Photo Report: Falun Gong Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

( Falun Gong practitioners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have held a number of activities in 2014 – in Chinatown, in the Barrancas de Belgrano neighborhood, at book fairs, and in front of the Chinese embassy – to tell the public about Falun Gong and call for an end to the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China.


A candlelight vigil commemorating those who have died as a result of the 15-year persecution in China

Group Fa study after the exercises


A parade in downtown Buenos Aires


Group exercise

Screening the movie “Free China”

Talking to the public about Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners hand out materials in Chinatown every weekend

Young practitioners are also involved in the activities

Introducing Falun Gong at a book fair

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Son Sentenced to Six Years in Prison, Mother Writes Open Letter Condemning Presiding Judge

September 01, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Liaoning Province, China

( One week after a closed-door trial, Mr. She Yue was illegally sentenced to six years in prison.

His family appealed to a higher court, but received no response. Without a second trial, the six-year verdict was upheld and Mr. She was taken to Nanguanling Prison on August 14.

Mr. She Yue

Mr. She’s 70-year-old mother, Ms. Zhang Tieqin, recently published an open letter condemning presiding judge Liang Yongguo for the illegal sentencing of her son.

“The court demanded that our attorney, Ms. Wang Yu, be subject to a security check on April 15 before she entered the courtroom to defend my son. She refused to do so because this was not required by law. Then Judge Liang barred her from entering,” Ms. Zhang said in the letter.

“I had been worrying about my son so much that I couldn’t sleep the night before the trial. I was extremely exhausted. When I was told that the attorney, my daughter-in-law and other family members weren’t allowed to attend the trial, I was very upset. While arguing with the court staff, I fainted and was taken to the hospital.

“Before the attorney was able to visit him on May 27, no one knew what happened during that closed-door trial. During the visit, he told the attorney that he was unconscious the entire time that the trial was going on. In the trial minutes, however, someone recorded that he was standing in the dock as defendant.”

Illegal Arrest

Mr. She and other practitioners were arrested on July 6, 2012, for installing satellite dishes for people to receive uncensored TV programming. His health and physical condition have declined precariously since the arrest. A court trial was adjourned on December 27, 2013 because of his health problems.

A few days after the trial on April 15, 2014, Mr. She was taken from Dalian Detention Center to the hospital for emergency treatment.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Mr. Zhang Lei Released then Immediately Arrested Again

September 01, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondence from Liaoning Province, China

( Police have been arbitrarily arresting practitioners ever since the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa began in July 1999.

Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Lei, 31, from Shenyang was arrested at home on April 24, 2014, by the Domestic Security Division of the Dadong District Police Department, and taken to the Shenyang No. 1 Detention Center.

The police accused him of trying to “use a device to send messages about Falun Dafa and the persecution on April 25, 2014,” despite the fact that Mr. Zhang was arrested the day before.

The Dadong District Procuratorate rejected Mr. Zhang’s case on May 29 due to insufficient evidence. Mr. Zhang was released the next day.

However, the police immediately arrested him again and took him to the Dadong District Police Department. The police filed another charge against him and approved his arrest.

Related articles:
Separation, Injuries, Secret Arrests: Family in Turmoil Amid Persecution
Ms. Bao Yan Severely Injured while Trying to Escape Unlawful Arrest
Ms. Bao Yan and Family Devastated by Persecution

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Internal Regulation: Practitioners May Not Hire Their Own Lawyers

August 21, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

( Ms. Luo Xizhen’s family was informed that there was an internal regulation that Falun Gong practitioners are not allowed to hire their own lawyers. When Ms. Luo’s family requested a copy of the regulation from the judges, they were given the run around.

Ms. Luo was arrested on June 26, 2014, for handing out Shen Yun DVDs. Her case file was submitted to the local court on July 21, 2014.

Family Given the Run Around

Ms. Luo’s family tried to contact judge Zou Xishan from the Dongchang District Court for days. They asked Zou on the phone when the lawyer could look at the files. Zou replied, “Anytime, as long as the lawyer brings his license and identification.” But when Ms. Luo’s family called him on July 28 to confirm the date and time, Zou said that he needed instructions from his superiors.

Zou informed Ms. Luo’s family the next day that they were not allowed to hire a lawyer themselves and could only use lawyers appointed by the court. Ms. Luo’s family protested.

Zou told the family, “You must report to us if you want to have your own lawyer. We need to get permission from the Political and Legal Affairs Committee.”

Ms. Luo’s family went to the Dongchang District Court on July 30 to meet Zhao Yan, chief judge of the criminal tribunal, to request a copy of the regulation. Zhao said, “This is an internal regulation issued by the Central Government Political and Legal Affairs Committee. It states that, in Falun Gong cases, the lawyer must be appointed by the court. This was an oral notification, so we don’t have hard copies of it. You just can’t hire a lawyer yourselves.”

Ms. Luo’s family again went to the Dongchang Court on the morning of August 4 to talk to the deputy chief of the court, Yao Guiying. Yao said on the phone that she would consult her superior. But when Ms. Luo’s family called her again, she said exactly the same thing as Zhao had told them.

Ms. Luo’s family then called the appeals office of the court and the inspection and supervision office, but no one answered. They called Yao again and told her, “It is our right to hire a lawyer. Your regulation is unreasonable.” They also asked Yao to give them a copy of it. Yao said again that she would contact her superior.

On the afternoon of August 4, Ms. Luo’s family went to the court again. The person in the appeals office told them that Yao had the last word about this issue, so Ms. Luo’s family called Yao again. Yao insisted that what she had said earlier still held. Later, Ms. Luo’s family called her again, and Yao repeated the same thing and then hung up the phone. After that, she no longer answered the phone.

Parties Responsible for the Persecution of Ms. Luo Xizhen:

Liu Donghai (刘东海), chief of the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947299, +86-13704353350 (Cell)
Yao Guiying (姚桂英), deputy chief of the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947298, +86-13844587677 (Cell)
Zhao Yan (赵岩), judge of the criminal tribunal at the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947289, +86-15844587666 (Cell)
Zou Xishan (邹喜山), case clerk at the Dongchang District Court:+86-435-3947285, +86-13069276789 (Cell)
Cui Yueqin (崔岳琴), the person in charge of the inspection and supervision office: +86-435-3947216, +86-13804458466 (Cell)
Yang Ping (杨萍), staff at Dongchang Court Appeals Office: +86-435-3947294, +86-13324358895 (Cell)

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Dalian Practitioner Mr. Qu Bin on Hunger Strike to Protest 6-year Illegal Sentence

August 21, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Liaoning Province, China

( Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Qu Bin is on hunger strike in the Dalian Detention Center, after he was unlawfully sentenced to 6 years in prison at the end of July. The verdict was given only one week after he was arrested. Mr. Qu has suffered repeated persecution over the years for practicing Falun Gong, and his family is very concerned about his health. He has become very thin, and weighs less than 110 pounds.

On July 23, 2014, Xu Bingli, president of the Zhongshan Court, judge Liang Yongguo and several others arrested Mr. Qu from his rented apartment. A week later, judge Liang Yongguo notified his family members to go and pick up the notice of his sentence. The court also refused to allow his lawyer to meet with him.

Mr. Qu Bin

Earlier, on December 13, 2013, Mr. Qu was granted bail pending trial as he was in critical condition due to persecution. In order to avoid further persecution, he left home, and the court put him on its wanted list.

Persecuted for setting up satellite dishes to watch NTD TV programs

Mr. Qu was first arrested on July 6, 2012 during a large-scale raid against Falun Gong practitioners in Dalian. The raid targeted practitioners who had installed satellite dishes for people to watch NTD TV programs. NTD TV is a New York based TV network, which broadcasts uncensored world news that is banned by the CCP.

While he was held in the detention center, Mr. Qu went on hunger strike for 20 days, during which time he was brutally force-fed. Food was forced into his lungs, causing him to lose consciousness and vomit blood. He had to be taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. He was in a coma for a long time and his pupils were dilated. Thinking he would die in a few days, the police notified his family to take him home.

His wife, Ms. Zhou Yuping, said, “Qu Bin gradually regained his health through practicing Falun Gong after we brought him home. I told him to hide somewhere else as he had done in the past, but he refused, saying he had been away from home for years. He said that he would do whatever he could to make up for the loss he had caused me and our child. He helped me with cooking and our child’s school work, and did his best to fulfil his responsibility as a husband and a father. Our home was once again filled with happiness and warmth, even though we didn’t have much money. However, our happiness was again cut short.”

On August 2, 2013, Mr. Qu was again arrested, but for health reasons, he was released on August 8 and put under surveillance.

On August 30, Mr. Qu was arrested once more by police and detained in the Dalian Detention Center. Within days, the procuratorate transferred his case to the Zhongshan Court.

