Villagers' Signatures and Village Official Seal Testify in Support of Falun Gong Practitioner Liu Shehong
(Minghui.org) The incident where 300 villagers signed their names on a public petition calling for the release of detained fellow villager, Wang Xiaodong, has alarmed the upper echelons of the Communist regime. More and more people are following this incident closely. Presently, the court has handed the case back to the local police department for reassessment due to lack of evidence.
In Xianning City, Hubei Province, there was another similar incident where the village committee and villagers jointly issued a statement in support of Falun Gong. The victim, Liu Shehong was unjustly sentenced to four years of imprisonment by Wuhan Court last year and is currently still in prison.
Liu Shehong was previously sent to jail many times for drug use and fighting. After he began to study Zhuan Falun he became a good man. However he was detained twice for refusing to give up his belief and imprisoned for many years. In 2008, villagers from Daqiao Village in Xianan District, Xianning City collectively signed and testified to Mr. Liu's journey from a troublemaker to a good person. The village committee also issued a statement requesting the police station to release him.
Sent to Four Years of Forced Labor for Taking Drugs and Fighting
Liu Shehong is 45 years old this year. He was formerly a worker at a timber company in Wuhan City. In 1993, he became addicted to drugs and was sent to jail many times. As a result of long term drug use, his physical health deteriorated. In December 2006, he returned to his ancestral home in Daqiao Village, Xianan District, Xianning City. By then, both his legs were swollen and his whole body had turned black and he could not even walk properly. The villagers thought he would not live to see the new year. Yet, he continued to borrow money from the villagers, and then use it to buy drugs.
Drug Addiction Disappeared After Reading Zhuan Falun for Four Months, Causing a Stir Amongst Villagers
In January 2007, Liu Shehong received a copy of Zhuan Falun and began to read it as if he found a treasure. In a statement subsequently written by the villagers, they said, “A strange thing finally happened. He actually persisted and read the book at home for over a month. During this period, he stayed at home all the time and did not leave the village once to look for drugs. Not only did he stop taking drugs, he also quit smoking. His body as well as countenance changed completely and he looked fitter than most people.”
“Since then, he always returned to the village during Chinese New Year and holidays. Every two months he would also return home to visit his mother, brother and sister-in-law. He became more and more physically fit, and his temperament, speech and attitude improved. He helped his family with the housework and was able to take hardships without complaint. He turned into a totally different person, a good man.”
Liu Shehong said, “Falun Gong changed me and taught me to assimilate to the universal characteristics of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. If not for Falun Gong, my life would be a tragedy forever.”
Liu Shehong Sent to Labor Camp for Being a Good Person, Villagers Jointly Voice Support
Scanned Document on Liu Shehong's Circumstances, Signed and Testified by Villagers
Testimonial from Daqiao Village Committee, Xianan District, Xianning City
In May 2008, Liu Shehong was arrested by local police for posting the words, “Falun Dafa is good” in public areas. When fellow villagers learned of his arrest, they wrote a letter and signed it. The village committee also issued an official, stamped document vouching for Mr Liu's change from a troublemaker to a good person. They asked the police to release him.
Wuhan 610 Office ignored the villagers' plea and sent Liu Shehong to Hewan Labor Camp in Wuhan City. Some of Liu's former acquaintances who were detained at the same labor camp were astonished to see his change and said, “Before, he had a ferocious look in his eyes. Now he looks kind and compassionate. Falun Gong is truly amazing.”
In December 2010, Liu Shehong was arrested by police from the Wuhan City Domestic Security Division for posting banners explaining the truth about Falun Gong. Controlled by the 610 Office, Hongshan District Court sentenced him to four years of imprisonment.
Incidents of Mass Public Support for Falun Gong
According to Minghui.org, in the past more than ten years, incidents of public support for Falun Gong practitioners have happened time and again. Some of these incidents are listed below:
On November 8, 2001, Liao Qinying from Wujing, Jiangsu Province was arrested by police at her home. An hour later, she died a horrific death in the police car. Two days later, on November 10, over 500 villagers from surrounding areas voluntarily went to the village authorities to seek justice for her.
In 2007, villagers from Daolan Village, Kangping Town in Liaoning Province jointly wrote a letter asking for the release of practitioner Jing Yongan.
In 2009, 376 villagers from five villages in Yingemen Town, Qingyuan County, Liaoning Province made a joint appeal for practitioner Xu Dawei who was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment and tortured to death in prison. The high authorities were alarmed by the incident of the appeal.
In 2009, Zhou Wensheng, a doctor from Dongfa Village, Zhaodong City in Heilongjiang Province was arrested. Over 700 villagers and the village head jointly signed and sent a letter requesting the authorities to release him.
In 2009, Zhao Shoujin who was a former deputy head of Shibajiazi Township in Changtu County, Liaoning Province was sentenced to three years in prison after he was persecuted at a mental hospital. Villagers from several villages signed and sent a joint letter requesting the immediate release of Zhao Shoujin and his wife.
In 2009, 63 teachers, students and parents jointly submitted a letter seeking justice and calling for the release of Jiang Xinpo, former secondary school teacher at Qianjin Farm in Sanjiang region, Heilongjiang Province.
In 2010, over 300 people in Xinglong Village, Jinan, Shandong Province signed and jointly sent a testimonial for practitioner Liu Yujing.
In 2010, Yuan Yulong, his son Yuan Shoujiang and daughter-in-law Gong Jinfen from Zhongsheng Village, Shangjieji Town in Fujin City, Heilongjiang Province were arrested by the police. Villagers jointly sent a letter signed by more than 95% of the households in the village, asking the police station personnel to immediately release the detainees.
In 2010, more than 80 households in Guangmingshan Village, Zhuanghe City, Liaoning Province signed and sent a joint letter to rescue practitioner Zheng Decai.
In 2011, villagers in Chaoyang region, Liaoning Province, signed a letter in succession, requesting for the release of fellow villager and practitioner Zhang Guoxiang. In the letter, they asked the police station to release him as well as return the 6,000 yuan that was confiscated from him.
In 2011, Qingyuan County Court in Fushun, Liaoning Province tried practitioner Zheng Hongying, intending to convict her. When the villagers learned about this, they jointly sent a letter calling for her unconditional release.
In 2011, 2,300 villagers from the home town of practitioner Zhou Xiangyang in Changli County, Qinhuangdao jointly supported his appeal. When authorities arrested his wife, Li Shanshan, another more than 500 villagers jointly rescued her. In the same year, villagers from Cangtai Village in Wanyu Town, Huarong County in Hunan Province jointly requested for the release of practitioner Xie Zhaoyan.
In February 2012, small business owner Zheng Xiangxing from Shichang Headquarters in Tanghai County, Hebei Province was arrested by police who also confiscated two car loads of valuables. When he was tortured to the brink of death, 562 people jointly wrote a letter asking for his release on bail.
In September 2005 and March 2006, 1,061 family members of multiple practitioners from Zhuzhou City in Hunan jointly submitted a letter to international human rights organization, calling for attention to the persecution of practitioners in Baimalong Labor Camp. In August, 2009, 56 people jointly issued an indictment letter overseas - “Family members of Falun Gong practitioners from Heilongjiang Province collectively charge the Communist Regime for persecuting Falun Gong.”