On August 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., the annual Multicultural Festival in Warsaw once again opened with the Flower Street Parade. Falun Gong practitioners in Poland have been invited to participate in the event for six consecutive years. This was their seventh year taking part.
A beautiful float, peaceful music and Falun Gong practitioners’ slow and curved exercise movements attracted the attention of many Polish people, and many of them took snapshots.
|Local media interview practitioners||People watch practitioners demonstrate the exercises|
|People read the display boards||People buy the book Zhuan Falun|
On the float, three practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises to music. At the end of the parade, practitioners put up a yellow tent near the float. Outside the tent along the street were laid dozens of display boards about the persecution in China. Inside the tent, two tables were set up for folding lotus flowers. Another table outside the tent held materials about Falun Gong, Chinese and Polish copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Zhuan Falun in Polish.
Throughout the parade, groups of people took pictures with the float. Many people watched the practitioners on the float demonstrating the exercises while other practitioners gave out leaflets to the spectators and told them about the present situation in China. Falun Gong practitioners in China are arrested, tortured and some have even had their organs removed for sale because of their adherence to the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practitioners asked that everyone work together to oppose the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party, to support justice and put an end to the torture.
|People sign a petition in support of Falun Gong|
Many people were shocked to learn about the persecution and so, one after another, they signed a petition opposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong. In five hours, more than 400 people signed the petition. Many people bought copies of the book Zhuan Falun and asked for more information about Falun Gong.
A Polish man who had studied in China for four years spoke with a Falun Gong practitioner in Chinese; he asked: “The Chinese government says Falun Gong is not good, you say that Falun Gong is good, which side should I trust?” The Falun Gong practitioner answered: “Of course you should trust whoever tells the truth. But who is telling the truth and who is lying? Take the Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax manufactured by the CCP as an example, how did that man whose face was burned keep his hair intact? How could that girl who had a tracheotomy speak loudly after only three days? Even more ridiculous was that the Tiananmen Square police on patrol carried a fire extinguisher! Within just a minute and a half, where did so many fire extinguishers come from? Please, who is lying? It was not just lies but the deception of the people in the name of the State.” On hearing this, the Polish man came to understand, and said: “I am clear now it is the Communist Party that is lying. I’ll sign the petition in support of Falun Gong.”
|An 84-year-old woman said: "I have signed the petition to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and I believe I will see the day when the Chinese Communist Party falls"|
Having signed the petition, an elderly woman came to a Falun Gong practitioner, and said: "Though the petition does not require that people give their age, I have written down my age. I am 84 years old now. This is the first time I have heard of Falun Gong and I do like this practice. I knew that Falun Dafa was good as soon as I heard this music. There is too much noise in the world today, this music can not only help people become calm but also remove their worries. How good the practice is! I have signed the petition to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and I believe I will see the Chinese Communist Party fall though I am already 84. I will see it."
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