Montreal, Canada: Rally in front of Chinese Consulate to Protest the Persecution

July 20, 2014 | By a practitioner in Montreal

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate on St. Catherine Street on July 17, 2014 to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. They exposed the CCP’s atrocity of live organ harvesting from persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and called for an end to the brutal persecution in China.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Montreal to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the CCP’s persecution.

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Exposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong to passers-by.

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Collecting signatures to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners

Practitioners demonstrated the exercises, which caught the attention of passers-by. A number of people came forward to ask for more information and many signed the petition to protest the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

Experiencing the Persecution in China

Ms. Sun, from a small town in Northern China, experienced the persecution in China first hand. She recalled, “On July 20, 1999, the Party initiated the persecution of Falun Gong. One afternoon in 2000, I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. I was caught by police and imprisoned. I was beaten, abused and intimidated.” She shed tears while speaking, recalling her experience.

Ms. Sun continued, “I was frequently confined at home, monitored, followed and harassed on the many occasions that the Party thinks ‘sensitive,’ such as April 25, July 20, the Beijing Olympics, or during the Party’s conferences.” Ms. Sun was fortunate to be able to come to Montreal in 2013 and put the harassment behind her.

Chinese People Renounce the CCP and Its Affiliated Organizations

A Chinese woman came out of the consulate and asked a practitioner for information about the rally. She expressed her support, but not openly. The practitioner introduced the world-wide movement of withdrawing from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The woman agreed to renounce the Party on the spot.

Many Chinese students were attending class in a building next door to the consulate. During break, they came out to read the poster boards about a number of subjects, including the CCP-staged self-immolation incident [to frame Falun Gong], high level Chinese officials being sued in international courts and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Many of the young people accepted the Falun Gong informational materials from the practitioners.

People Sign the Petition Form to Stop the CCP’s Live Organ Harvesting

Throughout the event, passers-by stopped to read the poster boards. Some said that they had not known about the atrocities before. After learning the facts, many signed the petition to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A student from a nearby school stopped by and said that he frequently saw the practitioners’ events. He said, “I think your events against the persecution are very peaceful. I cannot understand the Chinese regime’s persecution. I feel sorry for the innocent practitioners who bring grace to people but suffer persecution.” He signed the petition against the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A woman named Dolores from Quebec talked with a practitioner at the rally. Dolores said, “I’ve heard of Falun Gong. I think it is beneficial to all people. Everyone should practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is nothing wrong with that. I think that what is happening in China is terrible. It is good to collect signatures in Quebec. People are shocked when they see the poster boards, as they don’t understand why such things occur in China.”

Chinese version available

Category: July 20 Events

Argentina: Chinese Diplomat Arrested After Forcing His Way Past the Police Cordon in Attempt to Disrupt Falun Gong Protest During Xi’s Visit

July 21, 2014 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Argentina

(Minghui.org) A Chinese embassy official was arrested in Buenos Aires on July 19 for forcing his way past the police line in an attempt to disrupt a Falun Gong protest.

Local practitioners identified this man as the deputy military attache at the Chinese embassy. The man’s diplomatic identity was confirmed by the Argentine police.

In the nearby Congressional Palace, Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou was meeting with head of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, who was visiting July 18 through 21.

Based on the previous day’s experience, Argentine riot police made arrangements to keep local Chinese thugs associated with the Chinese embassy away from Falun Gong practitioners, in order to protect the practitioners’ safety. The Chinese diplomat forced his way past the police cordon while leading a group of these thugs, and was subsequently arrested.

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A Chinese diplomat was arrested on July 19, 2014, after forcing his way past the police cordon to disrupt a Falun Gong protest during Xi’s meeting with the Argentine Vice President.

Falun Gong practitioners staged several protests during Xi’s visit. They called for Xi to end the persecution of Falun Gong and bring the main perpetrators to justice.

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Local Chinese known to be closely associated with the CCP threatens a Falun Gong practitioner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 19, 2014.

On the morning of July 18, practitioners unfurled their banners outside of the hotel where Xi was staying and started distributing informational materials that exposed the persecution in China. Thugs from the CASRECH (Chamber of Supermarkets and Self-Service Restaurants Owned by Chinese Residents in Argentina) and the Fujian Association, two groups closely associated with the local Chinese Embassy, showed up, too.

According to Ms. Fu, a representative of the Falun Dafa Association in Argentina, some of the thugs threatened practitioners, saying things like, “You won’t be able to stay here [in Argentina] much longer.”

The thugs assaulted practitioners several times and tried to grab their banners. The police ordered the thugs to retreat to the hotel garage entrance and ignored their accusations, as the practitioners’ banners were perfectly legal.

The police eventually contained the thugs near the garage entrance and allowed practitioners to continue to distribute materials.

Ms. Fu said that the Chinese diplomat arrested on the 19th was also present on the 18th. After the police saw how the thugs tore apart several banners, they called in armed police and lined up between the Chinese thugs and Falun Gong practitioners.

When Xi’s motorcade was due to arrive, the Chinese diplomat gestured to the thugs, who then swarmed to snatch the yellow banners that said things such as “Falun Dafa is great.” They tried to shove their way past the police, who used batons to keep them away from the practitioners.

Just then, the motorcade arrived and slowed down. The practitioners held up their banners and responded to the assaults by shouting, “Falun Dafa is great.”

In the afternoon on July 18th, the police designated two police officers to escort practitioners to the location of their protest near the La Casa Rosada, the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina.

The police ordered the Chinese thugs to keep their distance. Xi’s motorcade again passed by practitioners’ protest with banners such as “Stop persecuting Falun Gong.”

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Argentine Falun Gong practitioners shouted “Falun Dafa is great” and “Bring Jiang Zemin, the instigator of the persecution, to justice” wherever the CCP officials’ motorcade went.

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Practitioners shouted “Falun Dafa is great” and “Bring Jiang Zemin, the instigator of the persecution, to justice” wherever the CCP officials’ motorcade went.

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Argentine riot police kept the Chinese thugs away from the Falun Gong practitioners

This episode occurred as the persecution of Falun Gong in China approaches its 15th year, having been officially launched on July 20, 1999.

“The CCP official and hired thugs openly assaulted Argentine practitioners. This was unacceptable. If this is happening in Argentina, imagine how brutal the persecution is in China!” Ms. Fu said.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Mr. Huang Junliang Arrested and His Family Beaten (Photos)

July 22, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hubei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Mr. Huang Junliang from Chibi City was arrested and taken to the Hubei Province Brainwashing Center. His wife and son were beaten by the police.

About eight officers in plainclothes waited outside the residential building where Mr. Huang lives. When he and his family went downstairs at 8 a.m. on July 8, 2014, they arrested him without showing any ID.

Mr. Huang’s son had already gotten into the car, and the officers demanded that he get out. When the son refused, they pulled him out, handcuffed him, pushed him down, and kicked him in the back.

Ms. Huang’s wife, Ms. Gong Xiaoying, tried to stop them from beating her son, but they shoved her down, too. Her head hit the ground hard, leaving a gash behind her right ear. Blood streamed down.

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Blood coming from behind Ms. Gong Xiaoying’s right ear

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Ms. Gong Xiaoying’s injuries

Mr. Huang’s daughter was also restrained by the police.

Many residents witnessed the incident and criticized the officers for their behavior.

The officers included head of Chibi Domestic Security Division Cai Jinping, chief of the Chunchuan Police Station Sun Zhigang, and deputy chief Xiong Fangqing.

Mr. Huang was taken to the brainwashing center in Banqiao Village, Wuhan City, that afternoon. The public name of this center is “Hubei Province Legal Education Bureau,” but it is under direct control of the Hubei Province 610 Office.

Previous Arrests

Mr. Huang and several other practitioners went to visit Mr. Zhong Shoubang at the Shayang Forced Labor Camp on August 2, 2009. They were arrested and taken to the Shayang Police Station, before being transferred to the Chibi Detention Center. Mr. Huang went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution and was force-fed by the guards. He was later put in shackles because he shouted “Falun Dafa is good!”

Mr. Huang and more than a dozen other practitioners were arrested and held in a detention center on October 28, 2002.

Parties Involved in the Persecution of Mr. Huang:

Feng Quan (冯权), secretary of the Chibi Political and Legal Affairs Committee: 86-15872835555
Yao Xiong (姚雄), head of the local 610 Office: 86-13886509329 (Cell), 86-715-9126789 (Home), 86-715-8126179 (Office)
Liao Zhijun, head of the Chibi Police Department: 86-13807246679 (Cell)
Cai Jinping, head of the Chibi Domestic Security Division: 86-18995828966, +86-715-5232701 (Office)

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Judge Claims Verdict Based on Party’s Instructions

July 22, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Henan Province, China

(Minghui.org) A judge in China recently acknowledged that the court answers to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and follows its orders.

Ms. Yang Hemei, a Falun Gong practitioner, was tried for “undermining the implementation of the law” on July 9, 2014, in Weidong Court in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province.

The charge was based on the sole fact that a large number of Falun Gong materials were found in Ms. Yang’s home. Her attorney pleaded not guilty on her behalf and asked the prosecutor how possessing those materials undermined the implementation of law.

The Trial a Farce

The chief judge convened the proceedings at 9:30 a.m. However, he only allowed the prosecutor to speak and interrupted Ms. Yang many times when she was defending herself.

Ms. Yang’s attorney said: “To undermine the implementation of the law can only be carried out by someone with public power. Ms. Yang is no one special. The prosecutor hasn’t provided evidence that Ms. Yang distributed any of those materials. How could she undermine the implementation of law?”

He also argued that possession of Falun Gong materials in and of itself doesn’t constitute a crime according to existing law.

About 20 armed police officers guarded the outside of the courthouse on the morning of the trial.

Illegal Arrest

Ms. Yang Hemei was reported on March 4, 2014, for distributing Falun Gong truth clarification materials. Officers from the Dong’an Road Police Station arrested her and ransacked her home. They also arrested her husband and took the couple to the Pingdingshan Detention Center. Ms. Yang’s husband was later bailed out.

Ms. Yang, 58, is retired from the Pingdingshan City Geology Company in Henan Province. She has been arrested many times since the CCP initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. She has been held in a brainwashing center, detention center, and even a mental hospital. She has been monitored by officials from the local 610 Office.

Parties Involved in the Persecution of Ms. Yang:

Li Jianhui (李剑辉), the person who reported Ms. Yang Hemei: +86-15225023666 (Cell)
Huang Pu (黄璞), the local 610 Office: +86-15036850000 (Cell)
Yao Jinke (姚进科), the local 610 Office: +86-15037553789 (Cell)

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Falun Dafa Continues to Thrive Despite 15 Years of Persecution: The Story in Numbers

July 20, 2014 | By Minghui correspondent Iris Cooper

(Minghui.org) Fifteen years ago, on July 20, 1999, the onset of persecution turned the lives of 100 million Falun Gong practitioners upside down overnight. Practitioners who have persevered through the brutal persecution have told extraordinary stories of their faith, and the choices they have made in the face of unprecedented oppression.

Over the past fifteen years, the Minghui website has received thousands upon thousands of reports from China about the persecution, and a similarly large number of reports about both practitioners and non-practitioners – both in China and around the world – standing up to resist it. As the de-facto repository of this vast amount of data, Minghui is in a unique position to analyze the scope of both the persecution and of the peaceful resistance.

Today, as we solemnly mark fifteen years since the campaign to crush Falun Gong officially began in China back on July 20, 1999, we offer a brief overview of the current situation in China and abroad. In the following paragraphs, we explore five keywords – key topics that offer a snapshot of the persecution and of practitioners’ resilience.

Through the numbers, we see practitioners’ courage. We also see the righteous hearts of millions of people who signed petitions to call for an end to the persecution, in particular the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) forced organ harvesting crimes in China.

This is a story beyond just the choices of those persecuted in China, but also about the choices made by China’s people, and by us all.

Persecution

In the persecution reports from the first half of 2014, on average, for each month:

• 8 practitioners were persecuted to death (total 49)
• 55 practitioners were taken to brainwashing centers (total 332)
• 69 practitioners were illegally sentenced (total 413)• 498 practitioners were illegally arrested (total 2,987)

In total, in the past 15 years, 3,769 practitioners are confirmed to have died as a direct result of persecution and torture; at least 6,000 practitioners are confirmed to have been illegally sentenced to confinement in jails, prisons and detention centers; and more than 100,000 practitioners have been reported to be sent to forced labor camps without trial. In addition, thousands were taken to mental hospitals and administered nerve-damaging drugs as yet another form of torture and repression.

Brainwashing Center

A policy-driven, state-sanctioned industry, brainwashing centers are places where Falun Gong practitioners are tortured for the purpose of forcing them to renounce their beliefs.

• A recent report analyzes the main sources of money circulated in this strange industry:
• Government appropriations (mainly in the form of construction funding),
• Bonuses paid by the government based on the number of “transformed” practitioners. Higher numbers of “transformations” lead to bigger bonuses.
• “Education fees” paid by the practitioners’ employers, and ransoms paid by practitioners and their families. Some of the income goes directly to staff members’ personal accounts and does not appear in a brainwashing center’s budget.

A highly conservative estimate puts the scale of the industry at the magnitude of billions of yuan in the past 15 years.

Below are some key numbers surrounding brainwashing centers:

131,000 estimated detentions20,000-yuan monthly “education fee” on average per practitioner, paid by their employers 7,000 yuan on average extorted from each family for a practitioner’s release 357 confirmed death cases in brainwashing centers 449 brainwashing centers in 173 cities and 329 counties

The brainwashing industry received a boost after the shutdown of forced labor camps late last year, with brainwashing centers taking over the role of persecuting practitioners who would have been sent to labor camps.

In the first half of 2014:

Over 70 new brainwashing centers were opened across China
• The number of confirmed arrests leading to detention in brainwashing centers increased by 41.3% compared to the same period last year (332 vs. 235)

Organ Harvesting

During the 25th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council this March, the Canadian government raised the issue of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.

The pending US House Resolution 281 (with 180 co-sponsors) cites a short waiting time of 2 to 4 weeks for organ transplants, a record high of more than 10,000 organ transplantations every year without an established organ donation system, and a sudden increase in organ transplants shortly after the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong. All of these point to the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned under the persecution.

The resolution cites journalist Ethan Gutmann’s estimate that approximately 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners may have been killed for their organs from 2000 to 2008.

In efforts to stop this horrific crime, in the past two years,
6 resolutions or motions from the European Parliament, Italian Senate, Illinois State House, Australian Senate, Irish Parliament Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee, Medical Society of Virginia were passed to condemn organ harvesting

35 State Representatives from Minnesota co-signed a letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Health, and Office of Higher Education, expressing concern over organ harvesting in China and its impact in Minnesota
10 countries reported forums and parliamentary hearings on organ harvesting:US, Canada, Slovakia, Italy, Israel, Sweden, UK, Denmark, France, and Australia

Grassroots Support at Home and Abroad

As the persecution of Falun Gong enters its 15th year, more and more people are joining efforts to stop the persecution, both at home and abroad.

• Many petition campaigns have been launched to rescue 49 practitioners
• 26,622 signatures from Chinese citizens calling on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to stop organ harvesting
1.5 million signatures from 53 countries were delivered to the UN in December 2013, calling for action against organ harvesting in China

Inside China, courageous citizens publicly renounce their membership in the Communist Party as a symbolic act to resist the regime’s ideological control and as a peaceful solution to disintegrate the Party in their pursuit for freedom.

At present,
• 171 million Chinese have renounced their memberships in the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations (the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers)
• Each day, 90,000 Chinese join this arguably “largest grassroots movement in history”, according to the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP

World Falun Dafa Day

May 13, 2014 marked the 15th World Falun Dafa Day. May 13 is the day that Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first publicly introduced in China in 1992. May 13 is also the birthday of Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong.

As part of the celebration around the globe, about 8,000 practitioners from more than 50 countries and 200 regions joined a parade that day through Manhattan’s busy streets.

34 proclamations and support letters from US and Canadian government agencies and legislators have been published on Minghui.org. Many such documents proclaim local “World Falun Dafa Day” or “World Falun Dafa Week” around May 13 and applaud practitioners’ contribution to local communities.

In addition, 18,000-plus greetings were submitted to the Minghui website to wish the founder of Falun Gong a happy birthday. They offer as a glimpse of the deep respect practitioners hold towards Mr. Li and the wide spread of the practice around the world.

Category: Overview of persecution

A Form of Torture Known as “Confining Clothes”

(Minghui.org) A method of torture known as “Confining Clothes” is one of more than 100 different kinds of torture techniques the Chinese Communist Party uses on Falun Gong practitioners.

Such clothes, which tighten whenever the person moves, are used to restrain people with mental illnesses, in much the same way “straight jackets” have been used in mental hospitals in the West.

In China, confining clothes are made of canvas. They are put on from the front and tightened in the back. The sleeves are about 25 cm long with a ribbon attached to each end. This form of torture can cause fractures of the shoulders, wrists, and elbows; spinal fractures; or even death.

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Torture illustration: Confining clothes

This form of torture was first used on Falun Gong practitioners in the Hunan Third Forced Labor Camp (also known as the Xuchang Forced Labor Camp). It was used to try to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their belief and “reform”.

The guards put the confining clothes on practitioners, pull their arms behind their backs, and tie them in place with rope. They tie their legs and then hang the practitioners from the window bars. They would usually also put headphones on them with brainwashing propaganda that slandered Falun Gong. They also stuffed their mouths with rags.

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Category: Physical Torture Methods

Mr. Li Guofeng of Pingdu City, Shandong Province, Illegally Detained

July 20, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Li Guofeng and Mr. Guan Zhongji, both in their 60s, from Pingdu City, Shandong Province, were arrested at 10 a.m. on June 10, 2014. Their homes were ransacked that afternoon. Mr. Guan was released, but Mr. Li has been detained.
Officers from the Cuizhao Police Station broke into their homes and extorted 500 yuan from them the next day. They claimed that it was a physical examination fee.

Mr. Li, from Shengli Village, is 63 years old. Mr. Guan is from Houxiangzi Village. They were reported to the police and arrested by officers from the Cuizhao Police Station for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in Cuizhao Town.

Dai Yugang, head of the 610 Office in Pingdu City, and Liu Jie, also from the 610 Office, went to the police station and searched the men personally. They confiscated personal items and 1,100 yuan from Mr. Guan. The practitioners were clarifying the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong to the police during the entire process.

Break-ins and Confiscations Continues

Police officers broke into Mr. Guan’s home again when nobody was home. They searched everywhere and confiscated three copies of Zhuan Falun, 32 copies of Master Li’s [Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong] lectures, three MP3 players, one electronic reader, 600 Falun Gong truth-clarifying stickers, and many other informational materials about the persecution of Falun Gong.

Officers from the Cuizhao Police Station broke into Mr. Li’s home and confiscated all Falun Gong books and many Falun Gong truth-clarifying stickers.

The police ordered Mr. Li’s family to sign the list of items they claimed they were confiscating and threatened that they would arrest Mr. Li whether they signed it or not. The same police officer came back the next day and extorted 500 yuan from the family, claiming that it was a fee for Mr. Li’s physical.

The police also delivered the arrest notice, charging Mr. Li with “Crimes of sabotaging the implementation of the state’s laws and executive regulations by utilizing an evil religious organization.”

The police handcuffed and shackled Mr. Li and Mr. Guan and took them to the Pingdu Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital for a physical exam. The doctor asked the police to open the handcuffs and shackles during the exam, but the director of Cuizhao Police Station did not allow it.

Mr. Guan failed the physical, so the police took him to the Pingdu People’s Hospital for a complete check-up, including an eye exam. He still didn’t pass.

Liu Jie demanded that Mr. Guan’s son pay him 3,000 yuan. Mr. Guang returned home on the afternoon of June 13.

The practitioners’ bikes, watches, and cell phones have so far not been returned by the Cuizhao Police Station.

Parties involved in the persecution of Mr. Li Guofeng and Mr. Guan Zhongji:
Cauizhao Police Station
Fan Xiaowei (范小伟), director: +86-532-83311566, +86-532-88382678, +86-13969761866 (Cell)
Qi Dong (齐东): +86-532-66587719, +86-13963928318 (Cell)
Su Hongjie (宿宏杰): +86-532-66587720, +86-15192059777 (Cell)

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution