On May 15th 2006, a week before the German Chancellor Merkel’s visit to China, an Asian Specialist in the Chancellor’s Office received representatives of Falun Gong practitioners, China Democratic League and a German human right organisation. During the meeting, the three representatives called on Merkel to pay attention to the harvest of living Falun Gong practitioners’ organs and urge the Chinese Communist regime to allow an independent investigation team composed of Falun Gong practitioners to conduct an investigation. At the same time, German Falun Gong practitioners rallied in front of the Chancellor’s Office.
After the three representatives came out of the Chancellor’s Office at 3 p.m., Ms.Waltraud, a representative of the German Falun Gong Association, told our reporter: “We talked to the asian specialist in the Chancellor’s Office about the atrocities that the Chinese Communist regime harvested and sold Falun Gong practitioners’ organs for profit. According to a Chinese military surgeon, he witnessed over sixty thousand falsified documents stating that the detainees, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, volunteered to donate their organs. We also called on Chancellor Merkel to pressure China to allow an independent investigation team to enter China and conduct an extensive probe into the persecution against Falun Gong, and permit them to investigate any institutions without advance notice. We know that if pre-arrangements are made before our visit, all the evidence will be destroyed, and nothing can be found during our visit.”
Chancellor Merkel was from former East Germany, who was once regarded by the former East Germany’s Communist Party as a figure who had some problems with her political inclination. Last year, when she defeated the former Chancellor Schroeder and took office as a Chancellor, the mass media widely held that with her East Germany Background, her attitude towards communist countries such as China might be different from that of Schroeder who befriended China.
|A simulated exhibition of Chinese police cruelly beating a Falun Gong practitioner acted out by real persons||A simulated exhibition of organ harvesting|
On the lawn in front of the Chancellor’s Office, Falun Gong practitioners, from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, gave out flyers, held simulated exhibitions of cruel torture and organ harvesting acted by practitioners. Liu Wei, a Falun Gong practitioner from Nordrhein-Westfalen, explained the atrocities she underwent in a female forced labour camp in Beijing from September 2001 through January 2003. In addition to physical torture such as cruel beatings, long periods of standing, depriving her of sleep, she also suffered spiritual torture such as being forced to view videos defaming Falun Gong and do long hours of slave labour, which have caused tremendous trauma to her physically and spiritually.
Though the passers-by in front of the Chancellor’s Office were not as many as those in the downtown area, many people were shocked by the simulated exhibition of the persecution acted out by real persons. They stopped to know more about the horrendous plights of practitioners in China.
|Passersby sign the petition one after another||“The persecution against Falun Gong is far more serious than what shown on the display boards.”|
A female student from China’s Zhang Chun City also visited the exhibition booth. After Falun Gong practitioners explained the Falun Gong’s popularity in China before it was persecuted, she said: “At that time, there were a large number of people practising Falun Gong in Zhang Chun.” When seeing a practitioner taking Chinese brochures, she immediately asked: “Can I have one?” The practitioner replied: “Of course, they are for you.”
When seeing her boyfriend taking pictures of some banners and practitioners demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises, the female student asks him if he has taken the pictures of the simulated exhibition of organ harvesting acted out by real persons. The male student replied: “No, as it is really too cruel.” Therefore, they just picked up some Chinese leaflets exposing the organ harvesting incident.
After listening to practitioners’ explanation of the atrocities, over ten German high school students who passed by the booth signed the petition one after another to protest against the atrocities of harvesting Falun Gong practitioners’ organs. The petition signed by these students and other passersby will be submitted to the Chancellor’ office before Chancellor Merkel visits China.
It happened that there was a head of a foreign country visiting Germany that day, some journalists also approached the Falun Gong practitioners there and took pictures of them as well as interviewing them.
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