Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Clear Wisdom [Tuesday, August 23, 2005 ]

[Clearwisdom.net], Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Facts of the Persecution

  • Persecution Intensified as Hundreds of Practitioners at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp Declare Their Resolve to Continue Practicing Falun Gong
  • Details of How Falun Dafa Practitioner Wang Hongde Was Persecuted to Death
  • UN Investigates Torture Suffered by Professor Wu Xiaohua
  • Practitioners Endure Gruesome Torture from Inmates and Guards in the Heilongjiang Women's Prison
  • Shanghai Practitioner Wu Aizhong and Others Facing Illegal Imprisonment
  • Resisting Brainwashing, Female Scientist Li Guiqin Had Two Front Teeth Knocked Out

    Media Reports

  • Waco Tribune (TX) Reports on "Rescue Falun Gong Orphans" Van Tour across Texas

    Open Forum

  • Chen Xiuling's Appeal Letter for Her Daughter Who Died as a Result of Persecution
  • Their Tears Unseen, Their Cries Unheard: Posters from the Orphan Rescue Benefit Concert in New York
  • A Fortunate and Brave Drummer Plants Seeds of Truth in People's Hearts Around the World (Photo)

    Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences

  • My Understanding of Fear and Attachments
  • My Experience of Getting Rid of Fear While Clarifying the Truth
  • My Thoughts Regarding a Fellow Practitioner's Death as A Result of Persecution
  • I Regained My Health After Resuming the Practice of Falun Dafa

    People's Hearts Determine Their Future

  • Learning the Truth about Falun Dafa and Surviving a Potentially Fatal Accident

    News From China

  • Latest News from China - August 3, 2005
  • Latest News from China - August 7, 2005
  • 174 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 10, 2005
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 12, 2005

    Traditional Chinese Culture

  • Chinese Folklore: Heaven Honors the Man Who is Truly Concerned for the People


    Facts of the Persecution


    Persecution Intensified as Hundreds of Practitioners at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp Declare Their Resolve to Continue Practicing Falun Gong

    (Clearwisdom.net) At the end of 2004, most illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp submitted a statement to the center, denouncing the center's "transformation" tactics and declaring null and void the previous statement they signed under high pressure to give up the practice of Falun Gong. The detention center was very frightened and carried out a policy of "Separate Management" to persecute the practitioners more severely.

    The Masanjia Forced Labor Camp is a concentration camp used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. The guards there randomly bring steadfast practitioners into small wards and brutally torture them, using methods including: fierce beatings, handcuffing practitioners to metal chairs for 24 hours, leaving the windows open in freezing winter temperatures which causes injury and disability, putting high-volume loudspeakers beside practitioner's ears, sleep deprivation, and not allowing practitioners to use the toilet more than 2 or 3 times per day.

    Huang Haiyan, a guard (female), once beat Falun Gong practitioners with a steel rod. The practitioners had lumps all over their heads as a result. Even though the evil is so vicious, it could not move the steadfast practitioners.

    At the end of 2004, most Falun Gong practitioners submitted a statement to the center, condemning the brutal "transformation" attempts and declaring null and void the previous statement they signed under high pressure to give up the practice of Falun Gong. They refused to participate in hard labor. With improved understanding of the Fa principles, practitioners came to realize that they needed to completely negate the persecution and not even wear the detention center uniforms. Their righteous thoughts and actions frightened the authorities. The guards decided to employ new methods - "Separate Management" - and divided the more than 600 practitioners in the detention center into three large teams. About 130 people were put in the "Severe Management" team, and about 200 people were put in the "Normal Management" team. These two teams were for determined practitioners. The remaining 200 people put in the "Loose Management" team were practitioners who had been brainwashed and given up Falun Gong.

    Determined practitioners under "Severe Management" are given only corn flour buns to eat. They are monitored 24 hours a day, including the time they spend using the toilet. They only have five minutes to wash and brush their teeth, and are not allowed to dry their clothes outdoors. They sleep in a 40-square-meter room, where an 80-watt light bulb is on all through the night. During the daytime, the TV and radio are played constantly at high volume. The practitioners' pens and paper are all taken away. The guards also conduct brutal force-feedings on practitioners who go on hunger strike to protest the persecution. Four policemen will stand on the practitioner's arms and legs, force a tube into the practitioner's nose, and administer force-feeding with corn flour porridge saturated with salt.


    Details of How Falun Dafa Practitioner Wang Hongde Was Persecuted to Death

    (Clearwisdom.net) Falun Dafa practitioner Wang Hongde died as a result of persecution at the Daqing City's Hongweixing Prison on May 14, 2005.

    Mr. Wang Hongde, 56, was an employee of the Xinhua Power Generation Plant in Datong District, Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province. He started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. After the persecution started in July 1999, Mr. Wang persisted in his belief. The Datong District police unlawfully detained him twice, for fifteen days each time, in March 2000 and February 2001. After being released from the second detention, Mr. Wang decided to leave his hometown.

    In the spring of 2001, Mr. Wang invested over 200,000 yuan planting seedlings and cactus in Beijing and Tangshan. On April 26, 2002, staff from the Yutian County Police Department arrested Mr. Wang and ransacked his home in Tangshan City. They found 11,000 yuan and confiscated it, calling it a "fine." The over two hundred thousand yuan investment was completely lost, which caused Wang Hongde extensive mental trauma.

    Because Mr. Wang refused to give up his belief in Falun Dafa, the persecutors sentenced him to a five-year prison term. On August 16, 2003, Mr. Wang was sent to the Hongweixing Prison in Daqing City.

    On the first day, some training group guards beat and tortured Mr. Wang with leather belts. His hands were swollen, his palms were bleeding, and half of a tooth in his upper-right jaw was broken off. During the detention, staff from the prison's "Education Section" (610 Office) also forced him to watch Dafa-slandering video programs. They tried to brainwash him, and mentally tormented him. He was not permitted to sleep before twelve midnight.

    Around December 2002, Mr. Wang suffered a heart attack as a result of the torture, and fell into a coma. He was then diagnosed with severe heart disease (mitral stenosis and third degree heart failure).

    When his family heard about this they went to Daqing Prison to visit him, but prison Chief Wang Yingjie didn't allow the visit, no matter what. His reason: Wang Hongde didn't write the Three Statements. With the family's persistent and firm requests, Wang Yingjie finally agreed reluctantly, but only with the condition that the family members would help his efforts to reform Wang Hongde. He sent Guo Chuntang from the 610 Office to accompany them (monitoring).

    When the family visited him, not only did they not help reform Wang Hongde, but even gave him support and encouragement. Guo Chuntang was furious with the family and said, "Don't expect to see Wang Hongde again. You didn't even say one word telling him to repent." Since then it was even harder to visit Wang Hongde. They had to have proof from their local police that these family members were not Falun Gong practitioners.

    In the meantime, the prison was required to raise their "reformation rate," so Wang Hongde's persecution worsened. He was in the prison hospital by then. Hospital director Huang often put Wang Hongde under duress to write the "Three Statements" and threatened that if he didn't write them he would be kicked out of the hospital. When another director named Gao Qing received truth-clarification calls from Dafa practitioners he rampantly cursed Wang Hongde and forced him to tell who the caller was. Due to the mental pressure Wang Hongde's situation worsened each day. He had a hard time breathing, and had whole-body edema. Mr. Wang was at the brink of death as a result of being tortured in prison.

    The family was finally able to convince the officials to send Wang Hongde to a conventional hospital. At first, prison chief Wang Yingjie didn't agree and spoke rudely to the family. Afterwards the officials were worried about being held liable for his death, and then agreed to send Wang Hongde to the Fourth Hospital of Daqing.

    On January 15, 2003, Wang Hongde went to the Fourth Hospital in heavy handcuffs and shackles. The checkup was performed while he wore the handcuffs and shackles. The final diagnosis was rheumatic heart disease, combined valve disease, high aortal pressure, mitral stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation, and fourth degree heart failure.

    The doctor said that this patient was at risk of losing his life at any time and had to be kept in the hospital to be rescued. Zhu Rui, prison division leader didn't agree, and was firm in wanting to take Wang Hongde back.

    Wang's family insisted on having Wang Hongde remain in the hospital. Otherwise, they would sue the prison. On January 16, 2003, the decision was made that Wang Hongde would stay at the hospital and remain there for 14 days. But the arrangement was odd.

    During his stay in the hospital, the prison was trying everything to make life difficult for the family. For example: 1.Two policemen in three shifts were assigned to them. All the officers' food, lodging and expenses were charged to the family. 2. They didn't allow the family to visit. 3. Every night, Wang Hongde had to be returned to the prison and sent back to the hospital the next morning. Because the family strongly opposed this, the officials didn't do it every day.

    Because Wang Hongde had fourth degree heart failure, he was eligible to obtain medical parole. On January 24, 2003 the family officially submitted applications for medical parole to the Hongweixing Prison. Prison chief Wang Yingjie not only didn't release Wang Hongde, but he also imposed a tight information blockade, intensified the persecution, and didn't permit family visits.

    Wang Hongde's mother is over 70 years old. She has high blood pressure. When she heard that her son was suffering at the prison and was at risk of losing his life she traveled to the prison from far away and requested medical parole for her son.

    In the morning on August 25, 2004, Wang Hongde's mother arrived at the Daqing Prison office to look for prison chief Wang Yingjie, who didn't let her enter the office. Wang Hongde's mother said, "It wasn't easy for me to come here from far away. Why don't you let me in? You made my son sick. Why can I not talk with you?" Wang Yingjie said he needed to attend a meeting and walked out of the office. Wang's mother followed him to the meeting room, asking him to give her an answer. Wang Yingjie called officers from the Hongweixing Police Station. They dragged Wang's mother from the third floor to a police car, then brought her to Hongweixing Police Station. The police interrogated her, and charged her with appealing for Falun Gong.

    For two years Wang's family made continuous efforts requesting medical parole, but the prison always deceived the family with lame excuses, and gave the family the run-around. The prison division referred it to the prison hospital, and they in turn referred the matter back to the division. The division then referred it to the prison chief. Prison chief Wang Yingjie said, "We would rather see a Falun Gong practitioner die here than release him or her for medical treatment."

    Such mental torment worsened Wang Hongde's illness. If he didn't feel good, a doctor would give him a shot of heart medicine. That is the only treatment the hospital supplied! When he showed a little improvement he was sent back to the prison ward. After a few days in the prison ward the illness got worse. He was then sent back to the prison hospital, back and forth. This happened again and again. During one day this actually happened three times, and in this manner Wang Hongde's health deteriorated rapidly.

    On February 13, 2005, at around 2:00 p.m., Wang's family received a phone call from the Third Prison Division, telling them to go to the Fourth Daqing Hospital because Wang Hongde's illness had worsened. At around 3:00 p.m., Wang's family arrived at the emergency room. Wang Hongde was being checked and given an electro- cardiogram. The doctor said, "He is at great risk. His heart rate is over 160. He could die at any time. His illness is so severe. Why didn't you send him here earlier? He has to be admitted to the hospital now."

    Prison policeman Zhu Rui and prison hospital director Gao asked the doctors if they could just subscribe some medicine for Wang Hongde instead of having him stay in the hospital. The doctor said, "The patient's heart could stop at any minute. I'm only considering this from the patient's perspective. I'll leave it up to you." Zhu Rui had to call the prison and the officials finally agreed to keep Wang Hongde at the emergency room in the first patient section. Wang Hongde's heart rate was 160-200 per minute and his whole body was swollen. He couldn't move about, so he had to relieve himself on the bed. He also had a hard time breathing. The doctor in charge of the case said, "He could die at any moment. The family should be prepared."

    Wang Hongde was still forced to wear the heavy shackles and handcuffs. Wang's family pleaded several times for removal of the shackles, but no one listened. With the disease having worsened, in addition to the heavy torture implements, Wang had no choice but to relieve himself in his pants, which didn't always get cleaned up right away. Leaving the hospital after several days revealed decay on his upper thighs and leg muscles.

    At around 8:00 a.m. on February 27, 2005, prison policeman Zhu Rui went to the Fourth Hospital to get Wang Hongde out. Without agreement from the family or the patient, he processed all the release paperwork.

    At the time, Wang Hongde's condition was not good enough to be released from the hospital. He had only experienced a slight improvement. The doctor said this kind of illness needs to be adjusted to a stable condition or it would recur frequently, getting worse each time he has a relapse, and that he would eventually lose the chance of being treated successfully.

    On February 25, 2005, Wang Hongde's family reached out to prison division leader Zhu and petitioned him to allow Wang Hongde to continue receiving hospital treatment. Zhu said he didn't have to the power to make that decision, and told Wang's family to go to the prison chief to start anew on the process. The family made hurried attempts for three days without any results. The prison consistently used the same technique, passing responsibility from one group to another.

    Between February 22 and April 30, due to the abrupt cessation of treatment, several recurrences of the illness, and not getting immediate treatment, Wang Hongde lost his chance to be treated.

    Prison chief Wang Yingjie and other officials delayed the medical application process that had begun on January 24, 2003 and didn't complete it until April 20, 2005.

    On May 14, 2005, fifteen days after his release, Mr. Wang passed away as a result of the persecution.


    UN Investigates Torture Suffered by Professor Wu Xiaohua

    (Clearwisdom.net) Professor Wu Xiaohua's case, submitted by the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group, has drawn international attention. The case of Professor Wu has also been taken on by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (the UN Working Group). Professor Wu was one of victims whom the Working Group sought to interview during its visit to China last September. However, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) rebuffed all attempts, did not provide information regarding her situation at that time, or allow contact between the UN Working Group and Ms. Wu.

    Reports of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations on Professor Wu Xiaohua:

    Wu Xiaohua, female, 47 years old, an associate professor of the Environmental Art Department at Anhui Civil Construction Engineering College at Hefei city, Anhui province, was reportedly placed under house arrest in October 2001, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Shanghai. Later, she was sent to a labor camp for women. She was allegedly tortured at the camp in a number of ways, including having her mouth stuffed with rags and tissues soaked in urine and menstrual blood. In mid-October 2001, on the tenth day of a hunger strike she had initiated to protest her detention, she was sent to the No. 4 People's Hospital at Hefei city, Anhui province. At the hospital she was stripped of her clothes and shocked with electric needles and an electric baton all over her body. Dr. Li, a medical doctor, tortured her with electric shocks until she became unconscious. She was also forcibly given injections and force-fed drugs. It was further reported that Professor Wu was first arrested in December of 1999 for appealing in Beijing to the Government to put an end to its persecution of Falun Gong. She was allegedly tortured at the Anhui Female Detention Centre in Anhui province. Later she was transferred to the No. 4 People's Hospital of Hefei city where she also was tortured, including being locked in a bathhouse full of mosquitoes for one night and forced to use a pigpen full of spider webs as a toilet. At the end of April 2001, she was again arrested.

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continued to persecute Ms. Wu. Late in April 2003, Ms. Wu Xiaohua completed her 18-month term in a forced labor camp. Because she refused to give up practicing Falun Gong, her term was extended for two months. Ms. Wu went on a hunger strike to oppose the extension, and the police ordered other detainees to brutally force-feed her. To accomplish this, four of her teeth were extracted. She experienced brutal torture in the forced labor camp, as well as in the mental hospital, which left her struggling for survival, and she was on the verge of death several times. Long-term inhuman persecution made her hair almost totally white and she became extremely weak. As a result, Ms. Wu was released on probation on May 13, 2003.

    After her release, she continued her efforts to expose the facts of the persecution. She was arrested twice in other cities after people reported her activities to the authorities. Each time, she was released immediately. On the night of November 16, 2003, Ms. Wu was arrested again after being reported for exposing the facts; her arm was wounded during the arrest. She was detained in the Second Detention Center in Hefei City, Anhui Province.

    Right after she was sent to the labor camp, she was cuffed onto a big board for nine consecutive days. Ms. Wu started a hunger strike to protest the detention and persecution. She had no bowel movement for over 50 days and was reduced to skin and bones. She was severely emaciated when she was finally bailed out of the labor camp.

    Conclusion of the Working Group

    In its reaction to the reply from the Government, the source states that the Government of China used "disruption of social order" as the pretext for detaining Zhong Bo, Liu Li, Wu Xiaohua, Gai Suzhi, Chen Gang, Zhang Wenfu, Liu Junhua, Zhang Jiuhai and Zhu Xiaofei. According to the source, the Government failed to name the specific offences with which they had been charged. The source notes how strange it is that people of different ages (from 25 to 62), different professions (workers, professors, retirees) and from different locations suddenly develop the same tendency to "disrupt social order", many even repeatedly. According to the source, Zhong Bo, Liu Li, Wu Xiaohua, Gai Suzhi, Chen Gang, Zhang Wenfu, Liu Junhua, Zhang Jiuhai and Zhu Xiaofei are all Falun Gong practitioners and were persecuted for exercising the freedom of belief guaranteed by China's Constitution. They were repeatedly detained and tortured for refusing to renounce Falun Gong.

    The Working Group further observes that the Government has not denied that Chen Gang, Zhang Wenfu, Wu Xiaohua, Liu Junhua, Zhang Jiuhai and Zhu Xiaofei are Falun Gong practitioners, or that they were detained in connection with the practice of this discipline.

    As there is no evidence that Falun Gong is a violent belief, as far as the cases under consideration are concerned, its free exercise should be protected by article 18 on freedom of belief and article 19 on freedom of opinion and expression of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Even though the sentence of re-education through labor is, as claimed by the Government, a more favorable measure, offering better possibilities to the person concerned than a prison sentence imposed by a court judgment, it still constitutes, in the opinion of the Working Group, administrative deprivation of liberty that may be arbitrary in character, as found by the Group in its deliberation 04 of 1993 (see E/CN.4/1993/24, chap. II).

    In its report on its visit to China (E/CN.4/1998/44/Add.2, para. 95), the Working Group stated that the measure of re-education through labor should not be applied to any person exercising his or her fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the cases at hand, detention does constitute a coercive measure designed to undermine the freedom of those persons to adopt beliefs of their own choosing.

    The Working Group therefore deems that these persons were prosecuted and sentenced to the administrative measure of re-education through labor, and therefore deprived of their liberty, mainly for exercising fundamental rights which are set out in articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to freedom of conscience and religion (art. 18) and the right to freedom of opinion and expression (art. 19).

    In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group issues the following opinion:

    The detention of Chen Gang, Zhang Wenfu, Wu Xiaohua, Liu Junhua, Zhang Jiuhai and Zhu Xiaofei is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and falls within category II of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group.

    Consequently, the Working Group requests the Government to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation of these persons and to bring it into conformity with the standards and principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and encourages it to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


    Practitioners Endure Gruesome Torture from Inmates and Guards in the Heilongjiang Women's Prison

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    The following is a personal account of the cruel persecution that I suffered and witnessed in the Hegang No.2 Detention Center and in the Heilongjiang Women's Prison.

    On the afternoon of April 21, 2002, four police officers arrested me at my mother's home and locked me up in the Hedong Branch of the Police Department. The next day, they transferred me to the No. 2 Detention Center. In just three days, all the prison cells were packed with Falun Dafa practitioners, with each cell having fifty to sixty people. The authorities at the Hegang Branch aggressively arrested practitioners at will.

    One day in May, an inmate named Yang Ying asked us if we would continue to practice Falun Gong. The answer was a unanimous, "Yes." Yang quickly reported to the police officers of the prison that we did not want to give up our practice. The officers started to prepare all the instruments of torture. Because there were simply too many practitioners who were imprisoned there, the authorities did not have enough instruments of torture, so they borrowed some from other places and created some of their own. The instruments included eight meter long steel pipes with many steel loops on them. The officers instructed the inmates to lock each of our feet into one steel loop and then to handcuff our hands to it, making us unable to straighten our backs or stand up. We were locked up like this even when eating.

    The cruelest form of torture was to prevent us from closing our eyes and sleeping. As soon as any of us closed our eyes, they poured cold water on us, slapped us with their shoes, or kicked us. Some practitioners' buttocks began to fester. The more they sat, the worse their buttocks festered. Eventually some of had three large holes open on their buttocks, with blood and pus oozing from them. When a practitioner in this state needed to use the toilet, three people had to help her up. The torture of preventing us from sleeping and constantly beating us lasted as long as seventeen days.

    Later the authorities sentenced me to three years in prison and sent me to the Heilongjiang Women's Prison. On September 5, 2003, a few of us were sitting on the floor, sending forth righteous thoughts, when Zhang Chunhua and a few other policewomen, together with another male officer, came into our cell. Outraged, the male officer walked towards us and fiercely beat us with his fists. Then he kept kicking us with his leather shoes until he was exhausted. After the beatings, he grinned to the female officers, "Strip them and take away all of their clothes. Let's see how they can practice." Soon a few inmates came in with many ropes. They wrapped us up with the ropes and tied us on the beds.

    The next day Officer Zhang Chunhua again came in, accompanied by a few inmates. The untied us and tried to take us out. We refused. They beat and kicked us, forcing us to go inside the gate of the male prison. All of us were stunned when we saw what was there! This was a well-prepared torture scene. Some Falun Gong practitioners were already there, running and being beaten. Circle by circle, male and female officers, together with the selected inmates, were all holding the instruments of torture including electric batons, water bottles and wooden planks. They were continuously beating the practitioners. They forced the practitioners to run inside their human circles so that they could torture them altogether. Running or not, the practitioners would suffer the same amount of torture. As a result, some practitioners refused to cooperate. They then handcuffed the practitioners around the windows so that the practitioners were forced to be on tiptoes. Then Wang Liang, a policeman, held the electric baton and started to shock the practitioners' faces. As some practitioners were exhausted and could not run any more, the officers forced them to squat down with their heads facing the wall. Some of us were in so much pain from the torture that we had to roll back and forth on the ground. There were a few officers standing near the torture scene, watching the torture and talking about it.

    It was time for the prison officers to go home. They let us go back to our cells and asked the inmates to use ropes to tie us up. Then they left us on the cold, damp, hard floor. When it was mealtime, an inmate held a flour bun, walking by each of us, and letting us each have a couple of bites of the bun, as we were all tied up and unable to move. Then he fed us a little bit soup with salted vegetables. That was our lunch!

    When it was bedtime, a few inmates watched us at the same time. They did not let us close our eyes. As soon as any of us closed our eyes, they beat us up with their shoes, wooden planks or their fists.

    It was late autumn. The "room" we were staying in was actually a hallway that the prison authorities wanted to turn into a prison cell. Since no windows had been installed, cold air blew in onto the flesh of the practitioners who were sitting on the cold, damp, hard floor, wearing only light clothes. On top of all this the inmates were beating and cursing us. When other inmates passed by at night, these men quickly closed the door so that other inmates would not be able to see the horrendous scene. For the whole night, the inmates beat us. They kept us from sleeping until the next morning, when the prison officers came back to work. Holding the instruments of torture, they continued to beat us at will.

    One early morning, a few inmates, holding the instruments of torture, started beating a few Falun Dafa practitioners. In particular, they beat practitioner Ms. Wang Aihua so badly that her face was deformed. While beating the practitioners, the inmates asked them if they would sign a pledge of conversion. Ms. Zhou Chunzhi was the second practitioner who got beaten. After the beatings, Ms. Zhou's back could not move at all. As if this was not enough, they stripped off the pants of a few practitioners, including those of Ms. Xu Youxin. After that, they beat them with wooden planks and with their shoes and then tortured them further by putting them in salt water. One by one, they tortured us in order to "convert" us. Despite the torture, they were doomed to fail.

