(Minghui.org) After serving twenty years for tapping into TV signals to debunk the massive defamatory propaganda against Falun Gong, Mr. Wei Junren was finally released on August 13, 2022 and reunited with his family in Pingliang City, Gansu Province.
Shortly after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the campaign against Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline, in 1999, the state-owned media (TV, ratio, newspapers, etc.) bombarded the entire country with demonizing propaganda against the practice to justify the persecution.
Meanwhile, countless practitioners were arrested, detained, tortured or even killed. Having believed the propaganda, the general public turned a blind eye to the relentless persecution in front of them and despised Falun Gong practitioners for “causing trouble to the regime.”
With all legal channels to appeal against the persecution blocked to them, Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun City, Jilin Province, the birthplace of Falun Gong, tapped into the local cable system in March 2002 to broadcast programs exposing the illegality and brutality of the persecution.
Inspired by them, practitioners in other provinces, including Liaoning, Gansu, Hebei, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Beijing, Guizhou, Shandong, Qinghai and Sichuan, also stepped out and risked their lives spreading the truth by tapping into their local TV signals.
In August 2002, within three days, practitioners successfully broadcast two video clips of the facts about Falun Gong over cable TV in Xining City, Qinghai Province, and in certain areas in the Lanzhou region, Gansu Province. The broadcast lasted half an hour.
These television broadcasts greatly shocked the Chinese officials. At least fifteen Falun Gong practitioners were arrested as a result. They were all tortured and interrogated. Ms. Zhang Rongjuan lost the ability to walk and Ms. Zhang Ping almost died from suffocation and concussion. Mr. Wei was tortured by police officer Wei Dong while being held at the Xiguoyuan Detention Center.
The Chengguan District Court in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province sentenced seven practitioners on October 27, 2002. Among them, Mr. Wei, Ms. Li Wenming, Mr. Wang Pengyun were each given 20 years. Mr. Sun Zhaohai, Mr. Qiang Xiaoyi, Mr. Liu Zhirong and Mr. Su Anzhou were sentenced to 10 to 19 years.
Two practitioners, Mr. Zhang Guangli and Mr. Chang Jubin, were sentenced to 12 and 11 years, respectively, by the Baiyin District Court in Lanzhou City. Another four practitioners in Xining City, Qinghai Province were sentenced by the Xining City Intermediate Court on December 30, 2002: Ms. Zhang Rongjun was sentenced to 20 years, Mr. He Wanji to 17 years, Mr. Li Chongfeng to 15 years, and Ms. Duan Xiaoyan to 7 years.
Among these practitioner, Mr. He, a police officer himself, was tortured to death in Haomen Prison on May 28, 2003. He was 53. Mr. Liu died at the Tianshui Prison in January 2006.
Mr. Wei, who has survived the 20 hellish years of imprisonment and torture, has become a witness to the soul-stirring history that testifies to the practitioners’ unbreakable faith and courage, in the face of the all-around terror and tyranny imposed by the CCP.
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