On April 24, 2010, Falun Gong practitioners in Ireland demonstrated the exercises in front of the Central Post Office in the capital city of Dublin to commemorate the peaceful appeal of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China eleven years ago.
On April 25, 1999, over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners appealed peacefully at the States Council Appeal Office in Beijing, requesting fair treatment for Falun Gong. In the process of the appeal, practitioners displayed extraordinary tolerance, calmness and rationality, which impressed the whole world.
|Passers-by read posters to learn about Falun Gong
|Passers-by inquire about the persecution of Falun Gong and a sign petition against the persecution
The group exercises drew the attention of passers-by. The tranquil scene formed a sharp contrast with the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal persecution exposed on the posters. Many signed a petition to support Falun Gong. Some people followed the movements of the exercises , and expressed an interest in learning the practice. A few Chinese students also watched the demonstration quietly. They accepted the informational materials, carefully read the posters and asked practitioners for more information about Falun Gong. Practitioners were able to clarify the truth to some Chinese people who had been deceived by the CCP and didn't know the facts about Falun Gong or the persecution.
Over the past eleven years of persecution, many Falun Gong practitioners have died due to police brutality. Many practitioners have become disabled, and many have been forced to leave their homes. Over 3,000 have lost their lives as a direct result of the persecution. The CCP even conducts organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. In contrast to the terrible persecution in China, practitioners across the world maintain a peaceful and rational approach in their activities to tell people about Falun Gong and expose the persecution in China.
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