(Minghui.org) Authorities in Henan Province have desperately tried to stop Falun Gong practitioners from filing lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist Party leader who started the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. Despite the pressure, practitioners have continued to file criminal complaints against Jiang.

To stop the practitioners' lawsuits, local authorities in Henan Province tried to block mail from traveling through the postal system. The lawsuits were addressed to the Supreme People's Court in Beijing. Police then arrested plaintiffs in Nanyang, Pingdingshan and Qinyang and searched their homes.

In the cities of Nanyang, Jiaozuo, Zhoukou, Xuchang, Xinyang, Pingdingshan, Anyang, and Qinyang, authorities assigned an “oversight supervisor” in each post office and set up a special operations team in each city's police between July 1 and August 8.

The authorities' efforts had little effect, however: in Nanyang City, 605 cases have been filed from 772 individuals since the start of May. In Jiaozuo City, 278 cases were filed during the same time period. Practitioners from Zhoukou City have filed 647 cases.