    After eleven days of continuous torture, the practitioners were still as determined as before, and they failed to convert any of us. The prison authorities had to change their tactics by having some inmates curse and beat us. In particular, Officer Zhang Chunhua picked the two inmates Li Guihong and Zhu Yuhong (who have since been released from prison) to further persecute us.

    In March of 2004 when the practitioners at the No. 8 prison district refused to cooperate, the authorities at the district cuffed the practitioners behind their backs against an iron bed.

    No matter how cruel these people have been, they have failed to shake the righteous faith of Falun Dafa practitioners. In fact, we have all successfully remained on our path.


    Shanghai Practitioner Wu Aizhong and Others Facing Illegal Imprisonment

    (Clearwisdom.net) In January 2005, Dafa practitioner Mr. Wu Aizhong and his wife Zhong Hui, who resided in the Xujing area, Qingpu District, Shanghai, were illegally arrested. They have been detained at the Qingpu Detention Center and are facing sentencing.

    Wu Aizhong was employed as a sales manager at the Fan Wu Trading Limited Company, a Korean corporation in Shanghai. He was highly regarded by his employer.

    On January 8, 2005, Wu Aizhong was suddenly arrested from his office by the Xujing area Qingpu District police. His wife and their six year old son were also arrested on the same day. The reason for the arrests was that the couple had printed Falun Gong truth clarifying flyers. They have both been detained for an extended period of time at Qingpu Detention Center, where government officials and police have tried to "transform" both of them without success. Authorities also tried to sentence them in April. Three other Shanghai Dafa practitioners, Liu Quanzeng, Li Yuyan and Liu Lan, were also arrested at the same time.

    On July 27, the Shanghai Qingpu Courthouse started hearing the Wu family's case. The couple proclaimed their innocence before the court's public prosecutor. They declared that they printed Falun Gong flyers with the purpose of letting people know the truth about Falun Gong. The court ruled that both of them had violated the illegal ban on Falun Gong, and said that making Falun Gong materials carries a sentence of 7 - 10 years in prison. The court appointed defense attorney openly admitted that he could only submit a guilty plea. The verdict is not yet known.

    On July 27th, the couple's family members went to the hearing from out of town. Zhong Hui's mother and her six years old grandson, Wu Xingyu, were refused entrance because Zhong Hui's mother had forgotten to bring her ID with her. In frustration and sadness at the prospect of her daughter going to prison, she cried uncontrollably in front of the courthouse. At present, all four elderly parents of the couple find it very difficult and painful to accept the fact that their children may face imprisonment.

    A warm family will soon be broken-up, leaving only elderly grandparents and a young child. How could the grandparents, at their advanced age, bear the pain of losing their children and seeing their grandson's support taken away? Why is it a crime for Dafa practitioners to tell people the facts? We hope that all kind-hearted people around the world will pay attention to this tragic case and similar ones happening everyday in China. Let the attention of kind people from around the world expose the evil and its atrocities - those who are suffering need the support of righteous people! Let all Dafa practitioners support them with righteous thoughts.

    The relevant offices' contact information:

    Qingpu Section People's Court
    Address: 555 Chengzhongbei Road, Qingpu County, Shanghai
    Judge Fei Xiong: 86-21-69201478, 86-21-69201481
    Postal Code: 201700

    Qingpu District legal aid center: Room 206, 105 Chengzhongbei Road, Postal Code: 201700
    86-21-59731890

    Qingpu Detention Center
    Address: 485 Chengzhongbei Road, Qingpu County, Shanghai Qingpu Police Substation
    Main number 86-21-59729780 switch to Qingpu Detention Center

    Shanghai Fan Wu Trading Limited Company: 86-21-34101141

    Shanghai Higher People's Court: Shanghai City 209 Fuzhou Road, 86-21-63212570, 86-21-63510816

    Shanghai City Second Intermediate People's Court: 567 Zhongshanbei Road
    Telephone: 86-21-56700000
    Postal Code: 200070


    Resisting Brainwashing, Female Scientist Li Guiqin Had Two Front Teeth Knocked Out

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Heilongjiang Province Agricultural Science Institute scientist Ms. Li Guiqin was unlawfully detained at Jiamusi Labor Camp. During her detention, the guards persecuted her using the "big handcuff from behind" torture method [a very brutal torture whereby one hand is pulled over the shoulder to the back, the other hand is twisted behind the back near the waist, and two hands are handcuffed]. On one occasion, guards beat her, knocking out two front teeth and then laughed at her.


    On February 20, 2003, Jiamusi Labor Camp guards beat Ms. Li Guiqin and knocked out her front teeth.

    Ms. Li Guiqin was abducted and taken to Jiamusi Labor Camp on October 30, 2002. On February 17, 2003, she was handcuffed for protesting the unlawful extension of her sentence. During the daytime, she was forced to sit on the floor in a north facing room on the second floor, handcuffed to a metal bed. At night, she was handcuffed in a storehouse on the third floor. She was also forced to stand from morning to 10 o'clock at night for four days continuously.

    After 2 p.m. on February 20, 2003, in a classroom on the third floor, Outpost Section guard Wang Tiejun asked Ms. Li if she was being "reeducated through labor." Ms. Li answered that she was being forced. Wang Tiejun then kicked her face, head and body brutally with his leather shoes until she lost consciousness. When she woke up, she found two of her front teeth had been knocked out and the guards were laughing.

    Guards then handcuffed Ms. Li and eleven other people to iron beds and shocked them with electric batons. Guard Mu Zhenjuan tried to force Falun Dafa practitioners to acknowledge that they were being "reeducated through labor" and asked the guards to beat them. Practitioner Ms. Zhang Guiyan shouted "Don't hit people!" Guard Wang Tiejun kicked her and said, "I just want to beat people who talk too much like you." Ms. Zhang's face was black and blue for a dozen days afterwards. Policewoman Mu Zhenjuan claimed that they were being beaten because Ms. Gao Cuilan refused to shout CCP slogans. Ms. Cao Xiuxia always displayed strong resistance to the persecution. Ms. Li Siju refused to sign a "reeducation contract." Ms. Xu Xianghua read Falun Dafa articles and Ms. Xie Xuepu recited Falun Gong articles.

    Ms. Li was not allowed to rest her head until 8:10 p.m. She needed two rolls of toilet paper to wipe her bleeding nose. Among the practitioners who had been tortured, eight were around 50 years old, with the eldest being 57. Ms. Xu Xianghua had a heart attack from the torture. She was still handcuffed even after she lost consciousness. Ms. Chen Xiuling was handcuffed and deprived of sleep for five days and four nights because she refused to curse as requested by the guards.

    Having lost so much blood, Ms. Li Guiqin could not brush her teeth nor eat. She was extremely weak and could barely walk after the torture and physical punishment. Police even prohibited her family from visiting her for over four months so that they wouldn't see how she had been disfigured.

    One time, when an inspection team came to visit the labor camp, Ms. Li Guiqin was hidden inside a storehouse.

    The persecution Ms. Li Guiqin suffered in Jiamusi Labor Camp has made her very weak and emaciated. She can barely even sit up for any length of time.


    Media Reports


    Waco Tribune (TX) Reports on "Rescue Falun Gong Orphans" Van Tour across Texas
    Waco Tribune Herald, TX: 6-year-old shown as example of Falun Gong persecution in China

    Monday, August 22, 2005

    Zhang Shanshan looked like any other carefree 6-year-old as she played near the fountain in front of Waco City Hall on Sunday afternoon. That appearance may be deceiving, though, as Shanshan and her family have faced years of persecution by the Chinese government, according to her mother and leaders of the "Rescue Falun Gong Orphans" van tour across Texas.

    The weekend long van tour, which seeks to raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, made a stop in downtown Waco Sunday. The tour previously made stops in Austin, Houston, College Station and Dallas.

    In November 2000, when Shanshan was 1 year old, her dad was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posting Internet articles critical of the Chinese Communist Party, tour organizers said.

    When Shanshan was 2, her mother, Hongkin Wong, fled China for the U.S. after years of monitoring by government officials, leaving Shanshan with relatives.

    Last month, Shanshan was reunited with her mother in New York and is now touring Texas with the group.

    Falun Gong is a practice of meditation and exercises that bases its teachings on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. To date, more than 2,800 Falun Gong practitioners are confirmed to have died as a result of governmental persecution in China, according to Hongyi Pan of the Epoch Times.

    During the stop in Waco, Shanshan's mother spoke about her experience with persecution. Shanshan's 9-year-old brother, Wesley, who came to the U.S. with his mom, made a plea for help for his friends in China, many of whom have been orphaned.

    Though the group's tour is designed to increase awareness of the plight of Falun Gong practitioners, Wong said she hopes it will indirectly lead to her family being reunited, a bittersweet process that began at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York last month.

    "When I met my daughter in the airport, she didn't recognize me and she asked where her father was," she said through an interpreter. "When I saw my daughter I was very happy, but at the same time it was painful - I had to finally tell her that her father was in prison."

    Pan said support for the CCP in China is waning, with more than 3.8 million people having already resigned from the party. He said more people would resign if they either knew how or were not afraid of the CCP.

    The tour was to conclude with a stop in Crawford, in hopes that attention will be brought to the group's cause before Chinese Communist leader Hu Jintao visits President Bush's ranch in mid-September. Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated against Chinese President Jiang Zemin during his visit to Bush's ranch in October 2002.

    "The persecution against Falun Gong and Chinese children is unacceptable and must be stopped," Pan said.

    Source http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/08/22/20050822wacfalungong.html


    Open Forum


    Chen Xiuling's Appeal Letter for Her Daughter Who Died as a Result of Persecution

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    To the Jiamusi City Prosecutor:

    I am a resident at 9th group, 54th neighborhood committee, Dongfeng District, Jiamusi City. I am now 55 years old and am being illegally detained in the women's team of Xigemu Forced Labor Camp.

    I am writing to appeal for my daughter, Chen Ying, who died as a result of persecution.

    My daughter benefited from practicing Falun Gong, both in body and mind. When the government-controlled media began to slander and smear Falun Gong in July 1999,

    she went to Beijing to appeal the illegal rulings against Falun Gong. She believed that she was being responsible to society, to her country, to others, and to herself by exercising her basic right of appeal as guaranteed by the Chinese Constitution. She hoped the government would be practical and realistic enough to resolve the issue of Falun Gong amiably.

    Unfortunately, I learned that she was arrested and illegally detained at the Jiamusi City Government's Liaison Office in Beijing and that she had been taken back handcuffed by the political commissar of the Municipal Police Department. She was mistreated on the train and was confined even in the restroom, which insulted the 17-year-old girl. I was told that she committed suicide by jumping out of the train on the way home (1). My daughter lost her life while under government supervision; yet her murderers have still evaded punishment.

    My precious daughter died an inculpable death, and I was mentally and physically devastated. To add insult to injury, the truth about what happened was covered up and the government authorities lied by saying that my daughter had mental problems and that she had tried to commit suicide many times. They said she jumped out of the train when her family members were off guard. This is an outrageous lie. As matter of fact, none of her family members were there when she died. She was an outstanding student and received many awards for her excellent behavior in school. Such an intelligent girl who just wanted to stand up for the truth and improve herself according to the standard of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" was killed for no reason and then had to suffer her name being slandered after her death. This is beyond the limits of my forbearance. I believe the true cause of my daughter's abnormal death was the negligence and abusive behavior of certain police officials.

    What is even more despicable, in order to cover up the truth they have tried to silence me. I have been abducted by police officials and have been detained in a forced labor camp. I keep appealing, but have had no response. I do not know whether the enforcement department has received my appeal letters or just does not care about the death of innocent people. But I believe that the good will be rewarded and the evil will be punished. Nobody can escape divine punishment.

    I believe that very soon my daughter will be exonerated, and the truth of her persecution will be revealed to the public. I would also like to put in a sincere word to the law enforcers: do not go against your conscience and against what you know is right for the sake of profit. Doing so will ruin your true life forever. I hope you will be responsible for yourselves and bring the true criminals to justice and that you take on this responsibility with dignity.

    I hereby demand that an investigation be conducted to find out the truth about Chen Ying's death and that those responsible for it be brought to justice. I demand that I be unconditionally released and that I be compensated for my illegal imprisonment by the National Compensation Act.

    Petitioner: Chen Xiuling

    June 2005

    (1) In order to cover up their crimes, the Chinese authorities often cite "suicide" as the cause of death of Falun Gong practitioners. In this case, it is much more likely that the young practitioner jumped from the train in an attempt to escape the police brutality.


    Their Tears Unseen, Their Cries Unheard: Posters from the Orphan Rescue Benefit Concert in New York

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    The following are posters that were created to promote the Orphan Rescue Benefit Concert that was held in New York on July 9, 2005.

    Their Tears Unseen, Their Cries Unheard (1)

    Their Tears Unseen, Their Cries Unheard (2)

    Their Tears Unseen, Their Cries Unheard (3)

    I Want My Mom !


    A Fortunate and Brave Drummer Plants Seeds of Truth in People's Hearts Around the World (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) Sterling Campbell is a professional drummer. He travels around the world throughout the year for performances, and on his drums, he has printed the Chinese characters of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance", to help more and more people hear the beautiful message.

    Sterling has been the drummer for Duran Duran and Soul Asylum. In 1992 he started working with David Bowie, and since 1999 he has been the professional drummer for David Bowie's band, traveling around the world for concert tours. What many people don't know is that Sterling is also a Falun Gong practitioner.

    Hitting rock bottom, then having the good fortune to find Falun Gong

    During our interview, Sterling emphasized that Falun Gong was a precious gift for him. Seven years ago, Sterling experienced the worst period of his life. At that time, he smoked two packs of cigarettes every day, took drugs and was addicted to alcohol. He felt he had no purpose in life. One day he passed by a park and saw a group of people practicing a gentle exercise which was very attractive, so he started to learn the practice. That gentle and beautiful exercise was Falun Gong.

    Sterling said to us with a smile, "It has been seven years, I have quit smoking, no longer take drugs or alcohol, and I am very healthy. But this is not all. Falun Gong has not only brought me great physical health, but what's more important is the change in my spirit. I'm now a happier person. I strongly believe in 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance'." On the drum that Sterling uses for his performance, the three Chinese characters of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" are very clearly printed so that all the people in the crowd can see them.

    Going to Tiananmen Square to appeal for an end to the persecution

    On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to persecute Falun Gong. From then on, news of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners kept coming out of China. As the CCP controls the media and broadcasts false news, the large scale brutal persecution and the cruel tortures went unnoticed by the international community. In 2002, Sterling and dozens of other western practitioners went to Tiananmen Square to appeal for an end to the persecution, and hoped to draw the attention of the international community.

    Sterling said, "I've traveled to many countries, but this trip to Beijing was very special. We were arrested in Beijing and beaten. Those policemen were still teenagers, and in ignorance they tried to force us to read materials that were fabricated by the CCP. Sometimes they tried to appear to be "nice" by offering us water and food, but just behind their shoulders, a video camera was set up to take footage to show how "nicely" they treated us!"

    "Later I got a chance to clarify the truth to a policeman. The policeman afterwards sent me an SMS message to my mobile phone, telling me that he was very sorry, what they had done was wrong, and that he did not like how his profession had been used for persecuting good people, and how there was not much he could do. I was glad to know that this officer had examined his own conscience and understood the truth about Falun Gong."

    When asked why he took the risk of going to China, Sterling said, "I was encouraged by Falun Gong practitioners in China. They have bravely stepped forward to clarify the truth of Falun Gong to people even in that tough situation. As western practitioners, going to Tiananmen was for drawing more attention to this."

    Sterling said with a sigh, "I was incarcerated for 24 hours, and experienced mental trauma for a day and a night. I was able to endure a day of such torture, but it is indeed hard to imagine what kind of physical and mental tortures that practitioners in China are suffering every day and every moment in prisons, forced labor camps and detention centers!"

    When asked if he regrets that trip to Beijing, Sterling said, "I don't. I hope that, in the future, I will still have chances to visit China."

    Planting the seeds of truth in people's hearts

    After the trip to Beijing, Sterling clarified the truth of Falun Gong to his friends and family. He found that some westerners still had misunderstandings about Falun Gong. "We are actually not against the Chinese government. We merely request that practitioners in China have the same right to practice Falun Gong as we do. We also want to bring the criminals who persecute Falun Gong to justice. The persecution of Falun Gong is not an isolated incident; it will eventually affect each of us. In January 2004, the policemen in Paris were misled by Jiang's criminal group and arrested Falun Gong practitioners for no reason. This is an example. It is damaging the foundation of our democratic system."

    While on tour, whenever he arrives at a destination, Sterling often invites Friends of Falun Gong, a non-profit organization, to hold an information table in the performance hall. He also invites Amnesty International. Sterling said, "I hope to draw people's attention to the persecution of Falun Gong this way. They may not pay close attention at the time, but the seeds are planted in their hearts. Later the seeds will grow, and in the future they will spread the news about the persecution of Falun Gong."


    Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences


    My Understanding of Fear and Attachments

    (Clearwisdom.net) When I was studying in college, I was fortunate to obtain the Fa with the help of my teachers and classmates. I had done some Dafa work in the past, but when I saw the group appeal incident at the State Appeals Bureau in Beijing on April 25, 1999 (1) and the "red terror" created by the nationwide mass persecution of Dafa, I was afraid and found it very hard to let go of various attachments. I have read many articles on the Clearwisdom website about practitioners' experiences doing Dafa work and their understandings. I would also like to share some of my understandings. Please point out anything incorrect.

    1. About Fear

    Some disciples do not have a clear understanding of the damage done by the old forces. They wrongly believe that "without fear" means they can do anything they want. In fact, "clarify the truth with wisdom" (Essentials for Further Advancement II, "Rationality") cannot be regarded simply as doing things "without fear." It is just like how being a vegetarian cannot replace Buddha cultivation. If we only emphasize letting go of the "attachment of fear," we will often create many other attachments, which will bring interference to our work and cultivation. We are often not willing to look inward, and instead we use "no fear" to cover up our other attachments. Human beings have too many attachments. The requirements of our doing Dafa work are not to simply let go of one or two attachments, but rather to rectify anything unrighteous, whether it's internal or external, through assimilating to the Fa.

    Some disciples think that once they let go of fear, they will be brave. I do not believe so. My understanding is that a person who is without fear is rational, wise and compassionate. Fear is sentimentality and bravery is also sentimentality. The process of abandoning attachments is just like this. We need to upgrade our understanding of the Fa. We cannot use sentimentality and allow one side of our human notions to replace another.

    Nonetheless, Teacher has mentioned many times to, "strive forward vigorously." My understanding is that if we can see our attachments while studying the Fa, we believe in the power of the Fa and we build up our righteous thoughts and abandon attachments, then it will be considered that we "strive forward vigorously." Teacher said in the section about "enlightenment" in Lecture Nine of Zhuan Falun,

    "The enlightenment that we actually refer to is a matter of whether in the course of cultivation practice one can enlighten to and accept the Fa taught by the master or the Tao taught by the Taoist master, whether one can treat oneself as a practitioner upon encountering tribulations, and whether one can adhere to the Fa while practicing cultivation."

    I understand that in any circumstance, we will be considered to "strive forward vigorously" if we can "adhere to the Fa."

    Teacher also said in the article, "Path,"

    "Cultivation is hard. It's hard in that even when a terrible calamity strikes, even when evil madly persecutes, and even when your life is at stake, you still have to be able to steadfastly continue on your path of cultivation without letting anything in human society interfere with the steps you take on your path of cultivation." ("Path" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)

    I understand that no matter how hard the path of cultivation is, if we can take the Fa as our teacher, believe in Master and believe in the Fa and "steadfastly continue," this will mean that we "strive forward vigorously." To "strive forward vigorously" is a state of our diligently letting go of all attachments. It is not the same as acting "without fear."

    2. How to correctly view our remaining attachments

    The "attachment of fear" is only one attachment in cultivation. It's only one side of it. Every cultivator carries attachments. Then how can we do Dafa work well while carrying these attachments? My view is that we first need to realize that we have attachments and that we want to abandon these attachments. This is most important. The fundamental cause of various attachments is insufficient Fa study.

    Teacher said,

    "When someone who's learned Dafa goes down the wrong path, it's because he has attachments that he hasn't been able to let go of. And these attachments are sure to be controlled and taken advantage of by the evil beings." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference")

    I understand that the "attachments that he hasn't been able to let go of," is the root. The old forces' motive is to take advantage of these attachments. We need to break through their evil arrangements.

    So if we want to realize the real attachments and eventually abandon them, the only way is to study the Fa. As long as we want to let go of attachments and believe in the power of the Fa, we can definitely abandon these attachments. I believe that if we can recognize that "only by studying the Fa can we let go of attachments and as long as we study the Fa, we can definitely abandon the attachments." This is the most fundamental righteous faith of the Fa. But many people have neglected Fa study and reduced their Fa study. This is because the righteous faith in their hearts has consciously or unconsciously been shaken. I personally believe one-sidedly emphasizing "abandoning fear" or breaking through attachments using human methods cannot be called having righteous faith in the Fa.

    My understanding is that we may have attachments, but as long as we believe in the Fa, assimilate to the Fa, affirm our righteous faith and abandon these attachments, we can also develop our abilities to our best potential and accomplish everything a Dafa disciple should accomplish in his or her Fa-rectification cultivation, even though we still carry attachments. Fa-rectification cultivation has validated that this can be achieved. This is fundamentally denying the fake principle "taking advantage of every attachment" of the old forces. It is validating Master's great compassion of "universal salvation." We may still have attachments, but we are magnificent as long as we can catch up with the Fa-rectification, and Master will still save us. We will be able to harmonize Master's great wish of "giving compassionate salvation to every being," because we can upgrade our levels without going through the persecution arranged by the evil, and sentient beings will not need to "build the most wicked relationship" with Dafa while being deceived. On the human level, we are saving deceived sentient beings through clarifying the truth to them, so they will not face a possible elimination ("destruction"). Perhaps this means that in the future, there will only be "formation-stasis-degeneration" and no more "destruction." This is the manifestation at the human level. We are creating history. From this perspective, the remaining attachments we have are in fact giving us a chance to validate Master's great compassion and Dafa's magnificence, to build up Dafa disciple's mighty virtue, and to consummate Dafa disciple's fruit status and paradise. But of course, the condition for this is that "righteous thoughts are absolutely unshakable." ("Dafa is Indestructible" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)

    (1) In response to the unwarranted arrest of 45 practitioners in Tianjin, more than 10,000 practitioners went to the State Appeals Bureau in Beijing to appeal to the government to release them. Because of this gathering, Falun Gong began to receive international attention.


    My Experience of Getting Rid of Fear While Clarifying the Truth

    (Clearwisdom.net) Since I was very young, I have always been very timid. I was frightened even when hearing a small sound. I was afraid to go out after dark. I even had the fear of a falling leaf hitting my head. After the persecution of Falun Gong began, my attachment of fear got much worse and I was extremely worried.

    Since I couldn't endure the persecution, I had given up Dafa cultivation against my will. Upon returning home, with help and encouragement from fellow practitioners, I again started cultivation. Through Fa study, I have gradually regained my confidence and understand what it is to be a Dafa practitioner during Fa-rectification and that we have enormous responsibilities for saving sentient beings. I thus made up my mind to step forward to clarify the truth.

    When I prepared to go out to clarify the truth, my heart started pounding even before I stepped out the door. When I walked towards people, my heart pounded heavily and I just said to people, "Remember that 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is good!'" I then gave people a truth-clarifying pamphlet and walked away in a hurry. I would hide if I saw the same person again. After several days of practicing, my fear lessened. A few more days, the fear again became less. At the beginning, there was a lot of interference. For example, when I started to talk, suddenly several people would come around or I would experience other forms of interference. Even though I still had fear, I didn't give up. I had the unwavering thought that I needed to clarify the truth to save sentient beings. Because I was persistent and Teacher was helping me, the interference I experienced disappeared after a while.

    After a fellow practitioner accompanied me the first few times, gradually I was able to communicate with people well. I did my best to be articulate so that people would understand me. I gained confidence and was able to give away lots of truth clarifying CD's. I could talk in a natural and easy manner. Sometimes, when there were several people around me, I wasn't afraid anymore. Once, I was so taken when I read an article about a fellow practitioner who was able to clarify the truth on a bus. I was thinking to myself, "When would I be able to do the same?" I couldn't believe that the very next day I was able to seize an opportunity to clarify the truth on a bus. I knew it was Teacher who was encouraging me.

    As I became more confident with clarifying the truth, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party (Nine Commentaries) was published. It had caused some difficulty for me, as it was easier for me to tell people the facts of the persecution, but how would I tell people to resign from the Communist Party and its associated organizations? I was so worried that I lost my appetite and even had a dream about how to talk to people. Just like an everyday person I wanted to turn away from the difficult task and a substandard thought emerged: Why don't I just send out a few booklets every week, and maybe that will be counted as validating the Fa. Although I had such a thought, I didn't follow through with it because I felt it wasn't right.

    One day when a fellow practitioner asked me whether I had gone out to clarify the truth on the Nine Commentaries, I told her that it was too difficult for me to do. She said that I needed to do it even if it was difficult. After she had brought me along for a while, she then suggested that I bring others with me to clarify the truth. I told her that I still didn't know what to say. Every day I waited for her to come get me; and if she didn't come, I didn't go out either. One day I had a dream that she and I went out to clarify the truth and suddenly she left and I waited for a long time, but she never came back. After I woke up, I realized it was Teacher hinting to me not to depend on others. I then tried to go out by myself. I felt I wasn't doing too badly. I had distributed quite a few CD's and books on the Nine Commentaries; recently, I have often brought with me a fellow practitioner to join me.

    In the process of clarifying the truth, I have met different types of people. Some said that they didn't believe in anything but making money. I said to them, "Don't just try to make money. If you had money but not your life, what is the use of money? Take the tsunami for example, 200,000 people vanished in an instant. There are so many natural and man-made calamities today because of mankind's declining morality. Because so many people are influenced by the Communist's atheist theory, they don't believe in 'good will be rewarded with good, and evil punished with evil' and they dare to do bad things. Some people betray their own conscience to make money. Some high officials of the Chinese Communist Party are so corrupt that they have hundreds of millions dollars deposited in foreign banks. This party is basically rotten to its core. I have heard that The Epoch Time newspaper overseas has published a book called the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, which has caused quite a stir. The Chinese Communist Party has persecuted so many good people that Heaven will not allow it to continue to exist. We are the good people and we don't want to go down with them. Hurry up and resign from that evil party." A lot of people have accepted what I said.

    Once, I met an acquaintance that I had not seen for years. When I tried to clarify the truth to her, she said she was a Buddhist and she doesn't believe in other things. I then sent forth righteous thoughts while I clarified the truth. I told her that regardless of belief, a person's allegiance to the Communist Party would mean their eventual demise when the CCP was destroyed. You are a good person, if you don't resign from it, I am afraid that you'll be in danger. She felt that my sincere concern was truly for her own good. She said she would resign from it after thinking it over.

    I realized that the process of clarifying the truth is also a process of eliminating fear. Once, when I didn't go out to clarify the truth for several days, my fear came back. I thought that when I was reluctant to go out to clarify the truth, I would have more fear. The more fear we have, the more we should do our best to overcome it. We can't let it stop us. We must eliminate it. Even though my legs trembled when I clarified the truth, I just thought of my unwavering belief in Dafa and the fact that I came to save sentient beings, then I knew I mustn't back away. As I sent forth righteous thoughts, I finally overcame the fear. Because there are fewer evil factors now, more people are able to accept us. But there are exceptions. Once, a young man didn't believe us and said he'd call the police. We sent forth righteous thoughts right away and under Teacher's compassionate care, we were able to leave safely. Now I can understand the comment Teacher made on the article, "The Only Thing Falun Dafa Disciples Have a Role in Is Saving People ** With Teacher's Commentary:"

    "The fact is, those who can't step forward, regardless of the excuse, are concealing fear. Yet for cultivators, fear or lack thereof proves [one's] humanity or divinity, and it is what differentiates cultivators from ordinary people. It is something that a cultivator must face, and the biggest human attachment that a cultivator must remove."

    When we truly cultivate according to the Fa and remember that we are helping Teacher validate the Fa to save sentient beings, we will be able to get rid of our fear.


    My Thoughts Regarding a Fellow Practitioner's Death as A Result of Persecution

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    In late June this year, a local practitioner was illegally arrested. She died that night. This incident caused much discussion in our area.

    We all thought that practitioner was very diligent in cultivation. She did very well the three things that Teacher had asked us to do. She maintained powerful righteous thoughts. She had been arrested and detained in forced labor camps several times; however, she always broke through with righteous thoughts. She had also passed many tribulations. How could she die overnight? I would like to share my some of my thoughts.

    The police followed her and suddenly demanded to search her. The police confiscated Teacher's pictures in her purse. She died that night in a detention center. Her death is a superficial manifestation of the persecution in this dimension; however, what is the true cause of her death? We should look inside for everything that happens. This practitioner's death must be connected to us, since all practitioners are one body.

    Others who personally knew this practitioner remember that, days before her death, she said something like, "I'm exhausted. My cultivation path is bitter. I'm not a good practitioner. Other practitioners are not willing to contact me. My current state is not good. If I die in this persecution, I want to die in a prison, because I don't want any bad people to use my death to defame the Fa." She was a brave practitioner. She had the courage to clarify the truth even to the police. Why was she so pessimistic?

    When we reflect on the incident, we find that pressure from fellow practitioners might have caused her negative thoughts. Some practitioners thought, since she had been arrested several times, police would monitor her. These practitioners feared that contact with her would expose them to the evil. She had difficulty in getting truth-clarification materials. We would not notify her of our local Fa conferences, nor would we allow her to attend. She lost the environment to talk with fellow practitioners and improve. She was ostracized from the one body. She must have felt frustrated and sad. She could not break through this barrier on her own. She planned to move to another place and even thought about death.

    The evil closely watches practitioners. Her separation from other practitioners and her pessimism gave the evil an excuse to intensify the persecution.

    She died from the persecution. All of us should reflect on this. Have we met the Fa's requirements all the time? Did we follow the path arranged by the old forces? Her unrighteous thoughts contributed to her death, but we have shortcomings as one body. As one body, when we see a practitioner sustain severe persecution, we should clarify the facts together to expose the evil. We should send forth righteous thoughts together to eliminate the evil elements. We should not blame our fellow practitioner or make her feel bad. We are here to save sentient beings. We are supposed to help each other. When our fellow practitioners suffer tribulations, we need to remind them to study the "Fa" and strengthen righteous thoughts. We should not shun them, for doing so is an attachment to fear. When each of us acts righteously, such tragedies cannot happen again. She could have saved many more people, if she were still alive!

    This practitioner's death is a serious lesson. We need to be clear-minded. We need to study the Fa to strengthen our righteous thoughts. We are Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples. We need to walk the path arranged by Teacher. We need to use the Fa instead of human notions in judging what we see and do. When the police monitor us, we should completely deny the old forces' arrangements, so that those means would not affect us. However, when our thoughts or actions are on the human level, bad people can take advantage of us. Of course, we need to rationally clarify the truth to save sentient beings. Nonetheless, we need to pay attention to security and safety issues. True safety, however, comes from righteous thoughts and righteous actions based on the Fa. When we deviate from the Fa, we cannot possibly be safe.


    I Regained My Health After Resuming the Practice of Falun Dafa

    (Clearwisdom.net) I am eighty-five years old. On April 27, 2005, I came from Sichuan Province to visit my niece in Hebei Province, where I was fortunate to start practicing Dafa again. As early as 1996, I practiced Falun Gong at Xinhua Park in Chengdu City. On July 20, 1999, the evil Party started attacking and slandering Dafa on TV stations and radio. They arrested people everywhere and we lived under the shadow of fear. One day my granddaughter, who was attending junior high school, burned all of my Dafa books when I was not home. When I got home, she told me, "Grandpa, I burned those books of yours. I was afraid that you would be arrested by the security office. The government and security office have arrested so many people. I fear that they will search our home." I was very distressed after I learned that she burned all of my books! I then developed the attachment of fear and dared not practice. Six years have passed in a snap. I truly regret the precious time I have wasted. It is our great Teacher who gives me another chance to return to my origin. I will cherish this opportunity.

    On April 29, 2005, my niece said to me, "Uncle, make up your mind to practice Dafa even though you are over eighty. You will benefit both physically and mentally." I then practiced the exercises together with her. She patiently taught me the movements again. Since I had not practiced for six years, I had forgot the movements, especially for the meditation exercise. I now insist on practicing the exercises, studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts regularly. In just over two months, I have read through all the Dafa books. I watched Teacher's lectures on VCD and listened to the lectures on tape. I have also read Zhuan Falun three times.

    I had suffered insomnia for over one year. Being unable to sleep even after taking pills, I often had to get up and do some reading or watch TV, or listen to radio. It was truly burdensome. However, several days after I restarted practicing Dafa, I could sleep at least seven hours, after which I get up to study the Fa and practice the exercises. My right ear was once deaf from an injury. My hearing was bad and I could only hear a little. It has now improved a lot. My right ear is almost as good as my left ear. My niece bought me a tape recorder so that I can listen to the Teacher's lectures on tape. I switched the earpiece from left ear to my right ear and found that I can hear equally well. Dafa is truly miraculous.

    I once suffered from a severe hernia. I had sought medicine all over and spent several thousand yuan without any relief from the pain that I often suffered. There was a big swollen lump on my lower abdomen, which made my daily life very difficult. After I restarted practicing Falun Gong, it shrank in size and was no longer painful. I can now freely go about my daily activities.

    I had cataract surgery in 2002. I could only see slightly better after the operation. My vision was blurry and my eyes watered all the time. I had taken various kinds of medicine without much effect. After I restarted practicing, my eyes no longer water and my vision has improved a lot. I can read and write without any problem.

    Two weeks into my practice in May, I developed a big lump the size of a dollar coin on the left side of my neck. I thought it was some kind of boil, as it was very itchy. Within about twenty days, it gradually became smaller and eventually disappeared. In mid-May, I suddenly developed many lumps on my hands. Their sizes ranged from the size of my little finger to the size of my thumb. Next day they spread to my legs and waist. The feeling of itchiness and burning sensation was almost unendurable. On the third day, I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Teacher for help. On the fourth day, they all disappeared. I could not express my gratitude towards Teacher in words. Teacher: I thank you for your compassionate protection, and for everything you did for me. I have nothing to return. I can only be diligent and keep up with the pace of Fa rectification.

    I will spread the magnificence of Falun Dafa to all the people I know or those I may not know but who have predestined relationships. I will ask them to truly realize the lies of the evil party and tell them that Falun Dafa is good, and that "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance" is good. I will do the three things well: study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth to live up to the expectations of Teacher.


    People's Hearts Determine Their Future


    Learning the Truth about Falun Dafa and Surviving a Potentially Fatal Accident

    (Clearwisdom.net) There is a married couple from Qidaoquanzi Town, Longcheng District, Chaoyang City. They have a small family business. Two years ago, they had the pleasure of meeting a Falun Dafa practitioner at the market. The practitioner clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to the couple thus giving them a new understanding of Falun Dafa. Since that time, the couple has always been very interested in issues relating to Falun Dafa. They carefully read every word whenever they got Falun Dafa truth clarifying materials. As a result, they gained a more in-depth understanding of life. Furthermore, they also corrected many of their own undesirable thoughts and habits. Whenever they saw discarded Falun Dafa truth clarifying materials on the ground, they picked them up and put them in a proper place saying, "things like this cannot be discarded. That's like committing a crime!"

    On May 4, 2005, the couple bought a second-hand automatic three-wheeler, and the wife was trying it out near Lingbeiji. The moment after she started the engine, the three-wheeler quickly zoomed out sideways just as a cement mixer was driving towards her at top speed. The three-wheeler went under the cement mixer and was completely destroyed. The wife was thrown several meters from her vehicle, flipping over several times after she landed on the ground. She lost consciousness instantly. The driver of the cement mixer quickly found a car and took the woman to Chaoyang Central Hospital.

    In the emergency room, a doctor conducted a complete examination including x-rays and discovered that she had two fractured bones, the left pelvis and the left shoulder blade. She regained consciousness after an hour, feeling dizzy and nauseous. At the time of the accident, the Falun Dafa practitioner who had clarified the truth to them had been present and so also accompanied them to the hospital. After the wife regained consciousness, the practitioner told her to repeat in silence, "Falun Dafa is good." The woman did as she was told. Soon, she felt much better and after the doctor took care of her external injures, she was sent for a CT scan, the results of which were normal.

    The next day, on May 5, while the wife was silently repeating, "Falun Dafa is good" in the hospital room, twice she saw a spinning wheel of light that had a yellow and blue aura. She understood that Master saved her life. She then requested to be discharged, but the doctor refused. She stayed in the hospital for four more days receiving intravenous drips throughout. On May 8, she again requested to be discharged and the doctor finally agreed.

    After she arrived home, she continued to silently repeat, "Falun Dafa is good," and "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are good." Her external injuries - leg and shoulder - did not hurt. She only received two more days of intravenous drips and took some medicine to strengthen her bones. She was convinced by the magical power of Falun Dafa, and started to read Zhuan Falun. After half a month, she was able to move her leg; on day 30, she was able to stand on her own while holding onto the window; on day 31, her husband helped her outside into the garden for some sunlight; on day 32, she was walking slowly on her own. Her condition continued to get better and better. After 40 days, she had basically recovered. An ordinary person would take at least half to a full year to recover and would have had very high medical bills.

    Many people could not believe it when they heard of her magical recovery. Only when she went to the market to show them how well she had recovered did they believe it. She did not use a cane for even one day.

    After surviving this potentially fatal accident, she often told people, "I am grateful to Master who gave me a second life!"


    News From China


    Latest News from China - August 3, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Police Force-Feed Falun Gong Practitioners Zhao Gencang and Liu Gaixian
    2. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Zhao Anqi Arrested When Distributing the "Nine Commentaries"
    3. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Chen Aiqin and Daughter Zheng Huali Suffer Persecution
    4. [Yingkou City, Liaoning Province] Chen Liyan Sentenced to Seven Years of Imprisonment
    5. [Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province] Police Arrest Zhu Xiaomei for Teaching a Person How to Practice the Falun Gong Exercises
    6. [Aohan Qi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region] He Shuyan Arrested Again
    7. [Liaoning Province] Lin Xiuqin Has Been Locked up in a Solitary Compartment for Two Months in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp
    8. [Dalian City, Liaoning Province] Chu Qingli Arrested and Put into the Yaojia Forced Labor Camp
    9. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Lin Xiaoquan and Li Yun Arrested
    10. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Zhang Ying Has Been Detained at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for One Year
    11. [Changchun City, Jilin Province] Liang Lijie Has Been Tied to the "Dead Person's Bed" for Five Days and Nights
    12. [Wuhan City, Hubei Province] Xu Guoqing Arrested When Preparing Truth-clarifying Materials
    13. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Lu Haiyun Arrested When Distributing Truth-Clarifying Materials
    14. [Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province] Guo Jianmin Arrested and Taken to the Lingnan Brainwashing Class
    15. [Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province] News Update from Mudanjiang Prison
    16. [Chongqing ] Practitioner Ms. Li Yan sentenced to 12 years in prison
    17. [Lanzhou City, Gansu Province] Dafa Practitioner Zhang Ping Held at the No. 2 Detention Center in Lanzhou City
    18. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Practitioner Liu Ying Detained and Tortured
    19. [Tangshan City, Hebei Province] Several Dafa Practitioners Detained at the Tangshan City Textile University Brainwashing Class
    20. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Liu Gaixian Sentenced to Three-and-half Years in Prison and Being Held at the Xian City Women's Prison

    1. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Police Force-Feed Falun Gong Practitioners Zhao Gencang and Liu Gaixian

    Personnel from the Qishan County 610 Office and the Political and Judiciary Committee arrested Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Zhao Gencang, over 60 years old, and Ms. Liu Gaixian, 55 years old, from Baoji City, Shaanxi Province. Mr. Zhao Gencang has been held for over a month and has been on a hunger strike for around six days, so he is currently very weak. Liu Gaixian was arrested on May 11, 2005. Ms. Liu has been on a hunger strike 18 days and is also extremely weak. In order to force-feed the two practitioners, police put them in shackles and pushed their heads back.

    Telephone number for the Political and Judiciary Committee for Qishan County, Shaanxi Province: 86-917-821-2282

    2. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Zhao Anqi Arrested When Distributing the "Nine Commentaries"

    During the afternoon of June 28, 2005, policemen from the Weibin District, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province arrested Falun Gong practitioner Zhao Anqi when Zhao distributed the "Nine Commentaries" and clarified the truth about Falun Gong. Zhao's whereabouts are unknown.

    On around July 1-3, 2005, police from the Jintai District, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province arrested practitioners Ms. Chen Aiqin and Ms. Xu Xiaorei and ransacked their homes. Both practitioners are still in detention. Their family members went to the Branch Police Department in the Jintai District to ask for their release, but policeman Lei Zhili didn't permit it.

    3. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Chen Aiqin and Daughter Zheng Huali Suffer Persecution

    On July 1, 2005, policemen from the Jintai District, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province arrested 58-year-old practitioner Ms. Chen Aiqin and ransacked her home. She has been held for over 20 days. Her daughter, Ms. Zheng Huali, 30 years old, went to the District Police Department to request the release of her mother and clarified the truth about Falun Gong. She told them that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and Falun Gong are great. Because of Falun Gong practice, her mother became healthy, physically and mentally. Personnel from the "610 Office" and policeman Lei Zhili, a section chief in the police department, however, not only refused to release her mother, but also claimed that she hindered their work. They immediately notified her work unit, the Baoji City No.2 Power Plant, and demanded of her to write a statement that she hindered their work. She refused. Afterwards they threatened the power plant again with huge fines of hundreds of thousands of yuan and ordered it to set up a brainwashing group. The plant then fired Zheng Huali and refused to pay her salary and bonus. They tried to brainwash her with videos slandering Falun Gong. They forced her to defame Falun Gong and declare support for the Communist Party.

    4. [Yingkou City, Liaoning Province] Chen Liyan Sentenced to Seven Years of Imprisonment

    On October 20, 2004, practitioners Ms. Chen Liyan and her husband Qiu Dazhong from Yingkou City were arrested and incarcerated in the Yingkou Detention Center. In June 2005, she was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment. She is currently being held in the No.1 Division of the Shenyang Province Women's Prison. She has been persecuted to the point where she requires the help of two people just to walk.

    5. [Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province] Police Arrest Zhu Xiaomei for Teaching a Person How to Practice the Falun Gong Exercises

    At 10:00 p.m. on July 5 2005, several policemen, including Feng Wenhui, deceived practitioner Ms. Zhu Xiaomei, saying they wanted to talk to her, but instead they threw her into a car and sent her to prison. The reason was that Ms. Zhu showed someone how to do the Falun Gong exercises.

    Feng Wenhui's cell phone: 86-138786-281244

    6. [Aohan Qi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region] He Shuyan Arrested Again

    On April 11, 2005, practitioner He Shuyan from Aohan Qi, Inner Mongolia AR was arrested when she and Ms. Li Xiulan posted an announcement of renouncing the CCP at night. She walked away with the power of righteous thoughts the same night but was forced to live in exile for two months. Her husband was working out of town, so no one could take care of her two children. Because she missed them, she went back home to see them on July 7. During that time, she was arrested again at a hospital and imprisoned in the Aohan Qi Detention Center. During the detention, she went on a protest hunger strike, and the police force-fed her. She was released on July 15, as she was extremely weak due to torture. After she had just recovered a bit, the police arrested her again on July 30. Right now she is being held at the Aohan Qi Detention Center.

    Personnel who are involved in the arrest:

    Yao Zhenting, deputy chief of the National Security Team, 86-13947600323 (cell)

    Wu Zhengguo

    Yu Lianchao: 86-13848063456 (Cell)

    Aohan Qi Detention Center: 86-476-4333535

    7. [Liaoning Province] Lin Xiuqin Has Been Locked up in a Solitary Compartment for Two Months in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp

    Forty-six-year-old practitioner Ms. Lin Xiuqin was arrested twice and sent to a brainwashing class in the Benxi City Forced Labor Camp. On February 3, 2003, when Lin went out to clarify the truth about Falun Gong, she was arrested again and sent to the No.1 Division of the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp. Around April 25, 2005, she and other practitioners went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution. They were on the hunger strike for one hundred days, and she was locked up in a solitary compartment for over two months. During that time, her family members asked for visitation privileges several times, but personnel in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp refused their request with the excuse that Lin Xiuqin refused to put on the prisoner uniform. Her family hasn't seen Lin Xiuqin yet, so they don't know her current circumstances and are very much worried about her.

    8. [Dalian City, Liaoning Province] Chu Qingli Arrested and Put into the Yaojia Forced Labor Camp

    In early July 2005, 37-year-old practitioner Ms. Chu Qingli from Dalian City, Liaoning Province was arrested and put into the Yaojia Forced Labor Camp because police found a lot of Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials at her place of residence.

    9. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Lin Xiaoquan and Li Yun Arrested

    At 6:00 p.m. on July 27, 2005, personnel from the Xinfan Town Police Department arrested practitioners Lin Xiaoquan and Li Yun when the two practitioners were sending forth righteous thoughts at Lin Xiaoquan's home.

    10. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Zhang Ying Has Been Detained at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for One Year

    On May 22, 2005, personnel from the Shenyang City Fengyutan Police Station arrested practitioner Ms. Zhang Ying and sent her to the Luotaishan Brainwashing Class. After being detained there over 20 days, she was sent back home. She lived at her sister's home for about 20 days. On July 18, some officials arrested her and put her into the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for a one-year term, where she is currently being detained.

    11. [Changchun City, Jilin Province] Liang Lijie Has Been Tied to the "Dead Person's Bed" for Five Days and Nights

    On June 10, 2005, personnel from the Minkang Road Police Station arrested practitioner Liang Lijie from Changchun City when Liang was posting truth-clarifying materials at a children's park. They put Liang into the Shuangyang No.3 Detention Center. On July 18, Liang was sentenced to one year of forced labor at the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp. At the forced labor camp she was tied to a "dead person's bed" for five days and shocked with electric batons. Liang Lijie is presently detained at the No.1 Team of the No.6 Division in the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp.

