An Open Letter Asking for the Release of Zheng Xiangxing
(Minghui.org) On February 25, 2012 at about 6 a.m., Tanghai county deputy director Liu Jiaman and State Security Brigade Captain Li Fuguo, along with police officers, came to Tanghai County 10th farm. They tricked Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zheng Xiangxing into opening his store with the excuse of repairing an electric vehicle. Then, they arrested and detained him.
Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zheng Xiangxing
After starting to practice Falun Gong, Mr. Zheng Xianxing has been requiring himself to be a good person not only at home, but also in the community. In his Xingyun Appliance Store, he has a good reputation of high integrity. People who are familiar with him know that before practicing Falun Gong, he was a troublemaker who had assaulted a police officer. In 2001, because of a traffic violation and assaulting a policewoman, he was locked up in a detention center, where some Falun Gong practitioners were also detained. The Falun Gong practitioners' principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” impressed him so much that he searched for Falun Gong books to read after being released. He came to understand Falun Gong and became a practitioner. He got rid of his bad habits, and helped his friends to change their ways, as well.
Zheng Xiangxing has been helping local people free of charge when they have problems with their appliances, regardless of where they bought them from. When there were potholes not repaired by the local government in front of his home, he would fill them up with furnace dregs to make it easy for people to walk on. Before when there wasn't a public lavatory, he would let street workers use his.
One time when a customer shouted abuses at him because of a misunderstanding, Zheng Xianxing kept reminding himself, “As a Dafa practitioner, Master wants me to be truthful, compassionate, and tolerant, so I must act as I am required.” So, he did not quarrel with him. People were amazed at Zheng's reaction, as the old Zheng would have started a fight without hesitation. After a period of time, that guy came to Xianxing's store and apologized to him. Zheng Xianxing said, “It's okay. Maybe you should learn to practice Falun Gong, which will help with your temper and help you become a better person, too.”
Zheng Xianxing is a person who practices “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance” in word and deed, and the local people have been witnessing it. Ever since the CCP wrongly arrested him, the people in the 10th and 11th farms, where Zheng Xianxing worked, have jointly written several letters appealing for his release. At least 562 of them have signed with a thumbprint, and three letters have been delivered to the local public security office and local government asking for his release on bail.
On May 29, 2012, Tanghai county court had a hearing on Zheng Xianxing's case. Lawyers from Beijing and Hebei appeared in court for his defense. Han Qingfang, the lawyer from Hebei, said, “Legally speaking, what the Procuratorate said about Zheng Xianxing 'undermining the implementation of law' cannot be established, because no one can prove that any law could be violated by practicing Falun Gong. I request that Zheng Xianxing be immediately released.”
Beijing lawyer Dong Qianyong argued, based on articles of law, that practicing Falun Gong is not illegal and that passing out Falun Gong materials is legal. He also used testimony of witnesses who said that after practicing Falun Gong, Zheng Xianxing has become such a better person that it has been noticed by the community. At the same time he submitted a letter signed by the local people to the judge, asking for Zheng Xianxing's acquittal. The judges and prosecutors were speechless, and hastily adjourned the session.
In his final statement, Zheng Xianxing said, “Putting me on trial amounts to putting human conscience on trial. I hope that everyone is able to make a choice of wisdom and that everyone is able to have a good future.”
Currently, Zheng Xianxing is still behind bars at the Tanghai county detention center in the city of Tangshan in Hebei province.
Letter from people of the 10th Farm:
We are business people who share the street with Zheng Xianxing and customers of his, and we have known him for a long time. We have appreciated the kind of person he has been—his honesty, and especially how he treats us after the sale. He has been doing business for many years, growing it from small to large, all because of his honesty, good conscience, and credibility. All the people in this area have praised him because of his kindness and his willingness to help others all the time. Therefore, we request that he be released as soon as possible.
People of the 10th Farm