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(Clearwisdom.net) On June 8, 2004, 126 members of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, across party lines, proposed a resolution demanding that the Chinese government immediately release all arrested and detained Falun Gong practitioners and end the persecution of Falun Gong. The resolution was passed unanimously at 5:30 p.m. and was delivered to the Executive Yuan.
Jiang's group has been persecuting Falun Gong for nearly five years. In recent years, Jiang and his followers have extended the persecution to Taiwan and many other parts of the world. In order to help all Taiwanese legislators, who represent 25 million Taiwanese people, to understand the facts, and to ask the Taiwanese government to demand that the Chinese government end the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan began visiting legislators in late May.
It was during the Legislative Yuan Conference that Falun Gong practitioners visited the Legislative Yuan office and clarified the truth to everyone there, including the legislators, staff, service personnel, and security officers.
Some practitioners had the opportunity to speak directly with legislators. When the legislators listened to the facts, most immediately agreed to support the resolution. Some legislators said, "I have always supported Falun Gong. I will certainly sign the resolution." Some legislators not only signed their names in support, they also said the practitioners could come to them in the future should they need more help. Some also decided to practice Falun Gong after they saw the practitioners practicing the exercises. Some legislators witnessed the hardship endured by practitioners who were appealing for help, and encouraged them by saying, "You guys have worked hard! Godspeed!"
Legislators Lin ZhuoShuei, Wang ZhuengYu, and Chen Chien-ming proposed the resolution, which was co-sponsored by more than 36 legislators, and 126 legislators signed to support the resolution. According to Taiwanese law, only one legislator is required to propose a resolution, and 19 legislators are required to support a resolution for it to be voted on. This time, more than half of the 220 legislators supported the resolution condemning the Jiang group's persecution of Falun Gong.
When legislators were not available to speak with practitioners, the practitioners clarified the truth to office staff and assistants. Some people have heard about Falun Gong but do not really know what it is all about, and others know that Falun Gong is being suppressed in Mainland China, but they don't realize the extent of the brutality.
As one assistant scanned pictures of Falun Gong practitioners being tortured, his eyes welled up as he said to the practitioners, "I will definitely let the legislator know, and ask him to support your cause." Some officials said, "Such persecution of belief and violations of human rights is so wrong! We need more people to condemn such a shameful act." Some people said, "If it's such a great practice and it benefits people, why do they want to suppress it?"
After learning the facts, the legislators' assistants became the live media, and in turn told the legislators about the truth of the persecution, and urged the legislators to support the resolution. Some assistants even called back Falun Gong practitioners and said, "The legislator just came back to the office. Come and tell him!"
This resolution consists of six main points. Although Jiang's group cannot suppress Falun Gong in Taiwan, it collects the names of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan. Political connections were used to detain and deport the [Taiwanese] practitioners when they tried to visit Mainland China and other countries. To date, at least 13 Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan, including Wang Hsiu-hua and Lin Hsia-kai, were illegally arrested and detained, and ten have been released. One practitioner, Hsian Li-jie, was released on parole but forbidden to return to Taiwan, and two practitioners, Cheng Shi-hueng and Cheng Xi, are still being held. Their families have sought legal action unsuccessfully.
Jiang's group began persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The international community has severely condemned this terrible violation of human rights. In November 1999, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed Resolution 218, demanding the Chinese government stop persecuting Falun Gong.
Mr. Christopher H. Smith, dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, proposed Resolution 218, and 72 representatives co-signed to support the resolution, including Mr. Richard Gephardt, congressman from Missouri, and Mr. Trent Lott, Senate Majority Leader.
Later, human rights organizations in Canada, Australia, and Europe also published announcements and passed resolutions condemning the Chinese government's acts of state terrorism, and urged that it stop persecuting Falun Gong.
On July 24, 2002, by a vote of 420-0, the U.S. House passed House Concurrent Resolution 188, urging the Chinese government to stop persecuting Falun Gong. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, initiated Resolution 188, and more than 100 representatives co-signed the resolution. It passed unanimously.
On June 8, 2004, Lin ZhuoShuei, a Taiwan legislator, said that freedom of belief is universal, and therefore Taiwanese residents' human rights should be protected while they are in Mainland China. Representatives from all parties in Taiwan acknowledged the purpose of this resolution because so many people co-signed and supported it. The Legislative Yuan urged the Taiwanese government to quickly request that Beijing release Falun Gong practitioners and cease the persecution.
Lin ZhuoShuei said, "I believe the persecuted people will be encouraged by this news. Many governments in the world have already shown their support for persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, and the Taiwanese government is late in expressing its official concern, and in terms of legislative resolutions. Therefore, this will be a source of great encouragement for them."
Dr. Ming Chu-cheng, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Taiwan University, said that the resolution shows that the Taiwanese government is paying attention to the persecution, and is voicing its support for the practitioners, which also represents the Taiwanese people. Exposing persecution helps to end persecution, so exposing the Jiang group's crimes will help prevent it from committing greater evil. The case of Taiwan practitioner Lin Hsia-kai proves this point.
(Clearwisdom.net) During the Mid-US Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference in Chicago in May 2004, several US and State Representatives and Senators wrote letters to congratulate the conference, wish the conference success, commend Falun Dafa for bringing well-being to local communities, condemn the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by Jiang's regime, and call for an end to the persecution of innocent citizens in China.
US Senator Richard J. Durbin said in his congratulatory letter: "In the face of brutal repression by China's authoritarian regime, Falun Gong practitioners' determination to exercise their fundamental rights of freedom of religion, conscience, expression and assembly serves as a beacon to the cause of freedom in China." Senator Durbin also said: "I have written to President Jiang Zemin to express my deep concern over the repression of Falun Gong followers in China. During the 106th Congress, I cosponsored a measure which passed the Senate, calling on the Chinese government to release all prisoners of conscience and put an immediate end to the legitimate rights to free belief, expression, and association." At the end of the letter, the Senator wrote: "I will continue to look for ways to promote religious tolerance towards Falun Gong practitioners."
US Congressman Jerry Kleczka praised the anti-torture exhibition on the Federal Plaza. He said: "This weekend's events present the perfect venue to tell the accounts of the continued imprisonment and maltreatment of Falun Gong practitioners by the government of the People's Republic of China." Congressman Kleczka condemned China's violations of human rights abuses and suppression of religious and political dissent. He said: "I will continue to support legislation calling upon the PRC to ceases its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners."
US Congressman Jerry Weller said in his letter: "I want to be sure to express my strong support for the very basic human rights of all Falun Gong believers to practice their beliefs and share their experiences without fear of reprisal or repression." He said: "Those of us born and raised in the United States have a difficult time understanding how such a seemingly inoffensive practice can possibly face intense repression in Communist China--attacks which include torture, imprisonment and even death. No American can possibly condone this brutal repression by the Chinese government against its own people --the attacks can not be tolerated and must be stopped." Congressman Weller congratulated Falun Gong practitioners' intense effort to raise awareness in the United States about both the principles of Falun Gong as well as the abuses of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
US Congressman Jan Schakowsky said: "We have so much opportunity to make this world a better place and it is our responsibility to work towards that goal. We must not tolerate persecution of any kind, and must fight to ensure that human rights are protected." "I will continue to defend this right by supporting efforts to urge the government of People's Republic of China to cease its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners."
Illinois State Representative Robert W. Pritchard expressed in a congratulatory letter: "The Land of Lincoln understands the importance of principles and conflict resulting from their practice. We offer our encouragement for truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. We stand with you in demanding human rights, freedoms and dignity."
Illinois State Representative David R. Leitch wrote: " I support the practice of Falun Dafa, as it is a peaceful practice that stands on the virtues of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance." "I send my best wishes for the upcoming conference in Chicago."
Ms. Jeanne Arens from the Office of Governor of Illinois, on behalf of Governor Rod Blagojevich, extended best wishes to all of those in attendance at the events.
Congratulatory Letter from US Senator Richard J. Durbin
Congratulatory Letter from US Congressman Jerry Kleczka
Congratulatory Letter from US Congressman Jerry Weller
Congratulatory Letter from US Congressman Jan Schakowsky
Congratulatory Letter from Illinois State Representative Robert W. Pritchard
Congratulatory Letter from Illinois State Representative David R. Leitch
Congratulatory Letter from Ms. Jeanne Arens from the Office of Governor of Illinois, on behalf of Governor Rod Blagojevich.
(Clearwisdom.net) I know a government official in Shenyang whose department took charge of "Falun Gong issues" on April 25, 1999 when Falun Gong practitioners appealed in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. He is now in charge of the neighborhood committee where I live.
The community and neighborhood where I live know that I'm a Falun Dafa practitioner, and this made me become a target for them to monitor. One day when this official came to my home, I told him the truth about what happened. He told me that he was assigned to arrest Dafa practitioners in Beijing (the arrest did not occur, though, because of the peaceful settlement of the event). He said there were too many practitioners--over 10,000. He continued, "In the beginning, none of you practitioners were on the main street in Zhongnanhai. Later on, somebody directed Dafa practitioners to that street." He didn't say explicitly, but he was implying that somebody planned to make it look like Falun Dafa practitioners were surrounding Zhongnanhai. This laid a foundation to persecute Falun Dafa in the future. He asked me a lot of questions about Dafa. In the end, he said, "I read all your Dafa books, actually."
The next time I met him, I advised him not to stay involved in the persecution of Falun Dafa. He replied: "I avoid this issue (the persecution of Falun Dafa). I would wholeheartedly charge into a burning building to fulfill my duty, but I would find some excuse to not get involved with harming Falun Gong practitioners. I realized the truth three years ago, when karmic retribution came to me. (3 years ago, he became seriously ill, and had to spend over 10,000 Yuan (1) on surgery to stay alive) "Moreover," he said, "my recovery was because of you Falun Dafa folks, whom I usually hang out with. You people protected me and allowed me to live." I told him: "It was because you still have a heart of kindness, and you stopped your persecution of Dafa. Also, it was because you read Dafa books and understand Dafa more clearly, so trouble stays away from you."
(1) yuan: Chinese currency, the monthly salary for an average Chinese urban worker is about 500 yuan.
(Clearwisdom.net) I began practicing Falun Dafa during the 1998 Lantern Festival (February 11). My wife practices Falun Dafa as well. Through studying the Fa (1) and practicing the exercises, our bodies became healthy and our hearts were purified. We benefited enormously from Dafa. At the same time, we introduced the great benefits of Falun Dafa to our relatives and sent them truth clarification materials about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. We thus helped them know that Falun Gong practitioners are all striving to be good people, to be considerate of others in every way they can, to be selfless, altruistic and to assimilate to the standards of the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Our relatives gradually got to know about Falun Dafa and they all support Dafa.
Both my parents know that Dafa is good
When I began to practice Falun Dafa, my mother also started to practice because of her cervical spondylosis. Soon, she discarded her habits of smoking and gambling. Having little education, my mother took a long time to read through Zhuan Falun (2) once. Afterwards, because of surrounding influences and our lack of understanding the Fa, my mother gave up practicing. At that time we only felt sorry for her.
Since July 20, 1999, being influenced by the slanderous propaganda under the control of Jiang's regime, people everywhere were talking negatively about Dafa, Teacher and practitioners. When somebody repeated Jiang's lies, my mother would say, "I've read the book of Falun Gong. I know that the book teaches people how to be a good person and do good deeds; it is certainly unlike those televised frauds of suicide or killing, which are all deceptions." When we clarified the truth to our relatives or neighbors, mother always supported us.
Once, when she went to her parent's home, her relatives asked, "Is the news on the TV program about practitioners' killing people and self-immolation true?" My mother said, "It's not true! It is stated in the Dafa book that practitioners cannot kill. How could they possibly kill people? Suicide is also killing. Those practitioners are all good people who don't fight back when being punched or insulted, and they never take advantage of others, nor do they have they any ill-intention towards others. What is shown on TV is all false, which was purposely made up by those evil people to deceive common people like us. Don't be taken in and misunderstand Falun Gong. Both my son and daughter-in-law practice Falun Gong and they are so nice!"
When she came back home, she told me about her exchange. I was so proud of my mother! My father is an individual recognized in our area for his genuine character. He is reticent and seldom talks with me. Occasionally on his way to work, he would pick up a "red package" (truth clarification materials). After reading it, he would keep it and give it to us when he came back home. From father's smiling face I know that he understands us, and he knows that Dafa is good.
Learning the truth, my brother-in-law regains his moral sense
My second younger sister is a person who enjoys helping others. Under our influence she read Zhuan Falun. After reading the book she was deeply touched. From reading the book she learned the principle of karmic retribution and thus let go of the many years of conflicts with her parents-in-law.
Influenced by the unhealthy social atmosphere and driven by desire for profit, my brother-in-law always had an unscrupulous mindset in doing business, which resulted in him accumulating many debts. My sister tried to positively persuade him many times but got nowhere. We also told him the principle of "no loss, no gain," and that to gain, one has to lose. He did not accept it. After frequently receiving karmic retribution immediately for his wrongdoings, he finally realized the true meaning of the principles stated in Dafa. He came to truly believe that if something is yours, you will not lose it, and if something is not yours, you will lose it anyway even if you manage to get it.
My sister often brought him Dafa truth clarification materials, such as CDs, to help him know that Dafa practitioners are all good people doing good deeds, and that as a human being one should have a conscience. My brother-in-law finally awakened. Once, while driving home from doing business, he saw that a bag of fertilizer had dropped from a fertilizer wagon in front him. He pressed on the accelerator to catch up with the driver and told the driver his bag of fertilizer had dropped. Later he told me, "I did that because Falun Gong has educated me. In the past, I would have been overjoyed with the opportunity to grab it for myself. Now I also think of others. I might feel good to have picked up a bag of fertilizer for free, but what about the person who lost it? He would feel very sorry. It is not easy for him to do business either, just like it is for me."
It is Dafa and Teacher who helped a lost person get back his moral sense. From then on, each time my second younger sister visited us, she would always ask for truth clarification CDs and fliers. After she has read them, she passes them to her relatives, friends and neighbors. Quietly, she is doing something extremely sacred.
My children support Falun Dafa
My two children are both still young. Over the years when we studied the Fa, they would do their homework nearby, and they never disturbed us. After finishing their homework, they would listen to us reading the Fa. Sometimes they would also join us in the reading. They also learned quite a bit of the exercises and have never been misled by Jiang's lies. They also help us make Dafa truth clarification materials from time to time.
When my son sees Dafa truth clarification materials somewhere, he cheerfully tells us about it after coming home. One time, my daughter's teacher repeated Jiang's lies in class to poison students' minds. My daughter immediately said to the teacher, "Teacher, what you said is not right! ..."
Hearing about that, several of us practitioners were very touched and praised my daughter for her courage, and told her she did really well. Taking that opportunity, I wrote a letter to her teacher to clarify the truth to her, telling her to make a clear distinction between right and wrong and not to follow the evildoers; otherwise she would harm both herself and the students.
Here, I commend my relatives and friends who know the truth of Falun Dafa. In the meantime, I would like to kindly exhort my fellow practitioners' relatives who hold a negative attitude towards Dafa with the following words: I sincerely hope you get to know the truth of Dafa and will make a clear distinction between right and wrong, reject the evil persecution and uphold justice and kindness.
(1) Fa: law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.
(2) The book Zhuan Falun comprises the principal teachings of Falun Dafa.
At the beginning of 2004, Jiang Zemin launched an "Anti-Falun Gong Campaign" in the education system nationwide defaming and slandering Falun Gong. The plan was announced by his collaborator, Chen Zhili, the Minister of Education. This is another round of extending the persecution to younger students similar to the "Million Signature Campaign" carried out in China's schools in 2001.
The Great Cultural Revolution was not that long ago. At that time, politicians involved the schools in the political movement. Students lost their peaceful study atmosphere, and the teachers lost their teaching posts. People have not forgotten the disaster the Great Cultural Revolution brought to the entire nation of China, especially the teachers and students themselves. Similarly, Jiang's regime has instigated hatred and harmed the young generation in persecuting Falun Gong, bringing more harm to the entire nation.
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3. Implementation of the Policy that Every One Has to Denounce Falun Gong in Chinese Universities, Causing Intellectuals to Suffer from Severe Persecution
In the movement of persecuting Falun Gong, Jiang's regime had various brainwashing units set up at all levels of the government nationwide so as to completely control peoples' minds. These brainwashing units brainwash and "transform" people who believe in
"Truth-Compassion-Forbearance" through various methods of torture.
From what the head of the "610 Office" (1) in Wuhan City said, one can get a general idea of the inside story of brainwashing Falun Gong practitioners. The head of the Wuhan "610 Office"said, "We have many methods. If one refuses coercion, we will deprive him of sleep for several days in succession, and force him to stand facing the wall. If he still refuses to be transformed, we will handcuff him and hang him up. In order to test whether those who have written Disassociation Statements (2) are truly transformed, we will order them to step on their Teacher's name and picture placed on the ground. If they do not step on it, it means that they are not truly transformed. We will continue with the torture. In order to increase the success rate of transformation, we make them do homework to expose and report on other practitioners and curse their Teacher. Finally, we coerce them to transform other practitioners."
This kind of approach is used in institutions of higher learning and the educational system at large.
"610 Office" in Education Department of Beijing Forces Practitioner Faculty Members in All Universities to Attend Brainwashing Sessions
There is a saying, "The whole country looks at Beijing, and Beijing looks to the universities." The universities in Beijing play an important role in the whole nation. Jiang's regime set up the "610 Office" in the Education Department of Beijing to persecute Falun Gong. Through the party secretaries in the party committee of each university, the "610 Office" coerces each university to force its faculty members and students who practice Falun Gong to give up their belief. Each university is required to report those who refuse to give up their practice, and get them to attend the notorious "Beijing Law Education Center" in Tuanhe for brainwashing. In addition, a fee of 5,000 yuan (3) must be submitted for each.
The "610 Office" orders the schools to send their own personnel to closely monitor Falun Gong practitioners one on one, 24 hours a day. They do not allow practitioners to study the teachings of Falun Dafa or practice the exercises, nor do they permit practitioners to make phone calls. They have to report to the "610 Office" each day. In addition, the security guards violently 'escort' practitioners from their barracks to the brainwashing unit in Tuanhe each morning and back again in the evening. Each evening, the schools must assign personnel to monitor practitioners. There are also security guards on night duty to prevent the practitioners from escaping. There are guards who patrol inside and outside the building.
"Beijing Law Education Center" in Tuanhe is a brainwashing center, using the most forceful methods to "handle" Falun Gong practitioners. They force them to watch videos and read books defaming Falun Gong. Those insisting on their belief after repeated brainwashing are sent to forced labor camps. The "610 Office" of the Education Department in Beijing has been responsible for implementing Jiang Zemin's personal crusade of persecuting Falun Gong since the beginning.
The Party Committee at Tsinghua University Cruelly Pushes the Students into Prison
Tsinghua is a university with 100 years of history. It was a former place of solace. Some leaders in the Party Committee, however, followed Jiang's regime and participated in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Since July 20, 1999, Tsinghua University has threatened, deceived, and forced its students to leave the university by putting them under house arrest, depriving them of work, and using other coercive methods to force the students and faculty members to give up practicing Falun Gong. Many students were sent to forced labor camps and prisons. The authorities of the university severely jeopardized the lives of Falun Gong practitioners and brought shame to the reputation of the university.
According to a Minghui report on May 10, 2004, Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing City sentenced Dafa practitioners Yu Chao, Chu Tong and Wang Weiyu from Tsinghua University to imprisonment. Chu Tong was sentenced to 11 years, Yu Chao to 9 years, and Wang Weiyu to 8 years.
Dafa practitioners Yu Chao, Chu Tong and Wang Weiyu from Tsinghua University were secretly abducted by National Security Agents in August 2002. Based on the information available, three of them were held in the "Law and Education Center," "Fengtai District Detention Center," and "Chaoyang District Detention Center." They suffered severe physical and mental torture in these places. On January 9, 2004, Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing held a "trial" 16 months after their abduction. A report posted on Minghui before the trial exposed what was going on, so the court quickly changed the location the day before the trial so as to avoid scrutiny from the public. The court dared not announce the verdict until recently.
At least 16 Dafa practitioners from Tsinghua University were sentenced to imprisonment before the date of the scheduled trial.
Bai Rongchun (13 years), Yao Yue (12 years), Liu Zhimei (12 years), Meng Jun (10 years), Wang Xin (10 years), Dong Yanhong (5 years), Ma Yan (5 years), Yu Ping (4 years), Yu Jia (3 1/2 years), Liu Wenyu (3 years), Lin Yang (3 years), Li Yanfang (unknown), Li Chunyan (unknown), Huang Kui (unknown), and Jiang Yuxia (unknown).
In addition, one practitioner (Yuan Jiang) was persecuted to death. At least 18 were sentenced to forced labor. Many students and faculty members were forced to leave their studies and careers to undergo brainwashing in prison. There are many others who were forced to leave their homes to avoid arrest.
Shen Yingbai and Others from Beijing Forestry University were Abducted By the Police Department in Haiding District.
Minghui reported on October 11, 2003 that the detention center of Haiding District Police Department abducted five Falun Gong practitioners from Beijing Forestry University and searched their homes. The reason for their abduction was their practice of Falun Gong.
Dr. Shen Yingbai, male, 43 years old, is a professor of Beijing Forestry University and Dean of a university department. He is an excellent young academician and ranks top in publishing academic papers in the university. He was a volunteer assistant for the practice site in Beijing Forestry University. He was abducted and sent to a detention center for brainwashing many times.
Dr. Zhang Wenge, male, 34 years old, is an Associate Professor in China Agriculture University, an excellent young academician, a key researcher, and the volunteer assistant for the practice site in Forestry University. He was held in Beijing Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp twice.
Tang Fang, wife of Zhang Wenge, graduated from Political and Law University. She worked in a foreign investment company.
Zhou Xiangyuan, 32 years old, graduated from China Agriculture University and worked in a foreign investment company. She was illegally imprisoned in Beijing Female Prison for one year of forced labor reform.
Chongqing University Persecutes Faculty and Student Falun Gong Practitionershttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/6/16/37016.html
Chongqing University is a prestigious school with a long history. However, during the Chinese dictator's brutal persecution against Falun Dafa, students and faculty members at Chongqing University who practice Falun Gong have suffered severe persecution. Prior to July 20, 1999, many professors, faculty members and students, including Ph.D candidates, were practicing Falun Dafa. They benefited physically and mentally from the practice. There were several practice sites inside the school. The academic and moral character of these students were extraordinary. The faculty practitioners were also performing their work diligently. After 1999, pressured by the "610 Office," the officials from Chongqing University forced these steadfast practitioners who went to Beijing to appeal to attend these brainwashing units. They illegally held the practitioners, forcing them to write "Guarantee Statements" (3) in addition to forcing them to watch propaganda materials and videotapes attacking and slandering Dafa. Most brainwashing units were secretly held at the Gele Mountain. During the brainwashing, the thugs made threats to the parents about expelling their children who were student practitioners. The parents who endured numerous hardships to send their children to college were worried about the termination of their academic careers, so they exerted pressure on their children who were practicing, thus, creating tremendous mental strain on the students. For graduating practitioners, the school threatened to suspend their diplomas. Some practitioners wrote "Guarantee Statements" to give up Falun Gong against their will after being threatened, intimidated, and deceived. They suffered both mentally and physically. Some practitioners were expelled, and forced to withdraw from the university. They were sent back to their hometowns. Others were illegally held and sent to forced labor camps for persisting in Falun Dafa.
Among those Falun Gong practitioners persecuted, many were undergraduate and graduate students such as Mr. Yang Chengbao, Mr. Lu Zhen, Mr. Wang Zangkun, Ms. Wang Lei, Ms. Wu Jie, Ms. Mi Xiaozheng, Mr. Mei Guinan, and Mr. Zhang Zhihu. There were also professors and associate professors.
Professors and teachers who persisted in practicing Dafa at Chongqing University were demoted and stripped of their Party membership. Some were even sent to labor camps. Professors who were illegally sent to forced labor include Mr. Zhang Yougao, Mr. Gu Jiushou, and Ms. Gao Zhongying.
Professor Zhang Yougao, 64, was a senior engineer and an optical electronics scientist. He was the group leader who worked on a scientific development project, the Three Gorges Dam. He was given an "Outstanding Worker" award several times. He was sent to the Baiheping Detention Center and brutally tortured for several months because he went to Beijing to appeal. He was subsequently abducted and sent to the Xishanping Labor Camp where he was tortured for one year. His persecution case was reported on Clearwisdom.net. After his term had expired, the labor camp authorities illegally extended it by six months. After he was released, the school officials sent him to a brainwashing unit held by the local government under instructions from the "610 Office." The police abducted him again. His home was ransacked, and he was held at the Chongqing University Police Station.
Mr. Gu Jiushou, 64, is an engineer at Chongqing University. He was illegally held and sent to forced labor because he went to Beijing to appeal. He was brutally tortured at the labor camp. Around May 9, 2003, police broke into Gu Jiushou's home, and abducted Gu and his wife Lei Xiaorong. They also ransacked the couple's home.
Female Graduate Student Was Raped in Public, the Party Secretary of Chongqing
University Covered Up the News of the Crime
As May 13, World Falun Dafa Day was approaching, Dafa practitioners at the Chongqing University campus set off balloons with banners attached. The university authorities immediately sealed off all the exits to search for those responsible and arrested all those under suspicion. Twenty-eight year old Wei Xingyan, a third year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in high voltage power transmission was one of them. On the evening of May 13, the police took her to a room in the Baihelin Detention Center and ordered two female inmates to strip off all her clothes. Then a police officer came into the room and raped her in front of the two inmates. Wei Xingyan started a hunger strike in protest. After repeated force-feedings by the police, her trachea and esophagus were damaged, causing her to be unable to speak. She was on the verge of death.
On June 3, many people from overseas made constant calls to investigate about her after news spread quickly outside of China. Facing huge pressure, Tongzhan Department of the Party Committee in Chongqing University held a Party meeting. As the Party Secretary, Zhu Jialin ordered, "Strengthen the school stability, strengthen the Internet control, and be on guard about the rampant activities of Falun Gong." The 8 democratic parties sent their Committee Chairmen to participate in the meeting. More than 20 people, including personnel from Tongzhan Department, attended the meeting discussing how to handle Wei Xingyan's case.
After that, under the direction of Zhu Jialin, the university modified all the sensitive information, denying the existence of Wei Xingyan so as to cover up the facts and shift their responsibility. However, the overseas media immediately exposed their intent. The authorities at the university were immediately silenced and embarrassed. The website of the Electrical Engineering School was intentionally blocked for half a year in order to deceive the public.
After Wei Xingyan's case was exposed, all of her roommates in the dorm, including all the female students living in half of the building suddenly disappeared without a trace. The former dormitory is also empty. There are no longer any courses in her field of study. It is said that they were secretly controlled by the "610 Office" from other places.
On the morning of August 1, the "610 Office" in Sha District visited Chongqing University. A long white Iveco vehicle with a plate belonging to foreign company was used to monitor the communications in the university, arresting faculty members who spoke about the case. The vehicle was equipped with a complete set of advanced facilities monitoring and controlling both wire and wireless communications. On August 3, the Sha District "610 Office" arrested more than 10 Falun Gong practitioners on campus. All of them were faculty members at the university, and three of them were professors.
Information about the condition of Wei Xingyan has been completely blocked. Whether she is alive or dead is unknown.
A Student from the Chinese University of Science and Technology was Deprived Three Times of His Right to Enter into Graduate Programs Because He Persisted in His Belief
Minghui reported on April 26, 2004 that Wang Chuan, a graduate of the Modern Physics Department at the Chinese University of Science and Technology was excluded from entrance into a postgraduate program by authorities at the institute and his work unit on three separate occasions due to his refusal to renounce Falun Gong.http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/5/10/47895.html
The following is a personal account by Wang Chuan:
My name is Wang Chuan. I started studying in the Modern Physics Department at the Chinese University of Science and Technology in 1996. I have been practicing Falun Gong since August 1998. In September 1999, I went to Beijing to appeal along with a few fellow practitioners. The police stopped us at the Hefei Train Station and escorted us back to campus.
In 2000, our school administrators started recommending graduates for the Master's program. In light of students' average grades, I was to be admitted to the Master's program directly without taking the entrance exams. However, authorities at the institute stripped away my status as a qualified candidate. In 2001, when I tried to register for the entrance exams, the school rejected my application again due to my practice of Falun Gong. For the same reason, one of my classmates was also rejected.
In March 2002, I found a temporary job in the Physics and Mathematics Institute of the Chinese Science Academy in Wuhan City. I took the entrance exams for the upcoming Master's Degree program. My grade in the first round was above the qualifying criteria set by the province. The institute demanded a written statement from all candidates, including myself, in the second round regarding Falun Gong. I refused to defame Falun Gong as required by the authorities at
the institute, and they didn't admit me into the postgraduate program.
Both the Chinese University of Science and Technology and the Physics and Mathematics Institute are affiliated with the Chinese Science Academy. The policy that they have implemented against Falun Gong practitioners was directed by Jiang and his followers. I hope that the school officials in the education system will wake up quickly. I hope that they will stop forcing the students to defame Falun Gong, and stop helping Jiang to commit crimes against innocent people.
Jilin University Expelled Four Teachers Who Were Falun Gong Practitioners - Teacher Shen Janli Tortured to Death
According to the report on Minghui on March 5, 2004, Jilin University expelled four teachers who persisted in practicing Falun Gong with the excuse that they left their posts. Wang Yuejian (School of Mathematics), Feng Gan (School of Mechanical Science and Engineering), Meng Juanjuan (School of Philosophy and Sociology), and Liu Yong are the four teachers.
Prior to their expulsion, the local Police Department had tortured Ms. Shen Jianli, a teacher from the School of Mathematics, to death. Shen Jianli, 34 years of age, held a Master of Mathematics and was a teacher of the Mathematics Department in Nanling Campus, Jilin University. She was stripped of Party membership for refusing to give up Dafa. On March 2, 2001, the leaders of the university requested that she go to the university with her 4-year old daughter, sending them both to the brainwashing unit in Nanguan District. Shen Jianli's husband, Zheng Weidong, a teacher in Jilin Electronics and Information Technology College, is also a Falun Gong practitioner. Police abducted him for making truth-clarifying materials.
Falun Gong practitioner Zhao Bo, a teacher from the English Training Center, was persecuted to the brink of death. He suffered financial loss after the university cut off his salary with the excuse of him leaving his position. Zeng Lingwen, a professor in School of Physics, was held in a forced labor camp for several years without being released.
It is said that many Falun Gong practitioners were forced to leave their homes in order to avoid illegal arrest. For example, Feng Gan and his wife, Dr. Ji Ping, from the School of Mechanics, were forced to leave their home. In November 2002, the Police Department in Changchun City issued a warrant for their arrest during the 11th Party Congress in Beijing.
Jilin University could not protect its faculty members during moments of crises. On contrary, they are reducing faculty salaries and expelling them from the university. The university even took the initiative to send its faculty (i.e. Shen Jianli) for brainwashing and detention (i.e. Zhao Bo) which led to their arrest and death. This will forever be a stigma to Jilin University.
Mr. Lin Yanqing, a Ph.D Fellow in Harbin Industry University, Brutally Torturedhttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/11/27/42637.html
Mr. Lin Yanqing, 34 years old, was originally a postdoctoral Engineering Mechanics student at the School of Architecture Engineering, Harbin Industrial University. He was the youngest Ph.D fellow in the postdoctoral station. He began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. After Jiang's regime started persecuting Falun Gong in July 1999, he was abducted several times and stripped of his Ph.D title for persisting in his belief and for going to Beijing to appeal against the persecution of Falun Dafa. He was sent back to his hometown of Quanzhou City, Fajian province, to live under surveillance for a year.
Mr. Lin was detained in October 2002, when he went to Quanzhou Police Department to request a copy of his permanent residence registration. Then, he was sent to the Lujiang Brainwashing Center in Fuzhou for 'reformation' through forced labor. Mr. Lin Yanqing is now disabled with only three fingers left. This resulted from frostbite incurred when he was forced off the train. He was being taken home against his will after he went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa in
January 2000. Thus, he had to use his feet to wash his clothes at the labor camp.
He Yingqing, a Teacher at the Hunan Vocational Institute of Biological, Mechanical & Electrical Technologies, was Held in a Brainwashing Centerhttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/5/4/47702.html
Ms. He Yingqing, 38 years old, is from Ningxiang County, Hunan Province. Since her graduation from the Mathematics Department of Hunan Teacher's University, she has been teaching at the Hunan Vocational Institute of Biological, Mechanical & Electrical Technologies. Due to her hard work and responsible conduct, she has achieved very good results in her teaching, a fact that was acknowledged by the leaders and her colleagues in the Institute. She was promoted to be the Director of the Mathematics Department and became the mainstay of the Institute. However, she has been subjected to persecution since November 1999 simply for practicing Falun Gong. The Institute sent her to the Baimalong Forced Labor Camp in early October 2002. She was unjustly sentenced to one year of forced labor which was later extended. Her work unit told the guards at the forced labor camp, "No matter what measures you take, make her renounce her belief!"
She was held in the "Intensive Brainwashing Group" of the Baimalong Forced Labor Camp, a unit specifically established to persecute steadfast Falun Gong practitioners. She was handcuffed for 40 days there. With the exception of meals, she was handcuffed more than 20 hours a day, and not allowed to sleep. There were different methods of handcuffing in order to make practitioners suffer the most pain. For instance, she was handcuffed with one hand coming up from her lower back and the other hand going over her shoulder stretching both hands to meet; and was handcuffed with the body bent, rendering her unable to stand up. Nonetheless, the police guards deliberately forced her to stand up straight. They added a small bench under the handcuffs to add more pressure while her body was cuffed in an arched shape. The police guards on duty laughed and nicknamed this torture, 'modeling'. Within ten minutes, both hands are numb from the pressure exerted on the nerves while in this 'modeling' position. After the handcuffs were removed, both her hands were weak and unable to hold anything. One of her hands remained completely numb and devoid of sensation. There was a wound on each hand about an inch wide and so deep that it touched the bone from being handcuffed for a long period. Once, she was jolted with electric batons for an entire day for practicing Falun Gong exercises. As a result, both of her arms were black and blue with bruises. The police guards did not stop shocking her until they realized in fear that she might die. In June 2003, Ms. He Yingqing went on hunger strike in protest. She was not released until 2004. Although she had suffered such brutal persecution in the forced labor camp, she still persisted in practicing Falun Gong. She treated everyone around her with a heart of compassion and tolerance.
Her release from the forced labor camp did not end her persecution. Currently, she is under house arrest and kept in a single-story home. The Institute authorities assigned some "helpers" to monitor her 24 hours a day. She cannot go home to stay with her daughter, a 13-year-old girl who has been separated from her mother for nearly four years. The authorities even threatened to send her to a more severe brainwashing unit.
Since 1999, under the direction of the "610 Office", the Hunan Vocational Institute of Biological, Mechanical & Electrical Technologies have carried out systematic brainwashing and torture on Ms. He for the last four years. This is a tragedy of a mother and daughter being separated while in the same town.
Xing Wenzhen, a Teacher from Northwest Industrial University, was Illegally Deprived of His Pension and Sentenced to Forced Labor Reform
Xing Wenzhen, a teacher from Northwest Industrial University, suffered many diseases such as high blood pressure, pyelonephritis, and lack of vitality as a result of cerebral concussion sequela. Xing Wenzhen had suffered from many traumas and large areas of inflammation in her hip joints since her twenties. For many years, she had to rely on nutritional supplements. However, she has not taken any of these for over seven years since she began her practice of Falun Gong on July 15, 1996. She truly has obtained both mental and physical health. But Jiang's regime persecuted her for being a healthy and good person. She was stripped off her pension and was sentenced to forced labor lasting two years and one month.
It was the annual two week session of China's National Congress Meeting when Xing Wenzhen was released from the forced labor camp. The Head of Security Department, the Section Head, and the Vice Director of the Party Committee ordered Xing Wenzhen to come for a meeting in the Security Department. After Xing Wenzhen went there, they told her they had orders from above to notify Xing Wenzhen to attend the brainwashing unit in Xi'an City. The purpose was to force her into completely renounce her belief, that is, to "dig out" her belief in Falun Gong from her mind. Xing Wenzhen told them that the brainwashing unit was illegal based on three reasons. First, the Constitution of China stipulates that people have freedom of belief. Therefore, it is definitely illegal to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their belief. In addition, some representatives at the China's National Congress Meeting suggested adding the amendment of "protecting human rights," and "freedom of belief" as a right entitled to its citizen to the Constitution. How ridiculous it is to dig out someone's belief from one's mind!
However, regardless of her explanation, they still insisted on sending Xing Wenzhen to the brainwashing unit, telling her that it was orders from above and that they did not have alternatives. How much longer will they torture people like this?
Cases of Faculty Members Suffering Brainwashing For Their Belief in "Truth-Compassion-Tolerance" Nationwide
Several Students and Teachers From Shanghai Huadong Science University Were Abducted
Minghui reported in September 2003 that several Dafa practitioner students and professors at Shanghai Huadong Science University were abducted and sentenced to forced labor and imprisonment. Among them, Wang Dongming, a Dafa practitioner previously from Huadong Science University was sentenced to 3-years in the Wangcun Forced Labor Camp, Zibo City.
The Brainwashing Class in Kaifeng City Abducted Over 20 Retired Professors from
In mid December 2002, the brainwashing unit in Kaifeng City, Henan Province, illegally held over 20 retired senior professors who are Falun Gong practitioners in Yuxiang Hotel, monitoring them 24 hours a day and forcing them to give up their belief in "Truth-Compassion-Tolerance". Authorities confiscated practitioners' salaries totaling 3,000 yuan each month to pay for their living expenses and salaries for personnel monitoring practitioners until February 2003. After the Spring Festival, the authorities had to release these retired professors since they were very resolute in their belief.
Lecturer Li Xianghong, a Teacher in Xinjiang Engineering Institute in Xinjiang Province Was Sent to Mental Hospitals for Persecutionhttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/5/8/47831.html
Li Xianghong, about thirty-seven years old, is from Urumqi, Xinjiang, and is a qualified teacher with a Master's degree from Xinjiang Engineering Institute in Xinjiang Province. She has practiced Falun Gong since 1997 and has been completely cured of Meniere's Syndrome and other diseases. She lives according to the principles of Falun Dafa, and is a kind person at work and at home. Her dedication to work and kindness is well respected and praised by her colleagues and students.
On July 20th 1999, after the persecution of Falun Gong was implemented, Li Xianghong did not give up her belief. In October 1999, she was forced into a mental hospital, the Xinjiang Fourth People's Hospital. She was held there for two months where she was forcibly injected with nerve-damaging drugs.
Chen Xiangqian, a Student from Zhanjiang Ocean University is Expelled and Sentenced to 13-years of Imprisonmenthttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/3/19/46210.html
Chen Nianqiang is the former Party Secretary of Zhanjiang Ocean University in Guangdong Province. He is now the Party Secretary of Guangdong Industry College. Since July 20, 1999, he has closely followed Jiang's regime in slandering and attacking Falun Dafa at faculty meetings, and in playing a role to brainwash Falun Dafa practitioners.
In particular, the Party Secretary of Navigation College (former Party Secretary of the Agriculture College), Zhong Pan, had forced 11 students in his college who were Falun Dafa practitioners to go through brainwashing so that he could gain politically. He gave them an ultimatum of either giving up Falun Dafa or being expelled from school.
Chen Xiangqian from Maoming City, Guangdong, is a student and Falun Dafa practitioner. On January 14, 2001, the school sent people to Chen Xiangqian's home in Maoming. Authorities from his school and the Maoming Police Department collaborated to brainwash Mr. Chen. Chen Xiangqian was forced to leave home. He was producing truth-clarifying materials, exposing the facts of the persecution committed by Jiang's regime to the public. On March 4 of the same year, Chen Xiangqian was arrested by the Maoming Police Department when he was making truth clarification material. He was sentenced to a 13-year jail term without due process of law, and was expelled.
Chen Xiangqian's classmate, He Gengqing, was sentenced to an 11-year jail term. Chen Xiangqian's younger sister, Chen Yayan, was sentenced to 5 years. She is currently held in the First Detention Center in Maoming.
Assistant Professor of College of Medicine at Jiamusi University, Ms. Yang Yongping, Illegally Imprisoned for Practicing Falun Gonghttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/12/17/43226.html
Ms. Yang Yongping was born in 1959 and was an Associate Professor at the Jiamusi University's College of Medicine. Jiamusi University once awarded her "A Double Ten Distinguished Teacher."
In January 2001, Professor Yang was training high school students as candidates to become teachers. She discussed the mysteries of human knowledge, exploration of life, and incorporated discussions of Falun Gong and modern science in her teaching. She was reported to the authorities for doing so and was unlawfully sentenced to 3 years in prison.
When state terrorism is committed on a peaceful campus, when people who are upholding their morality to be good people are treated as targets of hatred, when teachers are forced out of their classes, and when students are expelled from school because of their belief in "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance," honesty evaporates, losing its power in the scheme of lies, evil and violence. The nation will lose its future when morality is trampled and human nature is destroyed. Jiang Zemin's attempt to eradicate Falun Gong over the past five years has brought tremendous disaster to China's education system, people, and the entire nation.
(Translated on June 3, 2004 from an edited version ofhttp://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2004/5/24/75286.html)
According to statistics from Clearwisdom.net, 26 innocent Falun Gong practitioners were verified to have died as a result of persecution in police custody during the month of May, 2004. This caused the total death count of Falun Gong practitioners to reach 973.
Innocent People are killed for Believing in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance"
The 26 deaths from torture that were exposed in May are from 15 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities nationwide, including Hebei (5), Liaoning (4), Jilin (3), Gansu (2), Sichuan (2), and one each from Henan, Guizhou, Shanxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Hainan, Guangdong, Hubei, Shandong, and Xinjiang.
Of the 26 death cases recently exposed, 57.7% were people over 50 years old, 61.50% were women; the youngest was 20-year-old Zhou Rong from Xiaohe Dazhai Village, Guiyang, Guizhou Province. The eldest was 70-year-old Zhang Caihou from Shuangcheng Town, Wuwei City, Gansu Province. Two elderly female practitioners were tortured to death by the police; they were Zhao Xiaoping, 62, a retired teacher from Xinjiang, and Zeng Lingxiu, 60, from Guanghan City, Sichuan Province.
Like most practitioners, they attained healthy bodies after practicing Falun Gong. For example, Zhou Zebi from Sichuan and Liu Fu Meihui from Guangdong were sickly and weak, but became healthy and strong; Li Chunrong from Liaoning and Wang Jingrong from Henan had high blood pressure for many years but were cured without treatment; Zhang Yuzhen from Hebei had advanced lymph cancer, and Zhou Yuqin from Hebei had intestinal cancer, but both completely recovered after beginning Falun Dafa practice. The tailbone of Yan Liyou from Hainan had been permanently damaged in a car accident, and was completely cured after practicing Falun Gong. He donated his wheelchair, crutches, and other equipment to the residents committee of his town. These are all members of mainstream society, each with a different occupation, including workers (Zhang Yuzhen from Hebei, Yang Meiying from Shanxi, Tang Yun from Chongqing), villagers (Zheng Fuxiang from Jilin, Zhou Rong from Guizhou, Zhao Mingxiang from Shandong, Zeng Lingxiu from Sichuan), teachers (Yu Fenghua from Liaoning, Zhao Xiaoping from Xinjiang), and a company general manager (Yan Liyou from Hainan).
Policemen Violate the Law and Persecute Brutally
Under Jiang's secret elimination orders, "Ruin Falun Gong practitioners' reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically," the "610 Office" (1) and policemen have used all means to brutally persecute Falun Gong practitioners. The deaths reported in May resulted in most cases from persecution. Generally the people suffered severe physical torture along with mental torment. Many of them were abducted and their homes ransacked. They suffered from different kinds of violent beatings, brutal punishment, forced brainwashing, and extortion. They have been held in forced labor camps, detention centers, and brainwashing centers. The local public security officers and "610 Office" cruelly persecuted them and tried to force them to give up their belief in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance."
Besides regular beatings, the lawless police used various other torture methods. For example, Yang Meiying from Shanxi was beaten while she was hung by her handcuffed wrists for a long time; Wang Xiuyuan was deprived of sleep, physically punished, and forced to do hard labor; Zhou Zebi from Sichuan was punished, and only given two corn flour steamed buns each day; Yan Liyou from Hainan was soaked in ice-cold water during the winter, that was filled with body waste, and was shocked with several electric batons at the same time, and Zheng Fuxiang from Jilin and Sun Lancheng from Hebei were barbarically force-fed.
Zhao Mingxiang killed by Police and his Body Discarded
Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhao Mingxiang was 46 years old and lived in Zhaojiaguan Village, Renzhao Town, Pingdu City, Shandong Province. On December 21, 2003, he was arrested while distributing truth clarification materials in Duanbolan Town of Jimo City. A few days later, he was brutally tortured to death in the Duanbolan Police Station. The lawless police discarded his body in order to escape responsibility. Villagers discovered his body in a haystack on December 30, 2003. They reported it to Duanbolan Police Station. The police said the body was "unclaimed" and "unidentified." On May 25, 2004, Zhao Mingxiang's family went to the Jimo City Police Department to claim the body. The police said Zhao Mingxiang died from "hunger and cold weather." His family asked to take back his ashes, but the police said there were no ashes. Zhao Mingxiang's family saw four pictures of him in the police portfolio, in which he looked emaciated with long, unshaved facial hair. He wore only underwear and was disheveled. Zhao Mingxiang obviously died after suffering nine days of brutal torture at the Duanbolan Police Station in Jimo City.
Zhang Yuzhen Recovered from Advanced Lymph Cancer after Practicing Falun Gong, but Was Killed for Believing in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance"
Ms. Zhang Yuzhen, was a 48-year-old Falun Gong practitioner from Qiaoxi District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. In 1998, she was diagnosed with advanced lymph cancer. She had difficulty eating, was extremely weak, and her life was in danger. After being introduced to and practicing Falun Gong, she recovered from cancer and regained her physical and mental health. She went back to work, and performed her job well. After July 20, 1999, when the persecution of Falun Gong began, Zhang Yuzhen went to Beijing to appeal and brought her medical records with her. However she was arrested by the National Appeals Office, and brought back to her hometown by the local police. After she returned, she was illegally detained and fined. Afterwards, Qiaoxi Beixin Village police station and the local office harassed her many times at home and at her workplace, and even abducted her and took her to both the local office and brainwashing center several times. Zhang Yuzhen had to leave home after experiencing this brutal persecution several times.
On the night of February 17, 2004, lawless policemen from the Zhangjiakou City Qiaoxi Public Security Sub-branch and the Qiaoxi Dajingmen Police Station kidnapped Zhang Yuzhen and detained her at the Shisanli Detention Center. Later, the Qiaoxi Judicial and Political Committee and the Qiaoxi Public Security Sub-branch sent her to the brainwashing center. In mid-April, when visited by her family members, they found that her mind was not clear. They believed this to be from her being persecuted. On May 4, 2004, Zhang Yuzhen died in a small clinic in the Qiaoxi HuaXiangzi area. The Dajingmen Police notified her family members after she died.
62 Year-Old Retired Teacher Went to Beijing to Appeal, and Was Killed by the Police in Beijing
Ms. Zhao Xiaoping, 62, was a resident in Urumqi City and a retired teacher from a Ceramics Factory. She went to Beijing on December 28, 2000 to appeal against the persecution of Falun Dafa, and was detained in the Yanqing Detention Center. She was released two days later. She was held again in the No. 8 Branch of Beijing City's Police Station. They poured cold water over her after she was forced to take off all her clothes. She went on a hunger strike to resist the illegal detention. On January 4, 2001 Ms. Zhao was barbarically force-fed, interrogated by the authorities, and brutally tortured. Her face was disfigured with 3 big bumps on her head. Her body was covered with dirt, she could not speak, and her lips were tightly shut. She was sent to the hospital for emergency treatment on January 5, 2001. The doctors found that she was suffering from internal injuries that consisted of bleeding in her liver, spleen, and stomach. She was also diagnosed as having a swollen heart from the trauma she received, and she also was diagnosed with kidney failure. As a result of these massive injuries, Ms. Zhao passed away on January 7, 2001.
Young Practitioner Zheng Fuxiang Suffered 4 Years of Persecution before Passing On
Dafa practitioner Mr. Zheng Fuxiang, 35, lived in Qingshan Township, Yushu City, Jilin Province. After Zheng Fuxiang went to Beijing to appeal for the first time, officers from Yushu City's Police Department detained him for over two months. After his second appeal, he was illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor. He was detained at the Weizigou Forced Labor Camp, the Fenjin Forced Labor Camp, and the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun, where he suffered all kinds of physical and mental torture. His sentence was extended by five months because he persisted in his belief. His body was covered with scabies and he was very emaciated.
In March 2002, Dafa practitioners in Changchun tapped into the cable TV network and broadcasted programs clarifying the truth about Dafa. Jiang was extremely frightened, and secretly gave orders to "Kill without pardon." Immediately afterwards, the police started a frenzied wave of arrests. Zhang Dezhi, head of the Qingshan Township Police Station, led a group of police officers to Zheng Fuxiang's home and broke in without a warrant. They broke the windows and entered his home, and viciously beat him and his wife. They then took him to the Qingshan Township Police Station, where they shocked Zheng Fuxiang with electric batons, and beat his chest and stomach. They detained him for "disturbing the social order." Mr. Zheng Fuxiang held a hunger strike during detention to protest the persecution, and the guards force-fed him. Later he was sentenced to three years of forced labor and detained in the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun. Many inmates and police surrounded Zheng Fuxiang and beat and tortured him with electric batons. Not long after that, Zheng Fuxiang sustained severe internal injuries from the torture. He coughed constantly and was extremely weak. Despite his condition, he was forced to do hard labor, which caused his condition to deteriorate, and he developed a high fever. In June 2003, Zheng Fuxiang was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was quarantined. The labor camp authorities ordered his family to pay for his medical treatment. His family pleaded for medical parole for Zheng Fuxiang, but the labor camp authorities denied their request. Due to the long-term persecution, Zheng Fuxiang became critically ill and vomited thick blood. The labor camp officials were afraid of being held responsible for their abuse, so on April 6, 2004 they told Zheng Fuxiang's family to take him home. Mr. Zheng Fuxiang passed away at 4:00 a.m. on April 7, 2004, at the age of 35.
Persecution Causes the Death of Husband, and Heart Disease of Wife
Zhang Baicheng, 66, lived in Hongmei Town, Meihekou City in Jilin Province. He was sentenced to one year of forced labor for posting Falun Gong truth-clarification material. When he was released in December 2001, his body was full of scabies, he could not straighten his back while walking, the flesh on his leg was rotten, and the bones were exposed. During my father's stay at home, he constantly remained in bed. Even so, the staff from the labor camp and the police station still came to harass him, and extorted 400 Yuan (2) as a "visiting fee." Under the persecution and harassment of the public security officers, Zhang Baicheng died on February 19, 2002. After he passed away, the family had no income. The daughter, Zhang Lixin, had to work away from home. Zhang Lixin is also a Falun Gong practitioner. The policemen could not find her, so they frequently interrogated Zhang Baicheng's wife. One time they tried to force the elderly lady to sign a "Guarantee Statement." (3) She refused, so they forcibly took her fingerprints. They even shouted at her, "If we can't find your daughter, we'll take you away and interrogate you every day." At the same time, they intended to beat her. As a result, the 63 year-old elderly lady suffered a heart attack.
Jiang's Crimes of Murder Can't Be Exempted
On the morning of May 27, the first oral arguments in the appeal of Falun Gong practitioners suing former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for genocide were heard in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Dr. Terri Marsh, the plaintiffs' attorney, stated that Jiang cannot be exempt from prosecution for individual acts because of his former official position.
On the morning of May 27, 2004, Dr. Terri Marsh, the plaintiffs' attorney, stated that there were mistakes with the original court's dismissal of the lawsuit based on head-of-state immunity because Jiang is no longer a head of state, having left office as the president of China, and he therefore no longer enjoys immunity. Additionally, a head of state cannot be exempt from prosecution for individual and non-governmental acts.
A representative from the Department of Justice admitted China's human rights persecution against Falun Gong, and emphasized the United States' condemnation of such human rights violations.
In response to the diplomatic and political considerations, Dr. Marsh quoted former President Bush who, when signing the Torture Victim Protection Act into law, was aware that he was also supporting the rule of law. Dr. Marsh said that protecting human rights through strict legal processes is critically important.
After the oral arguments ended, the judges said they would make a decision based on discussion of the lawyers' statements. According to sources inside Mainland China, Jiang was extremely nervous about the court arguments.
Prior to the oral arguments between May 24 and 26, Falun Gong practitioners held an anti-torture exhibition called "Persecution vs. Principle" in the city of Chicago. They used posters and live models to illustrate the horrific and inconceivable torture against Falun Gong practitioners by the Jiang regime. It shocked people from all walks of life.
(1) 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.
(2) Yuan is the Chinese currency. The monthly income of an average urban worker is 500 Yuan.
(3) "Guarantee Statement" - A statement to declare that one is remorseful for practicing Falun Gong and guarantees not to practice Falun Gong again, not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and never again associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners.
Under Jiang Zemin's orders to, "physically destroy" Falun Gong, Falun Gong practitioners have suffered many kinds of torture. All the tortures were used to augment the spiritual persecution in order to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their practice and write the "three statements" (guarantee statement, breaking away statement, criticizing statement), and give up their beliefs. The following illustrate some of these tortures:
One of the tortures suffered by young women: heavy pressure applied to the lower abdomen
Another torture suffered by women: sexual assault
Long bamboo shoots are forced under the fingernails
Wang Yuzhi, a practitioner from Helongjiang Province in China, said: "During my hunger strike to protest the persecution, I was force-fed in the labor camp. Their measures were very brutal. Several prison guards and criminals tied my hands and feet and forced me down on a board. They covered my body with a white sheet with only my mouth exposed. Then they inserted the tube into my month, and held my mouth open by using a steel expander in order to pour in a corn gruel. They placed the container over six feet high to create the pressure necessary for the feeding. Because the food was very coarse and the tube was very thin, it burst the tube and sprayed everywhere." Steadfast Falun Gong practitioners were force-fed with concentrated salt, irritating chemicals and hot chili pepper mixed with water.
In April 2004, Dafa practitioners, Chu Lin (female) and Wei Jun from Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, were abducted by the local police. Chu Lin went on hunger strike to protest the persecution for 9 days. The police mistakenly inserted the tube into her trachea. She went into coma from suffocation. The police declared: "We are not responsible for her death!"
Beaten for a long period of time
Suspended in the air for long periods of time or immersed in a chamber pot
After being tortured to the point of passing out, they are revived by pouring cold water on them
Hypothermia torture and humiliation
Tiger Bench: many bricks are inserted underneath the practitioner's feet and their knees are brutally pressed down using boards or ropes.
(Clearwisdom.net) From the outside, the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp in Xuchang, Henan Province is a pleasant place with good-looking buildings and garden courtyards. If you go to the camp for a visit, you can listen to the officials and the "People's Police" talk about the facility. They will tell you how well the prisoners are treated and how the staff "educate inmates, use persuasion to help the inmates change, and how the inmates are remedied." They will also tell you how they have improved the conditions in the forced labor camp so that the inmates are happy to be there. However, insiders and the people that have been held at the camp have an entirely different view of the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp. From a folk rhyme that is circulating in the area, we can get a sense of what the place is really like. "The No. 3 Forced Labor Camp in Xuchang is a demon's training barracks. I'd rather spend three years in jail than one day in the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp."
In reality, this camp is a base for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. When practitioners are dispatched to the camp, they are sent directly to the No. 3 Division, which is designated for torturing Falun Gong practitioners. The division is headed by Shi Baolong and Tan Junmin. Once in the No. 3 Division, the practitioners are locked up and tortured using all sorts of tools and methods. The torture is designed to force the practitioners to give up their beliefs. For as short as two weeks and as long as more than one month, the practitioners are assigned two personal cangues (1). These two criminals continuously monitor the practitioners and don't allow practitioners to speak to each other. Even eye contact is forbidden and reason for punishment. In the evening the personal cangues sleep with the practitioner between them. If the practitioner wants to go to the toilet, the three of them have to go together after obtaining prior approval.
After getting up, the practitioners are required to do clean up and are forced to recite an oath before breakfast. Breakfast starts at 7 o'clock, lasts for 15 minutes, and then inmates assemble to go to the workshops. The practitioners must fulfill their production quotas in the required time. The daily output value of each practitioner is set at ten yuan (2). Lunch starts at 11:30 am and inmates go straight back to work after eating. Dinner is at 5:30 pm and after dinner the practitioners work until 10:00 pm. Sometimes they have to work overtime, which means they have even less time to rest. Besides manual labor, the practitioners are also subjected to brainwashing. Every Tuesday and Friday they are forced to take part in "political and cultural studies," which are indoctrination sessions. The practitioners have exams once a month and are expected to write confessions. If they refuse to write confessions, they are considered to have violated the camp regulations and to be opposing the government. Even when practitioners write a confession, if the guards don't consider it good enough, the practitioners are beaten with rubber batons, given electric shocks, and tied up with ropes in painful positions. The more steadfast practitioners are forced to wear a device that severely restricted their movements, tied to benches, and to wear a helmet that blasts propaganda at high volumes. Practitioners are usually left like this for a week. It is common to see a lot of practitioners limping or walking around with cuts and bruises on their faces in the camp. You can see that the faces of some practitioners are deformed because of lumps and swollen tissue. Anyone that has been detained in the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp has seen such things.
On April 28, 2003, under the "Spring Thunder Campaign" co-organized by the "610 Office" (3) and the Ministry of Justice, the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp in Henan Province began a new round of persecution against the detained Falun Gong practitioners. Yan Zhenye, director of the camp, announced a directive at a camp meeting. Jiang Qingtai, Deputy Director, personally headed the campaign. He selected police officers from all of the administrative or technical offices to cooperate with the campaign of the so-called "assaulting fortified positions" (trying with every means to force the most steadfast Falun Gong practitioners to denounce their belief in Falun Dafa) in each division. All of the divisions selected guards to form groups specializing in carrying out the campaign. Other policemen were also asked to join the campaign. Head of the "610 Office" of the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp Li Xinjie and Dong Jianchao organized the guards that were selected carry out the persecution. They also ordered the guards to take a collective oath that they would resolutely fulfill their "glorious" tasks. If they failed, they would be penalized monetarily and otherwise.
Usually five to ten guards would attack one practitioner at a time. Their method was to choose a practitioner in the evening and try to force the individual to give up cultivation. They sealed the practitioner's mouth with tape first. The guards would then use high-voltage electric batons to shock the practitioner, torture them by tying them up in painful positions, and use rubber batons to beat the victim on successive nights. They also invented a torture called "Roasting a Whole Lamb" (4). After torturing the practitioners for the whole night, the guards would sleep during the day. Meanwhile the practitioners were expected to work all day and still fulfill their quotas. Then, another group of guards would take over and start what they called "attack without violence." The main purpose is to deprive the practitioners of sleep. After a month of such treatment, some practitioners lost the use of their hands from being bound for so long. Some couldn't walk; some suffered from neurological disorders or suffered from some deformities due to the torture. Others suffered broken bones. Still others lost feeling in their hands for several months, causing them to need help in basic tasks such as putting on their clothes and using the toilet.
Falun Dafa practitioner Wang Jingyu from Linying County, Henan Province has a deformed eye because of the severe beatings he received. Another practitioner had to be carried into a hospital by four criminals after being beaten severely. However, when he came back from the hospital, the police guards continued to abuse him. In the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp, slogans such as, "If You Refuse to Be Reformed You Only Have One Path Left, That Is to Die" are posted everywhere.
Yan Zhenye, Director of the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp, announced just before a fireworks display to mark the Lantern Festival on the 15th of January 2004, "In 2003 the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp earned a total of 2,480,000 yuan," which was a record high. In 2003, each guard in the camp received a bonus of 10,000 yuan. Let's presume that just half of this 2,480,000 yuan was generated by the work of the 700 detainees in the camp, and among them more than one hundred were "bought" from the Zhengzhou Forced Labor Camp in 2002 for 850 yuan each. Then how much does one detainee have to manufacture to earn that much money? One hair band is made up of 220 aluminum tubes and the practitioner only earns 1.5 yuan for each band. Then how many bands does the practitioner have to make to meet the quota of 300 yuan profit a month? Besides the slave labor, the practitioners have to endure physical torture, brainwashing and mental torture. Shen Jianwei, political instructor of the Police Section, and Section Heads Jia Zigang and Zhao Zhimin are known to routinely abuse Falun Gong practitioners.
There are at least three hair product companies, including Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc, that use the labor camps to make their goods. From the packaging one can see that these products are distributed to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United States. "HAIR TO GO, New Jersey, U.S.A " is one of the brand names used to sell these products.
We, the Falun Gong practitioners, detained in the No. 3 Forced Labor Camp, ask everyone to show your support by calling on China to stop its persecution of Falun Gong.
(1) Cangue, the name of an instrument of torture, is now used to indicate the person who was designated to supervise the behavior of practitioners.
(2) Yuan: Chinese currency, the monthly salary for an average Chinese urban worker is about 500 yuan.
(3) "610 Office": A bureau specifically created by the Chinese government to persecute Falun Gong. It has absolute power over each level of administration in the Party, as well as over the political and judiciary branches.
(4) "Roasting a whole sheep" is a kind of cruel torture method. The guards handcuff the practitioner's hands and feet, and then hang the handcuffs from a horizontal stick. They have subjected practitioners to this cruel torture for as long as a week.
Mr. Zhao Guoan was tortured to death in the Third Forced Labor Camp in Xuchang City. It was some time before Falun Gong practitioners learned of Zhao Guoan's death because the news was blocked by administrators, who released a report saying that Zhao Guoan had been sent home because he was sick. Although the exact details are not known, I want to write down all I can remember from that time.
In the camp workshop at about 9:00 a.m. on December 24, 2003, Zhao Guoan declared to the supervisor of Section Three, Ma Huating, that his denunciation of Falun Gong was null and void and that he would continue to practice Dafa. This was the second time he had told administrators of his decision to persevere in the practice of Dafa. The first time was a week before when he went to talk to the head of the brigade, Jia Zhigang, about his decision to continue the practice. All Falun Gong practitioners detained in the Third Labor Camp had to take two tests a month. If their answers were not satisfactory based on requirements set up by the labor camp, camp officials would torture them by tying them up with three to eleven ropes. Zhao Guoan originally was detained in Group Three of Brigade One. He was tied up with eleven ropes because he did not follow the requirements when taking the tests in November. As a result, he could not lift up his arms and even had a difficult time holding his rice bowl to eat. After he was confined for several days he was sent to the strictly monitored group. All those in that Brigade who persevered in their belief were put into one group. Under orders from Shi Baolong, three prisoners closely monitored each Falun Gong practitioner, following them when they used the washroom, ate, or worked the fields. There were a total of eleven Falun Gong practitioners detained in Group One.
After Zhao Guoan finished talking with Ma Huating, he went back to the workshop, shouting loudly that he would persevere in practicing Falun Gong. Jia Zhigang, the head of the Brigade, ordered several prisoners to knock Zhao Guoan down on the floor, cover his mouth, drag him out of the workshop, and put him in the confinement room. That night two other prisoners from Group One were sent to stay in the confinement room to monitor Zhao Guoan. According to these two prisoners, Zhao Guoan was tied to a chair with his hands behind is back and his feet bound. They did not untie him for meals or to let him relieve himself. The two prisoners went back to Group One after three days. They whispered to other prisoners that Zhao Guoan had been sent to the hospital because of pains in his abdomen. I think that the authorities were afraid that other practitioners would be able to hear the torture that went on in the confinement room because it was very close to the dormitory, so they moved him somewhere else to torture him. Two days later, the two prisoners said that Zhao Guoan had been sent home. We did not believe it, since such news would have been highly restricted. During the New Year's holidays, everyone in the brigade was very nervous, as if they were expecting their enemies to arrive. Falun Gong practitioners were not allowed to talk to each other. We never saw Zhao Guoan again after he was dragged out the workshop.
The people who repeatedly tortured Falun Gong practitioners were: Shi Baolong, the head of the section; Jia Zhigang, the head of Brigade One; and Liu Tianxun, Zhao Zhimin and Shen Jianwei from Brigade Two. This time, Shi Baolong and Ma Huating, brigade leaders, tortured Zhao Guoan. Other participants included Liu Tianxun, Jia Zhigang, Tan Junmin, and Li Xinjie. These are the chief persecutors of Falun Gong practitioners in the Third Forced Labor Camp.
(Clearwisdom.net) Right now it is much easier to clarify the truth in China compared to before, and many people have understood our message. However, today there are still so many people who do not know the facts; people do not know that the "Tiananmen self-immolation" incident was staged, do not know that Jiang Zemin has been sued in foreign countries, and do not know that Falun Gong is being wrongfully persecuted. Why?
I think there are two main reasons. The first is that there are very few Dafa practitioners in China who treat clarifying the truth as a natural and prominent part of their lives, and there are still too many Dafa practitioners who clarify the truth with all kinds of selfish attachments. We have reduced the effectiveness of truth clarification and have not achieved what we should have.
Imagine if each Dafa practitioner could clarify the truth well to ten people each day. That would mean 100 people in ten days and 1,000 people in 100 days. With one million Dafa practitioners, we could clarify the truth to one billion people within 100 days at this pace, and in one year we could clarify the truth to 3.65 billion people. The fact is that there are much more than one million Dafa practitioners, more than even ten million.
If everyone in China understood that Falun Gong is being innocently persecuted, and everyone agreed that such a persecution should be stopped, then no one would participate in the persecution, and the persecution itself would disappear. However, the persecution continues till today, and this should be a concern for every Dafa practitioner; this means that we 100 million Dafa practitioners have not all met the Fa's requirements. Even by clarifying the truth to one person each day, with 100 million Dafa practitioners, we could clarify the truth to all Chinese people and help them understand the truth in two weeks. Therefore, I believe that not every one of us has truly done our best to clarify the truth well - this is the first reason.
The second reason is that even for the Dafa practitioners who are able to clarify the truth to everyone they meet, some times we take it easy and stop going deeper as soon as we see that the person is not against Falun Gong. It is understandable if the other person is a stranger, but if the other person is a friend or relative, we should clarify the truth to them at a deeper level, to make sure they further understand the truth about Dafa based on facts and logic. This way this person will talk to others and make positive comments about this issue according to his own understanding. This person will speak in favor of Falun Gong and help more people understand the truth. The more such people there are, the more people will understand the truth through them. So my personal understanding is that not clarifying the truth at a deeper level is the second reason why there are still lots of people who do not understand Dafa.
In case some practitioners still encounter interference from the evil during truth clarification, that may be because the practitioners still have the attachment of being afraid. The evil cannot exist if we do not fear or acknowledge it. This is because sometimes a Dafa practitioner does not realize his true origin and role in the Fa-rectification.
(Clearwisdom.net) My husband used to be really interested in martial arts and at one time learned a type of qigong and began using it to treat other people's illnesses. After doing so, he developed many health problems. For instance, he had trouble lifting his arms and he suffered from severe chest pain with every breath. We took him to see numerous physicians specializing in either Western or Eastern medicine, but the treatments all ended up in vain. One day I saw in a bus a sign saying, "Falun Dafa volunteers teach the exercises free of charge," and decided to give it a try. When I got home, I immediately called to inquire about the exercise site. To our amazement, after practicing Falun Dafa for just a month, my husband's illnesses were cured and the acute sinusitis that I had lived with my entire life disappeared in just a week. I no longer have a stuffy or runny nose. Falun Dafa is truly miraculous.
Becoming an official elementary school teacher in Taiwan is an arduous process, especially for those of us who do not hold degrees in education. First of all, we need to pass an examination to attend courses towards the Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), for which we need to take 40 credits in education before we can receive a license and can participate in the employment examination. Obtaining admission into the PGCE is very difficult. The enrollment rate decreases rapidly with each passing year. I had been a substitute for many years and had been declined admission several times in a row. My weakest subject was math, which I had long given up in my high school years. I only scored 20 points in my college entrance exam. No matter how hard I tried, my math scores in the PGCE exams were always low. No wonder I was never accepted. After practicing Falun Gong, I wanted to walk the path of a cultivator from then on and no longer sought after fame or fortune. I took the examination with a calm heart and my math score increased dramatically. This was my first time scoring above average and I was accepted. This may sound unbelievable to others but I know very well that Dafa has given me wisdom.
After being away from school for so many years, the coursework was very intense and I was under immense pressure. However, I persisted in studying the Fa and doing the exercises each day, and treated my schoolwork from the standpoint of a cultivator. Not only were my studies not delayed, I quickly adapted to life as a student. I obtained 40 credits in nine months and received scores above 90 in two-thirds of the subjects. After receiving my license, I still needed to pass the employment examination to become a teacher, so I applied at a small school near my home. Many people came from other counties and cities, and they all possessed outstanding qualities. I remember one examinee saying sadly that she had applied to several schools but was not offered a job. I comforted and encouraged her. I even read Zhuan Falun (1) between exams and took every opportunity to tell people about Falun Dafa. After the written, oral and practical examinations, I was given a job.
Afterwards, I heard stories of practitioners also having done exceptionally well in the teacher employment examinations. One practitioner applied for an elementary school in Taipei and received first place out of 500 examinees. Why do people who practice Falun Gong have such outstanding performances? I think it is because we become healthier in both the mind and body through cultivation. We see the truth, relinquish our attachments to loss and gain, become more clearheaded, and are able to remain calm in tough situations. This is not restricted to doing well on exams, but also manifests itself in all areas and professions.
June 2, 2004
(1) The book Zhuan Falun comprises the principal teachings of Falun Dafa.
(Clearwisdom.net) The annual Helsinki Day was held on the 12th of June, during which the whole city was filled with different events such as dancing, music, and performances. Falun Dafa practitioners participated, demonstrating the exercises and explaining the facts about Falun Dafa and the persecution in China in the Central Park of Helsinki.
Even though the day was rainy, many people were out to watch the performances and take part in different activities. People showed great interest in Falun Gong. Many people stopped to take a look at the exercise demonstrations and read the information boards. People talked about their views with practitioners and signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution. Hundreds of people from Helsinki and tourists from different countries made their way through the park during the day. Practitioners distributed information in different languages. A group of Chinese tourists had a good opportunity to see Falun Gong outside China and discover the facts about the situation. Practitioners also handed out paper folded lotus flowers for children. Falun Dafa practitioners helped to create a positive and harmonious atmosphere on Helsinki Day.
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 5, 2004, Falun Gong practitioners from the San Diego Area participated in the La Mesa Flag Day Parade. They were warmly received by local people and government officials who watched the parade.
Falun Gong practitioners ready to begin
A Falun Dafa float
Spectators requesting Dafa truth clarification materials
A practitioner from San Bernardino handing out Dafa truth-clarification materials
A lady from Philadelphia says, "I like 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance' very much."
Walking at the front of the Falun Gong contingent were three practitioners holding a large banner reading "Falun Dafa" in both Chinese and English. Following them was a beautifully decorated float with the words, "Falun Dafa is Good" and "The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" on each side. On the back of the float was the Falun Dafa website information. At the front of the float was a poster about free Falun Gong exercise instruction. Practitioners standing on the float continuously demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. The dancing group, composed of six practitioners wearing traditional Chinese costumes, followed the float. They danced gracefully and nobly to the Dafa music. At the end of the contingent was the waist drum group composed of more than a dozen practitioners. The Falun Gong group looked spectacular and peaceful during the parade. Practitioners displayed the grace of Falun Dafa to the public in their own way.
During the parade, the Falun Gong group marched while spectators applauded. People showed their respect and appreciation to Falun Gong in different ways. Broadcasting sites setting up along the streets constantly introduced Falun Gong exercises to the spectators, and provided information about Falun Gong's widespread practice around the world, awards and proclamations that the Falun Gong founder has received, and also mentioned the free exercise instruction in San Diego.
When the Falun Gong group marched past the presiding stage, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and the city councilors waved to practitioners, and took pictures of them.
Practitioners who handed out Dafa truth clarification materials were very pleased to see that people earnestly wanted to learn about Falun Gong, and many spectators requested Dafa materials.
After the parade, practitioners traveled to two other places to participate in Fa-promotion activities.
(Clearwisdom.net) May 26, 2004, was a special day for the teachers and pupils of an Oslo elementary school, a school with a history of more than 100 years in the Norwegian capital, because 4-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Fadu and her mother Jane Dai were invited to the school. They came to tell teachers and pupils the story of Fadu and the facts about the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.
About 120 students from seventh to ninth grades and their teachers gathered together in the school auditorium. The school principal, an affable and kind-hearted lady, introduced Fadu and her mother to the teachers and students.
The Norwegian practitioners briefly introduced Falun Dafa and demonstrated the first exercise. After that, Fadu and her mother told their story to the children there. Little Fadu used to have a big, happy family in China. Because of practicing Falun Dafa, her grandfather became healthier and healthier. As the whole family lived in the light of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, they lived in perfect harmony. But the dictator of China could not stand the fact that so many people practiced Falun Dafa, so a persecution against good people then began in the Mainland. Fadu's father was beaten to death by evil people because he tried to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to the government. Her grandfather was heartbroken at his son's death and passed away shortly afterwards. Her aunt was also taken away. All of a sudden, a happy family was torn to pieces. Fadu and her mother also told the children that they had been to many countries in order to tell people what had happened in China. They hope that when people know the truth, they will help to stop the persecution. Those children listened very seriously and the whole auditorium was very quiet.
The principal told the pupils, "Fadu's story reminds us that only when people treat each other compassionately, can we live together peacefully." The schoolmaster also gave a toy and a CD of Norwegian music to Fadu as gifts. When practitioners were about to leave, some children came over to hug them and say goodbye. They thanked the practitioners for spending time with them.
The story was not finished yet. After a few days, some good news came from the school. A class of pupils started to make a big poster of "children rescuing children". They also plan to invite Norwegian practitioners to teach Falun Gong exercises in PE classes.
The seeds of compassion have already taken root in these children's hearts. We have good reason to believe that these children will tend the seeds carefully so that they can grow into pure and beautiful flowers!
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 5 2004, Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate in the annual Culture Festival Parade of Bielefeld, a city in Northern Germany.
During the day, nearly all the people of Bielefeld came out to the streets to watch performances by all kinds of organizations and groups. Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the exercises; meanwhile, they also performed a traditional lotus dance and Fan dance. The singing of "Falun Dafa is Good," the impressive peace of practitioners, and their inner joy deeply touched civilians. They repeatedly applauded practitioners' performances and asked for Falun Gong information.. Before the parade concluded, ten thousand flyers had been handed out.
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 8, The Florida Times-Union published a series of photos about Falun Gong practitioners' appeal activity in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia during the G8 Summit.
Qing Yang, front, along with other practitioners of Falun Gong meditate at Overlook Park in Brunswick. A group of Falun Gong practitioners came to Brunswick to display their continued persecution in China in front of the press covering the G8 summit. Qing Yang is dressed as a torture victim for an exhibit by the group of what they suffer under the Chinese government. Photo by CHRIS VIOLA/STAFF
Luck Lu and Ron Zhao reenact a torture scene suffered by Falun Gong practitioners in China at Overlook Park in Brunswick, GA , Tuesday, June 8, 2004. Photo by CHRIS VIOLA/STAFF
Practitioners of Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, a program of exercise, meditation and peaceful self-cultivation that has been outlawed in China. Tim Sun of Detroit, Michigan goes through a qigong exercise in Reynolds Square in Downtown Savannah, GA. The group seeks to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong followers in China during the G8 Summit. Photo by Bob Mack/staff
Tim Sun of Detroit, Michigan exercises beneath the statue of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. The group seeks to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong followers in China during the G8 Summit. Photo by Bob Mack/staff
Members of various groups of practitioners of Falun Gong or Falun Dafa demonstrated their system of exercises, meditation, and peaceful self-cultivation in Reynolds Square in downtown Savannah, GA. The group also displayed photos and other exhibits to try to raise awareness of the persecution of followers in China who they say have been tortured, incarcerated and some forced into slave labor because of their beliefs. Kevin Do, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL explains what the group hopes to accomplish to Sgt. Anthony Gallo of the Savannah Police Department who stopped on his regular patrol to see what the group was all about. Photo by Bob Mack/staff.
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 12 2004, the Minghui School in Washington DC completed the school year in song.
The Minghui School here has a 3 and a half year history. During this time, the students have studied Chinese language and Chinese culture following the principle of "Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance" as well as how to conduct themselves better in daily life. "Virtue" is something they remember to cherish in their hearts.
For the year-end ceremony, the newly formed Minghui School Symphony band performed four pieces of music "On the Path of Return", "Song of Lotus" "Walk between Sky and Earth" and "I am a little Dafa practitioner". Next, came the violin solo "Coming for You" by Emily Pang and two pieces of trumpet music by Tony Xue.
The older students sang a chorus of "This is Your Opportunity" led by musician/teacher Drew Parker. The lyrics and music were composed during the class. The song was delightful. The young students demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises. This was a short demonstration so the music was shorter than normal practice music but they followed closely nevertheless. The young students also recited five poems from "Hong Yin" and won warm applause. Katy made a report about the Bike Tour from DC to Chicago on behalf of all bike team members. Chen Guoguo made a related report in Chinese.
The principal thanked the teachers and volunteer parents for their hard work during the year. The staff members were also invited to the ceremony and were given a Minghui School uniform as a souvenir. Two parents (not Falun Gong practitioners) gave speeches on the stage and thanked the Minghui school for teaching the principle of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance," noting how their children have achieved outstanding progress in various aspects.
The ceremony completed and the attendees said "goodbye" to each other.
Minghui Symphony performance
Chorus "This Is Your Opportunity"
Katy is giving a report
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 12 and 13, Falun Gong practitioners attended the Holistic Fair and Expo held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. More than 1,000 people attended.
During the two-day event, many people came to our booth and learned Falun Gong exercises. Some traveled quite a distance to attend the expo and were very glad to see us there. Some vendors invited practitioners to join their community activities, and even offered space where we could hold free classes. Even though there are quite a few practice sites across the Tampa Bay area, people are also interested in evening classes. Practitioners will try to expand the schedule so that more people can enjoy the wonderful practice.
The Tampa Tribune (the largest local newspaper) came to do a report on the expo and was drawn to our table. A photo of a practitioner teaching the exercises was published in the newspaper the following day as a highlight of the expo.
Children learn the exercises.
Practitioner teaching visitors the Falun Gong exercises.
This family had heard about Falun Gong but had no idea how severe the persecution was. They planned to visit China, and after seeing the photos in Compassion magazine, they have a new understanding toward China, and plan to share the information with their friends.
Practitioner teaching children to fold paper lotus flowers and explaining the meaning of lotus flowers.
Anyone at any occasion can learn the exercises. Despite her crutches, this lady enjoyed a tranquil meditation after learning all five sets of exercises. She then went to a one-hour lecture given by Falun Gong practitioners.
Corrupt Policeman at Baoshenmiao Township Police Station in Lingyuan City Dies in an Auto Accident--and other cases of Karmic Retribution
Zhang Huaiwu, male, 30 years old, was a policeman at Baoshenmiao Township Police Station in Lingyuan City. After July 20, 1999 he constantly arrested Dafa practitioners. Beating the practitioners and fining them had become his common practice. He also extorted cash from practitioners to fill his own pockets and intentionally trampled on and tore up truth-clarifying materials. In December 2001, after having some alcoholic drinks, he drove a motorcycle and collided with a big truck. He died instantly.
Li Shukui, male, in his forties, resident of Wudaoheizi in Sandaoheizi Township, Lingyuan City. He was filled with animosity toward Dafa and slandered Dafa. He also frequently tore up and destroyed Dafa banners. In October 2003, he climbed up a power post to tear down a Dafa banner. He lost his balance, however and fell down, breaking both legs. He spent over ten thousand Yuan on medical expenses, but still has not recovered to this day.
Huo Shuyan, female, 65 years old, resident of Wudaohezi. After July 20, 1999, she frequently cursed Dafa. In November 2003, she suffered a stroke. She has spent over forty thousand Yuan on medical expenses but has still yet to recover to this day.
Sun Haizhi, female, 44 years old, resident of Daoerdeng Township, Lingyuan City. She was very hostile towards Dafa and had many times torn up Dafa banners. Since April 2003 her right hand started to malfunction and various treatments were not effective in curing her hand.
Good begets good, and evil begets evil
Young farmer Chao of Tianmen Village in Heping City would say to whomever he met, "Every day I tear down several dozen Falun Gong posters from the walls and power posts. I do this every day! How come I don't see retribution happening to me?" After less than a month, he drove a small four-wheeled vehicle and collided with a truck. One of his legs was broken into three sections and he had to be hospitalized. His wife who sells snacks, had no choice but to quit her business in order to take care of him. His family, which is not well off to begin with, now faces additional financial difficulties.
Former Party Secretary in Anxin County, Hebei Province receive retribution and dies
Huang Fazeng, former Party Secretary in Anxin County, Hebei Province, later became the Xushui County Party Secretary. A Party Secretary from another county visited him in early 2000 to get his suggestions for how to prevent Falun Gong practitioners from going Beijing to appeal. Huang Fazeng told him, "The villagers are most afraid of having their property ransacked and confiscated. Those that hold ranks are afraid of being fired. Thus, whoever goes to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, you should have his residence ransacked and property confiscated. If they are local officials who hold rank, you should have them fired. As a result of Huang's idea, many people who went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong had their property confiscated and were fired from their posts. However, slightly a month after this incident, Huang Fazeng was diagnosed with cancer and died not long afterwards. Subsequently, his son also died in a car accident.
[Editors' Note: In both Western and Chinese culture, the principle of karmic retribution, that is, being held ultimately accountable for one's own actions, is widely accepted. The fundamental teaching of Falun Gong is the characteristic of the universe, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." The universe will reward actions that are in harmony with this principle, while actions such as beating, torturing and murdering people will incur karmic retribution. Stated another way, good deeds will be rewarded with good, while evildoings will meet due retribution. Articles such as this one are meant as a compassionate reminder of this principle to those who would commit wrongdoing. While many of those who persecute Falun Gong are merely "following orders," the universal law requires that they, too, be held responsible for their actions, and that only by reversing their course of wrongdoing may they escape retribution.]
1. [Yiyang City, Hunan Province] Dafa Practitioner Guo Zhaoqing on Hunger Strike in a Detention Center
Practitioner Guo Zhaoqing from Yiyang City, Hunan Province is being held in the Second Detention Center in Yiyang City. Guo has been on a hunger strike ever since his arrest on May 24, over ten days so far.
Guo Zhaoqing's mother, Xiong Biyun is currently being illegally held in the Taojiang County Detention Center in Yiyang City; practitioner Guo Xueling from Yiyang City was arrested as well.
"610 Office" in Yiyang City: 86-737-4224517
"610 Office" in the Heshan District, Yiyang City: 86-737-4403610
Yiyang City's Second Detention Center: 86-737-4435592
Taojiang County Detention Center: 86-734-8824762
2. [Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] Personnel from the Yuhua Donglu Police Precinct Arrest Wang Shuqin
Dafa practitioner Ms. Wang Shuqin was forcibly taken away from home by officers from the Yuhua Donglu (Eastern Road) Police Precinct, Shijiazhuang City, on the morning of May 15. Wang Shuqin, 48 years old, lives in the Railway Driver School dormitory building on Huaibei Road, Shijiazhuang City. She was arrested. Surveillance cameras had recorded her while going out to distribute truth-clarification materials.
3. [Weihui City, Henan Province] Retired Kindergarten Teacher Unlawfully Arrested
Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Cao Jumei, 50 years old, a retired kindergarten teacher from Weihui City's Yarn Factory school, was reported by someone on May 28, 2004. Personnel from the factory's police precinct arrested her and confiscated Dafa books and Master's lectures, as well as the Minghui Weekly (newsletter from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website), etc. She is currently being held in a detention center.
4. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Arrest of Practitioner Huang Fen
Dafa practitioner Ms. Huang Fen, in her forties, is from Chengdu City's Institute of Nuclear Power Design. On the afternoon of March 13, 2004, around 5:00 p.m., eight plainclothes officers from the Qingyang District Police Department broke into and searched Huang Fen's home and then arrested her. She is currently being held in the Pi County Detention Center.
Related phone number:
Texing Town Police Precinct, Longmatan District, Luzhou City, Sichuan Province,: chief Tang: 86-830-2750167
Yilong County Committee Party Secretary, Sichuan Province, Jiang Yuanzhong: 86-13092829676 (cell)
5. [Zhaodong City, Heilongjiang Province] Sixty-year-old Ms. Wang Wanzhen Forced to Become Homeless
Dafa practitioner Ms. Wang Wanzhen, a 60-year-old woman from Zhaodong City, Heilongjiang Province, has suffered persecution many times simply for practicing Falun Gong. She has been illegally sentenced to three years in prison for distributing truth-clarifying materials, but was released last year when her detention term had expired. In April 2004 she rented a small house. When she was preparing truth-clarifying materials at home, monitors sent by the police department discovered her. She was then put into a detention center. The perpetrators were Wang Huanwen, Qianjin Police Precinct chief in Zhaodong City and policeman Sun Lidong. Fifteen days later she was unconditionally released. Sun Lidong, though, threatened the home's owner not to rent the house to Wang Wanzhen anymore. Wang Wanzheng was forced into homelessness, and her whereabouts are unknown.
6. [Wuhan City, Hubei Province] Wu Dandan, an Employee of the Jiang'an Vehicle Factory Leaves Home to Avoid Illegal Arrest
Ms. Wu Danan, about 40 years old, is an employee of the Material Section of the Jiang'an Vehicle Factory in Wuhan City. Before the Spring Festival she was arrested and taken to the Jiang'an District Brainwashing Center for inhuman persecution by Jiang'an District "610 Office" authorities, by lawless policemen from the Xinchunjie Police Precinct and by the factory's security section. She has been tortured for about a month by many kinds of methods during her detention. They punished her by forcing her to stand still for a long time, force-feeding and brainwashing her, and other abuses. Before the Spring Festival, under her family's strong requests, she was released and said to be "on leave." The brainwashing center authorities ordered Wu Dandan to return on the 8th day of the Lunar New Year. In order to avoid cruel mental and physical torture, she left home and lives a homeless life.