Switzerland: An Overview of the Activities of Swiss Practitioners

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With lecture videos introducing Falun Gong being shown from Geneva to Luzern, from Zurich to the Capital Berne and from metropolises to rural villages, the number of practitioners has grown bigger and bigger and Falun Gong practice sites have set up one after another. As a result, more people have started to know and practise Falun Gong in Switzerland.

But many Swiss people learned about Falun Gong through practitioners' activities exposing the CCP’s brutal persecution and from media reports after the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party began (CCP) in 1999.

Since 2000, every year in March during the UN Human Rights Conference, Falun Gong practitioners from all over the world gather at the square in front of the UN in Geneva to hold a peaceful protest against the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.

Among those Falun Gong practitioners are Chinese and westerners, busy professors, doctors, lawyers, company presidents, students and housewives, and so on, who came of their free will for the peaceful petition in front of the UN. They sacrificed their money and time with the aim to appeal for common action to stop the CCP’s bloody persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong practitioners were so peaceful and firm that it moved the people of the world. “I have performed my duties for so many years and have never seen such peacefulness. Please pass my words on to those practitioners coming a long way. They will have good luck and they will have good result”, said a security official in the UN who was in charge of maintaining order for the various rallying and protest demonstrations of different nations.

Many members of parliament also expressed their support by saying that they were duty-bound to stop the persecution. David Hiler of the Green Party from Geneva said, “China has been violating human rights over the past decades. Now China is again so foolish to persecute those pursuing their belief. In 1989, I felt indignant at the massacre in Tiananmen Square, but I thought I was alone and unable to do anything, whereas the whole world has now heard about the China’s persecution of Falun Gong and the CCP’s government has felt very awkward. Here I wish to express my high commendation for the non-violent activities of Falun Gong practitioners including those Western practitioners who had courage to go to Beijing to tell the truth. They are willing to take a risk to change this world.”

Falun Gong practitioners, not only during the Human Rights Conference but also on ordinary days, keep telling the truth about the persecution by various means. 65-year old Ingeborg and 57 year old Ursula from Berne are the two among them, who started practising Falun Gong in 2000.

Ursula (Left) and Ingeborg (Right) in Lausanne in Switzerland

Ingeborg got to know Falun Gong from one of her colleagues. “I started to practise Falun Gong in 2000. Other people told me that I should download a book on Falun Gong from the internet, but I did not have access to the internet and did not know how to download it. It was my nephew who helped me download and print the book on Falun Gong. Just at the moment when I opened and read the book, I knew that was just what I longed for. I had been hospitalised for seven years because I was once in a very poor health and there was nothing I could do about it. When I started to practise Falun Gong, I became healthier and my outward appearance started to improve, too. My family also became harmonious. So I continued to s. This has been very good for whole of my family. Falun Gong is really very good.

Ursula living in the same small town learnt the news about Falun Gong from Ingeborg. “I learned the news about Falun Gong through Ingeborg. We started to practise together. I started to practice Falun Gong just because I had been ill for a long time. The doctor told me that I had to have my large intestine resected because the conditions were really bad. I was often hospitalised and so I searched high and low and tried many different ways. I had practised Tai Chi and Yoga. All the ways I had tried had been of no help at all and none of the practices had helped me regain my health. It was not long after I had practised Falun Gong that I got back my health. I have become gentler while in the past my mind was in a tumult. Now I am in a peaceful state of mind and in good health. I feel that I have changed myself in a very positive way. I have given up many things and many attachments. Take my association with other people for example, I cast many unfriendly glances. Of course, only after I had practised Falun Gong did I find this out and did I find that actually I had once been very fierce with the people around. After the practice, I have found myself changed, though gradually but improving everyday. Therefore, I am very happy to recommend Falun Gong to everybody.

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