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A Story from the Beijing Subway

September 28, 2002 |   Written by an Australian practitioner


(Clearwisdom.net) A culture's folk stories, songs and poetry often reflect the morale of the people and what's happening in the society.

A friend of mine recently mentioned some of the stories circulating in China. One story goes like this. The head of the "610 Office" (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) Luo Gan, has been trying hard to get into the Politburo; however, this is now unlikely, as he has been accused of "failing to do a good job oppressing Falun Gong." Falun Gong TV programs have been broadcast in many provinces on various occasions and people have also been receiving letters and phone calls which clarify the truth to them, thus allowing Chinese citizens to find out that people from all walks of life around the world practice Falun Gong. Recently many Falun Gong banners have been posted in Baoding, Hengshui, Cangzhou and Shijiazhuang cities in Hebei Province with the words "Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance)" written on them.

Another story that was told was that on the subway train in Beijing, between Tiananmen Square and Wanshou Road, two people started a dispute with each other, and they were just about to start fighting. A person who sat next to them advised them: "The weather is very hot, and it is better to save up one's strength for other things. It isn't easy for anyone, so why make it so tough on yourselves?" The two people stopped the fight immediately. Other people in the train asked the person who had mediated, "Who are you? Why are you so kind?" The person replied, "I practice Zhen-Shan-Ren." Immediately some people in the carriage called out, "Long live Zhen-Shan-Ren!" "Zhen-Shan-Ren is good!" Afterwards the whole carriage called out together, "Zhen-Shan-Ren is great, great, great!"

It was said that this event was soon reported in the "Central Government News Brief," and soon became another piece of evidence that Luo Gan "was failing his task."

Soon afterwards many commuters noticed that there was an increased number of plainclothes police in the Wanshou Road underground trains. Yet the people soon recognized them as policemen, so they mocked them and said, "The weather is very hot. What are you doing here? Why not go and arrest some real criminals if you can!"