Tuidang volunteers and Falun Gong practitioners in Germany held a rally and march in Munich at the Munich’s popular Oktoberfest, giving many tourists and local residents an opportunity to learn about the Chinese communist regime’s ongoing persecution of the practice.
Led by the European Divine Land Marching Band, the practitioners marched from Marienplatz, passed by the National Opera House, the Munich Residence (former Royal Palace), Odeonsplatz.
Annette Dachsel, is from an area that used to belong to East Germany. She listened to the rally and said that she was deeply concerned about the persecution.“Truth, compassion, and forbearance [the guiding principles of Falun Gong] are amazing,” she said. She compared the CCP’s mind control to Nazi Germany’s “Gleichschaltung” or coordination, a Nazi term for the process of establishing a system of totalitarian control. “In China, people cannot have their own opinions; they have to think the same as the CCP wants them to.”
Many signed the petition calling for an end to the persecution.
A number of the information boards displayed at the rally were in Chinese, for the benefit of tourists from China. Some people from China took the opportunity to chat with practitioners. Some quit the CCP and its affiliated youth organizations, taking a stand against being unwitting accomplices in the persecution of innocent people in China.
One woman was on her first trip out of China. She said this was the first time she had ever spoken with a Falun Gong practitioner. “I know that Falun Gong must be very effective in healing and fitness,” she said. Then she added, “I think Falun Gong practitioners are remarkable!”
A Chinese woman who has lived overseas for over a decade approached the practitioners and picked up some informational materials. She also took the initiative to renounce her membership in the CCP using the pseudonym “blue sky.”