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  • Falun Gong Practitioners Win Right to Protest at Paris Chinese Embassy

    On July 18, 2009, the Paris Administrative Court issued an ordinance to rescind a Paris police ban forbidding the Falun Dafa Association of France from holding protests in front of the Chinese Embassy on July 20. The ordinance was sent to the French Ministry of Interior Affairs. Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, this is the very first time that the association has received permission to rally outside the embassy.
  • UK Newspaper Reports on Persecution of UK Practitioners and Relatives in China

    The men from China's national security brigades came for Natalie Qiao's parents at 10pm on 8 June. Five young men in plain clothes bundled the elderly couple into an unmarked car. Ten years after the prohibition on Falun Gong was ordered by China's former leader Jiang Zemin, commencing a brutal crackdown on its adherents, believers such as Qiao's parents are still being pursued, despite international protests.
  • Germany: Practitioners Hold Rally and March in Berlin to Mark the Tenth Year of Persecution

    On July 11, practitioners held a rally and march in front of the Chinese Embassy in Berlin calling for the disintegration of the CCP and an end to the persecution. Representatives from German Falun Dafa Association, Society for Threatened Peoples and International Society for Human Rights gave speeches at the rally.
  • United Kingdom: Parade and Candlelight Vigil Commemorate Ten Years of Persecution

    On Saturday 18 July, Falun Gong practitioners in the United Kingdom held a parade through central London to commemorate ten years of persecution against Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • Germany: Falun Dafa Information Day in Hannover

    Practitioners introduced Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, and its principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance to the public. They also exposed the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China. When people read about the persecution of Falun Gong, many of them signed the petition calling for an end to the human rights abuses.
  • Slovakia: Information Day in Brezno Exposes CCP's Human Rights Abuses

    Practitioners held an information day to let people know the latest news about the ongoing persecution in China by the Chinese Communist Party. Petition signatures were collected from local people who wanted to call for an immediate end to the human rights abuses against China's Falun Gong practitioners, which include the harvesting of their organs for profit.
  • Russia: "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition Opens in Moscow

    At 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2009, the "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition opened at the Moscow National Exhibition Hall. Local cultural officials, the manager of the exhibition hall, and several artists came to give congratulatory speeches at the grand opening. Reporters also attended the ceremony.
  • Norway: A Westerner Who Promoted the Shen Yun Performances

    On March 14 2009, the New York Shen Yun Performing Arts company went to Norway for the first time, doing two performances in the Oslo Music Hall to the audience's delight. It might have surprised some in the audience that the show could not have happened without the tireless efforts of volunteers, many of whom were Westerners promoting a show mainly focused on Eastern culture. Mr. Peder Giertsen was one of those people. We had the chance to do an interview with Mr. Giertsen in New York.
  • France: Unique Scenes in Paris at the Eiffel Tower

    On June 28 in Human Rights Square beside the Eiffel Tower, a group of Falun Gong practitioners gathered, as they have often done in the past. Some of them were doing the five sets of Falun Gong exercises, others were talking to other people about the exercises and the persecution happening in China. Many locals and tourists from around the world passed by.
  • Germany: "I am happy you can express your opinions freely in Germany"

    On June 27, 2009, a delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime visited the well-known University of Freiburg in Germany. Some Falun Gong practitioners, when hearing of this, went to protest the ten-year long brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP and let more people know about Falun Gong.
  • United Kingdom: Falun Gong Well Received at the Brighton and Hove International Festival of Sport

    On the afternoon of June 27, 2009, the annual Brighton and Hove International Festival of Sport was held in Preston Park in Brighton, England. The event drew a large number of visitors. Falun Gong practitioners received an invitation to take part in the event, and their exercise demonstration was warmly welcomed.
  • Belgium: Falun Gong Practitioners Participate in World Day Activities in Brugge

    On June 27, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners were invited to attend the World Day activities in Brugge, Belgium to introduce Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) to the public. Falun Gong practitioners first attended this activity three years ago and since then the activity host has actively contacted and invited practitioners to attend annually.
  • Germany: Promoting Falun Gong at Titisee

    On Saturday June 27, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners once again travelled to Titisee, the famous tourist destination in the Black Forest scenic area, to hold an information day. They introduced Falun Gong to tourists from all over the world, and also exposed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
  • France: Exposing the Persecution at the Largest European Mineral & Gem Show

    At the end of June, in the charming region of Alsace, France, thousands of people from all walks of life and from all over Europe visit the largest European Mineral & Gem show. A large number of visitors accepted the leaflets that were tirelessly distributed by Falun Gong practitioners exposing the human rights abuses waged against Falun Gong in China by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Austria: Eighth Experience Sharing Conference Successfully Held in Linz

    On June 28, 2009, the eighth Falun Dafa cultivation practice experience sharing conference was successfully held at Linz, a city in central Austria. By means of this Fa conference, many practitioners found their own shortcomings and inadequacies in cultivation practice, and were motivated to be more diligent and catch up.