Japan: The Art of Zhen Shan Ren – an Unforgettable Experience

April 16, 2014 | By a practitioner in Japan

(Minghui.org) The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition was held in a public hall next to Shizuoka City Hall in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan on March 8-13, 2014. Zhen Shan Ren translates as Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the main principles of Falun Gong.

The 36 artworks presented in the exhibition showcase the beauty of Falun Gong and also depicts the plight of practitioners amidst the ongoing persecution in China.


Visitors viewing the paintings

Of the many people who came to see the exhibition, some made special trips to see the show several days in a row to fully appreciate the message of the paintings.

Two paintings “My Son” and “An Orphan’s Sorrow,” in particular, touched people’s hearts.

The depictions of the grieving and hopeless eyes of a broken mother who just lost her beloved son as a result of the persecution, and the helpless gaze of a young girl whose parents were killed, clearly and effectively conveyed the brutal and shocking message of the crimes committed in the persecution. These two paintings brought tears to visitors’ eyes.

Many people found it unbelievable and hard to comprehend that the Chinese Communist Party persecutes and tortures such peaceful people.

An elderly man carefully viewed all the paintings and said that he had never heard about Falun Gong or the persecution that is happening in China. He said he felt fortunate to be able to come to see the exhibition and now understands the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party.

“I thank the artists for using this realistic art form to vividly and exquisitely display the contrast between good and evil in the world.” He added, “These outstanding pieces cannot be measured by their artistic value alone; they have become the most unforgettable memory in my life.”

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Category: Art & Photo Exhibits

Ten Falun Gong Practitioners in Weifang City, Shandong Province Illegally Arrested

(Minghui.org) On April 4, policemen from Xiazhuangzhen and Jiangzhuangzhen Police Stations and Gaomi City Domestic Security Division arrested ten Falun Gong practitioners, including two from Qingdao and eight from Gaomi City. The arrests were carried out under the direction of Weifang City Domestic Security Division. The arrested practitioners were:

• Zhang Menglei (张孟雷) from Qingdao
• Chen Guangxia (陈广霞) from Qingdao
• Qin Songfa (秦松发) from Gaomi, as well as well as the rest of the list
• Xu Xiuzhen (徐秀珍)
• Shan Yicheng (单亦成)
• Jing Xiuling (荆秀玲)
• Xu Li (徐丽)
• Du Qihai (杜启海)
• Liu Wenming (刘文明)
• Wang Zhili (王致利) The police had tapped into practitioners’ phone calls, and arrested them when practitioners from Qingdao brought Falun Gong materials to those in Gaomi City.
Shan Yicheng

On April 4, Shan Yicheng (also known as Shan Yucheng) was arrested when he was working at a construction site on Changfeng Street in Gaomi. At 5 pm, policemen ransacked his apartment, and took away his computer, television, DVD player, and satellite dish.

Shan Yicheng is now being held in the Maomi City Detention Center, leaving his wife and step son without a source of financial support.

Qin Songfa, Xu Xiuzhen, and Xu Li

On the afternoon of April 4, a dozen policemen broke into Qin Songfa’s house and arrested Qin, his wife Xu Xiuzhen, and his niece Xu Li. They also took away Qin’s mentally ill daughter, who does not practice Falun Gong.

Policemen ransacked Qin’s house, made a big mess, and took away more than ten Falun Gong books, two MP3 players, a radio, and two cell phones.

Later, policemen went to Xu Li’s house, broke doors and windows, and searched the house.

Mr. Qin’s daughter was released on April 5th. However, she was traumatized and her mental state has been unstable. Since Qin and his wife Xu are jailed, her sister, who has a four-month-old baby, has to travel dozens of miles each day to look after her.

Wang Zhili

Wang Zhili, a practitioner from Lixian Village, Jiangzhuangzhen Town, was arrested by policemen who were waiting for him at his house. The police officers pushed him to the ground and took his key to the house. They searched the house, and took away 9,250 yuan RMB in cash ($1487 US dollars).

Wang was disabled by an explosion at work ten years ago. His head and legs were badly injured. Practicing Falun Gong restored some muscular and nerve function. His parents passed away two years ago, so he lives alone. He is able to take care of himself now, although he still cannot talk or walk very well.

