Authorities Press Falun Gong Practitioners to Sign Documents “Repenting” for Suing Former Dictator

August 22, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners have filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who launched the persecution of Falun Gong 17 years ago. As they used their real names and addresses in their criminal complaints, they have been retaliated against for exercising their constitutional right to hold Jiang responsible for infringing upon their freedom of belief.

In Qiancao Town, Sichuan Province, the authorities have deceived and threatened the local practitioners into signing documents that claimed they “repented” filing their lawsuit, that the lawsuit was false, or that they denounced Falun Gong.

Deceptions

The authorities in Guangming Community called a practitioner to the community office. They convinced her that they needed to see her about compensation for her land. She unknowingly signed a statement saying that she “repented” practicing Falun Gong.

The director of Jinsha Community told a practitioner to sign unknown documents and that, if she did, the harassments would stop. The practitioner and her family were not told what the documents said before or after signing them.

Another practitioner from the same community was told to sign a statement. The document said, among other things, that she had been deceived into suing Jiang and that she had decided to sever ties with Falun Gong. The practitioner refused to cooperate.

Threats

Besides deceiving practitioners, the Jinsha Community authorities tried to coerce the practitioners into signing the false statements in other ways.

A practitioner was the sole caretaker for her husband who had cancer and her paralyzed daughter. The authorities threatened to put her away in a brainwashing center.

The authorities threatened to fire a practitioner’s son who worked for the town government. The son had to force his mother into signing the documents.

After the authorities frequently broke into a practitioner’s home and harassed her and her family, her son and daughter-in-law were terrified. They not only signed the documents against the practitioner’s will, but also prohibited her from meditating or leaving the house.

Authorities in Ebaoshan Community threatened to revoke the local practitioners’ pensions if they refused to sign. They also ordered a practitioner and the family to turn in their personal identifications until the practitioner signed.

Some authorities were unwilling participants in persecuting practitioners. Many times they told the practitioners that they were under pressure from their superiors to get their signatures. They had to ask the practitioners to stop practicing Falun Gong because it was causing them “a lot of trouble.”

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Sichuan Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Publicizing Falun Gong

August 01, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) A Chengdu City resident was sentenced to four years for hanging a banner reading “The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

Mr. Cheng Huaigen was charged with “using a cult to undermine law enforcement,” a standard pretext used by the Chinese communist regime to frame practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Mr. Cheng’s lawyer emphasized that there is no law in China that criminalizes Falun Gong; hence the persecution of the practice has been illegal from the onset. As such, his client broke no law by spreading the goodness of Falun Gong. Moreover, the lawyer pointed out, the banner caused no harm to anyone, let alone undermine law enforcement.

Mr. Cheng also testified as to how Falun Gong cured his asthma. He explained that that is why he never shied away from telling people how good the practice is.

During the June 10 trial, Mr. Cheng’s family noted that the once healthy man had been reduced to just skin and bones since his arrest about one year ago. They are extremely concerned about what will happen to him in prison.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Happy to Share My Secret to Looking Young—Practicing Falun Gong

February 04, 2016 | By a Dafa practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) One day in 2007, I went to the bank to transfer some money. When I handed my ID card to two young staff members, they looked at me again and again while checking my ID and murmured something quietly.

I didn’t know what was going on and asked if everything was in order. One of them said, “You look like a 30-year-old, but your photo looks a lot older. The ID also states that you are 46, but you don’t look like the same person.”

I smiled and told the young ladies that the ID photo was taken when I was in my 30s, but I looked like a 50-year-old back then due to poor health. Now I’m nearly 50, but I look like a 30-year-old.

The two of them looked envious and wanted to know my secret. I told them that I practice Falun Gong, a cultivation practice of mind and body. They looked even more surprised, as what they had heard from the state-run media was totally different from what they were now seeing with their own eyes.

As there was no one waiting to be served, I went on to talk to them, telling them about how Falun Gong teaches people to conduct themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been brutally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. I also told them about the staged “self-immolation” on Tiananmen Square. They looked appreciative to learn the real story.

On another occasion, the owner of a beauty salon asked me which beauty salon I used to look so good. I told her I had never spent a cent on cosmetology, and that I look young because I practice Falun Gong. She was really surprised. Years ago when I was very sick, she had helped me find a doctor for treatment and she knew very well how poor my health was then.

I was very sick in 2003 before I started practicing Falun Gong. My stomach and intestines, as well as my uterus, had become dysfunctional, and I also had severe pain in my joints. Doctors advised me to indulge myself with the comforts of life, indicating that my days were numbered. So I started to buy expensive clothes, even though a dress could cost as much as what I earned in a month. But I was only 40 years old and didn’t want my life to end like that.

A friend introduced me to practice Falun Gong when she saw my miserable condition. As I also had eye problems, I could not read the newspaper or watch TV, so I didn’t know anything about Falun Gong, nor the persecution of the practice.

As I trusted this friend, I started conducting myself according to the principles explained in Falun Gong books. I became a Dafa disciple during the time when the persecution was most severe. Soon, all my illnesses disappeared and I felt light and relaxed all over my body. For the first time in a long time I experienced what it felt like to be healthy.

Everyone who knew me learned the truth about Falun Gong through the changes in me and they quit believing the CCP’s slanderous lies about the practice.

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Category: Health Benefits