On July 1st, 2006, the England football team played Portugal in the quarter-final of the World Cup in Gelsenkirchen, and the fascinating game attracted ten of thousands of football fans to this small, unknown city in Germany. In order to express some of the beauty experienced by practitioners of Falun Dafa as well as exposing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Falun Gong practitioners from the Nordrhein-Westfalen and Frankfurt areas of Germany, together with some practitioners from the Netherlands, held for the first time a grand parade and other activities in this city. The activities started at 9.30 in the morning, and finished at 6 in the evening.
|Grand Parade of Falun Gong practitioners||Waist-drummers|
|Graceful lotus dance||Banners exposing the persecution|
|Anti torture exhibition shocks the people||Please come and learn the truth about Falun Gong|
The information desk at the Music Theatre square attracted the attention of many tourists and football fans, many people signed the petition to condemn the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP upon learning the truth. A kind hearted German couple decided to join the activities and said that they would do anything to help Falun Gong practitioners. They stayed in front of the information desk together with several practitioners for three hours while others were taking part in the parade.
|Signing the petition to condemn CCP persecution of the Falun Gong||Demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises|
In a day which seems to belong to the football fans, the parade attracted the attention of all the people. Cheering could be heard from the windows of the houses, from the café and restaurants, and coming from inside of the cars. There were so many people who applauded the parade and asked for leaflets, such that the practitioners who were giving out leaflets could not deal with the demand, prompting two female practitioners who were supposed to be dancing to help them giving out leaflets.
After the parade finished at about 3pm, practitioners worked together as a group and played their own part perfectly, some were demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises, while others went to the crowd to continue their efforts in telling people about Falun Gong. The compassionate heart of the practitioners made these events a true success.
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