66 Falun Gong Practitioners from Changchun, Jilin Province Sue Jiang Zemin in Four Month Period
(Minghui.org) A total of 66 Falun Gong practitioners from Changchun City, Jilin Province have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin between late May and September 27, 2015, according to reports compiled by the Minghui website.
The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate.
Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life, however, was shattered when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.
Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized. Many also saw their families implicated for their belief.
Profiles of a Few of the Practitioners
Ms. Lv Guixia (吕桂侠), 42, was arrested three times. She was detained in two detention centers for a total of one year and sentenced to prison twice for a total of seven-and-a-half years. Ms. Lv was tortured. She had to stand upright for long hours, sit on a small stool, and was forced to undergo brainwashing. She was isolated for more than one year because of a tuberculosis infection.
Ms. Lv's parents and older brother, who also practice Falun Gong, were imprisoned in June 2004. Her father died from torture that he suffered in the prison two months after he was granted medical parole. Her mother died because of worry over Ms. Lv's deteriorating health. Ms. Lv was not allowed to attend her mother's funeral.
Mr. Jiang Xiuyu (姜秀玉), in his 40s, was sentenced four times to forced labor, for a total of six-and-one-half years. The perpetrators in the persecution extorted money and his home was ransacked several times. In the labor camp, he was shocked with electric batons and after he went on a hunger strike he was brutally forced fed. After his arrest in 2010, His family was denied visitation rights and his son was harassed at his workplace.
Mr. Sun Xiaoyu (孙肖雨), 29, was arrested and handcuffed on May 23, 2002 when he was just 16 years old. In the detention center, he was confined to a solitary cell for three months. Then, he was given two years of forced labor.
Ms. Wang Shuqin (王淑芹), 64, was arrested a total of four times and her home ransacked. She was forced to pay for food while she was held in the detention center. She was sentenced to one year of forced labor in March 2002.
Mr. Jia Shenglin (贾生林), 42, was fired from his workplace in 2000 because he practiced Falun Gong. He was sentenced to two years of forced labor, where he was tortured. The torture he suffered included beatings, sleep deprivation, and sitting on a small stool for a long time.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.