Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners demonstrate in Oldenburg

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Together with a gentleman from the IGFM (International Association for Human Rights) Falun Dafa practitioners from the northern German areas planned an event for Saturday, March 9, 2002. This event took place to protest Jiang Zemin’s order to “shoot and kill” and “execute” Falun Gong practitioners. Prior to this date there had never been any public [Falun Dafa] event in Oldenburg. It is my hometown. It was no problem to get time off from work and it did take me not very long to leave Berlin with another practitioner to travel to Oldenburg.

After arriving at the train station, we noticed that several German and Chinese practitioners from Hamburg, Bremen, Kassel, Hannover and Goettingen were already there. It was good to note that the practitioners from Berlin had also arrived. Armed with Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, accompanied by soft Falun Dafa music, the small troupe of 15-20 practitioners walked toward the Pedestrian Zone. The March sun warmed us during the whole event.

Around 10:00 A.M. the street began to fill with shoppers and many people could see our banners “China terrorizes Falun Gong,” (from IGFM) and “China: Stop the Execution Order, Stop the Shoot to Kill Order,” and another one “Read Falun Gong.” We did the righteous thoughts meditation at three different locations and demonstrated the exercises. Many passers-by stopped and showed great interest. The newspapers we handed out were gratefully received and occasionally a pedestrian ran toward us and said, “I want one, too.” A little further away from the Pedestrian Zone we encountered cyclists who snatched the newspapers from our hands; some got off their bikes and wanted to know more about Falun Gong and the situation in China and why this “shoot to kill” edict had been proclaimed. When we told them the truth, they became more and more serious, showed concern and could not believe it! Several spoke with us for a long time and asked many questions.

When it was my turn to distribute the newspapers I looked over toward the meditating practitioners. I experienced such energy of humility, strength and harmony that it left me deeply touched.

Reported by a Practitioner from Germany

(Original text in German)

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