On August 8 and 9, 2009, French Falun Gong practitioners took advantage of the weekend to expose the truth of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ten-year-long persecution of Falun Gong practitioners to tourists from various places and local people at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Through demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises, unfurling banners and soliciting supporting signatures, they raised awareness of the persecution, and called on the people around the world to help put an end to the persecution altogether.
|Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises|
|Passers-by learn the Falun Gong exercises on the spot|
As the weather is very pleasant during the summertime in Boulogne-sur-Mer, there were many tourists visiting the city. Many people said that they did know that there are limited human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of belief under the CCP's rule, but they were shocked to learn that the persecution of Falun Gong is so brutal.
|A passerby listens to a practitioner's explanation of the persecution|
|A practitioner explains the truth about the persecution to a group of tourists|
After learning about the persecution, Mr. Jean Marc Deux, a tourist from Paris, was angry about the CCP's relentless atrocities. He said, "It is intolerable that people are tortured cruelly simply because they have different beliefs or follow a peaceful cultivation practice. I think the Western countries that have business relationships with China should really cooperate with all the kind-hearted Chinese people to oppose the CCP's tyranny and repression."
Some tourists, after listening to the explanation of the facts about Falun Gong, supported Falun Gong practitioners by saying, "Thank you," "Go, go, go" or "Good luck to you." Others took the initiative to sign the petition against the persecution; still others started to learn the Falun Gong exercises on the spot.
Located at Nord-Pas de Calais in northern France, and just opposite Britain, Boulogne-sur-Mer is a famous port city which has easy access to Calais through the Channel Tunnel. During the summer, in particular on weekends, there are a lot of British tourists who visit.
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