Los Angeles: Tourists Find Peaceful Meditation at Santa Monica Beach

October 22, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun

(Minghui.org) Located at the beginning of Interstate 10 (I-10), the three-mile long Santa Monica Beach attracts tourists from around the world. Many of them were drawn to the sight of hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners doing the exercises together at the Santa Monica Pier on October 17.

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Falun Gong practitioners at Santa Monica Beach

Brazilian Teacher: Better than Anything that I Had Heard of Before

Marcelo Rios, a teacher from Brazil, was visiting California with his wife Patricia. He asked about the practice and immediately became very interested, “I like meditation and I believe in Buddhism. But what you have told me [about Falun Gong] is better than anything that I had heard of before.”

Rios said this was the first time he saw such a large scale group meditation, one that is “serene with strong energy.” He was very excited and thanked the practitioner for the pamphlet that he took.

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Marcelo Rios is a teacher from Brazil

After hearing that Falun Gong was banned in China, Rios said he knew about the totalitarian Communist regime. “It’s a dictatorship—you don’t have freedom of belief or freedom of speech there,” he said as he took a picture with practitioners.

Ski Coach: Independent Thought Is Important

Ski coach Ionel talked with a practitioner named Jane for about half an hour. He often saw a small group of practitioners doing the exercises here before, but was surprised to see such a large scale group meditation.

After talking with Jane, Ionel said that he supported the practitioners’ efforts, “It is important for the public to be aware of this. Regardless of where you live, independent thought is important.”

Ionel said that he would look into the exercises and give it a try after going back home.

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Ski coach Ionel

Businessman: Persecution Will End in Vain

Kinei, originally from Japan, has lived in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. “I heard about the suppression of Falun Gong in China several years ago. The Communist Party is brutal.” He said that people should have freedom of belief and human rights, “These are from heaven and no one should take them away from others.”

With strong interest in traditional Chinese culture, Kinei said that the Falun Gong exercises look calm and peaceful, “As far as I can tell, it would be good for both mind and body.”

He also wished the practitioners well, “We know the Communist Party will not win persecuting people, including Falun Gong. Keep it up!”

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A tourist signs a petition calling to end the persecution in China. Another accepts a hand made paper lotus flower that represents peace and purity.

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Category: Other Community Events

During Police Interrogation, Practitioner’s Husband Declares: “I Want to Sue Jiang Zemin Too!”

October 23, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) I received a phone call from the local police station on September 23, 2015. An officer said that he was calling to verify some information.

“Do you want to ask me about suing Jiang?” I asked. He replied yes.

I then asked if we could speak over the phone. He said that it would be better if we spoke in person. I agreed to meet with him.

My husband returned home, and I told him, “A policeman called and said that I should go to the police station. He wants to verify that I am suing Jiang Zemin.”

“What are you afraid of? He is a traitor for selling out our country,” my husband said. I felt very happy for his support.

My husband and I went to the police station around 3:00 p.m. He waited outside as I went upstairs to see the police officer on duty. The officer said, “I’m in charge of this area. I don’t have any intention other than to check some facts.” He requested to see my husband.

When he arrived upstairs, my husband told the officer, “I want to sue Jiang Zemin too! My wife had so many illnesses before. She became illness-free only after she started practicing Falun Gong. Our family also gets along better thanks to the teachings of Falun Gong. ”

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), overrode other members of the Politburo Standing Committee and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of countless Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. Many have even been killed so that their organs could be sold for transplant operations. More have been tortured for their belief. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Communist regime established an extralegal security organization called 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.

Jiang stepped down as head of the CCP in 2002, but he has exerted much power from the shadows through a network of officials he put in place.

Chinese law allows its citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising their legal right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth

Daughter Seeks Justice After Mother Was Tortured for Practicing Falun Gong

October 22, 2015 | By Chen Yujie

(Minghui.org) Before she started practicing Falun Gong, my mother had a bad temper. She also had many health problems, and our house was filled with various medications and health supplements. She went to see several well-known doctors, but her health did not seem to improve.

After practicing Falun Gong, she followed the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance” and became kind and considerate to others. She regained her health, too.

Our family of three used to lead a harmonious life, but after Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, our blissful life was shattered.

Days after the suppression began, my mother left home to protest the persecution. One day, several strangers came to our home and confiscated my mother’s Falun Gong books and flyers. They also took away the cash that we kept at home.

My father’s wages were withheld, and my mother was sacked from her job. She was placed under surveillance and could not leave the district we lived in without permission.

Arrests and Torture During Imprisonment

My mother was arrested and detained several times for her belief.

She went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong in 2000. Several months later, she returned home and told us that she had been arrested and locked in a detention center. She lost a lot of weight, and her body was covered in wounds. Later on, she told us she had been brutally tortured while in detention. We were heartbroken to learn what she went through.

My mother was arrested again at the end of 2000, when she went to the city. For a few months, we had no news of her. I was 13 years old at the time.

Subsequently, we learned that my mother was being held at a detention center. She went on a hunger strike to protest the abuse. The force-feeding by guards damaged her lungs. Nevertheless, the authorities sent her to a labor camp in early 2001.

Her condition worsened at the labor camp. My father insisted on sending her to a hospital for treatment when he found out that she was coughing up blood. The doctors diagnosed her with terminal stage lung cancer, and she was released on the brink of death.

Although she was allowed to go home, the authorities continued to visit her at home and monitor her movements. Through practicing Falun Gong, my mother recovered from her serious illness. We were extremely grateful to Falun Gong for giving my mother a second chance at life.

Just as she got a little better, my mother was again arrested for no reason and sent to a local brainwashing facility in 2003. When my dad went to see her, he said to the officials from the 610 Office: “She is suffering from terminal stage lung cancer. If anything happens to her, do you dare to take responsibility?”

My mother was released 15 days later. However, not long after, she was arrested in 2004 and imprisoned in a labor camp for one and a half years. Again, she was brutally tortured.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party, started the persecution of Falun Gong and is responsible for the deaths of many practitioners. He has no regard for human life and that is why I want him to be tried for his crimes. I want to seek justice for my mother, as well as tens of thousands of victims like her.

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: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin