Introducing Falun Dafa at Purdue University’s “Boilermaker Get-Involved Fair”

September 01, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa Practitioner in the United States

(Minghui.org) Purdue Falun Dafa Student Association invited local Falun Dafa practitioners to introduce the practice to students at the “Boilermaker Get-Involved Fair” at Memorial Mall on August 22.

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Introducing Falun Dafa to students at Purdue University

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Many students, including those from China, stopped by to learn about Falun Dafa.

Purdue University has a very multicultural student body, and the highest number of Chinese students at any university in the United States. More than 1,000 new students come from China each year.

Falun Dafa practitioners set up a booth with display boards and a banner stating Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. They demonstrated the exercises behind the table where Falun Dafa books in different languages were placed.

The event was a great success. Some new Chinese students were surprised to see Falun Dafa since in their native China, the practice is banned and persecuted.

Several Chinese students who were aware of the persecution approached practitioners to ask questions. A young man asked where he could find Epoch Times newspapers. A couple of new Chinese students wanted to get Falun Dafa books to read. They found that the books are free online, and promised to visit the Falun Dafa websites to learn more.

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Category: Other Community Events

14 Falun Gong Practitioners Persecuted for Their Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

September 01, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) As of August 17, 2015, more than 160,000 people from inside and outside of China have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist regime, according to the Minghui website.

Although many officials and officers have stopped persecuting Falun Gong practitioners and many have become supportive because of the Falun Gong practitioners truth clarification efforts, there are still those who follow the Jiang Zemin policy of persecuting practitioners.

Detained, Monitored, Harassed

Fourteen Falun Gong practitioners filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin with the Shandong Province High Court and Procuratorate on July 16, 2015. Upon returning to their hometown of Zhaoyuan City, they were illegally arrested, detained, monitored, or harassed by police.

Nine practitioners were taken to the Lingnanjinkuang Brainwashing Center on July 16 and 17: Ms. Yan Xuefen, Ms. Yan Xuerong, Mr. Liu Ximin, Ms. Chi Ruimei, Ms. Qiu Cuimin, Ms. Lan Meiyu, Ms. Wang Meiju, Mr. Wu Kelin, and Ms. Liu Wanli.

Five practitioners were monitored and harassed.

Officers from the Zhaoyuan City Domestic Security Division interrogated the detained practitioners for a week. The practitioners were charged with “using a cult organization to undermine law enforcement,” an excuse routinely used by the Communist regime to arbitrarily arrest and imprison practitioners nationwide as part of its violent campaign against Falun Gong.

Brief Details

Nine of the practitioners were taken to the Fushan Detention Center in Yantai City on July 23.

Ms. Qiu Cuimin was released on bail, pending trial, the same day because of high blood pressure.

Ms. Wang Meiju, Ms. Lan Meiyu, and Ms. Liu Wanli were released on bail the next day, pending trial, because of high blood pressure and heart disease.

The other five practitioners have been detained for 30 days as of date of this article.

Ms. Li Shuling, who left home to avoid further persecution, was arrested by plainclothes officers on August 16 when she went back home to get some clothes.

In addition, the police ransacked Ms. Yan Xuefen’s home and confiscated personal items worth approximately 55,000 yuan.

The police confiscated practitioners cell phones and downloaded the stored contact information. Such information can be used to wiretap, monitor, track, and harass practitioners and their relatives and friends.

Participants in the persecution of the 14 practitioners:
Sun Baodong (孙宝东), director of the Zhaoyuan Police Department: +86-13906389386
Jiang Shanfeng (蒋善凤), deputy director of the Zhaoyuan Police Department: +86-535-8118566, +86-137935500
Wang Yucheng (王玉成), captain of the Zhaoyuan Domestic Security Division: +86-535-8093193, +86-13708918938
Director of Biguo Town Police Department: +86-535-8475338
Jin Guangyao (金光耀), director of the Biguo Town 610 Office: +86-535-8258610, +86-13863886388
Sun Hualong (孙华龙), director of the Xiadian Town 610 Office: +86-535-8425223

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Canada: Legislator and Attorney Support Movement to Prosecute Jiang Zemin

September 01, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun

(Minghui.org) More than 166,000 criminal complaints have been filed as of August 27 against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who ordered the violent suppression of Falun Gong in China. This movement has drawn broad attention and wide support outside of China.

Cheri DiNovo, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, said the numbers are very encouraging because it represents hope for the future. She predicts that the Chinese communist regime will change as a result of public outcry; otherwise, this momentum will gain speed until it changes history.

Phillip Trotter, a lawyer in Toronto who has represented five Falun Gong practitioners in bringing lawsuits against Jiang, said practitioners outside of China had brought lawsuits against Jiang in the past. Now, as practitioners in mainland China are also suing Jiang within China’s legal system, it marks an effort towards better human rights in China. He says he is “glad to see these positive changes in the recent years.”

Ontario Legislator: This Is the Just the Beginning

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Cheri DiNovo, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Cheri DiNovo, a longtime human rights advocate, said such actions would meet harsh suppression in the past, but so far a large number of Chinese citizens have been safe after submitting criminal complaints against Jiang. She says this reminds her of the Soviet Union before its collapse.

Although it is difficult to predict what will happen next, DiNovo believes such efforts are a beginning for reducing oppression and state violence in China.

She specifically thanked those who are bringing lawsuits against Jiang, thereby risking their lives to stop a violent regime. She wishes them success and hopes that more people would do something to support such courage. It is just a matter of time when the day will come, DiNovo said.

Attorney: More Evidence Will Surface

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Toronto lawyer Phillip Trotter has represented five Falun Gong practitioners in bringing lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.

Trotter said he was surprised and encouraged by the increasing number of lawsuits every week. Although we have yet to see results from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in China, he says such momentum will certainly improve China’s human rights–“the most important.”

Trotter said he also sees a trend—that of 610 Offices and police inside China becoming less rampant. He has not heard about large-scale suppression of those who brought lawsuits against Jiang, and said that it is a very positive indication and would encourage more people to join the effort.

Trotter predicts that more evidence will surface during investigations and trials as China’s top court begins to process these cases and hold Jiang accountable for his crimes.

Former Supreme Court Judge: This Persecution Violates China’s Constitution and Criminal Law

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Xie Weidong was formerly a judge of China’s Supreme Court and currently lives in Canada.

Xie Weidong, a former judge on the Supreme People’s Court, came to Canada one year ago. He says the lawsuits against Jiang are very important, because Falun Gong practitioners have “systematically, consistently, and effectively” exposed the Chinese regime’s lies.

Because China’s Constitution permits the freedom of belief, Xie says the suppression violates both the Constitution and Criminal Law. “In other words, it does not have any legal grounds,” Xie stated.

Regarding the 610 Office, which has directed the nationwide suppression of Falun Gong, Xie said, “Such an abuse of power and abuse of the law is putting everyone’s life at risk—that is, anyone could face a similar tragedy that happened to Falun Gong practitioners.”

Xie is especially shocked by the brutality of the regime’s harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. “This is totally against humanity,” he said, adding that the peacefulness of Falun Gong practitioners highlights the viciousness of the regime. “A tyrant could may bully people for now, but it will not be able to do so forever.”

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin