During the Easter weekend, Falun Gong practitioners from England held an activity to inform the people of Bath about recent revelations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners to supply a lucrative international transplant trade.
This famous city was packed with tourists as well as locals enjoying the spring sunshine during the Easter break.
|People petition for a stop to the persecution|
Large quantities of leaflets, and special editions of The Epoch Times newspaper focusing on the Sujiatun forced Labour Camp and other such camps, were distributed. People seemed genuinely moved and shocked to hear about this situation. One young woman said that she felt physically sick after reading about the atrocities. Another said she had previously written to the Chinese Ambassador in the UK to express her concern about the persecution of Falun Gong, but had never received a reply. She found the recent news about organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners very disturbing.
Many people were eager to sign a petition urging the British government to condemn and help mobilise an investigation and rescue. Others said that they would probably write to their MPs.
Many people wanted to know more about Falun Gong and its repression in China, and spent time talking with practitioners as well as carefully reading the posters that explained all about the persecution.
A journalist from the local newspaper discussed the issue with a practitioner, and plans to report on the event. A photographer from the same newspaper also took some photographs of the activity for the article. A local Amnesty International activist took leaflets and newspapers to distribute to interested parties in Bath, and offered to consider initiating a letter writing campaign by the local Amnesty group. He was very pleased that practitioners had taken the initiative to hold this event in his city.
One woman was interested to receive the special edition of the newspaper as she regularly picks up a copy of The Epoch Times each week on the London underground and feels it is a good paper.
One Chinese lady stopped to talk at some length and to sign the petition. She works as an interpreter for the Home office, a British government department that deals with Immigration issues, and sometimes she can be involved with Falun Gong asylum seeker cases. She was very supportive and took many types of information material to give to her colleagues in the Home office, so as to give them a more in depth understanding about Falun Gong and the persecution.
Overall the event was very successful and practitioners were really pleased that they were able to raise awareness of the issues with so many people.
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