On July 20, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners in Ukraine held events in different places to commemorate their fellow practitioners who were tortured to death and to call attention to the need to end the CCP's ten-year persecution.
Practitioners in Kiev unfurled banners reading, "Falun Dafa Is Great," "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance," and "Disintegrate CCP and Stop the Persecution" in front of the Chinese embassy. They also held banners detailing the CCP's use of torture and its harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
The practitioners sat quietly on the stairs to protest the persecution. Passersby paused to learn the facts.
|Practitioners in Kiev protest the CCP's ten-year persecution in front of the Chinese Embassy|
Tosina, a practitioner from Kramatorsk, told the reporter, "July 20 is a special day for Falun Gong practitioners. Ten years ago, the CCP initiated the persecution. Today's events will allow more people to learn the facts and perhaps offer to help stop persecution." Practitioners in Kramatorsk set up posters in downtown showing how Falun Gong has spread around the world and exposing the CCP persecution of Falun Gong in China. The event caught the attention of many passersby. They read the posters and listened to practitioners' explanations. Many signed the petition to protest the persecution.
|Young people signed the petition form after learning the facts about Falun Gong|
|Passersby listen to a practitioner's explanation|
Yelena said that she has practised Falun Gong for twelve years and has benefited a lot from the practice. She hoped that more people in Ukraine would learn that Falun Gong practitioners in China are suffering as a result of the CCP's brutal persecution. She hoped more kind-hearted people would stand forward to stop the persecution. The same day, practitioners in other cities also held events to mark ten years of resisting the persecution.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for mind and body. The practice involves slow, gentle movements and meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practise, and free of charge. Its principles are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practice began in China in 1992 and quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China and then beyond. Its beneficial effects in uplifting an individual's physical health, spiritual well-being and moral character, not to mention its positive influence in the community and society as a whole, have been undeniable. In fact, Falun Gong is practised by over 100 million people in 110 countries. The main works of Falun Gong are available in over 30 languages.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Since the start of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have been constantly speaking out about the truth of Falun Gong and exposing the CCP's crimes in a tireless effort to end the persecution.
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