Sweden: Introducing Falun Gong at the Malmo Festival

August 19, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) “It is absolutely right to practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. This should not be persecuted,” said an elderly Swedish man while encountering the Falun Dafa booth at the Malmo Festival on August 16, 2015.

The Falun Dafa group had set up a booth to tell people about Falun Dafa, as well the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s brutal persecution of practitioners, including live organ harvesting. Many visitors learned signed a petition condemning the atrocity. This elderly man came twice to the Falun Dafa booth and expressed outrage over the CCP’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong.

Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden and located in the southern part of the country, next to Copenhagen, Denmark. The one-week festival is an annual event that started in 1985. Visitors of the festival can enjoy the art, music, culture and food of various countries. With 1.4 million visitor every year, it is the largest city festival in Scandinavia.


Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises on stage.


Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises beside their booth.


Passers-by pause to learn about Falun Gong and the persecution in China.


Falun Gong practitioners introduce Falun Gong and the facts of the persecution in China.

Many visitors stopped to learn about Falun Gong and expressed interest in learning the practice during the event. A woman in her 70s tried following along as the practitioners demonstrated the sitting meditation. Unable to sit in the full lotus position, she doubted whether she could learn the practice. The practitioner assured her that anyone can practice the exercises and improve gradually. Relieved, the woman said she would join the next group practice.

Quite a few Chinese tourists who stopped at the booth took a stance against the persecution by renouncing their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations. A Chinese man who goes by the name Henry has lived in Sweden for over 20 years. Hearing that more than 200 million Chinese people have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, he said he knew the nature of the CCP and formally declared his resignation from the Communist Youth League.

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641 Falun Gong Practitioners from Shanghai Sue Jiang Zemin between Late May and Early August

August 22, 2015

(Minghui.org) A total of 641 Falun Gong practitioners from Shangha filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin between May 27 and August 12, 2015.

The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life was shattered, however, when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.

Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, and tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized. Many also saw their families implicated for their belief, while some were also forced to pay huge fines.

The Shanghai practitioners who filed criminal complaints include factory employees, engineers, and teachers.

Below, we profile a few of these practitioners:

Ms. Shao Hongzhen (邵鸿珍), 65, used to work in a factory. She was brutally tortured in prison and detention centers after the persecution started, including being force-fed, beaten, and held in solitary confinement. When she went on a hunger strike in detention in 2006, she was force-fed in the prison hospital. Her arms and legs were tied to the four corners of a bed and a tube was inserted into her stomach.

Ms. Cui Baokun (崔保坤), 73, was a principal engineer before she retired. From 2000 to 2003, she was twice arrested and detained for a total of over 100 days. After she was arrested a third time in September 2004, she was sentenced to three years in prison.

Mr. Wang Bingke (王兵科), 39, a middle school teacher, was arrested four times between 2000 and 2008. He was sentenced to three years of probation following his third arrest in March 2007. When he was arrested again a year later, he was incarcerated until October 2010. His school fired him after his release.

While he was detained and imprisoned, Mr. Wang was deprived of sleep, severely beaten, held in solitary confinement, and forced to sit on a small stool for a long time.

Mr. Fa Zhengping (法正平), 69, was a middle school teacher before he retired. He was given two years of forced-labor twice, in 2001 and in 2005. He was arrested again in December 2008 and was sentenced to three years in prison.

He was tortured in the labor camps and prison. He was force-fed unknown drugs. For a long period of time, he was not given enough food and only allowed to sleep two hours a night. He was once shocked with four electric batons at once. He was dressed in a heavy sweater and down coat on hot summer days and was once tied up for more than 20 days in a row.

Mr. Fa was also tied to a metal fence with seven ropes for a long time.

Due to the torture, Mr. Fa lost almost all his hearing for a short period of time, and he had trouble seeing and remembering things. He passed out and fell down several times while he was being tortured. He was unable to walk or think properly afterwards. He sustained severe bruising after being tied up.

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 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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Business Insider: Chinese Communist Party Controls People’s Minds In and Out of China

August 22, 2015 | By Mingde

(Minghui.org) Many find it difficult to understand why Chinese people have been so heavily brainwashed by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda on issues like Falun Gong. Below are two examples that provide a glimpse into the pressure that the CCP puts on people, both in and out of China.

Bi Fujian is a renowned Chinese TV host and journalist. While attending a private party in April, he made sarcastic remarks about Mao Zedong that brought him a world of trouble. After the short video with him making the comments was made available online, within 48 hours all programs he hosted were taken off the air. The shows he hosted resumed later, but with different hosts.

Although Mao Zedong had died over four decades ago and his Cultural Revolution is considered a catastrophe, the CCP forbids public criticism of him.

In another episode, Jack Murphy, a military writer who served as an Airborne Ranger and Special Forces sergeant, published an article on August 7 in Business Insider ,entitled, “What it’s like to rub shoulders with Chinese student spies.” It’s about a political class he took at Columbia University, in which he was in a small discussion group with one Chinese American and two Chinese students.

Out of curiosity, Murphy asked why Falun Gong was persecuted in China. To his surprise, the question was met with stunned silence initially and the Chinese students later switched to other topics.

When Murphy did some research to figure out why the students refused to answer his question, he was surprised by what he discovered, “As someone who served in American special-operations units and who studies these types of units all over the globe, I tend to think I’m pretty savvy on the topic.” “Of course, you don’t know what you don’t know. As it turns out, there is a whole lot I don’t know, especially when it comes to espionage.”

China has intelligence services, such as the Ministry of State Security (MSS), but they not the same as their equivalents in the West, he wrote in the article. Rather, “China is very good at leveraging their strengths against us, namely by utilizing and mobilizing a nation of over 1 billion people.” “The Chinese are masters at collecting open-source intelligence. They slurp it up, and when they can’t, they steal it — filing it through a unique form of library science that funnels the information to relevant state employees who can make use of it.”

In fact, Chinese students in the West are closely monitored by the Chinese government back home. “The two Chinese students knew that whatever they said in that room would be reported back to the PRC eventually. Neither of them had any idea what the other may or may not say to the MSS or other state security services back home. I, of course, was completely unaware of this.”

Chen Yonglin, a former Chinese diplomat who defected in June 2006, said there were about one thousand Chinese spies in Australia. He presented evidence to show how these special agents collected detailed information about Falun Gong practitioners.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has controlled Chinese people’s minds since it took power more than 60 years ago, and it will continue to do so as long as it exists. More than 212 million Chinese have quit the CCP, but in a country with over one billion people, more withdrawals are needed needed for Chinese to remove the shackles on their minds.

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Category: Opinion & Perspective