Saturday, August 20, 2005

 

Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net, Saturday, August 20, 2005

Facts of the Persecution

  • An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten
  • Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department
  • Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter
  • Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners
  • Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp
  • Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing
  • List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

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    Facts of the Persecution


    An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    This is a story told by a woman with only a grade school education from a rural village, in which she briefly described the incident.

    Coldness and an evil atmosphere covered Xinle, a small city located in the Shijiazhuang area, Hebei Province.

    One day in the winter, it was freezing and was about 20 degrees below zero. In thick clothes and a cotton-padded coat and shoes, we still felt so cold that we could not help shivering all over and stomping our feet in the snow to keep warm.

    The Xinle City police forced every Falun Gong practitioner to pour a basin of cold water onto a "snow pile." However, it seemed that a person had been buried in the snow pile. After the pouring, a policeman dragged a person out from the snow pile. After a little while, we came to realize that it was a woman. In the freezing world of ice and snow, we still felt extremely cold even when we were in very thick clothes, while she was wearing very little clothing, which had frozen and stuck to her skin. Due to the extreme coldness, she was almost unable to even stand.

    To the side a policeman who looked like an official furiously shouted to her: "Are you still going to practice Falun Gong?"

    "Yes, I will!" her answer was quite low, but very firm and clear.

    The official furiously ordered: "Beat her! Beat her!" At the order, a group of guards swarmed towards her... I closed my eyes because I was too horrified to watch the violence.

    Then came the sound of cruel beating, which seemed to go on forever.

    "Ask her if she will continue to practice Falun Gong!" a voice shouted. I opened my eyes, seeing she was already unable to stand and a guard was seizing her hair and trying to drag her up from the ground with force.

    "I will, as long as I am alive," the ice-covered woman answered very softly, but with determination.

    The official was exasperated and, stomping his feet in the snow, shouted hysterically: "Go ahead and rape her, for me!"

    Postscript: Three years have passed since the incident happened, but the scene of the world of ice and snow still shows up before my eyes constantly. I think about the whereabouts of the persistent fellow practitioner and, in the mean time, I feel very sad for the indifference of the practitioners on the scene. They might have been overwhelmed by the rampancy of evil at that moment and, consequently, amplified it. Today, we should strengthen our righteous thoughts and stand firmly with fellow practitioners to form a whole body. Together we shall overcome the evil.


    Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department

    (Clearwisdom.net) The perpetrators at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department have been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners since July 20, 1999. One police officer said to a practitioner, "Each one of us has to kill three Falun Gong practitioners to meet the quota. You are the first for me. What would you think if I poured gasoline on you and claimed that you burned yourself?"

    Falun Gong practitioners Li Ying and Wang Xiuxia died from torture at Division 1. Torture has disabled many more Falun Gong practitioners including, Li Ying (different Chinese words from the previously mentioned Li Ying), Wu Xiaoyan, Sun Yongli and Wang Youcai.

    The basement at the White Building on West Shilu Road at Huanleyuan in the Xinfu District, where the police department is located, is a torture chamber where perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department torment the practitioners. It was learned that there is another secret torture room at the Youyi Hotel. Both of these rooms hold various torture tools. "Splitting the legs" and "hang-up" are the two most commonly used torture methods. "Splitting the legs" can result in excruciating pain and loss of function of the lower limbs; "hang-up" means the perpetrators force the practitioner's arms behind his/her back and hang him/her up by the twisted arms. This torture often causes permanent disability.

    Some perpetrators handcuff the practitioners to metal chairs and don't allow them to sleep for a whole night. They then torture practitioners during interrogation. They hammered bamboo sticks into practitioner Miao Shuqing's fingernails and stuck toothpicks into two of his fingers; the scars are visible to this day. While beating and torturing the practitioners, police officer Guan Yong screamed, "I'm not afraid of hell! Am I not living well right now? Ha!"

    In 2000, practitioners Dou Zhenyang and Wang Hongjun were falsely charged with "attempting to overturn a train." The police tortured one of the practitioners with a method called "crossing the forest" until he admitted to a crime he didn't commit. He was illegally sentenced to life in prison and was held in the Linyuan Prison.

    On December 16, 2000, more than 60 Dafa practitioners from Fushun City shared their experiences at a practitioner's home. The National Security Bureau got wind of the meeting by tapping practitioners' phones and sent more than 150 police officers to arrest the practitioners, accusing them of "illegal gathering and doing Falun Gong exercises." They sent the practitioners to forced labor camps and custody centers. In the evening, they ransacked the practitioners' homes and took away Dafa books and videotapes. Practitioners Zheng Hong, Ren Yi, Jiang Guofang, Ma Hongxia, Sun Yongsheng, Ma Huaidong, Huang Gang, Lu Hong, Hou Jun, Hu Guojian, Gao Jian, Qi Shaowen and Liu Helun were among the persecuted practitioners. Practitioners Huang Gang and Hu Guojian were savagely tortured at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and sentenced to heavy prison terms.

    Practitioner Ms. Li Ying was arrested before the 2001 Chinese New Year (in January) and was ruthlessly tortured. As a result, her right arm atrophied and she could not take care of herself. She was later secretly sentenced to 11 years in prison and was sent to the Dabei Prison. The prison refused to accept her because she could not take care of herself. The perpetrators from Fushun City went through their connections and bribed certain officials to make the Dabei Prison authorities accept Li Ying.

    On December 24, 2001, a Dafa truth clarification materials production site in Xinhua was destroyed and property worth over 40,000 yuan - including computers and flyers - was confiscated. One practitioner was arrested and was tortured at Division 1 at the Fushun City Police Department.

    In 2002, practitioners Wang Xiaoyan, Yan Jun, Wang Shengtao, Zhai Xu, Meng Hua, Sun Yongli and Zou Guirong (Zou Guirong was later tortured to death), were arrested and tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Sun Yongli lost the function in her legs after the torture and could not take care of herself. She was later sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    Between August and late September 2002, practitioners Ma Huaidong and Lu Renqing were arrested when clarifying the truth to people. They were sent to Division 1, where they were subjected to torture. Practitioners Zhao Yuhong, Ma Hongxia and Guan Juyin were also arrested and tortured. In early October, practitioners Sun Yongsheng, Jia Naizhi, Qu Cailing, Jin Shunnu, Hou Xiaohui, Wu Xiaoyan, Gao Guirong, Xing Yurong, Miao Shuqing, Dai Yulan, Song Wenliang, Wang Chengtao, Sun Qian, and Dong Qinfei were arrested and were sentenced to heavy prison terms in July 2003. Later, other practitioners, including Wu Yanbo, Zhou Yuzhi, Zhou Kan and others, were also arrested and tortured at Division 1.

    In November 2002, Dafa practitioner Wang Xiaoyan was sentenced to 15 years in prison and practitioner Yan Jun was sentenced to six years in prison. In March 2004, Yan Jun and several other practitioners were secretly sent to the Dabei Prison in Shenyang City to be tortured. Although Wang Xiaoyan was in very poor physical condition, the guards didn't allow her to receive medical treatment and held her at the No. 2 Detention Center in Fushun City.

    Practitioner Jia Naizhi has been held for three years. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was sent to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison, but the prison authorities refused to accept her because she was gravely ill. She is currently being held at the Fushun City Detention Center. Her family requested that she be released on medical parole but their request was denied. Jia Naizhi is holding a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention, and is emaciated.

    On May 13, 2002, officers from Division 1 went to the Yonglin Police Department and beat practitioner Wang Xiaoming. They kept beating him from the second floor to the first floor until his body was covered in bruises. Then they took him away and again tortured him.

    Practitioner Mr. Zhang Huiqiang was a senior engineer at the Fushun City Ethylene Chemical Industry Plant. On May 23, 2002, officers from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department arrested him from work. The police tortured him by burning his hands with cigarette lighters and scorched his nipples with red-hot metal. They also tore out his fingernails. Mr. Zhang was later sentenced to six years in prison and was held at the Dabei Prison.

    On June 28, 2002, practitioner Liu Guangying from the Jiangjun area in Fushun City was arrested by perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department after having been forced to live a homeless life for three and a half months. He was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and was held at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City.

    In the evening of July 6, 2002, officers from Division 1 found out practitioner Liu Zhange's address and arrested him. They took his personal computer and waited outside his home for other practitioners. They arrested practitioner Zhang from another city who went to visit Liu Zhange. Both practitioners were tortured at Division 1.

    On February 7, 2002, practitioner Wei Zaixin, a senior engineer at the Fushun City Institute of Information Science & Technology was arrested by police from Division 1 and beaten. He was later sent to the Strictly Controlled Group at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. In June 2002, officers from the Jiangjun Police Department sent Wei Zaixin to the No. 2 Detention Center at Shizilou in Jiangjun area to await sentencing. During this period, the guards encouraged the inmates to brutally torture Wei Zaixin until he was at the brink of death. In July, the police sent Wei Zaixin to the city hospital and told his family to take him home. On November 15, Wei Zaixin died after resuscitation efforts failed.

    In September 2002, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Hu Wei, a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, who was living with his relatives in Fushun City. They tortured Hu Wei and took his cell phone, BP pager, Omega watch, a 2,000 yuan bank card, 960 yuan cash, a pair of ultra-thin eyeglasses worth over 700 yuan and never returned these things. In late September 2002, Hu Wei was illegally sentenced to forced labor and was sent to the Fushun City Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 1, 2003, Division 1 officers destroyed a Dafa materials production site in Gebu, Fushun City. The officers waited at the site and arrested several Dafa practitioners including Hou Xiaohui. On March 2 they ransacked another site in Wanghua and took one "all-in-one" machine, two Xerox machines, various tools and paper worth over 50,000 yuan.

    Five Division 1 officers and officers from the Wanghua Police Department arrested practitioner Li Ying from her family's rice & flour store on March 31, 2003. During the afternoon of April 2, Li Ying was found dead in the large hall at Division 1 of Fushun City Police Department, her body covered with wounds. The perpetrators bribed the autopsy officials who eventually wrote "death from natural causes" on the death certificate. Hao Jianguang, head of the National Security Team, once told Li Ying's family, "What does that little amount of money you spent count for? Do you know how much money we spent treating the autopsy officials to meals and entertainment?"

    In May 2003, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioners Li Wensong, Wei Minghua and his wife, Zhou Yuren, Zhou Fulong, Zhou Yuyi, his wife and daughter Zhou Meina, Zhou Yuying, Zhao Liankai, Jiang Defang, Wang Guihua, Wang Lan, Yan Yuezeng and his wife, and Liu Jinping. Wei Minghua used to be a teacher at the No. 1 Middle School in Qingyuan City. Officers struck her to the ground and dragged her by her feet across the school and into a police car in front of the whole school. The same officers carried practitioner Li Wensong from the sixth floor to the police car.

    Between March 18 and March 28, 2003, perpetrators from Division 1, along with Xiao Gang and other officers from a local police station in Hongtoushan, searched and arrested Dafa practitioners near the Hongtoushan Copper Mine. The arrested practitioners were: Zhang Huamei, Liang Suyun, Yang Shuxian, Cao Yanzhen, Liu Xiangyu, Wang Shuyun, Zhou, Gao Xiuqin, Du Jinfeng, Zhou Hongqin, Li Shuqin and his daughter. They also took over 7,000 yuan from Zhang Huamei's home and beat Zhang Huamei until she could not stand up. The officers beat Wang Youcai until the flesh on his legs peeled off. They shouted at other Dafa practitioners, "Yes, It was us who crippled Wang Youcai's legs."

    More than 20 police officers arrested practitioner Wang Xiuxia from Qingyuan County on May 29, 2003. On the evening of June 15 they told Wang Xiuxia's family about her death. In 2005, the guards shouted when beating a practitioner they had arrested, "Yes, it was precisely us who beat Wang Xiuxia to death! Feel free to sue us!"

    Dafa practitioner Qi Huishu was arrested on April 24, 2004 and was tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Zhang Jinsheng from Qingyuan County was arrested in April 2004. During the illegal detention, to make Qi Huishu admit to "conspiracy with foreign powers," the officers used various tortures that caused skull damage.

    Practitioner Yang Boliang, 46 years old, lived in Toushan Town, Fushun City. On August 18, 2004, he was arrested and was savagely beaten by Hao Jianguang, head of Division 1, section heads Liu, Guan Yong and Zhang Bin. Mr. Yang was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and is currently being held at the Fushun Forced Labor Camp.

    Practitioners Zhao Yunshan and Dong Linlin were arrested by officers from Division 1 on September 18. During the five-day holiday of October 1, Zhao Yunshan was sentenced to forced labor and sent to the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. Dong Linlin was sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    In October 2004, a dozen officers from Division 1, including Hao Jianguang, went to the Lishi Police Station to persecute practitioner Yuan Peng. They also waited around the Lishi Development District and Sifangtai, trying to arrest Dafa practitioners.

    In late November 2004, officers from Division 1 went to Yonglin Town, Xinbin County in Fushun City. They extorted 4,000 yuan from practitioner Li Hong and 5,000 yuan from practitioner Han Junhui, both of whom had sent Falun Gong-related messages with their cell phones.

    At around 8:00 p.m. on January 12, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke the burglar-proof door at practitioner Lin Bo's home and arrested practitioners Lin Bo and Wang Guoying. They took belongings worth over 100,000 yuan. Practitioners Cheng Min, in her 20s and her husband, not a Falun Gong practitioner, were arrested at the same time that evening. Cheng Min was arrested from work. In June 2005, Lin Bo was sentenced to eight years in prison and Wang Guoying was sentenced to nine years in prison. Wang Guoying's husband Dou Zhenyang was falsely accused of "attempting to overturn a train" and sentenced to life in prison. Their son is currently living with Dou Zhenyang's parents, and their life is very difficult.

    Around 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke into the home of a practitioner in Nankouqian Town, Qingyuan County and arrested practitioners Gai Xiuqin, Lu Guanglin and his wife, Lin Guilan, Lu Yan and Chen Guifeng. They took the practitioners to Division 1. They also confiscated all of their equipment, papers and 20,000 yuan. Lu Yan refused to cooperate with the perpetrators; she refused to answer questions and held a hunger strike. Four police officers took turns beating her. They handcuffed and shackled her while beating and shocking her with electric batons. They forcibly split her legs until she lost consciousness. Her face was deformed and swollen from the torture. The perpetrators pulled out a lot of her hair and she could not move half of her body. On March 22, practitioner Lu Guanglin was sent to the No. 1 Detention Center of Fushun City. The other four practitioners were sent to the No. 2 Detention Center of Fushun City. Practitioner Lu Yan was sentenced to prison after one month of detention.

    Practitioner Zhou Shuyou worked at the Cangshi Train Station and lived in Sanjia Township, Qingyuan City. At 9:00 p.m. on March 21, Guan Yong and Chen Daqing from Division 1 of the Fushun City National Security Bureau arrested Zhou Shuyou and interrogated him at 8 p.m. on April 6. Police officers Guan Yong, Zhang Tao and others beat and shocked him with electric batons. They forcibly split Zhou Shuyou's legs and hit his private parts until his testicles were severely swollen and he could not walk. Mr. Zhou is suffering from severe lower back pain to this day. He was sentenced to three years of forced labor and is held at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 19, 2005, practitioners Pei Dongzhi and her sister Pei Donghua from Nanzamu were arrested. The perpetrators were officers from Division 1 and local police. The practitioners were severely beaten on the spot. The perpetrators also took 600 yuan from the practitioners' mother. They also arrested practitioners Li Shumei and a practitioner surnamed Zhou.

    At around 9:00 p.m. on March 24, officers from Division 1 from the Yaozhan Police Station in Qingyuan Town and from the National Security Bureau arrested practitioner Liu Zaijun, in his 30s from Lingnan. They also arrested another practitioner in Xiazhaizi.

    At 7:30 on March 28, 2005, four officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Gai Shurong and her daughter from Tonggou Village, Tukouzi Township in Qingyuan County. Later, they extorted 500 yuan from the practitioners' family before releasing them. Another two elderly female practitioners from Tukouzi Township were also arrested. Around 7:00 p.m. on March 30, the police drove three police cars to Tonggou Village, trying to arrest three other practitioners but the practitioners were not at home.

    Between April 1 and April 3, 2005, two Dafa materials production sites in Haicheng and Gongnong in the Wanghua District, Fushun City were destroyed. Practitioner Liu Yumei was arrested and the police confiscated a lot of equipment.

    On April 14, Division 1 and Qingyuan County Police Department officials dispatched 50 police cars and arrested 56 practitioners in Nankouqian Township, Qingyuan City. They individually interrogated the practitioners and beat them cruelly, including women and children. They beat the practitioners senselessly and then poured cold water on them. One female practitioner immediately lost consciousness and was rushed to the emergency room. She cannot take care of herself to this day. The police took over 1,000 yuan from practitioner Ma Xijun's home. During the interrogation, the drunken police officer savagely beat Ma Xijun and shocked her with electric batons until she lost consciousness. Within ten days Ma Xijun vomited and was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. She could not walk. The perpetrators told her family to take her home when she was at death's door and extorted 10,000 yuan from her family. Practitioner Gai Chunlin's family in Bawanggou Village was told of Gai Chunlin's death on May 6, 2005. While torturing the practitioners, the police said, "Do you know that we beat Wang Xiuxia to death?" They sent some practitioners to labor camps and some to Luotaishan Brainwashing Class. In the afternoon on April 18, police arrested practitioner Ms. Jing, an elderly woman from Qingyuan County.

    On May 25, 2005, dozens of officers from Division 1 surrounded the temporary residence of practitioner Jiang Jie, who had left home to avoid persecution. They pounded on the door and pried it open. As of now, Jiang Jie and her family cannot return home. Her child is left uncared for and cannot go to school due to the persecution. Prior to the May 25 incident, the perpetrators from Division 1 twice arrested Jiang Jie's husband. The first time they detained him for 20 days, and the second time they detained him for two days.

    On June 17, Hao, the head of Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and group head Liu ordered six perpetrators, including Jiang from the Shuncheng District National Security Bureau, to arrest practitioner Zhao Jifan, a teacher at the Heping School. Without any due process, the police ransacked Zhao Jifan's home. Zhao Jifan is currently held at the Fushun City Detention Center.

    Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and the National Security Bureau: 86-413-2625446, or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Division 1 or the National Security Bureau

    Guan Fei, head of Fushun City Police Department: 86-13941310016 (Cell), or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Guan Fei

    Ran Xiangchun, head of Division 1: 86-413-8830110, 86-413-2787381 (Office)

    Hao Jianguang, male, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-13941341388 (Cell)

    Hao Shifu, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-413-7645669 (Home)

    Team head Yang: 86-13504235432 (Cell), 86-413-2786445 (Office)

    Liu and Chen Feng: section heads

    Guan Yong, guard at Division 1: 86-413-2787387 (Office), 86-13009251616 (Cell)

    Police officers, Zhang Bin (or Zhang Jun) and Peng Yue: 86-13019653301 (Cell)

    Police officers: Liu Minghe (or Liu Pinghe), Wang, Guan Lei, Zhang Tao, Xu Changqing, Chen Daqing, Ding Changtao, Yang and Zhang Guanyong


    Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter

    (Clearwisdom.net) Because she was a Falun Dafa practitioner, Kong Fanrong from Shulan City, Jilin Province, was tortured to death in Shulan City Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Her husband Bian Hongxiang (also a Falun Dafa practitioner), 93-year-old mother-in-law, and daughter Bian Lingyun as well as her in-laws have been continuously harassed and arrested by the police.

    After 4:00 p.m. on July 21, 2005, Yan Jianhua, manager of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City, along with another police officer broke into Bian Lingyun's home and asked: "Where is your father Bian Hongxiang?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know." The police then took her away.

    When Lingyun's husband Song Junfang came home, he saw that Lingyun's grandmother was holding Lingyun's son and sobbing, so he asked what had happened. Through her tears, the grandma described how Lingyun had been taken away by the police.

    Bian Lingyun's mother was also arrested for practicing Falun Gong. The police tried to force Kong Fanrong to reveal the names of her fellow practitioners, but she did not cooperate and was tortured to death in the Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City. Ms. Kong's body was covered in bruises and raised red marks from being whipped. When the grandmother heard this sad news, she fainted in the courtyard, causing cuts and bleeding on her face. From that day, the grandmother gradually became weaker each day.

    Bian Lingyun missed her mom and felt deep sadness for a long time. She became temporarily mentally unstable from the grief and lost a lot of weight. A previously happy family was torn apart because of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.

    On March 3, 2005, police officers from Dehui City arrested Bian Hongxiang, Lingyun's father, and cruelly tortured him. He was not released until he was at death's door on March 25. Lingyun attended to her father, but so far, he has not yet fully recovered. However, police from Shulan vainly continue to persecute her father. They often harass the family in their home. When the police could not get to Bian Hongxiang, they arrested Lingyun.

    On July 22, four officers from the Huancheng Local Police Station were sent to Lingyun's home to try to make her husband, Song Junfang, sign a detention notice for Lingyun. Mr. Song refused. The officer roared, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang righteously replied: "No, my wife has not violated any law or disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order! You can ask the neighbours whether my wife is a good person. You are the ones disturbing social order!" The officer had no reply to the husband's words.

    Although the elderly grandma is unable to care of herself, she goes to the Public Security Bureau every day to request the release of Lingyun. The Director General said: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." The documents have been handed in twice. One was given to Director General Xin He. He accepted the material but did not release Lingyun. On the 29th, Bian Lingyun's husband and grandmother went to see Xin He. Mr. Xin said that the matter had nothing to do with him and told them to go the National Security Unit. They went to the National Security Unit, but the officers there pushed the responsibility onto the Public Security section. Staff at the Public Security section also said that it was not in their jurisdiction. Song Junfang has already lost his job and is facing financial hardship.

    The following are the phone numbers of some of the people involved in this case:
    Xin He, Director General of Shulan City Public Security Bureau: 86-432-8224808
    Yan Jianhua, Directory of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City who arrests Dafa practitioners: 86-432-8223069
    Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City: 86-432-8251265

    A Statement from Lingyun's Grandmother.

