Over 120,000 People File Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin – The Public Will Cannot Be Ignored

August 02, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent

(Minghui.org) Over 120,000 people filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party, between the end of May and July 30, 2015. They urge the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court to bring Jiang to justice for his abuses of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The complaints charge Jiang with unlawful imprisonment, depriving citizens of their constitutional right to freedom of belief, abuse of power, and many other crimes. Jiang initiated the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, and created the 610 Office, giving it the power to override the police and judicial system to carry out his directive.

Over the past 16 years, deaths of more than 3,800 Falun Gong practitioners due to torture have been confirmed. The actual toll is likely higher, because such information is tightly censored in China.

In total, copies of 99,155 complaints from 120,125 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members were submitted to the Minghui website from the end of May to July 30.

Copies of 14,329 complaints from 16,535 people were submitted to the Minghui website in the past week, between July 24 and 30.

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Lawsuits against Jiang Zemin have grown significantly since the end of May 2015.

The complaints come from 22 provinces, 4 municipalities, 5 autonomous regions, and Hong Kong, China, and 25 other countries, including the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Indonesia.

Some of the complaints have been withheld by agents of the Ministry of State Security in Beijing since July 1, 2015. The 610 Office and the Domestic Security Division in Nanyang, Henan Province; Changchun, Jilin Province; Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province; and Heilongjiang Province have also intercepted the lawsuits.

When some practitioners called the Supreme People’s Procuratorate to ask if their mailed complaints had been received, they were told, “Your local police station intercepts such letters.” But the Procuratorate staff then suggested, “Report them,” and provided a hotline number for reporting illegal interception of mail.

Of the 99,155 complaints, 52,272 were confirmed delivered with a signature or by post offices. The rate of complaints received with a signature is 53%.

Of the 69,114 complaints filed in July, 30,447 (44%) were signed received with a signature.

Harassment and Arrests of Plaintiffs

The 610 Office and Domestic Security Division officers in some areas recently harassed and arrested Falun Gong practitioners who filed complaints against Jiang. The situation in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, is the worst. Dozens of practitioners were arrested in Shuangcheng, Acheng, and Bin County, Harbin. After they were released, another batch was arrested.

Officers with the Sandaogang Township Police Substation in Yilan, Harbin arrested practitioner Ms. Zhao Shuyan on July 10. Officers tried to intimidate her into dropping her criminal complaint and renouncing Falun Gong. She refused to comply and was detained in Harbin Detention Center. More than 20 practitioners were detained two days later for the same reason.

Finding Out about the Persecution

The massive wave of lawsuits against Jiang has focused the public’s attention on the persecution of Falun Gong and the brutality of the perpetrators. As a result, the authorities involved in the persecution in many areas are becoming less aggressive.

Police and officials in some areas recently made phone calls or visited practitioners about their lawsuits. Some listened to practitioners’ explanations, said they would learn more about Falun Gong, and even chose to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations.

610 Office agents visited the families of local Falun Gong practitioners who were imprisoned in early July. “My husband practiced Falun Gong for better health, because he had been sick,” said the wife of one practitioner. “He got well and spread the news. But you sentenced him to prison! Falun Gong teaches people to improve their morality. What is wrong with you?”

The officials left soon after hearing her what she had to say. One said, “Actually, we know the Party is no good!”

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Assistant Principal Sues Jiang Zemin for Brutal Beatings, Torture, and Financial Losses

August 02, 2015

(Minghui.org) Mr. Geng Xiujie was an assistant principal at Pingdu No. 2 Occupational High School in Pingdu, Shandong Province before the persecution of Falun Gong started. He is suing Jiang Zemin for initiating the suppression campaign, brought him tremendous suffering. He mailed his criminal complaint on July 13.

For practicing Falun Gong, Mr. Geng was detained and brutally beaten, deprived of sleep, malnourished, and subjected to other abuses in police custody.

He was also devastated financially. His school deducted four of his monthly paychecks from October 2000, and for the next twelve years he was paid only 300 yuan per month until 2012. Even so, his salary is much lower than those of others with similar credentials.

Vicious Beating by Police

One day in the middle of November 2000, police from the Landi Township Police Station illegally arrested Mr. Geng. They beat him in an attempt to find out information about other Falun Gong practitioners. The head of the police station punched his jaw so hard that his teeth came loose.

He was tied to a metal chair for four days and four nights. The police slapped his face and punched him in the head repeatedly until he bled from his eyes.

“On the fourth day, they took me to the Pingdu Police Department. Four police officers encircled me and shouted at me. When I refused to give them the information they wanted, they started beating me brutally. I passed out within five minutes. When I came to, my whole body twitched in pain, and my eyes were so swollen that I could hardly see,” Mr. Geng recounted in his complaint.

Sleep Deprivation, Starvation and Maltreatment

Mr. Geng was kept in a detention center for ten days. Then, he was taken to the fourth floor of the police department.

He was cuffed, shackled, and forced to sit on the concrete floor. He was not allowed to sleep and was given only one steamed cornmeal bun each day for food. Five policemen took turns torturing him.

“I felt very cold, hungry and extremely exhausted. When I would move my body the slightest bit, the police would abuse me,” Mr. Geng said in his complaint.

On the fifth day, policeman Yu Bin dragged Mr. Geng to the northern part of the building.

“He cuffed me to an unheated radiator in a way where I could neither stand up nor squat down. The window had no window pane and the cold wind cut through my body like a knife. I felt extremely miserable,” Mr. Geng recounted.

“As if I were not suffering enough, Yu Bin punched me in the head until I passed out. I was carried back to the detention center before I regained consciousness,” said Mr. Geng.

He was kept in the detention center for a whole month before his school picked him up and locked him in a small room. There was no heat in the room, and it was extremely cold in the winter. They only unlocked the door when Mr. Geng’s wife brought him food.

He was not allowed to go home until January 23, 2001.

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 in the past 16 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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First Half of 2015: 38 Falun Gong Practitioners Die as Result of Persecution

August 02, 2015

(Minghui.org) “They used electric batons to shock me from head to toe, everywhere they could. Sometimes it was two batons at the same time, sometimes more. Apart from the time when they ate and when the batons needed to be recharged, it was non-stop for three days and nights,” said Mr. Guo Chunzhan as he described his experience in Shenyang No. 1 Prison.

But that was not the end of it. The next day, the police filled plastic bottles with boiling hot water and pressed them against Guo’s bare back and buttocks. When one bottle cooled, it was replaced with another hot one. When they were done, his back was completed scorched.

For the next two months, Mr. Guo had to lay on his stomach. He could hardly move, but that did not stop police from tormenting him more. “They instructed inmates to scrape off the scabs using screwdrivers. They called it ‘performing surgery,’” Mr. Guo said. “The pain was excruciating. It was worse than being dead.”

Mr. Guo Chunzhan was arrested in 2009 for practicing Falun Gong and illegally sentenced to four years in prison. When he left prison in 2013, a large area on his back had necrosis, a non-reversible condition of dead skin tissue. He also had many internal injuries from being tortured at the prison. On April 30, 2015, Mr. Guo passed away.

Mr. Guo Among 38 Confirmed Deaths Thus Far in 2015

Mr. Guo is one of the 38 reported deaths of Falun Gong practitioners between January and June 2015. These cases are distributed across 17 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly controlled by the central government. Ranked by the number of death cases, Liaoning Province is first with 7 deaths, followed by Jilin Province (6 deaths) and the Chongqing municipality (4 deaths). Twenty-two of the 38 practitioners were female.

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Figure 1. Map of practitioner deaths resulting from the persecution during the first half of 2015.

Some of these practitioners died serving illegal prison terms, while others died at home, unable to recover from injuries sustained or illnesses contracted from abuses they suffered in custody.

In addition, during the first half of 2015, we also confirmed 23 previously unreported deaths that took place between 2001 and 2014.

Synopsis of Four More Death Cases

Like Mr. Gao, many other practitioners went through similar ordeals because they refused to give up their belief in Falun Gong. They were healthy thanks to their practice of Falun Gong, but arrest and detention caused them irreversible mental or physical damage, which eventually led to their unnatural deaths. Below we highlight four more such cases.

Mr. Zou Yunzhu, a vegetable farmer from Guang’an City, Sichuan Province, suddenly died on May 11 while serving a three-and-a-half-year term. Without conducting an autopsy, Jiazhou Prison claimed that Mr. Zou died of a heart attack, even though Mr. Zou had no history of heart problems.

Ms. Yang Suoling, an official at Anshan Blower Factory in Liaoning Province, spent 3 years in a forced labor camp and 7 years in prison. When she was released from prison in August 2014, she was paralyzed from the waist down. Despite her deteriorating condition and advanced age, a judicial officer would not stop harassing her: he called her every week, threatening and demanding that her children prevent her from contacting other Falun Gong practitioners. Ms. Yang passed away on April 22, 2015, at the age of 78.

Ms. Chu Lianrong from Fengning Manchu Autonomous County was arrested on December 2014 for hanging banners to raise public awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong. When her brother took her home three months later, she was emaciated, could not lift her head, and had several injuries on her face. She could not eat, drink, talk, or open her eyes. Her body tensed when she was touched. She did not respond to her family, as if she could not hear anything. She passed away on April 12, 2015, 19 days after release, at the age of 50.

Ms. Lin Fenglian, a retired teacher from Jilin Province, suffered a stroke when police surrounded her after she posted information about the persecution of Falun Gong at a residential building in 2012. After that, she had difficulty caring for herself. Ms. Lin passed away on April 25, 2015.

Photos of 8 Deceased Practitioners

The following photos show Ms. Chu Lianrong, mentioned above, and 7 other practitioners about whom we have brief information (see photo caption).

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Top row, from left to right: Ms. Chu Lianrong spent 10 years in prison cumulatively, and passed away in April; Ms. Liu Yulan and another family member died as result of the persecution; Ms. Zhu Yulan died in prison; and Mr. Zhang Xianlong, a teacher.

Bottom row, from left to right: Mr. Zhang Jinzhong was viciously beaten by inmates and suffered a mental collapse; Ms. Liu Zhimei, a student, was sentenced 12 years in Shandong Women’s Prison, injected with unknown drugs, and became psychotic; Ms. Li Xiuxue was injected with unknown drugs at Heilongjiang Women’s Prison, became psychotic, and died of organ failure; and Mr. Wang Lizhang, an engineer.

Full List of the 38 Victims

Liaoning Province (7)

Ms. Li Yuping
Ms. Yang Suolin
Ms. Xie Zhaoqi
Mr. Guo Chunzhan
Ms. Zhu Yulan
Mr. Yun Zhenqun
A female practitioner from Wafangdian City

Jilin Province (6)

Ms. Lin Fenglian
Mr. Jin Changzhu
Ms. Wang Yan
Mr. Wang Zhanshen
Mr. Zhi Yaocai
Mr. Liu Jiang

Chongqing (4)

Mr. Dong Shaotai
Ms. Tan Wenming
Ms. Zheng ingyun
Ms. Qi Songling

Tianjin (3)

Ms. Zhang Jinzhong
Ms. Wang Huizhen
Ms. Liu Yuanjie

Hebei Province (3)

Ms. Chu Lianrong
Mr. Wang Jiufu
Mr. Li Shunli

Shandong Province (2)

Ms. Liu Zhimei
Ms. Yao Bingfang

Sichuan Province (2)

Mr. Zou Yunzhu
Mr. Tan Degang

Jiangxi Province (2)

Ms. Peng Jumei
Mr. Zhou Chuming

Beijing

Ms. Zhang Xiuxia

Heilongjiang

Ms. Liu Yulan

Henan Province

Mr. Shi Hongxin

Jiangsu Province

Mr. Jiang Danan

Fujian Province

Ms. Zhou Lianying

Hubei Province

Ms. Yu Zaorong

Hunan Province

Mr. Deng Changgeng

Guizhou Province

Ms. Huang Guixian

Xinjiang Autonomous Region

Ms. Bai Yun

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Retiree from Sichuan Describes Being Tortured

August 02, 2015

(Minghui.org) Mr. Wang Huaifu, 68, is a retiree of the Weicheng Grain Supply Center in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province. He was arrested last month and brutally tortured during his detention.

This was his fifth arrest in the past decade, only three months after his last release. After his third arrest in June of 2011, he was imprisoned for three years and tortured.

Mr. Wang recounts his ordeal:

Illegal Arrest

Seven police officers broke into my home on June 25. They ransacked it and arrested me. The officers were from the Chengnan Police Department, the Songya Police Station, and the Tangxun Polcie Station. Chen Wei, Sun Yuran and Li Sitai were two of them.

I was taken to the Mianyang City Detention Center that day and detained for 15 days.

My family tried to find out where I was, but the police refused to tell them. They had to visit a couple of detention places before finally locating me.

Brutal Torture

The day after I arrived at the detention center, guard Liu Bo took me to his office for the check-in process. I told him about Falun Gong. Cai Fan, another guard in the office, began to curse the founder of Falun Gong after I began to speak. When I tried to stop him, he pushed me down.

He handcuffed my left hand behind my back and tightened the cuffs as far as they would go. It was excrutiating. Then he did the same to my right hand. I was in so much pain that I was unable to get up. He grabbed my arms and pushed my back with his knee to get me up. I heard my spine crack and felt a sharp pain. I had to stay in a half-squatting, half-kneeling position.

After they took the handcuffs off ten minutes later, my hands were swollen like loaves of bread. I had to hold onto things to move around and had a hard time taking care of myself.

I decided to report this incident to the director of the detention center on July 3. But the guards on duty–Zhang Yongwu, Liu Bo and Cai Fan–kept me from meeting him.

Emergency Treatment

On the 14th day, I was in severe pain again. I was unable to relieve myself at night. My abdomen was bulging by morning. It was so painful that I asked the guards on-duty for help several times. Two guards took me to a hospital at around 6:30 a.m. The doctor had to use a urinary catheter to relieve me.

The police brought my wife to the hospital to pay the treatment fee. Then I was released the same day, July 10.

I went home with the catheter. My hands and arms still hurt. I am still having difficulties moving around and taking care of myself.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution