[Selected Submission] A Practitioner's Family Member Recalls an Astonishing Scene at Tiananmen Square
(Minghui.org) My wife, who is a Falun Dafa practitioner, left home for Beijing on October 1, 2000, to appeal for a redress of the injustice being done to Falun Dafa. Because of this, the trade union chairman and the security section chief in my workplace asked me to go to Tiananmen Square in Beijing to locate her.
I arrived at Tiananmen Square around 10 a.m. on October 6, 2000, and many tourists and Falun Dafa practitioners were there. I was horribly upset and walked around aimlessly, only half-heartedly looking for my wife. While walking around, from behind me I heard some voices that resounded loudly across the sky: "Falun Dafa is good! Restore my Master's innocence! Falun Dafa is the Righteous Law!" I looked back and observed a young male practitioner reciting, “Falun Dafa is good” while unfurling a banner. At the same time, some practitioners did the sitting meditation, and others did the standing exercises.
Then, the crowd in Tiananmen Square went immediately into an uproar. Loud sirens came closer and closer as police cars drew near. The vicious policemen beat those Falun Dafa practitioners and grabbed their banners as soon as they got out of their cars. They also kicked down Falun Dafa practitioners and then stomped on their heads and mouths. Some fierce policemen grabbed practitioners by their hair and dragged them into police cars. In addition, violent police officers snatched cameras from bystanders. Some officers threw cameras onto the ground, and others ripped the film out, exposing it to the light.
Being frightened, many people in the square ran away. Armed police force, police, and plain clothes officers began clearing the area. As a result, a large perimeter was formed, and no one was allowed to approach. It was announced that a curfew had been initiated. Then, sweeper vehicles came to clean the blood from the ground. Being faced with such a brutal and bloody scene, many Falun Dafa practitioners still fearlessly approached Tiananmen Square with banners unfurled in their hands and shouted loudly, "Falun Dafa is good."
Obviously they knew that if they went to the square they would be beaten, arrested, sentenced to prison, sent to the labor camps, or forced to lose loved ones or even their own precious lives. Then what was their reason for going there? I was touched, and I realized that the purpose was for them to achieve mighty deeds, which startle the universe and move gods, by telling people: "Falun Dafa is good," "The wicked Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can not 'ban' the mighty Buddha Fa, which will exist forever," and "There is a group of grateful people who benefit from Falun Dafa and who will safeguard It with their lives!"
After realizing this, my eyes were wet with tears. I was too agitated to pay attention to what was happening in front of me. I was there, stiff and stupefied, until I noticed two police officers watching me closely. I got back on my feet and found out that all of the tourists had retreated to the edge of Tiananmen Square, and the Falun Dafa practitioners had been rounded up in the center. I was the only one who did not move, so it attracted the police’s attention. I left Tiananmen Square with great agitation in my heart and tears in my eyes.
At that moment, I changed. For the first time, my heart was touched by an unprecedented shock and renewal. I suddenly became strong, and I did not fear anything. I was awakened by the courage of the practitioners who had safeguarded the Buddha Fa. Instantly, I was free from pain, and I was sincerely proud of my wife and son for being Falun Dafa practitioners. Even though they had been expelled from work and school by the evil CCP, I came to realize the reason for their firm belief in Falun Dafa.
Before this trip to Tiananmen Square, my spirit was on the brink of collapse. My wife had been expelled from her work as a teacher, and my son had been kicked out of high school. They had gone to Beijing for one week to appeal to the authorities, and I had no idea what happened to them, where they stayed, if they were dead or alive, or if they were detained. Since my wife began practicing Falun Dafa, my family became harmonious, warm, and happy. In an instant, it was reversed as if the sky had fallen. While I could not financially afford this severe impact on my family, my work unit, out of fear of being negatively affected, tried to force me into divorcing my wife. At that moment, I really felt that I could not survive and even seriously considered a divorce.
The amazing scene I witnessed at Tiananmen Square awoke me, and I realized what my wife and other Falun Dafa practitioners are doing. They are so mighty! Since then, I support their belief in Falun Dafa from the bottom of my heart. Compared with what they have endured, my pain is negligible.
In the blink of an eye, almost 12 years have passed since I witnessed that amazing scene in Tiananmen Square. However, it is still vivid in my mind. My wife and son have been through much persecution. Even on the dark days, I have full confidence and hope in Falun Dafa as soon as I recall the mighty deeds of those practitioners in Tiananmen Square. I firmly believe that the injustice suffered by Falun Dafa and Master Li Hongzhi will be set right in the near future.
On the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction, I wrote this article to bear witness to the might of Falun Dafa disciples and Master Li.
From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction