Talking to Visiting Police about Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) I was quietly shucking corn one morning before the Moon Festival when I heard the dog bark. I stood up and saw one of the neighborhood cadre leaders escorting two uniformed and two plainclothes police officers into our yard. I knew they were coming to harass us again.
The cadre leader introduced the officers.“They are from XX police station.”
One of the middle-aged officers said, “We are just here to see if you need any help.” Obviously, this was not the reason for their visit.
The two younger officers began to take pictures with their cell phones. “Your coming to my house and taking pictures without my permission is illegal,” I said. They apologized, but did not stop taking pictures. One of the older officers went and talked to them. They stopped.
A uniformed officer had a pen and paper in his hand. He said “I have a few questions to ask.”
I said, “OK, have a seat.” I asked them to pardon the stiffness of my earlier tone. The one with the pen and paper said okay, and asked me “ Do you still practice Falun Gong?
I replied with dignity, “Falun Gong not only benefits one's health, it also improves one's moral character. Citizens have freedom of belief under the constitution. Whether to cultivate in Falun Gong is up to the individual.”
“The government ruled it to be a cult in 1999,” he replied. “You cannot say this so arbitrarily.”
I stopped him. “The 14 cults listed by the State Department and the National Police Department do not include Falun Gong. The National Assembly did not categorize Falun Gong as a cult either. Falun Gong is entirely legal. The former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Jiang Zemin, ignored the law when he launched the persecution against Falun Gong. He is the one who has committed an enormous crime.”
My wife came out from the house just then. She held a younger officer's hand and said to him: “You truly don't know how good Falun Gong is. I had many illnesses, and none of the hospitals could do anything for me. I am now 73 years old and have not had to see a doctor since I began practicing Falun Gong 20 years ago. Can you see how healthy I am? Falun Gong is not like ordinary exercises. It is equivalent to divine beings coming to save the people in this world.”
They stood up ready to leave. As they passed a pomegranate tree by the door, my wife said, “Our pomegranate tree grew very well this year. Why don't you try some?” She picked a few from the tree and handed them to the officers. They accepted them, smiled and thanked her.
As they were walking away, my wife told them about the benefits of Falun Gong and how practitioners become unselfish and think of others first. As an example, she told them that we never apply chemical fertilizers or spray pesticides on our crops.
My wife urged the officers to treat practitioners nicely and to remember that Falun Gong is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. They agreed. One in plainclothes stopped and said loudly, “Thank Mr. Li Hongzhi [the founder of Falun Gong] for me.”