As Xi Jinping Visits Washington D.C., Locals Support Legal Action Against Former Chinese Leader

September 26, 2015 | By Xia Yanchu, Minghui Correspondent in Washington D.C.

(Minghui.org) As Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in Washington D.C. on September 24, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners unfolded banners near his hotel on Connecticut Avenue, stating “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Bring Jiang to Justice,” “Stop Persecution of Falun Gong,” and others.

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Falun Gong practitioners call for bringing Jiang Zemin to justice near Xi’s hotel in Washington D.C.

After learning how Falun Gong is still persecuted by the communist regime in China, local residents and tourists showed their support for the practitioners’ peaceful resistance.

Mr. Chris Sherlock, a photographer in the D.C. area, observed the practitioners’ petition for a long time. He said, “I fully support you and your practice. I think it’s a beautiful, peaceful, non-violent form of exercise. It is very beneficial. And I can see it in the practitioners of Falun Gong, how peaceful and radiant they look. I’m interested in learning more about Falun Gong and actually doing the exercises.”

Having lived in Taiwan before, Chris is familiar with the persecution going on in mainland China. “The persecution of Falun Gong members is a great tragedy. I believe it has been done out of fear by the government. They believe that when the people come together and practice this, it’s a threat to them whenever people assemble together, even if it is a non-violent, peaceful type of thing,” he said.

Chris commented on the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin: “It’s obvious that the people who have tortured and killed should be brought to justice. They should be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity. These are barbaric acts. Killing of innocent people, killing of anyone for any matter.”

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Dr. Peter Huijing and wife Trudi

Dr. Peter Huijing, a professor of physiology, was visiting Washington D.C. from the Netherlands. After hearing about the petition to prosecute Jiang, he realized why the Chinese Embassy had arranged for a “welcome team” to block the Falun Gong banners. He commented, “This [blocking] itself is rather telling.”

Dr. Huijing had heard about the persecution of Falun Gong from media in the Netherlands. He said, “They [the Chinese Communist Party] should take into account that there should be freedom for their citizens as well. Particularly if they come to other countries, then the freedom of those people in other countries should be respected.”

Dr. Huijing told the young people blocking Falun Gong banners while holding red flags that their actions are wrong. He stayed for almost two hours, trying to make sure Falun Gong practitioners had their freedom of speech.

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Ms. Dannette Koyano

Ms. Dannette Koyano had heard about the persecution and harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in China. She said her mother had to escape from mainland China in 1949 after the communist takeover. Hearing of the flood of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, she said she wants to tell the plaintiffs: “Be strong and vigilant. Even though we are miles, miles, and oceans apart, people still hear you.”

Local resident Ms. Nina Teette said she absolutely support Falun Gong’s lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, stating that “He [Jiang Zemin] should be prosecuted.” Nina is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union and recalled how large numbers of Russians had died under communist rule.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

1,528 Mainland Chinese Retaliated Against for Filing Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

September 26, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from China

(Minghui.org) According to data compiled by Minghui.org, between May and August this year, 1,528 plaintiffs from 27 provinces in China were retaliated against for filing criminal complaints against former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, who directed the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

Forms of retaliation include arrests, harassment, house raids, and interrogation. In total, 868 were arrested between May and August, and 660 received threatening phone calls or were harassed by police at home during the same period of time.

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Below are the 12 provinces and centrally-controlled municipalities with the most plaintiffs retaliated against:

Heilongjiang 325
Hebei 262
Liaoning 184
Shandong 150
Jilin 98
Henan 73
Sichuan 63
Anhui 59
Tianjin 49
Beijing 46
Hunan 30
Shaanxi 30

The retaliation began in May, with 7 residents arrested from Shandong and Gansu provinces. The national total of retaliation cases jumped to 120 in June, 757 in July, and 644 in August.

Those arrested were detained for periods ranging from several hours to days. In house raids, personal belongings including Falun Gong books and materials, computers, printers, cell phones, and cash were confiscated.

Local Authorities Attempt to Stop Lawsuits

Since the end of May, the Minghui website has received copies of more than 160,000 complaint letters against Jiang submitted to the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Local authorities in many parts of China resorted to various means in their attempt to stop the ever-rising tide of lawsuits against Jiang.

It was reported that officials from the 610 Office, Political and Legal Affairs Committee, and Domestic Security Division in some regions forced practitioners to sign documents stating they had wrongfully accused Jiang. Some even made practitioners promise not to initiate legal action against Jiang or deny having filed lawsuits against the former dictator.

In some cities and provinces in China, post offices are ordered to retain, destroy, or reject complaint letters regarding Jiang Zemin.

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 in 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: Accounts of Persecution

79 Falun Gong Practitioners from Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province Sue Jiang Zemin Since May 2015

September 26, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Zhejiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) In Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, 79 Falun Gong practitioners have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin since May 2015, according to reports compiled by the Minghui website.

The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life, however, was shattered when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.

Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized by the authorities. Many also saw their families blacklisted for the practitioners’ belief, while some were also forced to pay huge fines.

Below, we profile a few of these practitioners:

Ms. Shi Xiaoying, Imprisoned for Eight Years

Ms. Shi, 51, was sentenced twice, serving eight years in prison. “I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison on January 5, 2005 for the first time,” Ms. Shi wrote in her complaint.

“The guards ordered inmates to torture and insult me. I was deprived of sleep for not giving up my faith. Later, I was put in solitary confinement and forced to sit on a small stool for hours each day.”

She was arrested and sentenced a second time on September 4, 2009. “This time it was four years in prison. I experienced the same kinds of treatment. After eight years of physical and mental torture, I lost most of my teeth. As I was less than 50, I had only a few teeth remaining.”

Ms. Shen Xiaohui (沈筱慧): Injected with Unknown Drugs at Mental Hospital

Ms. Shen, 45, went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong after the persecution started in 1999. Later she was taken back to Ningbo City by the local police. However, after one month in detention, she was taken to the Kangning Mental Hospital and was subjected to forced therapy.

“I refused to wear the hospital gown, so some nurses pushed me down onto a bed and used an electric baton to shock me in the head. That kind of pain I will never forget,” Ms. Shen wrote.

“I was regularly injected with an unknown substance which harmed my central nervous system. My memory deteriorated badly. Even now I can’t recall completely how I was tortured. Later, I was told clearly by the doctor that they gave me injections because they were following their superiors’ instructions.”

Ms. Niu Zixia: Sentenced to Three Years

Ms. Niu, 45, was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison on October 13, 2008.

“I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison in July 2009,” Ms. Niu wrote in her complaint. “I was isolated in a room where two inmates monitored me 24 hours a day. I was forced to sit on a stool without moving for hours each day as a punishment for not giving up my belief.”

Ms. Huang Yaqin: Brainwashing and Forced Labor for Eight Years

Ms. Huang, 52, was sentenced to eight years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. She said in her complaint, “I was arrested in my shop on the evening of October 31, 2006. Around seven to eight plainclothes police ransacked my home.

“I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison in May 2007. Police ordered three inmates to monitor me 24 hours a day,” she said. “I was forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong and had to write statements attacking my own belief.

“I had to do hard labor Monday to Saturday. During the work, two inmates watched me. One day I fainted and was taken to hospital for surgery.”

Ms. Wang Caizhu: Arrested Three Times

Ms. Wang, 71, was arrested three times for practicing Falun Gong.

Around a dozen officers from her local police station went to her home and ransacked it in June 2011. Her Dafa books were confiscated. She was held in the local detention center for 13 days.

Later, she was taken to the brainwashing center twice and was held there for 59 days.

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 in 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.

Chinese version available

Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin