July 14th is Bastille Day, the most important national holiday in France. Many French people celebrate this event on the streets. Falun Gong practitioners held activities at a plaza from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Their performances and demonstrations of the Falun Gong exercises attracted a lot of people.
|Demonstrating Falun Gong exercises||Spectators follow the practitioners' movements|
|People enjoyed the practitioners' traditional Chinese dancing|
The performances started with the dance, "Lotus Flowers". Practitioners also performed traditional Chinese fan dancing and waist drumming. The dance "Rotating Falun" attracted many people with the gentle movements and colorful traditional costumes.
Practitioners introduced Falun Gong to the spectators, explaining that it is an ancient Chinese qigong practice that can improve one's physical and mental health. Practitioners told spectators that while they are celebrating this national holiday together with traditional Chinese performances, a lot of Falun Gong practitioners in China are being brutally persecuted. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) jails them in labour camps and even secret concentration camps, where the CCP harvests organs, including the cornea, kidney, heart, liver and skin from living Falun Gong practitioners. The CCP then cremates their bodies to eliminate the evidence.
|Signing a petition condemning the CCP's crimes||Reading the posters to find out more|
Many people were shocked by the CCP's brutality. They could not believe that such tortures have been applied to these kind people. People were angry and they signed on the petition form calling for an end to the persecution. One man said that all the Communist powers are disasters and that the media should focus on what is happening in China. This gentleman called upon all governments to take actions to protect Falun Gong practitioners. He said that the French leaders should take action soon, otherwise the situation will become worse and worse.
The display boards and materials gave people more information, including a lot of persecution cases and other evidence. One woman said that when she read the materials, she felt very angry. She said that the French government and other governments should take actions to stop this persecution. She told practitioners that their raising awareness about the persecution is a very good thing. She hopes that people from every corner of the world will hear the practitioners' voice.
Another man was very angry about the CCP's harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. He said that the organ harvesting is not human behaviour, and everybody who learns about it should stand up to stop it. He said that crimes like this should not continue.
Regarding the practitioners' performances, this man said, "The performances were fabulous. They are art, and have their own spiritual content. They manifest the beauty of Chinese culture. The colourful costumes are also a good way to put on display the Chinese culture. The dancing and demonstration of the exercises are very interesting. I hope that you will have more activities in the future."
A woman was deeply moved by the performances. She said, "The performances are very gentle and peaceful. The demonstration of the exercises makes me feel a kind of communication between the body and spirit, which is very wonderful. This kind of art has already been lost in our country. The music makes me feel peaceful."
She continued, "I think that the French government should investigate the persecution and condemn it. Although it is difficult to govern a big country like China, the Chinese government should not take communication difficulties as excuses to persecute Falun Gong. The extreme actions, such as torture, killing and repression, are not tolerable. We must condemn the CCP's crime."
Through the beauty of Falun Dafa and the brutality of the persecution, people can see the contrast between goodness and evil in the world. The peace, compassion and solid will of Falun Gong practitioners deeply moved the French people.
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