On May 1st, Labour Day, a rally called “May 1st without Communism” took place in the Czech capital Prague. The intention of the event was to expose the real nature of the world's communist regimes. The Confederation of Political Prisoners and a “T-shirt against Communism” initiative was a feature of the rally and Falun Gong practitioners were invited to set up a “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition” there. The artists of the exhibition are renowned painters from different countries, who were, in some cases; themselves victims of the persecution of the spiritual practice of Falun Gong in China.
The exhibition was divided into several parts which depict not only the beauty of the meditation practice, but also the brutal nature of the ongoing persecution by the Chinese Communist Party. This part was the main focus of the exhibition in the Letna Park in Prague. The paintings present very realistically some of the torture methods used on Falun Gong practitioners in the Chinese labour camps and prisons.
Many people were deeply touched by the paintings. Some couldn’t believe at first that such a torture is still happening in today’s world and very often compared it with fascists’ practices in concentration camps. One man pointed out that fascists were compared to those Chinese torturers .
Two elderly ladies were telling their stories of being imprisoned during the communist rule in former Czechoslovakia. “Well, I was only imprisoned, but she was beaten all the time,” remarked one of the ladies. “One time they striped her naked and wanted to rape her, but she was struggling so they beat her again.” The elderly women also said they don’t even need to go to China to know how evil Communism is, as it was happening in Czechoslovakia also. They were very thankful that we are putting on such efforts to show Communism for what it really is.
Two major foreign guests also visited the exhibition Mr. David Kilgour, human rights defender and author of the report about forced organ harvesting form Falun Gong practitioners in China and Zhao Ming, former college student from Ireland, who was imprisoned in a Chinese labour camp for two years, because he appealed to the Falun Gong authorities.
The whole art exhibition took place in a quiet solemn atmosphere, expressing deep sympathy with those tortured to death.
Originally published at Germany at: http://cz.clearharmony.net/articles/200705/1580.html
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