Remembering Changchun Fellow Practitioner Song Zhiwei, Who Died in 2000
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Song Zhiwei was born in 1968. She was a staff member of the Changchun #228 (formerly #5514) Factory brake branch. Before practicing Falun Gong, she was plagued with illnesses. In May 1998, she was fortunate enough to start practicing Falun Dafa. After that, Ms. Song became healthy, open-minded and joyful.
In July 1999, Jiang's group began a frenzied effort to suppress Falun Gong. Ms. Song persisted in doing the exercises at her work unit during lunch break and refused to hand over her Falun Gong books to the authorities. Soon, Song Zhiwei was illegally imprisoned at a drug-rehabilitation center because she refused to sign a statement saying that she would give up practicing Falun Gong. She went on a hunger strike with other practitioners detained at the center to appeal for their release. Ms. Song was released one month later. However, her work unit fired her upon her return. Her father had died from an illness and her mother was bed-ridden. Ms. Song could barely live on her meager income.
When seeking employment, she would tell the employer in an open and aboveboard manner that she was fired for practicing Falun Dafa and that she would always tell the people around her about the truth regarding the persecution of Falun Gong. In the meantime, she validated Dafa with her own words and deeds, correcting the misunderstandings of people who didn't know the truth of Falun Dafa and thereby gained the trust of her colleagues and the company leadership. A leader once said to her: "Are there other people like you who are also without a job? Let them all come here to work, as we are happy to hire such good people."
On December 26, 2000, Song Zhiwei and a fellow practitioner went to Beijing to validate Falun Dafa. They were abducted by the police on the train and suffered beatings and mental harassment. The police locked them in the dining compartment, with the intention of sending them back to the local police for further persecution. Ms. Song and her companion looked for opportunities to get away from the police. When the police were not watching them closely, they both jumped from the train window. Song Zhiwei died from the fall. The other practitioner suffered severe injuries at that time but has since recovered.
To avoid their own culpability in Ms. Song's death, the police coerced Song Zhiwei's family members to bury her quickly.
In the past five years, some of the #228 Factory leaders have been helping the tyrant Zhang Zemin commit evil. Every Falun Dafa disciple from the factory who has been illegally imprisoned was dismissed from work. As of now, the practitioners who have lost their jobs there include Wang Jun (once the deputy plant chief ), Wang Xiaohui, Hao Yueshan (associated junior school teacher), Lu Chengli, Cui Weiwei, and Wang Guifeng.