London, UK: A Young Girl Comes Across Falun Gong

October 12, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) Chloe, a young girl from a small town near London, UK, went to downtown London with her brother and grandparents on the afternoon of October 1. At Trafalgar Square, they came across Falun Gong practitioners raising awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, despite the steady rain.

Chloe was drawn by the demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises. She followed along with the movements for the first exercise and learned them quite quickly. This was her first introduction to Falun Gong.

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Chloe follows along to learn the first of the Falun Gong exercises.

A practitioner talked with her grandparents about the persecution in China. Another practitioner handed a flyer to Chloe, who gave it to her grandparents and then continued doing the hand gestures until the first exercise was complete.

Many passersby took notice of her as she learned the exercises with the practitioners. Large banners reading “Falun Dafa is good,” “The world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” and “Bring Jiang Zemin to justice” were also on prominent display.

After finishing the exercises Chloe said, “I feel relaxed, at peace, and I feel great!”

A practitioner handed her an origami lotus flower with a bookmark with the words “Falun Dafa is good” printed on it. The practitioner told her and her grandparents that they could learn more about Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) online.

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Chloe waves goodby.

Background

Falun Gong was made public in 1992 in China and soon became very popular due to its marvelous effect on health improvement and morality. Out of paranoid for losing control and jealousy, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong in 1999.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 17 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs in the state-sanctioned persecution. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Falun Gong practitioners across the world conduct raise awareness of the ongoing persecution and call for help to end it as soon as possible.

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London: Students Organize a Falun Gong Presentation at Their High School

June 08, 2016 | By Tang Xiuming, Minghui correspondent in London

(Minghui.org) Two high school students who encountered Falun Gong at a public demonstration in London were inspired to bring the message to their school.

On May 26, 2016, Felix Walker and Martin Quick brought a series of informative activities to their high school, Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a prestigious French language school in South Kensington.

They organized a presentation on Falun Gong, a documentary screening, and a guest speaker whose parents were persecuted in China for practicing Falun Gong.

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Felix Walker (right), Martin Quick (left) and their friend Oliver at the Falun Gong presentation at their school.

Meeting Practitioners at Falun Gong Events

Felix and Martin are 17-year-olds who are half French. Martin first met Falun Gong practitioners three years ago in front of the Chinese Embassy as they were protesting against the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Martin and his father received a flyer about the persecution.

During Chinese president Xi’s visit to London last October, Martin and Felix saw Falun Gong practitioners with large banners near the Palace of Westminster. The young men talked in depth with a Falun Gong practitioner. They had a wish to bring this information to their school.

After months of efforts, they made it happen. Their economics teacher agreed to use her class time to hold the two-hour event. Close to 100 teachers and students attended. Some students even switched their class time in order to attend.

Teachers and Students Alarmed by the Brutality of the Persecution

Felix and Martin took turns introducing Falun Gong and gave an overview of the persecution, the Chinese Communist Party’s crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and the investigation results.

Following their presentation was a screening of the award-winning documentary Free China: The Courage to Believe. The teachers and students looked absorbed while watching the 50-minute film.

After the film, a Falun Gong practitioner, Amy, spoke on her parents’ personal experience of being persecuted in China. They had been imprisoned for 15 years and 11 years. Her father had been cruelly tortured in prison. Many students had tears their eyes as the listened. They asked many questions about how to stop the persecution and what they could do to help.

The teachers sincerely thanked Falun Gong practitioners for their efforts. Each student took a flyer from Felix or Martin so they could help spread the message.

It’s Relevant to Everybody

Talking about the purpose of organizing this event, Felix said, “We want our classmates to know about Falun Gong.” He thought the persecution and organ harvesting were very serious crimes. “It’s relevant to everybody.”

Martin said the persecution was an extreme violation of human rights in the world, and it must be known to the world. He said, “You rarely hear news about the persecution of Falun Gong, actually never. We simply want to show what is happening in China, because, as said in the film, these are covered up and aren’t widely known…We feel compelled to do something to stop the persecution. That’s the first reason why we decided to organize this activity.”

Felix added, “I noticed many people were touched by Amy’s story. They looked sad and shocked, because they had never heard about it. I believe most people will tell their family and friends about it.”

A Hard-Earned Effort

The process of getting the activities approved was harder than they thought. Even though the school administrators initially approved it, the decision was changed later because one of the teachers objected. Felix and Martin realized this teacher had misunderstandings about Falun Gong. They studied and analyzed more information about Falun Gong before they approached the teachers again.

Martin explained, “Some people didn’t want us to organize this activity, because what they had heard was from the Chinese Communist Party. We had to work hard to convince them But we learned that if you want to do something or tell people the true story, you must persist, and must work hard.”

The boys did a lot of investigation, including information from the United Nations, the investigation report by David Matas and David Kilgour, two Canadian experts who investigated the claims of forced organ harvesting from Falun Dafa practitioners in China, and the work by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH).

“The data was very convincing,” said Felix. “The Chinese Communist Party claimed the organs mainly came from family members, but it’s not true. In one year, there were 300 liver transplants, but it suddenly jumped to 1700 the next year. There is obviously some inside story.”

Felix and Martin hope to organize another activity in their school in a few months to show a documentary focused on the issue of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

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Broad Support for Falun Gong in London

May 26, 2016

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from London gathered at St. Martin’s Place on May 21, for an event to raise awareness of the 17-year persecution in China.

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Falun Gong activity at St. Martin’s Place in London, to raise awareness of the persecution in China.

The activity was widely supported by people from all walks of life. Many tourists and local residents signed the petition to support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

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Philip and his daughter sign the calling for an end to the petition.

Retired engineer Philip had heard about Falun Gong before, but he was not aware of the brutal persecution that has been ongoing for so long.

“This must be stopped immediately,” said Philip and he and his daughter talked to practitioners for a long time. They could not understand why a government would suppress such a peaceful cultivation group. A practitioner explained that the teachings of Falun Gong, centered on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are opposite to the communist party’s ideology, and the party is afraid of this traditional belief and of losing the control of people’s thoughts.

Philip believes that he sees the reason of the persecution now. “This is due to the tyrants’ paranoia. They are worried about losing their power, so they harass and suppress their own people. This is what Stalin did in Russia, and now the Chinese Communist Party has the same worry.”

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McCoy hopes that his signature will help stop the persecution.

Retired librarian McCoy simply could make a connection between the persecution and the peaceful meditation in front of him. He’d heard about the persecution a few months ago, and today he signed the petition. “The persecution has gone too long. It is time to end the communist party,” he said.

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Dan would like to learn more about Falun Gong.

Dan has seen practitioners’ peaceful protests in front of the Chinese Embassy many times, and always wanted to learn more about Falun Gong. Today, he asked practitioners many questions, and signed the petition. “I should have come to learn earlier and done more to help stop the persecution,” he said.

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Ms. Pitt condemns the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.

Retired physician Pitt was shocked when she heard about the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China. She said, “I feel shame on my Chinese colleagues [who are participating in the illicit organ harvesting].” She signed the petition calling upon British lawmakers to help stop the organ harvesting.

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Mike, an American movie producer, is concerned about the human rights violations in China. He said, “Everybody should stand together and stop the human rights persecution in China.”

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Two local school teachers praised the practitioners’ efforts. “Well done. You should let more people know about the persecution,” one said when signing the petition. “We wish you success!”

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After talking to practitioners for an hour, an Italian tourist, who had never heard about Falun Gong, signed the petition.

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Meditation Fans Enjoy Peaceful Energy of Falun Gong at Health Expo

October 31, 2015

(Minghui.org) Paul Strode felt strong energy radiating from Falun Gong practitioners who meditated next to his booth at the Mind Body Soul Experience Expo at Alexandra Palace in London, U.K., from October 23 to 25.

Paul, the founder of Wildflower Essences, happily greeted Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Gao on the last day of the expo. “You guys meditated next to my booth for a whole day yesterday, and the energy field made me feel good. I wasn’t even tired at the end of the day,” Paul smiled. “At home, the image of practitioners meditating stayed in my mind. Eating or sleeping, the image was always there in my brain.”

