Staying Firm in One's Right to Practice Dafa
(Minghui.org) I am 73 years old and began practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. I was illegally detained in a labor camp in 2000 because of my belief in Falun Dafa. After I was released, the district 610 Office and the police arrested me once every year.
However, I refused to any confession of guilt, but instead, I detailed on the police transcripts the crimes the police committed. Therefore, they released me every time.
I was arrested again in April 2004, and taken to a brainwashing class after one month. I went on a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention. I told them that I would publicize their crimes online. They released me after a week.
Later, they confiscated my salary and retirement income.
Denying Financial Persecution
I decided to get back my salary and retirement income. I wrote an appeal letter and went to the District Education Committee.
I met the director of the committee. When I asked him for my salary, he said, “Are you still practicing Falun Dafa?” In return, I asked him, “Why can't I practice?” I left without getting my salary.
After returning home, I wrote more than a dozen letters in which I clarified the truth about Dafa, using what I had experienced as examples. I also emphasized that Dafa has brought social morality to the people and that it had been framed.
I sent the letters to the political section of the District Education Commission and then talked to the director face to face.
By November 2012, the CCP central government was holding a meeting in Beijing. The atmosphere was very tense.
The 610 Office accelerated the persecution of Falun Dafa. I handed my letter to the police station, the town government and the village office staff.
In my letter, I stated that my wages were confiscated, and I said that this was illegal. However, they made excuses and did not pay me my wages.
Soon after mailing the letters, a meeting was held in the village office, with the head of the police station, the officer in charge of our area, the deputy town head, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) branch head for our village.
At the meeting, I talked to them about how I felt about the financial persecution of me, and they expressed understanding and sympathy. The village CCP branch head removed the surveillance on me right away. The deputy town head and the police head told me to stay put and they would find a solution, after which I told them the facts about Dafa.
I was told to attend a meeting in the town office. In attendance were the school principal, the director of the political section of the District Education Committee, the town deputy head, the village CCP branch head and the police officer.
At the meeting, I talked about the repeated persecution I had endured all for being a good person. Then they spoke one by one, and they all expressed their understanding and sympathy to me.
Finally, the director of the political section agreed to solve the problem according to what I said. The principal gave me one month's salary right there, and the rest of my wages and the retirement pension would soon be available. The outcome of this meeting was that I was compensated with 345,000 yuan in three payments.
When calculating my compensation, he also counted the time that I was laid off and the time I went to Beijing to validate the Fa.
When I was studying the Fa in April 2014, I heard someone talking outside and saw three people. I asked them what they wanted. I was told that they were the new police department director, the head of the state security team, and the new head of the police station. They wanted to talk to me.
I told them, “You can't come in, as you persecute people. I don't welcome you."
The state security team head said, "Check out what day today is, you should know, I don’t allow you to go anywhere.”
I immediately turned to him and said: “I am a citizen of this country. I have freedom of movement. Do you dare to deny it? I can go anywhere. I'll go to the place you don't allow me to go. Tell me where you don't want me to go?"
He did not say a word although everyone looked at him. He appeared to be nervous. I said, “If you dare not answer me, you can leave.” He actually stepped out the door.
Another person with a camera came in who took pictures of the room. I told him that he had no right to take pictures, so he denied having done so. I reached my limit and told all of them to leave.
“So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you--evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VII)
The fight between the righteous and the evil was over. On the surface, the strength of the two sides was not balanced, but I had Master on my side, and I was not afraid of them.
Someone told me afterward that people from the city's 610 Office came. There were a lot of people from the district and town government, and there were 10 cars in total.
They also went to other practitioners' homes to harass them, but my home was the first place they showed up. They never came to my home again.