Jilin Woman Formally Arrested for Her Faith

October 25, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province

(Minghui.org) A Changchun resident has been formally arrested for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Ms. Cui Ronghua, in her 50s, now faces charges for her faith.

A group of agents from the Taoyuanlu Police Station shut off electricity to Ms. Cui’s apartment on the night of September 10, 2016. When Ms. Cui’s family came out to investigate, the police broke in and arrested her, terrifying her elderly mother in the process.

Two officers returned about one hour later to search Ms. Cui’s home for a second time. They also brought her back home, taking pictures of her and confiscated items. Ms. Cui knew that they were trying to fabricate evidence against her, and she kept telling them that she did nothing wrong by owning Falun Gong books and materials.

Ms. Cui remains at Changchun City No. 4 Detention Center, where she has been denied family visits.

Her family is calling on Falun Gong practitioners both inside and outside of China to call the local police and seek her release.

Taoyuanlu Police Station: +86-431-88742065
Chief Wang: +86-15568895755, +86-15904405485
Chief Zou: +86-15754362193
Gu Dejun (in charge of Ms. Cui’s case)
Jiang Yandong: +86-15904405487

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Defense Attorney Not Allowed to Defend Falun Gong Practitioner

October 24, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms Deng Lijuan is a Falun Gong practitioner in Yushu City, Jilin Province. She was put on trial on September 21, 2016 by the Dunhua City Court. The trial was held in the Longjing Court of Yanji City. Zhou Jimin was the presiding judge. Wang Cuiling was the court judge. Liang Ersheng was the prosecutor.

Before the trial, Ms. Deng’s family was informed that the lawyer from Beijing whom Ms. Deng’s family hired for her, was not allowed in the court. When they inquired about this decision, the judge told them the decision came from the 610 Office, and they had nothing to do with it.

The family went to the 610 Office of Dunhua City. They were told that the provincial authority made the decision that no lawyer from Beijing was allowed to be involved in the case.

Ms. Deng didn’t see her lawyer at the trial, and asked about it. Judge Wang Cuiling lied to her, “The lawyer withdrew from the case.”

When Ms Deng was asked whether she still practiced Falun Gong, Ms. Deng told them, “I used to be a lymphoma patient and was cured through practicing Falun Gong.”

Ms. Deng also described how she was tortured during a brutal interrogation by the police. “I was not allowed to sleep. They tied me to the tiger bench and poured cold water on me. They pulled out much of my hair. Later, the newly grown hair was all white.”

Torture Illustration: Tiger Bench

Torture Illustration: Dousing with Cold Water

Parties involved in persecuting Ms. Deng:Liang Ersheng(梁二胜), court prosecutor: +86-433-6339081 (Office), +86-17604339740 (Cell)Zhou Jimin (周济民), presiding judge: +86-433-6339418 (Office)Wang Cuiling (王翠玲), judge: +86-17604330656 (Cell)

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Tumor Patient Recovers after Two Weeks of Falun Dafa Practice

October 23, 2016 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) More than 30 years ago, I was diagnosed with a bone tumor. It was the most difficult time in my life. My husband was injured at work and hospitalized. We had a small child and were in dire financial straits.

Due to the extreme pain caused by the bone tumor, I agreed to very innovative treatment that was still being tested. Doctors removed two pieces of my tumorous femur and replaced them with pieces of my own bone. They inserted two-foot long steel rods into my bone marrow. The rods were welded together and then secured with four one-inch-long screws and two sets of steel wire.

Less than a week after the surgery, the steel pieces broke inside my body and the marrow became infected. I could not move, speak or even cry. It was like I was in a coma.

Fortunately, I survived. I lay in bed for two years without moving, wrapped in plaster from my feet to chest. Afterwards, for the next ten years I could only walk with the help of two canes.

My physical health was also poor. I had an irregular heartbeat. I could not easily digest cold food. I could not lift or carry anything remotely heavy.

Doctors were very worried about me. They often reminded me that a bone tumor was not curable and I could easily die if I did not take good care of myself. Despite my weak condition, I still fought for fame and profit. I dismissed their suggestions because I still longed for those benefits in everyday life.

I was only able to let go of those attachments and gain peace of mind 20 years ago, after I started to practice Falun Dafa. As soon as I started, I experienced miraculous physical changes.

My heart rate became regular within oan hour after I started the practice and has been normal ever since. Within two weeks, I was able to walk without a cane. I no longer had any digestive problems.

I got stronger. Now I can lift ten pounds with one hand. Even my nearsighted eyes became normal after decades of wearing glasses.

I sustained several accidents without injury. I once fell and hit the back of my head, which caused a huge lump. I sat up immediately. A half hour later, as I was studying the Fa with a group, the pain was gone.

Another time I fell down a flight of stairs. I stood up and walked away without a problem.

I had three accidents that fractured bones but completely recovered within days by keeping up with daily Falun Dafa exercises and studying the Fa.

I am now in my 70s. In the past 20 years, I have not spent a penny on medicine or treatments and have been healthier than ever.

Falun Dafa gave me a new life. If more people practiced Falun Dafa, our world would be a much better place!

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Category: Health Benefits

Sydney, Australia: Falun Dafa Band a Highlight at Granny Smith Festival

October 21, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Mu Wenqing

(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the 31st annual Granny Smith Festival in Sydney’s suburb of Ryde on October 15, 2016. Drawing more than 90,000 spectators, it’s is the largest annual event of its type. Practitioners have participated in this festival since 2000.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a state-owned national public broadcaster, has listed the Falun Dafa waist drum team on its web page to promote the community festival.

The Tian Guo Marching Band, waist drum team, and a float with practitioners demonstrating the exercises were once again a highlight of the program.

Tian Guo Marching Band

Spectators wave to practitioners on the float.

Jane Stott, deputy mayor of Ryde, said, “This band is unique. From their uniforms to their music, everything is excellent.” On the city’s web page, a picture of the band’s performance was used to publicize this event.

Jane Stott (deputy mayor of Ryde, fourth from left in the front row), John Alexander (Member of the Australian Parliament, first from left in the front row) and many government officials who came to the event had high praise for the Falun Dafa group.

Melody, who has been attending the parade for 10 years, said of the Tian Guo band, “The colors are great and the music is wonderful.This is the best thing I have ever seen.”

Melody (right).

John Alexander, Member of the Australian Parliament, agreed. He has received requests from practitioners urging the Australian government to take action to stop the ongoing suppression of Falun Gong in China. He said it is a severe human rights violation and what the Australian government has done so far is not enough.

Lisa Clarke from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation International wrote an article on this event, which included photos of the Tian Guo Marching Band, waist drum team, and the float. The report was carried by several other news media outlets, including Republika, a national daily newspaper in Indonesia.

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Category: Other Community Events

Signature Drive to End the Persecution of Falun Gong in China is Held in Germany’s Black Forest

October 19, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held a signature drive on October 15, 2016 in Villingen-Schwenningen, a German city in the Black Forest. The signature drive petition called for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

This old town has less than 100,000 population, but attracts 80,000 visitors annually, and many tourist groups from China have also flocked here in recent years, as it retains the historical attractions and cultural heritage of the medieval Austrian lordship.

A judge (right) signs the petition.

Two tourists from another country sign petition.

A police officer listens to a practitioner talk about Falun Gong and the persecution.

Police Officer: You’re Doing a Good Deed!

A police officer on duty came to the practitioners’ booth and said that she had expected it to be noisy because the permit was for a protest: protesting the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She didn’t expect that a protest would be so quiet. The exercise music was gentle and soothing, and discussions between Falun Gong practitioners and passersby were in low voices. People passing by to sign the petition showing support were in a continuous stream.

Encountering such a peaceful protest was a surprise for the police officer. She said she had never seen such a peaceful protest before.

She said it’s right that practitioners tell people about the forced organ harvesting atrocities in China. “You’re doing a good deed!” she said.

A Swiss Couple Shocked by Forced Organ Harvesting Atrocities in China

A couple from Switzerland learned about Falun Gong for the first time. They were outraged and signed the petition after they learned about the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

The wife was shocked to learn that more than one million Falun Gong practitioners may have been killed for their organs by the Chinese Communist regime, according to the investigative results by a few independent investigators.

The husband said that if it is true, the Chinese Communist regime is the world’s top terrorist organization.

Local residents learn the facts and sign the petition

Local Residents: The Whole World Should Work Together to Stop Organ Harvesting

A local resident in his 60s said that people’s morality has slid down sharply nowadays, and their minds focus only on making money. “Such things as killing people and selling their organs for profit should not happen. The world is really finished if people have no morals.”

He also said that governments should stand up and say “No” to the forced organ harvesting atrocities. The whole world should work together to stop it.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Turkey: Practitioners Introduce Falun Dafa in Izmir

October 19, 2016 | By a practitioner in Turkey

(Minghui.org) Practitioners held a public event to introduce the practice of Falun Dafa in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, on October 8, 2016.

A presentation on Falun Dafa was followed by a demonstration of the exercises.

The event attracted a great deal of interest, and the room was filled to capacity.

Feedback from the participants was very positive. Some of the participants said that they felt the strong energy of the exercise movements right away.

Practitioners doing the exercises with the participants.

The event was held in the Pozitif Manevra Psychological Consultancy and Coaching Center, and was covered by one of the largest and most popular newspapers in İzmir- Hurriyet Ege. Some of the participants said they came because of the notice in the newspaper.

One of those in attendance, Nilgun Kocabas, said that the day before the event, she had been thinking that she needed a meditation system to follow, and the next day she found out about Falun Dafa.

After trying the exercises, she said that she felt very good and she thanked the volunteer instructors. She said that she planned to start reading the teachings and continue doing the exercises.

After the event, the presenters and the participants made arrangements to get together bi-weekly to do the exercises in one of the famous squares in town—İzmir-Gundogdu Square.

Category: Other Community Events

People Know that Falun Gong Practitioners Are Good People

October 18, 2016 | By Yang Li, a Falun Gong practitioner in U.S.

(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Gong for over 20 years and would like to share how Master has given me a new life. I’d also like to tell a few stories that happened in China before I came to the United States.

Master Saved My Life

I am 69 this year and full of energy. Those who know my age say that I look very young and ask me how I maintain my appearance. I tell them that this is all because of Falun Gong.

Before I started practicing Falun Gong, I suffered from many illnesses: hepatitis A and B, arthritis, high blood pressure, to name a few. I was hospitalized frequently.

To make things worse, I was a workaholic and went on a lot of business trips. I would fall sick each time I finished a project.

In September 1990, I fainted at work after vomiting blood. I was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer and had to undergo surgery immediately.

The doctor informed my family that I only had another two years to live. After the operation, I did not step out of my house for two years, as I was often sick and my face and legs were swollen and heavy.

In the spring of 1994, my right elbow was in pain and I went in for another operation. A few days later, my elbow became even more painful. After an x-ray, the doctor suspected that the cancer had spread to my bones.

A year later after an examination, the doctor said that it became a nasopharynx cancer and told my family that I may only live for another three months.

I was only in my forties at that time. The illnesses brought pain to myself and my family. My family tried searching everywhere for a cure.

In November 1995, someone gave my husband a book titled “Falun Gong”. I felt that this book was very good when I read it, and I knew that I had to take up the practice.

It was winter at that time and I was a critically ill patient. I could not go to the practice site that was near my home. I was told by the coordinator to learn the practice by following the book first, until the weather turned warmer and I could go to the practice site.

Amazingly, all my illnesses disappeared when I read the book and practiced the exercises at home. I could go to the practice site by April of 1996. Half a year later, I could travel everywhere by myself.

After I became healthy, I spent most of my time reading the book, practicing the exercises and spreading the practice to others. My heart was filled with joy, and I felt very happy.

Falun Gong also taught me to be a better person and treat others kindly. I also understood the meaning of life.

Let me share three stories that happened after I took up Falun Gong and how I followed the teachings to be a good person.

Neighbor Living on the Third Floor Is No Longer Arrogant

My husband and I live in company housing. The building has three floors and I lived on the second floor, and the daughter-in-law of the company’s general manager happened to live on the third. She often behaved arrogantly.

A few months after I took up Falun Gong, I put my blanket out on the balcony to dry, as it was a sunny day. Moments later, one of my relatives came to my house. She went out to take a look at my balcony.

“Come quickly! Your blanket is drenched!” she said.

I ran over and saw that a quarter of my blanket was wet. I looked up and saw that the third floor neighbor had put her laundry out and the clothes was dripping water. I quickly took my blanket in.

My relative asked me, “Who is living upstairs? How could she do this to you?’

I shouted upwards, telling the neighbor that her clothes are dripping water. Nobody answered.

I remained calm and told my relative that I was a Falun Gong practitioner now. This matter was trying to elevate my xinxing. I’d put my blanket out again after her clothes stopped dripping water.

Later, the woman staying on the first floor started swearing because her clothes were wet. At this moment, the woman on the third floor came out and the two of them quarreled.

I tried to intervene by offering to dry the third floor woman’s clothes in my dryer. She refused my offer and even said that we deserved it for staying below her.

After that, whenever I wanted to put my clothes out on the balcony, I’d always be on the lookout.

In addition to the wet laundry, she would also throw trash out of her window and some of the trash would be blown into my room. But I’d just pick it up and throw it away.

One day, her pillowcase was blown to my balcony. I washed it, dried it and put it back on the rack in front of her house. After a period of time, her son’s expensive running shoes were blown onto my balcony. I cleaned them and returned them to her.

She said, “I thought this pair of shoes was gone. I didn’t expect you to be so kind to wash them and return them to me. Thank you very much.”

I said, “It is fate that we can be neighbors. We should treasure it.”

“I know that you practice Falun Gong. You are too kind,” she said.

She no longer dried her clothes on the balcony after that.

A Saint

In 1987, at my previous workplace, there was a review of our job titles. According to my education qualifications, I could have been promoted to an assistant professor.

As there were too many people with the same qualifications as me, I opted for a senior lecturer position. Many people felt bad for me.

Eleven years later, in May of 1998, my supervisor gave me a call and asked me to prepare my materials to apply for an assistant professor position. The leaders felt that this position should be given to me.

When I went to the office to submit my application, I learned that another colleague of mine wanted this position and had kicked up a fuss a few times in the workplace. When I heard this, I took back my application and went home.

My supervisor called me again.

“What are you afraid of?” he asked. “How could this person compare with you? We have always thought that this position should belong to you. How could you give it up?”

I thanked him and told him that I won’t fight with others over this, as I practice Falun Gong.

Everyone in my workplace knew that my illnesses were cured by Falun Gong. During the meeting that year, I came late and the meeting room was filled with people. When I went inside, everyone started clapping. I was stunned and did not know who they were welcoming.

A male colleague stood up, pointed at me and shouted, “Our resident saint is here! She gave up a assistant professor position willing. Would else would be able to do that?”

Many colleagues stood up and offered me their seats. Two female colleagues pulled me over to their seats. I was feeling embarrassed from this heartwarming scene. During the meeting, the leaders and colleagues occasionally praised me for my action.

Later, that female colleague who wanted the assistant professor position visited me to thank me.

“I know that at that time, many people nominated you for the position,” she said. “If you hadn’t taken the application back, I would never have gotten this position. I’m really thankful! Only those who practice Falun Gong are able to do this.”

After Falun Gong was persecuted in China, the 610 Office told my workplace to monitor my movements. However, no one did anything to me.

There Are Only Those that Come to Ask for Money. Never Has Anyone Come to Return Money to Me

Once, I went to the market to buy duck gizzards. Upon reaching home, I felt that the amount of gizzard that I bought seemed incorrect. I took out the scale, and as it turns out, the gizzard weighed more than what I paid for.

The next day, I went to the market to pay for the extra gizzard.

I saw the owner and said, “I bought this gizzard from you yesterday. You miscounted.”

That man interrupted me before I could finish my words.

“Counted wrong? You bought it yesterday, but now you are here a day later. I’m not going to put up with this!”

His shouting attracted many people.

I remained calm and said, “You miscounted and I paid less than I should have. I’m here to pay you back.”

The man was stunned. The onlookers were absolutely shocked and remarked that they had never seen such a good person.

I said, “I practice Falun Gong. I can’t take advantage of others. You need to check the scale carefully next time, and not shout at people.”

The man thanked me profusely and said that people return to quarrel with him, accusing him of overcharging. No one had ever come back to return money to him. Now he knows that there are still good people in this world.

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation