(Clearwisdom.net) Before the persecution of Falun Dafa began on July 20, 1999 many residents in Zhuji Town, Huaiyang County, Henan Province practiced Falun Dafa. After July 20 the persecution of Falun Dafa was most severe and brutal in this town. However, Dafa practitioners were determined and solid as a rock. They were willing to risk their lives to uphold the truth. They grew more and more mature, and their work became deeper and broader in clarifying the truth, exposing the evil, and saving sentient beings. The lies were exposed one after another, and the momentum of the evil was checked. Residents within miles gradually learned the truth of the persecution.
By the beginning of 2003 there were dozens of unpublicized exercise sites. Fellow practitioners periodically got together to study the Fa, do the exercises, and share experiences of cultivating Falun Dafa.
Since 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.] of Henan Province came and stayed in Huaiyang, the evil became rampant again for a while. The policemen from the county national security office and town police station constantly went to the houses of practitioners to harass them, search their homes, arrest and beat practitioners, and issue cash fines. Often, dozens of fully armed police officers in several police cars would come to a village to arrest Dafa practitioners. One time, over seventy police officers in more than 10 police vehicles came to a village to arrest kind and innocent Dafa practitioners.
In the beginning, the honest villagers were scared when facing the ferocious police in uniforms, with electric batons, sitting in the police cars. They all knew that Falun Dafa practitioners are kind people and good neighbors, but they were fearful to step out. They had something to say but were fearful of saying it. Later, villagers started talking to the police, asking them why they arrested people and what laws the practitioners had violated. When the villagers began talking, the police became scared. The villagers held the hands of practitioners to protect them from being arrested. The policemen had to let the practitioners go.
Now, the villagers have witnessed that righteousness is power! A righteous act can defeat all evil. Although the policemen had badges and batons, they did not have truth, thus they were not formidable. After that, whenever police came to the village, villagers would justly and powerfully defend the righteous. Whenever the police cars came, villagers left their work and gathered others by going door to door. In a moment the police cars would be surrounded with layers of people. The police could not realize their goal of arresting practitioners.
On January 20, 2004 villagers were preparing for the Chinese New Year. The spirit of the holiday was present everywhere. Policewoman Zhao Min, from the county national security brigade, and several policemen from the town came to a village in Zhuji Town to arrest practitioners. The police tried to arrest practitioners in their homes, and wanted to drag them into the police cars. Because it was the Chinese New Year Holiday, many young people who were doing business out of town had come back home. In an instant, people stood in circles, surrounding the police cars. Some villagers pulled the practitioners back, some villagers reasoned with the police. The police hesitated and their hold on the practitioners loosened. Practitioners immediately escaped and disappeared. The police, feeling dejected, went back to the cars and drove away. The villagers cheered and scolded the police.
February 23, 2004