Vienna, Austria: People Across Europe Join the Call to Bring Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

September 21, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from more than 30 European countries held an event on September 18 at Michaelerplatz in Vienna, Austria, calling for support for the lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.

Since May, over 160,000 people inside and outside of China have filed criminal complaints against Jiang for launching and directing the persecution of Falun Gong. Practitioners passed out informational materials and collected signatures from tourists and other passers-by in front of the Michaelerkuppel, the presidential office building.

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Signing the petition to support the lawsuits against Jiang.

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Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises

Karl Schilke, a retired college professor from Germany, signed the petition with his wife. While he has been concerned about human right violations in China, he did not know how severe the persecution of Falun Gong is. The couple were shocked when they learned about the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from imprisoned practitioners.

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Mr. Karl Schilke encouraged practitioners to keep up the good job, and wished them success in their efforts to end the persecution

“Truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance are great,” said Mr. Schilke, then asked his wife to write down those three words, which he just heard from a Falun Gong practitioner. “The exercises look so peaceful and comfortable,” he added.

Hanneke Cüypers and Harrie Schumans from the Netherlands were glad to learn about the lawsuits. Hanneke believes that the lawsuits are good for humanity, because everybody should have freedom.

“I want to tell China that the persecution is horrible,” Harrie said after signing the petition. “What I just did is something that everybody should do.”

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Hanneke Cüypers and Harrie Schumans from the Netherlands understood the importance of signing the petition.

Patrick Arthofer from Vienna started practicing Falun Gong one year ago. He was glad to take part in this event. “I want to tell more people about the persecution in China. I also want them to know that Jiang will be brought to justice soon,” he said.

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Patrick Arthofer from Vienna wants to tell more people about the persecution of Falun Gong.

Annette Dicarlo from Switzerland felt great doing exercises in a large group with so many practitioners from other countries. “The strong energy field at the exercise site makes me very comfortable,” she said.

As a Westerner, she is concerned about the persecution in China and the lawsuits against Jiang. “I came here today to tell people that what has been happening in China is relevant to everybody, because it [the persecution] is against humanity.”

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Annette Dicarlo from Switzerland hopes that the persecution will end soon.

Ms. Dicarlo started practicing Falun Gong four years ago. She said, “I’d been looking for the meaning of life. I found my path when I read the book Zhuan Falun. Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are the basic principles that one should follow.”

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Category: Other Community Events

New Practitioner: Dafa Answers Many Questions

September 22, 2015

(Minghui.org)

Greetings, esteemed Master and greetings, fellow practitioners!

I found out about Falun Dafa in late April 2015 when I was asked to sign a petition in Sydney’s central business district. An elderly woman approached me with a petition and I planned to avoid her, but decided to stop.

After I signed the petition we chatted. I told her that I was a Christian, to which she responded: “Jesus is a great God, he does exist and suffered a lot for people.”

Then, she suggested that I read Zhuan Falun, which would help me understand the meaning of life and what we live for. This sounded incredible, yet it was a response that resounded in my mind. It was a way to find answer to many questions I had and made me want to learn more about Falun Dafa.

Cultivating Only in One School

Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I was baptized in an Anglican Church in Australia. I made many friends and was active in church activities. While a member of this church, my English improved and I learned some social skills important when living in Australia.

I held the thought that God blessed me with such a wonderful new life. I had a great longing for a bright future, and no longer felt lonely. However when I had reached this lifestyle I heard about Dafa, a practice that provides me with answers to my spiritual questions.

Therefore, I read Zhuan Falun online, and it captivated me so much that I would stay up an extra few hours reading it. Every sentence inspired and many incidents that happened in the past seemed to make sense. I believed that everything was arranged in my past and that Master Li already took care of me, even before I practiced Dafa.

After having only slept for three hours that night, I was not tired. Instead, I felt that my heart was filled with happiness and gratitude. A strong energy field surrounded me and my mind was filled with the Fa.

Although I had read Zhuan Falun and knew that Falun Dafa is good, I was still beholden to Christianity, out of sentimentality. However, the more I studied Master’s Fa teachings, the more I understood the seriousness of cultivation and the difference between religion and Dafa. I continued to read the Fa, and my personal notions were gradually rectified.

Master said,

“Their purpose for learning Dafa is to use it to protect things deep down inside that they cannot let go of, things in religion, or God.”( “Dafa Cannot be Used,” Essentials for Further Advancement )

After I read Master’s quote, I felt that these words were directed at me and that Master knows everything. After reading the Fa some more, I understood the principle that one must cultivate in only one school. Therefore, I made up my mind to practice only Falun Dafa.

Dafa Changes Hostile Relationship

After I practiced Falun Dafa, my mom and I could end our years of hostility. We have not lived in harmony from the time I was old enough to talk. We both thought that we hated each other and could not have a normal conversation.

Despite my two years of church practice, our relationship had not improved, and it actually got worse. I could not bear her behavior and she held a dislike for me.

However, Dafa made me realize that I was very stupid and selfish in this mother-and-daughter relationship. I complained a lot about things, and was upset that I could not enjoy a gentle and soft mother’s love. I only thought about myself. Now, I feel ashamed about my attitude towards her and apologized.

“Mom, I am so sorry that I have hurt you so much before. I was just naive and selfish. Please forgive me. Falun Dafa is really good. You should read this book,” I said. My mom was shocked because she had not expected that I would apologize to her.

Then, I encouraged her to also practice Falun Dafa. In the past she was not interested and did not want to talk about Dafa, but now because of the changes in me she changed her mind.

“If Falun Dafa can change you into such a different person, then I will also believe in it,” she said.

Unbelievable and Precious Experience for a New Practitioner

Three weeks after reading Zhuan Falun. I became involved in talking to people about Dafa. I was rather nervous and worried that I would be snubbed by people. I begged Master in my mind to give me courage 10 minutes before I went out.

I walked up to the first person and told him about the Communist regime’s crime of harvesting organs from living practitioners in China. It went smoothly although I did stammer because of my limited English and out of stress. Then, I started to feel confident.

However, it became more difficult after I gained confidence. Some people ignored me, some said no, and others looked disgusted when I approached them. Yet, it was amazing that I did not feel upset or angry toward these people, instead I felt compassion because their human notions stopped them from learning the facts about Dafa.

Master guided me and I was able to treat people kindly despite their adverse behavior. It was such an unbelievable and precious experience for this new practitioner. I no longer felt awkward during signature drives because I knew that I assisted Master in the Fa-rectification.

Preciousness of Dafa Cultivation

For a new practitioner it is important to associate with fellow practitioners and learn from them how to do better. I began to read the English version of Zhuan Falun. It helped me acquire the vocabulary I needed when talking to people about Dafa in Australia.

My next goal is to learn from the English language Dafa book “The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection” simple but standard expressions, so I can teach the exercises, as well as having the vocabulary to answer simple questions about the practice.

To teach people the exercises during weekends I go to a park and also teach some friends of mine at home. Although some practice other qigong, they felt a strong energy field after doing the Dafa exercises and became interested in Dafa.

In writing this sharing article, I sensed the preciousness of Dafa cultivation. I am deeply grateful for Master’s guidance.

Master said,

“Strive forward with every effort until Consummation.” ( “Enlightenment,” Essentials for Further Advancement).

I will be more diligent on my cultivation path, let go of attachments and assimilate to the Fa. I want to be a good person and become better in the future.

Thank you Master. Thank you everyone.

(Presented at the 2015 Australia Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference)

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Category: Experience Sharing Conferences

Twice at Death’s Door, Falun Gong Practitioner Sues Jiang Zemin for Torture

September 22, 2015

(Minghui.org) Tortured nearly to death twice, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Chen Jihong filed a lawsuit against former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of his belief.

He mailed his lawsuit to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on July 28, accusing Jiang Zemin of abusing state power, murder, torture, and other crimes.

Mr. Chen was the director of youth programs at Jilin Municipal Television (TV) in Jilin Province. He started practicing Falun Gong in November 1997. Within a month, his gallstones, gallbladder inflammation, and lower back pain all disappeared.

Seeing how wonderful Falun Gong was, Mr. Chen’s parents also started to practice it.

Arrests and Torture

After Jiang Zemin banned Falun Gong in 1999, Mr. Chen and his wife were arrested and tortured several times.

Mr. Chen went to Beijing three times in 1999 to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. The third time, he was arrested, taken back to Jilin, and detained for 30 days. Jilin Municipal TV soon fired him.

The police went to the company where Mr. Chen and his wife worked in July 2000. They arrested his wife and her two practitioner colleagues. Mr. Chen managed to escape.

When his wife was released, she and Mr. Chen left home and went into hiding.

Mr. Chen was arrested in Jilin on December 24, 2000. He was detained for 9 months before being held in Jilin Municipal Forced Labor Camp, where guards doused him with cold water in the winter. They also shocked him with electric batons and made him sit on a bench or remain standing for long periods of time.

Mr. Chen was unable to sit or stand after being tortured. He was bedridden, fell unconscious, and ended up in critical condition. Afraid he might die in the detention center, officials told his family to take him home.

Mr. Chen and his wife were arrested again in June 2007. His wife was tortured on a Tiger Bench for an entire night.

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Torture Illustration: Tiger Bench

They were then transferred to Jilin Municipal No 3 Detention Center. When Mr. Chen held a hunger strike to protest, he was force-fed. After he could not urinate for several days, the guards took him to the hospital. The doctor said that if he had not put in the catheter when he did, Mr. Chen’s bladder would have burst.

In the next few days, Mr. Chen became unconscious, urinated blood, and was in critical condition. Detention center officials notified his family to take him home.


Torture reenactment: Force-feeding

Mr. Chen’s wife was held in a forced labor camp for another year. She had to do intensive forced labor, and was physically tortured and mentally abused. She became extremely skinny and stopped menstruating for a year.

Family’s Suffering

In December 1999, Mr. Chen’s mother passed away. She had been extremely worried about her son after he was fired and detained. She was a Falun Gong practitioner, but the police took away her books and didn’t allow her to practice.

The police harassed his father, sister, and parents-in-law. They knocked on their doors late at night and interrogated them.

Mr. Chen’s father passed away in March 2014.

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

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin