Gold Coast, Australia: Support for Efforts to Sue Jiang Zemin

October 14, 2015 | By Australian Dafa pratitioners

(Minghui.org) Residents and visitors to Australia’s tourism capital in Queensland, the Gold Coast, have strongly supported an international legal action to bring former Chinese Communist leader Jiang Zemin to justice for committing crimes against humanity.

Supporters held an information day on September 18, 2015, on the busy Cavill Mall in downtown Surfers Paradise.

Volunteers and Falun Dafa practitioners held banners displaying messages supporting human dignity and calling for Jiang to be held accountable for his role in the arbitrary detention, torture, organ harvesting, and death of more than 3,858 people who choose to live according to the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance.

Many people stopped to read the banners and get more information. A young man visiting from Sydney commented that he frequently saw practitioners in the Chinatown district, handing out information about the practice and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 16-year-long persecution in China. He said he supports what they are doing.

A woman on holiday from Sydney mentioned that her husband closely follows what is happening with Falun Dafa in China. She took a flyer and signed the petition, promising to give the information to her husband.

Many people signed the petition asking the Australian Government to support international efforts to bring Jiang to justice. Sometimes whole families would sign after hearing about the terrible suffering Falun Gong practitioners have had to endure in China.

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Even Chinese tourists were drawn to take the information and sign the petition. Many did so without even saying a word, as if there was no question that Jiang should answer for his crimes.

One man said, “Good for you,” when offered an informational flyer. Even Gold Coast City Council staff, who were cleaning the area, stopped for a long time to learn more about the movement to sue Jiang.

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An Obstetrics Nurse Who Was Previously Arrested and Persecuted, Sentenced Again to Prison

October 14, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Sun Lin, an obstetrics nurse, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for handing out Shen Yun DVDs. She was sentenced by the Laixi City Court of Shandong Province in mid-August, 2015.

Ms. Sun has practiced Falun Gong for about 20 years, and this is the second time she was sentenced to prison. After she was arrested for telling people the facts about Falun Gong in December 2008, the Laixi Court sentenced her to three years in prison and sent her to the Jinan Women’s Prison.

Repeated Arrests

My name is Ms. Sun Lin and I am 50 years old. I used to be a nurse in the Laixi Hospital Obstetrics Department. I began to practice Falun Gong in 1996 and have greatly benefited.

However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banned Falun Gong in July 1999 and began to persecute its practitioners for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

I wanted to go to Beijing to peacefully appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong but the police stopped me at the train station. When I went to a park in Laixi City to do the Falun Gong exercises I was arrested.

Hospital authorities cooperated with the CCP. The security head of the hospital, Liang Wanjun, and a head nurse, Jie Xiuzhi, visited my home in the middle of the night in September 1999. They took me to our hospital for the night.

I went to Beijing to peacefully protest on Tiananmen Square at the end of November 1999 and was arrested. My hospital’s chief administrator, Cui Qinli, and another employee came to Beijing to take me home. My wages and bonuses, which should have been over 20,000 yuan, were withheld. They only gave me a 300 yuan per month living allowance.

In 2000, I went to Beijing several times to peacefully appeal for justice for Falun Gong. My hospital forced me to stay at home and submit a statement guaranteeing that I would not appeal for Falun Gong again. The head nurse, Lu Xia, demanded that I quit my job if I refused to write a statement denouncing Falun Gong. However, I would rather quit my job than give up Falun Gong.

Pulled by a Motorcycle

I put up “Falun Gong Is Good” posters in 2002. Binhe Police Station officers arrested me, handcuffed one of my hands to a motorcycle, and pulled me all the way to the station. They also ransacked my house and confiscated Falun Gong books before taking me to a detention center.

I was given a full body exam at the station. Shen Tao pulled up my clothes to take photos of the sections of my body that did not have any wounds.

At the detention center, the guards pulled my arms backward and held my hair to take my photo. They beat me and then tried to transfer me to a forced labor camp after seven days. However, the forced labor camp refused to accept me because of poor health.

Sentenced

Zhougezhuang Police Station officers arrested me in December 2008 and ransacked my home for telling people about the persecution of Falun Gong. They took me to a detention center that evening.

At the detention center, another practitioner and I were handcuffed together. We were not allowed to sleep or use the bathroom. Another detainee that was sympathetic to us undid the handcuffs. The guards found out and put the cuffs on us again. We were often kicked and beaten.

They took me to a hospital after 13 days and found my blood pressure was very high. The Dashan Detention Center in Qingdao City refused to admit me at first, so I do not know how the police convinced them to accept me.

Three Years of Torture

The Laixi Court sentenced me to three years in prison, and I was taken to the Jinan Women’s Prison in Shandong Province in 2009.

In prison I was tortured and forced to watch programs that slandered Falun Gong. When I refused to watch, they confined me in a small cell, deprived me of sleep, and forced me to sit motionless.

The guards forced me to work for ten hours, with no time out for meals, and gave only limited time to use the bathroom. Practitioners were not allowed to talk to me.

Guard Chang Baojia ordered one prisoner to remove my bedcovers and pull off my clothes to search for Falun Gong materials.

I was confined in a small cell for over 40 days and was allowed only one bottle of water per day. I was not allowed to use the bathroom or take a bath. Some prisoners had to do hard work throughout the day, but the guards assigned them to watch me in the evening, so that they would hate practitioners.

My blood pressure rose and other prisoners forced medication down my throat. The guards ordered them to carry me to a hospital, where I was injected with unknown drugs. The prisoners hit me and I had black and blue bruises all over.

I showed my injuries to the other Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners. Someone reported it to the leader of the guards, so all the guards decided to turn against me. I was held in a small cell until my release.

Parties involved in persecuting Ms. Sun:
Longkoulu Police Station: +86-532-87421188
Yu Zhanjiang (于占江), director: +86-18653295567 (mobile)
Zhang Yongqiang (张永强), instructor: +86-13969683077 (mobile)
Zhang Ronghua (张荣华), vice director: +86-13589371375 (mobile), +86-87421188 (office)
Sun Yiguo (孙义国), policeman: +86-13589375825 (mobile)Laixi City Detention Center: +86-532-66588071

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

German Woman: Falun Dafa Saved My Family

October 14, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Germany

(Minghui.org) She was a carefree and bright German woman in her 20’s. He was a lonely young Muslim refugee from Kosovo. As soon as they met they knew they were meant to be together. Silvia and Rifad married two years later, but neither of them expected the wedding would be the beginning of a “mutually torturous” family life.

Repeated domestic violence and a suspicious, jealous and rude husband drove the young family to the edge of the cliff. But when Silvia began to understand what “cultivation practice” is, and learned to look at herself using the principles of Falun Dafa, their family harmonized and her husband eventually also became a practitioner.

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Rifad and Silvia

Rifad was born and raised in a small village in Kosovo. His father died when he was only 6 years old. At the age of 21, he and 30 other people left their war torn hometown, were smuggled into Europe in a boat, and finally settled down in Hanover, Germany.

Western lifestyle, cultural differences, the language barrier and poverty troubled the young lad. When his mother passed away, it severed the last connection to his past.

He fell into deep loneliness and depression until Silvia appeared in his life.

Mutually torturous life

“After we married, I realized he was suspicious, jealous, rude and had a strong desire to control,” Silvia said of their relationship.

Rifad became upset if a passerby glanced at Silvia. In his culture, women were not to be noticed, and it is always a woman’s fault if she caught the attention of a stranger.

He began picking on her, and they argued a lot. Their difficult marriage nearly drove Silvia insane. Whenever she mentioned leaving him, Rifad cried like a helpless child, softening her heart.

They consulted family relations experts and tried many therapies but nothing helped.

