Finland: People in Kauhajoki Learn about Falun Gong for the First Time

On the 8th of July Falun Gong practitioners introduced Falun Gong in Kauhajoki, a small town in the southeast of Finland.

Talking to passersby about Falun Gong and the persecution Practising the first of five exercises taught in Falun Gong

It was the first time for many of the local people in Kauhajoki to see or hear about Falun Gong. Many people were attracted to the music played at the activity and the beautiful performance of the slow moving and meditative Falun Gong exercises, but when they saw the pictures depicting the torture experienced by those practitioners in China they fell silent and were truly shocked. The practitioners took this chance to tell them the facts behind the dreadful persecution, after which people signed their names on the petition to help stop this atrocity. The local newspaper also attended and conducted an interview with one of the practitioners. With more support from those kind people who have learnt about the persecution the sooner the culprits will be brought to justice and the persecution stopped.

Since the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Falun Gong, a practise which cultivates that mind and body through practising a gentle set of five exercises and by following the principles of “Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance”, 2781 Falun Gong practitioners have been verified via relatives, eyewitness accounts or victims’ photos, etc, as being persecuted to death. Most lost their lives after enduring prolonged inhumane torture, e.g. continuous beatings, being shocked with high voltage electric batons, sleep deprivation, force-feeding, the injection of nerve damaging drugs, taking place in forced labour camps, jails and brainwashing classes all over the country. The United Nation’s 2004 Report on Human Rights Persecution of Falun Gong pointed out that the brutality and cruelty of the torture “defies description.”

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