“Stretch (Chen)” – teachers and students followed Ms Teng's instruction and tried out the first Falun Gong exercise called “Buddha Showing a Thousand Hands”. The atmosphere was very lively and relaxed.
|Mr Roemer asking a student to point out the position of Tibet on a map of China|
Mr Roemer from the International Human Rights Association gave the opening speech. After summarising the serious human rights situation in China, he described his personal experience of witnessing the Chinese Communist regime’s inhuman suppression of Tibetan religion followers and the destruction of traditional Tibetan culture. He also told everyone his experience of travelling around major tourist cities in China last autumn while wearing clothes with words “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are truly beautiful”. Mr Roemer told students that if he is afraid, then he would not be able to take any action. Therefore it is very important for a person to have a sense of justice and a heart of giving without any condition.
A film entitled “The Truth of Self-Immolation” followed Mr Roemer’s speech. This brought students’ attention to Falun Gong. They were very curious about what Falun Gong is and why Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist regime wanted to defame and persecute Falun Gong. Teachers and students were all very keen on learning the Falun Gong exercises. After learning the first exercise once, a few students wanted to continue to learn the rest of the exercises. Then Ms Teng told them the methods used by the Chinese Communist regime in persecuting Falun Gong and the background information. Students listened to the talk very carefully. They were all very shocked by the degree of the brutality of the persecution.
After the seminar, almost all students in the class queued to sign the petition calling for the end to the ongoing human rights abuse in China. As a souvenir of the seminar, everyone happily accepted a paper lotus flower with a Falun Gong bookmark.
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