On March 1, 2011, China’s press and publication agency lifted Jiang Zemin’s ban on Falun Gong books. Even so, practitioners across China continue to be arrested and sentenced for the “crime” of having Falun Gong books.
After China’s labor camp system was abolished in 2013, Falun Gong practitioners were instead taken to drug rehabilitation centers, brainwashing centers, and psychiatric hospitals to be “transformed,” or forced to renounce their faith, often through torture. This has never stopped, and more practitioners are still being sentenced to prison.
On June 10, 1999, Jiang Zemin established the 610 Office, a Gestapo-like agency set up specifically to persecute Falun Gong. The agency was officially dissolved in March 2018 due to international scrutiny, but it now operates under a new name, the “Stability Maintenance Office.” It continues to direct the persecution, including sentencing elderly practitioners and harvesting organs from young practitioners. None of the perpetrators have been brought to justice for these heinous crimes.
Xi Jinping must be held accountable for the practitioners who have been persecuted to death during his reign. The sooner the persecution ends, the sooner the loss of life and accumulation of crimes can stop.
As a Chinese saying goes, “One would rather stir up a thousand rivers than disturb a follower of the Way.” It conveys the message that persecuting cultivators on a spiritual path incurs greater karma than ordinary sins. The same is true for persecutors of Falun Dafa practitioners. When the perpetrators are held accountable one day, they will face immeasurable hardship for each and every act of today. Any worldly notions of evading the consequences can only be wishful thinking.
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