Wang Zhili was held in Jiangzhuangzhen Police Station for the evening, and released the following day.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

The CCP Version of “Burn It All, Kill Them All, Loot It All”

April 17, 2014 | By Cheng Yu

(Minghui.org) During the World War II, Japanese invaders implemented a policy of “burn it all, kill them all, loot it all” in China. The policy is well known to Chinese as San’guang (“three things completely gone”). The nationwide persecution of Falun Gong employed a similar mantra: “Ruin their reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically.”

All kinds of torture were used on Falun Gong practitioners, attempting to force them to give up their belief. One of them was a different kind of San’guang : pulling out the beard, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Sometimes that also included pubic hair.

Dr. Shao Chengluo, an elderly Chinese medicine doctor from Liuting Street in Zhao Village in the Chengyang District of Qingdao City, Shandong Province, is well respected for his kindness and superb medical skills. For practicing Falun Gong, Dr. Shao was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was subjected to 150 kinds of torture in Shandong Prison.

Qi Dongxing, an inmate convicted of murder, ordered inmate Xue Aisheng to sit on Dr. Shao and ordered several others to pull out Dr. Shao’s hair. They ended up pulling out all of his whiskers, eyebrows, and eyelashes and a third of the hair on his head. One of them yelled, “The Chinese Communist Party also has a Sanguang policy! We are giving you a taste of it!”

Similar torture was carried out in other prisons, although it was given no particular label. For example, Mr. Liu Xifeng, a Falun Gong practitioner and middle school teacher in Shenzhen, was interrogated by police officers on April 10, 2002.

One officer slapped Mr. Liu in the face repeatedly, and then wrapped his head up with sticky tape, leaving only a little slit so that he could breathe. They ordered Mr. Liu to answer their questions. When he refused, they yanked off some of the tape, which pulled off Mr. Liu’s hair, eyebrows and whiskers by the roots. It was very painful. They repeatedly wrapped his head with sticky tape and tore it off.

Pulling someone’s hair out is not only a brutal physical torture, but also a form of humiliation.

In Shandong Prison, inmates pulled out Dr. Shao Chenluo’s whiskers and his pubic hair.

Mr. Tang Xuexian in Lanshan County, Hunan Province, has been arrested seven times and sentenced to five years in prison for practicing Falun Gong.

Peng Chunsheng and Wu Hongwei, both guards in Wangling Prison in You County, had Yuan Yang, a big inmate, drink a lot of alcohol and ordered him to torture Mr. Tang at night. Yuan assaulted Mr. Tang in bed and tortured him for two hours.

He got on top of Mr. Tang and leaned his elbow on his chest, making it painful and difficult for Mr. Tang to breathe. He pulled off Mr. Tang’s underwear, pressed his knees against Mr. Tang’s thighs, and pinched and pulled Tang’s penis. Then he pulled out all of Mr. Tang’s pubic hair and forced them into Mr. Tang’s mouth.

Mr. Yun Fuqi, a Falun Gong in Fangzheng County, Heilongjiang Province, was taken to the First Detention Center of Fangzheng County in May 2008. Inmates kicked Mr. Yun to the floor in front of the jailers. One of them pulled off Mr. Yun’s underwear. They pulled out his pubic hair and armpit hair, and forced him to swallow it.

Mr. Zhang Qingshu, a Falun Gong practitioner in Shiba Village, Hesheng Township, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was held in Xinhua Forced Labor Camp in Mianyang. He was forced to sit straight and still with his hands on his knees for extended periods of time. Inmates pulled out his whiskers, armpit hair, and pubic hair, and stuck them on the the backs of his hands. They also pounded Mr. Zhang’s fingers with metal rods.

Female Falun Gong practitioners were also tortured like this. For example, Ms. Ren Ping from Langfang City, Hebei Province, was held in Kaiping Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Tangshan for 13 months. Guards Yan Hongli, Wang Yuhua, Jia Fengwei, and Liu Xiujuan broke into Ms. Ren’s cell and beat her until her nose bled. They pulled out a lot of her hair. Head guard Yan Hongli ordered other guards to strip Ms. Ren naked and ordered inmate Chen Yanru to pull out all of Ms. Ren’s pubic hair.

Chinese Tourists in Europe: Quitting the CCP First on Their “To-Do” Lists

April 15, 2014 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Europe

(Minghui.org) “Are you able to help me quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?” “Please help my entire family quit.” “Folks, come on over! We can quit the Party here!” Falun Gong practitioners who clarifying the truth at major attraction sites in Western Europe are hearing such remarks from tourists from China more frequently.

Some have expressed relief at quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations: “Phew, this was the first item on my ‘to do’ list. Now I can relax and just go sightseeing!”

Chinese tourist traffic to Western Europe has been increasing since the end of 2010. As more and more of them understand the facts about Falun Gong, they are more likely to engage in discussions with practitioners. More are actively seeking practitioners’ help to quit the CCP.

Beijing Students: Now I Know the Truth about the Self-Immolation

The University of Cambridge, especially King’s College, attracts many tourists, including a large number of students. One day, Ms. Feng, a practitioner volunteer, met a group of students from Beijing.

After telling them about the brutal history of the CCP, Ms. Feng asked them if they would like to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The students said, “It is true that we hate the CCP, but why did those Falun Gong practitioners burn themselves at Tiananmen Square?”

Ms. Feng acknowledged that it was a very good question and said, “If you look at the history of the CCP, you will know what the Party does to suppress individuals or groups that it does not like: overwhelming, defamatory propaganda. This happened to former CCP leader Liu Shaoqi during the Cultural Revolution. Similarly, when the CCP decided to crack down on Falun Gong, it made up lots of lies to justify the persecution. The staged Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation was one of them. Those people were not practitioners. You can view the movie False Fire and see the many discrepancies.”

The students were very thankful: “We are so happy to meet you here today. Now we know that the self-immolation was a lie.” They registered their names to quit the CCP.

Impressed by Western Practitioners

Frankfurt, Germany, has one of the busiest airports in Europe and hosts many trade fairs and events every year. Practitioners set up a table next to St. Paul’s Church to meet Chinese tourists out shopping and dining.

A number of German practitioners help at the site. They usually greet Chinese tourists in Chinese: “Germany welcomes you” or “Please take this Chinese newspaper. It is free!”

Chinese tourists are pleasantly surprised and excited to hear more. German practitioners usually ask them, “Have you quit the Party?” If they say “no,” practitioners will then ask in Chinese, “Why not?”

By the time a Chinese practitioner follows up and gives further facts, the Chinese tourists are much more open to quitting the CCP.

One tourist, an elderly gentleman, was at first unwilling to accept any informational materials. After observing the practitioners for a while, he came up and spoke to a Chinese practitioner: “I saw how the German practitioners were very sincere [when distributing materials and talking to people]. They must sincerely believe Falun Gong is good. That helps me understand why it is important to quit the CCP.” He then asked the practitioner to help him quit the CCP.

Five Stubborn College Students Change

Once there were five Chinese college student tourists. Considering themselves very knowledgeable, they did not listen to the volunteers, accept materials, or quit the CCP.

One practitioner asked them, “Did you know that one and a half million square kilometers of Chinese land was given away?” The students were surprised, “Really? When did this happen?” One of them said, “I read something like that before, but can’t remember the details.”

The practitioner then told them how Jiang Zimin, the former Chinese leader, gave away the land to other nations through numerous treaties. The students were very upset. One of them said, “No wonder so many people dislike Jiang—he has done so many bad deeds.”

From the persecution of Falun Gong to the harvesting of organs from living practitioners, the practitioner told them more things that they did not know. He said, “I know you are all clear thinkers, so consider this, if someone makes money by harvesting organs from living, innocent people, will heaven allow it?”

The students were convinced. They thanked the practitioner and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

Tourists Share the Facts with Each Other

Once in Lucerne, Switzerland, as practitioners were giving brochures to Chinese tourists, one of the tourists waved them away. He said, “No, I do not believe what these brochures say.” Another tourist said to him, “If you don’t, you are hopeless. I often come overseas and have never found any incorrect information in them. It is the news media inside China that misleads and deceives people.” He then thanked the practitioners for their hard work.

The first tourist then accepted a brochure and began to read it.

Thank You for Telling Us This

One day practitioner Ms. Chen told two tourists about quitting the CCP. The younger one said he had stopped paying Youth League dues a long time ago. The elderly one said he had not paid his CCP membership dues for quite a while. According to policy, they said, they were no longer part of the CCP anymore.

The practitioner explained to them that everyone swore to devote his or her life to the CCP when he or she joined the Youth League or the Party That meant that simply not paying dues wouldn’t really nullify one’s association with it. Instead, one has to formally declare his or her desire to quit the CCP organizations.

The two tourists appreciated her explanation and said, “Thank you for telling us.” They said they knew the CCP was bad, but thought it had nothing to do with them. They now knew what to do.

China’s Notorious Brainwashing Centers (Photos)

April 16, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brainwashing facilities are often referred to as “Law Enhancement Centers” or “Law Education Schools.” They operate as extrajudicial prisons and are used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, dissidents, and anyone local officials deem a threat.

The following are a few personal accounts of Falun Gong practitioners who were tortured in various brainwashing centers.

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Ms. Shi Jing

Ms. Shi Jing Tortured at the Jiansanjiang City Brainwashing Center

Ms. Shi Jing is an employee of the Daqing Power Group’s Longnan Company. Several staff members, in collusion with local 610 Officeagents, took her into custody on her way to work on July 16, 2013.

For years, Ms. Jing has been her mother’s sole caregiver, thus after Ms. Jing’s sudden disappearance, her mother, who is in her 80s, worried day and night. Only after a week of frantic phone calls and visiting governmental agencies, did her family find out that Ms. Jing had been taken to the Jiansanjiang City Brainwashing Center in Qinglongshan Province. Ms. Jing’s company falsely claimed they knew nothing about her whereabouts.

Whenever the head of the brainwashing center, Fang Yuechun, saw Ms. Jing in the cross-legged meditation position, he dragged her from the bed to the floor, and then started beating her.

To protest this unwarranted treatment, Ms. Jing went on a hunger strike. Three days later, several young thugs from the center forced her to sign a paper saying that she would stop practicing Falun Gong. After signing, Ms. Jing ripped the paper in half. This infuriated the thugs who then began to brutally beat her. They also subjected her to the “stretching torture.” They taped her mouth and neck, handcuffed each hand to a separate heavy leather chair, and then pulled the chairs apart stretching her arms in a straight line.

Minutes later, Ms. Jing’s arms began to swell and both palms started to turn blue due to the lack of blood circulation. When she began to scream in pain, the thugs violently beat her, then tightly wrapped another layer of tape around her mouth, nearly suffocating her.

Ms. Jing was again subjected to the stretching torture on July 27. This time, she was forced to sit on the floor while being handcuffed to two separate beds with her arms stretched straight. Fang threatened and insulted the thugs, telling them that he wanted her body stretched even further.

At some point, the torturers decided to swap the two beds for two leather chairs. They also forced her to squat down for an additional 10 hours with her arms stretched apart in a straight line. She was unable to stand or sit the entire time.

Mr. Wang Kui Handcuffed to a Radiator Pipe for Three Days

Mr. Wang Kui is an employee at the Downhole Service Company’s Integrated Liquid Mixing Plant in the Daqing Oilfield. One day, he was taken to a room in the plant where he was handcuffed to a radiator pipe for 72 hours.

When he was finally released, he was unable to stand straight or squat. Those involved in this crime include: Wei YuKuo, the secretary general of the CCP Committee at the Downhole Service Company, along with Fan Yi, Party secretary general of the affiliated Integrated Liquid Mixing Plant, Yang Xiao Feng, the captain of the Front Line Team One, and Ma Yao Qiang, the local 610 Office director and his deputy director, Liu Jie.

Mr. Li Ye Quan, a technical engineer at the Daqing Perforating Charge Plant, was taken to a brainwashing center on August 16, 2011 by Han Deping, the Party secretary general of the Daqing Oilfield Equipment Manufacturing Group, along with local 610 Office agents, and several others. Mr. Quan was also subjected to the stretching torture and sustained deep cut to his wrists. As soon as they let him down the following day, he fainted.

Ms. Cong Li Xia’s Armpits Pricked With Large Sewing Needles

Ms. Cong Li Xia from the Da Qing district was taken to the 721 Brainwashing Center on July 16, 2012. Staff members used large sewing needles to prick her armpits and subjected her to other forms of torture, including being handcuffed behind her back.

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Torture reenactment: Handcuffed from behind

Ms. Zhang Shuyun, from the Daqing Oilfield No. 9 Plant, was taken into custody by six thugs on August 30, 2012 as she stepped off a public bus. She was later taken to the Daqing City’s 721 Brainwashing Center where these same six people pricked her armpits with long needles and repeatedly beat her throughout the night. The next morning, her armpits were severely swollen. She became incontinent and was unable to stand up.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Five Falun Dafa Practitioners Illegally Tried in Court

April 16, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hubei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners Hu Zongzhi, Qiu Min, Liu Danmei, Liu Yanping and Xie Houmei were illegally tried in Xiling District Court in Yichang City, Hubei Province on February 19, 2014. The Chinese Communist Party officials are trying to extend their detention.

Monitored and Arrested

The Yichang police conducted a city-wide monitoring and the arbitrary arrests of Falun Dafa practitioners from September to December 2013.

Practitioners Hu Zongzhi and Qiu Min are both teachers at Sanxia University in Yichang City. Officers from the Domestic Security Division of Xiling Police Department and the security personnel of Sanxia University cut off the electricity, pried open the locks to their homes, and illegally arrested the practitioners on October 23, 2013. Their homes were also ransacked. They were being held at the Yichang No. 1 Detention Center.

Police chief Zhou Xiangdong and deputy chief Qiu Shilong led officers from the Domestic Security Division of Pinghu Police Department to arrest Ms. Xie Houmei on October 23, 2013. Ms. Xie’s home was also ransacked. Ms. Xie has retired from working in the Management Division of Gezhouba Base Administration Office. She was held for 67 days at the Yichang No. 1 Detention Center.

Mr. Wang Danfeng was arrested on the morning of November 15, 2013, by Zhou Xiangdong and Qiu Shilong. They tricked his wife into opening the door by claiming they were plumbers and needed to repair their leaking water pipes. When she opened the door, they rushed in and arrested Mr. Wang.

The Community Management Committee later told Mr. Wang’s wife, “Zhou Xiangdong told us your family practices Falun Dafa and organizes Falun Dafa activities under the disguise of doing business. We have been informed to monitor you.”

Zhou Xiangdong also instructed the police to harass and monitor Mr. Wang’s wife at the drugstore she owns. Other small business owners near the drugstore have also received similar instructions from Zhou.

Those Who Participated in the Arrests

The Domestic Security Divisions of Xiling Police Department; the Wujia Police Department and the Pinghu Police Department of Gezhouba City; the Yunji Police Station; the Yaowan Police Station; the Gulou Street Police Station; the Xiba Gezhouba Police Station; the Qiaohu Street Police Station; the Yemingzhu Police Station; the Zhenping Street Police Station; and the Dagong Bridge Police Station were all involved in the arrests.

Parties involved in the persecution:

Ye Bin: 86-13886724666 (Cell), 86-717-6352300 (Office)
Domestic Security Divisions of Xiling Police Department: 86-717-6751291, 86-717-6773007, 86-717-6752819, 86-717-6772929

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Romania: Residents Learn about Falun Gong in Cluj-Napoca

April 13, 2014 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Romania

(Minghui.org) On April 4-6, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners in Romania held a three-day event in the Iulius shopping mall in Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania.

The practitioners introduced Falun Gong and its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They also exposed the brutal persecution of Falun Gong taking place in China. The infringement of basic human rights in China caught the attention of many passersby.


Residents in Cluj-Napoca, Romania sign a petition condemning the persecution of Falun Gong.

Cluj-Napoca is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial, and business centers in northwestern Romania. Kind-hearted residents were shocked upon hearing about the brutality of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. Many expressed their sympathy for the innocent Falun Gong practitioners and signed the petition condemning the persecution.

Background

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, has been embraced and practiced by more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries throughout the world since its first introduction to the public in 1992. It was introduced to Romania in 1998, when the first exercise instruction class was held.

The main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun was translated into Romanian, and the Romania Falun Dafa Association was established in 2003.

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Category: Other Community Events