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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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

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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Category: Deaths

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

New York Federal Court Decides in Favor of Falun Gong

March 25, 2016 | From article by the Human Rights Law Foundation

(Minghui.org) Editor’s note: This article describes a New York Federal Court case involving Falun Gong practitioners as plaintiffs, charging individuals and an organization with apparent ties to the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong with crimes targeting the practitioners. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss all federal claims. The case was decided in favor of the Falun Gong practitioner plaintiffs.

The article begins by listing related cases used as precedent for the case recently decided.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan forced travelers from their car, held them at bay with firearms, and amidst threats of murder clubbed them inflicting serious bodily injury based solely on their mistaken belief that they were civil rights workers. Griffin v. Breckenridge, U.S 88. 101.

Members of the China Anti-Cult World Alliance threaten “to kill” and “dig out [the] hearts, livers and lungs” of travelers, assault intimidate and call for a violent persecutory campaign, i.e., a douzheng against them based solely on their belief that they are practitioners of Falun Gong. Zhang et al. v. CACWA et al.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a favorable ruling for Plaintiffs today by dismissing Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in its entirety, based on the well-reasoned Report and Recommendation issued by the Magistrate Judge on January 28, 2016. The case was filed by Plaintiffs on March 3, 2015 against Defendants Chinese Anti-Cult World Alliance (“CACWA”), its co-chairs Michael Chu (“Chu”) and Li Huahong (“Huahong”), and two of its supporters, Wan Hongjuan (“Hongjuan”) and Zhu Zirou (“Zirou”). Plaintiffs practice the Falun Gong religion or have been mistakenly identified as practitioners of Falun Gong.

The Complaint alleges several federal claims that are analogous to those in such other landmark civil rights cases as Macedonia Baptist Church v. Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Invisible Empire Inc. et al (Civil Action No. 96-CP-14-217) (where Plaintiffs were awarded twenty-four (24) million dollars in damages due to the intentional burning of their church by the KKK); and Griffin v. Breckenridge, 403 U.S. 88, 101 (1971) (where members of the KKK forced travelers from their car, held them at bay with firearms, and, amidst threats of murder, clubbed them, inflicting serious bodily injury based solely on their mistaken belief that they were civil rights workers.)

First, it alleges violations of 18 U.S.C. § 248 of U.S. federal law through Defendants’ direct interference with Plaintiffs’ exercise of their right to religious freedom at a Spiritual Center and affiliated sites in Flushing, New York; (2) second, it alleges violations of Plaintiffs’ right to travel within the communities of Flushing to distribute Falun Gong religious materials or participate in parades and other legally permitted activities under the deprivation clause of 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3); and (3) third, it alleges violations of the hindrance clause of 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3) through Defendants’ attempts to hinder state authorities from protecting the rights of Falun Gong believers and other individuals mistaken for Falun Gong practitioners. The Complaint additionally alleges several facts that imply a close alliance between the CACWA and anti-Falun Gong elements in China.

On June 5, 2015, Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss all federal claims. On July 21, 2015, Plaintiffs filed opposing papers. After the filing of additional materials and a hearing, the Magistrate Judge filed its January 28, 2016 Report and Recommendation denying Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in its entirety.

According to the Report and Recommendation that the District Court Judge adopted on March 22, 2016, Plaintiffs’ allegations plausibly demonstrate that the Defendants violated § 248 of U.S. federal law, the Deprivation Clause of § 1985(3), and the Hindrance Clauses of § 1985(3). As part of its opinion, the Court concluded that Plaintiffs’ allegations under § 248 were well pled, and, on that basis, found that:

– Falun Gong is a religion; Falun Gong believers engage in religious observance at a Spiritual Center in Flushing as well as at five associated sites.– Plaintiffs’ Complaint details numerous incidents in which the individual Defendants attacked, threatened or attempted to intimidate Plaintiffs while they were lawfully exercising their rights of religious freedom at or in the vicinity of Falun Gong spiritual sites in Flushing.– These and other well-pled facts, if true, have established the Defendants violated Plaintiffs rights to religious freedoms under § 248 (also referred to as FACE).

As part of its analyses under the Deprivation Clause, the opinion found:

– In light of no less than twenty-five alleged physical and/or verbal attacks on Falun Gong believers or persons perceived to be Falun Gong practitioners, the CACWA incorporation and mission statement, affiliation with several Party-backed groups intent on suppressing the practice of Falun Gong in the United States, and the publication of materials distributed by the CACWA threatening the eradication and violent suppression of Falun Gong, Plaintiffs had sufficiently alleged that Defendants conspired to deprive Plaintiffs of their right to freedom of travel within the State of New York.– Frequent threats “to kill” and “dig out [the] hearts, livers and lungs” of Falun Gong practitioners, and the call for a douzheng campaign against Falun Gong, if true, describe religious-based animus sufficient to pursue a claim under the Deprivation Clause.

