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A Conversation with the Police Who Came to Harass Me

September 24, 2017 |   By a Falun Gong practitioner in Henan Province, China

(Minghui.org) On the evening of August 5, 2017, I came home from work and saw a police car parked in front of my home.

Two policemen stepped out of the car. I said, “It's been almost 20 years since I was last harassed by the police. Well, since you came, let's have a chat inside my home.”

The two policemen were young men, maybe just over 20 years old.

I would like to share the conversation that I had with them and their police chief:

Me: “Why are you here?”

Policeman 1: “You used to practice Falun Gong. Do you still do it?”

Me: “If I didn't practice Falun Gong, would you have come here? You know that the Constitution gives everyone the freedom of religion. I could choose not to answer your question, since a citizen has the right to keep silent.

“Since I would like to speak to you, however, we can talk about something useful. The persecution of Falun Gong, as you may or may not be aware, was Jiang Zemin's personal decision.

“The State Council published the Civil Service Law in 2014, which states that Civil Servants are accountable for their legal responsibility even after they retire.

“The former secretary of Public Security Zhou Yongkang, Guo Boxiong, and Su Rong, are in prison now because they followed Jiang Zemin to persecute Falun Gong.”

Policeman 2: “The main reason we are here is that the 19th National Congress is coming up. It's okay for you to do the [Falun Gong] exercises at home, but it is not allowed for you to gather outside with other practitioners.”

Me: “The last time, the police told my father that I had committed the crime of trying to overthrow the government. I am just a simple person who works for a living. How can I overthrow the government and influence the National Congress? How ridiculous!”

Policeman 2: “Consider the difficulty of our job. Please, just sign your name here and let us take your picture and videotape your statement. Then our job is done. Otherwise, we can't complete the orders from our chief.”

Me: “How about this: You call your chief now, and I'll talk to him.”

Policeman 2: “Ok. I'll do that.”

[The officer called his superior on the phone, and turned the phone on to speaker mode]

Me: “Good evening, sir. Let’s get straight to the point: Your ordering officers to harass me was not a command issued by the current government leader. It was by Jiang Zemin's followers.

“Now listen carefully, as this is important: Germany's Berlin Wall separated East Germany from West Germany. The eastern half was a society run by a communist dictator, while the western half was a free society. Any person from the east who wanted to climb over the wall and go to the west would be shot by a soldier who was just following orders.

“When the Berlin Wall was demolished, those same soldiers, the ones who were just following orders, were put on trial. The soldiers defended themselves by saying that they were simply executing the commands of their superiors.

“The judge, however, said that even though they were just following orders, killing is still a crime. The soldiers were thus convicted.”

Police Chief: “Okay, but ours is the command from our superior. So sign your name, and we'll say that you abide by the law and love the Chinese Communist Party and China.”

Me: “We are Chinese descendants, not offspring of Marx.”

[The two policemen in the room started laughing]

Police Chief: “I haven’t forced you to sign your name or have your picture taken. Aren't I simply discussing it with you?”

Me: “I also want to let you know that at the end of Cultural Revolution, 810 Beijing officials, who had followed the policies of the Cultural Revolution, were taken to Yunnan Province and were killed in secret. Their families were notified by letter, stating that they had died in the line of duty.

“Don't forget that after every political movement the Communist Party always kills a number of people to alleviate public anger. Don't allow yourself or your subordinates to be cannon fodder. Don't break the law knowing that it’s wrong to do so.”

Police Chief: “Okay, okay, you can stop here.”

[The police chief hung up, and the officer put the phone away]

Policeman 1: “Sign your name.”

Me: “Didn't you hear what I just said on the phone? Your boss was quiet. You still want me to sign? Give me a pen, I'll write a few words.”

[He passed a pen to me, and I wrote: There is no case; illegal inquiry]

Policeman 2: “Can you just sign your name!?”

Me: “No. I have written something for you, which is to alert you not to break the law.”

Policeman 1: “Okay. Let them send someone else here next time. We might still need to socialize with you in the future for our own good.”

Me: “No problem. We live in the same community. I would be happy chat with you some more. You can come here for a cup of tea with me anytime you like.”

[The officers left my home]