To bring an end to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)'s persecution of Falun Gong before the Beijing Olympics, the CIPFG Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong launched a Global Petition at the very beginning of 2008 and enlisted worldwide support.
At 6pm on July 9th, Polish Falun Gong practitioners arrived at the subway station in Warsaw. With their display boards and stand erected, Falun Gong practitioners collected signatures for the petition. Meanwhile, practitioners told people what Falun Gong is and about the CCP persecution of Falun Gong.
|Polish people sign the petition condemning the persecution of Falun Gong|
Though in a hurry, passers-by stopped to express their support. In no time numerous Polish people gathered in front of the display boards. The CCP’s violent acts displayed on the boards shocked viewers. Quite a few girls couldn’t help but cover their eyes with their hands, intimidated by the exhibited scenes. People repeatedly asked the same questions: “What is Falun Gong?” “Who could persecute Falun Gong this way?” “Is this the current happening in China?” or “Is live organ harvesting true? It’s too cruel!” After being informed that China is still under the CCP’s totalitarian rule, Polish people who had been suffering under the rule of a communist party immediately realised the facts. They lined up to sign the anti-persecution petition. At first the petition was signed by two people simultaneously, then by four people, then by six, and then by eight, at most. People still kept lining up to sign the petition.
An old lady in her eighties said, “The communist party is very evil and would commit wrong doing in every possible way. Stalin and Mao Zedong were tyrannical killers. Now there comes a new one, called Jiang Zemin, who is more evil than his predecessors.” Then the senior citizen wrote her name clearly on the petition Laura Staniskiewicz.
When a mother was signing the petition, her six-year-old son next to her asked, “Why are you signing your name?” The mother pointed at the photo of Gao Rongrong, a Falun Gong practitioner who had been persecuted to death, telling her son, “Did you see that? If we want to stop such a terrible thing from happening again, we must sign the petition!” “Mom, I want to sign my name. I have learned to write my name!” The mother helped her son to finish other blank parts of the form and the six year old boy who had just learned to write his name singed his name attentively stroke by stroke.
Two policemen who were on duty came forward to take a look at the display boards and then read the explanation on the petition. Afterwards, they signed the petition without hesitation. Before leaving, they told the practitioners to contact the police if anyone came to make trouble. They also pleaded with the practitioners to tell them the number of petitioners every day. They were really concerned about the issue and if they could know the number of petitioners, they would feel more assured.
An overseas Chinese person came up to the stand. After reading the Falun Gong leaflets, he said that back in China he had been informed of the Falun Gong facts by Falun Gong practitioners. One day he was away from home for work. Late at night on his way back home, he was mistaken as a Falun Gong practitioner and arrested. After severe questioning, he was finally released. He said with anger, “The communist party is an organisation of bandits. There is no good person among the communist police.” Right on the spot he quit all the CCP related organisations.
A senior citizen signed the petition, saying, “During the period of the Polish Communist Party’s rule, half of my family members were imprisoned because my family had a foreign relative. The communist party is extremely evil and commits wrongdoing in every possible way. The communist party is likely to harvest organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.”
An old lady signed the petition, but kept standing there. Listening to the Dafa music JiShi and PuDu, she lifted her head toward the sky and seemed to search for something. She asked the practitioners, “Did you hear that? The music comes from the heavens.”
A young girl rushed to the stand on the final day of the petition. “Please give me another lotus flower. I had signed the petition and took a lotus flower. I happened to visit a patient in the hospital that day. When seeing the lotus, the patient felt much better. I could never take back the lotus. The lotus is too miraculous. Please give me another,” pleaded the girl.
One week had passed by. In the meantime, Polish Falun Gong practitioners witnessed the awakening of Polish people who bravely chose to stand by justice. A large number of senior citizens with the help of their walking stick lined up to sign the petition; numerous mothers pushed their baby strollers to come here to sign the petition; the petitioners also included couples, mother and daughters, fathers and sons, students, a Ukrainian who worked as a migrant worker, a Vietnamese who served as a cook, a Thai who was a teacher, a Danish doctor, an Australian flight attendant who happened to pass by, and people from Korea, the U.K., Palestine, Scotland, Bulgaria, and Iran.
During a week 3,000 people signed the petition, not bothered by the daily storms or even the thunder and lightning. They jointly condemned the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong; they protested against the coexistence of the Olympics and crimes against humanity in China.
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