Falun Dafa practitioners resumed activities to raise awareness in scenic sites after restrictions due to the pandemic were suspended in July. They held activities in Chinatown, outside of the British Museum, and on St. Martin Square every Saturday afternoon. People accepted fliers and signed a petition to condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution.
As more and more people are venturing out to these places, practitioners are greeting them with information about the benefits of Falun Dafa, how the CCP is persecuting the spiritual practice, and a hopeful message of how practitioners in China have stood up for their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
|Raising awareness in Chinatown|
A ten-year-old boy saw the information about the CCP’s organ harvesting and called his mother over to read it. After they quietly read the display boards they went to the table to sign the petition against the persecution.
A practitioner gave the boy a hand made lotus flower and he carefully held it. His mother asked whether they could donate money. The practitioners said, “You are really kind. No donation is needed. Thank you.”
|Raising awareness about Falun Dafa on St. Martin Square|
After a group of well-dressed people passed by, a woman returned and asked for a leaflet. She said, “I know this has been going on for several years. Thank you for your persistent efforts to speak out. It’s really important. Keep up the good work!”
John Stocks signed the petition and then said, “I don’t think everyone in the world understands what is happening now. How many people know that this kind of genocide is happening? Not many. Only you are here to tell us what is happening. People care more about money and business than human rights. This is the problem. The root cause is greed. But no power will last for long. I will come again next week.”
|Practitioners talk to people outside of the British Museum|
Background: What Is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
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