On July 9th, 2008, French newspaper "Eastern Republican People" published a series of articles related to Falun Gong being persecuted and tortured in China. It also published a report about the Chairman of the French Falun Gong Association. The full article is reproduced here:
Q: Can you tell us what Falun Gong is?
A: Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese Qigong, including exercises and meditation. It is neither a religion, nor political. Through learning five sets of exercises and following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance in daily life, it pays attention to the harmony of body and spirit.
Q: In China, since 1999, Falun Gong was banned, how many Falun Gong practitioners in total have been subjected to persecution?
A: Before the persecution began in 1999, the official statistics showed 70 million were practising, but we estimated 100 million. At any rate the number of practitioners was more than the number of Chinese Communist Party members.
Q: Before April 25th, 1999, Falun Gong was accepted and allowed by the CCP, but on that day what was happening?
A: Actually, in March 1995, Master Hongzhi Li accepted the invitation of the official Chinese Embassy, and opened Falun Gong’s door to France. In 1999, after a newspaper in Tianjing smeared Falun Gong, Falun Gong practitioners gathered together in the newspaper office to clarify the truth, however, they suffered from a violent crackdown by police. Later, on April 25th, 1999, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Offices of the Beijing Committee of State Department for a peaceful appeal. This is the beginning of the suppression launched by the former CCP leader Jiang Zemin; the course of the suppression seems very odd.
Q: From then on, the persecution never stopped, the forms used are very evil. Tell us the about the situation?
A: According to statistics we hold, more than 50 thousand Falun Gong practitioners are known to have been arrested and put in prison without any legal procedure. They experienced cruel suffering in labour camps, or sometimes in mental hospitals. In China, there are thousands of cases of organ removal every year; the authorities are unable to explain when they are investigated about the source of organs. The independent investigation report and authentic evidence can affirm that, this organ removal was carried out on the bodies of arrested Falun Gong practitioners. We affirmed that there are at least 36 secret concentration camps doing such things.
Q: Liver, kidney and eye corneas, what price?
A: In March 2006, a Chinese medical officer disclosed that one heart is worth €118,000, one liver worth €96,000.00, one pancreas worth €45,000.00, one lung worth €170,000.00, a cornea worth €22,000.00 and one kidney worth €10,000.00.
Q: In order to make the persecution legal the CCP regime accused Falun Gong of being a religion. On the other hand, the CCP denied the illegal execution and harvesting organs, what is your answer to this?
A: During the period of the Olympic Games, there will be many journalists in China, none of whom will be invited to visit labour camps and see evidence of cruel torture. At the same time, many serious international organisations’ reports approve that our affirmations accord with matters of fact. We have evidences and witnesses of casualty. This is about cultural annihilation.
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