China is the partner of the Hanover Industrial Fair in Germany this year. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and German Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly opened the Hanover Industrial Fair, the world's biggest industrial and trade fair, on April 22, 2012. Falun Gong practitioners from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and other countries gathered in downtown Hanover, at the conference centre, and at the hotel where Chancellor Merkel invited Wen Jiabao to a banquet.
They held a series of activities to protest the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong, and demanded that Jiang Zemin and his gang, the chief culprits in the persecution, be brought to justice. The practitioners hope that the Chinese people will see the wicked nature of the CCP, and abandon it from their hearts. They further hope that Chinese officials who have a conscience and can tell right from wrong punish Jiang and his accomplices for the bloody debts they have owed to Falun Gong, and thereby accumulate good virtue for their future.
|Practitioners hold activities in Hanover, Germany to protest the persecution and call for justice against the chief culprits in the persecution.|
|Ms. Zheng Zhihong, spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association, interviewed by a TV station in Germany.|
|Practitioners do the exercises at the protest venue.|
|A passerby learns the facts from a practitioner.|
The messages on practitioners' banners included “Falun Dafa,” “Welcome Wen Jiabao,” and “Bring Jiang Zemin and His Gang to Justice,” which attracted attention from many Chinese people. Members of the Chinese delegation, who were on a large bus, smiled and took photos, and some waved to the practitioners when they passed by. Some officials who took part in the fair showed rare enthusiasm as they passed by the Falun Gong information table downtown. The officials took truth clarification materials and copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Some Chinese people renounced their membership in the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Falun Dafa Association: We have two important messages to convey
Ms. Zheng Zhihong, spokesperson for the German Falun Dafa Association, said, “We are here today to convey two important messages: the first is to welcome Wen Jiabao; the second is to bring Jiang Zemin and his gang to justice for their roles in the persecution of Falun Gong.”
Ms. Zheng continued, “As long as the CCP hasn't stopped the persecution, all Falun Gong practitioners around the world will call on the international community to help stop it. We will constantly expose the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong to the international community, and we hope people from all over the world, including Chinese people, can learn the facts.” She added, “We not only call for an end to the persecution, but also for all chief culprits who have been responsible for the persecution to be brought to justice. We want people to witness the heavenly principle that good and evil will receive their due reward or retribution.”
In conclusion, Ms. Zheng said, “We hope the Chinese people can make their own choice in the face of right and wrong, see the CCP for what it is, and abandon it from their hearts.”
CCP Officials Eager to Learn the Facts, Show Enthusiasm
In front of the Hanover Conference Centre, many Chinese people who took part in the fair took photos of the protest groups and showed great interest in the messages on the banners that Falun Gong practitioners held. Several officials kept taking photos and having their photos taken in front of the practitioners. One of them looked shocked on learning about the persecution. Some people from the welcoming group organized by the Chinese Consulate had conversations with practitioners and some renounced their resignations from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. When the motorcade of the Chinese delegation passed by, many of them were seen to sit up to look at the banners and take photos, and some waved to the practitioners.
In front of the Falun Gong information table downtown, Chinese people passed by the entire day. They took informational materials. A group of seven Chinese people showed great enthusiasm, which surprised the practitioners at the site. They took copies of all the Chinese materials, and were relaxed as they had conversations with practitioners. Laughter could be heard from them from time to time. A German practitioner spoke with a Chinese official in English, telling him about the spread of Falun Dafa around the world. She told him that she has practiced Falun Gong for ten years and she felt very well. She hoped that official would tell others when he returned to China what he had seen in Germany, and that he would protect Falun Gong practitioners in his workplace. The official listened to the practitioner with a friendly smile. Later on, other members of that officials' delegation told practitioners that he held a high-rank.
German People Deeply Stirred by the Persecution
People continuously came over to the Falun Gong information table downtown to learn about the persecution of Falun Gong. They signed a petition to condemn the CCP's organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, and to end the persecution. People had long and in-depth conversations with practitioners, showing eagerness to learn the facts about the persecution. Some immediately went to the bookstore to buy Zhuan Falun, the main book of teachings.
During the event, the German police protected Falun Gong practitioners. A German TV reporter disclosed after finishing interviewing the spokesperson for Falun Gong, that he heard that someone inside the CCP would interfere with Falun Gong practitioners' protests. The reporter said, “This is Germany, not China under the CCP rule. Such things can't be allowed to take place.”
Painter Denker Martina was shocked at seeing materials about the CCP's organ harvesting. She said, “Regarding such persecution of human rights, I feel I should give Falun Gong practitioners moral support. This (Falun Gong) is something beautiful. Persecuting practitioners can only be done by the evil in the world.” Seeing practitioners' peacefulness exercise demonstration during the protest, she said, “I feel that peaceful protest is more convincing than those violent protests.”
In the following week, Falun Gong practitioners will continue holding the information table and other activities in downtown Hanover.
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