United Kingdom: Hear of Falun Gong in the East Finchley Festival in London

On Sunday 21 June 2009, the residents in London had a sunny weekend again. In the north of London the annual East Finchley Festival was held in the Cherry Tree Wood. Fortunately the celebrators of this year’s event came across the Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa).

Falun Gong practitioners introduce the Falun Gong exercises to the tourists and make known the persecution by the CCP

The East Finchley Festival is a popular local outdoor party in the community. The host has successfully integrated the music, performances, handcrafts, and food and drinks into the festival, and made the festival increasingly popular within recent years. The coming of Falun Gong practitioners has brought an opportunity to the attending residents with various ethnic backgrounds to experience the Falun Gong and to learn about the true story. Along with the spread of Falun Dafa in more than one hundred countries and regions all over the world, Falun Dafa in the UK is coming further into the communities.

People sign to condemn the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP

Among more than sixty stalls allocated in the Cherry Tree Wood, the Falun Gong stall was extraordinarily serene and peaceful. Displayed on the tables were many kinds of truth-clarification materials of Falun Gong and hand-made small lotus flowers. Exhibited in front of the tables were poster panels which illustrated the story with pictures. Some practitioners were distributing the truth-clarification leaflets, some were asking for signatures for the petition to condemn the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and some were demonstrating the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. The graceful music and the easy and relaxing movements of the practitioners in golden costumes attracted the attention of many people. The passers-by received the leaflets one by one. Many stood there to read the panels and to watch the exercise demonstration. The children were happy to receive lotus flowers with a bookmark of “Falun Dafa is Good” attached. A little girl told a Falun Gong practitioner that she liked these lotus flowers very much and she wanted to learn how to make such lotus flowers.

Some start to learn the Falun Gong exercises right away

People were happy with the nice weather and bright sunshine and in the Cherry Tree Wood there was an ambience of relaxation and freedom. In front of the Falun Gong stall, people were very willing to learn about what Falun Gong is and the true story of how the CCP brutally persecutes the Falun Gong. All the listeners almost immediately signed the petition to condemn the CCP’s persecution. Some passers-by came to sign when receiving the leaflet. During the period of a few hours, many people asked to learn the Falun Gong exercises. Among them a man with Indian or Pakistani origin fulfilled the “trilogy” of listening to the truth-clarification, signing the petition and learning the exercise on site.

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