Falun Gong practitioners and Tuidang volunteers in Paris often hold events in front of the Eiffel Tower, introducing this ancient Chinese cultivation practice to the public, exposing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, and telling Chinese tourists the facts behind the regime’s crackdown of the spiritual discipline.
Many Chinese visitors, who had developed prejudice toward Falun Gong after having been misled by the Communist Party’s propaganda, changed their minds after talking to practitioners at this well-known tourist spot.
The following is a conversation between a practitioner and a 60-year-old Chinese scholar on March 31:
Practitioner: “Hello, would you like a Falun Gong newspaper? Are you a member of the Communist Party?”
Scholar: “Yes, please give me a copy. And yes, I am a member of the Party, and I am willing to quit the Party.”
“I’ve been watching your group for a long time, and I heard everything you’re telling people. You guys work really hard, standing out here for hours talking to Chinese tourists. Some of them were kind and thanked you, but some were rude, cursing and giving you dirty looks. But you’ve been smiling at everyone. I can’t see any negative feelings on your faces. This is not something that everybody can do. May I ask—what is your goal? Why are you doing this?”
Practitioner: “Falun Gong practitioners follow the principles of ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’. We are not seeking money. All we want is to help people learn the facts about the persecution and take a stance against the atrocities for their own well-being.”
The practitioner went on, “The Chinese Communist Party has caused 80 million deaths since it seized power. They have been persecuting Falun Gong for 18 years, and they even harvest organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit.”
Scholar: (With tears in his eyes, the scholar said) “I see. I understand completely. I am a scholar. I have published books and articles praising the Party. They won’t let me publish my true feelings, but I have already stopped singing its praises. I know the Party clearly.”
“What I’ve seen here really impressed me. I have a message for Falun Gong practitioners. Please pass it on to them: People know well the insults and torture that the Party has put you through. All your efforts and what you have suffered have not been in vain. This is your virtue.”
“Please know that, one day, everyone in the world will be proud of you.”
“Falun Gong is great,” the scholar said. “History will remember your great deeds!”