June the 26th was the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, sponsored by the United Nations. Swiss Falun Gong practitioners held a photo exhibition from 10 am to 10 pm in downtown Basel, an important Swiss industrial city. By displaying photos of the persecution, practitioners exposed to the Swiss public the appalling torture that the Jiang group conducts against Falun Gong practitioners. The purpose was to call upon Swiss people to pay attention to the fate of Falun Gong practitioners, and to stop the Jiang group's atrocities. Many passers-by stopped to look at the photos. Shocked by the brutality, they signed their names on the petition to express their anger towards the persecution, and provide their support to Falun Gong practitioners.
Coming across members of “ALL NATIONS CAL” from Israel
Some Israeli tourists were very sympathetic towards Falun Gong practitioners in China after they heard the truth. They thought that the suppression was wrong and they volunteered to put their signatures on the petition. Dafa practitioners were sending forth righteous thoughts at the time. The people from Israel said they could feel the strength of our energy field. When they received information Video-CDs, they said happily that they were members of an Israeli non-governmental organisation called “ALL NATIONS CAL”. They have contacts with many international organisations. They will play our VCDs in their offices so that more people can understand the truth about Falun Gong. When they were about to leave, they held practitioners’ hands and wouldn’t let go. Practitioners told them with a smile that we would surely meet meet again someday in the future.
"I can imagine how cruel this persecution is"
After she understood the truth, a young lady from Poland said that she finally realised that the persecution began because Falun Gong teaches people to establish their own viewpoints about what is right and what is wrong. She said she could understand the persecution because when Poland was under the reign of the Communist Party, all of the media were allowed to report only how happily Polish people lived their lives, although the reports went completely against the facts. Any coverage about the bright side of capitalist countries was prohibited. She said, “I can imagine how cruel this persecution is.” As she left, she said that she hoped this persecution would end as soon as possible.
A young Chinese lady with a predestined relationship
A young Chinese lady said she had had Zhuan Falun, audiotapes of Master’s lectures and a VCD showing the exercises. She tried to learn by herself, but she gave up after a while. She went shopping today and came across our display. To begin with, she asked about several of the lies tha the Jiang regime have spread. She also suggested that we should not push it too far and everything would become alright when Jiang lost his power. Practitioners told her that what we were showing to people was just a tiny tip of a gigantic iceberg. The tragedy taking place everyday in China is extremely brutal. Our wish is to let more people learn the truth. Practitioners also mentioned that there were lots of students forced out of education or that had to flee from their homes in China. As students ourselves, how could we pretend that we hadn’t seen the persecution and remain silent? She took the information CDs offered by practitioners and wrote down the details of the local practice site. When she was about to leave, she left her phone number and told us she would like to participate in future activities. She showed up in front of our booth in the afternoon again, and said she wanted to be together with us. When she saw practitioners doing Falun Gong exercises, she said that she would like to practise with us. After we demonstrated the five exercises to her, she said that she had a much better understanding. She also asked a lot of questions. She said she could not understand Jiang’s decision to persecute Falun Gong at all because it is such a good cultivation way. It originated from China, and China should be proud of it. On the contrary, Jiang decided to suppress Falun Gong. Then, she sat quietly watching practitioners exercising and sending forth righteous thoughts. That evening during the candlelight vigil she crossed her legs and sat together with practitioners. She picked up truth materials and began to distribute them to passers-by. When she was asked about the stories behind the photos, she would invite the practitioners to explain while she listened quietly. We could feel the changes inside her. She didn’t leave for home until it was past nine o’clock.
"We will tell the truth to our friends"
There were two English-speaking ladies who asked practitioners what had happened when they looked at the photos of Wang Lixuan and her 7-month old son Meng Hao who were both tortured to death because the mother practised Falun Gong. After realising the inhuman persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have suffered, they felt very sorry and expressed their great sympathy. They asked practitioners what help they could offer. Practitioners told them it would be of a great help if they could tell the truth about Falun Gong to their friends and collegues so that more people would support justice. They said without hesitation, “We will tell the truth about Falun Gong to our friends.”
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