Railway Ticketing System Used to Identify, Arrest Falun Gong Practitioners

August 29, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Guizhou Province

(Minghui.org) The Railway Police in Guizhou Province is using the ticket checking system to identify Falun Gong practitioners, search their belongings, and take them to brainwashing centers or prison.

Since the Chinese communist regime began its suppression of Falun Gong in 1999, practitioners have faced arbitrary arrest, detention, imprisonment, and torture for their beliefs. Ticketing systems have become the latest surveillance tool used by police to capture Falun Gong practitioners as they go about their daily lives.

Mr. Wang Zhixue, 39, was arrested at the Guiyang Railway Station on November 20, 2013, because his ID card showed that he practiced Falun Gong. In February 2015, he was sentenced to nine years in Doyun Prison. His appeal was denied.

In Guiyang City, Mr. Chen Jun and his mother were identified through their IDs at a railway station on July 4, 2015. Police found Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong, and other Falun Gong materials. They arrested Mr. Chen, ransacked his home, and took him to the Lannigou Brainwashing Center. He is still in custody at the time of writing.

These police activities violate Chinese law, including recording citizens’ religious beliefs on an identification card and checking citizens’ personal information through the ticketing system. Searching practitioners’ persons and their belongings based on religious beliefs found from such information is also illegal.

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Indonesia: Exposing the Persecution of Falun Gong at International Endurance Competition

August 28, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Indonesia are using various opportunities to raise public awareness of the 16-year long persecution of Falun Gong in China. The recent international competition, the Ironman 70.3 Bintan, offered such an opportunity.

The event was attended by 800 athletes from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Morocco, and included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bicycle race, and a 13-mile run.

Along the major pathways of the event, practitioners demonstrated the exercises, held banners, passed out informational materials, and collected signatures on petitions that condemn the persecution.


Practitioners explain the recent wave of lawsuits against the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Gong.

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Demonstrating the exercises on the beach.

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Athletes sign petition supporting Falun Gong’s lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

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Falun Gong Practitioner Dies Hours After Arrest in Hengshui

August 28, 2015

(Minghui.org) Fifteen Falun Gong practitioners from Hengshui City, Hebei Province were arrested on August 21, 2015, and one of them died just hours later. At the time of this writing, 13 of the practitioners remain in detention.

Mr. Yuan Shuchen Dies on Same Day of Arrest

Mr. Yuan, 65, suddenly passed away on the day of his arrest, with the police blaming the death on a “heart problem.” His family is working to find out the true cause of his death.

Prior to his arrest, Mr. Yuan had his home ransacked by local police on June 18. The officers confiscated many of his personal belongings, including two laptop computers, two printers, one CD burner, and three paper cutters. They tried to take Mr. Yuan away as well, but were stopped by his family members.

Non-practitioner Wife Seized while Trying to Stop Husband’s Arrest

Close to three dozen agents descended on Mr. Xie Xingguo’s house at around 4:00 a.m. on August 21. They scaled the fence and broke into the home. When Mr. Xie’s wife, who is not a practitioner, tried to stop the officers from taking away her husband, she was also arrested. She was held by police until later that day.

Thirteen Other Arrested Practitioners

In addition to Mr. Yuan and Mr. Xie, 13 other practitioners from Hengshui were also arrested on the same day, including Liu Xiuming, Wen Ping, Liu Yuping, Zhang Jinshan, a practitioner surnamed Feng, Yan Jun, Wei Xiubian, Xiu Yanhua, and five members of the same family (Wang Fulu and his wife Zhang Lanjun, along with their two sons and one daughter-in-law).

Except for Mr. Wang’s daughter-in-law, who was released later on August 21, the rest of the practitioners remain at various local detention centers at the time of this writing.

PLAC Secretary Behind Arrests

According to insiders, Dai Guohua, secretary of Hengshui City Political and Legal Affairs Committee, was the official behind the arrests. He has held many meetings since June to plot surveillance and arrests of local practitioners suspected filing lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. He ordered local post offices to stop processing criminal complaint letters submitted by practitioners, and also directed local counties to set up new brainwashing centers to hold arrested practitioners.

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San Francisco Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Falun Gong Artwork

August 27, 2015

(Minghui.org) The opening ceremony for “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition” was held in the YouCaring Compassion in Action Gallery in downtown San Francisco on August 21. The show will be up for a week.

Because the exhibition hall is in the downtown area, the rental fee is high. But the gallery owner was deeply moved by the artwork and its message and waived the fee.

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Visitors study the paintings.

I Sense the Divine [in the Artwork]

Exhibit visitor Mr. Satnam Nandha, who works at the Federal Reserve Bank, was very impressed by this collection of artwork by Falun Gong practitioners.

“I like all the works. Wonderful. I sense the divine in them,” he told the Minghui correspondent.

Mr. Nandha’s favorite was the painting “Melting into the Fa.”

“The artist must be highly spiritual,” he said. “It reflects peace and manifests the inner world of the artist’s heart.”

The painting shows a mother holding a baby and reading the book Zhuan Falun, the main book of the Falun Gong teachings, under low lamplight.

“If everybody could reach this kind of inner peace, the world would be a wonderful place,” he said.

Mr. Nandha also learned about the persecution of Falun Gong in China from some of the paintings. He said he couldn’t understand why anyone would persecute such peaceful, kind people.

I Admire Their Perseverance

Samantha, a media editor from New York, said the exhibition was not her first encounter with Falun Gong. She said she had learned about the persecution from numerous Falun Gong events in Manhattan.

“I’m glad I got to see this wonderful artwork, which has helped me learn more about Falun Gong,” she said. “I admire their [practitioners] perseverance and strong faith in the face of the persecution. I can sense positive energy from the artwork. The peacefulness, kindness, and dignity of the practitioners is remarkable.”

The exhibition will continue until August 28.

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Visit of Detained Practitioner Results in Arrest and Detention

August 26, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) When three people tried to visit a Falun Gong practitioner at a detention center last month, they were turned away, but then followed and forcibly arrested by the police.

The Falun Gong practitioner, Mr. Li Zhiqiang from Dezhou City, Shandong Province, was recently sentenced to four years in prison after being illegally detained for one year and seven months for his belief.

Mr. Li’s son, nephew, and friend, Ms. Wang Yanzhi, tried to visit him on July 27, 2015. All three were arrested and taken to the Xincheng Police Station, where they were interrogated and mistreated. Ms. Wang was transferred to the Dezhou City Detention Center.

Arrested for Visiting Mr. Li Zhiqiang

When these three went to visit Mr. Li, they were told that he might be transferred to a prison and thus visitation rights were withdrawn. Therefore they caught a late afternoon bus back to the city.

Three plainclothes officers got on that bus at the Xinghelu Station. At the next bus station, the three people got off the bus. The officers followed and suddenly grabbed them. Mr. Li’s son asked that they show their identification. The police refused and instead video-recorded them.

Then, a car arrived with a group of police officers. The three were surrounded by officers who tried to force them into the car. Since the car did not have enough room, the police called a taxi. They resisted the police. The son’s glasses and bag were confiscated.

“My father is imprisoned by the police because of practicing Falun Gong,” he shouted. “Now you want to arrest us just because we visited him. Falun Gong is good.”

People surrounded them, the taxi driver refused to cooperate with the police and drove away. Eventually, the police called another police car, handcuffed the three and pushed them into the vehicle.

The three were taken to the Xincheng Police Station. The police confiscated all their personal belongings and separated them for interrogation.

Interrogated and Mistreated

Mr. Li’s son was taken to the interrogation room, handcuffed to the wall for more than two hours and interrogated for more than three hours.

The nephew was taken to another interrogation room. His hands were tied behind his back and his feet shackled. The interrogation lasted until past midnight. Then he was left in the interrogation room for the night with handcuffs on. His right arm was injured and the handcuffs left a mark on his wrist.

Ms. Wang began to throw up in the police station. She could not talk or even sit still. The police mocked her and said that she pretended to be sick. Then, the police called a doctor who did not treat her. The police turned the air conditioner to very cold and left her like this for the entire night.

A group of officers from the domestic security team and the Xincheng Police Station ransacked Ms. Wang’ home for three hours. They confiscated Falun Gong books and materials, banners and many other personal belongings. They did this in front of Ms. Wang’s mother-in-law and her granddaughter.

The police demanded that Ms. Wang’s daughter come to the police station and interrogated her for over five hours the next morning. They again interrogated Ms. Wang that morning. Ms. Wang’s daughter demanded to see her mother and was finally allowed to see her in the afternoon. The police refused to have her mother treated despite her poor health condition.

The police demanded that Mr. Li’s nephew provide his contact information and he refused. Therefore, they confiscated his cell phone to get his contact information.

The domestic security police released Mr. Li’s son and nephew at 9:00 p.m. However, not until they signed a guarantee statement that promised not to practice Falun Gong and their release forms. They also took blood samples and fingerprinted them.

The police took Ms. Wang to the Dezhou City Detention Center, although her daughter tried to prevent this transfer.

The police issued Ms. Wang’s official detention notice and a general letter claiming that Ms. Wang’s health was fine.

Participants in the persecution of Mr. Li:
Liu Zhong, chief of the Dezhou City Detention Center: +86-534-2187701, +86-13905342103
Yu Songyan, chief and CCP party secretary of the Dezhou City Police Department: +86-534-2292077
Zhang Baozhen, deputy chief of the Dezhou City Police Department and chief of Dezhou City Economic Developing Zone Police Department: +86-13705342656

Jia Zefeng, caption of the Domestic Security Team in the Dezhou City Economic Developing Zone Police Department: +86-15853452299

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Mr. Li Zhiqiang Facing Trial
Mr. Li Zhiqiang and Ms. Shan Xiufang Arrested

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Torture and Rape Survivor Files Complaint Against Jiang Zemin

August 27, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Hebei Province

(Minghui.org) Having suffered unimaginable torture for remaining resolute in her belief in Falun Gong, Ms. Ren Jinping from Langfang City, Hebei Province recently filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, the former head of Chinese Communist Party for launching the persecution campaign against Falun Gong.

To bear witness to the relentless persecution and bring the main perpetrator to justice, Ms. Ren revisits the darkest moments of her life of 10 years ago and recounts the numerous occasions when she was targeted for her belief—nine arrests, illegal detentions, brutal torture, rape by a police officer, forced labor, and sexual abuse.

She also recalls the devastation of losing both parents in a span of five months and the guilt of causing pain and suffering to close family members. Painful as it is, she states, “My ordeal is only the tip of the iceberg of how Falun Gong practitioners in China have suffered in the past 16 years.”

“I only wish to file charges against Jiang,” she clarifies. “Though many public security officials were involved more directly in my persecution, I no longer bear resentment toward them—not even the police officer who raped me. They were all being used and are victims themselves.”

Ms. Ren is charging Jiang with illegal imprisonment, torture, organ harvesting, and genocide. Her complaint was sent on June 26, 2015 and received by the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate the next day.

Following is a summary of what Ms. Ren suffered.

Repeated Arrests

Ms. Ren started practicing Falun Gong in 1995 and soon regained her health. She became energetic and more considerate of others. Her family, friends, and neighbors were amazed by how much she had changed.

When Jiang Zemin launched the persecution against Falun Gong, Ms. Ren made two trips to Beijing between October 1999 and May 2000 to appeal for the right to practice. She was arrested both times, beaten, and fined. After the second arrest, she was sent back to Langfang and tied to a death bed for 45 hours at the city detention center.

Three police officers arrested Ms. Ren in June 2000 for doing Falun Gong exercises in public. They beat her for more than an hour in broad daylight until she lost consciousness, and then took her to the city detention center. She was beaten by director Xing with a shoe, which resulted in severe swelling and loss of hearing.

To escape an attempted arrest in September 2000, Ms. Ren left home to live in Beijing temporarily. During her 19-month stay in Beijing, she was arrested three times for telling people or posting information about the persecution of Falun Gong. Twice she was sent to a detention center, where she was tortured and almost became a victim of organ harvesting. Another time she was raped by a police officer.

We Could Easily Find a Match

Ms. Ren was arrested just a few months after she moved to Beijing in September 2000. While detained at the Chaoyang Detention Center, Ms. Ren was secretly given extensive physical examinations and various tests at the Civil Aviation General Hospital.

“The doctor looked at my results and said, ‘The results look great. We could easily find a match.’ At the time, I had no idea what he meant.”

The guards took her out of her cell after midnight the following day and cuffed her hands behind her and shackled her feet. She was put into the trunk of a car escorted by armed police officers. Curled up in an awkward position in the trunk with her hands cuffed and feet shackled, the pain quickly became unbearable.

After driving for an hour, the car’s engine died. The vehicle was towed back to the Chaoyang Detention Center. Ms. Ren was told not to speak about this.

Years later, she happened to be watching a TV program about state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China. It suddenly dawned on her what could have happened to her. “I still tremble with fear whenever I think of what could have happened that night.”

Raped by a Police Officer

While putting up posters with Dafa information in Beijing in May 2001, Ms. Ren was stopped by a police officer. He tried to grope her while giving her a pat down and when she did not allow it to continue, he beat her with a rubber club until she lost consciousness. He then dragged her to a nearby bridge and raped her.

“I felt a severe pain in my lower body and knew right away what had happened. After the deed was done, he inserted the rubber club into my vagina and sat on top of me. I am not sure how many hours had past before I finally regained consciousness.”

When she saw the officer sitting nearby smoking a cigarette, she shouted for help. He did not appear concerned at all. “Yes, I raped you. I could have killed you and thrown you into the river. We have directives from higher ups to treat Falun Gong however we want.”

In great pain, she managed to get home after he left. She remained in bed, drifting in and out of consciousness for the next few days. She could not move at all. The physical pain eventually passed, but the psychological damage will haunt her for the rest of her life.

The Public Security Hospital

While distributing fliers with Dafa information in October 2001, Ms. Ren was arrested in Beijing. At the Sanjianfang Police Station. she was handcuffed and locked in a metal cage for a day and a night. Later, she was transferred to the Chaoyang Detention Center, where she was detained more than two months.

She was subjected to beatings, made to stand for long periods of time, and her face burned with cigarette butts. Because she refused to write a guarantee statement and renounce her belief, she was confined to a small cell. She was on the verge of death when she was transferred to the Public Security Hospital that December.

The basement of the Public Security Hospital was used to detain Falun Gong practitioners from all over the country. Most were brought there after being tortured to the verge of death. All of the practitioners were cuffed and shackled to a bed in the “spread eagle” position and were only let down when they ate or used the bathroom.

The medical personnel took blood samples from each practitioner every morning. Whoever resisted were shocked with electric batons. A blood sample of 60 ml was drawn from Ms. Ren almost every day during the 27 days she was there.

Authorities from the Langfang Police Department eventually found out where she was and transferred her back. She was sent directly to the Yuecheng Brainwashing Center upon returning to Langfang. During the month she was detained there, the guards beat her every day in an attempt to get her to renounce her belief.

Tortured at the Kaiping Women’s Forced Labor Camp

Ms. Ren was arrested in her own home in Langfang in March 2004 and taken to the Kaiping Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Tangshan City, where she was held for two years. She was confined to a small cell for over a year.

She was made to stand 24 hours a day for three weeks in a row, which caused incontinence and her legs to swell. The guards abused her around the clock. They sometimes forced her to kneel down and shocked her on the bottom of her feet with electric batons. The window to her cell was sealed with tape during torture sessions so that no one could hear her screams. The temperature inside the cell rose above 100 degrees during the summer.

Four female guards once stripped her completely naked and yanked all her pubic hair out. They then forced her to stand, even though she was bleeding heavily. She eventually lost consciousness and fell to the ground.

Family’s Suffering

After Ms. Ren left home in September 2000, her non-practitioner husband, Wang Zhixin, was illegally arrested and detained for two weeks. With both parents gone and no place to go, their son slept on the street. The police also frequently harassed and threatened her husband.

The police often harassed Ms. Ren’s elderly parents at their home, almost always in the middle of the night. The couple was taken to the police station late at night one time and weren’t released until after midnight. Constant fear and anxiety took a toll on both her parents’ health.

After Ms. Ren was sent to the forced labor camp in 2004, her mother’s health declined rapidly and she passed away in less than a month. Five months later, her father passed away.

“When I learned of the deaths of my parents, I was so heart-broken and I passed out. The guilt tears me up into a thousand pieces every time I think of them.”

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 thousands Falun Gong practitioners over 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 now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Australia: People in Toowoomba Align with “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance”

August 24, 2015

(Minghui.org) The city of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, known as the “Garden City,” celebrated its tenth Languages and Cultures Festival on August 9, 2015. The variety of traditional cultures on display attracted great crowds and filled the air with harmony and liveliness.

This was also the third time Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the celebration and shared the beauty of the meditation practice with the local people, in particular its principle of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

Many people stopped by, showed great interest in the practice, and expressed their support for practitioners resisting the persecution in China.

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I truly love Falun Gong!”

An older woman walked straight to a practitioner and said, “I truly love Falun Gong. I saw your group in last year’s Grand Central Floral Parade. I felt deeply touched. I don’t know why, but I was deeply, deeply touched. I just love the message of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I truly love Falun Gong!”

A lady in her forties said, “I know Falun Gong is very good, and it has spread widely. I’ve just come back from a trip to Europe. I saw Falun Gong in several places. When I went to visit my friend in Finland, I saw people there practicing Falun Gong too. I also want to practice.”

A young man and his friend came to the information desk and asked, “I believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Can you tell me what Falun Gong is about, and what you focus on in this practice?” The practitioner explained that Falun Gong stresses the importance of “looking within” when encountering conflicts, drawing on the practitioner’s own cultivation experiences. The pair listened attentively and nodded. At the end, the young man put his hands together in front his chest and thanked the practitioner.

A fragile lady in her nineties looked at a Falun Gong flyer and said to a practitioner, “It’s a pity I’m too old for the exercises, but I will keep Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance in my heart.”

Some people had already heard about Falun Gong and the persecution of the practice by China’s communist regime. They expressed their support for Falun Gong and said they hope that the persecution would soon come to an end.

Thank you for bringing beauty to Toowoomba!”

The mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council and the events manager visited the Falun Gong booth, had a friendly chat with practitioners, and posed for a group photo.

“I’m so pleased to see your group here. I just want to say thank you again and let you know just how much we appreciate your wonderful presentation in our annual Floral Parade. Thank you for bringing beauty to Toowoomba. Your presentation has always been outstanding!” said the events manager.

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Practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises during the festival.

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