Houston, Texas: Learning About Falun Gong and Understanding the Meaning of Life

November 19, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Shujing

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners introduce the spiritual practice and expose the persecution in China to people in Houston’s Chinatown, where many among the city’s Asian population visits on weekends.

One shop owner is Mr. Chen. He came out of a supermarket one day this July. Rebecca, who practices Falun Gong, stepped forward and talked to him about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s human rights abuses and its crimes in persecuting Falun Gong, including killing imprisoned practitioners to harvest their organs for profit. She also mentioned that many people practice Falun Gong in Taiwan.

Mr. Chen listened attentively and said that he came from Taiwan and know about things happening in China, and that he wanted to know more about the persecution of Falun Gong there.

He would greet the practitioners when he ran into them. He also brought them tea when he saw them standing in the hot summer. “You work hard! I can see you practitioners wherever I go. I saw a lot of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan. I admire you,” he said.

He talked with Rebecca and narrated his frustration: though he had a shop, he was always preoccupied with his business and money; but with time passing, he felt that his life was becoming less meaningful.

Rebecca told him, “The purpose of life is not for money or travel. The most important purpose is to return to one’s true self.” Hearing that, Mr. Chen asked to read Falun Gong books. The next day, Rebecca gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun. She saw him a week later. He had read Zhuan Falun and said, “Falun Dafa is great!”

The Meaning of Withdrawing from the CCP

Mr. Xu, another visitor to Chinatown, said that he never joined the CCP or its youth organizations when a practitioner asked. His family had been persecuted by the Communist Party, but he did not understand the meaning behind people withdrawing their memberships in the CCP.

He asked, “Do you hate the Party?”

Rebecca answered, “We don’t hate it, though it persecutes Falun Gong practitioners and even harvests their organs. We are practitioners and have no hatred of anyone. But the perpetrators must be brought to justice. All members of the CCP will be implicated in its crimes if they don’t quit. We are here today to raise awareness of the persecution and advise people to quit the Party for a safe future.”

Mr. Xu later brought bottled water to the practitioners and gave them encouragement.

Support from Passersby

An elderly woman saw the practitioners outdoors frequently. She worried that they were tired and didn’t have time to eat. She bought a boxed lunch for Davina one day. Davina was grateful and wanted to pay her. “How much does it cost?” The elder lady said, “I’m a Chinese in my 90s. Don’t talk about money.”

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Category: Other Community Events

Arrest of Single Mother Another Devastating Blow to Young Son

November 20, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing

(Minghui.org) Ms. Liu Lichun of Beijing was arrested the morning of November 12, and taken to Fangshan Detention Center in the afternoon.

Beijing had just had a heavy snow. Ms. Liu was in her pajamas and slippers when she was taken away by officers from the Jinding Street Police Station, Shijingshan District. The police did not provide a reason for taking her away.

Ms. Liu is 38, cheerful and kindhearted. She was given two years of forced labor in 2008, and became a single mother with a 2-year-old son.

She worked hard at several jobs to raise her son after she was released in 2010. The young child is now again deprived of his mother.

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Ms. Liu and her son

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Ms. Liu’s son

Partial list of responsible units:

Jinding Street Police Station, Shijingshan District: +86-10-88732328
Wei Yu (魏宇), police director
Ma Jinlong (马金龙), police officer
Jinding Street Neighborhood Community Office: +86-10-68872929
Office of the State Bureau: +86-10-68016736

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Engineer Sues Jiang Zemin on Behalf of His Deceased Wife

November 20, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jiangsu Province, China

(Minghui.org) Mr. Zhang Yin, an engineer, and his son Mr. Zhang Lianming have filed a criminal complaint against the former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin. The brutal suppression of Falun Gong resulted in the death of his wife Ms. Du Fenglan.