    I am Wang Liqin, 93 years old, from Shulan City, Jilin Province, China. Our five family members were fortunate to learn Falun Dafa in 1997--only my grandson does not practice. Dafa brought many benefits to our family. I previously suffered from heart disease and other diseases, which caused me to faint from time to time. When I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, all of my illnesses disappeared within a short time. Teacher saved me, has let me live to such an old age, and gave me a harmonious family.

    Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, we have not had one day of peace. My son and daughter-in-law were arrested successively. On the morning of January 28, 2000, my son Bian Hongxiang was tricked by police from the Shulan City Public Security Bureau. They said they wanted to have a conversation with him, but when he showed up, they unexpectedly sent him for two years of forced labor. When he returned home two years later, the police still did not spare him, and often came to our home to harass him, which made me feel afraid and anxious. In order to let me have a peaceful life, my son sent me to live with my granddaughter. He and his wife had to leave their home to avoid the continual persecution.

    Even so, they could not totally avoid the evil persecution. On January 4, 2003, police from Changchun rushed into their residence and arrested my son and daughter-in-law. My daughter-in-law, Kong Fanrong, was tortured in many different ways, such as gouging her eyes, forcing her to sit on a 'tiger bench' for hours, kicking her legs with their leather shoes, forcing toothpicks under all of her fingernails, and other cruel measures. She was then escorted to Shulan City, where she was killed in the Nanshan Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Those who saw her body said that it was covered in blue and purple bruises and lash marks. When I heard about how she had been tortured, I fainted and fell to the ground, and my face was covered with blood.

    On March 3, 2005, a group of policemen arrested my son, Bian Hongxiang, and the police from Changchun and Dehui tortured him until he was almost dead. The police thought he was dying, so they asked my granddaughter to take him home. He is still recuperating from the ordeal.

    I am already 93 years old, unable to take care of myself, and I completely depend on my granddaughter Lingyun. However, after 4:00 p.m. on July 21, Yan Jianhua and others from the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City suddenly broke into our home to further persecute my son. When they saw my son was not there, one of them bellowed at my granddaughter: "Where is your father?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know. He did not say where he was going when he went out." Then, the police took her away against her will. At that time, her 8-year-old son was frightened and trembling, and he cried his eyes out. I was also so scared that I was unable to move my legs. Two days later, Yan Jianhua led four policemen in trying to force my grand son-in-law Song Junfang to sign a document regarding his wife's arrest, but he refused. The police officer shouted at him, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang loudly replied: "No! My wife has not disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order? You can ask the neighbors whether or not my wife is a good person. Indeed, you are the ones disturbing social order!" What he said surprised the police so much that they left.

    Now that my granddaughter has been arrested, there is no one to take care of me. To keep the evildoers from breaking up my family even more, my grand son-in-law, great-grandson, and I went to the 610 Office, the Public Security Bureau, and the local police station. They tricked us by saying: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." However, this was just lip service. We recorded the details of our situation twice, and handed them to Director General Xin He of the Shulan Public Security Bureau, but the authorities still refused to release my granddaughter. On the 29th, Director General Xin He began to shirk his responsibilities, saying he could not take care of this matter and told us to go to the National Security Unit. But when we arrived there, the officers sent us to the Public Security section. At the Public Security section, the staff pushed the responsibility onto the local police station. We went to the police station, and were told to talk to the Director General. Every one of them tried to use the opportunity to extort money from us, but Song Junfang is unemployed and in financial hardship, so where could he find money for the police? I have lived through three to four dynasties. None of them was ever as evil as the current Chinese government. I do not understand why they took away my granddaughter. She was at home and did not disturb social order, but the police arrested her and forcibly searched our home without reason. Therefore, I ask for help and assistance from human rights organizations and just people around the world, and fellow practitioners in every country, to help in rescuing my granddaughter, Dafa practitioner Bian Lingyun.


    Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners

    (Clearwisdom.net) Since its establishment in the end of 2004, personnel from the Babaishang Branch of the Daqing Police Department have been using ruthless and vicious methods to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners.

    After its establishment, Li Daming, the former deputy head of the Daqing Police Department Honggang Branch, was transferred to the Babaishang Branch. Li had persecuted many Dafa practitioners while he was the deputy head of the Honggang Branch. He used to intimidate practitioners, "As soon as you say 'I'll keep practicing Falun Gong,' I will send you to jail."

    His police staff also stops at nothing to persecute practitioners. During the past half-year they have arrested and detained many practitioners in the Babaishang area, ransacked their homes and sentenced them to forced labor.

    Persecution Case 1: On January 24, 2005 a group of police officers arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. An Senbiao. He worked at the seventh Task Team of the Second Oil Extraction Plant and was clarifying the truth about Falun Gong when it happened. Perpetrators were from the Babaishang Branch Police Department (formerly Shengli Police Station), led by Gao Yufeng. Later they sentenced him to three years of forced labor.

    Aside from Mr. An Senbiao's home being ransacked, he had suffered many tortures, including being forced to sit on a metal chair for a long time, burned with a cigarette, confined in a small cell, forced to wear handcuffs and shackles that were usually reserved for death-row criminals, doused with water in the cold of winter, and being beaten and sworn at. In the Suihua Labor Camp, he was burned, scalded, pierced, shocked with electric batons and sexually abused. They also filled his mouth with powdered detergent. Mr. An carried on a hunger strike to protest the persecution, but was brutally force-fed. Even when he was at the brink of death, his family members weren't allowed to see him.

    Mr. An Senbiao's mother, in her eighties, his sister and wife went from office to office and official to official demanding his release. The Babaishang Police Branch Chief Li Daming, however, humiliated the mother saying, "He has committed crimes. The sentence was too light. You as the parent didn't do well, so your son cannot be good either." He also cursed Mr. An's wife, "You're no good either." He even made a phone call to the plant authorities saying, "An Senbiao's family members are causing trouble here. Why do you still keep him on the payroll? Expel him."

    The police accused the family of "disturbing official business" and drove them out. The Suihua Labor Camp didn't release Mr. An Senbiao until he was extremely weak and had multiple physical problems. The labor camp authorities forced the family members to write a statement promising to send him back to the labor camp after his recovery.

    Mr. An Senbiao is extremely emaciated. He used to weigh 165 jin (about 180 lbs), but now weighs only 85 jin (about 93 lbs). Due to long term shackling and handcuffing, he cannot extend his arms or bend over and cannot take care of himself.

    Persecution Case 2: On the morning of May 16, 2005, policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch, waited outside the home of Falun Gong practitioners Sui Qifeng and his wife Li Shulian, trying to arrest them. Since nobody came out, they shut off the electricity. When someone from the family came out to check, the police used this opportunity and barged into the house, ransacking it and attempting to arrest Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian.

    Due to lack of manpower and the resistance of Mr. Sui Qifeng, the policemen first took away his wife, Mrs. Li Shulian, who is nearly 60 years old. To keep the policemen from breaking into his house again, Mr. Sui Qifeng locked the door from the inside. More than ten policemen removed the locks with an electric drill and broke into the house.

    They arrested Mr. Sui Qifeng, who is also nearly 60 years old, and took 50 yuan from him to have the locks replaced.

    After arresting Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian, the policemen charged them with "disturbing social order" and sent them to the Daqing Longfeng Detention Center and Daqing City Detention Center, respectively. A few days later they sentenced them to forced labor and sent them to labor camps without even notifying their family members.

    Mr. Sui Qifeng is presently incarcerated at the Daqing Labor Camp. Ms. Li Shulian was first sent to the Harbin Drug Control Labor Camp, but because she didn't pass the physical exam, the labor camp refused to accept her. The policemen then sent her to the Qiqihar Shuanghe Labor Camp for persecution.

    Persecution Case 3: On July 27, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Weiguang was working at the Limin Restaurant in Babaishang's Area No. 6. Policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch barged into the restaurant, claiming to be conducting a standard ID check. They took Mr. Zhang Weiguang away and ransacked his home. Mr. Zhang is now locked up at the Daqing Detention Center.

    On July 28, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Shi Liwen went to visit her friend. As soon as she entered her friend's building, policemen arrested her and ransacked her home. When they went to ransack her home Ms. Shi's son, not a practitioner, didn't open the door as fast as the policemen demanded and was taken away also. He was released that night. Ms. Shi is being held at the Daqing Detention Center.

    Contact information of persons responsible for these persecution cases:

    Daqing City Police Department Babaishang Branch, Zip 163412

    Director, Li Daming 86-459-4980777(Office), 86-13836709003(Cell)
    86-13945957666(Cell), 86-459-4612473(Home)

    Political Head, Ma Xinke: 86-459-4980123(Office) 86-13329500833(Cell), 86-459-6295345(Home)
    Deputy Head, Liu Yuhu: 86-459-4986123(Office), 86-13836709055(Cell), 86-459-6781983(Home)
    Deputy Head, Wang Hongwei: 86-459-4895000(Office), 86-13836877222(Cell), 86-13836709006(Cell), 86-459-6132303(Home), 86-459-6786660(Home)
    Deputy Head, Yu Changjun: 86-459-4892500(Office), 86-13836709233(Cell), 86-459-6091088(Home)
    Section Chief, General Services, Tian Baohua: 86-459-4892567(Office), 86-13836709111(Cell), 86-459-6786100(Home)

    Community Team Six
    Person in charge, Policeman Wang Haibin (persecutor): 86-13836709203 (Cell), 86-459-4987065 (Home)
    Assistant, Meng Dafan: 86-13009900306 (Cell), 86-459-4196340 (Home)

    Aug. 4, 2005


    Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp

    (Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Fu Lijun, a practitioner from Ziyang, Sichuan Province, was arrested on June 5 while posting truth-clarification material in an area near Jianyang. She was illegally sentenced to a forced labor camp and is now locked up at Nanmusi Women's Forced Labor Camp in Zizhong County.

    Ms. Fu, born on September 28, 1973, was an employee of Sisanyi Factory. She resides at 207, building no. 10, Shizishan Sisanyi Factory, Yanjiang Town, Yanjiang District, Ziyang City. Her health has been poor since she was little, and modern medicine did not help her. Fortunately, she learned and practiced Falun Dafa, and her health improved tremendously. She became healthy, sincere and kind, and was eager to help others.

    During the six years since July 20, 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Fu have suffered much persecution because they practice Falun Dafa: their home was repeatedly ransacked; they were detained and denied their worker's pay; they were insulted and disgraced in public on television and in newspapers; and they were harassed by public security officials. Furthermore, in these six years, they were under intense surveillance from the local public security office, and from plain-clothes policemen from the national security office. Their activities were tracked and monitored. The entire family of six suffered constant anxiety, and life was very fearful and tense.

    On June 5, 2005, policemen again forcefully arrested Ms. Fu and secretly sentenced her to forced labor without notifying her family. The family learned about her fate from other sources a few days after she was sentenced and locked up in the forced labor camp.

    The family is once again under serious crisis: Ms. Fu's father is paralyzed in bed, her grandmother who is over 80 years old is very weak and her mother Ma Bingyin is very ill in the hospital due to the long-term anxiety and fear that she has endured. Ma Bingyin's son is also very young. The entire burden is fallling onto her husband's shoulders. The elder family members are overcome with grief, and the atmosphere in the house is gloomy and sad.

    A couple of days ago Ms. Fu submitted an opinion to the administration. In the opinion she pointed out that the sentence given to her by the Ziyang City Labor Reform Management Committee is illegal. For the past thirteen years, everything taught by Falun Dafa is in accordance with the sacred rights stated in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China for Chinese citizens.


    Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    A Female Employee from Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill, Xinyang City, Henan Province Not Seen Since 2000

    Ms. Li Ying'e, about 50 years of age, was an employee of Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill. She was sent back to her hometown and extorted out of 1000 yuan after she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. She went to Beijing again in December 2000 and her whereabouts are unknown.

    Falun Dafa Practitioner Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong City Disappeared in October 2001

    Ms. Li Lanfeng, 28, was from Dali Village, Sunji Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province. She worked in the Agriculture Bureau of Shouguang City. Li Lanfeng began to practice Falun Dafa when she was in the university. At that time, her parents and her sisters had objected to her practicing. However, she continued and persisted in the practice and upheld her belief. Her family members now understand her and do not oppose her practicing Falun Gong anymore. However they have lost contact with her for three years and ten months. Her elderly parents miss her very much. Her sisters thinking about her night and day and worry about her safety.

    August 5, 2005


    List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Name

    Age

    Beginning of prison term

    Prison term

    Address

    Yu Qiaoling

    55

    2001/9

    13

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Han Dongmei

    41

    2004/4

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Wang Fengyi

    49

    2002/5

    8

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Bai Junjie

    58

    2005/1

    7

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jianhua

    47

    2002/8

    3

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Guo Jinghua

    48

    2001/5

    5

    Changli City, Hebei Province

    Xie Zhanfen

    29

    2002/9

    9

    Renqiu City, Hebei Province

    Name unknown

    37

    2002/10

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Song Shunxia

    42

    2002/5

    3.5

    Beijing City

    Zhao Wenlan

    67

    2003/6

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Ma Xiuqin

    62

    2001/7

    9

    Yi County, Hebei Province

    Tian Xiuzhen

    58

    2003/5

    3.5

    Raoyang City, Hebei Province

    Wan Hongying

    39

    2002/4

    4

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Ding Ruqin

    51

    2001/8

    7

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Cai Shuqing

    51

    2004/9

    4

    Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province

    Zheng Meiying

    36

    2002/5

    5

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Chen Yanli

    36

    2002/8

    4

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    Dai Lili

    31

    2001/4

    8

    Cangzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wang Meilan

    52

    2002/5

    4

    Wei County, Hebei Province

    Fan Yongjiang

    36

    2000/12

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Fu Dongxiao

    36

    2001/6

    7

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Geng Yuxia

    37

    2001/6

    6

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Wu Baoxia

    40

    Â

    4

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Yan

    38

    2003/7

    3

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    He Lanhua

    60

    2001/3

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    He Jinhuan

    27

    2001

    10

    Shenzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cao Shumian

    55

    2001/1

    8

    Xiong County, Hebei Province

    Wang Yuman

    50

    2001

    10

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Du Shuyun

    47

    2002/11

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Lan Qizhi

    41

    2001

    11

    Petroleum Refinery of Shijianzhuang City

    Liu Xiaofeng

    36

    2001/9

    6

    Qianan County, Hebei Province

    Zhou Yu

    40

    2001/9

    8

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Gong Fenglan

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Liang Xiulian

    54

    2002/8

    Â

    Chongli County, Hebei Province

    Du Yuqin

    38

    2002/1

    8

    Â

    Han Fuyan

    41

    2001/4

    8

    Funing City, Hebei Province

    Liu Xiumin

    36

    2002/9

    7

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lianzhi

    50

    2004/4

    4

    Tangshan City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lijun

    38

    2002/8

    12

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wu Yueting

    51

    2004/8

    3

    Laiyuan City, Hebei Province

    Guo Xiaohui

    45

    2003/1

    8

    Langfang City, Hebei Province

    Niu Minjie

    44

    2002/9

    8

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Li Aihua

    42

    2002/6

    5

    Renqiu County, Hebei Province

    Ni Chunxiang

    40

    2002/10

    7

    Beijing City

    Tang Hui

    35

    2004/2

    11

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Li Binghan

    36

    2002/4

    10

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cai Yongcun

    43

    2000/12

    9

    Hengshui City, Hebei Province

    Liang Shuping

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Li

    36

    2001/11

    10

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jinying

    41

    2000/8

    5

    Laishui County, Hebei Province

    In 2003, Liu Jinying suffered a nervous breakdown from the torture in Taihang Prison.

    August 12, 2005


    Open Forum


    Forced Labor in China: Testimony Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 22, 2005

    Forced Labor in China
    Wednesday, June 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255

    Statement of Gregory Xu


    Mr. Chairman, members of this Commission, ladies and gentlemen:

    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak on the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

    We are grateful for the support this Congress has shown us during this difficult time. We are, however, sad to report that in the past six years, the persecution of Falun Gong in China has gone into a covert one but continued to worsen. Over the years, between 200,000 and 1 million have been reportedly sent to forced labor camps without trials. The persecution methods used in such camps are extremely cruel, encompassing a wide variety of brutal tortures; and yet the Chinese government has imposed strict blockades in an attempt to conceal information and absolve its responsibility. The labor camps in China have the authority to imprison Falun Gong practitioners for as long as three years without any due process and can arbitrarily extend the terms of imprisonment at will.

    I. The latest casualty of labor camp

    Most recently, Falun Dafa Information Center (FDI) has learned that Ms. Gao Rongrong, whose face was grossly disfigured as a result of torture in Longshan Forced Labor Camp, was tortured to death on June 16, 2005. Ms. Gao went through nearly two years of incarceration, brainwashing, and torture for her beliefs in Falun Gong. Her case even involved directives from Luo Gan, one of the standing members on China's Politburo.

    Ms. Gao, an accountant at the Luxun College of Fine Arts in Shenyang City, was stripped of her job in 1999, soon after Falun Gong met with suppression. Ms. Gao then lodged legal appeals with authorities in Beijing, calling for an end to the wrongful persecution. Authorities then, acting outside the law, detained Ms. Gao. In July 2003, Ms. Gao was sent to Longshan Forced Labor Camp. On May 7, 2004, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Tang Yubao, the deputy head of the No. 2 Prison Brigade, along with team leader Jiang Zhaohua, summoned Ms. Gao to the office and began to torture her with an electric baton. The torture continued for about 7 hours, and the inmates in the labor camp said that Ms. Gao sustained multiple burns to her face, head, and neck. Ms. Gao's face was covered with blisters and her hair was matted with pus and blood. So severe were the injuries that Ms. Gao's face was disfigured and she had difficulty seeing things.

    In a desperate attempt to escape her torturers, Ms. Gao later jumped from the 2nd floor office window of the facility, sustaining multiple fractures. Subsequent hospitalization allowed those close to Ms. Gao to take photos of the injuries to her face and body. The shocking photos made their way overseas, where human rights activists publicized them widely. Details of her case were submitted to related government offices in the U.S. and other nations, and were also presented to the United Nations.

    While hospitalized, Gao was under constant surveillance from the Chinese police. Authorities declared she would be returned to captivity upon release from the hospital. On October 5, 2004, however, Ms. Gao - having recovered sufficiently to be moved - was able to leave the hospital with the help of a small group of friends, thus avoiding abduction by police and the possibility of further torture.

    During Ms. Gao's short escape between October 5, 2004 and March 6, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. contacted the U.S. Department of State for rescuing Ms. Gao.

    Politburo Standing Committee Member Personally Oversees Gao's Case

    As international pressure mounted concerning Ms. Gao's case, one of China's highest-ranking officials stepped in: Politburo Standing Committee member Luo Gan. Luo proceeded to order the Liaoning Province Chinese Communist Party Political Judiciary Committee, the Procuratorate, the Department of Justice, and the Police Department to conceal any and all information about Ms. Gao's case.

    After Ms. Gao's escape, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phones of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, hoping to discover who had helped publicize Ms. Gao's case and secure her escape. A manhunt ensued, as all individuals believed to have facilitated Ms. Gao's hospital escape were ordered rounded up. One such individual who was abducted, Mr. Feng Gang, had to be admitted to Masanjia Hospital after thirteen days of hunger strike protesting his unlawful abduction. Another individual, Mr. Sun Shiyou, is reported to have been severely tortured by authorities, including having his genitals shocked by electric batons. Mr. Sun's family members were also abducted.

    On March 6, 2005, Ms. Gao was located by police and again abducted. Neither her location nor her condition was revealed to family members until June 12; they learned she was being held at Medical University Hospital in Shenyang City. According to Ms. Gao's family, by the time they reached the hospital on June 12, Ms. Gao had lost consciousness, her organs were atrophying, and she was hooked up to a respirator. They say she was little more than "skin and bones." Ms. Gao died four days later. Chinese police are now pressuring Ms. Gao's family to cremate her body quickly, trying to eliminate the evidence of torture.

    It was reported that Public Security Bureau agents closely guarded the room in which Ms. Gao was held at the hospital. The agents intended to prevent news of her condition and maltreatment from reaching the outside world; this fits a pattern of complicity that reaches to the highest levels of China's regime.

    II. Forced labor in China's labor camps

    Ms. Gao's death is part of a disturbing pattern of systematic rights violations, systematic cover up, and zero accountability. And Ms. Gao is just the latest victim of China's forced labor camp system. The re-education-through-labor system has become a very effective tool of control and suppression in the past fifty years for the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP).

    According to WOIPFG (World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong), there are two direct purposes behind China's system of "re-education-through-labor": first, to create a reliable and cheap labor force through forced labor, and secondly to brainwash prisoners. This is the so-called "reform one's mind through labor". This not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages the prison and labor camp systems to persecute the detainees because of the huge profit in products made through forced labor. In addition, it shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets when these cheap products are dumped on the international market. Many consumers buy the products, totally unaware of the reasons behind the cheap price.

    Since China's former president Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, according to incomplete statistics, more than 180 forced labor camps in China have directly participated in the persecution through illegal forced labor of over 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In addition to forced brainwashing and torture, China's labor camps also force a large number of Falun Gong practitioners to work as slave laborers. Falun Gong practitioners have been made to work overtime shifts, subjected to punishment or deprivation of food or sleep if assigned quotas are not met, and tortured if they refuse to cooperate. They are often arbitrarily detained beyond their release dates because of the huge profits that camps stand to gain as a result of free labor. Practitioners are forced to work more than 10 hours a day, sometimes even continuously overnight. Because of the terrible working conditions and highly labor-intensive work, Falun Gong practitioners have all suffered various degrees of damage, both mentally and physically. Some have become disabled or even died. About 30% of all the death cases of Falun Gong practitioners resulted from torture in labor camps. Sixty-nine labor camps have directly caused the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners, including elderly people in their 60s. Even women, children, or disabled practitioners have not been spared.

    For example, Qiqiha'er Shuanghe Female Labor Camp is a processing site that has no government approved certificate for producing agricultural chemicals. Falun Gong practitioners are, however, forced to pack very toxic pesticide powders with no protective worksuits at all, which have caused serious physical harm to the practitioners. Many practitioners have had bleeding noses, others feel sick, vomit, have had severe coughs (there was blood in their phlegm) and abnormal bleeding; still others have nearly gone blind because the labor camp is filled with choking toxic pesticide dust. The victims are forced to continue their work even when they show symptoms of being poisoned. On the packages, it is clearly stated that in producing the pesticides there must be protective facilities and workers must take showers after work. However, there are no shower facilities in the chemical factory. In the hot summer, when the chemical dust and sweat mixed together, it would irritate the skin; as the sweat dried out, one could attain tinea-type skin ulcers. The victims would feel itchy and painful. The police would often forbid practitioners to wash, and therefore these practitioners have to go to bed with chemical dust all over their bodies.

    At one time, Falun Gong practitioners Zhang Guiqin, Qi Baiqin, Lin Xiumei and Jiang Yuehong refused to work to protest the persecution, but they were tortured for doing so. They were forced to 'sit on iron chairs', a form of torture where their hands were handcuffed from behind their back, their feet were put into two square holes and they were sandwiched between the back of the iron chair and an iron slab in front of their chest. They were tortured until their feet were swollen, their skin torn and flesh gaping or they lost consciousness. Afterwards, six Falun Gong practitioners, headed by Gao Shanshan, jointly urged the authorities to stop the persecution. The labor camp confined Gao Shanshan into a solitary compartment at once and illegally extended her term in the labor camp for an additional two months to make this 20-year old practitioner suffer mentally.

    Zhang Zhijie, the team leader of the prison guards at the Shuanghe Female Labor Camp, and guard Chen Jianhua illegally extended most practitioners' terms of detention for another year so that they could maintain a high employment and high bonuses.

    Because it was illegal to produce agricultural chemicals, when the authorities came to inspect the camp, production would stop immediately. Falun Gong practitioners were also forced to pack sanitized chopsticks in their dormitories where they did not have even basic disinfecting facilities, not to mention proper workshops.

    For another example, Shandong No.1 Female Labor Camp, located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, is commonly known as Jinan Female Labor Camp. Since October 2000, however, the number of detainees increased sharply to more than 700 people. More than 95% of them were Falun Dafa practitioners who had been illegally kidnapped and detained there. According to WOIPFG, the labor camp signed business deals with Jinan Tianyi Printing Co., Ltd. and several other companies, and turned the labor camp into handwork workshops for these enterprises, in order to increase profit from foreign investment so that the labor camp staff could get more bonuses. The labor camp forced the detainees to do excessive amounts of labor. As a result, detainees (including elderly ladies over 60 years old) had to work 13 to 14 hours a day and sometimes even overnight without pay. Due to working overtime for long periods of time, a lot of detainees had difficulty standing, and it was very common for someone to faint in the workshop. Those who refused to work would be put into a "confined solitary compartment" which was totally dark. The practitioners confined there were not allowed to go to sleep, to wash their faces or brush their teeth. They were also not allowed to come out of the compartment to go to the toilet and were forced to stand continuously for more than 20 days until they became unconscious. These people would then have such swollen feet that they could not wear shoes and could not walk.

    III. Why are China's products so cheap

    Because of the strong resistance from western democratic countries against "forced labor products", in 1991 China's State Council re-emphasized the ban on the export of "forced labor products" and stipulated that no prison is allowed to cooperate or establish joint ventures with foreign investors. In reality, however, the Chinese government has granted numerous preferential policies to enterprises under labor camps and prisons, to encourage and attract foreign investment and export. In the document [2001] No.56 from the State Bureau of Taxation under China's Ministry of Finance, it is clearly stated that if the property rights of a company are solely owned by a prison or forced labor camp system, the company is exempt from corporate income tax and the land inquisition levy.

    FDI and WOIPFG have collected ample evidence that shows China's labor camps have cooperated with companies to force Falun Gong practitioners to manufacture forced labor products without any payment during their detention. Products from these labor camps are exported to more than 30 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, etc.

    The forced labor system not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages abuse and torture as camps raise their quotas in pursuit of even more profit. Meanwhile, the camps use part of the profits to construct more forced labor facilities. In addition, the products produced through forced labor are competitive and highly attractive in international markets because of their extreme low cost. As a result, this has led some foreign companies not aware of a product's background to participate in joint venture production, importing and selling the forced-labor-produced items. This not only violates the laws of their own countries and international laws, as many countries forbid the importation and selling of products manufactured through forced labor, but also shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets, threatening some of their homeland companies that share the same market sectors.

    A good example is the lobbying campaign initiated by the six largest U.S. textile and fabric trade organizations during their summit in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2003. On July 2, 2003, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) published a shocking report stating that with the quota removal for Chinese textile products, more than 1,300 textile plants in the U.S. would have to close by early 2004, resulting in the loss of over 630,000 jobs. The U.S. textile and apparel market would be under China's control if protective measures were not implemented in a timely manner. Ample evidence indicates that some textile manufacturers such as the Shanghai Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd. the Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc., China, collaborate with "re-education-through-labor" camps or detention centers to force Falun Gong practitioners into unpaid hard labor during their detention. The unlawfully detained practitioners are forced to endure more than 10 hours of hard labor per day or even overnight shifts in addition to their regular hours. Those products are produced at the cost that their competitors cannot match.

    III.1. Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp

    According to WOIPFG, Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp, located in Nanyuan, Daxing Country, Beijing, does handwork for several companies for their export products. Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd, a joint venture specializing in design, manufacture, sales and export of soft toys, is one such company. In February 2001, nearly 1000 illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners were forced to make toys with no pay. This forced labor produced 100,000 toy rabbits for Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd subcontracted by Nestle.

    Ms. Jennifer Zeng is a Falun Gong practitioner currently living in Australia. She was detained in Xin'an Labor Camp and was one of the practitioners forced to make Nestle toy rabbits. She described her experience as follows. "In the labor camp, we were forced to do all kinds of heavy labor work, including planting grass and trees, clearing garbage, digging cellars for storing vegetables in winter, knitting sweaters, knitting cushions, making toys, producing disposable syringes, wrapping sanitized chopsticks and so on. Most of the products were for export. In particular, the sweaters we knitted were large sizes only suitable for foreigners who are big in build. In February 2001, we received an order for 100,000 toy rabbits. According to the police, the toys were being made for Nestle to be used in their promotions. The rabbits were about 30 cm. long, brown in color, with a long neck, wearing a large bright red collar made from fleecy material, with two black whiskers on each side of the face, about 5-6 cm long. Some of the rabbits wore cowboy vests, some wore dustcoats, and some had one eye patched up like a pirate. There were English letters on their chests, with their fists clenched, thumbs up. There were three toes on their feet, canary yellow in color. Their tails were white in color and very short."

    Falun Gong practitioners are forced to work for extremely long hours without pay in Xin'an labor camp. Ms. Zeng recalls, "It would go through over 30 processing lines to make a rabbit like this, and it would take over 10 hours to make one. But the processing fee for each rabbit was only 30 cents (equivalent to Au$0.06, US$0.04). The processing fees were paid to the labor camp. We didn't get anything. Usually we began work after getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning, and worked until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning the next day. Sometimes we had to work overtime, otherwise we could not finish the job. At the busiest time, I did not dare to wash my hands after going to the toilet, in order to save a few minutes. At night, sometimes I was so exhausted that I could not even count clearly from 1 to 9. Yet I still had to force my eyes open to knit sweaters. The pattern of the sweater was quite complicated; sometimes we finally finished the knitting after much effort only to discover the next morning it had been knitted completely wrongly. So, we had to unpick the stitches and redo it. Long hours of highly intensive workload and severe lack of sleep made me feel, for a very long period of time, that the only thing I needed in my life was sleep."

    The picture to the left is a photo of the toy rabbits manufactured for Nestle taken from Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. It's clear that they are the same as Jennifer described.

    The Sydney Morning Herald and Geneva Le Temps, both reported on this case. On December 28, 2001, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Kelly Burke: "Cute toy rabbits belie ordeal of Chinese labor camps". Nestle released a statement to the Herald, confirming that the company placed an order with an established Beijing-based toy manufacturer, Beijing Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. for 110,000 plush rabbits for a Nesquik promotion early that year.

    III.2. Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre

    Lanzhou Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd, established in 1988 in Gansu by Taiwanese businessman Lin Ken, is one of the earliest Taiwan-financed enterprises in Gansu. >From 1992, the company embarked on a joint venture with Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre (also known as Xiguoyuan Detention Centre). According to WOIPFG, some 10,000 detainees (including dozens of illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) were forced to use their hands to peel the shells off melon seeds, and were engaged in intensive physical labor work. Those detainees were forced to crack the seeds of a large variety of melon between their teeth, and then peel the husk off with their bare hands to remove the kernels. In winter, they had to do this work outside in the freezing cold. Many of them suffered frostbite and the skin on their hands split, with pus and blood from the wounds oozing onto the melon seeds. In the summer, the cracking and extracting of kernels from shells continued unabated. Many had their teeth cracked and damaged from cracking melon seeds, and even lost their fingernails in the process of extracting the kernels from their shells. The detainees were forced to squat on their heels to do the work from early morning till evening for more than ten hours continuously, with no pay.

    In order for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd and Xiguoyuan Detention Centre to make a huge profit, the detainees were given high quotas for their work. The detention center staff tortured the detainees at will. Furthermore, there was corruption and economic crime. In 1998, a division chief of Dashaping Detention Center committed suicide with a gun when he was found embezzling money of melon seed process fees.

    In April 2001, 57 year-old Falun Gong practitioner Wan Guifu was illegally sent to Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan Guifu was forced to crack melon seeds with his teeth and extract the kernels with his fingers. His lips were badly swollen and the fingernails of both his hands fell off. His fingers were bleeding and oozing pus. Because he was unable to finish his quota, Wan Guifu was tortured by inmates of Cell No. 9, after secret instructions from the captain of the 4th crew of Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan suffered severe injury to his abdomen. On December 29, 2001, he was sent to the Lanzhou Dashaping Labor Camp Hospital but died three days later. The doctors extracted a lot of fluid from Wan Guifu's abdominal cavity, a direct result of the severe torture. According to confirmation by people (names omitted) who were detained at Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center for a long period, the death rate of detainees at the center was very high, but because of the blockade of information, details of the death cases are usually not reported.

    These unpaid manual laborers provided huge profits for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd. In just a few years, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd became the biggest production base in China in roasted seeds and nuts. Its main product line, "Zhenglin handpicked melon seeds" (shelled by detainees), is sold in more than 30 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian countries. At present, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd has subsidiary companies overseas in the United States, Canada, Singapore, and Malaysia. In Australia, they have an import business liaison person.

    III. 3. Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp, also called the Jinan Women's Forced Labor Camp, is located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, Shandong Province. It is the manufacturing site for Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd.

    The detainees are forced to make products without pay. Soon after October 2000, the number of detainees suddenly increased from 200 to 700, with approximately 95% of the new detainees being Falun Gong practitioners. In order to earn foreign exchange and more bonuses, the camp often forced practitioners to work extra hours to sew bedding. The over-60-year-old women were also forced to suffer through their exhaustion, working overnight in order to complete the tasks. The detainees often fall in a dead faint on the floor because of the long-term overtime and work overload. Those who refused to work were locked up in a dark, "strictly monitored" room. Rest, sleep, washing, and using the toilet outside were all denied. Detainees were forced to keep standing for over 20 days until they finally fainted. Their legs and feet became so badly swollen that they could not wear shoes and could not even walk. They were seriously debilitated, physically and mentally. The main products include handmade bedding and domestic accessories under the brand name of "Lijie."

    Within the first six months of 2002, this forced labor camp made 570,000 Yuan (US$70,000) from its production. Within two years, it built an office building over a dozen stories high, a reception building, and a big stockroom facility. The products it manufactured were sold to the U.S, Canada, Chile, Argentina, European Union, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and over 30 other countries. It is claimed that Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., is a major enterprise for earning foreign revenue. Its annual turnover is 70 million Yuan (US$8.5 million) and annual export is over US$10 million.

    III. 4. Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Chinese citizen Li Ying lived in Shanghai City and graduated from Shanghai Tongji University in 1992 with a major in Business Management. She worked in the Shanghai Zhonglu Management Consulting Company. On October 16, 2001, she was detained for practicing Falun Gong and sentenced to two years' forced labor in the Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. As a result of the persistent appeals of her fiancé, Australian citizen Li Qizhong, and the rescue effort of fellow practitioners all over the world, she was released on October 15 and arrived in Australia on November 29, 2003.

    Li Ying was forced to do hard labor during the time she was detained in Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp, making products for many Chinese companies and factories. Aside for the plush toys exported to Italy, she had to make products for the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear. According to her testimony, all the "Three-Gun" underwear marked with "examined by # 16" are made by detainees of Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. The detainees have to get up at 5 a.m. and work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. or 12 midnight. These long hours of labor result in badly blistered hands and fingers, while the wage is just 3 Yuan (US$0.35) a day. The detainees have to pay a boarding fee of 75 Yuan (US$9) per month, which is deducted from their meager wages.

    Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd., is authorized to import and export. Its main product is the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear, which is sold to over 70 countries and regions. The Three-Gun Group is also a partner of the world-renowned Dow Corning and Dupont companies, from which it imports technology.

    III. 5. Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City

    Competition within the hair products industry is very intense since it is a highly specialized industry with minimal barriers in terms of capital, technology, and marketing. Furthermore, since the price of human hair raw materials and labor constitute a significant percentage of the overall product cost, companies fight for raw material resources and cheap labor. As a result, the detainees in nearby labor camps, jails, and detention centers have become the slave laborers for making low-cost hair products. Analysis of the situation reveals that this is one of the main reasons labor camps became the production sites for Henan Rebecca Hair Products and other Henan hair products manufacturers.

    To make products for the Henan Province hair products, over 800 detainees (including illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) in Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City have been pushed to work day and night by guards who threaten them with torture, punishment, and humiliation. They work extra hours to bring in foreign exchange income and more profit for the labor camps and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. To increase profits, Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp even "buys" Falun Gong practitioners as slaves from other places for 800 Yuan (US$100) each. When the labor camp was short of funds and was about to be shut down, many Falun Gong practitioners were abducted and incarcerated in this camp where they were forced to make hair products, thus reviving the labor camp's business.

    According to a witness, "Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp was awarded the 'National Civilized Work Unit' citation from the Central Politics and Law Committee '610 Office' and the Labor Camp Bureau, for persecuting Falun Gong. At the time the award was put up, three detainees fainted from exhaustion. Qu Shuangcai, Director of the No. 3 Labor Camp, brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and was favored by his superiors. In May 2003, he was transferred to the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City and promoted to director of that labor camp. Right away, he signed a contract with Henan Rebecca Hair Products, Inc. He also instituted the use of straightjacket restraints for torturing practitioners. Within several months of his arrival, three female Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death."

    With the help of free labor from Henan labor camps, in the first 10 months of 2002, the hair product export of Henan Province reached US$138.86 million, which made it a big industry with over 1 billion Yuan (US$125 million) in revenue, and Henan became the largest hair product manufacturer in the world. The hair product industry has had a consecutive annual growth rate of nearly 30%, and Henan's hair products have a market share of one fourth of the world's total. Owning five labor camps/hair product factories, Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. has been the world's leading producer of human hair weaves.

    According to sources, the U.S. is the largest distribution and consumer market of hair products in the world. Rebecca accounts for a significant market share in the United States. Statistics show that the U.S. has a need for 15 million human hair weavings, 10 million of which come from Xuchang, Henan.

    III.6. Other export products made in labor camps

    Numerous other products made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners are finally exported to the United States and other countries.

    Mr. Sam Lu is now an Atlanta resident. He was put in a jail in Guangdong Province for almost two months in 2001. According to his own testimony, Sam was forced to work on export products such as toys and shopping bags without pay. He still remembers one of the shopping bags was printed with "National Gallery of Art." Sam was put into a cell only about 300 sq. feet in size, with 20 prisoners and one toilet inside. They slept and worked in the cell.

    Sometimes they were forced to work until 2:00 am to keep up with the schedule. Only two meals a day were provided. The police used a wire whip to beat prisoners if they did not do a good job or could not keep up with the schedule.

    The same kind of tragedy is happening to Sam's wife Xuefei Zhou, who was sentenced to forced labor camp for three years without any trial and without a lawyer only because she handed out flyers in the street to clarify to the truth about Falun Gong. Xuefei was forced to do embroidery work for export. The hard work, malnutrition and torture made his wife almost lose her eyesight.

    III.7. U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee is forced to make Christmas lights to be exported to U.S.

    U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee was arrested upon arriving at Guangzhou Airport on January 22, 2003. He was rushed through a one-day show trial on March 21, 2003, and sentenced to a 3-year prison term for his "intention" of exposing human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese government. He had not committed any crime, nor did he intend to. His only intent was to expose to the Chinese people the reality of the nature of the persecution that the Chinese government has concealed from them.

    According to the information from "Friends of Charles Lee," throughout one and a half years of detention, Dr. Lee has suffered both physical and mental abuse: he has been beaten, force-fed, deprived of sleep, handcuffed for days at a time, and forced to watch anti-Falun Gong brainwashing videos. These tactics are employed to try to break his spirit, and cause him to abandon his belief in Falun Gong. It is evident that the persecution of Dr. Lee directly targets his belief in Falun Gong.

    Starting from June 2004 to late 2004, Dr. Lee was forced to make Christmas lights daily. At times he was forced to work 10-12 hours per day and 7 days a week. These Christmas lights are to be exported to U.S.

    IV. The information concealing and media coverage

    How much does the world know about what happens in China's labor camps? Will people still buy China's exports if they know they are made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners?

    Unfortunately, Ms. Gao Rongrong's death highlights the systematic cover up and the fear the Chinese Communist Party has for people to know the truth. Afraid of the publicity of Ms. Gao's disfigurement, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phone lines of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, and a manhunt ensued, resulting in the re-arrest of Ms. Gao and subsequent abduction and torture of other Falun Gong practitioners.

    Ever since the Chinese Communist Party launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, the communist regime has utilized its state run media to orchestrate a hate campaign against Falun Gong, without allowing practitioners any voice. The Chinese government penalizes severely anybody who dares to challenge its information blockade. Mr. Liu Chengjun, male, from Jilin Province, was involved in the incident of broadcasting Falun Gong programs through the Changchun Cable TV System on March 5, 2002. In revenge, the Chinese authorities ordered a mass arrest in Changchun soon after. The police shot Mr. Liu in the leg after arresting him. On September 20, 2002, Changchun City Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to 13 years in prison. On December 26, 2003, Liu Chengjun left this world after enduring 21 months of prison torture.

    The Chinese Internet market is fast-growing, yet, China is believed to extend greater censorship over the net than any other country in the world. In China, all 110,000 net cafes in the country have to use software to control access to websites considered harmful or subversive. A net police force monitors websites and e-mails, and gateways connecting the country to the global internet are designed to prevent access to critical information. It has been reported that Cisco Systems has sold several thousand routers - costing more than US$20,000 each - to enable China to build an online spying system and the firm's engineers have helped set it to spot "subversive" key-words in messages. The system also enables police to know who has looked at banned sites or sent "dangerous" e-mails. Cisco is not only breaching a code of ethics, but also is violating the Global Internet Freedom Act, passed by the House of Representatives of U.S. in July 2003, which aims to combat online censorship imposed by repressive regimes such as China.

    Not content with controlling Chinese language media in China, China's communist regime is doing its utmost to influence the world media. On January 21, 2005, AP's Beijing Bureau released a story "Chinese Government Shows off Repentant Falun Gong Followers," which echoed the CCP's official portrayal of the January 2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation tragedy, though numerous reports by independent media and human rights bodies worldwide have questioned and repudiated claims by the Chinese Communist regime linking Falun Gong to the immolations. The Falun Dafa Information Center anticipated Beijing's propaganda shenanigans, and thus sent a media advisory to the AP and others detailing their concerns. That was before the AP's story ran. And yet the AP's piece went beyond merely failing to present or engage Falun Gong's concerns and did exactly what the advisory cautioned against.

    With its admission to the WTO, China is under pressure to open up its massive media market. In the meantime, it is also seeking for vehicles to disseminate its own message across, not only to the overseas Chinese, but also to the world at large. For examples, when the AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings were allowed to broadcast their programs in China, they were asked, in return, to carry news and propaganda of the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on the cable networks of AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Fox. Furthermore, the broadcasting has to be managed to steer clear of issues that the Chinese authorities would deem offensive, such as the persecution against Falun Gong practice group, for the penalty could be cancellation of broadcast privileges. Former employees, rights organization and the free press have criticized the Murdoch empire for its failure to raise sensitive issues in China. Maybe Murdoch has learned how to bow to Beijing from the hard lesson of Star-TV discontinuing the BBC's World Service when Murdoch owned that company and talked about how dictatorships would crumble under the weight of global communications.

    In their efforts to conquer the world's most populous and potentially lucrative Internet market, some multinational firms are making compromises that limit the right of Chinese Internet users to freedom of information. In October 2004, U.S.-based Google admited to removing eight news sources, apparently deemed subversive, from its Chinese site. As recently as the search kingpin went public in August 2004, its founders vowed to hold the customer experience sacrosanct. According to Business Week (October 11, 2004), Google offers China users an uncharacteristic lack of disclosure on the removed content, aside from the censorship itself. On November 29, 2004, Reporters Without Borders condemned the action of the Chinese authorities in blocking access to Google's news website (Google News), starting a few weeks after the launch of an expurgated Chinese-language version of Google News. The press freedom organization said in a statement "China is censoring Google News to force Internet users to use the Chinese version of the site which has been purged of the most critical news reports. [...] By agreeing to launch a news service that excludes publications disliked by the government, Google has let itself be used by Beijing."

    Google's archrival Yahoo! has been censoring its Chinese-language search-engine for several years as directed by the Chinese government. For example, the top results of a search for "Falun Gong" produces only sites critical of the Chinese meditation practice in line with the regime's position. The same search using a non-censored search-engine turns up material supporting Falun Gong and material about the Chinese government's repression of its followers. Meanwhile, other search-engines not conforming to the censorship, such as Altavista, have already been blocked inside China.

    "With the cooperation of companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo!, and Google, Chinese authorities have used American technology to monitor, sanitize, and ultimately isolate the Chinese web, creating the world's greatest Red Internet." (quoted from Can FDI(Foreign Direct Investment) Save the Shaking Chinese Economy? by Li Li and Ching-hsi Chang, 2004)

    The latest episode of China's control in the world media is the CCP's coercion of Eutelsat to take NTDTV off the air, so Chinese people will lose the only open window to access uncensored TV programs.

    IV. The lasting and far reaching impact

    The persecution of Falun Gong over the past six years in the People's Republic of China has led to the unjust imprisonment of thousands of innocent practitioners, has subjected them to severe forms of mental and physical abuse, and has caused their families and loved ones countless hours of emotional agony. Consequently, in the wake of this savagery, many children have lost either one or both parents and sometimes even all of their caregivers. According to the 2005 report of GMR (Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners), five children were killed in police custody; 18 children lost both of their parents during the persecution; 102 children lost one of their parents; 43 children are directly targeted, tortured, or thrown into prisons and labor camps because of their or their parents' belief in Falun Gong; 39 children are forced to separate from their parents because their parents are detained. In addition, hundreds of thousands of children have been forced to slander Falun Gong or, upon refusal, be expelled from school. Moreover, many young children are discriminated as their parents are practicing Falun Gong. This data, however, only represented the information investigated and confirmed by GMR.

    For example, Zhuangzhuang Pan is a five-year-old boy from Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province. Zhuangzhuang's father Xingfu Pan, former Associate Director of Telecommunications Bureau Exchange Center in the city of Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang Province, was persecuted to death on Jan. 31, 2005 because he practiced Falun Gong; and his mother Li Zhang is serving a 9-year sentence in Harbin City Women's Prison. In addition, both Zhuangzhuang's uncle and aunt are in forced labor camps. Zhuangzhuang and his 64-year-old grandmother now depend on each other with no financial income.

    In May, 2001, Xingfu Pan was arrested by Shuangyashan Patrol Team and was incarcerated in the Shuangyashan Detention Center. On March 7, 2002, Pan was unlawfully sentenced to 5 years in prison with no evidence. During his periods of incarceration, Pan was forced to do lots of heavy labor work in addition to enduring various brutal tortures. After years of forced labor as well as various mental and physical tortures, Pan's health deteriorated dramatically. On June 18, 2004, he was diagnosed as having pleurisy and lung tissue damage. He was too weak to use the toilet on his own. On Jan. 31, 2005, Mr. Pan Xingfu died, leaving his sixty four-year-old mother, his five-year-old son and his imprisoned wife behind.

    In early morning of May 2, 2002, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother was also arrested at home, and frightened Zhuangzhuang was left alone at home. To protest the unlawful detention, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother went on a hunger strike. As punishment, the 62-year-old lady was locked in an iron chair and violently force-fed with extremely salty corn gruel. Her shirt was soaked with blood from her mouth. Finally, after 15 days on hunger strike, she was released.

    Seeing so many relatives being brutally taken away, little Zhuangzhuang was traumatized by these episodes. Since then, he's been in constant fear of the police taking his grandmother away again whenever he hears any loud voices.

    In fact, over the past six years, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been locked up in labor camps, brainwashing centers where they are forced to "transform," or renounce their belief in the principles of Falun Gong -- Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. They are made to choose between spiritual death and physical death: If they refuse to renounce their practice, the efforts to facilitate "transformation" are intensified and many die as a result of beatings, torture, and starvation, among other methods. Their children, unfortunately, have to witness these fatal struggles.

    All Chinese people have, in actuality, been pushed into compromising their consciences in order show an attitude of support for this persecution. Through the state-controlled propaganda machine, even foreign governments and corporations doing business in China are forced to choose between conscience and personal interest when faced with the persecution of Falun Gong. The campaign to annihilate Falun Gong practitioners permeates all levels of society. Children are the most deeply affected, as their pure hearts are so easily damaged or warped by brainwashing and propaganda. The abuse and trauma they suffer is something that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

    V. Conclusion

    Due to censorship and the tight control on information related to Falun Gong in China, what is reported here represents perhaps only a tiny tip of the iceberg. I hope that this testimony will help you understand the severity and scope of the ruthless campaign of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. It is my hope that this Congress will continue and redouble its efforts to rescue and help these innocent people and their children, and help bring an end to this human rights atrocity in China.

    Source: http://www.cecc.gov/pages/roundtables/062305/Xu.php?PHPSESSID=8a85fef2332442cf35285a6fca0a72e7


    Practitioners Worldwide Share How They Found Dafa


    Finding the Way After Years of Searching (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) What is it about Chinese wisdom that appeals so much to an outstanding American young man? What motivated him to hold seminars about China in his hometown and why did he say that Taiwan has kept the best of the Chinese culture?

    Matt is about 6 ft. 2 in., and his family was originally from Europe. His demeanor resembles that of a traditional Chinese scholar: modest and thoughtful. He was born in 1972 in Rochester, New York. His parents are university professors and his family has been Christian for generations.

    Under the influence of his parents, Matt excelled in school, and was very active in community charitable activities. In addition, he was good at sports. He played for a national baseball team and went to Beijing for a game. He is outstanding in many different ways.

    Enticed by the Beauty of Chinese Culture

    Matt reads extensively and is very kind. He always has questions about life, like: "Why are we here?" Things changed after he studied at St. Michael College in Vermont and took courses in Asian philosophy. He was astounded by the profound knowledge of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He was so excited, and read more and more. In his second year, he moved to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and transferred to Swarthmore College, one of the best colleges in America.

    He was having a lot of fun at Swarthmore College, which provided him with an excellent academic environment to study Asian philosophy. Soon after, he had health problems. A serious illness was spreading quietly inside him.

    Mysterious Illness

    He was athletic, healthy, and strong, but during his sophomore year he lost a lot of weight. He was allergic to many kinds of food. He vomited, had diarrhea, and his digestive system was weakened. Matt was skin and bones within a short time. No doctors could diagnose his illness. He had to quit school and went home to recuperate.

    When he was suffering from the disease, he started to think about life and death. He asked, "What is the meaning of life?" At this point, he saw the word "compassion" flashing by. He made up his mind that he would become a more compassionate, empathetic, and helpful person if he was ever back on his feet again.

    While resting at home, Matt spent 500 dollars every month to learn qigong from a well-known qigong master from China. Every day he practiced for hours. He also went to Toronto, Canada to see a traditional Chinese doctor for acupuncture and herbal medicine. He even carried his own pot to prepare the herbal medicine. His health gradually improved. A year and a half later, he resumed his studies at Swarthmore College and the seed to learn more about qigong had been planted in him.

    Questions about Qigong

    When he was a junior, Matt started to learn Chinese, traditional Chinese prose and Confucianism. Every time he learned something, he felt enlightened. The qigong master was so impressed with Matt that he would teach Matt all he knew, even his best kept secrets. Then Matt found out that the biggest problem with qigong masters was that they only did the practice, and they did not care about moral improvement.

    According to what he learned in the ancient books, there is a great inner meaning in qigong. Phenomena such as the mysterious pass, yuanying, and meditation all suggest that inner cultivation is the key. The modern qigong masters, however, do not talk about these things. They only talk about keeping fitness and maintaining health. They behave the same as ordinary people. On the other hand, books on Buddhism and Taoism focus more on improving character, but lack the means to transform the body. Matt was very puzzled over this discrepancy.

    Matt thought he knew enough about qigong and he even thought about taking the advantages from both schools and inventing a new practice. During his senior year in the university, he came across Falun Dafa, the great and all-encompassing practice.

    Learning about Falun Gong

    In February 1999, he went with his wife Emily on their first date to the Chinese festival organized at the University of Pennsylvania. Amongst the performances and folk arts booths, he found a display on Falun Gong, which immediately attracted his attention.

    The person manning the booth was a professor and a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania. After discussing with Falun Gong practitioners, Matt was astounded. Their understanding of qigong was much more in depth than his. A complete cultivation system was in front of him. He was so excited that he grabbed Emily's hand, went to the bookstore, and bought the book Zhuan Falun. After he read the book, he participated in the nine-day workshop. Many of his classmates from the qigong class also followed Matt's footsteps and became practitioners.


    Meditation and exercise -- one of the couple's favorite things to do

    Complete Changes of Mind and Body

    On the first day of the workshop, his symptoms came back: diarrhea, vomiting. But he was energetic and had a good appetite. He knew it was karma-elimination and getting rid of the cause of his illness. In nine days, he gained 10 pounds and he was no longer allergic to food.

    When he was learning the fifth exercise, he was able to sit for one hour with both legs crossed, whereas in the past, he was never able to cross his legs. The changes in his body were not nearly as shocking as the changes in his mind. He was ecstatic that he found a perfect cultivation practice.

    His family also noticed his changes. Without spending a penny, he got rid of the illnesses. In addition, his character improved so much. He had been nervous, anxious, impatient, competitive, and argumentative. He is different now.

    Before cultivation, he did not know what to do with the negative traits of his personality. After he started cultivation, he found that they were so easy to change.

    He excelled in school. He graduated with the highest grade point average and gained privileged membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He had better relationships with his parents and friends. His girlfriend, who was Mennonite, and his parents started to cultivate because of him.

    Matt benefited so much from the practice that he was becoming more and more interested in Chinese culture. After he graduated with an outstanding academic record, he received a one-year scholarship to study at Tsinghua University. Passionate about Chinese culture, he was shocked at what he was about to witness in China.

    Days in Tsinghua University

    Matt felt at home at Tsinghua University, where he had the opportunity to interact with students from universities such as Harvard and Yale.

    Every day at dawn or early evening, hundreds of faculty, staff members, and students practiced Falun Gong together. Matt joined them. At midnight on July 19, 1999, the Chinese authorities had all key contact persons for Falun Gong arrested. Matt did not know anything about this, as he was preparing for exams. He had nightmares that night, although he usually slept soundly. He dreamed that the police stormed in and arrested many innocent people. He was awakened several times by his nightmare.

    Later he found out, after many key contact persons had been arrested at night on July 19, many practitioners went to Zhongnanhai to explain to the authorities how they benefited from the practice. Numerous innocent people were arrested, their rights trampled, and they were tortured and forced to give up their practice.

    Terror-Filled Campus

    Two days later, Matt went to the practice site early in the morning and found no one there. Instead, a sign had been put up which read, "Assembly and Conversation Not Allowed." All media, including radio and TV broadcasts, smeared Falun Gong. Astounded, he called his family and friends in the States. They were very shocked, "Why are the authorities banning a practice that benefits so many people?"

    Fear gripped the university. Students and faculty who supported Falun Gong were suspended and sent home to "reform." Matt lost contact with two of his best friends, because they refused to renounce the practice. It was unbelievable what innocent people had gone through. At first, Matt tried to contact the outside world with emails. Soon he was told that the police were monitoring him and his phone and internet were tapped. Frustrated, Matt could not continue his studies, and he came back to the United States.

    Rescue Effort from Outside China

    Back in the United States, Matt could not forget the suffering of those kind-hearted people in China. He started to think about what he could do to help. He held many seminars in his hometown church and invited guest speakers. The audience was captivated by qigong, traditional Chinese medicine and their understanding of the universe and the human body. When they heard that Jiang Zemin was persecuting the practitioners in China, they signed a petition to express their support in stopping the persecution.

    Matt's parents also wrote to President Bush to draw his attention to human rights abuses in China. Falun Gong is being spread in over 60 countries and is being acclaimed by many local governments. As soon as people learn about the truth, they condemn such actions that violate freedom of belief.

    Cherish the Culture and Freedom Offered by Taiwan

    Matt went to Taiwan to continue his research and studies. He believed that Chinese culture is best kept in Taiwan instead of China.

    Why did he say this? Taiwan is small, but it is democratic and many different ethnic groups live harmoniously. In Taiwan, traditional culture has been kept intact, people enjoy freedom of belief and there are over 300,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In China, on the contrary, traditional culture and culture relics have been destroyed after the Cultural Revolution, and the human rights abuses are widespread.

    During the interview, Matt said that he felt he was safe and respected in Taiwan. He could talk about his beliefs freely in class. His wife Emily also chose to come to Taiwan to pursue her Ph.D. studies.

    Falun Gong has given Matt his good health and a happy life. He has chosen Sinology as his research focus. In his eyes, Taiwan is extremely beautiful.

    July 30, 2005


    How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner

    (Clearwisdom.net) I first saw Falun Gong being practiced in a park in Sweden seven years ago. I was in Sweden for my girlfriend's wedding. A group of friends were walking through Gothenburg and we saw some people doing the exercises. I stopped to watch them and found myself joining in to learn the exercises. It was very funny: a woman with blonde hair was teaching me the exercises in Swedish, I was following along as best as I could, and when she was done, I said something to her in English and she laughed and said "Oh, I could have been teaching you in English all along." Turns out she was from England.

    I was very impressed by the practitioners, and even though it started to rain and my friends had to wait for me, I learned the exercises as best as I could. Afterwards, I spoke to a practitioner who told me how wonderful the practice was, how he was impressed as there is never a cost to do the practice, and how he had even gotten the opportunity to go to China. Incredible! I walked away thinking "Wow, that is a great practice. Too bad it is only in Europe."

    The following summer I went to Montreal for a jazz festival and saw practitioners in a park in Chinatown doing the exercises! I was very happy and joined in to do the exercises once again. I thought, "Well, at least this is closer than Sweden!"

    Then, the next spring I was in Massachusetts for a Whole Health Expo and saw practitioners who had a booth there! I was excited and went to talk to them and asked if they knew anybody in Connecticut who does the practice where I live. They gave me a flyer with a contact from Glastonbury. I called and this practitioner told me that there is a person who lives where I live and does the exercises every day at a university. I called him and proceeded to learn the exercises from him. I started the practice in April 2000 and have been practicing ever since. I feel that I have a predestined relationship with Falun Dafa.

    It has helped me to become a better person. I am calmer, more clearheaded and rational, especially in chaotic work situations. My physical health has improved, I no longer go to a chiropractor for back pain and I no longer need any medications.

    Falun Dafa is good!


    Practitioners Exchange Experiences and Insights


    The Power of a Letter to Encourage Diligence

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Today, my husband translated for a fellow Chinese disciple, the contents a letter a western practitioner wrote to that disciple. The goal of this letter was to encourage this Chinese disciple to really be diligent in Dafa cultivation. After hearing the content of this letter, this fellow disciple was moved to the point that his voice started to quiver. After this fellow practitioner left, my husband said to me, "My translation was not very good (since his Chinese was not very good), however, after that fellow disciple heard it, he was still very moved."

    This situation made me think very hard about what I had just witnessed. The Chinese disciple mentioned above had been very sluggish in his cultivation recently. Many fellow Chinese disciples, including myself, had already approached him to speak with him about it. But the end result of these efforts was not all that great, and many of us felt he was about to give up his cultivation.

    Personally, I felt that we'd already tried our best and that choosing which road to follow was his own affair. However, this mentality was actually one of selfishness. I and others had been thinking to ourselves that "I've already done what Master asked us to do, what happens now has nothing to do with me."

    However, I never would have thought that a letter would really make him have the thought of diligence. Actually, that letter was written by a western practitioner who spent many hours on it some months ago. This western practitioner asked us to find time to translate it to that Chinese practitioner. However, for many different reasons the Chinese practitioner could not come until now. It was the arrangement by Master that allowed him to listen to the contents of this letter today. It really awoke the part of him that understood.

    Thinking about it really makes me feel ashamed. Master thinks of methods to let every disciple catch up. How can we let them fall? Thinking back on it now, every time I talked to him, inside I had already had some negative thoughts about him. I was not at all thinking 100% for his well-being, and thus this stopped me from showing him the power of a compassionate field. I also noted that I had allowed my competitive mentality to distract me from this purpose; there was always the thought of wanting to persuade others. This further weakened the purity of the energy field of our conversation.

    Looking at this western practitioner who wrote the letter, he is really solidly grounded in cultivation. Every day he fully makes use of all his time with his work and Fa rectification matters, and yet he finds the time to diligently study the Fa, practice the exercises and send righteous thoughts everyday. His sleeps only a few hours a day. When he encounters something, he never acts on impulse and always considers others first. Towards fellow disciples, he always maintains a forgiving and forbearing heart, always looking inward when in difficulty.

    This is to say, if you really want to achieve the goal of encouraging diligence, it does not at all depend on how precise your language is, or on whether your argument can win. The most fundamental necessity is a compassionate heart, and a peaceful and calm mind; this is the key.

    Therefore, this is the reason why so many of us talked to the Chinese practitioner face to face and yet it wasn't as powerful as the letter this western disciple wrote.

    These are my personal understandings. Since my level is limited, please point out anything inappropriate.

    July 14, 2005


    My Experience Sharing on Our Group Fa-Study and Media Work

    Shared at 2005 Washington DC Falun Dafa Conference

    (Clearwisdom.net) On behalf of our Virginia Fa-study group, I would like to share the cultivation experience of our group Fa-study.

    Since the persecution began, everyone has been busier with Dafa work, so aside from the large group Fa-study held weekly, only a few practitioners in Washington D.C. can attend our smaller local group Fa-study. Even so, this study group has continued for 6 years, with more than 10 practitioners in attendance in some cases, though usually at least 8 or 9 practitioners are present. Also, our Fa-study group has changed immensely since last year. Before, we spent much time chatting rather than sharing experiences. To correct this problem, we realized that we needed to improve ourselves as well as remind each other of any mistakes. There is something special about our group: we always have new practitioners, and those who don't often attend our activities coming to this group study. Indeed, it is more important to share experience with these practitioners, for we have the responsibility of helping them catch up with the most recent states of Fa-rectification. Among them, an elderly practitioner from Mainland China maintains that she always looks forward to the Tuesday group Fa-study. She conducts herself very well in everyday society, yet she was often unclear about some fundamental issues in cultivation, with the major problem being that she did not completely trust in Master. To solve this problem, we began holding detailed discussions after studying the Fa and trying to help her find her attachment. We found, after all, that she did not actually believe in the existence of gods. However, she knew that Dafa is good, so if you were to ask her to give up cultivation, she would not let it go either. She told us that every time she comes to the USA, she sees a lot of changes in us, and she also sees that we are very good people, so she thinks that Dafa is amazing.

    When she started improving, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were published, and she felt it hard to accept because it seemed to her then that we were getting political after all. She refused to read the Nine Commentaries because she is a senior Communist Party member, and although her father was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she is loyal to it. In her mind, the CCP is malevolent, but our evaluation of it is still too extreme. Every time we discussed this, she always defended the CCP consciously or subconsciously, so we became worried about her. Some practitioners even thought about giving up on her. But Master told us,

    "How I look at things is different from how you or the world's people do. When a human being sees someone make a mistake he finds it almost unforgivable. But I don't look at things that way. I look at an entire being overall, and even when there's just one thread of hope, I'll give him hope."

    ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")

    We spent a whole night discussing this problem with several practitioners. After the discussion, some of her notions and problems were solved, and what's more important is that she decided to start reading the Minghui website (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom). She had previously held negative feelings about Minghui. After some time, she finally got herself out of the CCP trap. She sensed our care for her, and she decided to look inward more deeply. Although it was quite a painful experience, she felt much better afterwards. She carefully watched numerous truth-clarifying videos at home, and in the end, she finally accepted the truth that Dafa is supernormal and that gods exist. And once she accepted this, she had a completely different response upon rereading the Nine Commentaries. Afterwards, she withdrew from the Party, and she now feels more confident explaining the Nine Commentaries to her family. When her husband laughed at her, saying, "They [the Nine Commentaries] dug up the tombs of our ancestors, and you are still speaking for them?" She replied by asking, "How many years has the CCP been in power? How can you see it as affecting only your ancestors?" Her husband was then speechless.

    It seems on the surface level that we helped this practitioner to improve, but actually we all improved in the process. Although we were sharing our own understanding of the Nine Commentaries, we actually had some unsolved problems about it in our own minds. After sharing, our problems were also solved, and another practitioner who also neither read Minghui very often nor attended our activities frequently also started browsing Minghui and helping with other projects.

    There is a 6-year-old practitioner in our group who always reads with us. One day she was very serious and focused when reading, She later told us that she had a dream the previous night in which Master told her that she should strive forward diligently and not be naughty. Even young practitioners share their experiences with us.

    A practitioner who obtained the Fa one year ago experienced dramatic changes both spiritually and physically. She got rid of all the medicines she had been taking and has involved herself in Fa-rectification. She is very sincere and shares with us whenever she has questions. She can view issues from the perspective of the Fa. She brought a big positive influence on our group with respect to opening our hearts when discussing, and in the past year, she has never missed a Fa-study.

    Every time we come to the environment of group Fa-study, it is like bathing in clean water. The clean water of Dafa washes away all our human notions. We also cherish this environment. When a fellow practitioner's sharing deviates from the Fa, we always point it out and send forth righteous thoughts to help him or her. Studying the Fa in a group is also improving and correcting ourselves as a group. Several years ago, we ignored doing exercises with the excuse was that we were all busy with Fa-rectification work. Sometimes during the Fa conference, instead of listening to fellow practitioners' sharing, we went outside to discuss our own projects. Later, since we saw our bad cultivation state, we studied the Fa more carefully, and after looked inward deeply, we felt ashamed of our behavior. Following the crowd is not cultivation, so we should take the Fa as our guide. Group Fa-study, group exercise and Fa conferences are the cultivation forms Master gave us, and it is also the environment that practitioners in Mainland China dream about. How can we not cherish it? About one year ago, several practitioners who lived close to each other resumed outdoor group exercises every morning, and in the group Fa-study, we also encouraged other practitioners to come. Now, more and more practitioners come to the group exercise. After doing the exercises, we not only feel refreshed, but also have the happy feeling of being rectified. It is this righteous field that brings the beauty of Dafa to the neighbors of our exercise site and brings more people with predestined relationship to us. Some of our neighbors have already started practicing with us. One month ago, because of our exercise site, a person who was from another state got a chance to learn about Dafa, and he not only rid himself of his misunderstanding on Dafa and other Chinese issues, but also started reading the Fa, doing the exercise and clarifying the truth.

