Seattle, USA: Xi Jinping’s Visit Met with Call to Prosecute Chief Culprit in Persecution of Falun Gong

September 25, 2015

(Minghui.org) As Chinese president Xi Jinping’s arrived in Seattle on September 22, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners held demonstrations urging him to stop the 16-year long persecution of their spiritual practice. They called on Xi to bring former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin to justice for initiating the brutal persecution.

Seattle was the first stop of Xi’s eight-day visit in America. Practitioners held up banners on the route from the airport to Xi’s hotel that read: “The world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” “Bring the murderers to justice,” “Stop the persecution of Falun Gong,” “Stop the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners,” and “Sue Jiang Zemin.”

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Practitioners outside the Westin Hotel where Xi stayed


Xi’s motorcade passes by Falun Gong’s banners outside the Westin Hotel

The coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association of the Northwest U.S.A., Chen Zhiping, said that the purpose of the group’s demonstration was simply to let Xi know that the persecution of Falun Gong is completely illegal and should be stopped, and the chief perpetrator Jiang Zemin should be brought to justice. “That is our mission,” she said.

Ms. Chen said that Falun Gong is a spiritual cultivation group with no interest in politics. “All we ask is an environment where we can freely practice. But the persecution in China is still going on.”

She added that Xi’s administration ended the labor camp system in China, and arrested some officials who were involved in the persecution, but that is not enough.

“We will not give up until Jiang Zemin is held accountable,” said Ms. Chen.“More than 170,000 practitioners from all over the world have filed criminal complaints against Jiang since May, and the number is still growing.”

The Falun Gong demonstrations received support from Seattle residents, some of whom had never heard about the persecution.

Greg Shtraks, a driver in Xi’s motorcade, said that Falun Gong brings hope to the world and that he was happy to see the Falun Gong group outside Xi’s hotel. He said that the Falun Gong group is getting larger and more popular every year. To him, the greatness of America lies in the fact that everyone can enjoy freedom, and he hopes that the Chinese people will have the same right, and that Falun Gong will be freely practiced in China soon.

Several mainstream media reported on the Falun Gong group’s demonstrations during Xi’s visit in Seattle, including the Associated Press, Reuters, International Business Times, and the local newspaper The Stranger.

Sydney Brownstone from The Stranger interviewed several practitioners, who shared their reasons for joining the protest.

Tang Lijuan from San Francisco, a former philosophy professor in China, told Brownstone that her son was tortured to death for his belief in Falun Gong. “Police arrested my son and put him in jail, where they beat him with electric batons and force-fed him. He died soon. I was jailed twice also,” Ms. Tang said.


Tang Lijuan: “The persecution was launched and directed by Jiang Zemin. He must be held accountable.”

Wang Shengjie from Los Angeles had the same wish. His father was put in jail five times. “We can freely practice in America,” Wang said, “but the persecution is still going on in China.”

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Wang Shenjie urges Xi Jinping to stop the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Two Women from Shanxi Jailed for Suing Jiang Zemin

September 25, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shanxi Province, China

(Minghui.org) Two women from Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province were sent to the Shanxi Women’s Prison on September 6, 2015 for seeking justice over the persecution they suffered for their belief in Falun Gong. They had recently filed criminal against former dictator Jiang Zemin who initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

Ms. Zhao Gaiping and Ms. Xu Jianping were prosecuted by the Xinzhou Justice Department and the Xinfu District Court, which cited their lawsuits as the reason for their sentencing. However, filing criminal complaints is legal in China.

Ms. Zhao Gaiping, 48, works at the Xinzhou Arts Institute. Ms. Xu Jianping, 52, works at the Shanxi Number Five Construction Company. On their way to visit their daughters in Beijing in May 2014, the pair was stopped by railway police officers at the Xinzhou Station. They were arrested for their belief in Falun Gong. Their homes were ransacked, and they were sentenced to three years in prison. Both were released on probation at the end of 2014.

After they filed separate lawsuits against Jiang Zemin in August 2015, the police arrested them. On August 29, they were sent to the Xinzhou City Detention Center. On September 6, police officers transferred both practitioners in handcuffs and shackles, to the Shanxi Women’s Prison to serve their full sentence.

Liu Jianguang, head of the 610 Office of Xinfu District, Xinzhou City, played a primary role in this case. Under his orders, the police and justice department personnel harassed and detained a number of practitioners for filing lawsuits against Jiang. Liu Jianguang refused to listen to the practitioners who tried to explain to him why the persecution is wrong and illegal. He threatened the practitioners with jail sentences and forced them to write statements renouncing Falun Gong.

Responsible Persons:

Xinzhou Police:
Yang Ximei(杨喜梅), director: +86-18335080001
Duan Huanyi (段焕义), deputy director: +86-13383408008 (cell), +86-350-3050003 (office).
Zhang Jianlin(张建林), head of the 610 Office: +86-13835030038

Xinzhou City Court:
Han Geng (韩庚), court president: +86-15135026666
Liu Jianguang(刘建光), head of the 610 Office in Xinfu District: +86-13935008682 (cell), +86-350-2021836 (office), +86-350-3802301 (home).

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Husband Resumes Falun Gong Practice After Mailing His Lawsuit Against Jiang Zemin

September 25, 2015 | By a practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) My husband started to practice Falun Gong in 1998 and soon became free of illness and energetic. Because of fear, he gave up cultivation practice after the Communist regime launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. He then lost his good health.

He recently began to lose his temper frequently because of pain in his lower back, legs and arms. He became too weak to stand unaided, had to use a cane and fainted at times.

I shared my thoughts with him about the thousands of Chinese people inside and outside of China who are suing Jiang Zemin, the former dictator who initiated the persecution. I encouraged him not to miss the opportunity and suggested that he practice Falun Gong again.

He finally realized the significance of suing Jiang and agreed to do so. Local practitioners helped him write the indictment, and we mailed his lawsuit on August 23, 2015 to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. We received an acknowledgment of receipt the next morning.

My husband then decided to practice Falun Gong again, and he does the exercises with us. His illnesses disappeared, and he has become a new person with joy and hope again.

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. Jiang stepped down in 2002, but still controlled China through a network of corrupt officials that he had put in place.

The persecution has led to the deaths of countless Falun Gong practitioners during the past 16 years. Many have even been killed for their organs. Even more have been tortured for their belief, and 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 directives regarding Falun Gong: ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows 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: Returning to Cultivation