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The CCP Uses its Annual “Two Congress” Get-Together as an Excuse to Intensify Persecuting Falun Gong

March 13, 2011 |   By Geng Xun, a Clearwisdom correspondent from China

(Clearwisdom.net) The biggest annual Chinese Communist Party meetings come on the day when the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) are held. This year, they were held on March 3, 2011. In the days running up to the meetings, mass arrests of people labeled as “dissidents” were carried out throughout China. In order to distract public focus on major social problems, the police and 610 Office issued orders to intensify the monitoring and persecution of Falun Gong.

According to information from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, from the beginning of January to March 7, 2011, at least 470 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested. Many more were followed, surveilled, and harassed by the authorities. During the last ten days of February in particular, the number of arrests increased all over China, and practitioners detained in forced labor camps or prison were subjected to a new round of abuse and mistreatment.


Heavy security on a Beijing street during the period of the “Two Congresses”

Slandering Falun Gong to Divert Public Attention from the Real Problems Facing China Today

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is experiencing a period of great crisis. People's dissatisfaction with the CCP is approaching the boiling point, due to worsening corruption, inequality, and inflation. The CCP truly feels that its power is threatened. It has strengthened its choke-hold on information both to and from the outside world by blockading the Internet, while ramping up it's propaganda machine for another round of inciting public hatred of the peaceful spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

For example, the police department director of a large steel corporation in Hebei Province revealed that the CCP central government passed down the order to submit the names of all Falun Gong practitioners because “Falun Gong wants to fight for power with the CCP.”

In another example, the police system in Sichuan Province ordered all officers to work overtime, patrolling the streets both in uniform and plainclothes, “to prevent Falun Gong from making trouble.”

All are attempts to distract public attention from the true social ills facing China today, slandering Falun Gong as a convenient scapegoat, and diversion, once again.

In fact, Falun Gong cultivators do not have any interest in political power. Practitioners cultivate according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, to be better persons of high virtue and good physical health. This brings only benefits to society, and poses no threat. In the past more than ten years of brutal persecution, practitioners have solidly held to their faith, even facing torture and imprisonment, continuing to patiently clarify the truth about the practice and the persecution it faces.

Further Examples of Intensified Persecution

A Sampling of the 470 Arrests

Below are examples of some of the 470 arrests that happened from January to March 7, 2011:

Confiscation of Practitioners' Property

Not only were 470 practitioners arrested. Many were also subject to illegal search and seizure. Some examples:

Persecution Escalating in Jiamusi City Prison – Two Practitioners Die in Custody

In parallel with the campaign to arrest practitioners, the degree of persecution forced upon Falun Gong in prisons and forced labor camps has escalated. For example, Jiamusi (Heilongjiang Province) Prison set up a “Harsh Management Ward” for the purpose of achieving an 85% “transformation” rate among the practitioners held there. Two practitioners died soon after the Harsh Management Ward was established. Briefs describing the deaths and some of the other cases follow: