An Eyewitness' Account of What Was Happening in Tiananmen Square on October 26
A year ago today, in order to fulfill his own personal desires, Jaing Zemin put himself above the Constitution and all the laws in China. He declared that Falun Dafa, a meditation practice that is beneficial to both the people and the nation, an "XX." The decision has led to the designation of over a hundred million Chinese citizens as enemies of the Chinese government.
Today, after a year- long defamation of our Teacher, Falun Dafa, and the Dafa practitioners, practitioners came to Tiananmen Square from all over the country. Despite the danger they have encountered, they have demonstrated to the people that they are not afraid to face brutal force, and they have shown their determination in their faith. Amidst the chaos, they have tried to tell the people that Falun Dafa is righteous. They have helped people to know the real manifestation of Falun Dafa so that they can have a bright future. However, their compassionate and selfless actions were suppressed by Jiang Zemin's henchmen in broad daylight.
Around 1:00 PM, some Falun Dafa banners were being displayed in the center of Tiananmen Square. The practitioners shouted "Falun Dafa is good!" and "Falun Dafa is righteous!" The policemen waiting there and the undercover plainclothes policemen ran towards them from all over the Square. They beat the practitioners to the ground, and then they kicked, stomped and stepped on them with their boots. They then dragged the practitioners by their hair to the police vehicles parked far away. As they were dragging, they also cursed at the practitioners. The practitioners, enduring their pain, shouted, "Falun Dafa is good." At the same time, the practitioners around Tiananmen Square were still displaying many more banners. And "Falun Dafa is good!" was heard all over the place.
The practitioners tossed flyers in the air. They were flyers that clarify the truth, request the vindication of Falun Gong, and expose the evil crimes of Jiang Zemin. The flyers were like snowflakes falling from the sky, scattering all over the place. The hatchet men became chaotic and confused. They ran all over the Square, beating the practitioners, dragging them to the police vehicles, and picking up the flyers on the ground. Police vehicles were rampaging all over the place. The whole Square became a mess. Soon the practitioners were thrown, dragged, kicked, pushed and lifted into the police vehicles by policemen that exceeded their number by many times. The vehicles were soon filled up, but the policemen still tried to stuff more practitioners in. This enraged the policemen who were already in the vehicles. They yelled: "This car can take no more!" At the same time, both foreign and domestic tourists were being cleared away from the Square. They watched what was going on with astonishment. The whole process lasted for about 15 minutes, and the vehicles filled with practitioners were driven away. The janitors and cleaning cars were then sent out to destroy the evidence of the brutality. Those vicious policemen then dispersed across the Square. Some started bragging about their hideous treatment of the practitioners. Then silence fell upon the Square.
Around 1:20 PM, about 10 minutes after things had settled, banners, flyers and the shouts of justice started to occur all over the square again. The policemen, as if driven by madness, ran all over the place and displayed the same brutality: kicking, dragging, stepping and stomping on practitioners...A 20 year old female college student was dragged by her hair by a few burly men. She insisted on shouting, "Falun Dafa is good," and "Falun Dafa is righteous!" An elderly male had his hands locked behind his back while his neck was grabbed, and two young men dragged him into a vehicle. A middle朼ged female practitioner showed no a trace of fear when she was being taken away. A 20-year-old student, a female, who was mistakenly taken as a practitioner, had her glasses punched off by a policeman. She was then punched and kicked as she was being dragged away. The girl begged, "You've made a mistake! I'm not one of them!" But how could the already-berserk policemen listen to her statement? A thickset man ran over and dragged her by her hair. As he threw her face downward, he raised his knee and jammed her face with his knee. The girl uttered a horrible cry. No matter how she begged, she was still being dragged to the police vehicle. She continued to beg when she was in the car, saying that they had made a mistake. A higher-ranking policeman came over and said that they would arrest anyone in that place, no matter whether they were practitioners or not.
The wicked policemen ignored the public scrutiny of the angry crowd. A woman asked a policeman why they were using such gruesome tactics against Falun Gong practitioners. The policeman, with no sense of shame for what they were doing, asked the woman whether she was a practitioner. She said "no" and was forced to leave. The hatchet men were afraid of their wickedness being exposed. So after they finished rounding up the practitioners, they went out and started driving the tourists away. This process also lasted about 10 minutes. The cleaning cars and janitors came, and then the square became quiet again.
10 minutes later, around 1:40 PM, a few practitioners started displaying the banners and giving out flyers again. The same scene reoccurred.
Today, most of the people arrested were middle-aged women. There were about a thousand practitioners being arrested. Not long ago, on October 1st, Jiang Zemin's henchmen were worried about the large number of foreign and domestic tourists, so they didn't dare to show too much brutality. Today there was nothing holding them back; today it was considered a "normal" day. There were not that many tourists around, so they dared to do whatever they wanted to do, and they were more cruel than usual. Some policemen were so brutal that they even broke their electric clubs as they beat the practitioners.
Let us wait and see who is righteous, who is evil, who is compassionate and who is cruel. In the face of the facts, all lies and slander will be demolished.
The Dafa practitioners are bringing salvation to the public amidst this chaotic storm. They are being compassionate and their glory will last forever. The evil forces taking their last breaths are struggling before their end arrives, but soon they will face what they deserve.
Falun Dafa Practitioners
October 26, 2000