Latest News from China - 08/29/2002
August 29, 2002
1. [Jilin Province] Provincial Authorities' Lies Are Exposed
Lies were once spread in Yitong County in Jilin Province regarding "children who were abducted [by Falun Gong]." Recently, according to internal sources, police officers from the Internal Security Section (a section of special agents) visited elementary schools and asked the schoolteachers to spread lies about "how many kids were abducted." Now the truth is being circulated among the public, and these lies have once again been exposed.
With the approach of so-called "sensitive dates," the authorities will predictably spread lies about Falun Gong practitioners. Prior to April 25th of this year, officials in Jilin Province issued documents to all subordinate organizations and work units that "Falun Gong was planning to stage a self-immolation in front of the Provincial Party Committee building." All organizations and enterprises were asked to have dedicated people on duty, and top leaders had to be on site. On the day of April 25th, vehicles from neighboring areas were called into Changchun City to block Falun Gong practitioners. In the end, not even the shadow of a practitioner could be seen, but complaints were heard all from all over. They are trying to incite hatred and fear of Falun Dafa practitioners among the public to escalate the persecution against practitioners. However, lies are destined to be exposed, and people have started to realize that the rumors and lies came from nowhere but the Jiang regime itself.
2. [Jilin Province] Lawless Officials Abduct Falun Dafa Practitioners and Force Them to Attend Brainwashing Classes
Lawless officials in Jilin Province have recently implemented a plan to arrest Falun Dafa practitioners and send them to brainwashing classes. Arrests have already taken place in some areas.
In Yitong County, authorities have sent people to harass Falun Dafa practitioners in their homes. Some practitioners have been forced to leave their homes and now have no place to live. A neighborhood administration office in Erdao District, Changchun City, is to hold the brainwashing class specifically targeted for Falun Dafa practitioners. Members of the "610 Offices" in the area are scheduled to participate. [The "610 Office" is 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.]
3. [China] The Importance of Clarifying the Truth About Falun Gong to Teachers
My son is in his first year at school. He used to have righteous understandings about Falun Dafa. When a teacher made a negative statement against Falun Dafa, this scared my son greatly. He no longer dares to voice his positive opinions. This has made me realize how much influence teachers have over children. I suggest that Falun Dafa practitioners clarify the truth about Falun Gong to people working in the education system, to help save our children.
4. [Shanghai] Jing'an District Police Department Plan to Abduct Falun Dafa Practitioners and Force Them to Attend Brainwashing Classes
The police in Shanghai are planning a new round of persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners during the months of September and October. The Jing'an District Police Department has compiled a blacklist of the names of practitioners who continue to practice the Falun Gong exercises. The plan is to arrest these practitioners by deceiving them by inviting them to the police station to talk, then illegally searching their homes and detaining them. Upon arrest, practitioners will be sent to brainwashing classes.
Police officers Yin Guopeng and Ge Sufen in the Political Security Section of the Jing'an District Police Department have compiled documents against practitioners and have requested heavy sentences. Female Falun Dafa practitioners Dai Zhiying and Li Weiling have been illegally sentenced to ten and eight years respectively.
Telephone numbers of the Jing'an District Police Department in Shanghai: 011-86-21-62588800 and the extension for the Political Security Section.
5. [Shanghai] Cruel Policemen Abuse Falun Dafa Practitioners
Between the months of May and July, the police in Shanghai continuously followed Falun Dafa practitioners, placed their residences under constant surveillance, as well as monitored and electronically located their cellular phone communications. The Falun Dafa practitioners' home telephones were tapped. The police also broke into practitioners' homes in the middle of the night to arrest them. They brainwashed, threatened, and deprived practitioners of sleep in order to find out the source of the Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials. Sites where materials are located have been damaged, and practitioners could not receive new articles published by Teacher Li. All practitioners involved in this situation resisted the persecution with their righteous thoughts, refusing to write the "three statements" [denouncing Falun Gong]. Some practitioners have abstained from both food and water in protest.
Falun Dafa practitioner Xiong Wenqi was sent to a labor camp in 2000. After a lengthy hunger strike, he broke out of the labor camp in October 2000. About a year later, Xiong Wenqi was arrested again and illegally sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Xiong Wenqi has been abstaining from food and water since last year. Every day he is tied to a bed, force-fed, then forced to take injections in his veins. He is emaciated and suffering from blurred vision.
6. [Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province] "610 Office" in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province Gathers Information on Falun Dafa Practitioners in Preparation for a New Round of Persecution
Recently, the authorities in the Taiyuan area in Shanxi Province began planning a new round of persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners. The "610 Office" has ordered various police stations to gather recent photos of Falun Dafa practitioners who still live at home. Practitioners have also been forced to go to police stations for fingerprinting and samples of handwriting.
7. [Jingmen City, Hubei Province] Married Couple, Chen Qiji and Li Yanhua, Illegally Arrested by the Police for Being Falun Dafa Practitioners
The police in Jingmen City, Hubei Province have arrested the Falun Dafa practitioner couple Chen Qiji and Li Yanhua. Their son, a junior high school student, has been left at home with his grandmother who suffers from diabetes. They are having a difficult time making a living.
8. [Liaoning Province] Falun Gong Truth Clarifying Material Sites in Shenyang City and Xinmin Damaged
It was reported that Falun Gong truth clarifying material sites in Shenyang and Xinmin were damaged about a week ago. The No. 1 Division of the Police Department of Shenyang sent out seven vehicles to Xinmin. Quite a few Falun Gong practitioners were having a meeting together at the moment. The police took action simultaneously in both sites, and over a dozen practitioners were arrested.
9. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Cases of Police Brutality
Brainwashing classes are currently being held in major districts in Shenyang City. Police from Shenhe District are looking for Falun Dafa practitioners who have been forced to leave their homes. With plenty of financial support, some officials in Huanggu District have even come to Falun Dafa practitioners' homes to conduct brainwashing sessions, which has seriously disrupted the normal lives of Falun Dafa practitioners. Some Falun Dafa practitioners have been arrested by police. Brainwashing classes are being conducted by the Training Division of Administrators in Beidaying and Fangjialan.
At around 10:00 am on August 11th, 2002, at the Long-Distance Bus Terminal, people witnessed a plainclothes official who claimed to be a law-enforcement officer beating a Falun Gong practitioner. The officer shouted, "You practice Falun Gong, don't you? Where are the CD's from?" He then started a new round of physical assault. Later six Falun Gong practitioners were placed under arrest. Some of the practitioners who were arrested were from out of town, having just arrived.
10. [China] Falun Dafa Practitioners in Fujian and Guizhou Provinces Send Heartfelt Congratulations for the Establishment of Falun Dafa Associations in Venezuela and the Czech Republic
11. [Dalian City, Liaoning Province] Falun Dafa Practitioners in Dalian City Congratulate the Establishment of the Czech Falun Dafa Association
12. [Venezuela] Venezuela Falun Dafa Association Sends Congratulations to the Czech Falun Dafa Association and Greetings to the Czech Falun Dafa Practitioners
13. [Middle East] Falun Dafa Practitioners from the Middle East Congratulate the Venezuela and Czech Republic Falun Dafa Associations