Between January 2000 and November 2012, Ms. Du was arrested seven times, her home was ransacked six times, and she was taken to the local brainwashing center twice. She was given two years in a forced labor camp and a three-year sentence in prison because she would not give up her belief in Falun Gong. She died on November 9, 2012.

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Ms. Du Fenglan

Detained and Pension Stopped for Appealing in Beijing

Ms. Du had suffered from late stages of breast cancer, but she became healthy again one month after she practiced Falun Gong.

After the persecution started in 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal on January 29, 2000, for the right to practice her belief. She was arrested in Beijing and was later returned to Nanjing City, her hometown, and detained for 30 days.

Her pension was stopped by her company because of her appeal, and her family was forced to pay the authorities 10,000 yuan.

After her release, Ms. Du was still monitored by the local residential committee.

Taken to a Brainwashing Center

Ms. Du was forcibly taken to a brainwashing center on April 22, 2000. Her family was not told where the brainwashing center was. Her home was ransacked two days later.

Ms. Du’s son was forced to sign that he would be responsible for monitoring his mother. The document he signed stated that if his mother was arrested, his wages would be reduced or he would lose his job.

Ms. Du was taken to a brainwashing center again on October 23, 2000, and the location was again kept from her family. She was given unknown drugs in there, and 800 yuan was deducted from her son’s wages.

Two Years in a Forced Labor Camp

Ms. Du was forced to leave home in January 2001 to avoid further persecution. Her son was made to pay 700 yuan because his mother left their home.

Ms. Du was arrested again when she went to Beijing to appeal on August 22, 2001. Later, she was given two years of forced labor on September 26, 2001. Her home was ransacked as well and 270 yuan was deducted from her son’s wages.

She was bailed out on medical parole on November 5, 2001 due to her poor health. Her health deteriorated dramatically within two months during her detention and she was extremely weak. She would not tell anyone how she was tortured.

Extortion and Detention after Sister-in-Law’s Report

Ms. Du went to Beijing to look after her father-in-law in December 2001, as he was dying. Her sister-in-law reported her to the authorities while she was there because she still practiced Falun Gong.

She was returned to Nanjing and was held in the Nanjing Detention Center on December 29, 2001, and was forced to pay 500 yuan. She was later transferred to the Judong Women’s Forced Labor Camp.

Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Soon after Ms. Du’s release, she was arrested again on December 10, 2002, for distributing Falun Gong informational materials at a supermarket. Her home was ransacked the same day.

She was tried on June 16, 2003, and was taken to the local detention center after the trial. But the detention center refused to accept her because of her poor health.

However, the deputy director of the local district court and judge forcibly took Ms. Du to the detention center from her home and gave her a three-year prison sentence secretly a few days later. At the end of 2003, she was taken to the Nanjing Women’s Prison. She was deprived of sleep in an attempt to force her to renounce her belief.

She was bailed out on August 30, 2005 on medical parole.

Family Harassed and Threatened

Ms. Du’s three children were also harassed constantly by the police. An officer from the local 610 Office claimed: “I won’t let your family have a peaceful life.”

Officials from the 610 office went to where her children worked to harass and threaten them. Her son was questioned many times when his mom was arrested, and he had 3,000 yuan taken out of his wages.

Ms. Du’s husband went to Beijing to see his dying father during the 2001 New Year, but the head of his army unit went to the home of Mr. Zhang’s father and ordered him to return to Nanjing.

Mr. Zhang’s father begged the head of the army unit to allow his son to stay until after the new year. During that time, Mr. Zhang was monitored, followed, and harassed frequently. Mr. Zhang was forced to return to Nanjing and could not be with his father when he passed away.

Breast Cancer Disappeared One Month After Practicing

Ms. Du was diagnosed as having late stage breast cancer in 1992. Though she had an operation, the cancer continued to spread. In 1994 a nurse introduced her to Falun Gong. Within just one month of practicing her cancer disappeared. After witnessing his wife’s recovery, her husband started to practice as well.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin