News Briefing - 11/01/2001
Lessening the Pressure on Practitioners in China
New Jersey State Senator Bucco wrote to a Falun Gong practitioner on October 2nd. He expressed his sympathy towards the torture that practitioners are enduring in China. He passed the matter on to Senator Frelinhuysen, so that the Federal level can also help.
United States Congressman, Mr. Steve Rothman from New Jersey, wrote to a Falun Gong practitioner on October 2nd. He strongly condemned Jiang Zemin's regime for persecuting Falun Gong.
New Jersey State Assemblywoman Barbara Buono wrote to President Bush again on October 12th, asking him to be concerned with the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Due to the involvement of the government of Italy, China lifted the restriction on business owner Alfredo Fava-Minor for entering China. On October 31st, Fava-Minor said that he would not change his mind and stop practicing Falun Dafa. He was denied entrance to China because he practices Falun Gong.
Canadian Parliament member Libby Davis spoke at the media conference before President Chrétien went to China. She called on the Canadian government to ask China to release all jailed Falun Gong practitioners.
A Senator in Germany expressed sympathy with what Zhang Cuiying endured. He will write a resolution condemning China's persecution of Falun Gong.
Breaking Through China's Information Blockade
A Falun Dafa practitioner went to an international conference in China. He used this opportunity to reveal the truth to all levels of people. One senior professor said to him, "I need to read Zhuan Falun when I go home." A high-ranking official told him privately, "There are different opinions within the government."
Use righteous thoughts to rectify the "Internet Police"[referring to the information blockade over the Internet by the police system in China]: If we think, "The Internet Police exists to block the clarification of the truth about Falun Dafa," we are actually pushing it into opposing Falun Dafa. All matter in the human world is controlled by beings in other dimensions. Once the evil in micro realms is being eliminated, the surface matter will serve the Fa--that is, the Internet Police will let the truth of Dafa pass through, and block any evil information.
Talking about using righteous thoughts to save people: My father was deceived deeply by the evil propaganda. I tried many times to clarify the truth and send forth righteous thoughts to help him, but it did not work well. I enlightened to the fact that ordinary people are easily controlled by evils because they are weak. So I added another thought whenever sending forth righteous thoughts, "use all of my energy derived from cultivating Dafa to protect him from being controlled by evil." The end result was much better.
Ren Mengjun, male, 56 years old, from Hebei Province. He was tortured to death in Handan City's Labor Camp recently. Before he died, he lost his hearing in both ears and had black and purple bruises at his buttock and thigh areas. His internal organs were severely injured and he had blood in his stool and urine. He was unable to eat.
News From China - November 1, 2001
Recently seven practitioners from Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province were illegally arrested and all were brutally beaten and abused. Among them, Yu Mei (pseudonym) was illegally sentenced to eight years in jail.
List of thugs in Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province: deputy mayor An Rongjun; Yichun District Party secretary Yu; deputy secretary Ren; Yichun District Police Department's Politics director Hu Yalan; Yichun District Police Department's Politics and Security Section officials Cao Fengtong, Xu Xin and Zhang Hu.
In October, dozens of practitioners in the Fuyu Labor Camp, Heilongjiang Province held a hunger strike to protest illegal detention and were brutally tortured by the labor camp officials. Their current condition is unknown and the situation is very urgent.
Practitioners illegally detained in Group Seven of Harbin City Wanjia Labor Camp, Heilongjiang Province, strongly requested group release.
Mulin Mine's Xiangdong Police Station/Lishu District police department/ Jixi City/ Heilongjiang Province illegally arrested and torture practitioners by beating and extortion. The phone number of the Xiangdong Police Station is 86-467-2373924; the phone number of police chief Niu Jiayu is 86-467-2486137 and his cell phone number is 13945839317.
On October 31st in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, the city government, the "610 Office" (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) and the city opera troupe jointly put on a drama that slanders and disparages Falun Dafa. Solemn warnings to those who disparage Dafa: you will for certain receive retribution.
Police from Simaqiao police station in Chengdu City/ Sichuan Province cooperated with police from Bazhong County to kidnap practitioner Mu Guifang. Practitioner Liu Zhiyong, a worker at the Xin District Power Plant in Tangshan City, Hebei Province was kidnapped.
In August, five practitioners in An'hui Province, including Li Chuanfeng, were taken away by police when making truth-clarifying CDs. They were transferred from "criminal detention" to so-called "official arrest." I hope the international society will pay attention to their condition.
Practitioners Ma Huixin and Li Feng, a couple from Quti Village/ Anguo City/ Hebei Province were forced to leave home. People from the police station kept harassing them by tapping their phone and hiring street thugs to watch them. Right now their elderly relatives and children are left home uncared for.
Wang Taichang, the Yanshan County Politics and Security Committee head of Hebei Province detained large groups of practitioners and charged them an enormous "fine." He sent them to a labor camp and jailed and forced practitioners to leave home. He also prompted police to ransack practitioners home to loot, destroy their property and beat people.
Today 62 people published their solemn declarations --stating that everything they did because of forced brainwashing is invalid and all words and behavior that went against Dafa on all occasions are invalid. They will return to the path of orthodox Fa cultivation and double their efforts in making up for their mistakes, so as not to fail Teacher's benevolent and salvation.
The police station spent 150,000 Yuan [about US$18,750] to arrest an ordinary peasant woman and put her in jail, just because the truth of her being abused and tortured in jail was published on the Internet.
Those Who Slander Dafa Receive Retribution
Zhang Shuanbang was an elderly man living in the Daziwen County Subdivision in Anping County of Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. He often slandered Dafa, and he was killed recently in a traffic accident.
A person living on South Street of Yongnian County in Handan City, Hebei Province had once practiced Falun Gong. One day he said a lot of bad things about Dafa in front of many people. An hour later, he died from a cerebral hemorrhage.
The son of a practitioner in Yang Village of Yongnian County burned Falun Gong books. As a result, he, his wife, and others in his family fell unconscious to the ground, with blood running from their eyes, mouths, and noses.
Zhao Guohui from the Dashan County Subdivision of Qianguo County, Jilin Province robbed a practitioner of his motorcycle. He has since then been diagnosed with nasal cancer. The medical treatment has not helped much, and he is on the verge of death at the hospital even though he is only in his 40's.
The director of the residential committee in Shihua Street of Qianguo County Xia Qingzhi often leads the police to arrest practitioners. She recently suffered a stroke and is now bedridden.
The political commissar of the Yichun District Police Department in Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province Hu Yalan persecutes Dafa practitioners and smears Falun Gong and Teacher fanatically. First her arm was broken mysteriously, and then she had to undergo surgery for a brain tumor. Now she has been diagnosed with diabetes.
Practitioners in a northeastern city in China hung Dafa banners in the place where some practitioners were put through show trials. They posted truth-clarifying literature on the bulletin board where pictures smearing Dafa are on display. They also set up loudspeakers to broadcast truth-clarifying programs.
On October 11, 2001, a female practitioner in her 50's unfurled a banner of Falun Gong in Tiananmen Square and shouted, "Falun Dafa is good! Restore the reputation of my Teacher! Restore the reputation of Dafa!" With righteous thoughts, she returned home safe and sound.
The labor camps in Guangdong Province severely torture practitioners by handcuffing practitioners in a spread-eagled position. They gave orders to drug addicts to beat practitioners. Because of the beatings, some practitioners bled from their knees, head, face, and neck.
The Xin'an Labor Camp located in Tuanhe in Daxing County of Beijing use various methods to torture practitioners such as denying them sleep, beating them, forcing them to stand for long hours and to work for long hours. A 68-year-old lady fell unconscious from the torture.
Zhao Ming, a graduate student in Trinity College in Ireland, has been detained in the Xin'an Labor Camp in Tuanhe. His term has been extended by 10 months. Even though the guards repeatedly tried to brainwash him, he remains steadfast in Dafa and said, "I will never change my firm belief in Dafa."
After discovering Dafa, a patient diagnosed with leukemia eliminated the fear and anxiety of death and concentrated on practicing. Forty days later, she recovered from the verge of death, which amazed the doctors and nurses.
Experiences and Views in cultivation
The evil forces can only remain in existence by exploiting the attachments and bad notions of Dafa practitioners. A genuine Dafa practitioner who can truly look inside when encountering conflicts and eliminate all unrighteous elements is indestructible.
The difficulties practitioners encounter while doing everyday people's work are a manifestation of the evil's persecution. By creating difficulties, the evil is trying to prevent practitioners from displaying the dignity and magnificence of Dafa, and to ruin practitioners' reputations. What's even more serious is that these difficulties take up time that could have been used by practitioners to validate Dafa.
Thoughts of a Russian practitioner: Be aware of the evil factors that are hidden among practitioners and send forth righteous thoughts with determination to eradicate the evil's plot [to break practitioners as a whole]. This is true compassion and benevolence. If not done well, it is nurturing the evil and leaving a loophole for the evil to take advantage of.
Experience of a Russian practitioner: Validate Dafa with the physical health and wisdom given by Dafa. It is an everyday person's notion that practitioners with little education are not able to talk about science clearly. The incurable illnesses that could not be cured by modern science were all gone after I started to practice Falun Gong. I see that Falun Gong is the true science.
Our past can serve as a reference of our clarifying the truth to the worldly people. At the same time, tell everyday people that good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil, truly offering salvation to them. Take every step well along our cultivation path and create a bright future for all sentient beings.
Petty favors are human's sentimentality. As Dafa practitioners, clarifying the truth and offering salvation to the people of the world is the true benevolence and compassion that cultivators have. Be cautious that our benevolence might be taken advantage of by sentimentality and delay our truth clarification work.
Daytime savings time has ended. Practitioners overseas please adjust their clocks to send forth righteous thoughts at the correct set times.
On September 17, Sweden practitioners were invited for the third time to introduce Falun Dafa to a University. They were also invited to introduce Dafa to Falun High school four times in a row. (Note: it is not a "Falun Dafa" High school. It is a High school in the Swedish town of Falun.)
From October 17 to 26, four practitioners from Denmark conducted a 10-day Hongfa (introducing Dafa to the public) and truth-clarifying event in Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland located on the edge of North Pole.
BBC reported on October 31 that Chinese vice president Hu Jintao met with Falun Gong practitioners when he arrived at Scotland Museum and they appealed to him to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Falun Gong is gaining increased popularity in the city of Elizabeth in New Jersey, US. From the mayor, parliament members and governmental officials, to the common people, they all showed great interest in and support for Falun Gong. They also strongly condemned the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang's regime.
Diary from SOS! Rescue Walkers across Canada: Falun Gong practitioners introduced Dafa and talked about the persecution of Falun Gong in China at government meetings when they passed through various cities and towns.
La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in France, reported on October 16 that Falun Gong practitioners who just finished a 10-day SOS! RescueWalk across France handed out flyers in front of the capitol building in a certain city, calling for urgent rescue of the Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China.
Practitioners in Melbourne, Australia took part in community events on October 27 and 28, introducing Dafa to the public and exposing the evil.
Practitioners from Vancouver, Canada introduced Dafa to the public during the election period of Richmond city mayor and parliament members.
The Jackson Sun, a newspaper in Jackson City, Tennessee, reported on October 30 that David Lee Jerke, a Falun Gong practitioner who is on a Global SOS! RescueWalk, received support from parliament member Jessie Jacox when he passed through the city.