Falun Gong Practitioners detained in France

February 7, 2004
By Friends of Falun Gong USA
11 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested Saturday by French police for wearing clothing with the words “Falun Gong” on it. Many attribute these arrests to pressure from Chinese authorities to keep Falun Gong hidden from visiting Chinese groups.

On January 24 and 26, ahead of Chinese Chairman Hu Jintao’s visit to France, 30 to 40 Falun Gong practitioners from England, Germany, France, Taiwan, and Norway were distributing truth-clarifying leaflets or simply wearing yellow scarves with the words “Falun Gong” on them on the streets of Paris. They were taken to a police station, had their passports inspected and their literature taken away, and released after being detained for four hours. Some practitioners were taken away without having distributed any flyers or doing anything other than being on the street. Some were even detained without wearing any clothing or apparel to indicate they were associated with Falun Gong. French police even conducted a forceful search of a female German practitioner. The French public was aghast upon hearing news of what happened. When some practitioners were being released, the police filled in “no reason” for the “reason for detention” entry on their logs. Some policemen admitted that their actions were quite inappropriate. Several policemen said helplessly, “This was an order from above, they have to think about the French economy.”

We urgently request that the French Government take immediate actions to correct its wrongdoing to prevent further damage to France’s dignity and image in the international community.

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