On the 13th of May, Falun Gong practitioners from several cities in Finland gathered in the centre of Helsinki to commemorate World Falun Dafa Day by displaying photos of the brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners during the past six years.
Since the location was close to a tourist attraction, people came to find out more in a continuous stream, including tourists from various countries. Big banners reading "Falun Gong Is Good" and "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" were prominent and easy to see. Practitioners demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises along with peaceful music, which attracted a lot of people to come and look. In the meantime, leaflets were given out and folded paper lotus flowers were given to children and the elderly. Some showed great interest in Falun Gong and talked with practitioners for a long time.
Many kind people came to read our display boards and showed concern for the brutal persecution taking place in China. Those who understood the truth showed sympathy and support. A group of foreign young men lined up to sign their names on a petition calling for an end to the persecution. Those at the back of the queue could not sign because they were running late and had to catch a bus. They felt sorry and asked if they could use their email to support us before reluctantly leaving.
We also met a number of Chinese tourists. Some had already heard the truth about Falun Gong. Most of them were willing to listen to us and accepted our leaflet and the "Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party." Some declined out of fear of trouble when they returned to China. We suggested to them that they read them in the privacy of their hotel or on the plane, which they gladly agreed to do.
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