April 25, 1999 Peaceful Appeal Commemorated in Russia, Austria, Ireland, and Brazil
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners around the world last week held many types of activities to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the April 25 peaceful demonstration of over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing. The following photos were taken at the events in Russia, Austria, Ireland, and Brazil.
Practitioners from Siberia held a series of events in multiple cities on April 21-26. Besides protesting the persecution in front of the Chinese consulate, practitioners also collected signatures on a petition that condemns the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China. The petition forms will be submitted to the United Nations organizations.
Practitioners from Vienna held an event at the famous tourist spot, Maria-Theresien-Platz, on April 25. The exercise demonstration and display boards attracted many people, who talked with practitioners and signed a petition condemning the persecution. Several local citizens also expressed interest in learning the exercises.
The commemoration in Ireland was held in front of the Chinese embassy on April 25.
At the rally, two Chinese practitioners who had been tortured in China recalled their experiences. Liu Feng pointed out that practitioners have never and will never give up the peaceful resistance, despite the severe persecution.
Liu Feng said, “It is our wish to tell the facts to everyone in a peaceful way so that the persecution will end soon, and the reputation of Master Mr. Li Hongzhi and Falun Dafa will be restored soon.”
Two western practitioners said they were happy to see that Falun Gong has spread so broadly in Ireland and around the world.
One of the Western practitioners said, “This is a special gift from Master Li Hongzhi to the world. We will never forget those who are suffering from the persecution in China.”
Practitioners in Brazil held a rally in front of the Chinese embassy on April 24. They handed out materials and clarified the facts to Chinese visitors who were there for business, about the persecution of Falun Gong in their home country.
Each time practitioners hold an event in front of the Chinese embassy, the Chinese officials call the police to drive them away. But every time, the practitioners took the opportunity to tell the Brazilian police about the human rights violations in China, and why they were holding events at this location.
Most police officers listened to the practitioners carefully and accepted the materials. At the event on April 24, one officer said, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great. I need it.”
Some Chinese people quit the Chinese Communist Party at the event with help from the practitioners.
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