Italy: Documentary Free China Plays to Full House in Prato

September 07, 2015

(Minghui.org) The City of Prato sponsored a public screening of the documentary film Free China in the historic Emperor’s Castle (Il Castello dell’Imperatore di Prato) on August 24. In response to audience request, Director of the Department of Culture, Mr. Simone Mangani decided to add an additional screening that same night.

Prato has the largest Chinese population in Italy, and there were many Chinese people in the audience.

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Il Castello dell’Imperatore di Prato.

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A well-attended screening of the documentary Free China at Prato’s Castello dell’Imperatore.

The award winning Free China: The Courage to Believe tells the story of Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas who remain courageously persistent in their belief in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brutal suppression.

After seeing the film, many audience members expressed their support for Falun Gong practitioners’ endeavors to expose the persecution and encouraged them to show the film to a much wider audience.

Viewers were deeply disturbed by the CCP’s forced organ harvesting of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. “The film provides a unique view of China,” said Mr. Poli, president of the Prato Lions club of Lions Clubs International. “China is a country with 5,000 years of history and an advanced civilization. Unfortunately, materialism has become so popular and profit has become the only focus. However, human beings have a spiritual side. I think we ought to promote the film in larger cities.”

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TV Prato reported on the documentary screening the following day.

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Category: Other Community Events

Finally Standing Up to Tell People: “Chengdu Officials Tried to Kill Me to Cover Up My Knowledge of a Murder”

September 07, 2015 | By Yang Zhenxiang, a practitioner from Jintang County, Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) I was arrested at home on December 23, 2003, and taken to the Jintang County Detention Center by officers from the Huaikou Police Station.

A young female Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Meng Xiao from Nanchong City, was also detained in my cell. She was very thin. She was a college graduate and a division head at the Chengdu Iron and Steel Works. She was forced to leave home to avoid harassment from the authorities because she practiced Falun Gong. She was arrested and had been held in the detention center for over a month before I arrived.

Ms. Meng was taken out of the cell at around 7:00 a.m. daily and returned after 11:00 p.m.. I could tell she had been tortured. She was on a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention and refused to give up her belief in Falun Dafa.

When I asked her what had happened during the day she told me, “They inject me with poisonous drugs and force-feed me. Sometimes I’m taken to the Sichuan Province Reeducation Bureau Hospital in Qingjiang Town, and sometimes to the Jintang County No. 1 People’s Hospital.”

Ms. Meng Doesn’t Return to Her Cell

I know the director of the detention center, as his hometown is Huaikou where I live. So I asked him, “Could you do a good deed, and let her go? Meng Xiao has been detained for over a month that I know of. She hasn’t eaten anything.”

“We aren’t allowed to release her,” the director replied. “The higher authorities in the Chengdu City 610 Office ordered us to let her die.”

On the 28th day of my detention, January 20, 2004, Ms. Meng did not return to the cell. I was very anxious and couldn’t sleep all night. I wondered what had happened to her.

The guards in the detention center, as well as the head of the cells looked very nervous the next morning. One of the guards told an inmate to fetch two sets of Meng Xiao’s clothes. He said that the clothes she was wearing were dirty and needed to be washed. I told them that Meng Xiao has only the clothes she wore, so I gave them a set of my clothes and asked if she had been killed. The cell group leader told me not to talk nonsense.

Escaping Death to Tell About a Murder

I was offered plenty of food at lunch that day, which consisted of three entrees and a bowl of rice.

A guard kept prompting me, “Old lady, hurry up and eat. The police will pick you up soon.”

I could only think that Ms. Meng must have been murdered. I was very angry, but dared not say anything. I had no appetite, but they kept urging me to eat. I felt uncomfortable and my mouth was numb, so I stopped eating.

A guard told me to collect my belongings and wait at the gate for the police car to arrive. It was strange that they didn’t want me to sign any of their paperwork. Usually I had to sign all manner of documents when I was about to be picked up by a police car.

Officers from the Huaikou Police Station arrived around 5:00 p.m. It was dark when I got home. The officers told my husband repeatedly that I was in good shape at the time they brought me home.

The next morning, my head felt swollen and my mouth was dry with saliva dribbling out. I went to the hospital and the doctor told me that I had facial paralysis.

Jiang Zengyao, the director of the detention center, and a few others came to see me the next day. When he saw me his face turned pale with a weird expression. I didn’t understand why he came to see me or the reason for his expression.

They came to visit me often. I later realized that they were afraid I would expose the murder of Ms. Meng. I knew too well of their wickedness. But I was very afraid and didn’t expose the murder at the time. Today, I finally stand up and tell people.

I understand why they offered me a such big meal and told me to leave the detention center immediately. They were afraid I would tell others about this. They put poison in my food and tried to kill me. I ate very little, so I didn’t die.

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Brutal Beating, Force-Feeding and Poisonous Injections — Death of Dafa Practitioner Meng Xiao in Qingbaijiang District, Chengdu City

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Nanchong City Domestic Security Division Interferes with Lawsuits against Jiang Zemin

September 07, 2015 | By a Minghui corespondent in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) When Falun Dafa practitioners in Nanchong City, Sichuan Province, recently prepared to mail out formal criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, post office staff refused to accept the documents, citing orders from the Nanchong Domestic Security Division.

Postal staff told the practitioners that they were not to accept any such lawsuits and not to process such mail if already taken. The staff also told practitioners that all the post offices in Nanchong City had received this order and that it was not clear whether it was the same in other areas.

Details of two instances of unlawful mail interception are provided below.

Ms. Chen Ping

Practitioner Ms. Chen Ping mailed her complaint against Jiang Zemin on May 31, 2015. Instead of sending the lawsuit materials to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate as required by law, post office staff sent the document package to the local police station in early August, who then provided copies to the leaders of Ms. Chen’s work unit and to her husband. Ms. Chen’s husband was shaken by the implicit police threat and left work early to confront his wife.

Ms. Chen went to the local police station to inquire about why the materials she was legally mailing were taken to the local police station and given to her work unit and her husband.

“It’s my right as a citizen to sue Jiang Zemin,” she said, “and it’s illegal for you to leak my case information and put pressure on my husband. I didn’t sue you, because you are also victims in the persecution of Falun Dafa, which Jiang Zemin initiated.”

“I will mail the complaint again,” she added. “And if you do such a thing again, I will sue you as well.”

Mr. Wang Daode and Ms. Huang Ziping

A complaint mailed on May 31 by Mr. Wang Daode and Ms. Huang Ziping of Nanchong City was also intercepted by the post office and delivered to the local police station.

On the morning of August 10, a group of officers showed up at the train station where Mr. Wang worked. They questioned whether Mr. Wang had sent a complaint to the Supreme Procuratorate, asking who wrote the materials and how they knew about the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

Three days later Mr. Wang got a call requesting that his wife, Ms. Huang, go to the Xiaolong Police Station. When Ms. Huang, accompanied by her husband, went to the police station, they were met by several people in the office, including Wang Xiaochuan from the Nanchong City 610 Office, Deng Zhongheng, head of the town 610 Office, and Hu Chengbin, the local Internet administrator.

Ms. Huang confirmed that she mailed the complaint on May 31. When asked why she was suing Jiang Zemin, she told them that she has wanted to sue him since 1999 when the persecution of Falun Dafa began, but that the time was not right until now, after current state leader Xi Jinping proposed: “… all cases must go through the legal process, and all mishandled cases must be corrected.”
After a lengthy discussion, Ms. Huang told the officers, “I hope that you will process my complaint very soon, and I hope that you all find the courage to hold Jiang responsible for his crimes.”

The officers did not ask her or her husband to sign the meeting record, and instead let the couple go home without further incident.

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin