Not a Celebration, But a Protest

October 2, 2009 Updated: October 2, 2009

MADRID, Spain—On the eve of the 60th anniversary of communist China, a large crowd of people gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Madrid, Spain. They didn't come to celebrate, but rather to condemn the human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against the Chinese people since it seized power in 1949.

“The Chinese Communist Party is responsible, in these 60 years of dictatorship, for the death of over 80 million people in China,” said a spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association in Spain. “Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are among them.”

Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), a spiritual cultivation discipline is practiced freely in 114 countries around the world, but persecuted by the Chinese regime since 1999.

Judge Ismael Moreno is currently investigating the persecution of Falun Gong through five different complaints accepted by the Spanish Supreme Court against high ranking officials of the CCP. One of them is the former head of the CCP, Jiang Zemin. The charges are torture and genocide.

Carlos Iglesias, the human rights lawyer that filed the complaints, also spoke at the rally, urging the Spanish government to put human rights before economic interests in its relations with China.

“Democratic governments must use all legal and political means to end the Chinese regime's atrocities,” he said.