As part of its analysis under the Hindrance Clause, the opinion also found:

– Plaintiffs allege, in detail, several incidents involving Defendants’ attempts to hinder State authorities from protecting the civil rights of Falun Gong believers and other individuals mistaken for Falun Gong practitioners based on their Chinese ethnicity and opposition to the Chinese Communist Party or similar factors.– Based on Defendants’ alleged conduct, Plaintiffs could reasonably believe their presence in Flushing could result in an improper police detainment or that police officers might disregard their requests for assistance.– Bearing in mind Defendant Hongjuan’s claim of undue influence of the CACWA over the NYPD and CACWA’s publication of a photo of Plaintiff Hexiang in handcuffs on a CACWA affiliated website, it can be reasonably inferred that Defendants conspired to hinder state authorities in order to aid their overall objective of stemming the practice and purging its existence from Flushing.

The Court’s findings were based on analogies drawn by Plaintiffs with several other landmark civil rights cases.

In light of the plethora of videos, pictures, recordings, and other documentary evidence, the Court’s Decision is significant as it is more likely than not that Plaintiffs will prevail with these (and other) claims at trial.

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Category: Lawyers and Lawsuits

Our Health Was Restored by Practicing Falun Gong

March 24, 2016 | By a Dafa practitioner in mainland China

(Minghui.org) A practitioner’s elderly mother was snatched from the jaws of death through practicing Falun Gong. She tells this story, as well as her own miraculous recovery from chronic illnesses.

Mom’s Hard Life

My dad passed away in his forties after a long illness, and mom had to carry the family on her shoulders. She finally broke down from constant overwork and all kinds of illnesses, including a severe heart condition, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, vasculitis, cirrhosis of the liver, a prolapsed uterus, lack of blood to her brain, cataracts, and cholecystitis.

At one point, she was in critical condition and was unable to eat or drink for almost nine days.

I visited her on a Wednesday afternoon when I was able to get off work. As I stepped into the house, I saw a big puddle of bile on the floor. I asked my mother if she had taken her medication.

“I can’t drink any water, let alone take my medicine,” she said in despair.

Tears ran down my face. “Mom, just send a thought that you want to practice Falun Gong. Master will look after you.”

She looked at me. “What are you talking about? I feel dizzy and can hardly open my eyes or move my body. How could I possibly practice Falun Gong?”

A Miracle

As I left for home, I asked Master for help. I got home around 2:00 pm and began my Falun Gong exercises. As I did the second set, tears ran down my face.

I said to Master in my heart, “Could you please make my mom a bit better so that she could practice Falun Gong? Even if she doesn’t succeed in cultivation, please at least help her so that she can enjoy her later years. She has suffered so much, and she has never been able to enjoy anything in life.”

My understanding of the Fa was rather shallow at that time, as I had obtained the Fa only three months before.

I finished the exercises around 3:00 pm. After I put some rice in the rice cooker, I went to see how my mom was doing. To my great surprise, I saw through the window that my mom was sitting on the bed and her face was all smiles.

She said that around three o’clock, she began to feel as if a gentle current was running through her whole body. Her pain disappeared, and she was able to rest for the first time in a long time.

When she opened her eyes, she did not feel dizzy. She sat up, got off the bed, and walked around a bit.

“Master saved your life,” I said.

Mom believed me. That evening she ate a big bowl of rice and began to do the exercises. She had trouble lifting up her right arm, which had been disabled for over thirty years.

After about two weeks, she could raise her right arm over her head. Two or three months later, her complexion turned a healthy pink, and wrinkles disappeared from her face.

She has since completely regained her health. She now does household chores without a problem.

I remember a spring day in 2005 when my mom, 79 at the time, carried lunch for 16 people into the fields. It was nearly four miles each way, which was an unimaginable feat for her just months prior.

My Mom Was Saved Again

Around the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Jiang Zemin and his followers illegally arrested many Falun Gong practitioners. The local police station and neighborhood committee tried to find out where I was living, too. In order to make it easy for me to keep away from danger, my relatives took my mom under their care. Three days later, suddenly I felt teary in my right eye, and instinctively I felt that something must have happened to my mom. I rushed to my elder brother’s place and saw a big coffin in the middle of the yard.

My brother was surprised to see me and said that he didn’t tell me what happened to my mom for fear that I might be arrested. He told me that mom had a fall and had been in a coma for three days and nights. She had been on an intravenous drip, but it didn’t help at all.

I went to my mom and called out to her. Mom opened her eyes and asked if I was safe. I told her I was fine and encouraged her to keep faith in Master and in Dafa. I told her not to be afraid and regard herself as a cultivator. Then I started to read Master’s poems to her.

Soon afterwards, my mom sat up and looked better. My elder brother found it inconceivable and said to me: “How come as soon as you came, mom became better?” I told him that it was not me, but our Master, who had guided me to come wake her up and help her to strengthen her faith in Master and Dafa. It was due to the boundless compassion of our Master that such a miracle could happen.

My Own Experience

I will turn 63 this year. I had suffered from problems with my liver, gallbladder, lungs, kidneys, and heart. I had headaches and low blood pressure, an irregular menstrual cycle, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Before practicing, I tried all kinds of treatment with little effect. I became deeply depressed. I tried some sham qigong practices and even converted to Buddhism.

Nothing helped.

