Summary of Other Articles and News - 4/17/2002
(Spanish World News, Berlin) During Jiang's visit to Germany, Falun Gong practitioners exposed his relentless persecution of Falun Gong. Practitioners held peaceful protests and called for an end to the persecution, drawing greater attention to his crimes against humanity. Many human rights organizations, including Amnesty International spoke out against the Jiang regime's human rights violations.
(Radio Free Asia) 21-year-old American Falun Gong practitioner Andrew Ellsmore was beaten, dragged into a police vehicle and taken away after he held a peaceful appeal in Beijing. A western reporter on site was also arrested by the police. During the recent months, practitioners from outside of China have made many peaceful appeals in Tiananmen Square.
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Today 89 practitioners made solemn declarations stating that what they have said and done that was not consistent with Dafa standards, while experiencing brainwashing and other forms of persecution, are null and void. From now on they will make up for the losses they caused by redoubling their efforts to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to people and following Teacher in the Fa-Rectification process.
A letter to the "610 office" written by a practitioner in Northeast China:
I was sent to a forced labor camp for one year for going to Beijing to appeal. At the No. 2 city detention center, I was beaten with a plastic hose and slapped on the face. The guards put shackles weighing 80 jin [about 72.6 pounds] on me, and made me sit on an iron chair for one month. For nearly two months, I was not allowed to sleep. I was tortured so severely that I had a fever for a long time and terrible diarrhea, and scabies formed all over my buttocks. Later, I was force-fed salt water and extorted 1600 Yuan [about US $200, about 3 month's income in urban China].
The evil thugs in Jiamusi City determined Falun Gong to be "counter-revolutionary," and on April 9th began a blanket search throughout the city. Up to this point, more than 50 practitioners have been taken away from their homes. Fellow practitioners, please be careful and protect yourself. Many practitioners didn't position themselves right in the relationship between Fa rectification and individual cultivation. They weren't sure whether it would be responding to fear if they left home. When they had the chance to get out of their houses in time, they didn't. Later, they suffered persecution from the evil force. This is a good lesson.
On April 15, practitioner Mr. Ji in Shuangya City, Heilongjiang Province was kidnapped by vicious police and his computer was confiscated. In the same city, female practitioner Zhang Li was illegally arrested at home, and her mother, who is more than 80 years old and her young child were left with no one to care for them.
A 94-year-old woman in Linyi City, Shandong Province passed away at 1:40 p.m. on March 3. One year ago, a Dafa practitioner who was forced to leave home stayed at this woman's home and told her, "Falun Dafa, Truth, Compassion, Tolerance." From then on, the old woman often recited "Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" herself. One day after she passed away, her son and daughter-in-law suddenly saw a strong golden ray shoot up straight to heaven, and the old woman along with some practitioners who wore the immortal's clothes flew up along that golden ray.
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Jiang endlessly puts pressure on the German Government by trying to force the German Government to restrict Falun Gong practitioners from peacefully appealing. His entourage has grabbed practitioners' necks and covered their mouths to stop them from saying "Falun Dafa is good!" In addition, they have forcefully seized practitioners' banners to prevent them from being seen. Jiang's travels through Germany have limited the freedoms and human rights of German citizens and also shown the world the state-sanctioned terrorism Jiang applies in China.
After legal negotiations, the Saipan touring bureau agreed to let Falun Gong practitioners continue renting a booth at a night fair to demonstrate the exercises and spread the Fa. They also respect the necessary freedoms and rights that a Falun Gong practicing group should have. Dafa practitioners will return to the night fair on April 18.
Wang Bo is a failure who gave up her faith out of frustration. Her words do not have any negative effects on Falun Gong as a spiritual belief. Instead, they tell people how difficult and how valuable it is to uphold one's faith and choose goodness when encountering tribulations.
A letter to police from a hard working woman from Jilin City: I'm a 62-year-old woman. Several decades of hard work brought me all kinds of illnesses, but I miraculously recovered only 45 days after I started practicing Falun Gong. At this critical moment, it is up to you where to position yourself. Your attitude towards Dafa will determine your future. Please carefully consider, respect, and understand Falun Gong.
A Letter to an Old Classmate from a Dafa practitioner: I want to bring the beauty of "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance" to you. Please get rid of all the notions in your mind and view "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance" with a pure heart. Can you see anything wrong? Is there anything that is not good? Actually, the beautiful virtues of Chinese culture are all included inside. "Falun Dafa is the righteous Fa." "Falun Dafa is good." If you think so, too, such thinking will bring you the beauty of "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance." History will prove this.
The Power of the Righteous Thought
1. How do I eliminate the evil behind the persecution by sending forth righteous thoughts? I let myself get into the state of having a peaceful and compassionate mind ahead of time. Then I will recite the formula with full attention. Whenever my mind wanders away, I will immediately recall Master Li's formula word for word. As long as I have time, I will initiate the attack with righteous thoughts. It is more efficient to eradicate the evil and assist our Master on the earth when we are in the purest state of mind and heart.
2. The Amazing Letter "V" - a Story of the Fa-Rectification in Beijing: Last Autumn, a fellow practitioner and I went to Beijing to join the Fa-Rectification. I had a dream of a big "V" when I was on the airplane to Beijing. Facing hundreds of people and several travel groups on Tiananmen Square, we unfolded a banner and shouted loudly "Falun Dafa is good" etc. We communicated with the travelers without actual dialogue again and again. The police stood there foolishly without any response at all from the beginning to the end. Before we took the return flight, we found a "V" shaped section of green bushes beside a road that was the best place to put on our banner for people to see. We flew back home on the same day safely. I also recall that the routes we took to Tiananmen Square were the shapes of "V" as well.
3. Send Forth the Righteous Thoughts And Assist Master in Fa-Rectification; Fulfill the Wish of Saving People and Eradicate the Evil: A fellow practitioner and I went to our hometown villages to distribute Dafa truth materials. We sent forth righteous thoughts together for "letting good people be saved." The result was very good. Not long ago, I encountered a friend from my home village. She said to me excitedly: "I received two Falun Gong flyers. The articles are so good. Falun Gong people are all good people. They have suffered a lot for their practice." I was
very happy to hear that. It was not in vain to send forth the thought of "letting good people be saved." Another life has been saved.