Australia: Locals in Sydney Support Falun Gong and Lawsuits Against Former Chinese Communist Head

October 04, 2015

(Minghui.org) The recent wave of lawsuits against China’s former dictator Jiang Zemin was strongly supported by residents in the Ashfield area of Sydney.

Falun Gong practitioners from Sydney held an event on September 26, 2015, to tell the public, especially the large Chinese population in Ashfield, that more than 180 thousand lawsuits against Jiang have been filed since May. Many local residents signed the petition, expressing their support.

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Falun Gong practitioners set up display boards and banners, to inform the public about the persecution and lawsuits.

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Local residents in Ashfield sign the petition supporting the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

Krzysztof Gawel encouraged practitioners to keep up the good work. He said that he has watched practitioner events in the area for many years. “We must let more people know about the persecution, especially the international human rights organizations.” Gawel said he would like to talk to his parliament member about the persecution, and ask for help to end it as soon as possible.

Violet, a local woman, thanked practitioners for bringing important information to the community. “Jiang should be brought to justice. I believe that many people will support you,” she said. Violet took some materials for her friends, and said she would also like to ask them to sign the petition.

Mr. Xu and Mr. Zhou, two local Chinese residents, said sincerely, “Falun Dafa is great” upon seeing practitioners’ banners. Mr. Xu praised practitioners for their spirits. “The Communist Party is the worst. I often try to convince my friends to quit. I also introduce the the Epoch Times newspaper to them.”

Mr. Zhou also told practitioners that he often read Falun Gong materials and the Epoch Times. He also announced to quit the Communist Party.

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Category: Other Community Events

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Woman Dies While Serving 3.5 Years for Practicing Falun Gong, Family Suspects Foul Play

October 03, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Guanghan, Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) Ms. Li Guixiang died in late September 2015 while serving three and a half years for practicing and spreading information about Falun Gong, a spiritual practice being persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime.

Ms. Li’s daughter received a phone call from Longquanyi Prison around 6 p.m. on September 29, notifying her that her mother was in critical condition. A second call came nine hours later, announcing that Ms. Li had passed away despite emergency rescue. Her family, however, wasn’t given the exact time of her death.

Though Ms. Li’s husband, daughter, and son-in-law were allowed to see her body, two relatives were turned away for not being her immediate family members. The guards claimed that Ms. Li died of natural causes and pressured the family to agree to a quick cremation of the body.

At the time of writing, Ms. Li’s family has not heard anything further from the prison authorities, who hinted at compensation in exchange for the family’s cooperation.

Ms. Li’s imprisonment followed her arrest on October 6, 2013. She was sentenced to three and a half years in June 2014 and soon transferred to Longyuanyi Prison. Her family suspected that she might have been tortured during her imprisonment, as she was only in her early 50’s and had no prior medical conditions.

Prior to her latest imprisonment, Ms. Li was twice arrested in 2000, spent three years in a labor camp from 2001 to 2004, and sentenced to three years in 2008, all for refusing to give up her belief in Falun Gong.

Each time when Ms. Li was arrested, she was subjected to various forms of abuse. In particular, after she was arrested for the third time in July 2001, she was beaten unconscious. Nanmusi Women’s Labor Camp initially declined to admit her due to her severe injuries, but the camp authorities eventually gave in to the police pressure.

The labor camp guards didn’t make Ms. Li’s life any easier, as they tried every means to inflict harm on her. She was once forced to stand for long periods of time without sleep or use of the restroom. The guards didn’t allow her to change her soiled pants.

The relentless persecution of Ms. Li drove away her husband, who divorced her around 2004. Later, he re-married her after seeing how she still took great care of his bed-ridden mother even after their divorce.

Now that Ms. Li is gone, her family is left to grieve the loss of a loving wife, mother, and daughter-in-law.

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Category: Deaths

Over 180,000 Plaintiffs File Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

October 03, 2015

(Minghui.org) More than 180,000 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), between the end of May and September 22, 2015.

They urge the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court to bring Jiang to justice for his abuses of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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Copies of complaints from 17,935 people were submitted to the Minghui website between August 25 and September 22, 2015.

In total, copies of 153,853 complaints from 182,379 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members were submitted to the Minghui website between the end of May and September 22, 2015.

Despite retaliation and attempts by local authorities to stop practitioners from filing lawsuits, among the 153,853 cases received by the Minghui website, 95,999 cases from 115,384 people were confirmed to have been delivered to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Court. This accounts for 62.4% of total complaints mailed.

Between August 25 and September 22, 2015, out of the 17,935 people who filed lawsuits against Jiang, 12,316 (68.7%) were successful in delivering their complaints to relevant authorities.

Complaints Came from Every Province in China and 28 Countries

Among the plaintiffs, 2,054 are from Taiwan and 27 other countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, France, Spain, Indonesia, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Belgium, Peru, and Hungary.

The plaintiffs in China come from 33 provincial-level administrative divisions, including 22 provinces, 4 municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing), 5 autonomous regions (Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang), and 2 special administrative regions (Hong Kong, Macau).

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The Chinese cities with the most plaintiffs taking legal action against the former Communist Party leader are listed below:

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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.

Over the past 16 years, more than 3,800 Falun Gong practitioners have been confirmed tortured to death. The actual toll is likely higher, because such information is tightly censored in China. 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