Peacefully Resisting Ten Years of Persecution
News and Activities around the World
Accounts of Persecution
Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences
People's Hearts Determine Their Futures
(Clearwisdom.net) On July 16, more than one thousand Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., calling for an end to the 10-year long persecution.
Nine U.S. Congressmen and more than 10 representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations came to the rally and gave speeches supporting Falun Gong. Congressmen Mike Coffman and Ted Poe could not come, but they sent supporting letters to the Falun Dafa Association condemning the brutal persecution.
Congressman Mike Coffman from Colorado
Congressman Mike Coffman from Colorado said in his letter:
"I am very troubled that Chinese officials seem to be escalating the unwarranted persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
The Falun Gong Information Center charges that the Chinese government has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and executed more than 100 last year. The Falun Gong Information Center also asserts that the city of Weifang is an extremely dangerous place for any follower of Falun Gong. These followers report that torture is used routinely there and many detainees have been tortured to death. Others are sent to Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) camps and are never seen again. Their peaceful demonstrations continue to draw arrests, beatings, and other forms of torture at the hands of the "6-10 Commission," a security force tasked with the ruthless enforcement of the ten year old Falun Gong ban.
This brutal persecution of Falun Gong followers is unacceptable and cannot be permitted to stand.
I strongly support the practitioners of Falun Gong in their struggle to practice their own form of spiritual discipline. A fundamentally peaceful spiritual and physical exercise poses no threat to the Chinese government. The only thing threatened is the personal freedoms of tens of millions of practicing Falun Gong followers. I would respectfully appeal to the Chinese government to take the appropriate steps to protect the basic human rights of Falun Gong practitioners in China."
Congressman Ted Poe from Texas
Congressman Ted Poe from Texas said in his letter:
"I would like to thank all of Falun Gong supporters and practitioners who have participated in this week's events.
It's been ten years since the Chinese government banned the practice of Falun-Gong and began its severe and brutal crackdown towards those who practice its principles of truthfulness, benevolence, and forbearance.
The practitioners of this ancient practice have been beaten, tortured, and illegally imprisoned for simply seeking to peacefully carryout their commitment to their religion. Hundreds of stories from victims of persecution have flowed out of China and poured into the ears of sympathizers from all over the world.
Too many people living in the United States take for granted the freedom to openly practice our beliefs without worrying of the consequences. Americans are privileged to live in this great nation where democracy is the rule of law. Unfortunately, not everyone is as blessed. As such, I feel a certain responsibility to speak out for those whose freedom has been cut short and whose voice has been silenced by an oppressive regime.
Last year, I had the opportunity to cosponsor a resolution that called upon China to end the human rights abuses of its citizens. Seeing as little has changed, I once again call out to the Chinese government to stop its religious persecution and allow its' citizens to freely practice their spiritual beliefs. Too many innocent men and women have died, and although their deaths have not been in vain, it's time for change and that time is now. "
(Clearwisdom.net) Member of European Parliament Gerard Batten is a member of the English Independence Party. He was invited to take part in a rally in Parliament Square to mark the tenth anniversary of Falun Gong practitioners' resistance to the persecution.
Mr. Gerard Batten speaking at the rally
Mr. Gerard Batten having his photo taken with those re-enacting CCP torture
He said in his speech: "Why are the Falun Gong being persecuted in China? The answer is very simple, it's because of what they stand for. Their three core values are Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. These are the exact opposite of what the Chinese Communist Party stands for, which are lies, brutality and intolerance." "The fact that they [the CCP] are the most brutal tyranny in the history of Communism may have something to do with why they still survive as long as they have. But you cannot crush the human spirit forever....Marxism, Marxist-Leninism, and Communism are all inherently and fundamentally evil. They go against the basic properties of human beings and what they strive for, which is freedom, freedom of expression and the right to live their lives the way that they choose.... The people who speak out against it--like Falun Gong practitioners and others--are unbelievably brave. To stand up in China and say what you think when the result may be torture, imprisonment, or even death takes a kind of bravery that is very difficult for us who live in a free society to understand...... People are standing up against it, and the more that speak out, by example, the more people will follow, until you have in China what we've seen across other Communist states when so many people stand up and are opposed to it -- that eventually it crumbles and will fall apart."
Mr. Batten said in an interview with reporters: "I very much understand what Falun Gong practitioners are doing, because you believe in Truth, Compassion, Tolerance. This is completely the opposite of the CCPs' lies, ruthlessness, and inability to tolerate other people--the CCP cannot tolerate the truth. The biggest danger is that the CCP cannot tolerate any other alternative belief or any belief, so it inevitably wants to control all religions and spiritual movements."
Recollecting when he first came into contact with the truth of Falun Gong, he said, "I have always understood the situation of Communist countries, including, of course, the situation in China. In 2004 after I was elected to be a member of the European Parliament, a Falun Gong practitioner contacted me and explained to me the true situation of Falun Gong. Of course, I also read Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. I had heard some things about what was happening in China, but peoples' testimonies based on personal experiences enabled me to understand what really happened there. I now know that for people to stand up and speak out in a country like China requires immense bravery. We live in a free country, so it is easy to forget the preciousness of the freedom that we enjoy. So I think that for me to speak for Falun Gong in public is the least I can do."
Speaking about how the persecution has gone on for ten years and the question of how only by dissolving the Communist Party can the persecution be stopped, Mr. Batten said: "I believe it will happen in the end. All the autocratic regimes will die out because tyrannies cannot be allowed to exist for long. The evil CCP has been very savage in order to linger on in a steadily worsening condition. More and more people are quitting the communist party because people don't believe in it anymore. Even communists don't believe in communism anymore. Let us all be clear about this: the communists are just interested in preserving their own political power. In Chinese history there were many tyrannies that reigned, but after one dynasty's emperor left that the new one would come. The time for the autocratic system of the Chinese communist party to fall from power has come."
As he left the rally Mr. Batten had a photo taken with those re-enacting the CCP tortures.
(Clearwisdom.net) On July 20, 2009, UK Falun Gong practitioners rallied in the square adjacent to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to mark the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong. Their activities attracted the attention of UK politicians and the general public.
Demonstrating the exercises
Signing to support Falun Gong
Learning the exercises
On this special day, the activities organized by Falun Gong practitioners lasted from 9:00 a.m. to 11:10 p.m. With Big Ben's melodious chimes in the background, people in the square were moved by practitioners' explanations about the truth of the persecution and the fact that only with the disintegration of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will the persecution stop.
Many people passing through the square crossed over to see the truth-clarification exhibition and take pictures. The banners on display read, "Falun Dafa Is Good," "The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," "The Persecution of Falun Gong Is Continuing," "The Persecution of Falun Gong Must Be Stopped," "10 years of Torture and Killing of Falun Gong Must Be Stopped," "Please Help Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong" and "Only with the Disintegration of the CCP Will the Persecution Stop."
While some practitioners in golden uniforms demonstrated the peaceful Falun Gong exercises, others reenacted the cruel torture perpetrated by the Chinese regime against Chinese practitioners who believe in the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.Photos of many of the 3200 Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted to death, along with the truth-clarification information on display, caught the attention of passersby. Many of them made a point to cross the street to see the displays and get information. Practitioners distributed truth-clarification flyers and solicited signatures for a petition protesting the persecution.
Because the Parliament Square is a popular tourist attraction in the London area, there are many people there throughout the day. From strolling tourists to formally-dressed politicians from around the world, they expressed their support for Falun Gong and their opposition to the persecution. Some of them even asked practitioners to teach them the Falun Gong exercises on the spot.
At noon, a press conference was held in Parliament Square. After Falun Gong practitioner Annie Yang told about her personal experience of being persecuted by the Chinese regime, Mr. Gerard Batten, Member of the European Parliament; Mr. Tom Brake and David Burrowes, UK Members of Parliament; Dr. Xu Yi and Mr. Shao Jiang, representatives of non-governmental organizations and Chinese pro-democracy advocates in the UK, and Dr. Li Guihua, representative of the Global CCP-quitting Alliance, also gave remarks.
Other members of the European Parliament also sent letters to support the event. They unanimously expressed their understanding, support, and appreciation for Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful petition as well as their condemnation of the Chinese regime's atrocity of persecuting Falun Gong and abusing human rights.
Mr. Gerard Batten, Member of the European Parliament:"The Chinese Communist regime is the most atrocious tyranny in history, and it will not last long."
Mr. Gerard Batten, Member of the European Parliament.
