(Minghui.org) Police arrested more than 60 Falun Gong practitioners who tried to attend a trial against Falun Gong practitioners at the Tongzhou Court in Beijing on December 30, 2016. Relatives of the practitioners immediately took action to rescue their family members.
In the past, most practitioners' relatives have been too fearful of the authorities to stand up against the persecution or have even unsupportive of the practitioner due to the regime's slanderous propaganda.
When a Falun Gong practitioner's son, not a practitioner, learned that his mother had been arrested, he immediately took leave from his job and made contact with other arrested practitioners' relatives. He also spread the news of the arrests to many other families and help clarify the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution to them.
He gathered everybody together, helped ease their fears, and figured out ways to solve problems.
He and the practitioners' relatives began to search for their family members at the Tongzhou Court as well as the Tongzhou Police Department. Then, they discussed how to deal with being given the runaround by the police.
Relatives whose family members had not been persecuted in the past greatly benefited from this man's actions. The strength in unity brought comfort to them, relieving them of their fear, anger, and despair. These relatives began to understand the practice and the persecution more clearly. A lot of their misunderstandings were cleared up.
Relatives of practitioners who had been frequently arrested or harassed by authorities no longer felt alone or fearful after seeing that other practitioners' relatives were demanding the release of their family members. They also stepped forward to demand the release of their family member.
The arrested practitioners did not pass the physical examinations the following day and the police demanded that their relatives sign a “bail” document. All the relatives refused to sign and challenged the police, asking, “Which law did they break by attending the trial?” and “What else did you want to interrogate them about?” They also told the police, “You are breaking the law.” Although the police did not obtain any signatures they released the practitioners.
The daughter of a Falun Gong practitioner had not come home, so she thought that he was in trouble. This time she was not as fearful as she had been in the past. She managed to contact other practitioners’ relatives who were in the same situation. They went to the police department and the court to demand the release of their family members.
A policeman asked her if she practiced Falun Gong. She said, “I practice! Are you going to arrest me?” Actually, she was not a practitioner.
Her righteous actions developed having witnessed the changes in her father since he took up Falun Gong. In order to rescue her father, she told people on the street about his arrest. She exposed the police’s unlawful actions to the general public and let people know the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong.
After her return home, she wrote a long letter to the police in charge of her father's case. She detailed the changes her father had experienced after he practiced Falun Gong. Just after she posted the letter, she was informed that her father would be released. She knew that she had done the right thing.
Many Falun Gong practitioners’ relatives arrived at Tongzhou Detention Center on December 31, 2016 to pick up their family members. During the long wait outside the detention center, the relatives agreed that their family members must be released unconditionally, no one would sign any documents, and they would not allow that the practitioners would be taken to a brainwashing center again.
Thanks to the discussion, the child of a practitioner stopped the police and other officers from taking his mother to a brainwashing center.
The righteous behavior of the practitioners' relatives stopped the police and the 610 Office staff from taking further persecutory action. They thought they could illegally persecute practitioners and their family members, but their actions ended in vain.
This large-scale arrest served to expose the CCP’s rogue nature once again. But, even more importantly, it made more people realize that the CCP will soon perish and that they must make a choice. This time, they chose not to be implicated in the CCP's criminal activities.
More family members of practitioners ought to step forward and safeguard the legal rights of their family members, and their own legal rights. They should step forward to stop the persecution and help restore China's dignity.