Since the 2016 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Championship kicked off, France has seen a wave of Chinese soccer fans hit Paris. This presents a wonderful opportunity for local Falun Gong practitioners to reach out to Chinese visitors, providing them with information about Falun Gong that it very difficult to find in China because of the regime’s internet blockade.
At popular tourist destinations like the iconic Galeries Lafayette, practitioners hand out materials that tell of the goodness of Falun Gong, expose the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – especially the brutal persecution of Falun Gong – and help people quit the Party and its affiliated youth organizations.
“I Really Want to Know What You Are Trying to Tell Us”
Among a group of Chinese tourists was a man who identified himself as a police chief. The man said to a practitioner, “Our tour guide doesn’t want us to accept your materials. But I really want to know what you are trying tell us. You don’t know who I am, but I am a police chief, and I am in charge of Falun Gong affairs back home.”
The practitioner responded, “It really doesn’t matter what your job is, but you are one of those who clearly knows how brutal the persecution of Falun Gong is. The communist party has brought deep disasters to China and caused 80 million untimely deaths. The persecution of Falun Gong is one of its worst crimes. Did you know that the government forcibly harvests organs from Falun Gong practitioners? Isn’t this against Heaven’s law?”
The practitioner also told the police chief that over the past year, more than 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas have filed lawsuits against former communist leader Jiang Zemin for launching and orchestrating the persecution.
“Hasn’t everybody seen the wave of high-ranking officials falling from power in China in the last few years?” the practitioner asked the police chief. “Every one of them was involved in the persecution of Falun Gong to a greater or lesser degree. Some of them are even directly responsible for the persecution.”
“Good meets with good returns, and evil meets with karmic retribution; this is the heavenly law. The communist party has conducted so much evil that its demise is fast approaching,” the practitioner continued. “All we have been trying to do is to tell our fellow Chinese not to go down with the wicked Party: abandon the Party for your own bright future, before it crashes. You will also be joining the millions of people who have withdrawn from the Party, leading to its eventual disintegration.”
The police chief was moved and finally understood. He quit the party and published his announcement online with a practitioner’s help. Upon leaving, he shook hands with the practitioner. “Thank you very much,” he said. “I really appreciate your words. I hope one day we will meet again in China.”
“No Wonder the Communist Party Is Afraid of You”
Another Chinese tourist, an older gentleman, talked to a practitioner for a long time. The practitioner told him what Falun Gong really is, an ancient practice for cultivating the body, heart and mind according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practitioner talked about how the communist party slanders Falun Gong and spoke of the brutality of the persecution. Most importantly, he shared about why Party members should quit the CCP.
The gentleman said sincerely, “I work at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. But you have convinced me. I am quitting the Party. You Falun Gong practitioners have really reached a very high spiritual level. No wonder the communist party is afraid of you. You have a thorough understanding about the criminal history of the Party.”
On another occasion, a Chinese tourist approached a practitioner and said, “I believe that everything Falun Gong has said is true. The communist party has ruined my life. I totally support you. Back home, I often use software to circumvent the internet blockade and read Falun Gong websites. In 2011, I read on your website that Zhou Yongkang was about to fall, and he really fell in 2013. Now, you are saying that Jiang Zemin will fall soon. I believe you too.” (Note: Zhou Yongkang is one of the major perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong; in 2013 he was arrested and sentenced for corruption.)
Many Chinese tourists ask for extra materials to share with their friends back in China.
One day, a young man in his twenties said to a practitioner, “I have read a lot of your materials, even before this trip. I support Falun Gong. The communist party is a bully and a rogue party. The dictatorship is evil. The worst thing is that the party has tried to brainwash the Chinese people, and has deceived so many Chinese.”
He said that many Chinese cannot see that the Party does everything for its own interests, and never considers its people. He said that the internet blockade is wrong, and was set up because the party does not want the people to know truth. “I believe that the party will crash very soon. As a young man, it’s my responsibility to push Chinese democracy movement forward,” he said. He again expressed his appreciation for Falun Gong and said that he wanted to learn more about the teachings.