The 33rd Peace and Love Hiroshima international exchange festival was held in the city’s central park. Falun Gong practitioners and Tuidang volunteers were invited to take part in this year’s event as representatives of traditional Chinese culture.
A dozen other groups representing different cultures were also present, including groups from Hungary, India, Mongolia, and other countries.
Falun Gong practitioners had a booth where they displayed information, taught visitors how to fold paper lotus flowers and served Chinese tea eggs.
A teacher from China who was visiting relatives said he knew several practitioners in China from his workplace. They were fired from their jobs and their salaries were withheld simply because they practice Falun Gong. He expressed sympathy for the practitioners who are persecuted in China.
A young couple from Inner Mongolia in China decided to quit the Communist Youth League after learning about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.