St. Petersburg, Russia: Getting to Know Falun Gong at Family Festival

August 17, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in St. Petersburg, Russia

( The 300th Anniversary Park in St. Petersburg, Russia welcomed thousands of visitors from different areas in Russia for the Family Festival on August 8. The event included art crafting, education and entertainment for children. Falun Gong practitioners in St. Petersburg participated by demonstrating group exercises and informing the public about the persecution in China.

Group meditation at the Family Festival on August 8, 2015, at the 300th Anniversary Park in St. Petersburg, Russia





Falun Gong practitioners engage visitors with display boards, group exercise demonstrations, and verbal exchanges.

Some visitors were new to Falun Gong, while some said that they had heard of the practice. A local TV station captured the footage of practitioners’ group exercise demonstration and aired it in the evening news.

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Category: Other Community Events

Former Provincial Deputy Publicity Department Director Files Lawsuit against Jiang Zemin

August 18, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in New Zealand

( Mr. He Sanpu, the former deputy director of the Publicity Department of Henan Province, became a refugee in New Zealand in 2009 to escape the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in his homeland China.

Mr. He Sanpu (second from right) reunited with his family at a New Zealand airport in 2009 after he fled China to avoid the persecution.

He and his family, including his wife Ms. Zhang Hanwen, his daughter Ms. He Yanchen, and his son-in-law Mr. Yang Ziwei, joined the more than 100,000 others who have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin since the end of May 2015.

They jointly signed and mailed their complaint to the People’s Supreme Procuratorate, located in Beijing China, and submitted a copy to the Minghui website.

Committed Crimes Against Humanity

“I don’t hate Jiang Zemin. because I am a Falun Gong practitioner who follows the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” said Ms. Zhang.

She continued, “We are not only suing because of the persecution of this cultivation practice, but also because Jiang committed crimes against humanity.”

Suing Jiang Zemin is important because, “Many Chinese people are unaware of the crimes that were committed while Jiang was head of the Chinese communist regime. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is highly adept in covering up the atrocities it commits. These lawsuits will expose the crimes and let the Chinese people see the CCP’s true nature.”

The family of four sued Jiang for illegal detention, insult, libel, deprivation of freedom of religious belief, burglary, extortion, embezzlement, search without a warrant, torture, and assault.

Family’s Harmonious Life Destroyed

The family’s happy life lasted only four years after they began practicing Falun Gong. Jiang Zemin, then leader of the Chinese Communist Party, started the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999.

Ms. Zhang was detained four times, beaten, fined, and humiliated. She was sentenced to two years of forced labor in 2001, during which time she was tortured and force-fed when she went on a hunger strike.

When released, her colleagues did not recognize the white-haired old woman with many teeth missing and two paralyzed arms.

Mr. He was arrested two times and detained three times. He was sentenced to forced labor, where he was shocked with five electric batons at the same time. Because he persisted in his belief in Falun Gong, his original sentence was extended for three months. Instead of being allowed to return home after his release, he was taken immediately to a brainwashing center.

The couple left their home and went into hiding in 2003. The authorities put their names on a wanted list, which was published in the newspaper Henan Daily.

The couple was arrested in July 2005. Ms. Zhang escaped from detention after two weeks and left for New Zealand the following year.

But Mr. He was not so lucky. He was detained in a brainwashing center for more than two years, and escaped in August 2007. He changed his name and fled the country penniless.

Mr. He reunited with his family in New Zealand in 2009, which now had grown to five people and included his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandchild.

Falun Gong as a Life Saver

Ms. Zhang Hanwen was the first family member to practice Falun Gong. She used to be on the medical staff at Zhengzhou University. She was diagnosed with several serious illnesses at age 36, including inflammation of the esophagus and erosion of the coronary arteries, among others.

When she was at the end of her rope, a colleague introduced Ms. Zhang to Falun Gong, and she wanted to give it a try.

After she watched the founder, Master Li Hongzhi’s first of a series of Falun Gong seminar videos, she regained some strength and could walk home by herself. She could sleep again after she watched the series of nine videos, and she regained her health after a few weeks of practicing the Falun Gong exercises.

Witnessing the incredible change in Ms. Zhang, her husband and daughter also started practicing Falun Gong.

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 during 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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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Changing Views Toward Jiang Zemin Spread Through China

August 18, 2015

( A practitioner told me that local police were planning to search my home a couple of days ago. So I immediately called a close friend and asked if I could move some materials and my printer to her house. She agreed, and shortly afterward, she and her husband arrived in their car.

I decided to go to their house to help move my things. On the way over there, I told her, “We filed a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin.” She immediately said, “Wow, you are doing the right thing. We have all hoped for this day for a long time.”

My friend has had a positive attitude about Falun Gong for several years. She was supportive of my practicing after the communist regime began to persecute Falun Gong. This has brought them good fortune, as their business raising cattle and chickens has always been profitable.

Police Officers Quit their Party Affiliations

I heard a knock on the door when I was chatting with my daughter a few days ago. I thought it was my son, but as soon as I opened the door, two officers came in.

They came and knocked on the door on July 30, 2015, but we did not answer it. This time, I knew they were sent to harass me after I sued Jiang. Without wasting time, I asked if they ever joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Both said they never joined the Party, but that they were members of the Communist Young Pioneers as children.

After I explained about the quitting the CCP movement, they both agreed to quit their memberships in the Young Pioneers. They were very happy. “Thank you so much,” they both said.

I later learned that these two officers had come to another practitioner’s home before, and that the practitioner told them about the persecution and encouraged them to quit the Party. But apparently the officers were not ready to do so at that time. Our conversation must have changed their minds.

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Category: Grassroots Resistance in China