On the eve of Dutch Queen's Day, I participated in the queen's reception hosted by the Mayor, which is regarded as the grandest meeting every year in my city.
During the break of the reception, a lot of people waited to talk to the Mayor and his wife at his side. I stayed quietly several metres in front of the Mayor. The Mayor noticed me and gave me a sign, wanting me to wait a moment. A moment later, the Mayor turned around and I approached him at once. I said at once, "Do you know about Falun Gong? I am a practitioner of Falun Gong."
The mayor said, "I know all about Falun Gong. He looked at me, probably not expecting anyone in his city to practise Falun Gong. I showed him some materials about the Chinese Communist Party taking organs from living victims, including Falun Gong practitioners. He looked for a moment and said, "Too terrible, too terrible. These people are too bad; I will read this material carefully."
I also told him some experiences of mine; he listened with attention. I finally said that just because of this, I have not seen my daughter for seven years. The Mayor's wife said: "This is one of the most intolerable things. Thank you for telling us your story."
"I should thank you for giving me such a long time," I said.
The Mayor replied with a smile: "Because we are proud of you. It is us that should say thank you."
Having left the Mayor and his wife, I talked to a lady who received the royal medal. She told me she served as a secretary of a charity organisation for more than forty years voluntarily. Because of her hard-work, the queen granted her the royal medal. This is their whole family's honour. When talking with a retired English teacher about the suffering of Falun Gong practitioners over the past seven years, their insistence in telling the truth and to wake up people's conscience with a heart of compassion and forbearance, he sighed with deep feeling, "This world should be proud of having you."
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