Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day (Ngày lễ kỷ niệm Pháp Luân Công - Pháp Luân Đại Pháp) in Denmark & Czech Republic, Istanbul and Mersin
May 13, 2016 is the 17th World Falun Dafa Day and the 24th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction. It is also the birthday of Falun Gong founder Master Li Hongzhi. Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners around the world celebrate World Falun Dafa Day (Pháp Luân Công) every year, and thank Master Li for introducing the practice.
Celebration in Denmark
Falun Gong practitioners in Denmark held activities on May 6 and 7 to celebrate the upcoming World Falun Dafa Day. They held a group practice on the coast of Øresund on the morning of May 6.(Mua sách Chuyển Pháp Luân)
Celebration in the Czech Republic
Falun Gong practitioners in Czech held activities at Prague's Old Town Square on May 13, 2016 (sách Chuyển Pháp Luân). They had a group exercise practice, distributed flyers, and talked with passersby. A few young people were excited upon seeing the group practice, and imitated the hand gestures of the practitioners. Some tourists signed the petition calling for an end to the persecution, after becoming aware of the situation in China. Some took photos of the scene. (Mua sách Pháp Luân Công)
Practitioners in Turkey held activities to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day in Istanbul and Mersin from May 11 to the 13. They let people know about the practice of Falun Dafa and the fact that it is being persecuted in China.(sách Pháp Luân Công)
Practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese consulate on Friday morning, May 11, and held a press conference to condemn the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners (Pháp Luân Công) and the regime's state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting crimes being carried out against these prisoners of conscience. They distributed fliers to passersby and displayed posters demanding that former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin be brought to justice for initiating the persecution in Mua sách Pháp Luân Công 1999. (Mua sách Chuyển Pháp Luân ở đâu)
Practitioners demonstrated the exercises near the ferry pier and bus stops in Beşiktaş, one of the biggest districts in Istanbul, on Saturday, May 12. They also collected signatures for the Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting campaign to stop the persecution. (Chuyển Pháp Luân)
Ankara University instructors Ömer Knıloğlu and Mustafa Akkaya were in their traditional attire on their way to a demonstration. When they heard about the persecution in China, they stopped and signed the petition for it to end, saying, “We are opposed to all kinds of persecution.” (Mua sách Pháp Luân Công ở đâu)
Bulgarian immigrants Müjgan and his father stopped when they saw practitioners doing the Falun Dafa exercises. Müjgan signed the petition and commented on the importance of the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Falun Gong's core values.
On Sunday, May 13, practitioners demonstrated the exercises and celebrated Master Li’s Birthday and World Falun Dafa Day on Taksim Square, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istanbul. Several Chinese tourists took photos and brochures.
Practitioners in the southern city of Mersin in Turkey showed the documentary Free China to the Mersin Poets and Writers Association (MESYAD), which has 30 members, on May 12.
Before the documentary, practitioners presented a short introduction to Falun Dafa. After the film, the spectators reacted to the ongoing persecution in China.
Poet and English teacher Günay Sarac said, “I did not know that Falun Dafa was so beneficial, but I've learned what it is. This was a very good documentary.”
Poet and teacher Süleyman Demir commented, “I had no knowledge that this persecution was taking place in China. People are struggling against it. You must fight for success.”