On April 4th 2009, some Falun Gong practitioners in Finland held an activity in near Kampi Shopping Centre in Helsinki City Centre. They raised awareness about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s brutal suppression of Falun Gong and called on Finnish people to help stop the persecution. There were exhibition boards introducing Falun Gong, as well as facts about the persecution. Practitioners distributed leaflets and collected signatures condemning the persecution.
FİKRET ÇENGEL, a reporter from《Yeni Şafak》in Turkey, was travelling in Finland. He stopped before the exhibition boards. On hearing about Falun Gong practitioners activity, he immediately became interested. He told the practitioners that he knew that how the CCP badly persecutes Tibetans but did not know that the CCP is still persecuting such a group of Chinese people at the same time. He said that he would go and get more relevant information and then write a report about it. He left his telephone number to the practitioners hoping to get more information about Falun Gong and the persecution. He solemnly signed the petition and wished everything was fine with the practitioners.
While carefully reading the exhibition boards, Monika was pushing her pram. On seeing the practitioners holding exhibition boards in order to rescue their family members, she asked a practitioner distributing materials, "What were those who were holding exhibition boards doing there?" The practitioner told her, “ That girl’s mother is now imprisoned and being persecuted by the CCP. She is here telling the fact to people and hoping Finnish people can help her.” With concern, the young mother asked, ”How can we help her rescue her mother?” The practitioner told her, “One method is to sign the petition supporting the anti-persecution, another one is to send postcards to the CCP’ ‘610’ Office asking them to set that girl’s mother free.” Without any hesitation, Monica signed the petition.
A man told a practitioner that he knew there were many cruel persecutions in the history of the Communist Party. He had signed the petition long time before. He asked:” Besides signing the petition, what else can I do to help Falun Gong practitioners?” He said that people should do something about it and not be too optimistic about the Communist Party. He still added that he could see activities held by different groups of people. “ What you have done is particularly good and very peaceful”, he said
During the activity, many people signed the petition supporting Falun Gong.
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