(Minghui.org) Violating the Constitution, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin initiated the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China in 1999. Since then, countless families have been destroyed by way of detention, torture, prison sentences, and death.
Since this summer, several hundred practitioners from the Wanzhou District in Chongqing have filed criminal complaints against Jiang with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and Supreme People's Court in Beijing.
Government officials involved have held emergency meetings on the matter and taken measures to “put out the fire.” The result has been that government employees from the Domestic Security Division level on down to neighborhood committees were recruited to keep track of, monitor, and follow local practitioners.
Many practitioners were threatened by local police and neighborhood committees. Others were beaten, detained, and sent to brainwashing centers.
Ms. Li Lianying, in her 40s, lives with her mentally disabled husband and school-aged child in Wanzhou. She started to practice Falun Gong in 1997. Her family relies on her meager income to get by, and she is responsible for all the household chores.
Ms. Li was arrested in 2009 for practicing Falun Gong and sent to Chongqing Women's Forced Labor Camp for a year and three months, leaving her disabled husband and their child on their own.
She decided to file a lawsuit against Jiang. However, it was confiscated on its way to Beijing and returned to police agencies in Wanzhou. Ms. Li was arrested and sent to the Wanzhou District Brainwashing Center.
Ms. Jiang makes a living tending a small field of vegetables and grain. She started practicing Falun Gong in April 1999. After the persecution began, the local police installed a surveillance camera outside Ms. Jiang's home to monitor her whereabouts.
Wanzhou District authorities were notified on September 16 that Ms. Jiang had mailed her complaint to Beijing. Ms. Jiang was arrested the same day. She was taken to the Wanzhou District Brainwashing Center, and her home was ransacked.
Ms. He Yifang, 63, has practiced Falun Gong for 15 years.
When a local security office found that Ms. He had sent a complaint letter against Jiang, the office staff made sure to harass her every couple of days. Several attempts were also made to take her to the brainwashing center.
Ms. Liu Deying, 72, is poor and lives alone. She was taken to a brainwashing center on September 21.