Finding Peace at a Falun Gong Exercise Site

September 12, 2015 | By Tang Xiuming, Minghui correspondent in London

(Minghui.org) Twenty-one-year-old Mike, from Rome, was excited to find a Falun Gong exercise site under a tree in Regent’s Park in London on Aug. 22, 2015. That first visit, he spent three hours there learning all five sets of Falun Gong exercises, and reading from the book Zhuan Falun with the group. Afterward, he told the group of practitioners that the exercises felt great, and the book was exactly what he had been looking for.

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Mike learns Falun Gong exercises for the first time and was given a copy of Zhuan Falun in Italian, his native language.

Mike came to London to study music in January 2015. He found a big change in himself in May: he had lost the capability of dreaming meditation, which he had been experiencing since age 14. He said he used to have the experience of flying in his dreams and seeing beautiful things.

Mike made up his mind on Aug. 19 to find a meditation in London, hoping his dreaming meditation would come back. The next day, he received a Falun Gong flyer at a subway station.

It was the first time Mike had heard about Falun Gong. He got online and found the nearest Falun Gong exercise site and looked forward to going on that Saturday.

When he arrived, a volunteer from the group showed Mike the movements and he learned so quickly that he was able to keep up with the others. He said it felt natural for him and that the exercises were very relaxing.

When Mike mentioned that he was from Italy, one of the practitioners, Tim, handed him a book Zhuan Falun in Italian. It had belonged to an Italian practitioner who left London. Tim happened to think of this book before he left home. He thought he would bring it to the volunteer instructors in case they encountered Italian speaking students. It was perfect timing for Mike, who had no doubt that it was his destiny to read this book.

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Reading Zhuan Falun at the Falun Gong group practice site.

Mike stayed to read a lecture of the book with the group. Practitioners explained that Zhuan Falun was the main book of teachings on cultivating the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. After the study, a practitioner asked Mike what he thought. Mike replied with a big smile, “It’s just like that!”

Falun Gong practitioners have established a dozen exercise sites in and near London. Newcomers have continued to visit the sites to learn the exercises and start cultivation in Falun Gong.

Information about exercise sites can be found at
http://en.falundafa.org/falun-dafa-global-contacts.html

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Category: How to Learn

Falun Dafa Practitioners Harassed After Filing Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

September 12, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from around the world have joined the wave of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist regime who ordered the violent suppression of Falun Gong in China. More than 160,000 criminal complaints were filed between the end of May and the end of August, according to the Minghui website.

However, not all complainants escape harassment, arrest, or detention. Some practitioners in Qitaihe City, Heilongjiang Province were harassed by the local authorities after they mailed lawsuits against Jiang.

Suspected Surveillance

A practitioner said that he received a call from a man who identified himself as a community office staff member on July 31, 2015. After he verified the practitioner’s home address, he asked him if he had mailed a complaint to Beijing. The practitioner said that he sent complaints to the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and wanted to explain why he had done so.

“You don’t need to tell me anything more. As you know, our conversation might be monitored,” he said before hanging up the phone.

Speaking Up for Falun Gong

Without warning, community office personnel went to another practitioner’s house on the same day. They asked the practitioner’s husband where she was and if she had mailed complaints against Jiang to the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. Her husband told them that he did not know anything about the matter.

They returned in the afternoon, and the practitioner refused to let them in her house. She asked why they were there, and they appeared embarrassed. They told her they were to see if she needed a job, and if she did, they would help her find one. The practitioner, who is in her 70s, is well past retirement age and did not believe their pretense.

The practitioner then told the staffers about Falun Gong and how she has benefited from the practice.

“Your story sounds great,” one of them said, “But, you better do the exercises at home, and don’t participate in any activities. Take a look at the posters around your building.” They were referring to posters about prosecuting Jiang and ones that counter the communist regime’s propaganda against Falun Gong.

“I cannot tear down these posters,” she said. “People will learn the facts from these posters.” After the officials read the posters, they left with smiles on their faces.

Continued Harassment

A deputy police chief and two officers went to a practitioner’s home on August 20. They asked if she still practiced Falun Gong. She explained that she would not stop because the spiritual practice had improved every aspect of her life.

The deputy chief suggested that she practice at home, but not participate in outside activities and suing Jiang Zemin. They then wanted her mother’s address.

She warned the officers, “Do not harass her again. A few years ago, she was held in a detention center where she was tortured.”

They walked away without saying another word.

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

The persecution has killed countless Falun Gong practitioners during the past 16 years. Many have been murdered for their organs. Others have been imprisoned and tortured for their belief. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of this brutal persecution.

Under Jiang’s direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security force, the 610 Office, on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides the police and judicial system. The 610 Office carries out Jiang’s directive to eradicate Falun Gong: ruin practitioners’ reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Jiang stepped down as head of the CCP in 2002, but he has exerted much power from the shadows through a network of officials he put in place.

Chinese law now allows 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: Accounts of Persecution

Cold-Blooded Torture Renders Falun Gong Practitioners Unrecognizable at Death (Graphic Photos)

September 12, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

(Minghui.org) Since 1999, the communist regime in China has regularly used torture in its campaign to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief. The examples below give a glimpse of the cruelty practitioners are subjected to at the hands of the authorities.

Mr. Zheng Xiangxing from Tangshan City, Hebei Province

Mr. Zheng, owner of an electronic store in Tangshan City, was sentenced to ten years in prison in May 2012. A mere five months later, his family was notified to come to visit him in the hospital. In the hospital ward, his family could not find him initially.

In fact, Mr. Zheng was lying unconscious in bed. His head was swollen badly and wrapped in gauze, and two tubes inserted in his head had blood flowing in them. His right eye socket was badly bruised, with the eyeball sticking out. His mouth was wide open and tongue retracted. There was blood on his ears and nose. He was frighteningly thin and frail-looking, yet his hands and legs were tied to the bed frame.

A doctor told his family that he was in a deep coma when he was brought to the hospital; his pupils were dilated, and he had lost control of urination. The doctor claimed Mr. Zheng had to undergo six hours of surgery to remove a four-inch piece of skull that was pressing on his brain. Doctors also removed parts of his brain that control language, sight, and memory.

Mr. Zheng’s family wasn’t given any advance notice of the surgery, nor were they given the opportunity to consent to the procedure.

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Zheng Xiangxing before the torture

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Zheng Xiangxing after his skull was opened

Mr. Huang Lizhong from Huludao City, Liaoning Province

During his ten years in Panjin Prison, Mr. Huang was beaten and tortured with electric batons. During a family visit in October 2009, an inmate had to hold him up. His own wife could not recognize him. He was extremely frail, his teeth were severely deformed, his body was shaking uncontrollably, and he partially lost his hearing. Five days after the visit on October 25, 2010, prison authorities notified his family that Mr. Huang had died in prison.

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Mr. Huang Lizhong

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Mr. Huang’s remains

Mr. Wu Yuan from Lingyuan City, Liaoning Province

On December 8, 2003, one year into Mr. Wu Yuan’s prison term at Shenyang 2nd Prison, his family was notified that he was diagnosed with late stage esophageal cancer. On December 10, 2003, during a half-hour family visitation, his wife saw someone curled up in his bed, extremely thin. She had to confirm that the person lying in the bed was indeed her husband. Mr. Wu died hours later.

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Mr. Wu Yuan

Mr. Li Changmao from Macheng City, Hubei Province

Mr. Li was beaten in 2001 by local police and handcuffed to a tree in the cold, wearing only underwear. Police interrogators forced him to pick out red-hot charcoal from a burning stove. During a family visitation, his wife could not believe her eyes when she saw him. Mr. Li’s eyes were swollen shut and his body covered in fist-sized bumps from being beaten. After another arrest in 2009, Mr. Li died after 20 minutes in police custody.

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Torture Method: Hanging By Handcuffs

Mr. Yu Huinan from Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province

Mr. Yu was beaten and tortured during detention at Suzhou City Prison for refusing to renounce his belief and practice of Falun Gong. When his wife visited him, he was almost unrecognizable and extremely thin, weighing only 77 pounds. Prison authorities feared he would die in prison and released him in December 2005. His family took him to the hospital. In spite of emergency medical treatment, Mr. Yu died soon afterwards.

Mr. Yang Xiaojie from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

Five years into his 11-year prison sentence, two of Mr. Yang’s teeth were knocked out. His lumbar vertebrae was severely injured. The savage force-feeding left him paralyzed and weighing 88 pounds, a sharp drop from his former weight of 154 pounds. The prison released him on December 28, 2005, fearing that he would die in prison. He could not speak without gasping for air and was bedridden. He died a month after his release.

Ms. Guo Ping from Weifang City, Shandong Province

Ms. Guo was arrested in December 2001 and went on a hunger strike to protest his illegal detention. She was subjected to punitive force-feeding, which caused severe bleeding in her stomach. When her family visited her in the hospital in May of 2002, they could not believe what they saw: Ms. Guo’s body was swollen, her eye sockets dark and puffy. She was coughing up large amounts of blood, and repeatedly fell unconscious. Two days after the visit, Ms. Guo died at the age of 28.

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Ms. Guo Ping

Ms. Liu Zhaoxia from Huailai County, Hebei Province

Ms. Liu, a chemical engineer, was jailed multiple times for practicing Falun Gong. During her two-year forced labor term, she was tortured and, as she was on the verge of death, left in a wilderness to die by the authorities. A passerby found her, saving her life. Her workplace later fired her. Her husband, a military officer, divorced her under pressure from the authorities.

Mr. Cao Ping from Guangan City, Sichuan Province

Local authorities arrested and detained Mr. Cao in 2001. During detention, they beat him with wooden sticks and fractured his left kneecap. Three months later, before his fracture healed, guards beat him again during interrogation and broke his left hand.

In spite of his injuries, Mr. Cao was sentenced to four years in prison, where he continued to be savagely tortured. He was forced to stand perfectly still in the scorching summer sun. Guards beat him at will. He was arbitrarily deprived of food. Prison authorities released him on June 28, 2003 fearing he would die in prison.

Mr. Cao’s family could not believe his appearance upon his release. His weight had dropped from 143 pounds to 66 pounds. His whole body, including internal organs, hurt. He could not sleep because of the pain. Nine days later, he passed away.

Mr. Zhang Ming from Guangan City, Sichuan Province

While incarcerated at a labor camp in 2002, Mr. Zhang was subjected to vicious abuse because he refused to give up his belief in Falun Gong. The guards stopped giving him food and forced him to carry heavy concrete slabs under the baking sun. The forced labor would last up to 18 hours every day.

In just a few months, he had lost a significant amount of weight and his hair had turned gray. When his wife and her sister visited him, they couldn’t believe the old man in front of their eyes was the once strong and handsome man they once knew.

Ms. Wang Aizhi from Zhoukou City, Henan Province

During her eight-year prison term, Ms. Wang Aizhi was beaten and drugged by the prison guards. During one visitation, Ms. Wang’s husband could not believe his eyes as Ms. Wang was propped up by two guards and extremely thin. She gasped, “I am innocent. I am innocent.”

Ms. Jin Lida from Huainan City, Anhui Province

Ms. Jin was arrested with her husband in March 2008. After 19 months of detention, Ms. Jin was sentenced to three years in prison, where she was beaten. During one visitation, her family saw two long scars on her neck that appeared to have scores of stitches. Her face was disfigured.

Ms. Han Liping from Chengde City, Hebei Province

Ms. Han was tortured with multiple electric batons simultaneously during her two-year forced labor term starting in May 2001. According to her own account, five guards shocked her while she was handcuffed. After reviving her when she lost consciousness, the guards continued to shock her until she fainted again and again.

When her term ended, she weighed 80 pounds, a drop from her previous weight of 165 pounds. Her family could barely recognize her, and she remained unable to work for over two years.

Ms. Chen Shaoqing from Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province

Ms. Chen was arrested and tortured by the local authorities multiple times. During her five-year prison term starting in 2009, she was tortured to paralysis and weighed less than 40 pounds.

At a family visitation in 2011, her old sister, older brother and wife could not believe it when they saw her in a wheelchair, face disfigured, and wearing winter clothes to retain her body temperature in spite of the hot summer weather.

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Category: Torture