More Arrested for Filing Lawsuits Against Former Chinese Dictator Jiang Zemin

March 28, 2016 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) Three Falun Gong practitioners from Jingtai were arrested in recent months after filing lawsuits against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin. The lawsuits charge Jiang with launching the persecution of Falun Gong.

One of the practitioners has already been tried. Trials for the other two have been scheduled.

Court Refuses to Allow Family-Hired Lawyer to Represent His Client

Mr. Wang Yichao was arrested on August 27, 2015, and tried without his family’s knowledge on December 18. The court declined to accept the lawyer hired by Mr. Wang’s family and appointed one for him instead.

Despite the lawyer’s repeated protests, the local court refused to grant him access or allow him to be involved in the case. Consequently, Mr. Wang’s family has no clue how things are shaping up for him.

Court Orders Family to Hire Own Lawyer

Ms. Wang Lianzhen was arrested on October 14, 2015, and is now facing trial. The court has ordered her family to hire a local lawyer for her.

Tried for Filing Lawsuit Against Jiang Zemin

Mr. Yu Youzhen was arrested on January 26, 2016, along with his wife and two grandsons, who were later released. Mr. Yu is now facing trial and is forbidden from using out-of-town lawyers. The police threatened to arrest his two grandchildren again if Mr. Yu refuses to hire a local lawyer.

Mr. Yu recovered from his health problems after he began practicing Falun Gong in 1995. He no longer needed to spend large sums of money on his medical care and he also improved his relationships with family and neighbors. For refusing to give up his faith, however, he was repeatedly harassed, threatened, and detained.

He was first arrested in early 2000 and held in a local detention center for one month, during which time he suffered a broken rib in a beating.

Six months later he was arrested again for going to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. After being kept in a detention center for one year, he was transferred to the Pingantai Forced Labor Camp for a year.

The local authorities ransacked his home in March 2003, but he managed to escape and avoid arrest.

While Mr. Yu lived away from home, the local police extorted money from his wife, who later joined her husband in Baiyin to do odd jobs.

Mr. Yu filed a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin on May 25, 2015, only to be arrested in January this year.

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Shandong Man, 35, Dies within Months of Being Assaulted

March 27, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) A 35-year-old man from Yanggu County died several months after he was assaulted by security guards at a local military academy.

Mr. Sun was talking to several students about the persecution of Falun Gong on November 9, 2015, when he was seized by school security personnel. They beat him so severely that he had a gaping hole in his skull. His family wonders whether he was also drugged, because he appeared disoriented and was foaming at the mouth by the time he managed to get back home.

He was not able to recover despite medical intervention and recently passed away. The exact date of his death remains to be investigated.

The local police did nothing to prosecute the security guards and claimed that Mr. Sun died after jumping from a tall building.

Mr. Sun once had his home ransacked and was temporarily detained after he filed a lawsuit against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for initiating the brutal 17-year persecution of Falun Gong.

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Over 6,000 People from a Small Chinese City Sign in Support of the Lawsuits Filed Against Jiang Zemin

March 26, 2016

(Minghui.org) Since last December, 6820 people from Ruanjiang City, a relatively small city of only 740,000 in Hunan Province, China, have signed a petition to support the lawsuits that are being filed by Falun Gong practitioners against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin.

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and initiated the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases. More than 200,000 practitioners have exercised that right and filed their criminal complaints against the former dictator.

Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance is widely supported at the grassroots level in China and by politicians, opinion leaders, and human rights activists all over the world. In Asia alone, more than 1.2 million people have signed the petition, calling on China’s legal system to investigate Jiang’s crimes.

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The petition signed by 6000 Ruanjiang residents

More than 6000 Ruanjiang residents have signed to show their support. Many people believe that Jiang Zemin has brought disasters to China and that it is a huge crime to persecute a peaceful group that follows Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which is why they agree that he must be brought to justice.

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Category: Grassroots Resistance in China