Authorities Persecute Outstanding Students at Chongqing University
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Wu Jie and Ms. Mi Xiaozheng were students of the class of 2001 at the College of Civil Engineering of Chongqing University. They were suspended from school because they practice Falun Gong. For the last four years, officials of Chongqing University refused to reinstate their student status using the excuse that they had "failed to be transformed" (1).
Based on the latest information, the official responsible for their case is Cao Junhao, who worked in the university security department. Under orders from the "610 Office" and school administrators, he appeared to be concerned about Wu Jie and Mi Xiaozheng, but in fact he was still very adamant about the rule of "No reinstatement of school status until total transformation." He has also threatened that prolonging the current situation might lead to the total dismissal of the two from the university.
More details of their story follow:
Ms. Wu Jie is 27 years old and from Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. She is currently living in Haikou City, Hainan Province. Mi Xiaozheng is 26 years old and from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. They were studying at the College of Civil Engineering, District B of Chongqing University and were in the same class. After they started practicing Falun Gong, their academic performance dramatically improved. They were ranked in the 1st and 3rd positions of the entire class. In addition to academic excellence, they also put demands on themselves based on Dafa's principles of "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance." Their standards of high virtue and their willingness to help others left very favorable impressions upon their classmates and teachers.
In July 1999, Wu Jie, Mi Xiaozheng and several other classmates went to Beijing to appeal against the persecution of Falun Gong. They wanted to tell the government about the personal rewards they had experienced by practicing Falun Gong. But the two students were abducted by the Appeals Office in Beijing and sent back to their school. They were taken to a "brainwashing class" in Geleshan City and to the university guesthouse by the "610 Office" and school officials. There they were subjected to brainwashing in a totally isolated environment for more than a month. Later on, the university cancelled their scholarships and put them under surveillance. The Chancellor of Chongqing University at that time was Zhu Jialin.
In the fall of 2000, the Chongqing City Political and Judiciary Committee, and Chongqing University officials again abducted Wu Jie and Mi Xiaozheng, and put them in a secluded brainwashing class located at the university guesthouse. They were coerced into choosing between practicing Dafa and being dismissed from the university, or renouncing Falun Gong. Wu Jie and Mi Xiaozheng went on a hunger strike to protest being persecuted. Soon afterwards they were forced to leave the school. By that time, both of them had already completed four years of study and only needed one more year to graduate. When they left with their parents, District B of Chongqing University prohibited them from publicizing the incident, similar to the discharge of Wei Xingyan (2), who also quietly left with her parents. Nobody has heard from any of these students since their departure.
Just before the Chinese New Year in 2001, Wu Jie was abducted again when she went to Beijing to appeal, and she was sent back to the school. She was detained at the Baiheling Detention Center in Chongqing City for 15 days and was not released until New Year's Eve. Ms. Wu was taken to the school's "brainwashing class" for the third time in nearly a month and was released after protesting by going on a hunger strike. But the school continued their suspension of her student status. During the ordeal, Wu Jie's father traveled all the way from his hometown and had to stay at a hotel waiting for his daughter to be released. Both Wu Jie's and Mi Xiaozheng's parents have endured much hardship by traveling thousands of miles from their hometowns. They also greatly suffered from witnessing the fact that their daughters are being deprived of their university education.
In the summer of 2001, Mi Xiaozheng was abducted and taken to the Shijiazhuang brainwashing class where she suffered severe mental tortures during the brainwashing. Chongqing University was about to reinstate her as a student, but eventually stopped going through with her reinstatement after finding out that Ms. Mi was still practicing Falun Gong.
Based on the latest information, both of these students and their parents have appealed numerous times to Cao Junhao, who is responsible for their suffering. They have asked that either the school reinstate their status as students, or issue them a diploma. Yet the university has evaded their requests for four years and continues to do so to this day. The torment and anguish suffered by these two young women and their parents is indescribable.
(1) "Transformed" refers to a practitioner being forced to renounce Falun Gong under severe mental and physical pressure.
(2) Ms. Wei Xingyan was a graduate student at Chongqing University. She was arrested for practicing Falun Gong and was raped by police in front of other inmates.