Resist the Harassment with Dignity and Compassion
(Minghui.org) I received a phone call from the local residential committee at 8:30 a.m. on November 11, 2020. I was asked to go there and sign a census form, but I would have never known that I would be held by them from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Tricked to Go to a Police Precinct
When I arrived at the residential committee office at 9 a.m., I noticed that a police officer was there too. I signed the census form, greeted the officer, and prepared to leave. A lady stopped me and said there was one more document to sign, so I followed the policeman to his office.
A few minutes later, a masked man came with a few pieces of paper and rudely said to me, “Sign it, don't practice Falun Gong anymore.” I asked him, “May I know who you are?” The policeman told me that he was Director Sun from the 610 Office (an extralegal agency created specifically to persecute Falun Gong).
I asked him politely, “Do you know Falun Gong?” Suddenly, he began to yell hysterically. I stayed calm, “It seems like you do not know what my belief is about. How about we have a talk after you do some homework about it?” He was very angry and made a phone call. Soon, two police officers came.
At the same time, I also called my siblings and my husband who was out of town and told them about the situation.
Resist the Violent Coercion
I was brought to the local police precinct. When I asked for a cup of water, Director Sun told others to remove the water dispenser from the room.
There were several people in this office but I only knew one woman from the residential committee. All the others were men, probably from the residential committee, and the police were gone.
Director Sun and some others tried to persuade me to sign a three-page document. One read the paper out loud: “Stop practicing Falun Gong, support the Chinese Communist Party.”
“What's wrong with that? Why don't you sign it? If you sign it, you can leave now.”
I recommended them to read two books, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and The Ultimate Goal of Communism. “You’ll see that the real history of the Communist Party is ridden with cheating and killing, and you’ll know how evil it is.”
Director Sun was very frustrated and ordered a young man to hold my left hand while he grabbed my right hand and tried to open my fist. He tried to force my fingerprint onto the document. I held my fist tighter.
I said to the female residential committee staffer who followed us there, “Can you record what they are doing? Later you will see how ridiculous it is.”
It was then lunchtime. They took a break and came back in the afternoon.
A few more people came. Some were around my age and some were younger, but they were all male. A young man around my own child's age kept yelling at me, “How can a person like you raise a child well? Your child is ashamed of you; your child won't be qualified for any civil service position because of you.”
I told him, “How can you talk such nonsense when you don’t know anything about my child? It is as ridiculous as your forcing me to renounce Falun Gong without knowing what Falun Gong is.”
I felt sad for them since none of them was as lucky as my child. My daughter learned Falun Gong since she was young and always follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She is smart, wise and talented. I couldn't be more proud of her.
They tried all means to force me to sign the document. After a while, Director Sun came back and repeated what they did in the morning. This time, there were more people forcing me to sign the document. I clenched my fist and no matter how hard they tried, they couldn't break my hold. I said to them, “Stop, you can’t make me sign it.”
I told Director Sun seriously, “If you lost your mind today, I will forgive you. Otherwise, what you are doing is illegal and I will sue you. You showed a bad example to these young men.” I also told these young officers, “Today, you are all witnesses and participants and you will be held accountable for what you did.”
Although my hands were wounded and bleeding, they still couldn't get my fingerprint. The director left.
For a while, the room was quiet and everyone was silent.
Released in the Afternoon
When Director Sun showed up again, he sat in front of me. I saw how powerless and helpless he had become. He was also less arrogant. He looked at me and I looked at him. I saw a hint of goodness through the darkness of his face even though we were both wearing masks.
He said slowly, “I just can’t understand why you insist on practicing Falun Gong when there are many other choices.” I told him, “Only Falun Gong can change people from the inside and help them truly become good people who always think of others.”
Then I told him a story, “It was the in the early days of the persecution that began on July 20, 1999. One day, a director of a detention center rushed into the cell containing all Falun Gong practitioners and beat every single one of them, including a grandma. A few years later, he was diagnosed with a terminal disease. He visited famous hospitals all over the county but could not find a cure to save his life. After I heard his situation, I cried because I felt sorry for a life that was lost.”
I explained to Director Sun the principle that good and evil will receive their due retribution and said the detention center director in the story may have had a different fate had he stopped persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
I also said to Director Sun that so many practitioners like myself risked being arrested, beaten, and imprisoned to raise awareness of the persecution because we didn't want people like him to unknowingly become accomplices in the persecution and eventually be held accountable.
After 4:30 p.m., the chief of the residential committee came and said I could leave.
As I am now writing down my experience, it is November 13 and the wound on my hand is still fresh. I hope that this is the last one. I wish that everyone will be able to learn about how brutal the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners is and help to stop the persecution. I look forward to the arrival of the new era when we can freely practice Falun Gong without being persecuted!