Improving Writing in Complaints Against Jiang Zemin to Help People Understand Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) The Minghui article “Issue About Checking on the Writing of a Criminal Complaint Against Jiang Zemin” offered valuable insight into the process of writing a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin.
Include Specific, Persuasive Evidence
Among some complaints against Jiang that I revised, the writing seemed too simple, because they followed the same boring format, which is of no interest to the intended audience.
For instance, many wrote, “I had many serious health problems, which doctors considered incurable. But, after I practiced Falun Gong, all the problems disappeared, and now I again enjoy good health.”
After I read this statement, I thought that we should give some specific and persuasive evidence to support the general statements. Therefore, we added the following:
“I was diagnosed with lumbar disc hernia. Every move was very, very painful, so I consulted doctors in a large hospital. They could not help and sent me home. Besides, I had insomnia, so it took me hours to go to sleep, which often led to maybe two hours of sleep a night. I lacked energy, which affected my life and work.”
“Then, I was introduced to Falun Gong in 1997. I was told that this cultivation practice had restored the health of many people. Therefore, I began to practice Falun Gong. It took less than a month for me to sleep better, and after some time I no longer had insomnia. Not only that, but I also felt no more pain.”
After this revision, the complaint included a more vivid description of how a Dafa practitioner benefited in both mind and body from the practice. We believed that this would attract the proper attention.
A fellow practitioner also used a similar simple narrative as described above, but this time for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in his complaint:
“When I was clarifying the truth at a mall, I was reported to police by people who were ignorant about the persecution. Therefore, I was arrested and taken to a police station.”
This needed the voice of the victim. We agreed to add more detail to describe more of the event.
We included lines to stress the personal side of the issue: “One day, I met two young people at a mall, and we started to chat. I told them how I benefited greatly from practicing Falun Gong, and that Falun Gong was innocent. People were deliberately misled, I added. However, these two young men, because they were influenced by the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda campaign, reported me to the police. When I left the mall, three policemen got out of their car and rushed at me as if I was a criminal, and they forced me into the police car.”
Include Description for Special Phrases
In the descriptions of how practitioners are persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime, one practitioner wrote, “I was forcibly 'transformed' and made to write the three statements. If I did not comply, they threatened that I would be deprived of sleep.”
After exchanging ideas, she added, “The forced 'transformation' refers to practitioners being forced to go against their conscience, renounce Falun Gong, or write articles that slander Falun Gong; otherwise, they could die from sleep deprivation.”
These are just examples of how I assisted fellow practitioners to revise their complaints against Jiang. After all, each complaint has to address the writer’s own situation. Nevertheless, as practitioners, we want to help people understand the evilness of the persecution, so it is imperative that we use our wisdom for when to explain appropriate expressions, lest the article on the whole may not be accepted or well-understood by non-practitioners.
The staff dealing with complaint letters, in particular, may not understand what the truth is. If we express ourselves in the complaint appropriately, they may conclude that Falun Gong is good and there is nothing wrong if practitioners write about the truth.
To be more specific, it is easy for practitioners to understand what it means when we say “clarify the truth,” while it is difficult for someone who has no idea what the truth is. He or she might think, based on the concepts and values established by the CCP, that “clarification of the truth” is nothing more than propaganda.
Therefore, if we change the phrase “clarify the truth” in the complaint to something more like, "When chatting with people, I've said that Falun Gong had been wronged. And I've had lots of good experiences and benefited from this cultivation practice, especially when it comes to my physical and spiritual health.”
These words sound more reasonable to non-practitioners. They may take it for granted that everyone is allowed freedom of speech, and consequently assume that it is absolutely illegal and absurd to arrest and persecute those practitioners who are clarifying the truth.
There are some similar words, such as “transformation” and writing the “three statements,” which require further explanation.
For example, we can say that “the CCP intends to force practitioners to 'transform' and write the three statements. To do this is against a practitioner's conscience and misrepresents the facts, namely, to force them to act wrongly by giving false facts.”
Such a note can show the world how ridiculous the so-called “transformation” is. Even a non-practitioner may see it as an illegal act.
These are just my personal insights. But they are needed to achieve good results and assure that people understand us.