From January 24 to 26, 2005, a three-day "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition was held in the Korean Parliament Building. This was the 11th stop of the exhibition tour, which provided a great opportunity for many Parliament members and officials to learn the truth about Falun Gong.
In November 2004, when the "Uncompromising Courage" art exhibition was held in Korea, Korean Falun Gong practitioners clarified the truth about the Jiang faction's human rights violations and introduced the art exhibit to members of Parliament. The Korean Falun Dafa Association and Parliament Member Mr. Shin, who represents Gyeyang-gu, Incheon City, sponsored this art exhibit at the Parliament building.
MP Shin said in his opening remarks, "Human rights exist beyond any political idea and have the highest value. Therefore, human rights violations anywhere on earth are intolerable. At the same time, freedom of belief must be protected." His speech won warm applauses from the visitors. Toward the end of his speech he said, "All of us should exert every effort to end these human rights violations." He stated that he would do his best to accomplish this.
|Ribbon-cutting at the opening ceremony|
MP Mr. King, who represents Seo-gu, Incheon City, also delivered a speech. Prior to this, he knew nothing about Falun Gong. He began his speech with an apology, "Over the past five years, China has launched such a brutal suppression against Falun Gong. As a member of the Korean Parliament, I knew nothing about it. I sincerely apologise to the practitioners here." He said that he was not aware of the persecution encountered by Falun Gong practitioners in China until he viewed the paintings exposing the persecution. He stated that he would make an effort to end this oppression that it is against humanity. His speech also won warm applause.
After the opening ceremony, a press conference was held to expose the Chinese communist regime's interference with Falun Gong practitioners' activities.
|Parliament Member Mr. Shin addressing the opening ceremony||MP King giving a speech|
During the opening ceremony, some staff members from the Chinese Embassy secretly got in, took photos and gathered information. They were recognised by practitioners and hurriedly went away. The unscrupulous means adopted by the Jiang regime's followers shocked the attendees.
After viewing all of the paintings, Parliament Members all asked, "Are they really so barbaric? How could they kill children?" They said that they simply could not imagine this. On the guest book, they wrote,
"Trampling human dignity must be stopped."
"I sincerely hope the Korean Falun Dafa Association continues to develop and lays a good foundation to improve human rights..."
"Work together to improve the Chinese people's human rights situation."
"For the sake of the friendship of the Korean and Chinese people..."
"I wish there were no more human rights violations and no more suppression. Work hard for world peace. I wish you great success!"
"Living as a good person is the path to fight for human rights."
"I hope all Falun Gong practitioners will be successful! I hope the human rights violations in China will end as soon as possible..."
A Japanese reporter commentated, "It was really a courageous feat that MP Shin was not afraid of the Chinese Embassy's interference and persisted in holding the art exhibition in the Parliament building."
After viewing the exhibition, an influential MP stated that he would like to learn the Falun Gong exercises in his office. Two practitioners then demonstrated the exercises to him in his office. Later, the MP said that he would also practise the exercises.
|U.S.-based NTDTV interviewing the sponsor of the exhibition||Chairman of the upper house of the Parliament||The President of the United Liberal Democrats and former candidate for the Korean Presidency|
The exhibition was held in the hallway that connects two buildings. It is also the must-be-taken road for MPs and their staff to enter the conference hall and cafeteria. This made it convenient for many people to see the exhibition.
On the evening of the opening ceremony, a movie presentation sponsored by the ruling party's representatives was held in the large conference hall just opposite the art exhibition hall. After the movie, people had tea in the exhibition hall. It was said that about 700 people came to watch the movie and all of them had to pass through the exhibition hall. They viewed the art paintings when they entered the conference hall. When the movie concluded around 9 p.m., people once again passed through the exhibition hall.
After obtaining approval from the sponsor, a practitioner took a microphone and explained the facts about Falun Gong to people. It was late in the evening, but the exhibition hall was in a peaceful and compassionate field. Perhaps this was the first time for many people to hear about Falun Gong and they were quite surprised. Practitioners who stayed until the end said that such an opportunity was definitely not an accident. All people smiled happily.
The three-day exhibit quickly concluded. It was unfortunate that some MPs did not have a chance to learn about Falun Gong because they were on business trips. Fortunately, this exhibition displayed the dignity and sacredness of Falun Dafa not only to government officials but also to some Korean citizens who had some misunderstandings about Dafa.
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