(Minghui.org) A Xianning City, Hubei Province, man was summoned to his workplace on September 15, 2021, for a talk with four police officers and a section chief at work. Dr. Wang Lidi, who works at the School of Medicine at Hubei University of Science and Technology, was targeted for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
While one police officer claimed his surname was Zhao, Dr. Wang knew from his previous encounters with local police that Zhao’s real name is Xiong Kai and he is the director of Yihaoqiao Police Station in Wenquan District Xianning City. The other three officers were Li Zhihua, Huang Yan, and Ye from the residential community.
As soon as Dr. Wang arrived at his school, officer Li turned on his police recorder. Dr. Wang told him to turn it off, accusing him of infringing upon his rights. Li turned it off.
Xiong Kai said, “We just came to see if you need our help.”
Dr. Wang replied, “Thank you. However, it has been 22 years since the persecution started. I don’t need any of your help, but I think you need to know the facts about Falun Gong.”
He explained that Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and that he simply strives to be a good person by following these principles.
He showed the officers two documents. One was about the Chinese publication bureau revoking the ban on Falun Gong books and publications in 2011 and the other that Falun Gong wasn’t on the cult list announced by the Ministry of Public Security.
The officers checked the documents carefully and took pictures. Dr. Wang said it seemed as if they had never heard about these documents.
Dr. Wang also urged the officers to stop participating in the persecution that didn’t have any legal basis. “You will eventually be held accountable for it. I sincerely hope that you all have a good future. Do not become the sinners of history.”
They all listened quietly. When they left, they took the documents with them.
Persecuted for His Faith
Dr. Wang, 56, received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Hubei University of Science and Technology and became an employee there after graduation. He has been repeatedly arrested and detained for his faith since the persecution began in 1999. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after he was arrested on September 5, 2005. He was tortured to temporary paralysis on three occasions during his imprisonment.
Dr. Wang’s wife was missing when he returned home from prison on April 11, 2009. He was told that his wife had developed schizophrenia because of her constant fears from the arrests of her husband. It took Dr. Wang four years to find his wife. Their son was also diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015.
The school passed Dr. Wang up for promotion in 2002 because of his faith in Falun Gong. They removed him from his teaching position upon his prison release and transferred him to an affiliated hospital, where he was paid only a fraction of his previous salary. In 2017, the authorities further demoted him from seeing patients and insteade arranged for him to be a lab technician.
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