A “Falun Gong Works to End the Persecution” Photo Exhibition was held on March 23, 2012, at the Information Area Exhibition Centre in Split, the second largest city in Croatia. The exhibition ran for 20 days.
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The exhibition is comprised of several dozen colour photos arranged into three sections: the spectacular scenes of Falun Gong's popularity in China before 1999 and Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful resistance after 1999; exposing the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and its atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners; and Falun Gong being practised around the world, with overseas Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful and rational efforts to end the persecution.
Since the opening of the exhibition, many locals in Split have come to visit, as well as tourists from different countries. This city, which is rich in history and is home to the most beautiful harbour in the world, draws many tourists.
Several local media outlets reported on the event. The radio station on the famous Island of Brac and the local newspaper, Free Dalmatia, covered the photo exhibition and introduced Falun Gong positively. They also expressed strong condemnation for the ongoing persecution in China.
At the opening ceremony, visitors were amazed at how wonderful Falun Dafa is, as was evident from their joyful expressions. Some visitors cried when they saw photos depicting the CCP's cruel mistreatment and abuse of Falun Gong practitioners. Some left messages in the guest book to express their indignation at what is happening and to show their sympathy for the persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. They expressed their admiration for Falun Gong practitioners who have remained steadfast in their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance while facing life-and-death trials. They also expressed their appreciation for practitioners holding the photo exhibition. Some visitors showed great interest in learning more about Falun Gong and learning the five Falun Gong exercises.
On the same day as the opening ceremony, practitioners also held a Falun Gong Information Day Activity on the Riva Seaside Promenade in downtown Split. Accompanied by peaceful exercise music, practitioners demonstrated the five exercises to locals and tourists. They also passed out flyers about Falun Gong and about the photo exhibition that was to begin that day. People were shocked at the CCP's brutality, and many said they would come to view the exhibition.
A schoolteacher brings students to learn the Falun Gong exercises as the practitioners introduced Falun Gong in their local area
Nearby island radio station Radio BRAC had a ten-minute interview with Falun Gong practitioners at the opening ceremony. When the practitioner talked about the brutal persecution taking place in China exposed in the exhibition, the reporter exclaimed, “It's like the scenes mentioned in the Bible!” He said that the significance of holding the exhibition is to “awaken people.” He believed that the righteous will definitely triumph over the evil. “Such an adverse situation won't last too long! ” he said, and sincerely wished the exhibition great success.
Local major newspaper Free Dalmatia printed a positive report on Falun Dafa and its effect on bringing practitioners physical and mental well-being. The report also covered the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
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