On August 18th, 2007, Falun Gong practitioners and volunteers from the 'Quitting the CCP Service Centre' in Finland held an activity at Esplanadi Park in the centre of Helsinki to expose the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and protest against the CCP's eight year long persecution of Falun Gong. They also called on local people to support the twenty five million Chinese people who quit the CCP and its affiliated organisations, the Chinese Youth League of Communism and the Young Pioneers.
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It was the best season for tourism in Finland and the park was crowded with tourists from around the world. At 10 am, when the volunteers and Falun Gong practitioners started to arrange the banners, posters and petition table, they saw many tourists pass by. At the time a lady carrying her luggage said, “Falun Gong, Falun Gong” and signed the petition form immediately. A Falun Gong practitioner asked her where she was from. She said, “Sweden.”
Tourists from Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Czech and Russia were glad to receive material in their own languages. Today, the number of Chinese people who quit the CCP and its affiliated organisations reached twenty five million. Seeing this news, many Chinese tourists passing by accepted the Epoch Times newspaper's editorial, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and other material about quitting the CCP. A lady even asked a volunteer to publish a statement to quit the CCP on the Epoch Times website.
Mrs. Wang, a volunteer from the 'Quitting the CCP Service Centre' said, “Many Chinese people came to understand the evil nature of the CCP and quit the Party since the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published at the end of 2004.The great wave of quitting the CCP is overwhelming. You see, I just ran into two Chinese people who asked me to quit the CCP for them when I passed by the market at the seaside. Many people from various countries passing by told me that they already knew about the persecution of Falun Gong and inspired us to go on. People also expressed their support for the human torch relay launched by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) and believed that the Olympic Games cannot coexist with the anti-humanitarian crimes going on in China.”
Two Finnish young men read the posters and asked for more material from the volunteers, including the English version of the Investigation on the Allegation of CCP’s Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. They said that they would read them carefully.
An elderly man told a Falun Gong practitioner that he had been to China before he retired and he knew about the persecution happening in China, but he did not understand why the international society remained silent toward such crimes. His wife was a retired doctor of organ transplantation. When she saw the banners and posters exposing the CCP’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, she said, “This crime should stop immediately. You are doing right”. The couple signed the petition right away to express their support for an end to the persecution.
Two reporters from a well known Finnish magazine “SUOMEN KUVALEHTI” interviewed some volunteers and Falun Gong practitioner on the occasion and took photos of them.
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