A Jailed Dafa Practitioner's Account of His Persecution and Explaining the Facts to His Persecutors
I was illegally arrested on September 16, 2003. I have been detained in Jilin City Public Security Bureau No. 3 and No. 1 Detention Centers in Jilin province, and am currently being held in the No. 1 Detention Center. I experienced many things during this period, and I would like to write them down and share them with fellow practitioners.
After 8:00 p.m. on September 16, 2003, I was studying Falun Dafa teachings at home. Somebody knocked on the door. A female voice said she wanted to rent the unit (I was renting out a one bedroom apartment) and wanted to have a look inside. I opened the door, and more than ten police officers in plain clothes rushed in to arrest me. As I sat on the bed and sent forth righteous thoughts, the police dragged me down and pulled me outside. I was wearing nightclothes and was in my bare feet. I was not allowed to say a word to my parents (we lived separately). I shouted loudly with all my strength: "Falun Dafa is great!" The police covered my mouth and took me to Tiedong Local Police Station. They ransacked my home and took all books and materials that related to Falun Gong. While in the corridor of the police station, I heard them talking: "It is a unified action today, we have caught someone important. They have spread to other provinces and cities. All are outstanding people."
At that time, I thought I must not accept the arrangements of the old forces. As they video recorded me, I sent forth righteous thoughts. They interrogated me, and I did not answer. When asked to sign for the confiscated property, I refused to sign. Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to tell them the true facts of Falun Dafa and expose the evil persecution. I told them how Jiang issued an order to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, the methods of the persecution, the staged Tiananmen Self-immolation event, and the fabricated lies. I also told them about the spread of Falun Gong in China and overseas, that more than 100 million people have benefited physically and mentally, that lawsuits against Jiang have been lodged, and that good is rewarded with good, and evil meets with evil returns. Before I left, I told six policemen to remember, "Falun Dafa is good," five policemen agreed.
At midnight the same day, they sent me to Jilin City Public Security Bureau No. 3 Detention Center. The Public Security Bureau, the prosecutor, and the court interrogated me five times, I was firm and determined. Regardless of whether they pretended to be good or cruel, I firmly denied the arrangements of the old forces. I took it as a good opportunity to tell them the truth and save those sentient beings. I did not say one word which they wanted to hear, and refused to sign anything. The prosecutor said, "We can be your public prosecutor, you must cooperate and answer properly. It is good for you." The person from the court said: "My father works for the same company as your father. Listen to me, don't be so stubborn." I quickly sent forth righteous thoughts, and at the same time told them the facts about the persecution. I explained from a legal perspective the principle of good is rewarded with good and evil meets evil. I also listed the facts about the wicked police in the city who received retribution. Some of them understood the facts, felt sympathetic, and had a favorable impression of me. Some police officers treat Dafa practitioners kindly, some passively obey their orders, and there are also really evil ones.
On December 25, 2003 Longtan District Court illegally brought me to trial, a few dozen plainclothes police were in the courtroom. I asked them: Why are my family members not present? Only then they reluctantly let two of my family members come in, but would not allow any Dafa practitioners in. Obviously they were afraid. I did not stop sending forth righteous thoughts. I thought it was to accept the old forces if I answered their questions, so I did not answer one word from the beginning to the end, but only clarified the truth when the opportunity arrived. The prosecutor asked me to state my understanding of Falun Gong, I then took the chance to explain the facts of the persecution and introduce Falun Gong. I said Falun Gong teaches people to be good, however the Jiang regime used evil and cruel methods to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. I requested they restore the reputation of Falun Gong and immediately release me. In the final court statement, after saying only a few sentences, they became scared and would not allow me to continue. At last, they rushed to announce a break. I loudly shouted facing all the people: "Falun Gong is great!"
I made the best use of the time in the prison van to tell the police the facts about Falun Dafa, and answered all their questions. After they knew the facts, I told them to remember that Falun Gong is good, and they would have a wonderful future! I told them they would be rewarded by treating Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners kindly. A few people in the car earnestly nodded to indicate they would remember. Whenever this happened, I felt extremely gratified, because it is most important to save all sentient beings. I treated everyone with compassion and told them the true facts regardless of their status or position. This is the most significant thing a Dafa practitioner can do.
After my illegal arrest, I have always been determined in my righteous thoughts, and have denied the arrangements of the old forces. I looked inward at myself and tried to determine what my loopholes are. I found that I had the attachments of fear and selfishness. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evils in my own dimension and the surrounding areas, and tried to have a clear mind all the times, and not to forget my duties and responsibilities. No matter where we are, we need to complete our own vows. I did not feel suppressed within the tall walls and electrical network of the prison. I said to myself: I am a great cultivator. Teacher is next to me, I must do well as a cultivator, so I won't disappoint Teacher in all his compassionate glory.
In that special environment, I paid attention to keeping calm and compassionate, and persisted in doing the three things well that Teacher has asked. I studied the book and practiced the exercises, sent forth righteous thoughts, and clarified the truth every day. I tried to send forth righteous thoughts on the hour, at least 10 times for 25 minutes, each day. In the beginning, they would not allow me to practice the exercises. After I explained the truth to them, the environment changed and I could publicly practice the exercises. I tried to do the five sets of exercises daily, send forth righteous thoughts, and study the book almost in public. Every day I made the best use of my time to do these things. I firstly told the truth to every guard I met. I wrote letters to every police officer. The guards and the manager were shocked by reading the letters, because many practitioners who had been tortured to death were once detained in this detention center. They were deeply moved.
I was then sent to the No. 1 Detention Center. During the first conversation, I told them the true situation of Falun Gong and its wide spread internationally, the attitudes of the high level officials in the Chinese central government towards Falun Gong, how Jiang was sued by overseas Falun Gong practitioners in several countries, and that Jiang would have to repay for persecuting Falun Gong. She laughed and said: "You told me many secrets. If it is really as you say, I shall practice Falun Gong too." The staff in this detention center treated Dafa practitioners in a comparably kind manner, they often praised practitioners in front of other people. For example, when other prisoners had a conflict, the guard said to them, "Look at Falun Gong, they all look inside themselves." Every time I spoke, I told them how I looked at the people and matters I met and how to treat conflicts with what I enlightened to from Dafa. The guards positively agreed with me. I did not participate in the battles among the criminals. I said to the guard, "If everyone can treat others kindly, consider others more, and if everyone restrains themselves, then all people will become good, and you will lose your job. But I think you will feel happy for the improvement of society on the whole." They all smiled.
I explained the truth according to each person's situation. The environment there was special; most of the new detainees felt sinfulness, fear, pain, and restlessness. I treated kindly everyone I met, cared about their situations, helped them with necessities, comforted them psychologically, and used my actions to touch their hearts. For example, Ai did not have a quilt, so I gave her my quilt and bed space. I slept on the floor, used a torn quilt and endured the cold. All the guards on duty saw it. They said to me on the second day, "We thought you would have a cold, but you are all right. Falun Gong is really great."
Ding became sick. It was very cold in the cell, so I let her wear my new cotton socks for winter and wore thin socks myself. They were very touched, "We witnessed Dafa practitioners always being considerate of others, not looking for repayment, and having no complaints." I am usually strict with myself, I endure hardships first and enjoy comfort later. My kind thoughts and righteous actions got praise from everyone. Therefore I created a good environment. I also built a good foundation to clarify the truth. I met more than 100 people, and they were able to understand Falun Gong correctly.
Some of them started to learn Falun Gong, and others said they would practice after they were released. The truth clarification made people change their attitudes towards life. For example, a criminal thought she was treated unjustly. She did not want to live, and cried every day. I comforted her, and asked her to treasure her life. I explained to her the relationship of virtue and karma and that good and evil will garner just deserts, that a person should live an enriched life and clearly face the difficulties and hardships optimistically, and that when you have a good state of mind, the body will naturally become healthy, but a bad mood will worsen the illness. She saw I was very optimistic, healthy, and kind, so she really believed what I had said. She said, "Even though I am not literate, I must practice Falun Gong when I get out." I also said to them, "I treasure your lives more than my life. In my eyes, you are all very lovely." This is my understanding from the heart. I feel I am more compassionate now. I am happy from the innermost place to see they are saved, and I quietly pray for them.