    Persons responsible for the persecution:

    Persons in the No.6 Division at the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp:

    Li Tong, the chief
    Zhu Dan, the associate chief
    Ding Caihong, policewoman

    Minkang Road Police Station:
    Huang Jiancheng, Police chief
    Jiang Lianming, Political head

    12. [Wuhan City, Hubei Province] Xu Guoqing Arrested When Preparing Truth-clarifying Materials

    On July 14, 2005, policemen from the National Security Team arrested practitioner Mr. Xu Guoqing when Xu was preparing truth-clarifying materials at home. Xu has been detained at the Wuhan City No.2 Detention Center. It was reported that he has been on a hunger strike for many days.

    13. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Lu Haiyun Arrested When Distributing Truth-Clarifying Materials

    In early July 2005, practitioner Lu Hayun from the Fanyu District, Guangzhou City was arrested when distributing truth-clarifying materials. Lu is currently being held at a detention center.

    Detention center phone number: 86-20-8473 8131

    14. [Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province] Guo Jianmin Arrested and Taken to the Lingnan Brainwashing Class

    At 10:00 a.m. on July 29, 2005, six officers from the Jinling Town Police Department arrested practitioner Mr. Guo Jianmin from his home at Guojia Village, Jingling Town, Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province and put him into the Lingnan Brainwashing Class.

    15. [Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province] News Update from Mudanjiang Prison

    Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Shijiang, 38 years old, lived in Zhengjiu Village, Dancheng Town, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province. On November 4, 2004 he was arrested by perpetrators from the Yangming Police Department in Mudanjiang City and was illegally sentenced to ten years in prison at the Xian Court. His wife, Dafa practitioner Yang Shuxiang, was sentenced to one year of forced labor by personnel from the Yangming Police Department on November 4, 2004.

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Huang Yaoxiang, 64, was incarcerated at Ward 8 and tortured. He was further tortured at a hospital and beaten by inmate Ding Limin.

    In the evening of July 12, 2005, inmate Lu Qinghua at Ward 8 beat Dafa practitioner Liu Jun in the presence of guard Li Jun. In the morning of July 13, Jiang Xiaochun and Shi Zhidong forced him to take injections at a hospital under the threat of shocking him with electric batons.

    Liu Minghua, head of Division 14, and political head Gao Haimin beat Dafa practitioner Liu Qiliang and forced him to do heavy labor. Liu's cell phone number is 86-13091888138

    16. [Chongqing ] Practitioner Ms. Li Yan sentenced to 12 years in prison

    Dafa practitioner Ms. Li Yan from Chongqing City was sent to forced labor in 2001. She remained steadfast in her practice of Dafa. In 2003 the police paid a private computer shop owner and told him to hire Li Yan. The shop owner taught Li Yan to use the Internet, and Li Yan clarified the truth online. Secret agents chatted with Li Yan online, pretending to be Dafa practitioners. They asked for information on other practitioners and observed her activities online. They didn't get anything from Li Yan because she was careful. Later, they tricked Li Yan and arrested her. They then sentenced her to 12 years in prison.

    17. [Lanzhou City, Gansu Province] Dafa Practitioner Zhang Ping Held at the No. 2 Detention Center in Lanzhou City

    Between June 5 and June 7, 2005, practitioner Zhang Ping was arrested at her temporary residence on Lintao Street, the Xigu District, Lanzhou City. The police ransacked her room and took a bank card with at least 40,000 Yuan of credit on it and equipment, including a computer. Later the police told her family to claim her clothes, ID and some other items. It was learned that Zhang Ping was held at No. 2 Detention Center in Lanzhou City. Her father attempted to visit her, and the authorities denied that she was held there. Later they phoned her family and changed their story, saying that she was being held at the detention center and running a fever. They told her family to bring 1,500 Yuan. When her family arrived, they were told the fever had receded and they were still not allowed to see her. The head of the detention center told Zhang Ping's family that they cannot see her until a sentence has been issued. Her case is being handled by people in Room 507, Division 26 of the Lanzhou City Public Security Department.

    Zhang Ping had a fever after holding a hunger strike for four days. The perpetrators at the No. 2 Detention Center in Lanzhou City said they were also holding eight other Dafa practitioners, and that Zhang Ping was doing the Dafa exercises. The guards ordered three female inmates to monitor her and prevent her from doing the exercises, also telling them to grab her hands if they saw her doing the exercises.

    18. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Practitioner Liu Ying Detained and Tortured

    Dafa practitioner Liu Ying from the Qinglong Residential District in Chengdu City was arrested by three plainclothes police officers from the Qinglong Police Department. It happened on June 29, 2005, and they sent her to the Chenghua District Brainwashing Class. Two days later she was sent to the Pi County Detention Center. Liu Ying held a hunger strike at the brainwashing class and was mentally tormented. She was very weak and the Pi county Detention Center refused to accept her. She was later sent to the Qingyang District Hospital.

    While at the hospital, the doctor injected Liu Ying with drugs that made her condition worse. She could not eat and vomited blood. She was released when she was at the brink of death. On July 20, perpetrators from Qinglong Police Department sent people to monitor Liu Ying. She is followed by plainclothes police officers whenever she leaves her home and being deprived of all personal freedom.

    Because of the torture she went through, Liu Ying is now very weak. Her whole body is swollen; she is shaking and has difficulty walking; her breathing is labored and shallow, and her heart rate is too rapid. The doctor diagnosed her with hyperthyroidism and warned that she could die if not hospitalized immediately.

    Phone numbers of perpetrators responsible for persecuting Liu Ying:

    Weng Kai: 86-28-80822916
    Chen Xiaolin: 86-28-83516630
    Yuan Lin: 86-28-88158827
    Guard Qing: 86-28-88162333

    Address: Qinglong Police Department, Zhaojueheng Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, Zip Code 610081

    Zhang Fuming:

    Address: No 115 Yunlong Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, Zip Code 610081

    Zhang Bing and Tang Guozhi

    Address: No 115 Yunlong Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, Zip Code 610081

    19. [Tangshan City, Hebei Province] Several Dafa Practitioners Detained at the Tangshan City Textile University Brainwashing Class

    Tangshan City Textile University Brainwashing Class is located inside the Xinhua Dongdao Textile University, the former Textile Technical Institute in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. It promotes itself as a legitimate school but is in fact a brainwashing class.

    In May 2005, Gao Jianhua was released from a forced labor camp, but he was arrested from home and sent to the county brainwashing class. He was later transferred to the Tangshan City Textile University Brainwashing Class.

    On June 11, 2005, practitioner Chen Xiuqing was released from the Kaiping Forced Labor Camp. His family signed a document and waited to pick him up, but instead, perpetrators including Wang Limin, He Airong, Li Shuhai, and Wang Fuhe transferred him to Tangshan City Textile University Brainwashing Class.

    After their three-year term expired, practitioners Li Haidong and Zhai Shunhe were detained and subjected to brainwashing.

    20. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Liu Gaixian Sentenced to Three-and-half Years in Prison and Being Held at the Xian City Women's Prison

    News from June 19, 2005: Liu Gaixian was arrested from home in the evening of April 29, 2005 and was secretly sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. She is currently being held at the Xian City Women's Prison. According to an insider, Liu Gaixian was receiving an IV infusion during the secret trial and was carried into the room. Only three people were present at the trial.


    Latest News from China - August 7, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. [Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province] Practitioner Zhang Jianfen and Others Have Been Arrested
    2. [Beian City, Helongjiang Province] Practitioner Long Yanfen at Tongbei Town Has Been Arrested by the Police
    3. [Chengdu, Sichuan Province] Practitioner Huang Xueyun Was Forcibly Taken to the Legal System Education Center of Deyang City
    4. [Jilin Province] Ms. Cai Mingshu Was Arrested
    5. [Jilin] Sun Xiting is Critically Ill as a Result of Torture at the Jilin Women's Prison
    6. [Zhejiang Province] Liu Shujie and Her Daughter Huang Yu Were Arrested in the West Lake Village of Hangzhou City
    7. [Guizhou Province] Ms. Luo Yunzhi Arrested and Detained
    8. [Liaoning Province] Practitioners Who have Been Secretly Arrested by the Police in Panjin and Liaohe Oil Field Are in a Very Difficult and Dangerous Situation
    9. [Shenyang, Liaoning Province] Ms. Wang Lanxia Was Arrested

    1. [Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province] Practitioner Zhang Jianfen and Others Have Been Arrested

    On August 5, 2005, practitioners Ms. Zhang Jianfen and Fu Xin, who live at Guozhuang Village of Liujiazhuo Town in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, were arrested by the police. The policemen searched their home and took them away.

    2. [Beian City, Helongjiang Province] Practitioner Long Yanfen at Tongbei Town Has Been Arrested by the Police

    On August 5, 2005, policeman Zhen Chenggen and others arrested Ms. Long Yanfen, who is living in Tongbei Town, Beian City in Helongjiang Province. Currently, Long Yanfen is detained in the detention center of the Beian City Public Security Bureau.

    3. [Chengdu, Sichuan Province] Practitioner Huang Xueyun Was Forcibly Taken to the Legal System Education Center of Deyang City

    Mr. Huang Xueyun, a retired engineer from the Metrics Monitoring and Examination Center, is a resident at 240 Shuangqiao Road in Chengdu City. On July 12, 2005, at approximately 3 p.m., he was arrested as he was returning home. It is verified that Mr. Huang has been sent to the Legal System Education Center of Deyang City - a brainwashing center held by the Guanghan City and the Xin Township.

    Address of the Shuangqiao Sub-district Office: 12th Shingling Zhongheng Road, Chengdu City, Zip 610066Head of the Office, Xu Jiong

    Director of the General Security Section, Xue Yong: 86-28-84361599

    4. [Jilin Province] Ms. Cai Mingshu Was Arrested

    Practitioner Ms. Cai Mingshu, about 60 years old, is a retired employee of the 104th Factory of the Jihua Company. On the morning of August 3, 2005, the head of the Retired Employee Office of the 104th Factory, yielding to threat and orders from the 610 Office, asked Ms. Cai to the office under the pretext of verifying her apartment size. She was then forcibly taken away from the Retired Employee Office and her current whereabouts are unknown.

    The head of the Retired Employee Office, Sun Yan: 86-432-3967489.

    5. [Jilin] Sun Xiting is Critically Ill as a Result of Torture at the Jilin Womens' Prison

    Ms. Sun Xiting, 27 years old, has been imprisoned at the Jilin Women's Prison since June 2001. Over the past 4 years, she has suffered various tortures. Ms. Sun is now critically ill.

    Phone number of the Jilin Women Prison: 86-431-5375073.

    6. [Zhejiang Province] Liu Shujie and Her Daughter Huang Yu Were Arrested in the West Lake Village of Hangzhou City

    Around July 30, 2005, Ms. Liu Shujie and her daughter Huang Yu from Daqing City, Helongjiang Province were taken away by the police of the West Lake Public Security Sub-bureau of Hangzhou. On the afternoon of August 4, the police searched Ms. Liu Shujie's home.

    7. [Guizhou Province] Ms. Luo Yunzhi Arrested and Detained

    On October 20, 2004, Ms. Luo Yunzhi was taken away from her home by the Anshun National Security Bureau. She has since been detained at the 2nd Detention Center of Anshui City for over 10 months. Up to now, her family members have not been allowed to visit her. They were told that she would be given a trial not open to the public in mid-August of this year.

