News from China - 06/23/2000
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[China] "Transformed" Practitioners Come Back to Falun Gong after Learning the New Article "Towards Consummation"
Since July 22 of 1999, the Chinese government has been brutally cracking down on Falun Gong. Some practitioners had once given in to the police's persecution. Some of them even made wrong statements or even wrongdoing against Falun Gong. Moreover, the government had taken advantage of their wrong statements to attack Falun Gong and confuse other practitioners, which has produced some negative impacts on the image of Falun Gong.
After the publishing of the Teacher's article "Towards Consummation", many such practitioners in all places also began to stand out to correct their mistakes. They started to tell their supervisors, the police and the people around them that they had done wrong in Falun Gong issue. They decided to return to Falun Gong by rescinding their pledge and repentance, meanwhile, starting to promote Dafa and tell the truth of Falun Gong to the public.
[China] More Information on Tian Shiqiang's Sudden Death
According to news resources, Tian Shiqiang, a practitioner from Lanjiang Town, Suining City, Sichuan Province, who died suddenly when appealing in Beijing, got detained on June 6 by the fifteenth section of Beijing police department. He was sent in rush to the Suining Liaison Office at 1:00am of June 7 and died at 11:30am of the same day.
[Chengdu, Sichuan Province]
Cheng Zhan, an employee of the Agricultural Bank of China in Longquanyi district of Chengdu City, was detained by the police on June 19, for refusing to sign a pledge as ordered by his work unit. The police also ransacked his home and took him to the police station without going through any legal procedure. In the police station, police officers tried all means to cheat him and force him to sign the pledge to stop practicing Falun Gong.
In face of the evil forces, Mr. Chen demonstrated elegant manners of a Dafa practitioner by patiently and kindly telling the police the truth of Falun Gong and why he chose to practice Falun Dafa. The police was speechless after hearing his words, but still wanted him to sign the pledge. Therefore, Mr. Chen told the police, "if you persist in asking me to sign the pledge, I am willing to verify my belief and wake up your conscience at the cost of my life."
Up to now, Mr. Chen has been continuously detained and he has been on hunger strike for several days. His family members have received no notice of his detained but heard from the police that he might be given 15 days of detention. Mr. Chen's story is being widely circulated in the local communities..
Many practitioners from Longquanyi district had gone to the police and questioned them how they could arrest people and ransack their homes at will against the clauses of the constitution.
[Jianyang City, Sichuan Province]
Ms. Ye Shunying, 45, a former employee of the Epidemic Prevention Station in Jianyang City, Sichuan Province. Last year, she got detained for 7 days, imposed a fine of 4,000 Yuan (more than half of average annual salary of an ordinary worker in China), and removed from her post just because she had gone to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong.
On May 20 of this year, she accompanied her father (72 years old) and her mother (67 years old) to spend the weekend in the Nanjiao Park. As a result, three of them got arrested there and sent to a drug-stopping center. Ms. Ye got beaten up for over half an hour for continuing to practice Falun Gong in the drug-stopping center.. She had bruises and blood all over her body From the beatings. Moreover, the police incited the drug-addicts to tortur
her. After the other fellow practitioners detained there learn about her situation, they started hunger strike to request the police to stop the brutal deeds.
Later, the police handcuffed her onto a door in such a position that she could neither stand straight or squat down. The next day in the afternoon, the Jianyang Police department came to pick her up. She told her parents calmly upon leaving, "Mom and Dad, I am leaving. Please do not worry about me.." Since then, Ms. Ye's whereabouts is unknown, although Ms. Ye's family members have been searching for her in all means.
[Daqing] Several Hundred Practitioners Held a Group Practice; Some Got Detained and Imposed Stiff Fines
At 5:00am of June 18, several hundred practitioners from Daqing gathered in the park across the Daqing Crude Oil Administrative Bureau to practice Falun Gong. 2 female practitioners displayed a beautiful banner that reads, "Falun Dafa is definitely good". Very soon, the police came over and tried to seize the banner. The police knocked the two female practitioners down to the ground. After the practitioners finished practicing the exercises and reciting some articles of Dafa, they were about to leave. At the beginning, the police did not interfere with them when they were leaving. Later, a police suddenly yelled, "You cannot go!" Then some practitioners who did not leave in time got detained and sent to the Ranghulu police station. Some of them were given criminal detention; some of them were picked up by their local police stations, and then were put under surveillance 24 hours by their work units. They were also forced to attend the "transformation class" and imposed a fine of 5,000 to 10,000 Yuan. The whereabouts of practitioners Fu Qi, Zuo Guoqing, Dai Yi, etc., who were suspected to be the organizers by the police is unknown.
The Crude Oil Administrative Bureau issued the following document to punish the practitioners after the group practice of June 18:
1. Practitioners who went to Beijing to appeal after April will be removed From the posts and put under observation for one year.2. Practitioners who have gone to Beijing to appeal twice or who joined the practice on June 18 will be removed from their posts and put under observation for two years. Party members will be removed from the party; League members will be removed from the League; officials will be removed from their posts.
3. Practitioners who had not gone to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong but joined the group practice on June 18 will be suspended from their jobs for half a year and pay a deposit of over 10,000 Yuan. Practitioners who had paid the deposits before will be confiscated of the deposits and required to pay additional deposits of 10,000 to 20,000 Yuan.
On June 19 and June 20, another over 30 practitioners from the Daqing Petrochemical Plant practiced Falun Gong in a park. Most them also got detained and severely punished afterwards.
[Chengdu, Sichuan Province] The Prime Culprit Guilty of Tianjin Event, He Zuoxiu, Bolstered and Instigated Continued Crackdown on Falun Gong
According to the report of Sichuan Youth Newspaper on June 22, He Zuoxiu is touring among cities of Chengdu, Deyang, Nanchong, and Leshan, etc., to give reports with a major theme of "strengthening the confidence in persecuting Falun Gong and intensifying the crackdown on Falun Gong". Most of his audience was officials or supervisors from the governmental organizations, institutions of higher education and large or medium-sized enterprises.