    Now, I would like to share some of my experiences in soliciting advertisements.

    Once, a practitioner told me that we have the technology to save the sentient beings, but we lack the money to carry things through. The old forces tried their best to keep those sentient beings, whose purpose of coming to this world with a lot of money was to help Master rectify the Fa, from obtaining the Fa. So although we have built up our media, it is still too hard for most of us to solicit ads, and I personally remained hesitant for a year before I began this endeavor. Master said, "When it is difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it is impossible to do, you can do it." (Zhuan Falun) I grew to understand this principle deeply at the beginning of my work to solicit advertising. At the beginning, I felt like I was sitting on the tip of a needle as soon as I stepped into a potential client's door. But I always comforted myself with the thought, "Why can't we succeed at a task even everyday people can achieve? Moreover, we can bring the clients something that an everyday person cannot, namely a bright future." Soliciting ads is also a process of improving as a whole. When I started out I misunderstood a client's words over the phone, and a fellow practitioner was very angry at me, even telling me not to solicit English ads. In return, I was upset that the practitioner treated me this way, but I also had a feeling that it was interference from the old evil forces. At that time, my husband, who is also a practitioner, encouraged me and asked me to broaden my heart, so I did not give up then. Later, I cooperated with this practitioner very well, and we have since encouraged and helped each other.

    Now, although I have not sold very many ads, I already feel relaxed when dealing with clients, and I am able to do it calmly. Looking back, all the ads I have sold were brought to me by certain predestined relationships, and they were also opportunities to clarify the truth. I never hide from potential clients the fact that I am a Falun Gong practitioner. I also estimate their ability to accept what I say and clarify the truth to them accordingly. Shortly after I started soliciting ads, I realized that doing so was one of the best ways to clarify the truth, and now I am renewing bonds with those all over the world who were my friends and family in my previous lives.

    Last year, for some reason, I took notice of the ads in a Korean newspaper, and I then went to some Korean business owners. Although I had very little experience, I still sold several ads. I started delivering the newspaper to those businessmen whose offices are close to us and asking them if they would like to place ads in our newspaper. One day, a businessman whose office is very close to my house accepted my offer. I talked to him about the goal of our newspaper and the persecution of Falun Gong in China, including the persecution of my mother. When we talked about Westerners adopting Chinese babies, I sincerely expressed my appreciation towards those families, and we signed a contract 30 minutes later. This success gave me a boost in confidence in soliciting English ads. Later several businessmen in my neighborhood bought advertisement space from me and became my friends. To be honest, they do not know much about our newspaper, but they all trust in my kindness and sincerity.

    An American businessman told me the traditional way Americans do business: first, they give the clients something, such as a free newspaper, then see if the clients would like do business or not. It does not matter if he or she is uninterested, because he or she will still speak of your friendly and kind personality to others. I realized then that even this traditional business way also fits the Fa principles on some level because we should consider others first. Although Dafa practitioners don't have too much professional training, we have the most precious nature. How we manifest the principle of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" when dealing with clients is the key to success. Of course, we also need to go make use of our predestined relationships.

    Last year, we went to a big company to ask them to sponsor the New Year Gala. It seemed that there was no hope to get them to be a sponsor, but right before we left, a woman in this company smiled at us and started talking to us. She was interested in the Falun emblem we were wearing, and the topic moved onto Falun Gong naturally. I gave her a copy of the newspaper, after which she told us that perhaps they would advertise in it. I took this opportunity to introduce our newspaper to her and exchange our contact information. One month later, I got the first advertisement document from her via e-mail. Since then, they have been one of our biggest clients. In May this year, we were invited to an Asian activities held by their company. Our performance of exercises was not only popular among everyone in that company, but also videotaped as a historic event of the company. Recently, I got an appreciation letter from them and an invitation for the same activity next year. Perhaps predestined relationships are more important than skills when dealing with big companies.

    Sometimes, I neglect the principle that "One should gain things naturally without pursuing them," since I will be considering how the clients can benefit if they advertise in our newspaper. Once, a client agreed to do a small advertisement on TV. Although I had been soliciting ads for more than a year, I had not sold any TV ads, and I was thinking then, "Now, I have a start." However, at the final stage of the business, when we started talking about pricing, I noticed that he hesitated. Since he is a very nice person and also knows that Dafa is great, his hesitation purely came as a consequence of his financial budget. Looking at him, with his slightly painful expression, I suddenly asked myself, "How can I, a cultivator, bring pain to others?" We speak of how "one should gain things naturally without pursuing them," so how can we forget this when the crucial moment comes? I quickly adjusted my heart and told him it really did not matter if he cannot advertise immediately. He explained that in August or September, his financial budget for a TV ad will increase, and he will do it then for sure. I made up my mind to ask him again then, but even if he still cannot do it, we are still going to be friends.

    There are only a few practitioners soliciting ads in D.C, so it is very important to encourage others to involve themselves in this effort. I realized this a long time ago. But I had a concern: I was afraid that if other practitioners solicited ads together with me, they would think that I am doing a bad job and that they cannot learn anything from me. My husband pointed out how my worrying was wrong, and I later enlightened to the fact that if a person like me who is not very good at this can still sell ads, then others would certainly sell more. I told myself, "It is not important that others praise me," and so I then encouraged myself to bring other practitioners to solicit ads with me. As I expected, other practitioners soon realized that my job is not hard at all, and this mitigated their fears and increased their confidence. Sometimes, when I cannot understand a client's words, other practitioners will take over for me. I am always overjoyed at seeing other practitioners doing business and clarifying the truth with fluent English.

    I once felt sorry for myself when I could do nothing but stay home with my two children at such a young age. Now, I have my job of soliciting ads. I really cherish it and appreciate this opportunity arranged by Master. This job has not only increased my income slightly, but also, and more importantly, it has been an opportunity for me to manifest the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance," to broadcast our media, to make bonds and form relationships with sentient beings and to reduce our financial burden. After the brave Chen Yonglin and Hao Fengjun withdrew from the CCP, I realized that in the future we will gain an icebreaker in the field of economy, so I increasingly sensed the celestial changes. I hope more and more fellow practitioners will sense it too. Only then will we not miss any opportunities, and, moreover, only then will we be able to break the old evil forces' economic blockade and save more sentient beings.


    We Must Completely Negate the Old Forces' Arrangements

    (Clearwisdom.net) When I reread Teacher's article "Dafa is Indestructible", I feel an extra sense of familiarity, because this article was taught to me by a Dafa practitioner, one sentence at a time, when we were in a forced labor camp. At that time, I did not dare to slack off a bit, memorized the Fa, sent forth righteous thoughts again and again, and kept every thought and all my thinking based on the Fa. As soon as negative thoughts entered my mind, I immediately eliminated them, opposed them, corrected them, and made myself walk through the situation in an open and honorable way and alongside many other Falun Dafa practitioners. Meanwhile, I also realized that I should not fear an evil environment. The key is whether we are able to walk our paths correctly and completely negate the old forces' arrangements. When we are righteous and grounded in the Fa, we are indestructible. Let's remember Teacher's words:

    "I have said that there are many Buddhas beyond the level of Tathagata. What do those demons account for? They are very minute in comparison." "One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. If you do not pursue anything, no one will dare to bother you." (Zhuan Falun)

    The evil CCP has been persecuting Falun Dafa for six years. From aggressive arrogance and insane persecution, it has come to the point of simply maintaining the persecution. After reading "Understanding a Fellow Practitioner's Words and Actions in a CCP Court," in which several hundred people were implicated and arrested after two other practitioners were arrested, I realized that the issue of how practitioners walk righteously in facing the persecution is really important.

    Many articles on "Clearwisdom Weekly" record how Dafa practitioners, with righteous thoughts and righteous actions, can walk away freely from the evil. I would like to share my views with everyone and hope we can improve together.

    1. Understand the Fa from the heart, and be clear about a Dafa practitioner's mission in assisting Teacher to rectify the human world - offering salvation to sentient beings.

    We all know from studying the Fa why Teacher spreads such a great law at this time. The old cosmos is selfish, and follows the principle of formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction. Through Teacher rectifying the Fa, he creates a new cosmos that is unselfish, considers others first, harmonious, and eternal. Right now, Dafa practitioners are saving sentient beings, validating the Fa, and completing our missions. We are doing such a great thing; there is no reason to be fearful or not righteous.

    2. According to China's laws, the persecution of Dafa is illegal, so the police are violating the law.

    Falun Dafa practitioners follow the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" and strive to be good people, obtain many benefits and are not harmed, and at the same time they are improving people's morality, social stability, and economic development. Many people who previously spent a lot of money on treatments for their incurable and serious illnesses recovered through practicing Falun Gong. We have no reason to accept the evil CCP's persecution of us or the illegal interrogation by the police.

    According to the laws of China, the highest authorities are the National People's Congress and the National People's Congress Standing Committee. Only the legislation that they approve is lawful. The ban on Falun Gong was issued by the Bureau of Civil Administration and personally directed by Jiang Zemin. What judiciary authority does it have? It is illegal. The Chinese legislation also states that police officers are not allowed to gather information using torture, and are not allowed to infringe on people's human rights.

    3. A practitioner's righteous thoughts and actions, when faced with persecution, include sending forth righteous thoughts, reciting the Fa, using supernormal capabilities, exposing the evil, and clarifying the truth.

    Once, when the local police called me to the police station, an officer took out a list of questions. I refused to answer any of his questions and thought: I am a Dafa practitioner, and my mission is to save sentient beings. I want to leave and do the things that I should do. Then I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear away evil that controlled the policemen. The director came over, "You must cooperate. Otherwise you will suffer." I said to myself: I cooperated before and ended up with one year of forced labor, I won't do the same thing again. I continued to send forth the righteous thoughts. The interrogation questions were one page long, which the police read out to me--my response was silence. The policeman asked me to sign my name, but I refused. The officer said, "You can go home now."

    4. The consequences of cooperating with the evil.

    If we are not clear-minded and cooperate with the evil, the direct result is detention, forced labor or a jail sentence, and thus being unable to save sentient beings. However, what is it to save a person through our truth-clarification? Teacher said,

    "He also stated that there were three thousand such worlds in a grain of sand. A grain of sand is thus just like a universe," "The same is true with human molecular cells." (Zhuan Falun)

    The salvation of one person can affect an immeasurable number of living beings, very possibly corresponding to an immense universe or cosmic body. Is the harm of cooperating with the evil still small? Therefore Dafa practitioners must walk righteously.

    5. Unrighteous ways can't be used in the face of persecution

    In a forced labor camp, with Dafa practitioners arrested for validating the Fa, one practitioner accepted all the "responsibility." Even the head of the brigade said, "So and so is a man who dares to stand up." Recently some fellow practitioners said, "So and so fellow practitioner has been arrested, he knows a few dozen practitioners. He did not give up one name, but took all the responsibility on himself." In the forced labor camp, there was another fellow practitioner who told the Procurator everything he wanted to know during interrogation. Other practitioners suggested that he should not accept such persecution. He replied: "The cultivation period is close to the end, I am not afraid." This is an attachment to time. Not being afraid does not mean allowing the evil to persecute us. This practitioner is still in prison. Compared to Teacher's Fa, these practitioners' acts did not completely deny the old forces arrangements, but acknowledged them in a different way. Dafa practitioners have done nothing wrong by validating the Fa and exerting their own rights, we are not committing any crimes. How can we accept responsibility? Isn't that admitting our wrongdoing and acknowledging the old forces' arrangements? How have we positioned our own deeds and Dafa?

    6. Completely deny the old forces' arrangements

    In the forced labor camp, while we were practicing the standing exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts with one palm in front of the chest, a group of police and guards suddenly entered the room. The practitioners who were sending forth righteous thoughts did not move a bit, and the police did not touch them. However, I had a human notion and went to stop them from arresting people. A fat policeman came over, lifted another practitioner and me in each of his arms and moved us aside. I did not enlighten and ran over again. As a result, I was beaten and passed out on the floor. I don't know how much time passed before I woke up, but I only realized what I had done wrong a long time later. On that day, I was sent to the detention center. I could not lie down for a week, I could only sit. The police questioned me, "The government does not allow the practice of Falun Gong, but you still practice. Are you against the government?" "I am not against the government" I replied. "The forced labor camp reported that a few of you are heads." I said, "I am not a head, there is no hierarchy amongst Dafa practitioners." He then said, "You shout Falun Gong slogans." I was going to say that I did not shout, but immediately realized that I came to validate the Fa, so would I not dare to admit shouting the truth? I answered: "I did shout." But what he wrote down was: "Have you shouted Falun Gong reactionary slogans?" I pointed out that shouting out the truth about Falun Gong is not reactionary and asked him to correct what he had written. He would not. I then told him that if he did not change it, I would not sign it. Thus, he had to change the sentence. Through this incident, I realized: A Dafa practitioner's every step in validating the Fa is very important, we must mind every thought and monitor our thinking, and compare it to the Fa at all times. Only with righteous thoughts are we able to act righteously.

    As of now, I feel there are two things we should pay attention to.

    First, when our workplace or certain departments ask us to write a guarantee statement, some people think we can write first and then make a solemn declaration, negating what we wrote, on the Internet several days later. This is not going to work. Cultivation is very serious and can't be treated with human notions. Such actions show that we are not being responsible to Dafa or to ourselves.

    Also, when the persecution was severe, some practitioners had fear. Thus, some practitioners were not willing to deliver Teacher's new articles or "Clearwisdom Weekly" to fellow practitioners, because they were worried that the imprisoned practitioners would reveal their names if they were caught. This is also wrong. Although what they did is not satisfactory, we must try our best not to leave one practitioner behind.

    A fellow practitioner had a dream in which a practitioner and many other people were busy in a greasy hole. When she passed by, that practitioner said, "Let me know when you leave." I thought, we all need to, and should, help any practitioners who are lagging behind.

    "In Buddhism, it is said that every phenomenon in human society is illusory and unreal." (Zhuan Falun)

    I think the persecution every practitioner faces is also illusory. When practitioners walk the path correctly, this phenomenon will not exist; when someone acknowledges the old forces' arrangement, it can make them real.

    Everyone's situation is different, and their paths are different; however, we all must walk our paths correctly.

    A fellow practitioner once wrote a poem:

    Cultivation is difficult, difficult to enlighten,
    Layer on layer of rosy clouds and layer on layer of fog,
    Clouds turn and the fog emerges, how to find the way out,
    How simple - righteous thoughts are the way.


    The Changes in 86-Year-Old Mr. Lin (photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Lin Shi is a respectable, humorous, hale and hearty man. It seems unbelievable that he once was very sick, had a bad temper, and was helpless to change his lot.

    Lin Shi couldn't help shed tears as he recalled the times when he had suffered badly from his sickness. The spurs that had grown on his stiff shoulder, vertebra, and ribs made his body tilt to one side. He was often in a dilemma when he had sudden leg convulsions before reaching his destination while outside on a trip. The varicosity on his legs revealed his suffering. His gastric ulcers often prompted him to decline dining together with his relatives or friends. He suffered from ingrown eyelashes, which he had for a long time. He often had to wipe his eyelids until they became swollen and the skin broke out from his watery eyes. Although his eyes were operated on, his condition did not improve.

    Lin Shi said, "During that time, I was like a medicine cabinet filled with different kinds of Chinese and Western medicines. I put my hopes on different kinds of secret health recipes to improve my health and not to burden my children; although the pain was restrained from the medication, the illness was not eliminated from the root. I suffered a lot physically and mentally."

    Gradually, Lin Shi started to doubt the meaning of life. Nothing pleased him and he developed a liking to pick on people. His loss of appetite made him very thin. All of this reversed after he started to practice Falun Dafa.

    A day that Lin Shi will never forget is November 12, 2000, when he became a Falun Dafa practitioner. He greatly cherished this chance to obtain Falun Dafa at such an elderly age. He wakes up at 4:20 a.m. every morning to study the teachings of Falun Dafa and practice the exercises. He comes early and is never late or absent.

    Lin Shi did not know how to read. He listened to the audio tapes of the "9 Day Lectures in Guangzhou" in Cantonese everyday. When practitioners read the lectures of Zhuan Falun in Mandarin, he listened attentively and repeated along while the group reads out loud without any impatience. Now, he can read the entire book.

    Lin Shi studies the Fa, practice the exercises everyday, focuses his mind to be righteous and disciplines himself with the high standards of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." He has changed to be a completely new person. Four months after obtaining the practice, his legs no longer suffered convulsions. He completely recovered from the gastric ulcers and was able to eat many kinds of food. He no longer had to wear the glasses for light sensitivity. The big patch of dark spots on his forehead disappeared. His swarthy and coarse skin gradually has become light and smooth. The physical pain gradually decreased and his complexion has become healthy looking. His view is completely changed and a serene heart replaced his impatience . He also has stopped swearing at people.

    One day, Lin Shi slipped while walking along a bridge. He hit a stone and injured his foot. He twisted his foot and the entire leg started to swell, turning a purple color. He thought to himself,

    "It's already late, let me sleep first, I will review the situation tomorrow and make a decision."

    To his surprise, he woke up at midnight and found out that only his toes were left swollen and purple. He realized that this probably happened because his resistance and immunity had improved drastically as the result of practicing Falun Dafa.

    Recently, Lin Shi went to the Longevity Club to visit his old friends whom he had not seen for a long time. He was shocked when he saw his old friends holding a cane and needing their children's help to walk. His friends looked very old and had difficulty walking. Lin Shi himself looks younger than his actual age and rides his bicycle or motorcycle when he needs to go out. With Lin Shi's determination in truly practicing Falun Dafa, he became sturdy as a stone.

    Growing vegetables and gardening are Lin Shi's favorite hobbies besides studying the teachings of Falun Dafa and practicing the exercises. He said, "It's very pleasant that we have fruits to pick when my grandchildren come home." When discussing his grandchildren, Lin Shi's face glows with love. Grandfather no longer likes to swear and his miserable days are over.

    After visiting home and seeing her father's change, his second daughter became a Falun Dafa practitioner. The eldest son and the second son practiced from before, and it is now truly a happy family of practitioners

    August 1, 2005


    Suggestion: Every Dafa Disciple Should Make Full Use of His/Her Special Abilities to Validate the Fa

    Recently I have been asking myself a question: "While we have been doing the 'three things' required by Master, how can fully use our capabilities to achieve the best results?" First, we must study the Fa more. Through continuous study and continuously improving ourselves, we will automatically know how to do a good job. In addition, based on solid Fa study, we should discover our strong points so we can be more effective in validating the Fa. In fact, each disciple has his or her own strong points. If we make full use of them, we will produce the best possible results. The following are some examples for practitioners' reference.

    There is one practitioner who specializes in cover design. He studies the Fa well and at the same time utilizes the knowledge he has gained and the special skills he has mastered in ordinary society. He has designed some beautiful Dafa greeting cards.

    Some practitioners have company cars to use. They transport paper and other materials for our truth-clarifying material centers. In doing this, they save a lot of time for other practitioners who would otherwise have to rent cars, and they also reduce the other practitioners' risk of being caught during the process of purchasing.

    Each practitioner's strong points do not only refer to the special skills he or she has gained in ordinary society. They also include the practitioners' disposition, such as being an open and warm character, being responsible, and being able to consider a situation comprehensively. For example, one practitioner I know paid careful attention to detail and was very responsible. According to Master's arrangement, he was in charge of producing materials since the beginning of the persecution in 1999. Because he was a responsible person, there was rarely a mistake in the Dafa books or the truth clarifying materials he produced.

    Our validating the Fa and clarifying the truth will improve if we fully utilize the skills and knowledge we gained in ordinary society and act according to our improved xinxing in our cultivation. We have been cultivating for all these years. As I understand, Master arranges each practitioner's cultivation way and the way to validate Dafa according to the disciple's strong points. If our heart remains in the Fa, we will consider everything from the perspective of the Fa. Our compassionate and rational understanding will aid us in validating the Fa.


    All People Have Come For Falun Dafa

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    All people have come for Falun Dafa

    There was a Falun Dafa practitioner in Shouguang City, Shandong Province who went to the dumping grounds to excavate the earth. There was a "fool" who was always laughing to himself and frequently came to the dumping grounds to look for food. For the whole afternoon, the "fool" helped to push and pull the cart to carry the excavated earth. After the last cart, the "fool" found half a cucumber in the rubbish dump. While eating, he kept saying, "My teeth hurt, my teeth hurt."

    At that time, the Falun Dafa practitioner who was ferrying the earth did not give much thought to this. However, the words of the "fool" kept ringing in his ears. Thus, he decided to ferry one more cart of earth and returned to the dumping grounds. He said to the "fool" who was eating and complaining of a toothache at the same time, "Let me tell you a way to stop your toothache. You just have to say 'Falun Dafa is good.'"

    The "fool" said the words "Falun Dafa is good" softly and then repeated the words again carefully and clearly but more slowly this time. He stopped for about 10 seconds and it was as if he had an epiphany. He slapped his thighs and said loudly, "This is what I came for! This is what I came for!"

    After witnessing this, I was shocked. I felt that I should write down this incident and share it with my fellow practitioners. To me, Master had said numerous times in his lectures that all the people on earth came for Falun Dafa. The words of the "fool" helped me have a better understanding of what Master had said. At the same time, I thought that this incident would be an encouragement to those fellow practitioners who still had the attachment of fear in regards to clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings.

    Righteous thoughts destroy slanderous banners

    One afternoon, I saw that there were many pink banners hung up across the streets on lampposts. The words printed at the top were evil words that the police placed there to slander Falun Dafa. At that time I thought, "These banners should not exist. They must be destroyed and eliminated." Thus, I had one thought, "Destroy all these banners," and I requested the help of Master's Fashen and the righteous gods in the other dimensions. The next day it rained for the whole day. On the third day, the slanderous banners were all gone. However, the commercial banners put up by the shops were still okay and intact.

    This matter helped me gain a new understanding in terms of the Fa. We are Fa-rectification Falun Dafa practitioners, under the protection of Master. We are extremely fortunate. As long as we take the Fa as the guide, have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, nothing is impossible. Thus, we must make use of our righteous thoughts whenever we can, eradicate the evil beings and save sentient beings.

    August 6, 2005


    News and Events from Around the World


    France: Practitioner Speaks at the Prayer Meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) The President of the French Falun Gong Association, Mr. Tang Hanlong, made the following speech at the prayer-meeting of the Asian Democracy and Peace Organisation on the 9th of July 2005.


    Mr. Tang Hanlong makes a speech at the Prayer meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace

    Mr. Wang, chairman of the prayer meeting, and all friends who are here to protect human rights and democracy.

    Most of you already know that Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of the Buddha school. It is similar to Tai Chi or Yoga. Falun Gong is beyond the limitations of race and culture. It helps people to find their true selves and lead more peaceful lives through the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong's five sets of exercises elevate people's wisdom and strengthen their energy. They are part of traditional Chinese culture.

    Falun Gong has been taught by Mr. Li Hongzhi since May 1992. The practice has received many awards around the world, including in China, before the persecution began. Falun Gong spread fast and wide because it is free of charge and because of its positive effects. By the end of 1999, according to statistics from the Chinese National Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, there were eighty million people practising Falun Gong in China.

    The practice has been spread in France for ten years since the Chinese Embassy in Paris invited Falun Gong in March 1995. We can see Falun Gong practitioners in many parks and gardens in Paris.

    In China, because the eighty million Falun Gong practitioners far exceeded the membership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and because the CCP is the most despotic political party in the world, the remarkable development of Falun Gong made the former president and general secretary of the CCP Jiang Zemin restless. Out of jealousy, Jiang ordered all levels and social classes in China to participate in the oppression of Falun Gong. The CCP started to comprehensively slander Falun Gong and used illegal trials, reformation through labour (physical persecution) and the brainwashing of Falun Gong practitioners. Since 20th July 1999, all methods of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners have become "legal."

    In foreign countries, Jiang Zemin leads the CCP to slander Falun Gong in the international community. Through economic and diplomatic means, this puts pressure on the countries that want to have economic benefits from China. Although many non-official organisations have held meetings against the persecution and many European Parliaments have had different ways of condemning the cruel and inhuman persecution, Jiang and the CCP still keep using violence and slander against Falun Gong. However, Falun Gong has never succumbed to violence.

    Now, we know that there have been more than 2,700 Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death. But do you know the real [undocumented] figure is five times greater? Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are imprisoned in labour camps and mental hospitals. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are forced to do physical labour. Some people ask, "Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China?" We can find the answers in history. The CCP has persecuted one million Christians and other religions, and it persecuted individuals during the Great Cultural Revolution. It performed a mass massacre of students in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democratic Movement. The CCP makes people believe that even when it wants to kill, it is always correct.

    So we will continue to expose and condemn the crimes committed by Jiang and the CCP. We have to be aware that all the CCP is capable of is lies and violence. When people who are deceived by it know its evil history, they will no longer be deceived. More and more people step forward to expose its crimes, and more and more people yearn for peace. It results in the fact that there have been more than three million members who have withdrawn from the CCP.

    During the past seven months, the Chinese Epoch Times newspaper helped people to clearly recognise what the CCP is through a series of editorials entitled "The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party." It has also been published in English, French, German, and other languages. All these tell us that the CCP is disintegrating. We appeal to all democratic governments, all non-official organisations, and all people to help us end the persecution as soon as possible!

    Thank you! (Enthusiastic applause).

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28330.html


    United Kingdom: Falun Gong Touches People's Hearts at the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade (Photos)

    (Clearwisdom.net) On Sunday August the 7th 2005, over eighty groups from various places around the world came to participate in the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade in the capital of Scotland. The parade is the main event in the annual month-long festival. This year was the fourth time that Falun Gong practitioners have participated in the parade and also the fourth time that they won the community category award for their outstanding parade performance.

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    Practitioner: here is a lotus flower for you
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    Practitioners' parade procession
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    Falun Gong exercises demonstration on the float

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    Reporting on the parade onsite

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    Practitioners' banners

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    Huge crowd watching the practitioners' performance

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

    At 2:30pm in the afternoon, the parade officially started. The Falun Gong procession was led by three practitioners holding three large tablets with the Chinese words "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" printed on them. They were followed by golden and purple Falun Gong banners, a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, and a float decorated with the Falun emblem and lotus flowers. On the float, two adults and two little practitioners demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Following the float was the fan dance troupe and then a golden "Falun Gong" banner. In the Falun Gong parade team, there were also banners reading, "The world needs Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance", "Falun Dafa benefits millions of people spiritually and physically" and "Falun Dafa widely spreads all over the world in more than sixty countries" in English and in Chinese.

    Successive rounds of applause resounded as the Falun Gong team passed by. A lot of on-lookers asked for flyers along the way. The handmade paper lotus flowers with attached bookmarks were very popular.

    On the other side of the city, some practitioners set up a "Rescue Orphans of Falun Gong practitioners" booth to collect signatures of support and call on all kind-hearted people to take action to help end the persecution. The practitioners ran into many passersby who said that they had obtained information of Falun Gong during the parade. Two middle-aged western ladies told us: "Falun Gong is the most peaceful and beautiful group!"

    Every Falun Gong activity is made possible by the practitioners' selfless contribution and hard work, and that was the case for this parade. Some practitioners drove to Edinburgh right after getting off from work on Friday afternoon to join the dance rehearsal on Saturday morning, while some spent their hard-earned money to make leaflets and lotus flowers; some practitioners cooked food for others...

    One practitioner's husband has been observing practitioners' activities very closely, and he knew how practitioners are frugal with their money in order to spend it on helping people learn the truth about Falun Gong and the brutal persecution against the practice by the Chinese Communist Party. He volunteered himself to drive a couple of practitioners to Edinburgh, which took sixteen hours back and forth, to save the cost of train tickets so that they can put the money to good use.

    From their interaction with practitioners, the employees in the youth hostel where practitioners stayed came to understand the truth about Falun Gong. They expressed hopes that practitioners will be back next year.

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    Photos from the Edinburgh Evening News

    BBC News 24 broadcasted footage of the practitioners' procession and exercise demonstration. The Edinburgh Evening News also published pictures of the practitioners' performance in the parade

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28328.html


    Media Coverage


    San Francisco Chronicle Reports that a Sponsor for an Art Show Bowed to Pressure from China Officials

    Friday, August 19, 2005

    A perfunctory commendation of a Chinese art exhibition in San Francisco from Supervisor Fiona Ma blew up into controversy this week when she withdrew her support after learning of the show's ties to Falun Gong.

    "National Treasures of China," which features 19th and 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy on traditional themes, will open Sept. 2 at Urbis Artium Gallery on Second Street.

    Material promoting the show explicitly promotes Falun Gong, the spiritual practice banned in China since 1999.

    Chinese-born Australians Mei-Ling Dai and her son Tony lent their collection for exhibitions in 40 cities around the world in the hope of educating visitors about Chinese culture and to raise awareness about the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China, Tony Dai said at a press conference Thursday at City Hall.

    Dai said Ma had reversed her support under pressure from the Chinese government.

    "I'm shocked that the Chinese government and Communist Party is giving pressure to local government representatives in the United States," said Dai, an antiques and art dealer.

    Show organizer Victor Yu, a host on Sound of Hope radio in Mountain View, said Ma had told him Wednesday that the Chinese government had pressured her to pull her support.

    Neither Ma nor the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco returned calls for comment Thursday.

    The show is co-sponsored by the Dais and three pro-Falun Gong Chinese- language media outlets in the Bay Area -- Sound of Hope radio, New Tang Dynasty Television and the Epoch Times newspaper.

    Tony Dai has been arrested three times in China since 1999, and his mother four times, for their support of Falun Gong. Each time they were deported to Australia; they became Australian citizens after moving there from Shanghai 15 years ago.

    "After knowledge of the past political history of the original collector," Ma said in a printed statement released Monday, "I have informed the sponsors that I will not play any further role in this exhibit."

    Ma's initial letter of support was quoted in widely circulated flyers that advertised the exhibition, and show organizers sent her drafts of pamphlets, flyers and sponsorship proposals.

    "I commend the sponsors who made it possible to bring this outstanding exhibition to San Francisco," her letter of support said. "Their hard work gives us the opportunity to view a rare and priceless collection and to provide a bridge to the Chinese community."

    Her staff booked a room for a press conference Tuesday in City Hall to promote "National Treasures of China," but Ma did not show up. She had a scheduling conflict, her staff said beforehand, according to show organizers. Yu said she had told him later that day that she wanted to take her name off the flyer.

    At the press conference, Supervisor Chris Daly said he, too, had been heavily lobbied by the Chinese government when he sponsored an unsuccessful resolution admonishing the Chinese government for its repression of Falun Gong.

    "It is difficult to stand solid when you have such pressure against you," Daly said. "Fiona Ma, in my opinion, has been unfairly lobbied against welcoming a significant cultural exhibit."

    Followers of Falun Gong practice traditional Chinese breathing exercises for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The group's success at organizing large events and protests has alarmed the Chinese government, which fears large gatherings as a threat to its control.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/19/BAGV4EA98C1.DTL


    News from China


    Latest News from China - July 28, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested
    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown
    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police
    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor
    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time
    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody
    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution
    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company
    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested
    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested
    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown
    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Ms. Sun Xiuzhi, 58, is from Shijiatong Village in Xiachu Town, Rushan City, Shandong Province. On May 13, 2005, she was sentenced to five years in prison.

    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested

    Ms. Xu Xiuxin is from Lu Village in Zhaobo Township, Shenze County, Hebei Province. On July 25, 2005, she was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials at the farmer's market in Xiaozhen Village, Wuji County, Hebei Province. Three plainclothes officers forcibly took her into custody and sent her to the Wuji County Detention Center.

    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown

    At around noon time on July 25, 2005, Mr. Li Qiang, 27, who lives in the dormitory of a textile plant in Weifang, was on his way to Qingdao City for business. He was arrested at the Weifang Railroad Station. His whereabouts are unknown.

    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police

    On July 21, 2005, three officers led by Wu Fengpo, deputy director of the Jichang Police Station in Xishanbei Township in Yi County, Hebei Province, arrived at Gangli Village. The officers broke into the homes of Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan without cause. They searched the homes and confiscated Falun Dafa books and other items. Ms. Zhao and Ms. Jing were taken away. They are being held in Yi County Detention Center.

    Jichang Police Department: 86-312-8830092
    Xishanbei Township Government: 86-312-8830030
    Commissioner's office of the Xishanbei Township: 86-312-8830098

    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor

    Wang Yunlong is a teacher at the Shiyan Elementary School in Fuyu County, Songyuan City. On July 6, 2005, police received reports that Wang was distributing truth-clarifying materials. Wang was arrested at school. When Wang's family went to the police department asking for Wang's release, the officers told them to come back after fifteen days of detention. When they went back fifteen days later, Wang Yunlong had been sentenced to one year of forced labor and transferred to the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Country code: 86, area code: 438
    Fuyu County Police Department in Songyuan City, Jilin Province: 5868001
    Wang Fuxue, chief of the Fuyu County Police Department: 5888828 (office), 5875555 (home), 86-13304386666 (cell)
    Su Pingtang: 5865048 (office), 5876760 (home), 86-13894962666 (cell)
    Ao Guangxian: 5878851 (office), 5869096 (home), 86-13894160197 (cell)

    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time

    Ms. Wang Xiuying is an employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University. She was illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor for going to Beijing to appeal at the end of 2000. Her term was extended for one month as she refused to be transformed. She was then sent to a brainwashing center for four more months directly from the labor camp.

    In September 2002, several dozen police officers broke into her home. They arrested her and searched her home. She was held in a detention center for several months before being sent to a brainwashing center. She remained under constant harassment (living under surveillance, being followed and receiving harassing phone calls) after returning home.

    In October 2004, Ms. Wang Xiuying was turned in to the police and arrested while distributing truth-clarifying materials. She went on a hunger strike and was released three days later. She has since been followed by the police.

    On July 12, 2005, Ms. Wang Xiuying was secretly arrested at work by officers from the Beilin Police Department. She has been sent to the Chang'an County Brainwashing Center for persecution.

    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody

    On October 28, 2004, Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen were arrested by the Fengcheng Police Department. Their homes were searched. Yang confronted the police with evidence that the persecution was well planned. The next morning, Yang threw up blood and was released, as the police were afraid of being held responsible. Ms. Li has been sentenced to eighteen months of forced labor. She has been sent to the Shaanxi Women's Forced Labor Camp. Her family has been denied any visits.

    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution

    On the evening of January 27, 2005, Ms. Li Yanfang, 35, from Shanxi Province took a taxi to Dalianhuachi to spray paint signs saying "Falun Dafa Is Good." On her way there, she clarified the truth to the taxi driver. The driver notified the police, who arrested Ms. Li immediately.

    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company

    Ms. Li Hua, 41, is an employee of Electric Capacitor Company in Xi'an City. She was arrested on July 15, 2005 and is being held in the Xitaoyuan Detention Center.

    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested

    On July 15, Mr. Duan Fanghe was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials in the streets. He was arrested and his home was searched.

    On July 14, 2005, Ms. Hu Kaiying was arrested after police received reports that she was distributing truth-clarifying materials in a farmer's market in Guangyang Town. Her home was searched.

    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested

    Ms. Huang Zhenchun, 62, is an employee of the Zhenning County Hygiene Administration in Guizhou Province. She lives in the Xixiu District of Anshun City. On July 20, 2005, Ms. Huang was arrested by officers from the Huaxi Neighborhood Administration Office in Xixiu District while clarifying the truth in public. She has been sent to the Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center for custody.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center: 86-853-3451161
    Xixiu District Political and Judiciary Committee in Anshun City: 86-853-3323015
    Yang Zhukai: 86-853-3335696 (home)

    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown

    On the evening of July 24, 2005, Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District in Guangzhou City went to the Baiyun People's Hospital to distribute copies of The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He was arrested after police received reports. The officers beat him and then searched his home. His whereabouts are unknown.

    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    On the morning of July 27, 2005, officers from Babaixiang Police Department arrested Zhang Weiguang at a dining room in Babaixiang in Daqing City where Zhang was at work as a temporary employee.

    July 27, 2005


    158 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
    A Total of 283821 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 1, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. (Chengdu City, Sichuan Province) Practitioners Arrested by Armed Police Officers

    At around 3:00 p.m. on July 22, 2005, armed police officers arrested three Falun Dafa practitioners. The practitioners' names are Jiang Younghong, Yuan Bin and Zheng Bing. Armed policemen from the Chengdu City Public Security Department rushed into the residential apartment complex where the practitioners lived, brutally beat the practitioners until they lost consciousness, wrapped them inside bags and then threw them into waiting police cars.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107466.html

    2. (Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province) Practitioners Still Being Brainwashed

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held and persecuted inside the Zhaoyuan City Brainwashing Center. Practitioner Ms. Yang Wenjie, over 40 years old, was not allowed to eat or sleep for more than 50 days and even her visits to the restroom were restricted. Center staff would frequently hang (1) Ms. Yang and beat her severely. Ms. Yang has also experienced many other brutal tortures during her imprisonment. Practitioners Li Xiumei and Wang Yongqin were both deceived into paying 10,000 yuan to secure their release from the center. After paying the money, however, they were brought back to the center for further persecution.

    (1) Being hung up by handcuffs, which causes excruciating pain, is the most common form of this torture.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107473.html

    3. (Hebei Province) Sexual Harassment Inside the Hebei Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Inside the Hebei Province Women's Forced Labor Camp, all of the Falun Dafa practitioners detained there have been sexually harassed to some extent. Practitioner Ms. Liu Guangfeng's lower abdomen, her private parts and her thighs were beaten so severely that they turned purple. This practitioner was also forced to do physical labor. Fifty-six year old practitioner Ms. Li Zhihui was electric-shocked on her face so much that she became permanently disfigured as a result. Other means of torture include: sleep deprivation, squatting for long periods of time, standing in one position for long periods of time, groping practitioners' breasts, sitting on a tiny stool for long periods of time, brushing practitioners' private parts with tooth-brushes, etc.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107446.html

    4. (Tianjin City) Young Female Practitioner Harassed and Threatened

    Practitioner Ms. Xiao Xiaowen used to work in the Yangcun Number Four Middle School in the Wuqing District of Tianjin City. She lost both her job and her home as a result of persecution and was forced to wander homeless from place to place to avoid being captured and tortured. At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 14, 2005, when Ms. Xiao went to the Zhennanlou Public Security Station to apply for her personal ID card, a police officer started to harass her. The officer kicked her, performed an illegal body search on her and also made physical threats toward Ms. Xiao. She was subsequently detained in the station for more than ten hours. As a result of the police officer's persecution, Ms. Xiao suddenly became ill and mentally unbalanced. At present Ms. Xiao is still in a state of paranoia and has no strength in her limbs; she is having a very difficult time.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107448.html

    5. (Beijing) Practitioner Li Hongjun Detained

    Practitioner Ms. Li Hongjun, approximately 50 years old, is from the Miyun District of Beijing. She is currently being detained in the Beijing Zhaoyang Detention Center. Ms. Li had been consistently clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa cultivation's benefits to government agencies. For this she was sentenced to one year in prison in 2000 and held in the Number Four Division of the Beijing Tiantanghe Forced Labor Camp. During the 2002 Lunar Chinese New Year celebration period, Ms. Li was arrested again, together with her husband, for hanging a poster in front of her house that expressed her wishes for the coming of a new and fresh world. For hanging up this poster, both Ms. Li and her husband were sentenced to two years in prison. On July 27, 2005, Ms. Li went to visit one of her fellow Falun Dafa practitioners in the Zhaoyang District of Beijing. She was arrested once more by police officers from the Zhaoyang Public Security Station, this time on the charge of "convening."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107447.html

    6. (Wuhan City) How Guards Persecute Practitioners at the Yangyuan Brainwashing Center

    Inside Wuhan City's Yangyuan Brainwashing Center, there are four guards who specialize in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They are: Chen Qiyi (CCP General Secretary), Yu Guoxuan (Director), Hu Shanping (Deputy Director) and Hu Kechang (Driver). These guards force practitioners to watch and read CDs and documents slandering Falun Dafa every single day. They also demand that the practitioners complete their "homework" with answers that satisfy the requirements stipulated by these captors. During the nighttime, practitioners are forced to write statements to "criticize and expose" Falun Gong. If these criticisms don't meet the guards' requirements, the practitioners are forced to repeatedly re-write their statements until midnight. Such persecution usually lasts for about ten days. After that, the jailers begin what is called a "fatigue campaign" to bring down the practitioners. During such campaigns, one practitioner will be brought to an empty room where five or six center staff members come along and berate and verbally abuse them. Some of the older practitioners have become confused as a result of such attacks, and their physical health has deteriorated so much that they are extremely weak. This "fatigue campaign" usually lasts for one week, after which any practitioners who still refuse to give in are thrown into tiny, unlit cells. The practitioners will be completely isolated from the outside world for about a week. One 54-year-old female practitioner was tied to her bed by having both her hands cuffed to the bed's corners for three days and three nights. Whenever she tried to move, her guards kicked her all over her body. Another 56-year-old female practitioner was also tied to her bed in the same way for three days and three nights. It was winter and the practitioner's hands immediately turned purple and became frozen and hard.