    8. [Liaoning Province] Practitioners Who have Been Secretly Arrested by the Police in Panjin and Liaohe Oil Field Are in a Very Difficult and Dangerous Situation

    On August 3, 2005, Ms. Xin Minduo, Mr. Hu Zhehui, Mr. Yang Lixin, Mr. Wang Hechang, and Mr. Qi Changkun ( from the Liaohe Oil Field), and Mr. Hou Yunfei (from Panjin), were secretly detained by the police of the Panjin National Security Bureau and the Liaohe Oil Field National Security Section. The police refused to tell those practitioners' family members of their whereabouts.

    Wei Guobao, Deputy Director of the National Security Bureau: 86-427-7821357.
    Wang Youshan, Chief Officer of the National Security Section of the Liaohe Oil Field: 86-427-7830055.
    Phone number of the Head of the Liaohe Oil Field Public Security Bureau: 86-427-7827838.
    Phone number of the National Security Section of the Liaohe Oil Field Public Security Bureau: 86-427-7830096.

    9. [Shenyang, Liaoning Province] Ms. Wang Lanxia Was Arrested

    At about 11:40 a.m. on August 1, 2005, Ms. Wang Lanxia was distributing truth-clarifying materials and was reported to the police by a janitor. That night she was arrested by the police from the Xinhua Police Station of the Tiexi District and was then sent to the Tiexi District Public Security Sub-bureau. She is detained at the Shenyang City Detention Center while the police wait for approval to send her to a forced labor camp.

    Xinhua Police Station of the Tiexi District of Shenyang City, phone number: 86-24-25853743.

    Wang Gang, Director
    Zhu Bing, Deputy Director
    Policeman Qi Hong


    174 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
    A Total of 284382 Declarations Have Been Published To Date

    (Clearwisdom.net) A "solemn declaration" is a person's public statement declaring to the world that whatever he or she has done or said under duress or deception that was against Falun Dafa is null and void. Most of these statements have come from Falun Dafa practitioners in China who wished to express regret that, in the face of physical torture and brainwashing, they had signed documents renouncing Dafa and guaranteeing not to practice again. Also, as more and more people in China learn the truth about how they have been deceived and lied to by the Jiang regime, many non-practitioners are also submitting "solemn declarations."

    Here are some examples of the Solemn Declarations:

    Please click here for more Solemn Declarations.


    Summary of Other Articles and News - August 10, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Facts of the Persecution

    1. Mr. Liu Weiji Recounts Persecution He Experienced in Hebei Province's No. 4 Prison

    Mr. Liu Weiji went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong but was arrested and sent to the Shunyi Police Station in Beijing. In freezing cold winter, police made him stand outside without any clothes on for over seven hours. They even poured cold water on him. In the Hebei Province No. 4 Prison Mr. Liu suffered even more inhuman treatment. He was savagely beaten, deprived of sleep, denied access to water and use of a toilet. The police hit his private parts with the corner of a stool, pinched his muscles, twisted his arms and hung him up with arms stretched behind him, and committed other atrocities.

    Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/10/108116.html

    2. Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioner Ke Xingguo, an Employee from the Ministry of Agriculture

    Mr. Ke Xingguo was sentenced to seven years in prison. For a long period of time he was jailed at the Shenzhou City Detention Center in Hebei Province. Mr. Ke held a hunger strike three times to protest the persecution, with the longest period lasting 23 days. The police there cuffed his hands behind his back, forced him to work with shackles on, and force-fed him, leaving the feeding tube in his body. They used various methods to torture him. He was often subjected to violent beatings from the police and the prisoners. They even hung him upside down by a pool of excrement. But no matter how cruel the treatment he received, Mr. Ke remained steadfast in his belief in Falun Dafa.

    Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/10/108115.html

    3. Illegal Sentencing of Three Falun Gong Practitioners from Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province

    Ms. Sun Jinkui, Mr. Zhang Yuezeng and Ms. Wang Lianqin are Falun Gong practitioners from Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province. They are 51, 48 and 47 years old, and they were illegally sentenced to 7, 8 and 6 years in prison, respectively. On July 13, Ms. Sun and Ms. Wang were sent to Heilongjiang Province Women's Prison. The three practitioners have appealed to the mid-level People's Court in Jixi City but the court groundlessly refused to hear their cases.

    Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/10/108134.html

    4. Changyi County 610 Office Police from Shandong Province Again Abducts Six Falun Gong Practitioners

    Chen Xiaodong, a division head, and Liu Xinmin, a police officer from Changyi County's 610 Office in Weifang City, Shandong Province, got resources from city police departments and police stations of each town. On July 26 they launched a grand scale arrest action of Falun Gong practitioners in every town and village. Six practitioners including Ms. Ma Guizhen, Gao Heping, and two sisters named Zhang and Tang Ruifen were arrested again and their homes were illegally searched. From April to July, police continuously arrested Falun Gong practitioners on a large scale. Each time they dispatched police who handle criminal cases. Since 2001, Chen Xiaodong has constantly issued orders to arrest and detain Falun Gong practitioners and ransack their homes. He extorted money from practitioners, their families and relatives, amounting to thousands of yuan, sometimes more than ten thousand yuan. He has violently beaten and ordered his subordinates to torture Falun Gong practitioners. On one occasion the painful cries of practitioner Xie Wenliang being beaten could even be heard in the court outside the detention center.

    Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/10/108104.html

    5. Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners at the Guizhou Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Chen Guihong suffered various illnesses from persecution. She currently cannot walk, eat or think clearly. She is very thin and at the brink of death. The Guizhou Women's Forced Labor Camp authorities have subjected older and weaker practitioners, some even over 70 years old, to various mental torment and physical tortures. On both hot summer days and snowy winter days, practitioners have been verbally abused without stopping every noon time. They are forced to squat half way down outside. Some fainted in the hot sun, and some lost the feeling in their extremities, or even lost consciousness due to the freezing cold. When 63-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Zuo Zuxiu was sent to forced labor a second time she firmly refused to be reformed. As the result, police made her stand still continuously for more than ten hours, day and night. In the end she developed edema all over her body. She could not walk a single step and had to soak her feet in salt water for long hours. She also was unable to eat and had to receive constant injections and medication. Despite her medical condition she was not released until her term expired.

    Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/10/108102.html


    Summary of Other Articles and News - August 12, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Facts of the Persecution

    Exposing crimes at Tiebei Prison in Changchun City

    About 100 Falun Dafa practitioners are being detained in different divisions at the Tiebei Prison in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The Attack Division was established for the sole purpose of persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. Jun Hailin is the head of this division. Because of the prison authorities' severe information blockade, relatively few reports on the persecution at this prison have been published.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/12/108229.html

    Exposing perpetrators at the No. 2 Forced Labor Camp in Shenzhen City who deceive Dafa practitioners

    At the No. 2 Forced Labor Camp in Shenzhen City they founded a Special Control Committee to persecute Dafa practitioners, to force the practitioners to renounce Falun Dafa. They use violence, lies, or twisted interpretations of Dafa teachings to deceive the practitioners. To conceal these atrocities from the public and from those who were deceived into giving up Dafa, they sent the practitioners to other places. The heads of the labor camp threatened the guards of the Special Control Committee, "If you can't reform the practitioners, you'll be laid off."

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/12/108220.html


    Traditional Chinese Culture


    Chinese Folklore: Heaven Honors the Man Who is Truly Concerned for the People

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    In May of the tenth year of the Qianlong Period under Emperor Gaozong's reign, two men from Wujin County named Qian Weicheng and Li Jianzhong began their journey by horse to the capital city to take the imperial examination, an ancient Chinese system for recruiting government officials. On entering Shandong Province, it suddenly began to rain heavily. By the time the two men checked into a tavern in the town, they were both soaking wet.

    Feeling exhausted, they both hit the sack as soon as they finished dinner. Shortly after Qian Weicheng fell asleep on the bed, he entered a trance and saw himself walking in the capital city. He wandered into the Ministry of Examination and saw many examinees gathering in front of a wall where the results of the imperial examination were posted. "Who is going to win first place this year? Will I pass the imperial examination?" he wondered. Qian began to read the results. He immediately saw that Li Jianzhong won first place. After a while, he finally found his name in the 30th place. He exclaimed in ecstasy, "I passed the imperial exam!"

    Li Jianzhong had not fallen asleep yet. He heard Qian Weicheng's exclamation and asked him, "What did you say? What did you pass?" Qian rubbed his eyes and replied, "I just had a dream about you winning first place and me winning 30th place in the imperial examination." After hearing about Qian's dream, Li Jianzhong was so excited that he couldn't sleep. He stayed up all night anticipating the sunrise so that he could leave for the capital city.

    However, it continued to pour the next day. Li Jianzhong anxiously paced back and forth in the room. Out of kindness, Qian advised him, "My brother, be patient. The rain is merely trying to keep us longer here as guests in this town. We may as well take the opportunity to get more study in before the exam." Li Jinzhong did not pay any attention. All he could think about was leaving. Qian Weicheng, on the other hand, took out the books from the trunk and studied alone.

    The rain lasted three days. When it finally stopped, Li Jianzhong hurried Qian Weicheng to get going as soon as they had breakfast. Because it was already very close to the day of the imperial examination, they sped up the horses. They crossed a dark pine forest, passed by Sandao Bay and came to a riverbank. As they were about to cross the bridge, they suddenly heard a little girl crying for help from the forest on the other side of the river. Qian Weicheng halted his horse right away and said to Li Jianzhong, "Brother, we must hurry and rescue her!" Then he whipped his horse and crossed the bridge to rescue the little girl. But Li Jianzhong said coldly, "You may stay if you want to rescue the child, but I must hurry on to the capital city for the exam." Then he rode off towards the capital city.

    After Qian Weicheng entered the forest, he got off the horse and walked towards the direction where he thought he heard the cry for help. Soon he discovered a woman and a little girl holding each other and both were in tears. On a tree next to them, there was a noose on a tree branch. Qian Weicheng immediately knew that the woman was trying to kill herself by hanging. He approached them and asked anxiously, "Madam, why do you want to do something so foolish?" The woman looked at him absent-mindedly for a moment. Then she shook her head and tears flooded down her face.

    The little girl saw that her mother wouldn't say anything, so she made a reply on behalf of her mother. She said, "The thugs gave my father no choice but to kill himself, so my mother wanted to kill herself too..." Before she could finish, they threw themselves into each other's arms again and began to wail again. Qian Wecheng felt very sad. Tears welled up in his eyes. He tried to hold back his tears and said, "Madam, please don't cry. I have some money." He took out 10 taels of silver and put them into the woman's hands. Qian Weicheng was not from a rich family. It took him a lot of time and effort to come up with about 20 taels of silver for the trip. Actually, 20 taels of silver was barely enough for the round trip. Hence, he had been very frugal during the trip. By giving away the silver, he wouldn't have the money to return to his home if he failed to pass the test. But he didn't think of that because all he could think about was saving these two people.

    The woman looked at the money in her hands in shock. It took her a while to remember to thank her rescuer, but Qian Weicheng had already left the forest and was on his way to the capital city.

    Ten days later, Li Jianzhong and Qian Weicheng met during the examination. They didn't say anything to each other. Fifteen days later, the results of the examination were published. Qian Weicheng got first place on the examination, but Li Jianzhong only got 30th place. It was exactly opposite to the result that Qian Weicheng had seen in his dream. When Li Jianzhong met Qian Weicheng again, he said fiercely, "You have robbed me of my first place!" Qian Weicheng replied peacefully, "You have to ask yourself for the reason."

    The imperial examination was a way to recruit government officials. If a man turns a blind eye to the misery of the people, what would be the use of hiring such a man as a government official? Thus Heaven withdrew the honor of first place and gave it to the man who was truly concerned for the people.

    First published in English at http://www.pureinsight.org/pi/articles/2005/8/15/3225.html

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