Hamburg’s “Stadteilfest Altonale” was celebrated on the weekend of June 18th and 19th 2005. Falun Gong practitioners participated in this event to let people know about the Falun Gong practice and the severe human rights abuses that are being inflicted on practitioners in China by the Communist Party.
Practitioners from Hamburg and surrounding areas of Bremen, Bielefeld and even Denmark, participated in this activity. We began the activities by first sending righteous thoughts, while a small group demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Passers-by were attracted to this activity and enjoyed watching the exercises.
We also had a table where we folded paper Lotus Flowers for the children and a Chinese practitioner wrote the children’s names in Chinese calligraphy.
Despite the heat, many people joined in the festivities and gladly accepted flyers detailing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Pictures of large-scale Falun Gong exercise practices in China before the persecution began were popular and many people were interested in the illustrations of the torture methods used in attempts to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs.
People could not understand why Falun Gong is being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They asked many questions since none of the media report on the atrocities. One practitioner felt that people during this year’s Altona wanted to listen much more than in the past and said that she had never experienced such enthusiastic and interesting discussions about Falun Gong during an activity.
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