Classified Document Orders New Round of Brainwashing Targeting Falun Gong Practitioners in Cangzhou, Hebei Province
(Minghui.org) The Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) in Nanpi County, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, issued a classified document on May 26, 2020, to give orders about a new round of persecution of Falun Gong.
According to sources, the document had seven pages. The first half contained information slandering Falun Gong and the remaining pages had specific instructions on how to carry out the persecution. Similar documents were also issued in other counties in Cangzhou City.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual and meditation practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. The PLAC, an extrajudicial agency given the power to override law enforcement and judiciary agencies in China, has been responsible for orchestrating and executing the persecution policies.
Following the most recent order by the Nanpi County PLAC, all local villages, residential committees, police stations, detention centers, procuratorate, and courts began to make arrangements for brainwashing sessions and to recruit speakers, including religious leaders, psychological couselors, and former practitioners of Falun Gong who quit the practice under pressure, to give lectures slandering Falun Gong and pressure practitioners to renounce their faith. A June 15 deadline was given for deciding on the locations of the brainwashing sessions.
In recent weeks, more than ten Falun Gong practitioners have received calls from local residential committee staff. They were asked about their addresses, workplaces, and whether they still practice Falun Gong. For those who have given up practicing, they were asked to sign additional documents to verify it. But for people who stay firm in their faith, they were ordered to meet with the committee staff.
Some police officers also harassed the practitioners’ family members and threatened to deny their children college education in order to turn them against practitioners and pressure practitioners to give up their faith.
In March and April, officials in Zhangbei County and Huaian County in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, also hosted brainwashing sessions for Falun Gong practitioners.