Despite the Epidemic, Six Provinces in China Hold Brainwashing Sessions Targeting Falun Gong Practitioners
(Minghui.org) The coronavirus epidemic hasn’t stopped the Chinese Communist Party from persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for their faith.
According to information collected by Minghui.org, the authorities in the provinces of Shandong, Jiangxi, Hebei, Liaoning, Guizhou, and Jilin are holding brainwashing sessions in order to achieve “complete ‘transformation’” of local practitioners.
In Guizhou Province, the local authorities issued a “zero out plan,” in which they are attempting to force every practitioner to give up their belief by the end of this year. The officers are visiting every practitioner on their list and said that the government is being lenient with them now but would mete out severe punishment if the practitioners refused to renounce their faith.
In Linghai City, Liaoning Province, it’s reported that the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, an extrajudicial agency tasked with the persecution of Falun Gong, have booked venues for several brainwashing sessions and prepared lists of the practitioners that will be sent there.
In Hebei Province, Huaian County hosted a brainwashing session in March and Zhangbei County hosted one in April. It has been confirmed that nine practitioners in Zhangbei County were forced to attend the session for five days.
While some practitioners weren’t sent to the brainwashing sessions right away, they were harassed and threatened by the authorities that they would be forced to attend if they didn’t renounce their faith.
In Jishui County, Jiangxi Province, the local police called and visited practitioners between mid-March and early April, ordering them to fill out a questionnaire to ascertain if they still practiced Falun Gong.
In Kangping County, Liaoning Province, local authorities took the list of practitioners they’d collected at the onset of the persecution and harassed each one between March 14 and 16, even if some of them hadn’t practiced for years.
Officials in Kangping County threatened the practitioners that if they didn’t sign the renouncement statements, they and their children wouldn’t be allowed to work. The officials also threatened to take back the government-assigned farmlands from some practitioners who are farmers. They also asked for information on the practitioners’ family members and their phone numbers. Most practitioners refused to comply with those demands.
Between February and April 2020, authorities in Dehui City, Jilin Province, also harassed practitioners, collected their personal information, and demanded to know if they still practice Falun Gong.