(Minghui.org) On the second day of the New Year, Falun Dafa practitioners gathered at Place du Châtelet, a public square in Paris, to demonstrate the exercises and tell people about the persecution in China. They also collected signatures on petitions that called for an end to these egregious human rights violations.
One passersby who signed the petition said that he likes Chinese culture and often travels to China. “Many Chinese people are brainwashed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and they do not understand what the regime really is. Westerners also need to stay alert and not confuse China with the CCP.”
Naul, who works in tourism, said she’s seen Falun Dafa practitioners in San Francisco in the U.S. She likes the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. “They are something we need and we do not have,” she explained.
Michel Krieff owns a winery. He said the words Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance represent peace and much more. He hopes everyone can follow these principles. “Unfortunately, many people choose to back off—they dare not to speak the truth due to this or that concern,” he added.
“Events like this are very meaningful because they help the public to know what is going on in China. We should all stand against organ harvesting,” he said.
Emanuel Chauveau works close to Place du Châtelet and said he’s seen practitioners’ events before. He had praise for the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
“Falun Dafa is a system of inner peace, enlightenment, and wisdom,” he said. “It not only helps us find our conscience but also guides us to returning to our true selves.”
He pointed out that the CCP is known for its totalitarian rule. “Although Falun Dafa practitioners did not do anything wrong, the regime still suppresses them brutally. It also spread lies to deceive police and government officials to mistreat practitioners. That is unacceptable.”
He thanked practitioners for their courage and added, “The CCP is not a normal government. It murders people and destroys culture. The Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was dissolved. The CCP could be the next.”
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and learned the five gentle exercises, have experienced uplifted health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline's growing popularity as a threat to the CCP's atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.