Copenhagen, Denmark: Practitioners Address People’s Confusion About Persecution in China

November 12, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Shu Hui

(Minghui.org) Although Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted for their belief in China for 16 years, some people in the West are still unaware. And like so many people in China, even those who have heard about Falun Gong are often confused about the nature and rationale behind the persecution. Below are some conversations that took place over the weekend when Danish practitioners went to downtown Copenhagen telling passersby about Falun Gong.

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Pedestrians read posters about Falun Gong in downtown Copenhagen over the weekend.

What Has the Communist Party Done to China?

Many pedestrians read posters about Falun Gong and the suppression in China and agreed to sign a petition in support, but one man in particular said he would not sign the petition. He was from Sweden, and in his 50s.

“Do you have any concerns about this?” asked one practitioner.

“Because you Falun Gong said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will collapse,” he replied, pointing to a poster, “Just think about it—China has over one billion people, wouldn’t such a country be in chaotic without the CCP?”

“I see,” said the practitioner. She then explained that Chinese people did not choose or like the communist party. Instead, the regime was forced upon Chinese. Through the past few decades when the CCP is in the power, it has mistreated a large portion of Chinese people in various political campaigns.

“Right now, almost everyone dislikes the Party,” added the practitioner.

“Well, if Falun Gong has not done anything wrong, why does the CCP ban it then?”

The practitioner thus went on to explained the principles of Falun Gong, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, as well the mind and body improvement it brings to so many who practice it. “The Party promotes violence and struggle, which contradicts Falun Gong’s principles. The CCP likes to control people, and it would ban anything in its way, regardless good or bad.”

In the end, the man nodded, “What you said makes sense. I will sign the petition.”

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Two people sign petitions to support Falun Gong in efforts to end the persecution.

China: A Totalitarian Society

After one Danish man signed a petition calling to end the atrocity in China, he did not leave.

“Please tell me, Jiang Zemin is just one person—how could he start a nationwide suppression like this?” he asked.

“Chinese politics is different from democratic society,” answered the practitioner. Top leaders, such as Mao or Jiang, have dictatorial power and may give orders above the law, “We saw the Cultural Revolution in the past, and then the suppression of democratic movement at Tiananmen Square in 1989.”

“No wonder Eastern Europe gave up on communism,” the man said before he left, “With so many lawsuits against Jiang, I think we know what will happen in China next.”

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One practitioner explains to passersby the severe human rights violation in China.

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Category: Other Community Events

Police Show Restraint After Practitioners File Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin

November 14, 2015 | By Minghui correspondents in China

(Minghui.org) Since May 2015, Falun Gong practitioners have continued to file criminal complaints against former Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin for starting the 16-year persecution of the spiritual practice.

Now, local authorities are contacting practitioners to discuss their criminal complaints against Jiang. However, they only ask a few questions and then let the practitioner go. This latest trend is a significant change.

Authorities in three cities in China, Renqin City, Jinan City, and Chongqing City, are among the latest known to have changed their intentions and showing restraint when it comes to persecuting practitioners.

Renqiu City, Hebei Province

Ms. Yu Xiuduo: “Police left without saying another word”

Police came to see Ms. Yu Xiuduo in early October, asking if she had submitted a criminal complaint against Jiang. Ms. Yu admitted to having mailed her complaint. She said, “I was illegally arrested several times because of the persecution launched by Jiang. My health was damaged because of Jiang’s persecution.” The police left without saying another word.

Mr. Ma Kaihun: The Police Left

Mr. Ma Kaihua was asked to go to a village office and talk about his complaint against Jiang. Police told him to just tell them that he had not submitted a complaint. “Yes, I submitted the complaint,” said Mr. Ma, “I was unconscious for 18 hours after I was tortured. My collarbone is still deformed. All those people who tortured me did so under Jiang’s direction. I sued Jiang, because I wanted to give those who tortured me another chance to repent.” The police left.

Mr. Mao Jianxun: “Police had nothing to say”

Police came to Mr. Mao Jianxun’s home in early October, claiming that it was illegal to sue Jiang Zemin. Mr. Mao responded, “Jiang Zemin persecuted Falun Gong and is responsible for harvesting organs for profit from practitioners. Everyone should sue him.” Police had nothing more to say to him.

Mr. Li Yupeng: Principal and Wife Left

Mr. Li Yupeng is a teacher. The school’s principal and his wife visited Mr. Li’s home one day.

“Why did you mention our name in your lawsuit against Jiang Zemin,” said the principal’s wife. “You do not have the right to sue him, given our school structure.”

