Finland: Protesting against the Persecution on International Human Rights Day at Rovaniemi

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December 10th, 2008, was International Human Rights Day. On this day in Rovaniemi in northern Finland, Falun Gong practitioner Xiao Jin, together her husband (who is not a practitioner ), hung a banner and posters by the side of the road. They displayed posters introducing Falun Gong, posters disclosing how the evil CCP brutally persecutes Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China, and posters calling for help to rescue Xiao Jin’s mother and protesting against the inhuman persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP, which has already lasted for nine years.

The temperature on this day was not only 10 degrees below zero but also the cold wind chilled one to the bone. Yet the golden banner with red characters reading 'Falun Gong', as well as pictures, posters and Xiao Jin herself attracted much attention.

On seeing the banner from a distance, a local resident said, “Oh, I know Falun Gong. When I was in Japan I watched the news about how the CCP persecutes human rights and controls people’s freedom in their faith and it (the CCP) even sells organs removed fro the live bodies of Falun Gong practitioners. I know, I know that this is a very evil thing. We must stop such disgusting conduct happening in the world.”

He immediately signed the petition and repeatedly said that he really wanted to do something to stop the persecution of human rights in China. He said, “Falun Gong practitioners have strong wills. What they have done is very right. I would like to know more about Falun Gong so that I can start to practise.” So Xiao Jin left him the telephone number of a practitioner in Finland whom he could contact.

Pushing a baby carrier a middle-aged mother was passing by. On seeing the poster on which was “SOS, Please Rescue My Mother” in Xiao Jin’s hands, she stopped and read it quietly and signed her name on the petition. She felt reluctant to leave after praying. So Xiao Jin told her the story about her mother: In July, on the second day after Xiao Jin arrived in Finland, Chen Zhen Ping, her mother who practises Falun Gong in Zheng Zhou City, Henan Province, was again kidnapped, imprisoned and sentenced to three years in a forced labour camp by the CCP. At the moment, she is still being tortured in prison.

Opposite the street is a high school. After school, students who passed by the bus stop of Ruokasenkatu also came over one after another looking at these pictures. After that, they signed the petition offering their support.

Xiao Jin’s father in law is a taxi driver. He was deeply moved after seeing this. Not only did he and his wife sign the petition but also asked for some leaflets. He said that he also wanted more customers in his taxi to know the fact about the persecution Falun Gong by the CCP. Besides, he helped collect signatures so as to enable more people to participate in stopping the persecution of Falun Gong.

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