Germany: Raising Awareness in Hannover about Falun Gong and the Persecution

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When an international computer exhibition was held in Altstadt, Hannover, Falun Gong practitioners held activities to raise awareness about Falun Gong and the persecution taking place in China.

People surround Falun Gong practitioners' information desk to find out more

The activities took place on March 17th, 2007. Falun Gong practitioners distributed materials in various languages to help people understand what Falun Gong is, and how it has spread all over the world. Passers-by happily accepted fliers and many looked at the photographs on display around the information desk. These pictures depicted the persecution in China: One woman in a labour camp adopted a hunger strike to protest her unlawful detention, suffering forced feeding afterwards. The pipe used as a tool for force feeding was big, sometimes full of salt water or high density dirty water. This pipe occasionally pierced the trachea resulted in the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners.

In a painting, a policeman was beating a Falun Gong practitioner. The practitioners child had a look which seemed to say, "Why do you beat my mother and me?" Several Falun Gong practitioners who are artists have depicted the brutal persecution against Falun Gong in China with their art works. These paintings drew people to pause and find out more.

There was a small exhibition with the theme, "How are organs of Falun Gong practitioners harvested by the Chinese Communist Party?" A loudspeaker broadcast a recording detailing the whole process, which shocked the majority of listeners. Plenty of people expressed a wish to do something to end this persecution, such as the signing their names on an appeal letter to the German government. To understand more, they talked directly with a Falun Gong practitioner who had been detained in a Chinese labour camp for two years.

At the back of the information desk, a Falun Gong practitioner squatted in the cage to imitate the real situation inhuman treatment upon Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in labour camps. These scenes put on in many cities throughout the world including Germany, touched the hearts of the people. Some persons took reports of the two independent investigators David Kilgour and David Matas relevant to Falun Gong practitioners’ organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party. Some passers by left their contact details in the hope of learning Falun Gong. Several students attempted to use these truth materials to do reports about China. One man was willing to post all information on his personal webpage after understanding it in full.

An old man from China took materials with a smile and said, “I will read them all.”

An eighteen year old student came over to the information desk and said, “You are great. I have seen this kind of information desk before. I understand what is happening. You do a marvelous job.”

Three women studying pharmacology were carefully listening to the disclosure of the persecution in China in the hope to know more about the truth. a Falun Gong practitioner lived in the same city as theirs. These women and practitioner swapped addresses and arranged a meeting. These women were interested in learning Falun Gong and reading Zhuan Falun (the principal book of Falun Gong) and said they would put leaflets in their clinic.

On this day, several hundreds of supporters headed for the football field to watch Hannover challenge Hamburg and passed by the Falun Gong information exhibition. Football fans stood beside Falun Gong practitioners to take photos for fun since this scene was rare to see for them. The Falun Gong practitioner seriously said, “We set up this information desk to have people know about the persecution in China. It is quite solemn.” He also introduced Falun Gong’s benefits to health and Falun Gong practitioners’ sufferings in China. People became silent, aware of their impolite actions. They began to understand what is happening in China.

A young man from the UK stayed nearby for nearly half an hour hoping to learn details. He originally considered that human rights had been improved in China but today he first heard of the actual situation in China. He read words and pictures about the persecution, then about Falun Gong practitioners' beliefs. A practitioner chatted with him until eventually, the man grinned, gave his blessing and said farewell.

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