At the end of the day, Paul thanked Ms. Gao again for meditating next to him. “I was a little exhausted, but your meditation recharged me.”

Paul was not the only one who sensed the beauty of Falun Gong at the expo. Among tens of thousands of people interested in yoga, Taichi, and meditation, many learned the Falun Gong exercises and sensed the inner peace and strong energy.

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An expo attendee learns about the Falun Gong exercises.

Alan Whitehead, a writer and former drummer of the Marmalade, talked to a Falun Gong practitioner for a long time. He first encountered Falun Gong in front of the Chinese embassy. He says he likes the teaching of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” and understands the spirituality of this ancient Chinese cultivation practice.

The practitioner told Alan that the essence of cultivation is to improve one’s moral standard (which is called “xinxing”) and let go of attachments. Alan agreed, “looking inward, focusing on one’s heart, and cultivating oneself–these are the ancient wisdom from China.”

David and Andrew, two martial arts enthusiasts, were attracted to the posters detailing the Falun Gong exercises. A practitioner told them that Falun Gong teaches cultivators to purify their minds. “This is also the teaching of martial arts,” the practitioner said. “Contrary to many people’s misunderstanding, martial arts are not about fighting and killing. Instead, they require practitioners to improve their inner strength.”

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Andrew (left) and David (middle) expressed interest in learning Falun Gong.

David, a British-born Chinese man, said that his father had also told him similar things. Both David and Andrew were interested in learning the exercises and found an exercise group at Regent’s Park in Central London.

Margaret, a longtime meditator, has heard about Falun Gong before. She said she sensed a strong energy field at the practitioners’ booth. Margaret said the peacefulness and happiness brought by meditation is like enjoyable sunshine, wonderful but hard to describe in words.

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Margaret (left) came to meet Falun Gong practitioners during lunch.

Margaret also knows about the persecution of Falun Gong in China and encouraged practitioners to continue their peaceful resistance. She likened the Chinese government’s suppression of Falun Gong to locking people in the dark. “Falun Gong practitioners are helping Chinese people to open their souls,” she said.

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UK: Falun Dafa at Kingston Carnival

September 15, 2015 | By Tang Xiuming in London

(Minghui.org) Kingston is a historic township with royal traditions located to the southwest of London. The annual Kingston Carnival is showcase of a diverse of cultures and a promotion of tradition, with activities including a parade, stage performances and exhibitions. Local Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the carnival again this year, introducing many to the practice and the persecution it faces in China.

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Falun Dafa booth at Kingston Carnival on September 6, 2015.

The Falun Dafa booth featured banners and display boards. Four practitioners demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises all day long, while others passed out fliers and talked to those who visited the booth.

The exercises, with their graceful movements demonstrated to a background of the serene exercise music, attracted many festival goers.

After hearing practitioners talk to them about the persecution, many signed a petition calling for an end to forced organ harvesting atrocities. Many also expressed their interest in learning the Falun Dafa exercises.

“I have been interested in Buddhism and Taoism for a long time. I was thinking of finding a practice like Taichi or yoga this morning. Then I met you. I believe it was destined to happen. Falun Gong has everything I am looking for,” said one visitor to the Falun Dafa booth.

“I can hardly believe that people are persecuted because they practice an exercise like this!”

Falun Dafa practitioners have participated in the Kingston Carnival for the past 6 years.

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Finding Peace at a Falun Gong Exercise Site

September 12, 2015 | By Tang Xiuming, Minghui correspondent in London

(Minghui.org) Twenty-one-year-old Mike, from Rome, was excited to find a Falun Gong exercise site under a tree in Regent’s Park in London on Aug. 22, 2015. That first visit, he spent three hours there learning all five sets of Falun Gong exercises, and reading from the book Zhuan Falun with the group. Afterward, he told the group of practitioners that the exercises felt great, and the book was exactly what he had been looking for.

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Mike learns Falun Gong exercises for the first time and was given a copy of Zhuan Falun in Italian, his native language.

Mike came to London to study music in January 2015. He found a big change in himself in May: he had lost the capability of dreaming meditation, which he had been experiencing since age 14. He said he used to have the experience of flying in his dreams and seeing beautiful things.

Mike made up his mind on Aug. 19 to find a meditation in London, hoping his dreaming meditation would come back. The next day, he received a Falun Gong flyer at a subway station.

It was the first time Mike had heard about Falun Gong. He got online and found the nearest Falun Gong exercise site and looked forward to going on that Saturday.

When he arrived, a volunteer from the group showed Mike the movements and he learned so quickly that he was able to keep up with the others. He said it felt natural for him and that the exercises were very relaxing.

When Mike mentioned that he was from Italy, one of the practitioners, Tim, handed him a book Zhuan Falun in Italian. It had belonged to an Italian practitioner who left London. Tim happened to think of this book before he left home. He thought he would bring it to the volunteer instructors in case they encountered Italian speaking students. It was perfect timing for Mike, who had no doubt that it was his destiny to read this book.

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Reading Zhuan Falun at the Falun Gong group practice site.

Mike stayed to read a lecture of the book with the group. Practitioners explained that Zhuan Falun was the main book of teachings on cultivating the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. After the study, a practitioner asked Mike what he thought. Mike replied with a big smile, “It’s just like that!”

Falun Gong practitioners have established a dozen exercise sites in and near London. Newcomers have continued to visit the sites to learn the exercises and start cultivation in Falun Gong.

Information about exercise sites can be found at
http://en.falundafa.org/falun-dafa-global-contacts.html

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London: Learning about the Persecution of Falun Gong at St. Martin’s Place

September 02, 2015 | by Minghui corespondent Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) Renowned attractions such as the National Portrait Gallery and St. Martin’s Place have always attracted many tourists from the UK and other places all over the world. When practitioners came here again over the weekend as they normally do, a large number of passersby learned about the practice and the severe suppression in China.

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Practitioners doing the exercises and telling people about Falun Gong at St. Martin’s Place

Writer: If We Ignore It, We Could Become the Next Victim

Peter and Christina, husband and wife, are both writers, and saw the practitioners as they walked with their friend Robert. “We are long time residents of London and we have seen your protest in front of the Chinese Embassy,” said Peter, “You are doing great and please keep it up.”

“Because this issue [the persecution] involves basic human rights, even the United Nations should pay attention to it. As long as you keep working at it, you will succeed in the end.” He continued.

Christina thinks atrocities like live organ harvesting from living people should concern everyone, “We have to take action to stop it. If we ignore it, we could become the next victim.”

In addition to accepting materials from practitioners, Peter asked for another copy for his friends. Robert, a painter, wished practitioners success, “I hope this situation will end soon.”

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Writer Christina, her husband, and their friend signing petitions.

Medical Professional: Live Organ Harvesting Is Horrible

Medical professional Joy and her husband stopped by the posters that displayed torture methods practitioners had experienced. They signed petitions and talked with practitioners.

John had heard about the persecution before, but this was the first time he knew about organ harvesting from living practitioners. “Why does the Chinese communist treat Falun Gong so badly?” He asked.

One practitioner explained the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), from its beginning to various political campaigns such as the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. “The CCP did these things to strengthen its rule. But these crimes against humanity have cost tens of millions of lives.”

Both Joy and John agreed that these tragedies should not have happened in the first place. “Especially live organ harvesting—it is horrible!” said Joy.


A Chinese man signs petition to support practitioners.

I Saw Your Group as Soon as I Thought About Doing Meditation

Rose from Mexico said she knew about Falun Gong and had watched the dance drama “Monkey King” performed by Shen Yun Performing Arts three months ago.

“I spent most of my time in Venezuela and I am just back to London to visit my daughter.” Because she had to stay here for six months, she thought about doing meditation, which was practiced by many people back in Mexico and Venezuela. “Interestingly, I saw your group as soon as I thought about doing meditation.”

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Rose from Mexico said she was interested in doing the meditation.

Upon hearing about group meditation at Regent’s Park, Rose said she would go next weekend. “It’s a chaotic world with many problems. I believe the peaceful mediation you are doing is important for all of us.”

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