Summary of Other News - 11/24/2001
Today, 143 people published solemn statements declaring that everything they had said under strong pressure and threats has become invalid. They expressed their intention to follow Teacher closely, steadfastly cultivating Dafa and redoubling their efforts to make up for the loss to Dafa. A fifth-grade elementary student pointed out in his statement that he had been threatened many times by his teacher that he would be expelled from school if he did not slander Dafa.
Dafa practitioners in Changchun City and Shanghai City passed on good wishes to congratulate the founding of the Austrian, Belgian and Israeli Falun Dafa Associations. They pointed out that overseas practitioners exerted a massive effort in clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to people during the course of Fa-rectification and greatly encouraged practitioners in China.
Two cases of severe retribution: Zhang Shicheng, a wicked policeman from section 1 of Public Security Bureau of Changchun City received severe retribution. On November 10, he had a car accident in which he was seriously injured. He is still being treated in the hospital at this time. In July of this year, after more than a dozen policemen illegally ransacked a practitioner's home, fire broke out on one of the two police vehicles and burned until only the frame was left.
The countless inhumane tortures of Dafa practitioners witnessed in Shijingshan Detention Center: Slapping the face using a boot, dowsing them with cold water at -15C temperature, injecting drugs, and force-feeding practitioners on hunger strike by inserting tubes through their noses. As a practitioner accounted, "A warden whose surname is Wang instigated prisoners to torture and beat me. He himself stomped on my right hand and ground it hard, causing my hand to become bruised and swollen."
Voice of America November 22 report: Zenon Dolnyckyj, a Canadian Falun Gong practitioner who appealed in Tiananmen Square and was expelled by the Chinese government confirmed that he and fellow practitioners were beaten by Chinese police. During an interview the 23-year-old Zenon expressed his concern that "practitioners in China do what we [in the West] freely do at the cost of their lives."
Voice of America November 22 report: John Nania, an American who peacefully protested the Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong in Tiananmen Square said, "We didn't oppose any of the Chinese government's policy. We only hoped that the Chinese government would restore Falun Gong's legality and release practitioners that are detained in jails, detention centers and mental hospitals, and hoped they would stop torturing and killing them."
German MDR made a special subject report on Falun Dafa in mid November by interviewing local practitioners and playing the scenes of police beating appealing practitioners in Tiananmen Square.
World Journal November 23 report: Sweden's Foreign Affairs Department met with Beijing's ambassador in Sweden, protesting to Beijing for not allowing Swedish embassy officials to contact the eight Swedish citizens arrested in Beijing, and accusing Beijing of violating international conventions and claiming it is investigating the charge of Swedish citizens being abused by Chinese police.
World Journal reported on November 23 that the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested to the Chinese ambassador. According to international law the Swedish Embassy had the right to be in contact with the eight arrested Swedish Falun Dafa practitioners. The Swedish government is currently investigating allegations that the Chinese police abused Swedish citizens.
World Journal also reported on November 23 that Zenon Dolnyckyj, a practitioner from Toronto who was expelled by the Chinese government, talked about the persecution of Falun Gong in China as experienced by himself. He said that the Chinese government does not allow its people freedom of thought or speech and they hide the truth about Falun Dafa from the public. He appealed to the international community to pay attention to the human rights situation in China.
A Swiss newspaper reported on November 21 that four Swiss Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the peaceful appeal in the Tiananmen Square to draw the public's attention to the fact that tens of thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners are being persecuted in China, and they were also immediately arrested.
Practitioners from Moscow visited a number of Russian members of parliament (or their representatives). They talked about the human rights situation in China and the persecution of Falun Dafa by the Chinese government.
On November 6th, an 82-year-old practitioner went to Beijing to validate Dafa. The next day he unfurled a banner reading "Falun Dafa is Good" in Tiananmen Square, and he shouted "Falun Dafa is good; Zhen-Shan-Ren is good." Later, he was forced into a police van and taken to a police station. During his 8 days of detention in Beijing, he spread Dafa to the people around him, telling them that people who practice Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance) are all good people and that Falun Dafa is the most righteous Fa.
By the time I retired in 1993, I had been suffering from a serious stomach illness for 30 years. There was a tumor on the left side of my stomach. To get my illness cured, I took over 170 types of Chinese herbal medicines. However, my illness still wouldn't go away. Just when I felt desperate about my illness, I was fortunate enough to obtain Dafa. Shortly after I started to practice Dafa, my stomach illness totally disappeared.
Only two months after a practitioner in her 50s started to practice Dafa, her tuberculosis and other illnesses completely disappeared. In order to let the government know the benefits that she had received from practicing Dafa and to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa, she went to Tiananmen to appeal many times. As a result, she was arrested and sent to brainwashing class where she was subjected to various tortures. She was once put into a sack and brutally beaten. The lower part of her body turned black and blue. She was also electrically shocked and her hands were covered with blisters afterwards.