May 05, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners participated in the Spring Health Expo in Östriger, central Germany, on April 21, 2013. Streams of people flocked to the practitioners’ booth throughout the day, and many appeared reluctant to leave.
According to the organizers, the number of exhibitors participating in this year’s event was several times larger than last year, which drew in more people. Prior to the Expo, several newspapers specifically mentioned that a Falun Gong booth would be at the event.
Seeing persistent interest among the public, some exhibitors commented that Falun Gong was the star attraction at the Expo.
Practitioners demonstrate Falun Gong exercises, and people learn the exercises on the spot, at a health expo in Germany on April 21.
Practitioners repeatedly demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises on stage, with the banner reading“Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” prominently displayed. The exercise demonstration, along with its peaceful music, attracted many visitors. Both young and old stopped to learn the exercises on the spot, and a sense of harmony could be felt in the entire hall.
People stop by practitioners’ booth to learn about Falun Gong and sign petition to call for the end of the persecution in China.
After seeing the exercise demonstration, people flocked to practitioners’ booth for information about the practice. They asked many questions ,such as “What is Falun Gong?” “What are the benefits of Falun Gong?” and “How can I learn Falun Gong?”
Upon hearing of the communist regime’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China—including various means of torture and harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit—many people expressed shock and outrage. Dozens took the initiative to sign a petition to call for the end of the persecution.
Mr. Huber, chair of the German Falun Dafa Association, presents a talk about Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa).
In the afternoon, Mr. Huber, chair of the German Falun Dafa Association, presented a talk about Falun Gong in the meeting room adjacent to the exhibition hall. He first introduced Falun Gong as a cultivation practice rooted in traditional Chinese culture, and then briefly explained the practice’s three main principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” Mr. Huber further spoke about how Falun Gong can effectively improve people’s health.
When he discussed how Falun Gong practitioners are being persecuted in China, some people asked why the communist regime would want to suppress such a peaceful practice. Mr. Huber answered: “There were a 100 million people practicing Falun Gong in China [in 1999, when the persecution was launched]. This figure exceeded the number of Communist Party members, which made the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] jealous.”
After the presentation, some people stayed to speak further with Mr. Huber. Many people also went back to the practitioners’ booth to ask questions and get more information. Some people asked for the addresses of the local practice sites so they could learn the practice.
At the end of the day, when all exhibitors had left the hall, some people still lingered in front of the Falun Gong booth. They asked for information and then finally reluctantly left.
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