At noon on October 1, 2002, French Congressman, former minister of culture and education Mr. Jack Lang met with Falun Gong practitioner Zhao Ming who had been illegally imprisoned and tortured for more than two years by the Jiang Zemin regime because of his belief in Falun Gong and some other French Falun Gong practitioners at the Premier Bureau of the French Parliament.
While Zhao Ming who had been taking courses for his master degree in computer in Ireland was illegally imprisoned in China, French minister of education Mr. Jack Lang paid special attention and called for an end to the persecution against Falun Gong, which he regarded as an intolerable tragedy. Under powerful pressure from the international community, the Jiangs regime had to release Zhao Ming in March 2002.
A representative of French Falun Dafa Association briefly introduced tremendous effects of Falun Gong in teaching people to be compassionate and enabling people to achieve both physical and mental health, Falun Dafas wide spread around the world and Jiang regimes three-year persecution against Falun Gong. The practitioners thanked Mr. Jack Lang for his humanitarianism effort to secure Zhao Mings release, and they also called on all kind-hearted people in the world to strive together to immediately put an end to the persecution against Falun Gong.
Afterwards, Zhao Ming briefly talked about the inhumane persecution he had suffered and expressed his sincere gratitude to Mr. Lang for his righteous support. Zhao Ming also mentioned that hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are suffering similar brutal tortures in present Chinas forced labor camps, he called on the international community to work together to stop the persecution.
A Western practitioner told Mr. Lang that Jiangs regime blatanly coerced and deceived foreign governments to persecute Falun Gong practitioners outside China recently. The practitioner pointed out that it is a threat and defiance to the principle of democratic freedom, and should be guarded and stopped.
Mr. Jack Lang showed his concern for the Falun Gong practitioners who suffer persecution and expressed his sincere admiration for people in France and other places who strive hard for the freedom in China and the freedom of belief. He said he would like to motivate more people to support Falun Gong.
Mr. Jack Lang also expressed his worries that some European countries governments have not done their best to make countries like China respect human rights out of their economic concerns. He encouraged practitioners to work with perseverance, not only letting people know the true facts about persecution, but also allowing them to realize the true value of Falun Gong. He said he would continue his efforts together with Falun Gong practitioners.
Last summer, when a Falun Gong family, the Chi Jians who lived in Grenoble in France was under arrest in China, Mr. Jack Lang once exerted his effort to rescue them. Today, Chi Jian was also present. Mr. Jack Lang especially expressed his respect for the courage Zhao Ming and Chi Jian have demonstrated for their steadfast belief in Falun Gong, and praised that Falun Gong practitioners actions also inspired people.
While having an interview with French International Broadcasting Station and reporters from Taiwan Central News Agency and while having a discussion with sinologists, Mr. Jack Lang expressed that the persecution against Falun Gong is unacceptable.
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