World Falun Dafa day, this is date of international significance, many countries around the world are all celebrating this festival, however in China one cannot hold this activity, because the CCP persecutes those Falun Gong practitioners who believe in “Zhen Shan Ren” (“Truth – Compassion – Tolerance”). The married couple again asked some questions regarding the persecution, and Sveta also answered them one by one. After understanding the particulars they signed in support of the cause of Falun Gong.
Sveta said “she discovered that a lot of people all know about Falun Gong and already know the truth about the persecution, when a lot of people received the materials they all wished them good luck and moreover expressed that they would like to help Falun Gong practitioners”.
Mr. Silonsengard is the chairman of a certain company, and came to know about Falun Gong through a newspaper a few years ago. However, a Chinese friend of his told him some of the CCP’s slanderous words against Falun Gong. Regarding these negative remarks, he found them difficult to believe. Thus, Chinese practitioner Xiao-lu told him the truth about Falun Gong, and the truth of the persecution happening in China. Xiao-lu told him her experiences of how she had personally been illegally arrested and how she had been sent to prison by the CCP. She also told him how the CCP has been spreading rumours and how the CCP had been smearing the name of Falun Gong. After hearing this, Mr. Silosengard said “I hope that China can become a free and democratic country, and I believe this day will not be too far away”, following which he took the initiative to sign his name in support of Falun Gong.
A woman in a wheelchair came to the petition desk, and started to talk to a Finnish practitioner called Anja. She said: “I live in the Sokos bar across the road, and I saw your activity from the window, I think it’s great, and thought that I really would like to come here to talk to you. I’ve seen your activities in Helsinki five times and I really think it is just great.” Afterwards she watched practitioners practicing the exercises for a long time, and even had a go at practicing. Later she also signed her name in support of Falun Gong.
A Finnish man and his mother came to the petition desk, and said to Anja : “My lower back continually has illness, but when I stand here I feel very good, and my lower back does not hurt” He spoke with Anja for a long time and upon hearing about the brutal persecution in China, his eyes filled with tears.
A female practitioner called Jiang-nu-shi saw a Chinese overseas student watching the activities from the side and so she went to talk with him. That student said to Jiang-nu-shi, that after seeing the activities here he felt very warm and felt that if there were people who could accept it, it must have something to it. Therefore he also wanted to come to know more about it. After hearing Jiang-nu-shi explaining the truth about Falun Gong, he happily received a “Nine commentaries on the communist party” and an Epoch Times (“Da-ji-yuan”), and also said she would quit the CCP groups and teams. He said he felt that not going to see it and not going to hear it is not right, he has to come to find out more about it.
Another person was a tourist from Mainland China who was touring northern Europe; he looked at the display for a long time, and even asked for some Chinese material. He told the practitioners “I know all about it”.
On that day many people stopped to look at the display and the exercise demonstration and even asked about the truth of the persecution. Sometimes the people in front of the petition table were all lining up to sign their names calling for an end to the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.
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