Peacefully Raising Awareness of Persecution of Falun Gong for 14 Years, Practitioners Continue the Spirit of the April 25 Appeal
(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan help to raise awareness about Falun Gong to the Chinese people. He Gui-lun and Huang Hsiu-ying from central Taiwan are two examples. They keep calling China by phone to promote withdrawal from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. They have witnessed the change in people's attitude towards Falun Gong from negative to positive. The practitioners’ peaceful efforts during the last fourteen years is a continuation of the spirit of the April 25 appeal in Beijing in 1999.
On April 25, 1999, more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to the State Petition Bureau in Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. Their demeanor of peace and rationality in the petition process impressed many people around the world. Nevertheless, the CCP initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong just a few months later on July 20, 1999. Since then, practitioners everywhere have spread the facts about Falun Gong and raised awareness peacefully and rationally.
Raising awareness for fourteen years has resulted in a change of attitude for many people
“Hello, I am a volunteer with Sound of Hope International Radio Broadcasting Station. I am calling from overseas. Have you listened to our station?” “Yes, I have!” “Are you clear about the nature of the Communist Party now?” “Yes, I am.” “Great! Let me now help you renounce the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations with an alias. The Communist Party is responsible for the deaths of so many people. It will soon fall. Many people vowed to give their lives to the CCP when they joined. They need to renounce the Party to separate themselves from it when it falls.” This is a typical conversation that Ms. He has when calling China. She then helps people quit the Communist Party after obtaining their consent.
Since 2000, when she began practicing Falun Gong, Ms. He has been explaining the facts about Falun Gong to Chinese people over the phone. At the end of 2004, many people started to renounce the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations on the website of the Epoch Times. She joined the effort to promote withdrawal from the CCP. With a strong voice and smiling face, she is energetic and does not look like she is 64 years old. She said, “Falun Gong is such a good practice to benefit health, but it is being persecuted in China. The elder members of my family were victims of the Cultural Revolution in China. I know what communism means. I make phone calls to China and advise people not to be deceived by the Communist Party anymore.”
Initially many people were afraid when she called and hung up after a few words, but she kept calling and explaining. Sometimes she needed to dial three or four times in a row to the same person. She found as long as the other party would listen, he or she would understand the facts and agree to quit the Communist Party in the end.
“Now people dare to listen to the truth. They listened to the radio broadcasts beforehand. Upon receiving my phone call, half of them agree to quit right away. The change is obvious.” She is impressed with the change. She thought it was because many people visit other countries as tourists and see Falun Gong posters and other materials. Also, the distribution of software to break through the internet information blockade has allowed people to learn the truth.
Explaining the facts
Once, a man told her over the phone that the communist government was good and thought she was brainwashed. Ms. He did not interrupt but let him finish. After listening for half an hour, she said, “Now is it my turn to speak? I listened to you carefully. You need to be a gentleman and listen to my explanation. Do you agree?” Ms. He spoke about the Cultural Revolution, the June 4th Tiananmen Square massacre, and the persecution of Falun Gong. She asked, “If the CCP is truly good as you said, why has it killed so many people? Doesn't the constitution state citizens have freedom?” The other party said nothing in response.
She also explained point by point why the Tiananmen self-immolation was staged by the government. The other party changed from initially believing the self-immolation was real to accepting that it was a government-staged event to incite hatred of Falun Gong. In the end, Ms. He told him to get software to break through the information blockade to read real news. The man thanked her.
Kindly leading Chinese people to make the right choice
Ms. Huang Hsiu-ying is 50 years old and has made phone calls to explain the facts for seven years. She makes calls almost every day. Why does she do this? She said, “It is my obligation. I benefit from practicing Falun Gong. This good practice is being persecuted in China. I have an obligation to speak out.”
The Communist Party defames Falun Gong in its propaganda, misleading many Chinese people and inciting hatred towards Falun Gong. Upon getting Ms. Huang’s call, many people thought her words were false. Some were afraid and hung up the phone. Some even cursed her over the phone. She was not moved.
She explained Falun Gong from her own experience and convinced the other parties to recognize the Communist Party lies.
“If Falun Gong is not good, why are there more than 100 million people practicing it? You know better than me. How can people easily believe in Falun Gong after experiencing so many movements in China? Under such brutal persecution, Falun Gong practitioners remain steadfast in their belief. Think about it, and you can understand why.”
She explained the government-staged Tiananmen self-immolation hoax and the CCP’s live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. She often shed tears when narrating the brutal torture that fellow practitioners suffered in China. “I am truly doing good thing for you. We don’t know each other. Why do I spend money to make this phone call to tell you the truth? Take a look, how many can do this in our current society wholeheartedly?” The other parties felt her sincerity and agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Ms. Huang convinced seven people to renounce the CCP within a half hour. Once a man agreed to quit using an alias and asked, “Do you know what my job is?” She responded, “Sir, I hope you are a high-level officer, because you would have the power to treat the innocent Falun Gong practitioners well.” She asked the man to tell other people the information and help them to quit the Communist Party.
Going from hostility to listening quietly, the people would quit the Communist Party at the end of phone call. Such big changes inspired Ms. Huang and Ms. He. They do not fear difficulties, but continue their peaceful and rational efforts to end the persecution. They uphold the spirit of the Appril 25 appeal to help more Chinese people understand the truth. This is also a common portrayal of all Falun Gong practitioners during the past 14 years.