New York Rally and Vigil Call for End to Persecution

July 24, 2016 | By Cai Ju, a Minghui correspondent in New York

(Minghui.org) More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Consulate General of China in New York on July 20, 2016, to call for an end to the 17 years of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Consulate General of China in New York.

Ms. Yi Rong, president of the Tuidang Center, gave a speech at the rally. She called the past 17 years of Falun Gong persecution a rampant trampling of humanity, universal values, and five-thousand-years of civilization. She said, “Facing the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal persecution, the Falun Gong group stood firmly on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Practitioners have peacefully and rationally helped 244 million people withdraw from the communist organizations.”

Dr. Li Tianxiao, a political analyst, said during his speech, that instead of yielding, Falun Gong practitioners had exposed the persecution to people in all circles of life using various means around the world. Their banners and activities have been visible in places from Tiananmen Square, to the Chinese embassies and consulates, to every country, and that their seemingly ordinary appeals have shown unprecedented bravery.

Dr. Li stressed that Falun Gong has miraculously displayed a peaceful resistance to the persecution, and behind the miracle was a simple word, faith. He said it was the faith of practitioners that made them able to endure torture, to turn the hardest situation around, and to free hundreds of millions of people from the CCP, and that their strong faith in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance made them invincible.

Dr. Wang Zhiyuan, president of World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), spoke at the rally. He said, “The CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong is genocide and a crime against humanity under the direction of Jiang Zemin. Organ harvesting from living practitioners, and tortures using psychiatric means, are the most evil crimes in history.” Dr. Wang also pointed out that many of the chief perpetrators have been arrested, one after another, and the same ending is approaching Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong, and Luo Gan. He warned that the countdown to the day of the CCP’s collapse has started.

Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Tang Zhiheng, Ms. Li Dianqin, and Mr. Yang Xiaoping recounted the persecution they personally experienced in China. Mr. Tang has been arrested eight times, thrown into a forced labor camp for two years, and prison for four and an half years. Ms. Li was tortured in mental hospitals twice, imprisoned in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for a year, and in the Women’s Prison of Liaoning Province for three years. Mr. Yang was arrested twice for appealing for Falun Gong. He was also imprisoned, and his home was searched by police.

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Falun Gong practitioners’ candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in New York marks 17 years of peaceful resistance to the CCP’s brutal persecution.

As it turned dark, practitioners in yellow T-shirts lit candles, and sat solemnly along the Hudson River, mourning their fellow practitioners in China who paid with their lives due to the persecution. Their banners stood out amidst the silence, stating, “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Stop Persecuting Falun Gong,” and “Bring Jiang to Justice.”

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Xinjiang Engineer Dies Within Three Months of Her Transfer to Prison

July 29, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China

(Minghui.org) An engineer from Karamay, Xinjiang Autonomous Region died 83 days after she was admitted to Xinjiang Women’s Prison in Urumqi to serve five years for filing a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin.

Ms. Zhao Shuyuan accused the former Chinese dictator of initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her 9-year imprisonment earlier.

The 52-year-old woman was arrested on November 5, 2015 and sentenced to prison on March 7 of this year. She appealed, only to have her verdict upheld without an open hearing.

She was transferred to Xinjiang Women’s Prison on May 3. Her health quickly declined as the guards kept force-feeding and torturing her. Meanwhile, the prison denied her medical parole. Even after she fell into a coma on three occasions, they still refused to render proper treatment. She died on July 22.

Her family requested that her body be sent back to Karamay, but the prison authorities forcibly moved it to a morgue in Urumqi and threatened to have it cremated within 10 days.

Medical Parole Request Repeatedly Denied

When Ms. Zhao’s two lawyers met with her on May 31, they noticed she was extremely emaciated, weighing around 70 pounds. They immediately filed a request for her medical parole, but it was rejected.

Her son and lawyers made a second request on June 23, only to be denied again. They next visited the prison administrative bureau, but their quest for her medical parole went nowhere.

No Proper Treatment Despite Comatose State

Ms. Zhao fell into a coma three times in her final days, but was never given proper treatment.

She first lost consciousness on June 26. The guards rushed her to a local hospital, but took her back as soon as she came to hours later.

She fell into a coma again on July 12, and the doctors issued a “serious condition” notice. The guards brought her back the very next day.

She was in and out of a coma for a third time on July 19. Despite the critical condition notice issued by the doctors, prison officials planned to bring her back on the second day, citing lack of funds to cover her medical expenses.

Her family strongly requested she stay in the hospital for further treatment at their own expense. The prison officials relented, but it was too late. She would die three days later.

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 over the past 17 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: Deaths

Prison Guards: “We Simply Don’t Treat Falun Gong People as Humans”

July 28, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Two Falun Gong practitioners in Shandong Province were illegally arrested for disseminating information about Falun Gong and the persecution and were taken to the Shandong Province Women’s Prison in Jinan City.

The practitioners told of the inhuman treatment they experienced while incarcerated, especially solitary confinement.

The guards placed practitioners in a solitary confinement cell if they refused to give up Falun Gong. The cells are small and dark, with a cold cement floor. There is only a small stool in the cell.

Practitioners ate, slept, and relieved themselves in the small cell. They were locked in the room for a long time, without sunlight or fresh air. Additionally, they were not allowed to have contact with their families or anyone else.

The winter in Jinan City is cold and harsh. Practitioners in solitary were not provided a winter jacket, but only long underwear. They were given just a thin blanket which did not keep them warm.

It was impossible to get any sleep on the cold floor because of the freezing temperature. Practitioners had to walk around to try to get warm.

Lack of sleep gave them headaches. Without any furnishing and given the severe cold, their bones ached, and their muscles cramped. Many practitioners became ill and developed a high fever.

Jinan City is like a furnace in the summer. The small isolation cells can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the ventilation is poor. Practitioners who weren’t well to begin with often fainted after being in the small cell for a short period of time.

The female guards would not provide toilet paper or feminine hygiene products to practitioners in the small cell.

When asked why they were so inhuman toward practitioners, the guards responded, “We simply don’t treat Falun Gong people as humans.”

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Category: Accounts of Persecution