Because Mr. Qu’s health kept deteriorating and he lapsed into critical condition, the detention center submitted an application to the court, stating that he was not in any condition to be kept in the detention center. However, judge Liang Yongguo rejected the application, saying the application from the detention center was not good enough, and he must not be released.

Ms. Zhou said, “My father-in-law and I are extremely worried about his health and we often see him suffering in our dreams.” Her father-in-law said, “He is my only son. I don’t want to lose him. I’m not sure if he can make it through this time.”

On October 29, 2013, the Zhongshan Court opened the trial. Mr. Qu had to be pushed into the court room in a wheelchair as a result of the severe persecution he’d been subjected to. The trial lasted only ten minutes. Mr. Qu’s wife defended him in court and insisted that her husband was not guilty of any crime by upholding his belief.

Wife: “He is an extraordinary person. I have great respect for him.”

In her appeal letter Mr. Qu’s wife wrote, “He is a very strong man. I can see he is an extraordinary person from the sacrifices he has made in safeguarding his belief. As his wife, I have great respect for him. In fact, he is not the only one. The whole group that shares the same belief as his has proved that they are extraordinary. I changed from not understanding them at the beginning to gradually understanding them. People in society have also begun to understand them and more people have begun to extend their help, especially those working in the legal sector.”

“I can see that this period in history will soon be over, because no one can stop time and history from going forward. Everyone is writing their own part in this history with their conduct.”

Earlier Persecution Facts

Mr. Qu Bin, 40 years old, was repeatedly arrested, sent to labor camps, imprisoned and subjected to cruel torture in the past 15 years.

From December 2000 to August 2001, he was detained in the Dalian Detention Center and suffered severe torture, including being hung up and shocked with electric batons. His whole body was covered with wounds and he had scabies.

On March 19, 2001, guards and inmates stripped Mr. Qu naked and beat him violently with rubber sticks. They shocked the soles of his feet, the backs of his knees, his armpits, his face, his mouth and his genitals simultaneously with several high-voltage batons.

On January 11, 2003, Mr. Qu was once again arrested and taken to the Yaojia Detention Center in Dalian. The Zhongshan District Police Department tried to extract confessions from him by torture. His eyes were badly injured and he became extremely weak as a result. He was later sentenced to four years in prison.

Previous reports:
Court Conducts Rushed Trial of Eleven Practitioners Without Informing Their Attorneys
After Suffering Years of Brutal Persecution, Mr. Qu Bin is Arrested Again
Mr. Qu Bin Severely Persecuted in Yaojia Detention Center

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Queensland, Australia: Fair Visitors Support Falun Gong and Learn the Exercises

August 18, 2014 | By Minghui correspondent Chen Xinning in Queensland, Australia

( Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the exercises and raised awareness about the persecution in China at the Ormeau Fair in Queensland, Australia on August 9 and 10, 2014. Many visitors stopped to learn the exercises and sign a petition to condemn the persecution, particularly the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting atrocities.

This was the second year that practitioners were invited to the annual fair, one of the largest events in Queensland. They joined the over 140 exhibitors at the Brian Harris Oval. The Ormeau district, where the event was held, is located between Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and the Gold Coast, a famous tourist destination.

Practitioners teach visitors the exercises at the fair.

A visitor signs the petition to help stop the persecution.

A practitioner demonstrates the meditation on stage.

A retired couple, Carmel and Ron, were sympathetic upon learning the facts of the persecution and said that they were glad they could sign the petition to end forced organ harvesting. They hoped that the persecution would soon end.

Mark, an armor testing specialist, had heard of the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. He also mentioned that he had been following the organ harvesting issue.

Reg, an advocate for crime prevention, was shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had extended their persecution beyond China and commits crimes against Australian citizens. He signed the petition to support Falun Gong.

During the two-day event, many visitors were attracted to the Falun Gong exercises. Sharee who works in the airline industry and her two friends from Indonesia, had seen practitioners doing the exercises in Brisbane. Sharee had been wanting to learn the meditation. She took down the contact information of the coordinator at a nearby exercise site, and plans to learn the meditation soon.

Lisa, a Reiki master, attentively listened to the introduction of exercises and facts of the persecution. She said she was looking for something to help her, as she had been feeling depressed and unwell. Practitioners recommended that she read Zhuan Falun, Mr. Li Hongzhi’s main book of Falun Gong teachings. Lisa said she would read it online.

There were Chinese among the visitors as well. After learning the facts about the persecution, some decided to join the movement among Chinese people to withdraw their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

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