“We didn’t want to continue arguing but we also didn’t want to leave each other,” Silvia explained of their dilemma.

Reconnecting to Falun Dafa

One day, Silvia remembered a spiritual practice “Falun Dafa” that her mother showed her many years ago.

Her mother had also taken her to group study in Goettingen. She found a lot of answers to her questions in Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa. However everyday life is filled with many other appealing things. She gradually put the book down and only read it occasionally.

When their relationship was falling apart, the young couple found jobs in Bielefeld, so they moved there. Silvia was happy about the relocation because she knew there was a Falun Dafa study group in the city.

Joining the group exercise practice and reading Zhuan Falun with the group didn’t immediately improve her relationship. Rifad objected when she went to group study because he believed a woman should only stay at home, not appear in public and especially not have any contact with men.

Once, he followed her to the group practice site and watched from afar. When she returned home, he angrily slapped her.

Their discord continued. When she persisted and continued practicing, he became the one to threaten her with leaving the family.

Silvia quietly persisted in practicing. She refused to fight back when he attacked her. Sometimes, she explained the exercises to him and demonstrated some movements. Other times, she would read a few paragraphs from Zhuan Falun. It could calm him down for a short period of time.

Compassion Dissolved Violence

The arguments and domestic violence continued because Rifad could not accept a wife who put Falun Dafa above him. He attempted to set a rule for her. “You are only allowed to attend the group study four times a year,” he ordered.

Silvia calmly refused and Rifad immediately slapped her face.

Rifad angrily slammed the door as he stalked out of the house. He called her on the phone and threatened to “put a bullet in her head.”

She believed he would do what he threatened, so she called police. He was indicted.

This kept him quiet for a while but the fundamentals didn’t change. In order to stop her from going to group study, he cursed her, beat her, cut the phone wire, threw her cellphone to the wall, hid her laptop computer, locked her email account, and smashed the printer.

When all of the above couldn’t change her mind, he pointed a gun at her head and threatened to take away their son.

“Sometimes I thought if he pulled the trigger, it would be the end of this torturous life. No one can avoid death. But I immediately told myself that I can’t think in this direction. If he did that to me, it would be bad for him. And I told myself it was not his true nature. It was not the real Rifad,” Silvia said.

The tribulations helped Silvia look inward at herself as taught by Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, in Zhuan Falun.

Silvia had read the book many times by then. She took it as an opportunity to let go of fear. Also, looking at herself, she realized that she had been pursuing self-improvement that was not to be interfered with by her husband, and she did not care about his feelings.

“To some degree, I strengthened his attachment by talking to him like his superior without the tenderness and kindness of a woman,” Silvia added.

As for the domestic violence, she also had a different understanding and began to treat it as paying back karma.

“They were karmic paybacks,” said Silvia, “He did this to me because I had done the same to him in another lifetime. Besides, I didn’t have any illness or pain in my life other than this, so how could I pay back the karma in a comfortable life?”

When she changed her attitude, the battles quickly ceased.

One day, her husband, her son and Silvia argued about a trivial thing. All of them raised their voices and blamed each other. In her anger, Silvia locked her son in his room. The boy kicked the door and yelled.

She sat down and tried to calm herself. “When this is happening to me, there must be something wrong with me.” She thought. “We can’t push bad karma among us back and forth like this. I must stop the cycle now.”

She opened the door and apologized to her husband, “I should not argue with you. I am sorry.”

Rifad immediately calmed down and her son played with his toys like nothing had happened.

Rifad changed too. He became more friendly and easy-going. Their family life became harmonious. Later, he became interested in Falun Dafa and joined the Fa-study.

It has been 14 years since Silvia first heard of Falun Dafa. She reads the books and has watched videos but has not seen Teacher Li Hongzhi in person yet.

“I wish I could go to the United States to see Teacher, even if it is just a glance from afar…” said Silvia. I would say, “Thank you Teacher, you saved my family!”

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation