Paris, France: “Falun Gong Is Not Just China’s Treasure, It’s the World’s Treasure”

June 29, 2016 | By Zhou Wenying, a Minghui correspondent in Paris, France

(Minghui.org) 26-year-old Christian Carpineta from Italy stood in front of some posters near the Eiffel Tower reading about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. He began asking questions to some practitioners who were there raising awareness about this spiritual practice that’s been persecuted since 1999.

Learning that Falun Gong is rooted in traditional Chinese culture with core principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Carpineta commented, “It’s not just China’s treasure, it’s the world’s treasure, the treasure of mankind.”

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Many visitors read the posters and learned about the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

One of many who stopped at the Falun Gong display on June 26, Carpineta currently resides in Nantes in Western France, and works at a nursing home. He told a practitioner that this was the first time he heard about the persecution.

“I pay special attention to persecutions, especially those against people of faith. China has a special place in history. However, because of the Cultural Revolution, its spiritual beliefs are persecuted and historical relics destroyed. The country has come to a dangerous stage.”

Encouraging the practitioners to continue their efforts, he said, “We need to make people aware of what is happening in China and cherish this practice.”

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Many visitors read the posters and talked to practitioners

Carlos Meldenes signed the petition demanding that the persecution stop after he learned about China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners incarcerated for their faith.

“This is a crime of genocide, a bloody slaughtering. If it was done by a regime, then the regime is guilty,” Meldenes said in an outraged tone. “You must let everyone know that the Chinese communist regime is committing a crime against humanity.”

Cecile from Paris is an 80-year-old Christian woman who understands religious persecution. After she signed a petition, she said, “I want to help fight for your rights. You are doing great work. Keep it up!”

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Chinese Police Chief in Paris Grasps the Importance of Quitting the CCP

June 23, 2016

(Minghui.org) Since the 2016 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Championship kicked off, France has seen a wave of Chinese soccer fans hit Paris. This presents a wonderful opportunity for local Falun Gong practitioners to reach out to Chinese visitors, providing them with information about Falun Gong that it very difficult to find in China because of the regime’s internet blockade.

At popular tourist destinations like the iconic Galeries Lafayette, practitioners hand out materials that tell of the goodness of Falun Gong, expose the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – especially the brutal persecution of Falun Gong – and help people quit the Party and its affiliated youth organizations.

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Chinese tourists read Falun Gong informational materials in front of Galeries Lafayette.

I Really Want to Know What You Are Trying to Tell Us

Among a group of Chinese tourists was a man who identified himself as a police chief. The man said to a practitioner, “Our tour guide doesn’t want us to accept your materials. But I really want to know what you are trying tell us. You don’t know who I am, but I am a police chief, and I am in charge of Falun Gong affairs back home.”

The practitioner responded, “It really doesn’t matter what your job is, but you are one of those who clearly knows how brutal the persecution of Falun Gong is. The communist party has brought deep disasters to China and caused 80 million untimely deaths. The persecution of Falun Gong is one of its worst crimes. Did you know that the government forcibly harvests organs from Falun Gong practitioners? Isn’t this against Heaven’s law?”

The practitioner also told the police chief that over the past year, more than 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas have filed lawsuits against former communist leader Jiang Zemin for launching and orchestrating the persecution.

“Hasn’t everybody seen the wave of high-ranking officials falling from power in China in the last few years?” the practitioner asked the police chief. “Every one of them was involved in the persecution of Falun Gong to a greater or lesser degree. Some of them are even directly responsible for the persecution.”

“Good meets with good returns, and evil meets with karmic retribution; this is the heavenly law. The communist party has conducted so much evil that its demise is fast approaching,” the practitioner continued. “All we have been trying to do is to tell our fellow Chinese not to go down with the wicked Party: abandon the Party for your own bright future, before it crashes. You will also be joining the millions of people who have withdrawn from the Party, leading to its eventual disintegration.”

The police chief was moved and finally understood. He quit the party and published his announcement online with a practitioner’s help. Upon leaving, he shook hands with the practitioner. “Thank you very much,” he said. “I really appreciate your words. I hope one day we will meet again in China.”

No Wonder the Communist Party Is Afraid of You

Another Chinese tourist, an older gentleman, talked to a practitioner for a long time. The practitioner told him what Falun Gong really is, an ancient practice for cultivating the body, heart and mind according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practitioner talked about how the communist party slanders Falun Gong and spoke of the brutality of the persecution. Most importantly, he shared about why Party members should quit the CCP.

The gentleman said sincerely, “I work at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. But you have convinced me. I am quitting the Party. You Falun Gong practitioners have really reached a very high spiritual level. No wonder the communist party is afraid of you. You have a thorough understanding about the criminal history of the Party.”

On another occasion, a Chinese tourist approached a practitioner and said, “I believe that everything Falun Gong has said is true. The communist party has ruined my life. I totally support you. Back home, I often use software to circumvent the internet blockade and read Falun Gong websites. In 2011, I read on your website that Zhou Yongkang was about to fall, and he really fell in 2013. Now, you are saying that Jiang Zemin will fall soon. I believe you too.” (Note: Zhou Yongkang is one of the major perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong; in 2013 he was arrested and sentenced for corruption.)

Many Chinese tourists ask for extra materials to share with their friends back in China.

One day, a young man in his twenties said to a practitioner, “I have read a lot of your materials, even before this trip. I support Falun Gong. The communist party is a bully and a rogue party. The dictatorship is evil. The worst thing is that the party has tried to brainwash the Chinese people, and has deceived so many Chinese.”

He said that many Chinese cannot see that the Party does everything for its own interests, and never considers its people. He said that the internet blockade is wrong, and was set up because the party does not want the people to know truth. “I believe that the party will crash very soon. As a young man, it’s my responsibility to push Chinese democracy movement forward,” he said. He again expressed his appreciation for Falun Gong and said that he wanted to learn more about the teachings.

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Support for Falun Gong at Human Rights Square in Paris

June 10, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Paris

(Minghui.org) Parisians had their first sunny day on June 5 after two weeks of rain. Falun Gong practitioners came to Human Rights Square in front of the Eiffel Tower, introducing the peaceful practice to the public and asking for support to stop the persecution of its practitioners in China.

While enjoying the good weather and the beautiful Falun Gong exercise music and movements, people were shocked by the brutality of the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Tourists from different areas of the world, including Germany, Panama, Argentina, and Tibet, as well as numerous local residents signed the petition to condemn the persecution and support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

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Tourists viewing Falun Gong materials.

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Chinese tourists reading about the persecution.

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A government official from Polynesia signed the petition to support Falun Gong.

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Tourists signing the petition to support Falun Gong.

Jean-Marie Kawa, an electrical technician from Nouvelle Galedonie, could not believe the brutality of organ harvesting. “It must be stopped,” she said. “That is why I sign to support you. The Chinese government should be held accountable, and should treat its people better.”

A local policeman, Morales Eric, also condemned the organ harvesting: “It is shameless and horrible.” Another security guard said: “The Chinese people should stand up against the communist party. As long as the communist party is in power, they will never have freedom.”

Some people asked why they never heard about the organ harvesting in the news, and why the international community hasn’t taken more action to stop it. A practitioner explained that some governments choose to keep silent for economic interests, and this is why Falun Gong practitioners keep raising awareness to expose the brutality to the public.

Many Chinese tourists also viewed the materials. Some of them asked practitioners to help them withdraw their memberships in the Chinese Communist Party.

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From Ridicule to Respect: A Change in Chinese Tourists in Paris, France

May 25, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zhou Wenying in Paris, France

(Minghui.org) Ms. Jun sets up posters near the Eiffel Tower every day to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong [also known as Falun Dafa] by the communist regime in China.

She comes across many tourists from China each day. Many of them, after talking to her, understand what the persecution is about and thank her for her efforts. Occasionally, some who had been misled by the Chinese regime’s propaganda against Falun Gong would verbally abuse her. Ms. Jun would remain calm and polite, and her friendly gestures soften their attitude. They eventually listened to her and treated her with respect.

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Posters and banners near Eiffel Tower

From Insults and Ridicule to Praise

Ms. Jun tried to talk to a group of Chinese tourists one day. They refused to listen, ridiculed her, and got on the bus. Before they left, Ms. Jun waved goodbye and said, “Stay safe. If you would remember ‘Falun Dafa is good,’ it would bring you and your family good fortune.”

The same group came back to the Eiffel Tower the next day, and Ms. Jun didn’t hesitate to talk to them about Falun Gong again. One of them said to her, “You still want to talk to us? We made fun of you yesterday. Aren’t you upset?” She replied, “No, we practice ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.’ I just wanted to let you know about the practitioners in China who are being persecuted.”

The tourist told her that they didn’t think that she would be there because of what they did to her the day before. “When you told us to stay safe and wished us good fortune after we got on the bus, we felt bad. We thought you, a Falun Gong practitioner, were quite awesome because you weren’t angered by our words.”

Six of them listened to Ms. Jun and quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations, to show their disapproval of the regime’s decision to persecute Falun Gong.

Chinese Tourist Defends Falun Gong

Another time, Ms. Jun tried to talk to a group of tourists about quitting the Chinese Communist Party, in light of the crimes committed by the regime.

One of them disputed, “We believe in the CCP. Why should we quit?” Ms. Jun explained to them that over 80 million Chinese people died unnatural deaths after the CCP took power in 1949. “You don’t want to be part of the CCP and devote your life to it as you swore you would when you joined the Party,” she replied.

When Ms. Jun talked about the “self-immolation” hoax on Tiananmen Square” in 2001, a Chinese tourist interrupted her. “Please let me speak for you,” the woman said. “As I repeatedly watched that so-called news in 2001, I suspected that it was staged by the CCP.”

She said she was a firefighter and that “a fire blanket is so heavy that it couldn’t have been thrown easily in the air before it landed on the person on fire. Also, the person couldn’t have stayed sitting up if that heavy blanket landed on him. It would push him down. Thirdly, the blanket seemed to appear right after the person was done shouting. The perfect timing just made it seem rehearsed. I couldn’t convince myself that things just happened that way. The CCP staged it to frame Falun Gong.”

Ms. Jun agreed and added, “Exactly. Also, his hair and the plastic bottle in his lap remained untouched, but his face and clothes were badly burned after the fire was put out. It was not possible.”

At that moment, other tourists told Ms. Jun that they were convinced. About 20 of them quit the CCP and its youth organizations.

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French Media Reports on Falun Gong Truth-clarification Activities in Paris

August 31, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Paris have for years reached out to Chinese tourists to let them know about the brutal persecution in China and to help them break free from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by renouncing their Party membership. Their activities have caught the attention of a popular French investigative journal.

Mediapart, an online investigative and opinion journal with about 100,000 paid subscribers, ran an in-depth report on August 11 about Falun Gong, the persecution, and practitioners’ efforts to expose the persecution to Chinese tourists in Paris. Based on interviews with practitioners, the story discusses the persecution that some of these practitioners endured before taking refuge in France, and also addresses the current legal efforts in China to bring the main perpetrator, former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, to justice.

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Chinese tourists pass by Falun Gong informational posters in Paris about the global movement of quitting the Chinese Communist Party.

The article presents a detailed, overall picture of the 16-year-long persecution, citing key events – from Beijing’s initial endorsement and promotion of Falun Gong, to the CCP’s insecurity when it learned that there were more than 70 million practitioners, the Party’s slander and restrictions against the practice, the peaceful petition in Tianjin and the April 25 peaceful protest.

After Jiang Zemin launched the nationwide persecution overnight on July 20, 1999, suddenly millions were persecuted. Tens of thousands of practitioners were sent to mental hospitals and forced labor camps. To this day, there is no exact figure as to how many practitioners have been sentenced or killed in the persecution.

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Screenshot of Mediapart article about Falun Gong

The article touches upon the current movement of well over 100,000 practitioners filing criminal complaints against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. The article also discusses the fact that many of the chief perpetrators, high-ranking CCP members, have been taken down and prosecuted under the current administration’s anti-corruption campaign.

The reporter interviewed renowned human rights attorney William Bourdon concerning the lawsuits filed against Jiang.

Among the practitioners interviewed for the story is Alain Tong, president of the Falun Dafa Association. The article quotes his explanation for practitioners’ persistent efforts to reach out to Chinese visitors: “We said to ourselves, if we do not expose what is happening, who will?” Mr. Tong therefore organized truth-clarification activities in areas that have concentrated Chinese populations. Through their efforts, practitioners remain committed to providing uncensored information to Chinese tourists and exposing the lies of the Chinese Communist Party.

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