(Clearwisdom.net) Member of the European Parliament Gerard Batten, of the English Independence Party, was invited to take part in a rally organized by Falun Gong practitioners on Parliament Square marking the tenth anniversary of opposing the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong. Mr. Batten gave a speech at the rally.

MP Gerard Batten speaking at the rally

Mr. Batten having his photo taken in front of a re-enactment of the CCP's cruel torture methods

Mr. Batten said in his speech, "Why are the Falun Gong being persecuted in China? The answer is very simple, it's because of what they stand for. Their three core values of course are Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. These are the exact opposite of what the Chinese Communist Party stands for, which of course are lies, brutality and intolerance.

"The fact that they are the most brutal tyranny in the history of Communism may have something to do with why they still survive as long as they have. But you cannot crush the human spirit forever....Marxism, Marxist-Leninism, Communism is all inherently and fundamentally evil. It goes against the basic properties of human beings and what they strive for, which is freedom, free expression and the right to live their lives the way that they choose.... The people who speak out against it like Falun Gong practitioners and other people are unbelievably brave. To stand up in China and say what you think when the result may be torture, imprisonment or even death takes a kind of bravery that is very difficult for us to understand who live in a free society...... People are standing up against it and the more that speak out, by example, more people will follow until you have in China what we've seen across other Communist states when so many people stand up and are opposed to it -- that eventually it crumbles and will fall apart."

Mr. Gerard Batten later said in an interview, "I very much understand what Falun Gong practitioners are doing, because you believe in Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. This is completely the opposite of the CCPs' lies, ruthlessness, and inability to tolerate other people. The CCP cannot tolerate the truth. The biggest danger is that the CCP cannot tolerate any other alternative belief or any belief, so it inevitably wants to control all religions and spiritual movements."

Recollecting when he first came into contact with Falun Gong, Mr. Batten said, "I have always understood the situation of Communist countries, including of course the situation of China. In 2004 after I was elected to be a member of the European Parliament, one day a Falun Gong practitioner contacted me, and introduced me to the true situation of Falun Gong. Of course, I also read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party". I had heard some things happening in China, but people's testimonies based on personal experiences enabled me to understand what had happened in the country. I now know that for people to stand up and speak out in a country like China requires immense bravery. And we live in a free country, it is easy to forget the preciousness of the freedom that we enjoy. So I think that for me to speak for Falun Gong in public is the least I can do."

Referring to how the persecution has gone on for ten years, and the issue of how only by disintegrating the CCP can the persecution be stopped, Mr. Batten said, "I believe it will happen in the end. All the autocratic regimes will die out because tyrannies cannot be allowed to exist for long. The CCP has been very savage, to enable it to linger on in a steadily worsening condition. More and more people are quitting the communist party because people don't believe in it any more. Even communists don't believe in communism any more. Let us all be clear about this: the communists are just interested in preserving their own political power. In Chinese history there were many tyrannies that reigned, but it was after one dynasty's emperor left that the new one would come. The time for the autocratic system of the Chinese communist party to fall from power has come."