Reaching Out to Prison Employees in China
(Minghui.org) The coronavirus keeps spreading and a number of prisons in China are now reporting cases of infection. The Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) official media have also admitted that several hundred cases of infection have been confirmed in the prison system.
The outside world nonetheless remains skeptical about the figures revealed by the CCP, believing that the actual number of infections is much higher as it is extremely difficult to contain an infection, especially given the high population density in China's prisons. Many infected prison staff are waiting helplessly for a cure.
Ms. Li, a Falun Gong practitioner in the United States, collected over 200 phone numbers for prison employees in Hubei Province. She has been placing calls to prison staff to talk to them about how they can stay safe in the face of the epidemic. Ms. Li reports that one-third of the people she has called have been infected with the novel coronavirus and have asked for help online.
Ms. Li tells those who answer her calls that tens of thousands of innocent Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned and subjected to all kinds of torture for holding fast their faith in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Many practitioners have become disabled, have died from torture, or died after having their organs harvested while they were still alive.
She urges the prison employees to sever ties with the CCP to avoid being held responsible for the crimes the CCP has committed against Falun Gong practitioners. She reminds them that many people have seen their health restored and have averted danger by withdrawing from the CCP and sincerely reciting “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Many prison employees she's talked to have thanked Ms. Li for thinking of them and telling them how to stay safe amidst the epidemic.
Prison Warden: “I Will Do What You Said Straight Away”
A family member of a prison warden had been infected with the virus and quarantined in their own home as they could not get a bed in a hospital.
When the warden initially received a phone call from Ms. Li, he said dismissively, “You should first check out who I am before starting to tell me the stuff you're propagating.”
“You sound like someone in a senior position,” Ms. Li replied patiently. “Whether you're rich or hold a high-ranking position, you can lose your life very quickly once infected. We only hope that you are all safe.”
The prison warden changed his tone and quietly said, “Thank you.”
“I'm glad you understand what I mean,” said Ms. Li. “You seem to have a good understanding.”
“Oh, thank you,” the prison warden said. “Please tell me what you want to say. I'm listening.”
“The CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong for more than 20 years. I trust that you have seen what Falun Gong practitioners are truly like. We care about people and want to tell you how to stay safe during the outbreak.”
Ms. Li further explained that Falun Gong is a cultivation practice in the Buddha School, that it is based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and that before the persecution started there were more than 100 million people practicing Falun Gong in China.
She told him that the practice has now spread to more than a hundred countries and that Falun Gong practitioners, while being persecuted themselves, have continued to expose the CCP’s lies and tell the perpetrators not to participate in the persecution of good people, because they would face consequences.
“What should I do then?” the prison warden asked anxiously.
“You need to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations to keep away from danger because you vowed to sacrifice your life to serve the CCP when you joined. By quitting the CCP you can sever your ties with it and choose a bright future for yourself,” explained Ms. Li.
The warden said earnestly, “I want to quit the CCP. Thank you very much for telling me all this!”
“I suggest that you also try your best to release Falun Gong practitioners within your power,” Ms. Li continued. “For situations beyond your control, I suggest you treat them kindly and provide them with an environment where they can cultivate and clarify the truth. I'd also urge you to tell your relatives and friends to quit the CCP organizations so that they can also be safe.”
“Yes, I will. Thank you for the phone call. Thank you, Falun Gong practitioners overseas, for your kind phone calls! I will do what you said straight away!” the warden said.
Infected Female Prison Guard: “Thank you, Falun Gong Practitioner, for Telling Me How to Protect Myself”
A female prison guard posted a message online for help, but when Ms. Li called her, she quickly switched off the phone when she learned that the caller was a Falun Gong practitioner.
Ms. Li called her again and said, “I'm calling for your sake. I hope you hear me out about how to stay safe in the epidemic.”
This time, the guard stayed on the line and listened.
“The coronavirus is spreading fast and there is no effective medical cure at the moment. It is highly infectious and the death toll is also very high,” Ms. Li said to her sincerely. “We are facing a national disaster, and we need to work together to pull through by placing our trust in the divine.”
The guard listened, appearing to agree with what Ms. Li was saying.
“I know you have been involved in the persecution of Falun Gong all along, but prison guards are also victims of the lies and deception of the CCP,” Ms. Li said.
The guard asked what she should do to avoid being held responsible for the CCP's crimes against Falun Gong practitioners.
Ms. Li advised her to quit the CCP organizations and she immediately said that she wanted to.
Ms. Li continued, “Now that you are quarantined in your home, I suggest that you call your colleagues and tell them to treat Falun Gong practitioners kindly. At the same time, please tell your relatives and friends to remember ‘Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ I sincerely hope that they also stay safe.”
The guard was very grateful and said, “Thank you, thank you very much! Thank you, Falun Gong practitioners, for letting us know how to protect ourselves!”
Male Prison Guard: “I Will Do As You Told Me”
A male prison guard infected with the coronavirus also posted a message online for help, because he could not get a bed in a hospital.
He said to Ms. Li when she called him, “I can accept what you said about Falun Gong, but I will never quit the CCP, and I will support it right to the end.”
“That's very dangerous for you,” said Ms. Li. She went on to explain why he should quit the CCP: “The CCP is evil. As a member, no matter how good you are as a person, or how capable you may be, as long as you remain a member in their system, you are playing a role to strengthen the evil CCP and, as a result, you will be held responsible if you remain a part of it.”
“I believe you. I want to quit the CCP!” the guard changed his mind and said.
After helping him quit the CCP, Ms. Li said, “Now that you have learned the truth and quit the CCP, please also tell your colleagues about what I told you so that they can also keep away from danger and stay safe.”
“All right, I understand. I will do as you said. 'Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!' Thank you so much for telling me how to survive!” the prison guard said gratefully before they ended the conversation.
Prison Staff with Serious Infection: “I Want to Hear What She Says!”
A prison staff person who was in serious condition with the virus received a phone call from Ms. Li.
When his wife heard the call was from a Falun Gong practitioner, she tried to take the phone away from him. But the patient insisted on talking with Ms. Li.
“Give me the phone. I want to hear what she says!”
Ms. Li could hear that he was gasping for air as he argued with his wife.
His wife tried to stop him three times, but he refused to give her the phone and listened to what Ms. Li was telling him. He kept repeating “Thank you” as he listened.
He was on the phone for nearly an hour and his breathing became easier and easier as he listened. At the end of the call, he shouted, “Thank you, Falun Gong!”