(Minghui.org) On September 14, 2022, Falun Gong practitioners in France held a signature drive in La Défense, a suburb of Paris. They demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises and talked to people about the ongoing persecution of the practice in China.
Located in the west of the city, La Défense is an important business district in the greater Paris region. It has the largest office complex in Europe and is the second largest financial center in Europe after London. When people came out of the office buildings for lunch, they saw Falun Gong banners and display boards. Practitioners played an audio recording introducing people to the practice and educating them about the persecution.
Many office workers and tourists took leaflets and signed petitions calling for an end to the persecution.
Rabea Bekkour, a medical doctor, was appalled when she learned about the persecution, “The persecution is a disaster. I didn’t know about it at all before. It’s brutal, terrifying, and inhuman.” She added, “We must oppose the persecution, take action to stop the persecution, and respect human rights.”
Hélène Bel-Abbès, who works in environmental protection, was shocked when she heard that Falun Gong practitioners in China were persecuted and even had their organs forcibly harvested for profit. She said that it’s intolerable and must be exposed. She wished the Falun Gong practitioners success in their endeavors to stop the persecution.
Mohamed, a consultant, said that the persecution was truly abhorrent, “No matter what ethnicity or belief, Uighurs, Falun Gong, or Tibetans, human beings should not be persecuted.” He added, “The Chinese must wake up. It is the same in all places, the world must wake up and people of the world must unite to stop the persecution.”
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