One day in 1995, a colleague told me about a veteran government official who had severe diabetes. One of his relatives had attended Falun Gong classes in Harbin, and afterward his illnesses had disappeared.

This official obtained a copy of Zhuan Falun and lent it to others to read. He and his relative came to teach us the exercises and play a recording of Master’s Fa lecture. Many people attended and the hall was full.

As Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun, I fell asleep as I was listening to the Fa lecture. When I awoke, I felt very good and full of energy. My mind became clear.

I never again had a headache. All my other illnesses also disappeared, and I never needed medication again, not even a pill. It was all lies when the TV station broadcast programs that said Falun Gong forbade people to take medicine.

Since I started the practice in 1995, I have turned into a new person. Thank you, Master, for your compassionate salvation!

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Category: Health Benefits

New Zealand: Learning About Falun Gong at Auckland International Cultural Festival

March 23, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Qin in Auckland, New Zealand

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners attended the 16th Auckland International Cultural Festival in Mt Roskill on March 20, 2016. They demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, displayed banners, and provided Falun Gong books and exercise instruction to those in the community interested in learning the meditation practice.

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Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises at the festival.

About 55 cultural groups participated in this event. Michelle from the Philippines and Nam from Vietnam, two international students, were very interested in learning the meditation practice.

Spiritual Guidance

“It seems people are always very busy. I think we should keep a balance of mind and body, something Falun Gong can bring us,” said Nam. She said she resonates with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and that they are important to everyone.

Michelle said she felt the same way. After learning the first set of exercises together with Nam, she planned to read Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Gong, and to join an exercise group near Auckland on Saturdays.

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Michelle and Nam learn the Falun Gong exercises from practitioner Judy.

Michael Eric, a retired engineer with a strong interest in meditation, had previously heard about Falun Gong and the persecution in China. Through searching on the internet, he found that Falun Gong is one of the cultivation ways in the Buddha School.

“I think it can offer spiritual guidance for us. After all, what’s taught in the Buddha School is not just a belief; rather, it gives guidance on how best to do things and how to interact with others,” Michael said.

‘Freedom to Choose Their Belief and Way of Living’

Thomas Rooney is a retired taxi driver. Although this was the first time he had heard about qigong, he was familiar with Tai Chi and curious about Chinese culture.

He said, “It seems to me that Falun Gong is an ancient cultivation system. The movements are gentle and smooth. I would like to know more about it.”

Thomas said it is wrong for the Chinese communist regime to suppress Falun Gong, and said, “People should have the freedom to choose their belief and way of living.”

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Many festival-goers expressed interest in learning about Falun Gong.

Peter Dijkstra, in his 80s, immigrated from the Netherlands six decades ago. He said he is aware of the suppression in China and said that it is important for practitioners to keep their faith.

Speaking of the persecution in China, he said, “Without the Communist Party, China would be a great and much better nation.”

Living close to the airport, Dijkstra said he often encountered Chinese tourists, who often wander around and take many pictures. “I hope to put up a big banner with ‘Falun Dafa is good’ in front of my yard. That way, the tourists can include them in their pictures and learn something not accessible in China.”

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I Was Blessed After Speaking Out for Falun Dafa

March 22, 2016

(Minghui.org) I live in a village in Linfen City, Shanxi Province. Even though I don’t practice Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), I have defended its practitioners on several occasions. I also survived some life-threatening accidents. It makes me believe what people have been saying: “Be good to Falun Dafa practitioners and you will be blessed.”

Speaking out for Falun Dafa

I came to know about Falun Dafa from my mother, who practices it. Though I do not practice it, I have read the book Zhuan Falun and know that it is wonderful.

After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Dafa in 1999, I countered people’s criticism when they badmouthed Dafa.

People would then ask me, “Are you a Falun Dafa practitioner?”

“No,” I would say. “I am far from being a practitioner. Dafa teaches people to be good, kind, and honest. This is too hard for me to do. I just don’t like the way the CCP blamed Dafa for so many bad things.”

In August 2001, I saw several people surround an old man in shabby clothes who was burning a pile of boxes on the street. He appeared to be in great difficulty in his life.

A news reporter came. The first question he asked the old man was, “Are you a Falun Dafa practitioner?”

I stopped the reporter. “Your question doesn’t make sense. Why don’t you ask him if he needs any help? You should try to solve his problem, not to take this opportunity to blame others.”

The reporter and people around quieted down when I said this.

After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, I talked to my mother-in-law and helped her and her family to quit the CCP over the Internet.

Blessings

I rode my motorcycle home on September 20, 2014. When I was almost home, I slid off the road at a sharp turn. I fell 20 feet into a ditch. The bike fell on me and I lost consciousness.

My four-year-old son saw what had happened from a window at home. He told his grandfather that “mom fell.” My father-in-law brought some people to help me. They took me to a hospital. I was fine with only a few small bruises. I went back to work the same afternoon.

Another time, my family and my cousin’s family visited my uncle on February 21, 2015. Our car drove toward a hill covered by snow. At a turn, the car skidded and the brakes stopped working. As the car was sliding off the road, I shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Forbearance-Forbearance is good!” A rock along the roadside block the wheel, and we were unharmed.

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth