“Thank you. You are China’s only hope.” Giving Falun Gong practitioner, Ms Pan, a squeeze of the hand, Decai (alias) from China hurried to catch up with his friends. They came to Munich to watch an afternoon football game China vs. Germany. In the morning while sightseeing in downtown Munich, he ran into Falun Gong practitioners’ activities to support thirty million quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organisations at Marienplatz. Having talked to Ms. Pan, Decai he decided to quit the Communist Youth League under a pseudonym. As he was leaving, Decai happily shook Ms. Pan’s hand and repeated those words.
On the 12th of January 2008, Munich welcomed large groups of Chinese people, mostly spectators of the China-Germany game. Seeing Falun Gong practitioners’ activities at Marienplatz, many took photos excitedly in front of banners urging to quit the CCP. A student praised practitioners aloud, “You are so brave!” Many Chinese read the exhibits carefully. Quite a few were willing to accept materials such as, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Dissolve the Party Culture. Some said they would seriously consider quitting the CCP. A handful agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organisations on the spot. Two Chinese officials lingered a long time in front of the stand to hear the truth from practitioners. Having read the exhibits and related materials, a young German lad asked for some Chinese leaflets and gave them to the Chinese groups.
Having read the exhibits, many Germans were stunned to learn about the CCP’s atrocities of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners. One after another they signed the petition form to stop the crime. A member of Organ Transplant Association, Anne Tastisch, told the reporter, “The association is against organ harvesting without the donor’s consent. We have published a few reports about what is happening in China to tell people about this (organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners) in the hope of joining efforts in stopping the evil.”
High school students, Moritz Bhmecke-Echwafert and Franziska Most, from a city in central Germany, Kassel, signed the petition immediately after seeing the pictures. Franziska was shocked to hear about the CCP’s organ harvesting. She was very sad for not being able to help much other than signing the petition. Moritz condemned this behaviour (organ harvesting) as barbaric, inhuman. As a German, he could relate to Hilter who also used to treat the Jews as beasts. For his conscience, he wanted to sign. Franziska felt that the Olympics should not be held in China. Hiding such a dark side behind the halo of the Olympics, the CCP does not deserve to host the games.
A German lady, Elisabeth Reicht, resident in the US. She is a welfare teacher specialising in human rights. She has seen large scale parades to support quitting the CCP in Los Angeles. This time she signed the petition form again. She said she had learned the truth of Falun Gong being persecuted. When she first heard this, she was shocked and surprised that the government had done virtually nothing about this. Nor had the community or the media had any kind of discussion on this topic. She felt this should be more widely publicised. She signed to support Falun Gong practitioners. What is happening in China is mind-boggling. International society must do something to apply pressure on the CCP to stop this behaviour.
A couple from Munich who had read Jung Chang’s Mao: The Unknown Story knew about China’s dark past. But with the influx of Chinese tourists, they thought that China had changed for the better. They never imagined such appalling secrets behind the glorious front. They hope signing would make an impact. Not knowing what else to do, they hoped at least to be able to stop such an act. The gentleman believed results here would be better than in China. People are also making efforts in China but they can not do much to help. It is far better for us to do it here.
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