Over 1,000 practitioners from 35 European countries gathered in Warsaw on September 10, 2022 for a series of activities including a parade to raise awareness of the persecution in China. The Tian Guo Marching Band formed by European practitioners led the parade as it marched past the Polish president’s residence.
“Touching. I thank them (Falun Dafa practitioners) for coming here to show everyone this,” said architect Ms. Iwona Ligeza. She added that practitioners looked peaceful. She and her husband Szymon Pietrzak, who works in a bank, stood at the starting point of the parade for a long time observing practitioners and reading information about Falun Dafa.
The practitioners showcased the beauty of Falun Dafa, told people about the ongoing persecution in China, and celebrated 400 million Chinese citizens who have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The parade route started from Plac Pięciu Rogów and passed through Warsaw’s busiest areas, including Warsaw University and the Presidential Palace, before ending at one of the best known and oldest trade routes in Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście.
We Completely Agree With Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance
Iwona Ligeza is an architect cum graphic designer. She shared Szymon’s thoughts, “That is right. This persecution should not take place in today’s human society. People have the right to think about what they wish. In particular, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are purely universal values. The CCP should allow people to practice cultivation freely.”
Gabriella and Andre saw the practitioners’ activities the day before at the well known tourist spot Krakowskie Przedmieście. They spent a lot of time in front of each of the themes in the parade and spoke to different practitioners. “We saw the parade yesterday. We came again today,” said Gabriella, who worked in IT before she retired.
“We completely agree with Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, that’s why we returned today.” She said she plans to share what she recorded with her friends and family. “We need parades like this. Good values have disappeared and should be revived. My husband, our children, grandchildren, and I—we love one another. I hope everyone, people can love one another and then fewer bad things will happen on this earth.”
Mr. Przemysław Nowak, who owns a business, and Asia Miedzińska, a TV station makeup artist, want to help practitioners end the persecution.
“I think this is a peaceful parade. It makes people feel great,” said Mr. Przemysław Nowak. “I support them and encourage them to keep up the good work. People should live peacefully and this persecution must end.”
Asia Miedzińska was shocked by images of the persecution portrayed in the parade and said, “This parade is held because people are tortured by the CCP. We must do something to oppose this persecution.
“This suppression is terrible, it makes one feel so sad. These Chinese citizens don’t have freedom in their country, they cannot do the exercises.” “Such a large-scale activity to oppose this suppression, I hope it will help end this.”