Mr. Li’s mother responded, “We sued him because the government allows us to do so. The government passed a new regulation that all criminal complaints filed by Chinese citizens must be processed. We are legally protected. Also, how did you know what we wrote in the complaint?”

The principal and his wife left immediately.

Mr. Chen Fenglei: “Do not go to Beijing”

In August, police called Mr. Chen Fenglei to ask him if he submitted a complaint against Jiang Zemin. Mr. Chen said yes. Police demanded that he come to the police department.

Mr. Chen told them that he and his wife were arrested and detained many times since the onset of the persecution in 1991. He told them that their young children were left without care, and that he was imprisoned for over 11 years. He sued Jiang Zemin because Jiang had ordered this persecution.

Police didn’t say much. They said, “Do not to go to Beijing” and then let him go.

Jinan City, Shandong Province

“Just ride your bike”

A police officer saw a practitioner on the street and told him to go to the police station to verify his lawsuit against Jiang Zemin. The practitioner asked if the officer could give him a ride.

“Don’t sit in the police car,” said the police officer, “It may make people think you were arrested. Just ride your bike.”

Police “are the true victims”

A police officer asked a practitioner about his lawsuit against Jiang Zemin. The practitioner talked to him about Falun Gong and said, “You are the true victims who are persecuted. The founder of Falun Gong told us to help you.”

The police are also victims, because Jiang Zemin ordered them to commit crimes against Falun Gong practitioners.

“Don’t go to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate directly then,” suggested the officer, “Start from the lower level and work your way up.”

Chongqing City

Video Evidence of the Persecution

Two police officers went to a practitioner’s home on October 29 to verify his lawsuit against Jiang Zemin. They asked him to fill out and sign a form, and took a video while he filled out the form.

The elderly man talked to them about Falun Gong and told them that Jiang Zemin is the major culprit in the persecution of Falun Gong. He further explained that Jiang has caused the death of many practitioners, and that Jiang has violated China’s Constitution, China’s Criminal Law, and international laws.

“If I do what you asked me to do, there will be evidence to show that you have persecuted practitioners. It will ruin your future! You will become victims yourselves. Therefore, I can’t do that and indirectly do harm to you.”

The two officers understood, and later they agreed to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Related articles in Chinese:
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今非昔比,诉江大潮中警察变了

上门“核实”诉江的警察三退了

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

Six Lanzhou Residents Tried on Same Day for Spreading Information about Falun Gong

November 14, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Gansu Province

(Minghui.org) Six residents in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province were tried on October 20, 2015. All of them were charged with undermining law enforcement by possessing and/or spreading information about Falun Gong.

In each of the separate trials, the respective prosecutors used items seized from the practitioners’ homes as evidence, but none of said objects, including Falun Gong books and materials exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, were ever presented during the court sessions.

The defense lawyers argued that it is their clients’ constitutional right to believe in and disseminate information about their spiritual belief. Moreover, there has never been any law that criminalizes Falun Gong. Therefore, the persecution is illegal from the onset and the seized items undermined no law whatsoever.

The practitioners also testified to the benefits they had gained from practicing Falun Gong and demanded acquittal and unconditional release.

All of the sessions, however, ended with the judges declining to acquit the practitioners. It is not clear what is in store for these practitioners.

Restricted Courtroom Access

While there were three rows of seats in the courtroom, only up to two family members were allowed at each practitioner’s trial. The rest of the seats were filled with people videotaping the family members during the court sessions.

Heavily Guarded Courthouse

There were bailiffs stationed in the courtyard of the courthouse. Outside the building were three vans filled with armed police. There were also plainclothes police patrolling the vicinity of the courthouse.

Two people who were taking a walk nearby had their bags searched. A third person was asked to produce his ID as he passed by the courthouse.

Practitioners Detained

Mr. Lu Yunfei, who was tried by judge Liu Dongyu, remains at Lanzhou City No. 3 Detention Center following his arrest nine months ago.

The other five practitioners, Ms. Tu Yuchun, Ms. Wang Yurong, Ms. Jiao Lili, Ms. Meng Yurong, and Ms. Du Shuzhen, were tried by the same judge Wang Songshuang. Prior to their latest trials, they were once tried jointly back in January of this year. They remain detained at Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center following their arrest on September 15, 2014.

Related reports:

Mr. Lu Yunfei Facing Trial
Prosecutors Unable to Explain Charges in Trial of Lanzhou Practitioners
Five Practitioners from Lanzhou City Face Trial

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Category: Accounts of Persecution