A Growing Trend: Police Officers in China No Longer Blindly Follow Orders
(Minghui.org) Since May of this year, more than 160,000 Falun Gong practitioners have filed criminal complaints and lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Gong. Although the plaintiffs should be protected by law, a number of the practitioners have been harassed by local policemen who obtained their identities and addresses from the complaint files.
However, due to practitioners' ongoing efforts to expose both the illegality and brutality of the 16-year persecution, many police officers no longer want to get involved in harassing law-abiding citizens. Some have just carried out their orders perfunctorily, and simply walk through the process.
Below are accounts of three encounters that took place recently between Falun Gong practitioners and police officers in Jilin Province. In all of these cases, the police stopped the harassment and no further action was taken against the practitioners.
“You cannot leave until I finish”
A police officer came to my house with the original copy of my criminal complaint against Jiang.
He asked, “Did you write this, including your name and address?”
“Yes,” I replied.
“Good handwriting. Who suggested that you file the complaint?”
“The new Chinese law,” I said.
The police officer remained silent. I took this opportunity to say to him, “I am a rational person and do not easily believe just anything. However, after I read the book Zhuan Falun, my views of the world and life changed. I found the real meaning of life.
“Our Master teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and asks us to consider others' interest before our own. I also learned that being selfless is the only path to happiness.”
The police officer prepared to leave. I held him, “You cannot leave until I finish. I am telling you: do not persecute Falun Gong. I hope that you will try your best to protect Falun Gong practitioners in the future. If you persecute Falun Gong, you will bring shame to your ancestors and children.”
As the officer left my home he ran into my neighbor outside. My neighbor said to him, “Falun Gong people are so good. They touch our hearts, and what they have been doing [filing criminal complaints against Jiang] is very encouraging.”
The police officer said nothing and quickly moved on.
“There must be thousands of complaints against Jiang all over the country”
Two police officers came to my house.
One asked, “Did you file a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin?”
“Yes, I did,” I responded.
“Who told you to do so?”
“Nobody. I did it myself.”
“Do you have any Falun Gong materials at home?”
“No. You guys have taken away everything.”
“Do you have any Falun Gong books?”
“Give them to me.”
“No,” I said firmly. “What would I read, if I give them to you?”
“Where did you get your complaint printed out?” he continued.
“I cannot tell you. Actually you are all victims of Jiang Zemin's crimes. You do whatever your boss tells you, but you don't know what you are doing. If Falun Gong is not good, how come it is practiced all over the world? You should remember that Falun Dafa is good. It is good for you.”
“You didn't answer my questions. But that's okay. Weren't you afraid that you would get in trouble when you exposed your identity and address in the complaint?”
“No, I am not afraid. I wouldn't have done so if I had fear. I actually included everything so as to prove my identity.”
The police officer turned to his co-worker and said, “There are so many plaintiffs in our area. I guess there must be many thousands of complaints against Jiang throughout the country.”
“Yes, the number has already reached 160,000,” I said.
Then, two more police officers came.
One asked, “Can you show me how you do the sitting meditation?”
I did so, and they all watched. One remarked, “The energy channels in her body are all open now, when she is doing the sitting meditation.”
One officer asked me, “Are you sure that you guys will win the lawsuit?” I answered, “One hundred percent positive. What we want is our basic human rights.”
The officer asked me if I had gotten a receipt indicating that my lawsuit had been received, and I told him that the Supreme Court had sent the receipt to my cell phone.
One police officer suggested that they search my house, but the other said, “What for? There is nothing in her house.” Then they left.
“Who is your boss? I am going to sue him!”
A police officer called me, “Did you file a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin?”
“Yes, I did.”
“Why did you do it?”
“I sued Jiang because he has persecuted me.”
The police officer then said that he had the original copy of my complaint.
I said to him, “That is not right. How could it end up in your hands? Are you from the Supreme Court in Beijing? Are you in charge of this case?”
He started to hedge, “Not really. My boss asked me to call you.”
I said, “My complaint is protected by law, and what you are doing is against the law. Who is your boss?”
“Why do you need to know who my boss is?”
“Because I will sue him!”
The police officer quickly hung up the phone.
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 thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over 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 now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.