Because one of his constituents is a Falun Gong practitioner, Mr. Gerard Batten, Member of the European Parliament, has known about the persecution of Falun Gong since 2004, and he has read the Epoch Times' editorial series the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
At the rally, he said, "Why are the Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China? The answer is very simple, it's because of what they stand for. Their three core values are Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. These are the exact opposite of what the Chinese Communist Party stands for, which of course are lies, brutality, and intolerance."
"People are standing up against it and the more that speak out, by example, the more people will follow until you have in China what we've seen across other Communist states when so many people stand up and are opposed to it - that eventually it crumbles and will fall apart. That's what we will see in China."
Mr. David Burrowes, UK Member of Parliament: "The persecution should not exist for another single day."
Mr. David Burrowes, UK Member of Parliament, poses with his constituent.
Mr. David Burrowes, UK Member of Parliament, came to the rally as well. When interviewed, he said, "I come here today to express my support, as I understand that the Chinese regime abuses human rights and commits the crimes of organ-harvesting and persecuting Falun Gong practitioners."
"I stand here to appeal that the persecution must not be continued for another ten years, one month, or even only a single day. We should try our best to ensure that there is no need for Falun Gong practitioners to hold a rally here to oppose being persecuted."
Mr. Xu Yi, Chinese pro-democracy advocate in the UK: "The disintegration of the CCP is the only solution to the persecution of Falun Gong."
Mr. Xu Yi, Chinese pro-democracy advocate in the UK
Mr. Xu Yi, a Chinese pro-democracy advocate and a member of the Global Quit the CCP Alliance in the UK, also spoke at the rally. When asked his views on the theme of "Only with the disintegration of the CCP can the persecution be stopped," he said, "I fully agree that the disintegration of the CCP is the only solution to the persecution of Falun Gong. As long as the CCP is in power, China will never be at peace, and existing atrocities, such as the persecution of Falun Gong, will continue, while new instances of persecution, like what happened in Tibet and Xinjiang, will be inevitable. The only thing that is unpredictable is that we don't know where new acts of persecution will take place. But we are sure that there will will be, as that is the essence of the CCP."
As dusk descended, practitioners participating in the rally marking the 10th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong lit candles to commemorate and pay tribute to over 3200 of their fellow practitioners persecuted to death by the Chinese regime in China. As Big Ben sounded the last chime on July 20, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners' determination to put an end to the persecution was once again reinforced.
(Clearwisdom.net) On the 20th of July 2009, Falun Gong practitioners in Italy held a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Milan to protest the brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has lasted ten years.
Practitioners doing the exercises in front the Chinese Consulate
Passersby accept truth-clarifying materials about Falun Gong
Reading information about Falun Gong on the display boards
In front of the Chinese Consulate, practitioners placed wreathes in memory of their fellow practitioners who have been persecuted to death, hung a banner proclaiming "The CCP is the Primary Culprit in the Persecution of Falun Gong" and displayed pictures showing specifically how the CCP tortures Falun Gong practitioners. Several practitioners demonstrated the exercises. Because Chinese people often pass by the Chinese Consulate, practitioners hung a sign in front of the Consulate that read: "The Service Center for Quitting the CCP in Italy" in order to make things easier for Chinese people who wanted to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Another sign said, "Heaven Will Destroy the CCP, Quit to Save Yourself."
(Clearwisdom.net) On July 25, the Divine Land Marching Band, consisting Falun Gong practitioners from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, performed at a local festival in Ordensburg, New York.
The organizer of the event, praises the band's performance.
Chris Cole, the organizer of the event, said this one-week long festival is usually held in the third or fourth week of July, and it is one of the three biggest parades in New York state. This year, 120 groups attended the parade.
One of the directors of the parade recommended the Divine Land Marching Band to the committee. He had seen the band perform in the Christmas Parade in Montreal. He liked it, so he recommended it to the committee.
Chris, who himself also plays instrument, praised the performance of the band. "It is outstanding. The performance was harmonic and music was beautiful," he said: "I am very glad that they came to the parade today." He expressed that the organizers will invite the band next year again.
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Cui Wenxia, a chemistry teacher at the Baoquanling Sugar Factory Middle School, was arrested in May 2005 and tortured at a local detention center. She was later illegally sentenced to the Jiamusi City Forced Labor Camp and tortured there, too. She has not fully recovered from her nightmarish experience at the labor camp, even after being released.
Ms. Cui Wenxia, in her late forties, was arrested and had her home ransacked by officers from the Baoquanling Police Department because she had distributed truth clarifying materials in May 2005. After being transferred to a local detention center, she was brutally tortured and beaten while being hung up by handcuffs. She was forced to share her cell with a convicted murderer who suffered from a severe mental disorder. The cell that she was locked in was very dark and had one tiny window in it, severely limiting what she could see outside.
Ms. Cui was later sentenced to forced labor at the Jiamusi City Forced Labor Camp. In July or August of 2005, her whole body was racked with excruciating pain. After tolerating the pain for several months, Ms. Cui contacted the labor camp doctor, Dr. Liu, on numerous occasions and told him about her worsening condition. In an effort to diagnose her problem, he repeatedly told Ms. Cui to refrain from eating breakfast so that he could conduct accurate laboratory tests on her. But Hong Wei, the head guard of the No. 7 Section, No. 5 Ward, would not give Ms. Cui permission to take the prescribed tests, nor would he allow her to be treated at a hospital.
Later, Ms. Cui became so emaciated that she could not speak and threw up everything she ate or drank, including water. Hong accused her of pretending to be sick and repeatedly told her that he would force-feed her if she did not start eating. He even arranged to have inmate, Xie Yujie monitor her and another practitioner, Ms. Lu Demei, who was also severely tortured. Inmates who witnessed Ms. Cui's symptoms realized that she was truly sick and that she wasn't pretending at all.
Finally, on November 2, 2005, Ms. Cui was taken to a local hospital. The doctor who examined her said that she had heart, liver, and other organ failures and that she was in critical condition and needed to be treated at the local hospital immediately. But the guards hid this vital information from Ms. Cui. That night, Dr. Liu checked her blood pressure and found that it was close to zero. He immediately rushed her to a nearby hospital.
After Ms. Cui's husband was notified about his wife's condition, he went straight to the hospital. According to the law, she should have been released immediately and allowed to be treated at home. Hong not only rejected the idea of releasing Ms. Cui, but also tried to extort money from her husband. He told Ms. Cui's husband that if he did not pay the money he requested, his wife would not be released. Without any other means of securing his wife's release, Ms. Cui's husband was forced to come up with approximately 20,000-30,000 yuan. Only then was Ms. Cui released.
While resting at home, Ms. Cui continued to practice the five Falun Gong exercises. But, going through the experience of being detained at the police department, detention center, forced labor camp, and witnessing all kinds of torture and abuse, left very deep, emotional scars. Whenever she hears someone talk in a loud voice, she trembles in fear. To date, she has not yet fully recovered from being brutally persecuted.
(Clearwisdom.net) On the afternoon of June 13, 2009, Ms. Li Xiuzhen was once again arrested by plainclothes policeman. She used to be a kindergarten teacher at Hongshagou Town in Anqiu City, Weifang of Shandong Province, although she has been jobless and unable to return to her home and family for many years in her efforts to avoid persecution. The police tied her up and took her to her rented room where they took away two desktop computers, two printers and some cash as well as other personal belongings.
Li Xiuzhen is in her 50s. Persistent in her belief in Falun Gong, refusing CCP demands to renounce her faith, she has been arrested nineteen times. She has been sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment, cruelly force-fed over 600 times, and tortured and humiliated with a dozen of different torture devices.
Before Li Xiuzhen started her cultivation in Falun Gong, she had poor health and possessed many illnesses. In the year 1978 she was in an accident and her right leg was fractured, the joint dislocated. Due to the impact of the blow, she suffered perpetual headaches. She was also diagnosed with gastritis, ptosis of the stomach and gynecological problems, etc. Since she started to practice Falun Gong in 1998, she has become healthy again, enjoying a much happier family life.
Below are the details of the persecution suffered by Li Xiuzhen.
1. Forced labor
In October 27, 2000, Li Xiuzhen was arrested and incarcerated in Anqiu Detention Center. She was force-fed by policeman Cheng Shuping. She was then sent to the Jinan Forced Labor Camp For Women but was refused admission. She was also rejected when sent to Zibowang Village Forced Labor Camp. So she was sent back to Anqui and continued to be locked up in the detention center. Three days later, she was released and she went home to sleep for the night.
The following day, Li Xiuzhen was monitored by the town police station. At 8:00 pm, Song Shuling, head of Politics and Law Committee of Hongshagou Town and Wang Jiaming, head of the police station, led a dozen policemen to Li Xiuzhen's house. They used police batons to break open the door and windows and forcefully took Li Xiuzhen to the police station. They handcuffed her to a chair. When it was morning, Dong Shulin, deputy head of Politics and Security Section of Anqiu Police Department, Song Shuling and Wang Jiaming sent Li Xiuzhen to the Jinan City Forced Labor Camp. They used unscrupulous means such as giving gifts and treating the guards to wine so as to make the labor camp officials accept Li Xiuzhen.
On the same night, Li Xiuzhen went on a hunger strike to protest. She was dragged upstairs by the guards and cruelly force-fed. The next day, she was handcuffed to the bed. She was then hung up for an entire day. When she was let down, there were big sores all over her body and she fainted from the inflicted pain. Li Xiuzhen continued her hunger strike and five days later, she was released.
2. Sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment
On November 29, 2001, Li Xiuzhen was arrested by Changle policeman and was incarcerated in the Changle Detention Center. She went on a hunger strike continuously and as a result she became very weak. Changle policemen Qian Wenting, Zhang Zhili, Chang Quanbin, Du Haotao, Hao Chengshan and Li Qingguo, police head, forcefully subjected her to 7 years of imprisonment. In January 2002 she was sent to Jinan Women's Prison.
Li Xiuzhen was incarcerated in a dark and humid solitary cell without a bed. She was also locked to a metal chair and both her hands were handcuffed behind her. They used smelly shoes and rotten cloths to gag and taped her mouth. Her weight was only a little over twenty kilograms from the torture, until then the prison personnel informed the family members that she was on the verge of death.
The guards at Jinan Prison crazily beat and scolded her because Li Xiuzhen meditated. She was cruelly beaten 5 to 6 times each day. At night, they handcuffed Li Xiuzhen and tied up her arms and legs. They threw her onto a wooden board such that the upper half of Li Xiuzhen's body was on the wooden board while her legs were on a chair, with nothing supporting her lower body! Criminal Wang Cheng'ai would step on her abdomen and kick her head. Li Xiuzhen frequently lost consciousness after intervals of beatings. They also tied her whole body to the bed and forced a tube into her nose and left it there.
Prison affairs section head Hu, prison head Li and team head Fang, entered her cell one day. Li Xiuzhen told them about Falun Gong. They did not listen to her and Hu said, "I will test and see how high your cultivation level is." They fetched electric batons and started to shock her. Hu shocked her on her hands, face, mouth and ears. It went on until Hu was exhausted.
Li Xiuzhen suffered cruel persecution in the prison. She could no longer walk and became emaciated. At the end of the year 2002, her weight was only a little over 20 kilograms and she was on the verge of dying. It was only then that the Jinan Prison pushed her into the hands of her family members. When her 13-year-old daughter came to prison and saw her, she was so terrified that she fainted.
Bristle cut from a corn broom used to prop open the eyelids to prevent the victim from sleeping
Eyes taped open to prevent sleep
Li Xiuzhen tied to a bed with a force feeding tube in her nose
Tied to a metal chair
Forcing the tube in
3. 610 Office Brainwashing Session: Cruel force-feeding for 28 days and not allowed to sleep
Li Xiuzhen returned home from the prison for one month and had not completely recovered when CCP personnel from Anqiu came and took her to the 610 Office. Four to five men hit her in the face. Her legs were fixed to one end of the bed while her arms were handcuffed to the other end. She shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" They punched her her mouth and force-fed her. Later, they tied her to a metal chair in the small southern room. If she fell asleep, they immediately slapped her. Li Dehe punched her causing her mouth to bleed. One night, Hu Shaoqun hit her over two hundred times and Song Tingshan forbid her to sleep.
Thereafter, Li Xiuzhen was forced to stay away from her family home to avoid the persecution. She went to the Weifang City area to work and make a living.
On the afternoon of June 13, 2009, Li Xiuzhen was once again arrested.
Since July 20, 1999, the judicial and public security organs and 610 Office of Shandong Province had been systematically carrying out persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. They arrested, detained, tortured and sentenced practitioners to imprisonment. Twenty-three practitioners had been tortured to death. One hundred and five practitioners had been sent to forced labor, sentenced to imprisonment (amongst them 16 practitioners has been sentenced twice). Many practitioners were injured and maimed. It's crimes are too numerous to list and Li Xiuzhen's case is only one of them.
(Clearwisdom.net) Terms of imprisonment illegally imposed on numerous Falun Gong practitioners held at the Hebei Province Women's Labor Camp have recently expired, but the authorities refused to release the practitioners and refused to provide an explanation. Guards had told practitioners to fill out and sign release forms but did not disclose the date of release.
Practitioners Wei Guoxuan and Chen Junsu are being held beyond their terms, which expired on July 2 and July 3, 2009, respectively. Wei Guoxuan's family visited the labor camp twice and demanded her release, but the guards were ambiguous and denied that her sentence had expired.
Practitioners Bu Yueqin, Cui Zhining, Wang Xiaomian, Qi Hongjin are being held beyond their terms, which expired in June.
Camp officials also came up with a new rule, that practitioners who refuse to sing Communist Party propaganda songs will receive term extensions.
Hebei Province has suffered from consistent, blistering heat in recent weeks, and yet officials are forcing practitioners, many of whom are elderly, to plow the fields.
Practitioners are completely cut off from the outside world and are often denied family visits, as in the case of Meng Sufen from Shijiazhuang City.
Officials stripped female practitioners of their clothes and even slashed
their underwear with scissors, then handcuffed them onto beds of bare wooden
Guards confined practitioners Wang Hongmei, Wang Xiumei, Fang Hua, Xi Yonghong and Yang Liyun in isolation for refusing to wear an inmate's uniform. They slept on the ground without any bedding. Last winter their coats were taken away. They wore only sweatshirts and sweatpants until they were completely worn out. The practitioners were forbidden to brush their teeth or take a shower since December 2008 and cannot change their clothes.
The guards impose unreasonable time restrictions on bathroom visits and use torture and beatings on those who need to relieve themselves outside the permitted time frame. Sixty-year-old Wang Wengui asked to use the bathroom one day in September 2008. Guard Cong Shujuan took her aside and viciously slapped her face until she was exhausted before letting Wang Wengui go to the restroom.
Wang Wengui suffered many other forms of abuse as well. She could not walk due to blisters on her feet on August 24, 2008. Division head Zhao Yuan and guard Zhang Jia handcuffed her, while Zhao Yuan slapped and pinched Wang Wengui's face with her sharp nails for one hour. As a result, Wang Wengui's face swelled up so badly that she could not even eat.
Practitioner Xiao Suying refused to respond to roll call on August 5, 2008. Division head Zhao Yuan, guards Zhang Jia, Liu Yamin and others grabbed her hair and dragged her out of the room. They handcuffed her and then attacked her brutally. They stripped off all her clothes. She stood naked for about six hours, while they turned up the air conditioning until it was near freezing.
Practitioner Hong Mei spoke to the division head on February 8, 2009 and
demanded a normal bedtime for Falun Gong practitioners. Guard Liu Yamin
handcuffed her to a metal frame in the storage room for two weeks. Then they
forced her to sit on a small stool through April.
Practitioner Guo Hailian went to the washroom to get a pail of water on March 14, 2009. Guard Gao Xinwei beat and kicked her until Guo Hailian's hands were bloody.
The guards also forbade the practitioners to sleep for days on end, made them
stand for extended periods during which they bombarded the practitioners with
slanderous lies. Xiao Suying from Gaobeidian City refused to cooperate with the
guards and was forced to stand, followed by several days of being handcuffed to
a bed. The collaborators also assisted the guards in torturing her;
one of those was Wang Chaoying from Shijiazhuang City who has been released; and
the others were Chen Xiuying from Zhangjiakou City, Liu Airong from Zhuozhou
City, Wang Guijun from Langfang City, who has been released.
Shijiazhuang City Labor Re-education Bureau officials issued a decree that states Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to cooperate with the persecutors will receive sentence extensions between three to twelve months; in addition, practitioners who refuse to renounce their belief will be held in a brainwashing class for three months, followed by incarceration in prison.
Hong Mei, an employee from the Shijiazhuang Oil Refinery received a two-month sentence extension for refusing to wear an inmate's uniform, and Meng Sufen from Shijiazhuang City received a 14-day extension. Practitioner Wu Junshi who is physically disabled was due to go home on July 3, 2009, but officials from his local Party committee took him immediately to a brainwashing class.
Approximately 400 practitioners are held at this labor camp, many of whom were illegally arrested around the 2008 Olympic Games and were handed a one-year sentence.
We urge the international community to speak out and demand that the Chinese
Communist regime end the ongoing persecution.
Hebei Province Women's Labor Camp
Address: Shitong Road, Shijiazhuang City, Zip code: 050222
Head Zhou: 86-311-83939188
Su Ruiping: 86-311-83939198
Wang Ren: 86-311-83939196
An Huane: 86-311-83939168
Liu Weizhen: 86-311-83939138
Feng Kezhuang: 86-311-83939177
Yu Yan: 86-311-83939166
You Jie: head of Administration Section, 86-311-83939125, 83939124, 83939133
Head of Education Section: 86-311-83939129, 83939130, 83939162
Head of labor camp hospital: 86-311-83939123
Liu: head of Division 1, 86-311-83939136
Division 1 Office: 86-311-83939135
Head of Division 2: 86-311-83939140
Division 2 Office: 86-311-83939104
Head of Division 4: 86-311-83939112
Division 4 Office: 86-311-83939107
Hebei Province Forced Labor Bureau
Address: West Yuhua Road, Shijiazhuang City
Wu Tonglin: bureau head, 86-311-85510201
Han Ligong: deputy bureau head
Bo Xilai, secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, is also former deputy secretary of the Liaoning Province Party Committee and former governor of Liaoning, former secretary of the Dalian Municipal Party Committee and former mayor of Dalian. Since July 20, 1999, when Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Gong, Bo Xilai has directly controlled and directed the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Dalian City as well as Liaoning Province. Practitioners in this area have been persecuted brutally and inhumanly, and more intensely than in many other areas of China. Bo Xilai is one of the principle instigators of the persecution.
During his term in Dalian City, under his designation and direction, Dalian was one of the cities where Falun Gong practitioners were persecuted the most. At least 15 practitioners were persecuted to death. During his term as deputy secretary of the Liaoning Province Party Committee and former governor of Liaoning, Liaoning Province became one the provinces where Falun Gong practitioners were persecuted the most.
At the beginning of the persecution, Bo Xilai, then mayor of Dalian City, directed the persecution in person. Details are as follows:
On the evening of July 19, 1999, policemen who had been plotting for a long time suddenly broke into homes of Falun Gong practitioners in Dalian City and other counties and districts, and carried out wide-scale arrests of practitioners. On the morning of July 20, 1999, several thousand practitioners gathered in front of the Office of Appeal, asking them to release the practitioners arrested. Their appeal was peaceful, and they were mostly middle aged and senior women. They did not have any banners, and they were all standing at the side of the road, making room for pedestrians, waiting for the problems to be solved quietly and peacefully. Practitioners even picked up trash and cigarette butts left by policemen. They were hoping Mayor Bo would listen to their proposal and release the arrested practitioners. However, at that time, Bo Xilai was ordering the Public Security Bureau to persecute them fiercely "towards death." He called in many police to help.
As Bo ordered, at about 10 o'clock, many policemen came out from the Public Security Bureau, beating the unarmed Falun Gong practitioners. Some young men were beaten until they bled from the nose and mouth, some were injured all over, their clothes were torn, and their shoes were thrown away. A female practitioner, about 30 years old, wanted to stop the illegal violence, but a policeman hit her neck from the back, and she passed out on to the ground immediately. Another righteous person simply tried to explain the truth to the policemen, but was hit to the ground by a group of policemen suddenly, and his camera was trodden underfoot. They even would not let the seniors go. The seniors were pushed and shoved, and many fell to the ground.
Around 11:40am, under the supervision of many policemen, several Falun Gong practitioners were arrested and taken away a in police car. About five hundred practitioners were surrounded in the small square opposite to the city hall. Next to it is a grass field. Some Falun Gong practitioners sat there to do the exercises, facing the violence peacefully and rationally. Among them several women in their forties held Zhuan Falun and read in a low voice. These behaviors irritated the violent nerves of the policemen. A vice director of the public security bureau named Wang, ran into a black Audi 100, license plate No. B-00051, the car of Bo Xilai. Bo told him that the practitioners were united and efficient and asked what to do. "You just beat them fiercely," Bo answered. "It doesn't matter if many of them die," he said, "The government will be responsible for it." After the event, Bo's driver said Bo paid close attention to what happened. He sat in the car and directed policemen to persecute the innocent people. About two or three o'clock in the afternoon, many Falun Gong practitioners were pushed into buses and were taken to police stations and schools. Some were even brought to a desolate mountain in Hongqi Town, abandoned there.
This reveals just one scene of the many crimes committed by Bo Xilai at the beginning of the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong. Many more truths will be revealed in the future.
Bo Xilai has been sued in court by Falun Gong practitioners for murder, crimes against humanity and torture in over ten countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, South Korea, Spain and Sweden. In 2007, Bo Xilai was found guilty of all charges by an Australian court, and became the highest CCP official found guilty by a court outside China.
(Clearwisdom.net) The Communist Party regime launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. Along with thousands of my fellow Chinese citizens I was illegally detained for practicing Falun Gong. I was held at the Acheng No. 2 Detention Center and the Wanjia Forced Labor Camp in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, and suffered inhuman tortures.
I began the practice due to chronic illnesses
I am farmer and had many chronic illnesses in the past, such as trachoma, rheumatism, neurosis, headaches, skin rashes and the kidney problems, and eventually breast lumps. I became easily frostbitten in the winter. I began Falun Gong in June 1998, in hopes of curing my illnesses. Gradually I discovered how wonderful Falun Gong is, and that Falun Gong teaches one to cultivate one's mind and heart, to have more compassion, and to become a better person. Several practitioners tried to get me to copy the book Zhuan Falun by hand. I was then in my 50s and did not know how to write. When I attempted to copy the book, my hands were shaking so hard that I could not hold a pen; I gave up. Soon after I fell and tore my new pants. Looking inward, I found out that postnatal concepts had closed my mind and that I should think "outside of the box." I picked up the pen, and thought of Master's words in the Sixth Talk in Zhuan Falun: "When you go home and write a few words, it doesn't matter how good or bad your handwriting is, they'll have energy!" (verified)
I was determined to copy the books by hand and now have for years copied Zhuan Falun, The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa, Essentials for Further Advancement, and "Lectures in the United States" and others. I have studied the Fa by copying the books, and I have practiced the exercises. All my illness symptoms quietly disappeared. I became very healthy after practicing, and my husband has received benefits from the practice and is healthy, too.
Grossly abused at the Acheng No. 2 Detention Center
On May 26, 2000 I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. The police arrested and later detained me at the Acheng No. 2 Detention Center. The guards violently attacked us, slapping our faces and beating us with brooms and plastic cords. Male guard Yang Qi kicked a woman practitioner in the stomach with his leather boots while she practiced the sitting exercise on a bed. Another time, Yang Qi grabbed my hair and threw me on the concrete floor. He did the same to the other two women practitioners. Guard Lu Qi poured cold water on us from head to toe in the winter when we practiced the sitting exercise on our beds. Our clothes and quilts were soaked. He then threw lit fireworks into our hands. This kind of abuse continued for over a month.
We appealed many times and requested an appointment with 610 Office officials who never showed. We held a group hunger strike and demanded that the camp unconditionally release us. Instead, the detention center head and guards force-fed us to torture us. They mixed a highly concentrated salt solution with liquor and moldy corn flour; eight guards including Yang Qi, Lu Qi, and one surnamed Han worked together to make us eat. They pushed me onto a chair, held my jaw, pinched my nose, and forced the mixture into my mouth. They beat me if I did not open my mouth. I could hardly breathe and started to cry. Others ended up vomiting. Many sustained mouth injuries, bled, and had swollen jaws. I tried to stand up and got hit from behind so that I almost fell. Detention center head Guo arrived and verbally abused us. This force-feeding continued for five days.
I was released. One day, officers Li Xiaojiang and Ma Jianfen from Shenli Police Station broke in and asked if I still practiced Falun Gong. I told them, "Of course! How could I not, since Falun Gong is so great." They dragged me out of my home. It had snowed, and I only wore a sweater and slippers. I was arrested again. My left arm was broken in the struggle with the police.
Several of us were arrested and detained at the Wanjia Forced Labor Camp on June 14, 2001. Xi Jinglong from Acheng City Police Department was behind this plot.
Tortured in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp
Arriving at the Seventh Ward of Wanjia Forced Labor Camp for the first time, I was surrounded by collaborators who used to practice Falun Gong but then betrayed their faith. They took turns trying to convince me to give up Falun Gong. Three women practitioners in the old Class Three died as a result of the brutal persecution in the middle of the night on June 20, 2001.
Wanjia Labor Camp officials used the following torture methods on practitioners. Each person sat on a plastic stool and stayed still or was either beaten or had to stand still. We sweat sitting for a long time, especially in the summer. I developed scabies in combination with purulence and bleeding. It really hurt when these injuries stick to my clothes. At the worst time I had scabies all over my body and could not wear clothes. I had to use a piece of black fabric to cover myself; it was so itchy I could barely sleep.
We were tortured on November 6, 2001, in Wanjia Hospital at the behest of camp head Shi Yingbai. We were locked in a room that could be monitored from outside. We were forbidden from practicing the Falun Gong exercises. We had to get guard Yu Fangli's permission to use the toilet.
A woman practitioner in her 60s wanted to relieve herself but guard Yu Fangli forbade it and locked the door. The woman had to relieve herself in her pants. Once as we sent righteous thoughts, the guards beat us with broom handles. I attempted to stop her by pointing out her evil acts. She turned the handle on me and hit my face. The right side of my face started to bleed and swell.
Another time, incited by guard Yu Fangli, criminals pushed us into a hallway. Hospital doctor Suen used a large piece of metal to scratch my scabies. It hurt and bled badly. I pointed out their evil actions, making two criminals become fearful enough that they stopped torturing me.
We were transferred back to the Seventh Ward on January 21, 2002. Some of us who had health problems due to the torture were located on the second floor, guarded by criminal inmate Fu Lihai. She beat us using chairs, brooms or water bottles whenever we practiced the exercises.
Practitioner Ms. Meng Xianzhi died as a result of torture on March 4, 2002.
Fifty eight-year old Dafa practitioner Tang Baozhi from Jinhua City Zhejiang Province and her daughter Chen Yao were illegally sentenced in 2006 and were detained in Zhejiang Province Women's Prison located in Hangzhou City. In order to resist the persecution of herself and her daughter, Tang Baozhi started a hunger strike in the beginning of April 2008 and it has been over 400 days since then. Officials in Zhejiang women's prison prohibit her family from seeing her and her family is extremely worried about her.
Tang Baozhi was arrested by the police on October 26, 2005. Her daughter Chen Yao was detained on October 28, 2005. They did not cooperate with the 610 Office personnel in the brainwashing class and later they were sent to the Jinhua Detention Center. Ms Tang was sentenced to 5 years in prison in June 2006 and Chen Yao was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months. The mother and the daughter were transferred to the Zhejiang Province Women's Prison in Hangzhou. Chen Yao has been locked in a small cell and force-fed many times. In the second half of 2007, she was sent to a "Youth Hospital" set up by the Zhejiang province prison administration bureau. Her lower limbs had withered and she could not walk due to the persecution. Chen Yao went on a hunger strike to resist the persecution on January 7, 2008. Ms. Tang requested that the prison release her daughter for medical treatment but the prison did not agree, so Tang Baozhi went on hunger strike herself to protest on April 8, 2008. The prison fed the mother and the daughter by force via tubes.
Tang Baozhi used to be a model worker in Zhejiang Province and worked for the bus transportation industry at Jinhua City. Before cultivation, she had many symptoms of disease and received no help from various medical treatments. She could not see much improvement after practicing other kinds of qigong for many years either. Later she started to cultivate Falun Dafa and she recovered soon after. Because she had benefited in body and mind from Falun Dafa, she became a volunteer teaching assistant for the practice site and taught Falun Dafa to other people.
Tang Baozhi went to Beijing to appeal in November 1999. Later she was caught by the police and taken back to her hometown where she was illegally detained and then to 3 and a half years. Her home was searched many times. Her husband had been abducted and sent to a brainwashing center and was persecuted there twice. Her daughter, Chen Yao, 32 years old and a graduate of Tongji University, Shanghai, was also sent to a brainwashing center and lost her job. Her younger sister Tang Xiaomei's house was searched many times and her computer was confiscated by the police.
Fang Yuhong, second in command of Zhejing Women Prison, led several guards to inhumanly torture the practitioners who kept their belief in Falun Dafa. They built many secret prison cells. The cells had no windows and photos insulting Dafa were pasted all over the walls. They play video tapes insulting to Dafa all day long and use very strong light. Dafa practitioners are detained there from six months to a year. They are prohibited from sleeping and if they fall asleep, they stab them with needles to awaken them. They only provide a small bite of rice and little bit of pickle to keep the practitioners alive. Sometimes they tie the practitioners' hands and feet on the bed continuously for several months and prohibit them from going to the bathroom. The practitioners have to go in their pants. For a couple of months the practitioners are prohibited from taking a shower. Even the summer, they are prohibited from taking a shower for months at a time and are not allowed to change their underwear. Under the instruction of Fang Hong, those murderers often press the practitioners down to the ground, beat and kick them, and hit the practitioners' heads against the wall.
The Dafa practitioners protested and tried to appeal. Fang Hong did not allow any appeal. So in the end, Dafa practitioners went on a hunger strike to protest. In recent years, there have been many hunger strikes in Zhengzhou women's prison from several days' duration to several years.
(Clearwisdom.net) In April 2000, a practitioner from Huangshi City and I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. We were arrested before we even arrived at the Appeals Bureau and taken to the Dongcheng District Detention Center. There I experienced and witnessed how brutally guards employed by the Chinese Communist Party treated Falun Dafa practitioners.
It was still very cold in April that year in Beijing but I saw guards knocking a sixty-year old female practitioner to the ground, drenching her from head to toe with cold water, and forcing her to kneel on the ground in her wet clothes. When she refused to kneel, the guard forced her to sit in the water for over two hours. The practitioner later told us, "Teacher was strengthening me. I felt waves of warmth and did not feel cold at all."
The next morning, the guards took nine of us to a psychiatric hospital, and told a nurse: "They are on a hunger strike. Use tubes to force feed them." I told the nurse that we were not on a hunger strike, and she should not force feed us. The guard then told her that we were psychotics and she should not listen to us. They then tied us to beds, and inserted stiff plastic tubes into our noses. Rather than force-feeding us, they let the tube slip out, and thrust them in again and again. They were trying to force us to renounce Falun Dafa using this form of torture but since we did not waver, they eventually took us back to the Detention Center.
Screams of agony could be heard coming from the cells that lasted from dusk to dawn. The door of our cell opened, and two people dragged in a thirty-year-old practitioner and threw her on the spare bunk bed. She had wet herself and was crying: "They shocked me with electricity for over half an hour. Both my legs have lost sensation and I cannot walk. Others are still over there getting shocked." I felt awful and said to myself: "I cannot let my fellow practitioners down." I suddenly remembered an inspiring story about another practitioner who had survived torture with the help of righteous thoughts and my fellow practitioners were encouraged by this. The practitioner who had just been dragged in sat up, stretched her legs, and soon recovered.
On the third day, the police took us in groups to the psychiatric hospital again, and threatened to electrically shock us. They inserted needles into the Renzhong, Yongquan, and Hegu acupuncture points and applied current through electric leads, causing severe cramps. It will sometimes even tear the muscle and cripple a person. They continued with this form of torture on the fourth and fifth day. Finally, they realized that we would not change our minds about practicing Falun Dafa and said: "We will agree to whatever you guys say (about how to release you), as long as it's not an unconditional release."
More than a hundred and fifty practitioners from all over the country were held in the Dongcheng District Detention Center. Forty of us decided that we would write a letter of appeal to expose the situation in the jail, tell everyone about how the media fabricated the news, sign and mail it.
In late April, I was taken back to Huangshi City. The police took me to the Huangshi First Detention Center. I was shocked as soon as I stepped into the cell. Four of the five practitioners were handcuffed and shackled; three among them were doubly shackled. The police tortured one of the practitioners by grating her wrists against the rusty handcuffs, cutting into her flesh, causing her to bleed and severely bruising her wrists. The practitioner sweated profusely and became all pale, but did not make a sound.
(Clearwisdom.net) A "Solemn Declaration" is a person's public statement to the world that whatever he or she has done or said under duress or deception that was against Falun Dafa is null and void. These statements have come from Falun Dafa practitioners in China who wish to express regret that, in the face of physical torture and brainwashing, they signed documents renouncing Dafa and guaranteeing not to practice again. Now, they hereby declare their intention to resume practicing Falun Dafa.
Here are some examples of the Solemn Declarations:
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(Clearwisdom.net) After reading a practitioner's article entitled "Sense of Mission and Attachment of Doings Things," was posted on the Minghui Website on July 10, 2009 (http://minghui.org/mh/articles/2009/7/10/204268.html). I shared a similar view. The attachment of doing things is an attachment a cultivator should eliminate. However, that does not mean we should do less or do nothing to save sentient beings as we cultivate away the attachment of doing things.
It seems that some practitioners have been using the attachment of doings things as justification for not clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings, or as an excuse for not stepping forward, for being passive, or not working hard enough to save sentient beings. If you fear that you'll have the attachment of doing things, that you will be persecuted, not want to or not do enough to save sentient beings, how are you going to save more people? We use every possible means to clarify the truth and save sentient beings: explaining the facts about Falun Dafa and advising people to do the three withdrawals face-to-face, distributing fliers, and sending email. Practitioners makes good use of his/her talent, form and not disappoint Teacher's expectation, so that we can save more sentient beings. Many practitioners have participated in many projects to save people. With so much needing to be done, can we not do these things?
Haven't we often heard this? When a practitioner is persecuted, some practitioners do not first eliminate the evil, instead, they check to see if the practitioner had any omission, and blamed the practitioner. My understanding is that we should first negate the persecution, eliminate the evil beings and elements, then search within ourselves to see if we have any shortcomings. We should see if we can have a positive impact, and if we don't do well this time, we'll do better next time.
We are cultivating in the human world, we therefore cannot possibly be free of attachments. Without attachments, we cannot stay in the human world even if we want to, which means that we won't be able to save people. My understanding is that the way practitioners cultivate in the Fa-rectification is different from what ordinary cultivation will be in the future. In Fa-rectification cultivation, Dafa practitioners are faced with all the filthy, evil beings and elements which are controlled by the old forces, and which penetrate anywhere and everywhere. While cultivating among ordinary people, it is difficult for Dafa practitioners not to be polluted or interfered with. Practitioners cannot possibly be like gods, and will always have bad human attachments or bad behavior. "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master." (Zhuan Falun)
We should persist in studying the Fa and cultivating our xinxing, be strict with ourselves, and restrict our human attachments, in particular, we should eliminate bad thoughts as soon they emerge, then our human attachments will eventually be eliminated. As long as we are genuine practitioners who follow Teacher's requirements, Teacher will definitely eliminate that mark of the human world for us.
(Clearwisdom.net) The Clearwisdom/Minghui website is now ten years old. Despite constant attacks, hardship and dangers, the website plays an important role in validating the Fa because of the efforts of all Falun Dafa practitioners who play a part in it in some way.
The website is a bond that ties millions of practitioners together in an effort to uncover the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. The website reports the CCP minions' evil conduct, clears up misconceptions about Falun Gong and assists Master to save sentient beings. It is also a forum to share experiences about validating the Fa so that practitioners can help each other in many ways. Much that is published on the website requires effort by Dafa practitioners worldwide and bears witness to the mighty virtue of Dafa and the process of Dafa practitioners' walking their path towards consummation.
Negating the Persecution -- Rescuing through Telephone Calls
Ms Yanmei Liao started practicing Falun Dafa in December 2001 and gained physical and mental health. Once she realized that the persecution of Falun Gong is inhuman and brutal, she became a team member of the China telephone-calling group. They telephone people in China to clear up misperceptions about Falun Gong and negate the persecution. Ms. Liao suggests that Clearwisdom is the foremost tool that helps her to persist in her efforts to achieve justice for Falun Gong.
Since practicing Falun Gong, Ms. Liao looks younger than her age. It is difficult to believe that she is sixty-three years old.
She remembers that at the beginning of her cultivation, her family did not own a computer. Fellow practitioners printed articles from the website for her. Slowly she came to understand the true meaning of cultivation. After some time, she joined a team of practitioners that telephone China to clear up misperceptions about Falun Gong. Visiting the website became a daily routine. She especially pays attention to "News and Events around the World" and "Accounts of Persecution."
Ms Liao said that Clearwisdom is a platform that brings Falun Gong practitioners together. While being involved with the rescue of arrested and detained practitioners in China, she realizes that it is very difficult to obtain phone numbers in China. Therefore, she came to truly cherish the first-hand information from Clearwisdom.
It helped her tremendously when she heard that practitioners were released from detention. Such information is an inspiration for Ms Liao and others, and spurs them on to continue in their efforts.
She also shared that sometimes she was not diligent and at those times she experienced problems when calling China and clarifying the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. She visited the website and read many experience sharing articles. This helped her solve her problems and get back on track. She said, "If there was no Clearwisdom, I would not do that well."
Bringing Atrocities to Light
Clearwisdom publishes first-hand information about the persecution of Falun Gong, informing the public while frightening those involved in the persecution. Once, Ms Liao called the 610 Office and asked for the person directly responsible for the persecution in a given area. The person who answered the phone told her that he had been transferred because he had been exposed too many times on Clearwisdom. This shows clearly that the villains are frightened when their evil conduct is exposed and this negates the persecution to some degree.
Clearwisdom Points to the Ills in Society
Practitioners of different ages can learn from experiences shared on Clearwisdom. Some could learn to look at issues from the Fa's perspective, others discovered attachments and what they had done wrong and they thus improved and changed their ways. Some youth practitioners stayed away from the cyber world after reading articles on Clearwisdom.
Young practitioners that are busy with studies could follow the course of the Fa-rectification through Clearwisdom. Yijun Li is a high school student about to take the University entrance exams. Two years ago, she started practicing Falun Gong on her teacher's recommendation. She used her 30-minute lunch break to study the Fa or do the exercises. Then, she wrote down her experiences and had it published on Clearwisdom.
With teacher's encouragement, she visited Clearwisdom very often and read the experiences shared by fellow practitioners. This helped her realize the difference between cultivating and not cultivating and taught her the seriousness of cultivation. She changed her life style and no longer had sexual relations. Besides, she became strict in upgrading her xinxing, and made peace with her father. Noticing her changes, Li's mother and sister also began to practice Falun Gong, resulting in a good family relationship. Li appreciates Clearwisdom that helped her improve, learn so much and provided such a good environment.
There are so many examples like this. Practitioners work in different industries, yet, Clearwisdom provides practitioners with a platform to obtain the Fa and practice cultivation.
Mr. Chen works for a private company and is exposed to a high-pressured environment. Except for some major activities, he could rarely attend local Fa study groups. But, he visited Clearwisdom daily. Several days ago, he realized that practitioners in China rescued others who were illegally imprisoned with righteous thoughts and righteous actions. This sudden realization helped him find the deeply ingrained attachment to comfort. When he recognized that some fellow practitioners were reciting the Fa he was reminded to try harder.
Despite Being Attached to Sickness, Clearwisdom Helped Her Obtain the Fa
Clearwisdom helps those with a predestined relationship to Master Li, such as Miss Liao Peiru.
Now, after obtaining the Fa, Miss Liao is an English teacher at Shulin high school. She got married recently. When she was talking about how she obtained the Fa, she still could not conceal her excitement and gratitude. Just one essay on Clearwisdom lead her to find the Fa and saved her from despair.
After obtaining the Fa, Ms. Liao Peiru (center) has become a different person. Her mother (left) and sister (right) also attained Falun Gong.
In 2004, she was 25 years old and attended the doctoral program at Purdue University in the U.S. She came down with rheumatoid arthritis and was unable to pick up her chopsticks.
Thoughts of a life filled with pain, without any hope of cure and large medical bills made her lose hope and she thought of suicide. She decided to fly to the Grand Canyon and jump out of the airplane. She wrote her will and booked the ticket online.
She once more surfed the Web for articles on rheumatoid arthritis. Suddenly, she found an article "Rheumatoid Arthritis Cured Miraculously." She read it. A Chinese Falun Gong practitioner who had suffered from that illness wrote it. She began to read other articles on the website. She read articles that talked about different kinds of diseases, such as cancer, and excessive bone development. The people were cured after practicing Falun Gong. This gave her a glimmer of hope.
One month later, she could sit in the full-lotus position. Her family members and neighbors witnessed her changes and started practicing Falun Gong.
Miss Liao's example is only one of many such miraculous recoveries reported on Clearwisdom.
Learn from Each Other and Make Progress Together
A local practitioner understood that everyone was at different levels, but she had difficulties enlightening to some Fa truths. Reading articles on Clearwisdom helped her raise her understanding and consequently her cultivation level at a much faster rate.
Elderly Practitioners Visit Clearwisdom to Break Through Notions and Save Sentient Beings
Ms. Chen is a co-coordinator of a truth-clarifying material production site. For her, Clearwisdom is an important tool to improve her understanding of the Fa.
An elderly practitioner, uncle Chen, lives in her house. His hearing is poor and he has a strong accent. He lacked confidence to clarifying the truth to ordinary people. Ms. Chen studied the Fa with other practitioners at a truth-clarifying material production site, and then shared with uncle Chen from the Fa's perspective. Although he could see issues from Fa's perspective, he made no progress. One day, Ms Chen found an experience-sharing article on Clearwisdom by someone that had similar problems as uncle Chen, but he was active in the truth clarification efforts.
Ms Chen printed the article and gave it to Uncle Chen. He was touched. The next day he let go of his worries and was no longer afraid. He worked with other practitioners' clarifying the facts over the Internet. That day, with his help, one precious being was saved. Later on, Uncle Chen even went to Hong Kong to clarify the facts about Falun Gong with other practitioners.
Archived report -- witnessing Falun Dafa spreading worldwide
Ms Chunmei Wang is a coordinator of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association. She visits Clearwisdom. She reads not only "Personal Cultivation" and "Persecution Account" articles, but also "Falun Dafa Worldwide" and the "Photo Archive."
She looks to see what activities are being held in various regions in the hope that her area could hold similar activities. The Clearwisdom Photo Archive inspired and enlightened her to ways of spreading the Fa and exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. "These pictures are a great weapon against CCP rumors."
(Clearwisdom.net) I obtained the Fa in February 1998. Before that, I was a cancer patient. I had undergone eight surgeries, taking medications and injections every day. However, my condition worsened day by day and I would pass blood in my stools. The county hospital could not diagnose which of my internal organs was bleeding and I was referred to the provincial hospital. After investigation, they discovered that there was an abnormal growth in my bladder. The growth was the reason why I would pass a lot of blood in my urine and stools. Further investigation revealed that I was anemic because I lost too much blood. The hospital requested my family members to submit twenty thousand Yuan for a blood transfusion so they could thus carry out a surgery on me. They would re-route my ureter so that I could pass urine through a tube attached externally. I was already in my 70s and I did not wish to go through another operation, so I left the hospital and went home to wait for death.
A Falun Gong practitioner recommended Falun Gong to me. I was fortunate to obtain the Fa. Initially, I had difficulty walking, but I persisted in going to watch Master's lectures on video every day. The more I watched, the more I wanted to watch. I would listen attentively. The more I listened, the more it seemed like Master was talking only to me. I would feel very comfortable all over. Master said,
"Due to karma resulting from past wrongdoing, one has illnesses or tribulations; suffering is repaying a karmic debt, and thus nobody can casually change this." (Zhuan Falun)
One night when I was sleeping, I felt that it was as though a bowl of water was poured from the top of my head and it passed through my whole body. I said, "Master, you are helping me to cleanse my body, I thank you!" After having my breakfast, I would continue to go to the house of the two senior practitioners to watch Master's lectures on video. Five days later, I brought five other friends to listen to the lectures. I was thankful that another practitioner helped me buy the book Zhuan Falun. I took the book home and besides listening to Master's lectures, I would read the book Zhuan Falun. One day later, Master helped to cleanse my body again.
I suddenly woke up at 4:00 am that morning with the urge to pass urine. I sat on the toilet bowl and passed out a lot of dried blood. I was not dizzy and my vision was clear, I knew that it was Master helping me to eliminate karma. As I live alone, I did not tell my children. It was already past 5:00 am. I called a fellow practitioner and told her that Master is eliminating karma for me and I passed out a pool of blood. This practitioner came to my house and witnessed everything. When the sun rose, the practitioner went home and cooked some rice and vegetables for me. I ate everything. In the daytime we continued to watch Master's lectures and from then on I never passed blood anymore. My health recovered completely. Master's compassion towards me cannot be described with words. From then on, I told everyone I met about this miracle that happened to me. I want to validate Dafa and help to offer salvation to more people.
On July 20, 1999, the CCP started to defame and spread rumors about Falun Gong. Although the evil was brazen, I did not let up on my Fa study and doing the exercises for a single day. During that period of time, I frequently told others about the benefits of Falun Gong. I went to Shenzhen City and Guangzhou Province to visit my friends and relatives. I gave them truth clarifying materials and also went back to my hometown in Northern China. I went to Inner Mongolia and Hebei Province to tell my relatives and friends about the miraculous healing effects of Falun Gong.
Recalling the path I have taken for the past ten years, each step I took was under the compassionate protection of Master. I know that I still have many human attachments to cultivate away. I know that I have to let go of many attachments, some of which I have realized and some of which I am still unaware of. Thus, I must be diligent in my Fa study and do well the three things required by Master.
As my cultivation level is limited, if there is anything inappropriate, fellow practitioners, please kindly it point out.
(Clearwisdom.net) In the winter of 2008, we began to distribute Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD's directly to the people we met. In winter, most of the residential buildings have electronic locks at the entrance. It became difficult to distribute the DVD's to each family without loss. I had the idea of handing out DVD's directly in person. I did not believe there would be any risk; in fact, there might be an opportunity to create a new way to clarify the truth. After sharing with another practitioner, we decided to do it.
While distributing the 2009 Shen Yun, we handed out nearly all of our DVD's in person. We had a late start, and we did not have enough people to make the DVD's as well as hand them out. So far, we have handed out about 700 sets of packages, half of which are DVD's. While handing them out, we always learned from individual experiences and lessons. We gradually relinquished more and more human attachments and notions, and our righteous thoughts got stronger and stronger. Now we would like to share some of those experiences.
1) Watch a Few More Times; Learn the Meaning Behind the Show
When we began distributing the 2009 Shen Yun DVD, we ourselves had only watched the show once or twice. We also had some ordinary people's notions. So we commented, I like this one; I did not see the meaning of the other, etc. Some other practitioners would also make comments such as: not bad, it's ok. So when we handed out the DVD's, we did not have much to say. All we could say was: It's very good, very beautiful.
Later, we found it necessary to inspect the quality of the DVDs, so we spent more time watching the show. The more we watched, the more we felt the show resonating. The music became so powerful that the minute we heard it, we began to shed tears. Language could not describe the boundless compassion and hope within the music, the lyrics and the dance. Later on, when we gave people the DVD's, we could wholeheartedly tell them why the Shen Yun show is beautiful and precious.
2) Break Through Personal Notions
There is an old saying, "With everything, the most difficult phase is the beginning." Master told us in Zhuan Falun, "When it's impossible to do, you can do it." It's up to us to figure out how to break through our notions and if we have the resolve to do it. When we wholeheartedly cultivate ourselves following Master's Fa, let go of our personal interests, and give the highest priority to saving sentient beings, then nothing is too difficult to do.
When we met someone passing by, we said with a smile: "Hello, shopping for groceries? I have a DVD. It's Shen Yun Performing Arts, do you want it?" Based on their reaction, we told them how wonderful the show is. When they asked whether or not this was Falun Gong related, we did not avoid the topic. Some refused when they heard Falun Gong. Some took it when they heard Falun Gong.
3) Individualize the Approach to Different People
To senior citizens or people with poor health, we told them the show provides benefits to their health. However, we did not say the show can heal their illness. That could cause them to have a strong attachment, and might bring negative consequences. To elderly people, we said: "This show carries a strong energy field, and people with illnesses felt very comfortable when watching it." "When you feel down, or sick, watching this show can help you feel better." "If people in your family are sick, tell them to watch the show a few times. He will feel much better." When we met manual laborers, we said: "You have worked hard for the whole day, why don't you watch the show and relax? You will feel rested." To young people, we told them the show has been performed all over the world and has raised the opinion of traditional Chinese culture for the world's people.
Our general introduction included the following: this is a performing arts show which is pure and beautiful; it expresses traditional culture through classical Chinese dance. If time allows, we also tell them some of the highlights of the show. When people asked why we give this to them, we told them: "We just want to promote traditional culture."
One day I met an elderly worker from my workplace. When I asked him if he was interested in the DVD, he told me he had no DVD player. I knew that was an excuse, so I said: "This is a performing arts show that is very pure and beautiful. The group has presented over 300 performances all over the world. It is very popular. The show lets you enjoy the performing arts, and gives you health benefits. He said: please give me one. I told him to watch it often when he had time. A few days later, I met his wife and asked: "Did you see the show?" She immediately responded, "Yes, it was really good. We have watched it a few times already." I said, "That's wonderful, keep watching the show whenever you have time. People's illnesses are 70% caused by their emotions and 30% from physical causes. Clean and pure music can make people's mental states stabilize and heal people's illnesses." She said: "I believe in this!"
Encouraging people to watch the show can help them feel Dafa's power and receive salvation.
4) Break Through People's Notions; Watching the DVD Can Save People
Because we are cultivating, we still have some human notions. That makes our mission more difficult. When we began to distribute the DVD's, I was not very sure how people might react, and thought, some people may not like to see the show. With that thought, I indeed met a few people who said "I don't enjoy watching performing arts." After I gained more appreciation of Shen Yun's profound meaning and spent more time reading Master's Lectures, I realized that my own notions hindered people. After I relinquished my notions, I always told people: "This is a show that's pure and beautiful." Afterwards, I never heard another person tell me he or she "does not like performing arts."
Since I am the only one who makes the DVD's (purchasing, burning, labeling and packaging), I have a deep appreciation that the DVD's do not come easy. Sometimes I worry if people will throw it away without watching it. Therefore, I always make sure they really want to accept it before giving them the disc.
5) Eliminate all Interference; Steadfastly Move Along the Path to Save People
During our effort, we also met with interference. Someone even threatened to inform the police. I did not have any fear, and continued to distribute DVD's. But later, some fears came to my mind: what if they really did report me to the police? If they arrest me or take me to the police station, what should I do? What about ending up in a detention center? After these thoughts came out, I tried to expel them: They are not my thoughts! But I could not completely get rid of them. One day, it suddenly dawned on me: "Because I still have fear in the bottom of my heart, the evil keeps injecting such bad stuff into my brain, causing me to have so much fear that I do not dare to distribute the DVD's. The evil wanted me to abandon the path of saving sentient beings." After this realization, I immediately denied the thought and eliminated the interference. After that, these thoughts vanished.
I knew that Dafa disciples should improve their own xinxing before they complete their cultivation. They must fulfill their pre-historic vows and save more people. We really have to be determined to make breakthroughs in our cultivation. If we enjoy the leisure and comfort of the status quo, then we can never make the first step. At the beginning of handing out the DVD's, every time I went out, I felt uneasy. I always tried to find a reason not to go. I also wished others could do more so I did not have to work so hard. When I had a large pile of DVD's sitting there waiting to be distributed, I felt a great pressure. Sometimes I complained about others not doing enough.
After I repeatedly studied the Fa and looked inward, I stopped blaming and relying on others. The excessive DVD pileup was also taken by other practitioners. When things were not going smoothly, when several people refused to take the DVD, when people said negative things, when people stared at me and cursed, could I endure them?
Master said in Zhuan Falun:
"The master takes you through the entrance, and it is up to you, yourself to practice cultivation. It all depends upon how you, yourself practice cultivation. Whether you can practice cultivation all depends upon whether you can endure, sacrifice, and suffer. If you can commit your mind, no difficulties can stop you. I would say that there is not a problem."
6) The Advantage of Handing Out DVD's in Person
First, this allows us to meet all kinds of people. During the interaction, all human notions come out, allowing us to cultivate and improve.
Second, we get direct feedback. So far most feedback has been positive. Someone said they did not understand the meanings of the performances. We took the opportunity to explain and tell them to watch Shen Yun again.
Third, we can make breakthroughs in our attachment to our fear of telling people the truth in person. As a result, our righteous thoughts are enhanced. At the beginning, I had a lot of fear. Now I no longer have much left. I recently began to experiment using a new approach: directly telling people passing by to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. This will speed up the pace to save sentient beings.
It minimizes the loss of DVD's.
In order to hand out more DVD's, make people accept them more willingly, and save more people, we must pay attention to Fa study and sending forth righteous thoughts. We should try to attend group Fa study and sending righteous thoughts. When sending forth righteous thoughts, think "eliminate all evils that prevent people from watching Shen Yun." If two people work in a group, it's even better. Before starting, we should try to send forth righteous thoughts as time allows.
When our minds are righteous and our hearts are calm, we hand out more DVD's, and even those who refused still thank us. We should treat every moment of everyday life as cultivation. Look inside for the source of our problems. When we give people DVD's, we should watch for their reaction, and make sure they really want to keep it. We should give them an introduction whenever possible. We should also encourage them to pass it on to others.
We have not done enough. Many practitioners have done more and they may not have time to write down their experiences. We would like to share our experience to encourage practitioners who have not stepped forward.
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Obtaining the Fa and recovering from the side effects of a stroke
My wife and I obtained the Fa before July 20, 1999. My wife became a practitioner a year before me. Before then, we both practiced another type of qigong, but suddenly my wife had a stroke. She was in the hospital for a month. The medical bills were over 4000 yuan, but she still had severe side effects. The left side of her body became completely numb, with no sensation. She needed personal day to day assistance. I had to take care of both my home and the orchard, which was a really big burden. I was physically and mentally tired and exhausted.
One day my sister-in-law came from the city to see my wife. She was a Falun Gong practitioner. She advised us not to practice the qigong that we had practiced and suggested that we practice Falun Gong. She gave many examples of how Falun Gong can help people to improve their health and gave us the book Zhuan Falun. From that day on, my wife started to read the book every day. Three days later, she began to regain feeling in her hands and feet. On the 10th day, she was able to get out of bed and walk slowly. Less than one month later, she could completely take care of herself. Practitioners from a neighboring village were invited to teach her the five exercises.
The miraculous effect of Falun Gong on my wife moved me deeply. I had supported her practice, but I thought I had no need to practice it since I was very healthy. Because my wife didn't have much education, she often asked me about the unfamiliar words in the book or asked me to explain the meaning of different sentences in the book. As time passed, I also started my cultivation of Falun Gong.
My wife was the first person to practice Falun Gong in our village. Her recovery story encouraged many people, and many of them started to practice Falun Gong. We set up a practice site at my home. Naturally, I became the one in charge of the practice site. By word of mouth, many people came to learn Falun Gong. In less than a year, we had four practice sites in our village with more than 100 practitioners. We studied the Fa and practiced the exercises every day. We regularly held activities to spread the Fa and share our experiences.
Persevering in our cultivation despite the persecution
The CCP started a large scale persecution of Falun gong on July 20, 1999. In order to restore Falun Gong's good reputation, we appealed to higher authorities and participated in activities to clarify the truth, such as distributing fliers and posting messages. We prepared informational materials during the daytime and distributed them till midnight. We distributed materials in more than ten villages nearby several times. Every family was covered. We prepared many small flags with the words "Falun Gong Is Good" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Is Good." Each flag had a string with a cobblestone attached at the end. We threw them into the branches of the trees alongside the road. Overnight, colorful flags floated from the trees along the road stretching for several miles, which was a really wonderful sight.
Recalling the past ten years of my experience, I have tumbled, gone astray, learned lessons, gained much, and gotten rid of many attachments. For example, after studying Master's article, "A Person in Charge is Also a Cultivator " (Essentials For Further Advancement), I got rid of one of my attachments: "Since I have done so much Dafa work as the person in charge, Master cannot leave me behind." My wife and I are almost 70 years old. In order to have more time to do the three things well and help people quit the CCP and its associated organizations, we gave up our orchard, which can produce 20,000 yuan in fruit each year, to others. Our children are all in the city and have good living conditions. They have always asked us to stay with them. However, we decided to stay in the countryside. We study and practice Falun Gong in our simple country house and do what we should do.
July 2, 2009
Right after the publication of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, I told one of my relative's children about the persecution of Falun Gong. I also explained about withdrawing from the Party so that he could be saved. He told me without any hesitation, "I want to withdraw."
Several days later, when I saw him again, he told me a story. He dreamed that he was locked up in a room. There was a ghost's paw scratching the wall. Wherever it scratched, bloody marks appeared. He was very frightened. Later a person who looked like me saved his life. After hearing his story, I told him that Master saved his life and asked him to thank Teacher. He told me, "I have gratitude in my heart." It is indeed true that "Cultivation depends on the efforts of the individual while transforming gong is done by the master." (Zhuan Falun). Many things are done by Master.