France: Parade in Paris Urging Eutelsat to Resume NTDTV's Broadcast to China (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) The European Divine Land Marching Band is composed of over one hundred Falun Gong practitioners. As it marched through Paris' business district, many people accepted Falun Gong flyers and information about the Eutelsat Satellite Company's discontinuation of New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV)'s signal to China.
On September 27, 2008, practitioners from different European countries rallied in Paris to hold a grand parade calling for an end to the Chinese communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong and to raise awareness of Eutelsat's cancellation of NTDTV's broadcast signal to China. Some practitioners distributed leaflets to passers-by along the way. Many spectators were tourists from China. Among them, 14 people denounced the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations on the spot.
Mr. Tang Hanlong, the chairman of the French Falun Gong Association
When interviewed, Chairman of the French Falun Gong Association Mr. Tang Hanlong said, "The primary objectives of this activity are to widely explain the facts about Falun Gong to the public, make more people aware of Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong, which includes Eutelsat's bowing to the Chinese regime's pressure and shutting down NTDTV's signal to China. In addition, we are sharing the message that over 43 million Chinese people have already quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. We hope that we are able to get these messages across to the French people and the media."
Passersby read the materials that explain the facts of Falun Gong
Departing from the square at the Paris Stock Exchange, the procession wound its way from Centre Georges Pompidou to City Hall Square, where they had a rally addressed by representatives from the French Falun Gong Association, the German International Human Rights Organization, the vice-chairman of the French Branch of the China Democracy Party, democracy activist Ren Wanting, and others.
Mr. Wu Manyang of the German International Human Rights Organization
Representative of the German International Human Rights Organization Wu Manyang said, "As the largest human right organization, the German International Human Rights Organization has monitored China's human rights situation over the past decades. We have a lot of evidence of China's despicable human rights record. China has become the biggest human rights abuser in the world after the CCP took power. To maintain its power, it has persecuted many different groups. Once a group is targeted by the regime as being unwilling to serve the CCP or as against the CCP, it will be subjected to persecution. To carry out its persecution, the CCP has spared no effort to keep any information about the real situation in China from the Chinese people. Deceived by the CCP's lies, some Chinese people have misunderstood that it is a good thing to help the regime persecute Falun Gong practitioners and suppress democracy activists as well as Tibetan Buddhists. In fact, they have become CCP accomplices in the atrocity.
"NTDTV broadcasting the truth to people in China is saving them from being deceived by the CCP. The French-based Eutelsat Satellite Company bowed to the Chinese regime's pressure and unreasonably terminated NTDTV's signal to China for business and political reasons. Therefore, we hope the management of Eutelsat is able to realize that what they have done is preventing others from spreading the truth to the Chinese people, that it will prevent tens of millions of Chinese people from knowing the truth, and that it will undermine its own interests, " Mr. Wu added.
At the rally, Vice-Chairman of the French Branch of the China Democracy Party Jiang Youlu said what the Chinese regime feared most was its people knowing the truth, because what the CCP counts on to rule China is that, by always covering up the truth with lies, the people live in terror.
Jiang pointed out that what NTDTV is doing is simply to let the Chinese people know the truth. Since that is what the Chinese regime fears most, it is bent on suppressing NTDTV. He thought that Eutelsat's support for the Chinese regime's autocratic rule was a shame. He called on the French people to support NTDTV and to ask Eutelsat to resume NTDTV's signal to China.
Well-known Tiananmen Square pro-democracy activist Zhang Jian told our reporter, "The Chinese regime tried to eliminate this cultivation group through spiritual, economic, and physical means. However, not only did it not succeed, but Falun Gong is stronger and stronger. NTDTV's regular reporting of the truth is indeed a pain in the neck for the CCP, as that is what it fears most. NTDTV is restoring history by exposing the truth to the people. It also evaluates non-mainstream and non-governmental activities with high moral standards. As a result, the regime tries its level best to oppress the only overseas independent television station in Chinese. The Chinese regime has exerted tremendous pressure on Eutelsat through the French government, including financial and political pressure as well as business intimidation.
A Falun Gong practitioner from China, Ms. Cheng, said, "I was brought up in China, so I fully understand the situation there. It is very hard for the Chinese people to know the truth, such as the facts of the persecution against Falun Gong and other rights-defending advocates, including Gao Zhisheng and Hu Jia. As an independent TV station, NTDTV provides truly impartial and independent information. Therefore, NTDTV is very popular in China and it had become one of the main sources for the Chinese people to access impartial information from overseas."
Ms. Cheng also said that Eutelsat canceled NTDTV's broadcast occurred several months ago, but due to pressure from the Chinese Communist regime, it has still not resumed NTDTV's signal to China. She took this opportunity to call on Eutelsat to reinstate NTDTV's broadcasting into China as soon as possible.