“If anyone wants to stay around and quit the communist party organizations, please talk with Falun Gong practitioners and ask them for help,” said one of the tour guides as he led a large group of tourists from Mainland China in front of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
A younger tour guide agreed, “I usually recommend the tourists to read it and reach conclusions on their own, instead of blindly following the communist party.”
“I Truly Respect What You Believe In”
An older man from Henan Province came to the booth and asked for materials from a practitioner, “During this trip, I want to read something that the Party does not tell us. Do you have it?” The practitioner talked with him and provided a copy of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Upon hearing how severely practitioners were mistreated for their belief, the man decided to sever ties with the communist party regime.
This man told that once he was assigned with someone else to watch a coworker, a Falun Gong practitioner. “I talked with the coworker in private for a while. She told me about how her health improved and how she became a better person following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It was amazing and I have to say that I truly respect what you believe in,” he continued.
Another man said that he was from northern China, and many neighbors practiced Falun Gong before it was persecuted in July 1999. He could not understand why the communist party would ban a peaceful group like this and agreed to renounce his memberships in the Party organizations.
Watching the practitioners’ group exercises, three middle-aged men from Fujian Province said that they admired the practitioners’ perseverance. One practitioner talked with them and explained what Falun Gong is. One of the men nodded, “The communist party only cares about its own power. It would suppress anything that it considers a threat. There is no freedom of belief or freedom of thought in China.” One of them said that he was willing to quit the Party organizations.