Clarifying the Truth in a Detention Center
(Minghui.org) Staff from the Township Comprehensive Administration Office ransacked my home, confiscated my computers and printers, and took photos of my property on March 23, 2017. I thought that it was my negligence that resulted in such a big loss and felt remorse.
They visited my home again a few days later in the hope of taking me to the village council. But I refused to go with them, left my home, and moved in with a practitioner in another village.
The practitioner suggested that I report their unlawful actions to the respective authorities, which would allow me to clarify the truth about Dafa to the county’s public security, prosecution, court, and state security personnel.
Practitioners discussed my situation, and my fear and complaints increased. I thought there was no precedent for reporting unlawful actions before being arrested. It appeared that the local practitioners did not understand my situation. One practitioner told me, “You cannot accomplish anything with your current mindset.”
I moved into my son’s place. Through studying the Fa, I became clearheaded. After sharing my understandings with my son, I realized that I must face the difficulties and return home.
I went back to my village on June 3 and was arrested in the village market. I was taken to a detention center in Baoding City that day.
My son said, “This is another chance for you to do well. You need to develop stronger righteous thoughts! Do you want to report their unlawful actions?” I said I would and asked him to discuss this issue with local practitioners.
Meeting the Detainees
In the detention center, I realized that this was a good opportunity to talk about Dafa and the persecution, so I told everyone that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Those who had been misled by the communist regime’s slander of Dafa were quite sarcastic, to which I just laughed.
As a new detainee, I was assigned to clean the room and be on duty for two hours in the evening. This gave me the opportunity to send forth righteous thoughts and do the Dafa exercises in the evening.
Any new detainee was told to sit next to me. This allowed me to talk about Dafa, persuade them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations, and tell them that good is rewarded while evil is punished.
When they complained about hardship, I always advised them to take a positive attitude and face the hardship with a smile. I used my kindness to ease their negative emotions. Gradually, they all regarded me as their best friend. The person on duty asked me, “Do you think they are really good people?” I replied, “I see everyone as equal. Everyone has made mistakes in history. I want to help them to find the kindness buried in their heart.”
I saw the indescribable suffering of the people in the detention center: each day they wept, missing their family and children. They didn’t know when they would be able to get out, nor did they know how many years they would be sentenced. I helped them using the wisdom I learned from Dafa and Master.
I told them that we were all here because of predestined relationships. Whenever a person was to go home, we would have a farewell meeting, where I was often designated to deliver a speech. It was actually a good chance for me to clarify the truth about Dafa to everyone in the room. I always threaded the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance through the whole speech.
Representative of Dafa
Some inmates with better inborn quality started to practice Dafa and did the Dafa exercises. A 22-year-old girl listened to me and also began to practice Dafa.
I used to do the exercises in the evening but then did them in the morning when we were allowed to go outside for fresh air. In the beginning, only one or two people did the exercises, but after some time, almost all the detainees in my cell joined in on the exercises.
An inmate surnamed Peng could recite all the formulas of the five sets of Dafa exercises. She told me that she recited “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” every day. During my free time, I sat with those inmates who had obtained the Fa, recited the Fa for them, and shared stories from my cultivation.
One inmate suggested to the team leader to exempt me from standing duty in the evening and room cleaning. Instead, she suggested a midnight duty for me so that I could send forth righteous thoughts.
One detainee said, “I used to be biased against Falun Dafa. But your words, behavior, and actions allowed me to see the beauty of Dafa. You represent Dafa for us.” I responded, “No one can represent Dafa. I am only a particle of Dafa.”
Another inmate said, “Everyone in the room respects you and does things for you. When you are asleep, they look at you and smile. Having you here makes them happy.”
One of the inmates had a university education and was in the military. She initially intended to give me a hard time, but later she called me “mom.” She said, “Mom, there are so many people in this cell, and you are not the prettiest. But why do I call you mum? Because I respect your faith, I respect your moral quality. You always put others first, and you are not selfish. You were able to find us and find me, your lost daughter. Outside the detention center, you son is petitioning for you. In the center, your daughter is supporting you.”
Clarifying the Facts to Interrogators
While in the detention center, police and prosecution staff repeatedly interrogated me. They started out by threatening to arrest my son if I did not give up my faith. As I was concerned about my son, I signed the statement. As a result, they issued a formal arrest warrant for me, and I awaited an indictment.
My lawyer came to see me after reading all my case documents. I noticed that my son had refused to sign his name on many documents. I adjusted my thinking.
“No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil’s demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won’t be this way.” (“Dafa Disciples’ Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
From then on, I met the officers with the mindset of clarifying the facts rather than feeling hatred or fear. I wanted them to stop sinning against Dafa by arresting and detaining practitioners.
Ms. Wang from the prosecutor's office said, “I know you all are good people. You are mistreated and wronged! You can write a statement and ask the detention center to deliver it to us.”
I wrote in the statement that I did not agree with whatever the officers in charge of my case claimed about me. I wrote about the beauty of Dafa, the health and wellness benefits I experienced after practicing Dafa, and the unlawfulness of the communist authorities’ persecution of Dafa. I ended with the hope that the current officials would uphold citizens’ rights and the law.
The prosecutor's office dismissed the charges against me, and I told everyone in our cell that it was time for me to go home.
I was released the next day at lunchtime and learned that local practitioners had made endless efforts to rescue me.