(Clearwisdom.net) In 1992, Teacher Li Hongzhi introduced Falun Dafa to people in China. In 1996, many people in Ningjin County, Shandong Province learned about Falun Gong and started practicing Falun Gong. People who practiced Falun Gong improved their xinxing quickly, and the resultant improvements in their health were very impressive. The number of people practicing Falun Gong increased every day. By 1999, there were thousands of people in Ningjin County practicing Falun Gong. The improvement in their morals had a very positive effect on the people's civility in the Ningjin Area.

Among the practitioners of Ningjin County, some quit smoking and drinking, and some families and neighborhoods became harmonious. There was a story about a female practitioner. Before she obtained Falun Dafa, she had a strenuous relationship with her mother-in-law. After practicing Falun Gong, she actively looked inward and tried hard to make improvements. This practitioner did the house chores and showed respect to her mother-in-law. When her mother-in-law was sick, she took good care of her. Their relationship became better and better. Many neighbors talked positively about them.

A practitioner went shopping. After paying for the item, he found that the seller gave him extra change of five yuan. He immediately gave five yuan back to the seller. The seller was very moved and said, "Wow, you are really a good person. It is very hard to find someone like you nowadays. Thank you!" The practitioner said, "I practice Falun Gong. All practitioners behave like this, and we follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance to be good people. If people improve their morals, then you will find more people doing good deeds."

Practitioner Mr. Li Dianzhong is an employee of Chaihudian Flower Factory. Before practicing Falun Gong he took things home from the factory like other workers. After practicing Falun Gong, he did not do it any more. In addition, he estimated the cost of the items he took home and paid the factory what he owed. Practitioners lead their lives based on the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance," are considerate to others, and never harm other people. With more people practicing Falun Gong, the overall morality at the factory improved, and more good deeds happened everyday.

Falun Gong's effectiveness in healing illnesses and improving health are also very impressive. Practitioner Ms. Li Hongqin was a teacher. She had gynecological problems and had to stay at home for three years. She visited many reputable hospitals in China. After spending tens of thousands of yuan, she still could not find a cure. In 1996 she obtained Falun Gong. One year later a miracle had occurred: all her ailments disappeared and she went back to work. It is Falun Dafa that gave her a healthy body and saved her a lot of medical expenses. Her experience affected many people in the field of education in Ningjin County. More people began to learn Falun Dafa as a result.

Ms. Wang worked at a local product factory. She had breast cancer before practicing Falun Gong. After learning Falun Gong she followed the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance" in her daily life, studied the Fa, and did the exercises every day. She regained her health.

Practitioner Mr. Wang Baocheng had many skin disorders. He spent a lot of money looking for a cure, but failed. After obtaining Falun Dafa, he kept studying the Fa and doing the exercises. One night he felt warm energy all over his body, and the next day all of his skin disorders were gone. He became a healthy person.

Practitioner Mr. Qi Guoshui had studied many different qigong practices before he found Falun Dafa in 1996. He realized that Falun Dafa was a high level Fa. Besides practicing Falun Gong himself, he organized group practice in his community and traveled to other cities to buy Falun Dafa books for others. He looked very healthy, with a rosy complexion and good spirits. Witnessing the great changes on him, his family members also learned Falun Gong. Such cases are numerous.

Falun Gong was introduced to the public in 1992. By 1999 there were over one hundred million people in China practicing Falun Gong. Thousands of people practiced Falun Gong in Ningjin County. Genuine practitioners assimilated to the characteristic of the cosmos, Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, and became better human beings. They looked inward when facing conflicts, and handled themselves with peaceful and compassionate hearts. Practitioners did not pursue fame or fortune. They were strict with themselves and devoted to their jobs. They went to work earlier and left work later than others, and they did their work conscientiously. They never complained about the tasks they were assigned to do, and did not fight for personal interest. The businessmen who practiced Falun Gong did their business based on integrity, honesty and fairness, and they would not deceive customers, or sell phony merchandise. Anyone who practices Falun Gong will take the initiative to be a good person with high moral standards. Falun Gong practitioners are a group of kind-hearted and peaceful people.

Such a wonderful practice as Falun Gong is brutally persecuted in China. Jiang Zemin and his follower Luo Gan fabricated lies to slander Falun Gong. On July 20, 1999, they launched the persecution against Falun Gong, employed all available resources, and carried out a policy of genocide toward practitioners of "defaming them emotionally, bankrupting them financially, and destroying them physically." Over the last six years, practitioners in Ningjin County have suffered severe persecution. Three practitioners were persecuted to death, and seventeen practitioners were illegally sent to forced labor camps. Illegal fines for practitioners totaled 400,000 to 500,000 "yuan."

After July 20, 1999, Falun Gong practitioners went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong trusting the government to be fair and solve the crisis properly. At the Appeals Bureau, all the practitioners were arrested, and the bureau turned into a police department. Some practitioners were even arrested from their homes. Over one hundred practitioners in Ningjin County were arrested and fined from 30,000 to 50,000 yuan. Some practitioners were detained at the east or the west wings of the Xinxing Hotel. Sixty to seventy practitioners were detained in a room of approximately 110 square feet in size. The weather was hot, and temperature was about 98-100 F. Jiang Zemin and his cohorts did not allow innocent people to tell the truth. Whoever wanted to speak the truth and appealed on behalf of Falun Gong was arrested, fined and/or sent to prison.

In the spring of 2000, two practitioners, Yang Yun and Jin Jinghua, went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. The authorities were very angry and illegally arrested more than a dozen local practitioners. Practitioner Hou Tingren knew Yan and Jin's plans, and was detained by the Public Security Bureau for several days and fined 10,000 yuan. Other detained practitioners were fined 50,000 yuan individually. A police officer on site even said, "Hand in the money quickly, and then go home." The perpetrators refused to write any receipt for the fines after being paid. They put the money into their own pockets.

In August 2000, the perpetrators illegally detained over thirty practitioners. They held a brainwashing session for the practitioners, and demanded everyone to pay a fine of 600 yuan and write a guarantee statement promising not to practice Falun Gong. Each practitioner was told to find another person to guarantee that the practitioner would behave according to the written statement. In October the perpetrators carried out another round of arrests. All practitioners who were found with Falun Gong books would be fined or sent to forced labor camps. Eight to ten practitioners were illegally fined. The perpetrators extorted more than 20,000 yuan from the practitioners.

In December 2001, the perpetrators illegally arrested more than twenty practitioners and fined everyone 3,000 to 5,000 yuan (totaling 60,000 to 80,000 yuan). They persecuted practitioners at will with methods such as physical abuse, fines, detention, ransacking homes and imposing prison terms.

Those who actively persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and caused great suffering to the practitioners' families are as follows:

Zhang Ruzhen and Zhang Guocen from the 610 Office of Ningjin County.

Zhong Fuyong, deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Ningjin County.

Guo Feng, Gao Shoushan, Zhang Jie and Liu Yanchao from the Politics and Protection Department.

Practitioner Mr. Li Dianzhong obtained Falun Dafa in 1997. He was diligent in his cultivation, and got rid of many unhealthy addictions. After the persecution started, he was sentenced to a forced labor camp for three years. In 2004 he was tortured to death at age forty in the forced labor camp. He left behind two children.

Practitioner Mr. Qi Guoshui was very active in organizing local practitioners to study the Fa and do the exercises. After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, Qi Guoshui became afraid and stopped organizing group studies and exercises. He was a member of the Communist Party and knew how vicious the Communist Party could be when persecuting people. The police often harassed him at home. Under pressure, Qi gradually gave up Falun Dafa. A year later, he died from illness. His son said, "My father was healthy when practicing Falun Gong. It is Jiang Zemin's persecution of Falun Gong that caused my father to die."

Practitioner Mr. Li Huaiqing, 60, was a kind-hearted retired teacher. He obtained the Fa in 1998. In 2001 he was arrested for practicing Falun Gong and sent to prison. In the prison he was deprived of sleep and endured huge mental pressure. In 2003 he passed away due to a heart ailment.

Practitioner Mr. Liu Jinlong was arrested, and the police knocked him down to the ground when he said that he still practiced Falun Gong.

Practitioner Mr. Wang Baocheng had his skin disorder cured after practicing Falun Gong. In 2000, he was sent to a brainwashing center. Later he was sentenced to three years of forced labor for refusing to give up practicing. He left behind two children and his father who was in poor health.

Mr. Li Jianguo is a practitioner from Balitang. He was arrested while distributing truth clarifying materials in Beijing. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He has a several month old infant at home.

Elderly practitioner Ms. Lv Xianzhi, in her sixties, from Liwang Village, was arrested and sent to prison for practicing Falun Gong. She was held more than two months in prison.

From April to May 2001, practitioners Yang Yun, Cao Ningyu and Wang Xiuying were arrested and had to pay a fine of more than 20,000 yuan.

In January 2002, the 610 Office and the National Security Bureau launched another round of arrests. They sent steadfast practitioners to the brainwashing center in Dezhou and fined everyone 3,000 yuan. The practitioners sent to the brainwashing center were, Chai Hongfen, Yang Yun, Dong Jianjun, Wang Fuli, Cao Shaoyun, Chai Junzhi, Song Yanping and an elderly female practitioner from Wangshi Village. In the brainwashing center, the perpetrators would not release the practitioners unless the practitioners promised not to practice Falun Gong. Their goal was to force the practitioners to give up their beliefs.

Practitioner Zhang Zhijuan told an official from the Politics and Protection Department: "I had many illnesses before. After practicing Falun Gong, I had all my illnesses cured. Tell me, isn't Falun Gong good?" Zhang Ruzhen and Guo Feng from Politics and Protection Department said, "We know you are a good person, but the higher authorities gave the orders that you could not practice Falun Gong. We are the guns of the Communist Party, and we'll shoot whoever disobeys the order. There is no room for you to state your reasons, and you are guilty for continuing your practice. You will be fined or sentenced to prison."

From April to May 2002, the 610 Office and the National Security Bureau arrested more than 30 practitioners. They forced everyone to pay a fee of 400 yuan for the brainwashing session. When practitioner Mr. Li Huaiqing was hospitalized for a heart attack, perpetrators Zhang Ruzhen and Guo Feng abducted his daughter (a non-practitioner, eight to nine months pregnant) to the brainwashing center and forced her to pay 400 yuan.

In August 2003, practitioner Mr. Chen Shude from Chenwanhou Village was reported to the police by some one. The National Security Bureau arrested him and extorted 3,000 to 5,000 yuan from him.

In December 2003, Guo Feng from the 610 Office arrested practitioner Wang Honghai. Wang Honghai was later forced to become homeless.

In March 2004, practitioners Wang Honghai and Zhang Jicheng were arrested without any warrants. They were sentenced to one year of forced labor. Zhang Xiuqin (Wang Honghai's wife) and Zhang Yanhua were arrested for writing letters to the National Security Bureau. Wang Honghai and his wife Zhang Xiuqin were both arrested and their child was left alone at home. Police officers Guo Feng and Yao Liguo, from the National Security Bureau, said brazenly, "Without evidence, we can still sentence them to prison."

During July to August 2004, unlawful people abducted practitioner Mr. Wang Fuli, who worked at the Construction Bank. As a condition for his release, the perpetrators demanded 50,000 yuan from Mr. Wang's family. After Wang's parents brought in the money, the perpetrators still refused to release him and asked for an additional 12,000 yuan. Then they sent Wang to a brainwashing center in Ji'nan City. They forced Mr. Wang to promise to give up Falun Gong; only then did they release him.

In November 2004, the National Security Department intended to arrest practitioner Mr. Liu Chunlai. Liu learned the news and left his home. Liu Chunlai's wife, Zhang Yanhua, went to the county appeals office and asked, "Why have you deceived us and arrested us again and again. What crime have we committed? We were fined many times, but there was never a receipt for the fine." Police officer Zhou Fuyong and Guo Feng of the Public Security Bureau fabricated a story to frame Ms. Zhang Yanhua and arrested her. Zhang was sentenced to three years. Zhang Yanhua's family borrowed money and sent gifts to the authorities worth 40,000 to 50,000 yuan. On February 1, 2005, Zhang Yanhua was released.

For several years, authorities from the 610 Office and the National Security Bureau of Ningjin County sentenced practitioners Li Chenggang (Jiangzhuang of Xiaodian), Dong-Yie-Sheng-Zhi, Li Xiantong, Li Xiansheng, Wang Baocheng, Li Dianzhong, Wang Guoen, and Wang Haitang to forced labor camps. Practitioners Cao Shaoyun, Zhen Qinghua, Jin Jinhua, Wang Honghai, Zhang Jicheng, Wang Fuli, Zhang Yanhua and others were fined and placed under house arrest.