Two high school students who encountered Falun Gong at a public demonstration in London were inspired to bring the message to their school.
On May 26, 2016, Felix Walker and Martin Quick brought a series of informative activities to their high school, Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a prestigious French language school in South Kensington.
They organized a presentation on Falun Gong, a documentary screening, and a guest speaker whose parents were persecuted in China for practicing Falun Gong.
Meeting Practitioners at Falun Gong Events
Felix and Martin are 17-year-olds who are half French. Martin first met Falun Gong practitioners three years ago in front of the Chinese Embassy as they were protesting against the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Martin and his father received a flyer about the persecution.
During Chinese president Xi’s visit to London last October, Martin and Felix saw Falun Gong practitioners with large banners near the Palace of Westminster. The young men talked in depth with a Falun Gong practitioner. They had a wish to bring this information to their school.
After months of efforts, they made it happen. Their economics teacher agreed to use her class time to hold the two-hour event. Close to 100 teachers and students attended. Some students even switched their class time in order to attend.
Teachers and Students Alarmed by the Brutality of the Persecution
Felix and Martin took turns introducing Falun Gong and gave an overview of the persecution, the Chinese Communist Party’s crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and the investigation results.
Following their presentation was a screening of the award-winning documentary Free China: The Courage to Believe. The teachers and students looked absorbed while watching the 50-minute film.
After the film, a Falun Gong practitioner, Amy, spoke on her parents’ personal experience of being persecuted in China. They had been imprisoned for 15 years and 11 years. Her father had been cruelly tortured in prison. Many students had tears in their eyes as they listened. They asked many questions about how to stop the persecution and what they could do to help.
The teachers sincerely thanked Falun Gong practitioners for their efforts. Each student took a flyer from Felix or Martin so they could help spread the message.
“It’s Relevant to Everybody”
Talking about the purpose of organizing this event, Felix said, “We want our classmates to know about Falun Gong.” He thought the persecution and organ harvesting were very serious crimes. “It’s relevant to everybody.”
Martin said the persecution was an extreme violation of human rights in the world, and it must be known to the world. He said, “You rarely hear news about the persecution of Falun Gong, actually never. We simply want to show what is happening in China, because, as said in the film, these are covered up and aren’t widely known…We feel compelled to do something to stop the persecution. That’s the first reason why we decided to organize this activity.”
Felix added, “I noticed many people were touched by Amy’s story. They looked sad and shocked, because they had never heard about it. I believe most people will tell their family and friends about it.”
A Hard-Earned Effort
The process of getting the activities approved was harder than they thought. Even though the school administrators initially approved it, the decision was changed later because one of the teachers objected. Felix and Martin realized this teacher had misunderstandings about Falun Gong. They studied and analysed more information about Falun Gong before they approached the teachers again.
Martin explained, “Some people didn’t want us to organize this activity, because what they had heard was from the Chinese Communist Party. We had to work hard to convince them But we learned that if you want to do something or tell people the true story, you must persist, and must work hard.”
The boys did a lot of investigation, including information from the United Nations, the investigation report by David Matas and David Kilgour, two Canadian experts who investigated the claims of forced organ harvesting from Falun Dafa practitioners in China, and the work by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH).
“The data was very convincing,” said Felix. “The Chinese Communist Party claimed the organs mainly came from family members, but it’s not true. In one year, there were 300 liver transplants, but it suddenly jumped to 1700 the next year. There is obviously some inside story.”
Felix and Martin hope to organize another activity in their school in a few months to show a documentary focused on the issue of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.