    7. (Shenyang City) What Really Happens at the Zhangshi Brainwashing Center

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held inside Shenyang City's Zhangshi Law and Order Training School (Zhangshi Penitentiary). Practitioner Wei Tianxi is from Liaozhong County, practitioner Lu Bin is a teacher at Shenxi Elementary School, practitioners Li Fengyun and Jiang Sutao were brought to the center right after they were released from the infamous Masanjia Forced Labor Camp after being incarcerated there for fours years. Currently these four practitioners suffer constant mental and physical abuse. For their so-called education expenses, they have to pay 3000 yuan each month. Center staff often kick or beat the practitioners, and are also forced to squat or stand in one position for long periods of time. Periodically they are deprived of sleep for twenty-four hours, they are crowded against each other or they are forced to sit on top of piles of Falun Dafa books. Even though there are no actual tools of torture at the site, practitioners are routinely harassed to the point of utter exhaustion. Their legs become so swollen that it is impossible to stand up unaided. The practitioners are also forced to watch the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation Incident" on television as well as other fabricated cases where Falun Gong practitioners are alleged to have committed murder. The center does everything in its power to use these fabricated cases to negatively influence the practitioners' feelings toward Falun Gong. The ultimate goal of such mental and physical persecution is to force the practitioners to give up their practice of Falun Dafa and to give up their beliefs in the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107467.html

    8. (Wendeng County, Shandong Province) Practitioner Song Xiuyan Arrested

    Recently, the Wendeng County Public Security Department and the County 610 Office arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Song Xiuyan from Caobu Village, Songcun Town, Wendeng County, Shandong Province. When Ms. Song's parents, along with her child, who is less than two years old, went to the Public Security Headquarters to ask for her release, her parents were handcuffed and forcibly brought back to their village. The police officers also pinched and squeezed Ms. Song's parents. The perpetrators included Wang Yongjian, Xiang Hongping, Li Yinglin and Sun Guohai from the Wendeng County Public Security Department.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107469.html

    9. (Zhongqing City) Recent Persecution Facts

    Recently, police officers and officials from the local "610 Office" harassed Falun Dafa practitioners Zhu Ruyu, Pi Tianfeng, He Daxiu, Lao Zuo and some others from Yudong Town, Banan District, Zhongqing City. They ransacked the practitioners' homes and arrested them. Currently, Zhu Ruyu and He Daxiu have already been released while Lao Zuo is still being detained. No information about Pi Tianfeng is available.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107442.html

    10. (Hengshui City, Hebei Province) Police Officers Again Break into Practitioners' Homes

    On July 25, 2005, some police officers from the Anling Town Public Security Station, Jing County, Hengshui City, Hebei Province, broke into Falun Dafa practitioners houses yet again. The police arrested practitioner Wang Xiuping, while they searched practitioner Su Limei's house. At present, Su Limei is unable to return to her own home.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107445.html


    Summary of Other Articles and News - August 8, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Facts of Persecution

    1. Officials From Jilin City Establish a Brainwashing Center in Changyi District

    In July 2005, after the shutdown of the brainwashing center in Chuanying District, Jilin City, Jilin province, officials from the 610 Office established a brainwashing center in the Changyi District. Some practitioners were harassed by them. On the evening of August 3, the 610 officials broke into practitioner Chang Yahui's house and forcibly took him to the brainwashing center.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107970.html

    2. Wu Tainxing from the National Security Brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province Arrests and Extorts Money from Falun Dafa Practitioners

    Wu Taixing from the national security brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province made a fortune by arresting practitioners and extorting money from them for several years. Almost 50 Falun Dafa practitioners were illegally arrested, sentenced and had their homes searched and ransacked by Wu Taixing. Practitioners who did not give him money were sentenced. For example, Wu Taixing wanted to extort money from Tang's family, bypassing Tang Deheng's release procedure. He got nothing during Tang Deheng's four month detention. As a result, he was very angry and sent Tang Deheng to a forced labor camp on December 9, 2004.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107942.html

    3. The Barbaric Slavery at Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp

    In Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp, inmates were forced to work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and often worked until midnight and 1 a.m. in the morning. Accidents where a needle from the machine pierced a worker's hand occurred repeatedly due to insufficient sleep. Practitioners were treated even harsher. Shao Bixia, Ji Bangxia, Tang Deheng, Wu Jufeng and Nie Yinzhen were forced to work for more than 18 hours every day. They are all in their 50s. The police ordered them to move heavy goods back and forth between second and third floors. Wang Ping was put in solitary confinement for a long time. Duan Gunhua was shocked by an electric baton on her face, which left a permanent scar. At the end of 2004, the police officer Chen Xiaolin tied up Shao Bixia's hands and feet and force fed her medicine four times a day, and poured cool water down her head.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107937.html

    4. An Honest Farmer from Anhui Sent to Forced Labor Illegally and Threatened with Three More Years

    Farmer Ms. Cong Lina from Fuyang City, Anhui Province was sent to the forced labor camp in May of 2005. Her family intended to file a complaint but was threatened with three more years of punishment from the police. Mr. Ji Bangxia from Taihe County was illegally sentenced to one year by the officials from the public security station, and the police demanded money from his family. Ms. Ping Yan from Yingshang County was held in the Taihe County Detection Center for practicing Falun Dafa. She had to wear a heavy object for one month as punishment in the detection center. Afterwards, she could not stand up straight for more than one month. Ms. Ming Xiulan from Yingshang County, Fuyang City, was harassed by the police because they suspected that she had something to do with Falun Dafa. She became destitute and homeless. Her home was broken and that also involved her father, who is in his 70's.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107941.html



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    Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net, Saturday, August 20, 2005

    Facts of the Persecution

  • An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten
  • Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department
  • Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter
  • Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners
  • Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp
  • Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing
  • List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

    Open Forum

  • Forced Labor in China: Testimony Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 22, 2005

    Practitioners Worldwide Share How They Found Dafa

  • Finding the Way After Years of Searching (Photo)
  • How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner

    News and Events from Around the World

  • France: Practitioner Speaks at the Prayer Meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace (Photo)
  • United Kingdom: Falun Gong Touches People's Hearts at the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade (Photos)

    Media Coverage

  • San Francisco Chronicle Reports that a Sponsor for an Art Show Bowed to Pressure from China Officials

    News from China

  • Latest News from China - July 28, 2005
  • 158 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 1, 2005
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 8, 2005


    Facts of the Persecution


    An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    This is a story told by a woman with only a grade school education from a rural village, in which she briefly described the incident.

    Coldness and an evil atmosphere covered Xinle, a small city located in the Shijiazhuang area, Hebei Province.

    One day in the winter, it was freezing and was about 20 degrees below zero. In thick clothes and a cotton-padded coat and shoes, we still felt so cold that we could not help shivering all over and stomping our feet in the snow to keep warm.

    The Xinle City police forced every Falun Gong practitioner to pour a basin of cold water onto a "snow pile." However, it seemed that a person had been buried in the snow pile. After the pouring, a policeman dragged a person out from the snow pile. After a little while, we came to realize that it was a woman. In the freezing world of ice and snow, we still felt extremely cold even when we were in very thick clothes, while she was wearing very little clothing, which had frozen and stuck to her skin. Due to the extreme coldness, she was almost unable to even stand.

    To the side a policeman who looked like an official furiously shouted to her: "Are you still going to practice Falun Gong?"

    "Yes, I will!" her answer was quite low, but very firm and clear.

    The official furiously ordered: "Beat her! Beat her!" At the order, a group of guards swarmed towards her... I closed my eyes because I was too horrified to watch the violence.

    Then came the sound of cruel beating, which seemed to go on forever.

    "Ask her if she will continue to practice Falun Gong!" a voice shouted. I opened my eyes, seeing she was already unable to stand and a guard was seizing her hair and trying to drag her up from the ground with force.

    "I will, as long as I am alive," the ice-covered woman answered very softly, but with determination.

    The official was exasperated and, stomping his feet in the snow, shouted hysterically: "Go ahead and rape her, for me!"

    Postscript: Three years have passed since the incident happened, but the scene of the world of ice and snow still shows up before my eyes constantly. I think about the whereabouts of the persistent fellow practitioner and, in the mean time, I feel very sad for the indifference of the practitioners on the scene. They might have been overwhelmed by the rampancy of evil at that moment and, consequently, amplified it. Today, we should strengthen our righteous thoughts and stand firmly with fellow practitioners to form a whole body. Together we shall overcome the evil.


    Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department

    (Clearwisdom.net) The perpetrators at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department have been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners since July 20, 1999. One police officer said to a practitioner, "Each one of us has to kill three Falun Gong practitioners to meet the quota. You are the first for me. What would you think if I poured gasoline on you and claimed that you burned yourself?"

    Falun Gong practitioners Li Ying and Wang Xiuxia died from torture at Division 1. Torture has disabled many more Falun Gong practitioners including, Li Ying (different Chinese words from the previously mentioned Li Ying), Wu Xiaoyan, Sun Yongli and Wang Youcai.

    The basement at the White Building on West Shilu Road at Huanleyuan in the Xinfu District, where the police department is located, is a torture chamber where perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department torment the practitioners. It was learned that there is another secret torture room at the Youyi Hotel. Both of these rooms hold various torture tools. "Splitting the legs" and "hang-up" are the two most commonly used torture methods. "Splitting the legs" can result in excruciating pain and loss of function of the lower limbs; "hang-up" means the perpetrators force the practitioner's arms behind his/her back and hang him/her up by the twisted arms. This torture often causes permanent disability.

    Some perpetrators handcuff the practitioners to metal chairs and don't allow them to sleep for a whole night. They then torture practitioners during interrogation. They hammered bamboo sticks into practitioner Miao Shuqing's fingernails and stuck toothpicks into two of his fingers; the scars are visible to this day. While beating and torturing the practitioners, police officer Guan Yong screamed, "I'm not afraid of hell! Am I not living well right now? Ha!"

    In 2000, practitioners Dou Zhenyang and Wang Hongjun were falsely charged with "attempting to overturn a train." The police tortured one of the practitioners with a method called "crossing the forest" until he admitted to a crime he didn't commit. He was illegally sentenced to life in prison and was held in the Linyuan Prison.

    On December 16, 2000, more than 60 Dafa practitioners from Fushun City shared their experiences at a practitioner's home. The National Security Bureau got wind of the meeting by tapping practitioners' phones and sent more than 150 police officers to arrest the practitioners, accusing them of "illegal gathering and doing Falun Gong exercises." They sent the practitioners to forced labor camps and custody centers. In the evening, they ransacked the practitioners' homes and took away Dafa books and videotapes. Practitioners Zheng Hong, Ren Yi, Jiang Guofang, Ma Hongxia, Sun Yongsheng, Ma Huaidong, Huang Gang, Lu Hong, Hou Jun, Hu Guojian, Gao Jian, Qi Shaowen and Liu Helun were among the persecuted practitioners. Practitioners Huang Gang and Hu Guojian were savagely tortured at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and sentenced to heavy prison terms.

    Practitioner Ms. Li Ying was arrested before the 2001 Chinese New Year (in January) and was ruthlessly tortured. As a result, her right arm atrophied and she could not take care of herself. She was later secretly sentenced to 11 years in prison and was sent to the Dabei Prison. The prison refused to accept her because she could not take care of herself. The perpetrators from Fushun City went through their connections and bribed certain officials to make the Dabei Prison authorities accept Li Ying.

    On December 24, 2001, a Dafa truth clarification materials production site in Xinhua was destroyed and property worth over 40,000 yuan - including computers and flyers - was confiscated. One practitioner was arrested and was tortured at Division 1 at the Fushun City Police Department.

    In 2002, practitioners Wang Xiaoyan, Yan Jun, Wang Shengtao, Zhai Xu, Meng Hua, Sun Yongli and Zou Guirong (Zou Guirong was later tortured to death), were arrested and tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Sun Yongli lost the function in her legs after the torture and could not take care of herself. She was later sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    Between August and late September 2002, practitioners Ma Huaidong and Lu Renqing were arrested when clarifying the truth to people. They were sent to Division 1, where they were subjected to torture. Practitioners Zhao Yuhong, Ma Hongxia and Guan Juyin were also arrested and tortured. In early October, practitioners Sun Yongsheng, Jia Naizhi, Qu Cailing, Jin Shunnu, Hou Xiaohui, Wu Xiaoyan, Gao Guirong, Xing Yurong, Miao Shuqing, Dai Yulan, Song Wenliang, Wang Chengtao, Sun Qian, and Dong Qinfei were arrested and were sentenced to heavy prison terms in July 2003. Later, other practitioners, including Wu Yanbo, Zhou Yuzhi, Zhou Kan and others, were also arrested and tortured at Division 1.

    In November 2002, Dafa practitioner Wang Xiaoyan was sentenced to 15 years in prison and practitioner Yan Jun was sentenced to six years in prison. In March 2004, Yan Jun and several other practitioners were secretly sent to the Dabei Prison in Shenyang City to be tortured. Although Wang Xiaoyan was in very poor physical condition, the guards didn't allow her to receive medical treatment and held her at the No. 2 Detention Center in Fushun City.

    Practitioner Jia Naizhi has been held for three years. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was sent to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison, but the prison authorities refused to accept her because she was gravely ill. She is currently being held at the Fushun City Detention Center. Her family requested that she be released on medical parole but their request was denied. Jia Naizhi is holding a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention, and is emaciated.

    On May 13, 2002, officers from Division 1 went to the Yonglin Police Department and beat practitioner Wang Xiaoming. They kept beating him from the second floor to the first floor until his body was covered in bruises. Then they took him away and again tortured him.

    Practitioner Mr. Zhang Huiqiang was a senior engineer at the Fushun City Ethylene Chemical Industry Plant. On May 23, 2002, officers from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department arrested him from work. The police tortured him by burning his hands with cigarette lighters and scorched his nipples with red-hot metal. They also tore out his fingernails. Mr. Zhang was later sentenced to six years in prison and was held at the Dabei Prison.

    On June 28, 2002, practitioner Liu Guangying from the Jiangjun area in Fushun City was arrested by perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department after having been forced to live a homeless life for three and a half months. He was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and was held at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City.

    In the evening of July 6, 2002, officers from Division 1 found out practitioner Liu Zhange's address and arrested him. They took his personal computer and waited outside his home for other practitioners. They arrested practitioner Zhang from another city who went to visit Liu Zhange. Both practitioners were tortured at Division 1.

    On February 7, 2002, practitioner Wei Zaixin, a senior engineer at the Fushun City Institute of Information Science & Technology was arrested by police from Division 1 and beaten. He was later sent to the Strictly Controlled Group at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. In June 2002, officers from the Jiangjun Police Department sent Wei Zaixin to the No. 2 Detention Center at Shizilou in Jiangjun area to await sentencing. During this period, the guards encouraged the inmates to brutally torture Wei Zaixin until he was at the brink of death. In July, the police sent Wei Zaixin to the city hospital and told his family to take him home. On November 15, Wei Zaixin died after resuscitation efforts failed.

    In September 2002, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Hu Wei, a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, who was living with his relatives in Fushun City. They tortured Hu Wei and took his cell phone, BP pager, Omega watch, a 2,000 yuan bank card, 960 yuan cash, a pair of ultra-thin eyeglasses worth over 700 yuan and never returned these things. In late September 2002, Hu Wei was illegally sentenced to forced labor and was sent to the Fushun City Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 1, 2003, Division 1 officers destroyed a Dafa materials production site in Gebu, Fushun City. The officers waited at the site and arrested several Dafa practitioners including Hou Xiaohui. On March 2 they ransacked another site in Wanghua and took one "all-in-one" machine, two Xerox machines, various tools and paper worth over 50,000 yuan.

    Five Division 1 officers and officers from the Wanghua Police Department arrested practitioner Li Ying from her family's rice & flour store on March 31, 2003. During the afternoon of April 2, Li Ying was found dead in the large hall at Division 1 of Fushun City Police Department, her body covered with wounds. The perpetrators bribed the autopsy officials who eventually wrote "death from natural causes" on the death certificate. Hao Jianguang, head of the National Security Team, once told Li Ying's family, "What does that little amount of money you spent count for? Do you know how much money we spent treating the autopsy officials to meals and entertainment?"

    In May 2003, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioners Li Wensong, Wei Minghua and his wife, Zhou Yuren, Zhou Fulong, Zhou Yuyi, his wife and daughter Zhou Meina, Zhou Yuying, Zhao Liankai, Jiang Defang, Wang Guihua, Wang Lan, Yan Yuezeng and his wife, and Liu Jinping. Wei Minghua used to be a teacher at the No. 1 Middle School in Qingyuan City. Officers struck her to the ground and dragged her by her feet across the school and into a police car in front of the whole school. The same officers carried practitioner Li Wensong from the sixth floor to the police car.

    Between March 18 and March 28, 2003, perpetrators from Division 1, along with Xiao Gang and other officers from a local police station in Hongtoushan, searched and arrested Dafa practitioners near the Hongtoushan Copper Mine. The arrested practitioners were: Zhang Huamei, Liang Suyun, Yang Shuxian, Cao Yanzhen, Liu Xiangyu, Wang Shuyun, Zhou, Gao Xiuqin, Du Jinfeng, Zhou Hongqin, Li Shuqin and his daughter. They also took over 7,000 yuan from Zhang Huamei's home and beat Zhang Huamei until she could not stand up. The officers beat Wang Youcai until the flesh on his legs peeled off. They shouted at other Dafa practitioners, "Yes, It was us who crippled Wang Youcai's legs."

    More than 20 police officers arrested practitioner Wang Xiuxia from Qingyuan County on May 29, 2003. On the evening of June 15 they told Wang Xiuxia's family about her death. In 2005, the guards shouted when beating a practitioner they had arrested, "Yes, it was precisely us who beat Wang Xiuxia to death! Feel free to sue us!"

    Dafa practitioner Qi Huishu was arrested on April 24, 2004 and was tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Zhang Jinsheng from Qingyuan County was arrested in April 2004. During the illegal detention, to make Qi Huishu admit to "conspiracy with foreign powers," the officers used various tortures that caused skull damage.

    Practitioner Yang Boliang, 46 years old, lived in Toushan Town, Fushun City. On August 18, 2004, he was arrested and was savagely beaten by Hao Jianguang, head of Division 1, section heads Liu, Guan Yong and Zhang Bin. Mr. Yang was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and is currently being held at the Fushun Forced Labor Camp.

    Practitioners Zhao Yunshan and Dong Linlin were arrested by officers from Division 1 on September 18. During the five-day holiday of October 1, Zhao Yunshan was sentenced to forced labor and sent to the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. Dong Linlin was sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    In October 2004, a dozen officers from Division 1, including Hao Jianguang, went to the Lishi Police Station to persecute practitioner Yuan Peng. They also waited around the Lishi Development District and Sifangtai, trying to arrest Dafa practitioners.

    In late November 2004, officers from Division 1 went to Yonglin Town, Xinbin County in Fushun City. They extorted 4,000 yuan from practitioner Li Hong and 5,000 yuan from practitioner Han Junhui, both of whom had sent Falun Gong-related messages with their cell phones.

    At around 8:00 p.m. on January 12, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke the burglar-proof door at practitioner Lin Bo's home and arrested practitioners Lin Bo and Wang Guoying. They took belongings worth over 100,000 yuan. Practitioners Cheng Min, in her 20s and her husband, not a Falun Gong practitioner, were arrested at the same time that evening. Cheng Min was arrested from work. In June 2005, Lin Bo was sentenced to eight years in prison and Wang Guoying was sentenced to nine years in prison. Wang Guoying's husband Dou Zhenyang was falsely accused of "attempting to overturn a train" and sentenced to life in prison. Their son is currently living with Dou Zhenyang's parents, and their life is very difficult.

    Around 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke into the home of a practitioner in Nankouqian Town, Qingyuan County and arrested practitioners Gai Xiuqin, Lu Guanglin and his wife, Lin Guilan, Lu Yan and Chen Guifeng. They took the practitioners to Division 1. They also confiscated all of their equipment, papers and 20,000 yuan. Lu Yan refused to cooperate with the perpetrators; she refused to answer questions and held a hunger strike. Four police officers took turns beating her. They handcuffed and shackled her while beating and shocking her with electric batons. They forcibly split her legs until she lost consciousness. Her face was deformed and swollen from the torture. The perpetrators pulled out a lot of her hair and she could not move half of her body. On March 22, practitioner Lu Guanglin was sent to the No. 1 Detention Center of Fushun City. The other four practitioners were sent to the No. 2 Detention Center of Fushun City. Practitioner Lu Yan was sentenced to prison after one month of detention.

    Practitioner Zhou Shuyou worked at the Cangshi Train Station and lived in Sanjia Township, Qingyuan City. At 9:00 p.m. on March 21, Guan Yong and Chen Daqing from Division 1 of the Fushun City National Security Bureau arrested Zhou Shuyou and interrogated him at 8 p.m. on April 6. Police officers Guan Yong, Zhang Tao and others beat and shocked him with electric batons. They forcibly split Zhou Shuyou's legs and hit his private parts until his testicles were severely swollen and he could not walk. Mr. Zhou is suffering from severe lower back pain to this day. He was sentenced to three years of forced labor and is held at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 19, 2005, practitioners Pei Dongzhi and her sister Pei Donghua from Nanzamu were arrested. The perpetrators were officers from Division 1 and local police. The practitioners were severely beaten on the spot. The perpetrators also took 600 yuan from the practitioners' mother. They also arrested practitioners Li Shumei and a practitioner surnamed Zhou.

    At around 9:00 p.m. on March 24, officers from Division 1 from the Yaozhan Police Station in Qingyuan Town and from the National Security Bureau arrested practitioner Liu Zaijun, in his 30s from Lingnan. They also arrested another practitioner in Xiazhaizi.

    At 7:30 on March 28, 2005, four officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Gai Shurong and her daughter from Tonggou Village, Tukouzi Township in Qingyuan County. Later, they extorted 500 yuan from the practitioners' family before releasing them. Another two elderly female practitioners from Tukouzi Township were also arrested. Around 7:00 p.m. on March 30, the police drove three police cars to Tonggou Village, trying to arrest three other practitioners but the practitioners were not at home.

    Between April 1 and April 3, 2005, two Dafa materials production sites in Haicheng and Gongnong in the Wanghua District, Fushun City were destroyed. Practitioner Liu Yumei was arrested and the police confiscated a lot of equipment.

    On April 14, Division 1 and Qingyuan County Police Department officials dispatched 50 police cars and arrested 56 practitioners in Nankouqian Township, Qingyuan City. They individually interrogated the practitioners and beat them cruelly, including women and children. They beat the practitioners senselessly and then poured cold water on them. One female practitioner immediately lost consciousness and was rushed to the emergency room. She cannot take care of herself to this day. The police took over 1,000 yuan from practitioner Ma Xijun's home. During the interrogation, the drunken police officer savagely beat Ma Xijun and shocked her with electric batons until she lost consciousness. Within ten days Ma Xijun vomited and was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. She could not walk. The perpetrators told her family to take her home when she was at death's door and extorted 10,000 yuan from her family. Practitioner Gai Chunlin's family in Bawanggou Village was told of Gai Chunlin's death on May 6, 2005. While torturing the practitioners, the police said, "Do you know that we beat Wang Xiuxia to death?" They sent some practitioners to labor camps and some to Luotaishan Brainwashing Class. In the afternoon on April 18, police arrested practitioner Ms. Jing, an elderly woman from Qingyuan County.

    On May 25, 2005, dozens of officers from Division 1 surrounded the temporary residence of practitioner Jiang Jie, who had left home to avoid persecution. They pounded on the door and pried it open. As of now, Jiang Jie and her family cannot return home. Her child is left uncared for and cannot go to school due to the persecution. Prior to the May 25 incident, the perpetrators from Division 1 twice arrested Jiang Jie's husband. The first time they detained him for 20 days, and the second time they detained him for two days.

    On June 17, Hao, the head of Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and group head Liu ordered six perpetrators, including Jiang from the Shuncheng District National Security Bureau, to arrest practitioner Zhao Jifan, a teacher at the Heping School. Without any due process, the police ransacked Zhao Jifan's home. Zhao Jifan is currently held at the Fushun City Detention Center.

    Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and the National Security Bureau: 86-413-2625446, or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Division 1 or the National Security Bureau

    Guan Fei, head of Fushun City Police Department: 86-13941310016 (Cell), or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Guan Fei

    Ran Xiangchun, head of Division 1: 86-413-8830110, 86-413-2787381 (Office)

    Hao Jianguang, male, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-13941341388 (Cell)

    Hao Shifu, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-413-7645669 (Home)

    Team head Yang: 86-13504235432 (Cell), 86-413-2786445 (Office)

    Liu and Chen Feng: section heads

    Guan Yong, guard at Division 1: 86-413-2787387 (Office), 86-13009251616 (Cell)

    Police officers, Zhang Bin (or Zhang Jun) and Peng Yue: 86-13019653301 (Cell)

    Police officers: Liu Minghe (or Liu Pinghe), Wang, Guan Lei, Zhang Tao, Xu Changqing, Chen Daqing, Ding Changtao, Yang and Zhang Guanyong


    Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter

    (Clearwisdom.net) Because she was a Falun Dafa practitioner, Kong Fanrong from Shulan City, Jilin Province, was tortured to death in Shulan City Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Her husband Bian Hongxiang (also a Falun Dafa practitioner), 93-year-old mother-in-law, and daughter Bian Lingyun as well as her in-laws have been continuously harassed and arrested by the police.

    After 4:00 p.m. on July 21, 2005, Yan Jianhua, manager of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City, along with another police officer broke into Bian Lingyun's home and asked: "Where is your father Bian Hongxiang?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know." The police then took her away.

    When Lingyun's husband Song Junfang came home, he saw that Lingyun's grandmother was holding Lingyun's son and sobbing, so he asked what had happened. Through her tears, the grandma described how Lingyun had been taken away by the police.

    Bian Lingyun's mother was also arrested for practicing Falun Gong. The police tried to force Kong Fanrong to reveal the names of her fellow practitioners, but she did not cooperate and was tortured to death in the Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City. Ms. Kong's body was covered in bruises and raised red marks from being whipped. When the grandmother heard this sad news, she fainted in the courtyard, causing cuts and bleeding on her face. From that day, the grandmother gradually became weaker each day.

    Bian Lingyun missed her mom and felt deep sadness for a long time. She became temporarily mentally unstable from the grief and lost a lot of weight. A previously happy family was torn apart because of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.

    On March 3, 2005, police officers from Dehui City arrested Bian Hongxiang, Lingyun's father, and cruelly tortured him. He was not released until he was at death's door on March 25. Lingyun attended to her father, but so far, he has not yet fully recovered. However, police from Shulan vainly continue to persecute her father. They often harass the family in their home. When the police could not get to Bian Hongxiang, they arrested Lingyun.

    On July 22, four officers from the Huancheng Local Police Station were sent to Lingyun's home to try to make her husband, Song Junfang, sign a detention notice for Lingyun. Mr. Song refused. The officer roared, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang righteously replied: "No, my wife has not violated any law or disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order! You can ask the neighbours whether my wife is a good person. You are the ones disturbing social order!" The officer had no reply to the husband's words.

    Although the elderly grandma is unable to care of herself, she goes to the Public Security Bureau every day to request the release of Lingyun. The Director General said: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." The documents have been handed in twice. One was given to Director General Xin He. He accepted the material but did not release Lingyun. On the 29th, Bian Lingyun's husband and grandmother went to see Xin He. Mr. Xin said that the matter had nothing to do with him and told them to go the National Security Unit. They went to the National Security Unit, but the officers there pushed the responsibility onto the Public Security section. Staff at the Public Security section also said that it was not in their jurisdiction. Song Junfang has already lost his job and is facing financial hardship.

    The following are the phone numbers of some of the people involved in this case:
    Xin He, Director General of Shulan City Public Security Bureau: 86-432-8224808
    Yan Jianhua, Directory of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City who arrests Dafa practitioners: 86-432-8223069
    Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City: 86-432-8251265

    A Statement from Lingyun's Grandmother.

    I am Wang Liqin, 93 years old, from Shulan City, Jilin Province, China. Our five family members were fortunate to learn Falun Dafa in 1997--only my grandson does not practice. Dafa brought many benefits to our family. I previously suffered from heart disease and other diseases, which caused me to faint from time to time. When I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, all of my illnesses disappeared within a short time. Teacher saved me, has let me live to such an old age, and gave me a harmonious family.

    Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, we have not had one day of peace. My son and daughter-in-law were arrested successively. On the morning of January 28, 2000, my son Bian Hongxiang was tricked by police from the Shulan City Public Security Bureau. They said they wanted to have a conversation with him, but when he showed up, they unexpectedly sent him for two years of forced labor. When he returned home two years later, the police still did not spare him, and often came to our home to harass him, which made me feel afraid and anxious. In order to let me have a peaceful life, my son sent me to live with my granddaughter. He and his wife had to leave their home to avoid the continual persecution.

    Even so, they could not totally avoid the evil persecution. On January 4, 2003, police from Changchun rushed into their residence and arrested my son and daughter-in-law. My daughter-in-law, Kong Fanrong, was tortured in many different ways, such as gouging her eyes, forcing her to sit on a 'tiger bench' for hours, kicking her legs with their leather shoes, forcing toothpicks under all of her fingernails, and other cruel measures. She was then escorted to Shulan City, where she was killed in the Nanshan Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Those who saw her body said that it was covered in blue and purple bruises and lash marks. When I heard about how she had been tortured, I fainted and fell to the ground, and my face was covered with blood.

    On March 3, 2005, a group of policemen arrested my son, Bian Hongxiang, and the police from Changchun and Dehui tortured him until he was almost dead. The police thought he was dying, so they asked my granddaughter to take him home. He is still recuperating from the ordeal.

    I am already 93 years old, unable to take care of myself, and I completely depend on my granddaughter Lingyun. However, after 4:00 p.m. on July 21, Yan Jianhua and others from the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City suddenly broke into our home to further persecute my son. When they saw my son was not there, one of them bellowed at my granddaughter: "Where is your father?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know. He did not say where he was going when he went out." Then, the police took her away against her will. At that time, her 8-year-old son was frightened and trembling, and he cried his eyes out. I was also so scared that I was unable to move my legs. Two days later, Yan Jianhua led four policemen in trying to force my grand son-in-law Song Junfang to sign a document regarding his wife's arrest, but he refused. The police officer shouted at him, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang loudly replied: "No! My wife has not disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order? You can ask the neighbors whether or not my wife is a good person. Indeed, you are the ones disturbing social order!" What he said surprised the police so much that they left.

    Now that my granddaughter has been arrested, there is no one to take care of me. To keep the evildoers from breaking up my family even more, my grand son-in-law, great-grandson, and I went to the 610 Office, the Public Security Bureau, and the local police station. They tricked us by saying: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." However, this was just lip service. We recorded the details of our situation twice, and handed them to Director General Xin He of the Shulan Public Security Bureau, but the authorities still refused to release my granddaughter. On the 29th, Director General Xin He began to shirk his responsibilities, saying he could not take care of this matter and told us to go to the National Security Unit. But when we arrived there, the officers sent us to the Public Security section. At the Public Security section, the staff pushed the responsibility onto the local police station. We went to the police station, and were told to talk to the Director General. Every one of them tried to use the opportunity to extort money from us, but Song Junfang is unemployed and in financial hardship, so where could he find money for the police? I have lived through three to four dynasties. None of them was ever as evil as the current Chinese government. I do not understand why they took away my granddaughter. She was at home and did not disturb social order, but the police arrested her and forcibly searched our home without reason. Therefore, I ask for help and assistance from human rights organizations and just people around the world, and fellow practitioners in every country, to help in rescuing my granddaughter, Dafa practitioner Bian Lingyun.


    Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners

    (Clearwisdom.net) Since its establishment in the end of 2004, personnel from the Babaishang Branch of the Daqing Police Department have been using ruthless and vicious methods to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners.

    After its establishment, Li Daming, the former deputy head of the Daqing Police Department Honggang Branch, was transferred to the Babaishang Branch. Li had persecuted many Dafa practitioners while he was the deputy head of the Honggang Branch. He used to intimidate practitioners, "As soon as you say 'I'll keep practicing Falun Gong,' I will send you to jail."

    His police staff also stops at nothing to persecute practitioners. During the past half-year they have arrested and detained many practitioners in the Babaishang area, ransacked their homes and sentenced them to forced labor.

    Persecution Case 1: On January 24, 2005 a group of police officers arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. An Senbiao. He worked at the seventh Task Team of the Second Oil Extraction Plant and was clarifying the truth about Falun Gong when it happened. Perpetrators were from the Babaishang Branch Police Department (formerly Shengli Police Station), led by Gao Yufeng. Later they sentenced him to three years of forced labor.

    Aside from Mr. An Senbiao's home being ransacked, he had suffered many tortures, including being forced to sit on a metal chair for a long time, burned with a cigarette, confined in a small cell, forced to wear handcuffs and shackles that were usually reserved for death-row criminals, doused with water in the cold of winter, and being beaten and sworn at. In the Suihua Labor Camp, he was burned, scalded, pierced, shocked with electric batons and sexually abused. They also filled his mouth with powdered detergent. Mr. An carried on a hunger strike to protest the persecution, but was brutally force-fed. Even when he was at the brink of death, his family members weren't allowed to see him.

    Mr. An Senbiao's mother, in her eighties, his sister and wife went from office to office and official to official demanding his release. The Babaishang Police Branch Chief Li Daming, however, humiliated the mother saying, "He has committed crimes. The sentence was too light. You as the parent didn't do well, so your son cannot be good either." He also cursed Mr. An's wife, "You're no good either." He even made a phone call to the plant authorities saying, "An Senbiao's family members are causing trouble here. Why do you still keep him on the payroll? Expel him."

    The police accused the family of "disturbing official business" and drove them out. The Suihua Labor Camp didn't release Mr. An Senbiao until he was extremely weak and had multiple physical problems. The labor camp authorities forced the family members to write a statement promising to send him back to the labor camp after his recovery.

    Mr. An Senbiao is extremely emaciated. He used to weigh 165 jin (about 180 lbs), but now weighs only 85 jin (about 93 lbs). Due to long term shackling and handcuffing, he cannot extend his arms or bend over and cannot take care of himself.

    Persecution Case 2: On the morning of May 16, 2005, policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch, waited outside the home of Falun Gong practitioners Sui Qifeng and his wife Li Shulian, trying to arrest them. Since nobody came out, they shut off the electricity. When someone from the family came out to check, the police used this opportunity and barged into the house, ransacking it and attempting to arrest Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian.

    Due to lack of manpower and the resistance of Mr. Sui Qifeng, the policemen first took away his wife, Mrs. Li Shulian, who is nearly 60 years old. To keep the policemen from breaking into his house again, Mr. Sui Qifeng locked the door from the inside. More than ten policemen removed the locks with an electric drill and broke into the house.

    They arrested Mr. Sui Qifeng, who is also nearly 60 years old, and took 50 yuan from him to have the locks replaced.

    After arresting Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian, the policemen charged them with "disturbing social order" and sent them to the Daqing Longfeng Detention Center and Daqing City Detention Center, respectively. A few days later they sentenced them to forced labor and sent them to labor camps without even notifying their family members.

    Mr. Sui Qifeng is presently incarcerated at the Daqing Labor Camp. Ms. Li Shulian was first sent to the Harbin Drug Control Labor Camp, but because she didn't pass the physical exam, the labor camp refused to accept her. The policemen then sent her to the Qiqihar Shuanghe Labor Camp for persecution.

    Persecution Case 3: On July 27, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Weiguang was working at the Limin Restaurant in Babaishang's Area No. 6. Policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch barged into the restaurant, claiming to be conducting a standard ID check. They took Mr. Zhang Weiguang away and ransacked his home. Mr. Zhang is now locked up at the Daqing Detention Center.

    On July 28, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Shi Liwen went to visit her friend. As soon as she entered her friend's building, policemen arrested her and ransacked her home. When they went to ransack her home Ms. Shi's son, not a practitioner, didn't open the door as fast as the policemen demanded and was taken away also. He was released that night. Ms. Shi is being held at the Daqing Detention Center.

    Contact information of persons responsible for these persecution cases:

    Daqing City Police Department Babaishang Branch, Zip 163412

    Director, Li Daming 86-459-4980777(Office), 86-13836709003(Cell)
    86-13945957666(Cell), 86-459-4612473(Home)

    Political Head, Ma Xinke: 86-459-4980123(Office) 86-13329500833(Cell), 86-459-6295345(Home)
    Deputy Head, Liu Yuhu: 86-459-4986123(Office), 86-13836709055(Cell), 86-459-6781983(Home)
    Deputy Head, Wang Hongwei: 86-459-4895000(Office), 86-13836877222(Cell), 86-13836709006(Cell), 86-459-6132303(Home), 86-459-6786660(Home)
    Deputy Head, Yu Changjun: 86-459-4892500(Office), 86-13836709233(Cell), 86-459-6091088(Home)
    Section Chief, General Services, Tian Baohua: 86-459-4892567(Office), 86-13836709111(Cell), 86-459-6786100(Home)

    Community Team Six
    Person in charge, Policeman Wang Haibin (persecutor): 86-13836709203 (Cell), 86-459-4987065 (Home)
    Assistant, Meng Dafan: 86-13009900306 (Cell), 86-459-4196340 (Home)

    Aug. 4, 2005


    Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp

    (Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Fu Lijun, a practitioner from Ziyang, Sichuan Province, was arrested on June 5 while posting truth-clarification material in an area near Jianyang. She was illegally sentenced to a forced labor camp and is now locked up at Nanmusi Women's Forced Labor Camp in Zizhong County.

    Ms. Fu, born on September 28, 1973, was an employee of Sisanyi Factory. She resides at 207, building no. 10, Shizishan Sisanyi Factory, Yanjiang Town, Yanjiang District, Ziyang City. Her health has been poor since she was little, and modern medicine did not help her. Fortunately, she learned and practiced Falun Dafa, and her health improved tremendously. She became healthy, sincere and kind, and was eager to help others.

    During the six years since July 20, 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Fu have suffered much persecution because they practice Falun Dafa: their home was repeatedly ransacked; they were detained and denied their worker's pay; they were insulted and disgraced in public on television and in newspapers; and they were harassed by public security officials. Furthermore, in these six years, they were under intense surveillance from the local public security office, and from plain-clothes policemen from the national security office. Their activities were tracked and monitored. The entire family of six suffered constant anxiety, and life was very fearful and tense.

    On June 5, 2005, policemen again forcefully arrested Ms. Fu and secretly sentenced her to forced labor without notifying her family. The family learned about her fate from other sources a few days after she was sentenced and locked up in the forced labor camp.

    The family is once again under serious crisis: Ms. Fu's father is paralyzed in bed, her grandmother who is over 80 years old is very weak and her mother Ma Bingyin is very ill in the hospital due to the long-term anxiety and fear that she has endured. Ma Bingyin's son is also very young. The entire burden is fallling onto her husband's shoulders. The elder family members are overcome with grief, and the atmosphere in the house is gloomy and sad.

    A couple of days ago Ms. Fu submitted an opinion to the administration. In the opinion she pointed out that the sentence given to her by the Ziyang City Labor Reform Management Committee is illegal. For the past thirteen years, everything taught by Falun Dafa is in accordance with the sacred rights stated in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China for Chinese citizens.


    Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    A Female Employee from Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill, Xinyang City, Henan Province Not Seen Since 2000

    Ms. Li Ying'e, about 50 years of age, was an employee of Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill. She was sent back to her hometown and extorted out of 1000 yuan after she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. She went to Beijing again in December 2000 and her whereabouts are unknown.

    Falun Dafa Practitioner Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong City Disappeared in October 2001

    Ms. Li Lanfeng, 28, was from Dali Village, Sunji Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province. She worked in the Agriculture Bureau of Shouguang City. Li Lanfeng began to practice Falun Dafa when she was in the university. At that time, her parents and her sisters had objected to her practicing. However, she continued and persisted in the practice and upheld her belief. Her family members now understand her and do not oppose her practicing Falun Gong anymore. However they have lost contact with her for three years and ten months. Her elderly parents miss her very much. Her sisters thinking about her night and day and worry about her safety.

    August 5, 2005


    List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Name

    Age

    Beginning of prison term

    Prison term

    Address

    Yu Qiaoling

    55

    2001/9

    13

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Han Dongmei

    41

    2004/4

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Wang Fengyi

    49

    2002/5

    8

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Bai Junjie

    58

    2005/1

    7

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jianhua

    47

    2002/8

    3

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Guo Jinghua

    48

    2001/5

    5

    Changli City, Hebei Province

    Xie Zhanfen

    29

    2002/9

    9

    Renqiu City, Hebei Province

    Name unknown

    37

    2002/10

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Song Shunxia

    42

    2002/5

    3.5

    Beijing City

    Zhao Wenlan

    67

    2003/6

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Ma Xiuqin

    62

    2001/7

    9

    Yi County, Hebei Province

    Tian Xiuzhen

    58

    2003/5

    3.5

    Raoyang City, Hebei Province

    Wan Hongying

    39

    2002/4

    4

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Ding Ruqin

    51

    2001/8

    7

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Cai Shuqing

    51

    2004/9

    4

    Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province

    Zheng Meiying

    36

    2002/5

    5

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Chen Yanli

    36

    2002/8

    4

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    Dai Lili

    31

    2001/4

    8

    Cangzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wang Meilan

    52

    2002/5

    4

    Wei County, Hebei Province

    Fan Yongjiang

    36

    2000/12

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Fu Dongxiao

    36

    2001/6

    7

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Geng Yuxia

    37

    2001/6

    6

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Wu Baoxia

    40

    Â

    4

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Yan

    38

    2003/7

    3

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    He Lanhua

    60

    2001/3

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    He Jinhuan

    27

    2001

    10

    Shenzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cao Shumian

    55

    2001/1

    8

    Xiong County, Hebei Province

    Wang Yuman

    50

    2001

    10

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Du Shuyun

    47

    2002/11

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Lan Qizhi

    41

    2001

    11

    Petroleum Refinery of Shijianzhuang City

    Liu Xiaofeng

    36

    2001/9

    6

    Qianan County, Hebei Province

    Zhou Yu

    40

    2001/9

    8

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Gong Fenglan

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Liang Xiulian

    54

    2002/8

    Â

    Chongli County, Hebei Province

    Du Yuqin

    38

    2002/1

    8

    Â

    Han Fuyan

    41

    2001/4

    8

    Funing City, Hebei Province

    Liu Xiumin

    36

    2002/9

    7

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lianzhi

    50

    2004/4

    4

    Tangshan City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lijun

    38

    2002/8

    12

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wu Yueting

    51

    2004/8

    3

    Laiyuan City, Hebei Province

    Guo Xiaohui

    45

    2003/1

    8

    Langfang City, Hebei Province

    Niu Minjie

    44

    2002/9

    8

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Li Aihua

    42

    2002/6

    5

    Renqiu County, Hebei Province

    Ni Chunxiang

    40

    2002/10

    7

    Beijing City

    Tang Hui

    35

    2004/2

    11

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Li Binghan

    36

    2002/4

    10

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cai Yongcun

    43

    2000/12

    9

    Hengshui City, Hebei Province

    Liang Shuping

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Li

    36

    2001/11

    10

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jinying

    41

    2000/8

    5

    Laishui County, Hebei Province

    In 2003, Liu Jinying suffered a nervous breakdown from the torture in Taihang Prison.

    August 12, 2005


    Open Forum


    Forced Labor in China: Testimony Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 22, 2005

    Forced Labor in China
    Wednesday, June 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255

    Statement of Gregory Xu


    Mr. Chairman, members of this Commission, ladies and gentlemen:

    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak on the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

    We are grateful for the support this Congress has shown us during this difficult time. We are, however, sad to report that in the past six years, the persecution of Falun Gong in China has gone into a covert one but continued to worsen. Over the years, between 200,000 and 1 million have been reportedly sent to forced labor camps without trials. The persecution methods used in such camps are extremely cruel, encompassing a wide variety of brutal tortures; and yet the Chinese government has imposed strict blockades in an attempt to conceal information and absolve its responsibility. The labor camps in China have the authority to imprison Falun Gong practitioners for as long as three years without any due process and can arbitrarily extend the terms of imprisonment at will.

    I. The latest casualty of labor camp

    Most recently, Falun Dafa Information Center (FDI) has learned that Ms. Gao Rongrong, whose face was grossly disfigured as a result of torture in Longshan Forced Labor Camp, was tortured to death on June 16, 2005. Ms. Gao went through nearly two years of incarceration, brainwashing, and torture for her beliefs in Falun Gong. Her case even involved directives from Luo Gan, one of the standing members on China's Politburo.

    Ms. Gao, an accountant at the Luxun College of Fine Arts in Shenyang City, was stripped of her job in 1999, soon after Falun Gong met with suppression. Ms. Gao then lodged legal appeals with authorities in Beijing, calling for an end to the wrongful persecution. Authorities then, acting outside the law, detained Ms. Gao. In July 2003, Ms. Gao was sent to Longshan Forced Labor Camp. On May 7, 2004, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Tang Yubao, the deputy head of the No. 2 Prison Brigade, along with team leader Jiang Zhaohua, summoned Ms. Gao to the office and began to torture her with an electric baton. The torture continued for about 7 hours, and the inmates in the labor camp said that Ms. Gao sustained multiple burns to her face, head, and neck. Ms. Gao's face was covered with blisters and her hair was matted with pus and blood. So severe were the injuries that Ms. Gao's face was disfigured and she had difficulty seeing things.

    In a desperate attempt to escape her torturers, Ms. Gao later jumped from the 2nd floor office window of the facility, sustaining multiple fractures. Subsequent hospitalization allowed those close to Ms. Gao to take photos of the injuries to her face and body. The shocking photos made their way overseas, where human rights activists publicized them widely. Details of her case were submitted to related government offices in the U.S. and other nations, and were also presented to the United Nations.

    While hospitalized, Gao was under constant surveillance from the Chinese police. Authorities declared she would be returned to captivity upon release from the hospital. On October 5, 2004, however, Ms. Gao - having recovered sufficiently to be moved - was able to leave the hospital with the help of a small group of friends, thus avoiding abduction by police and the possibility of further torture.

    During Ms. Gao's short escape between October 5, 2004 and March 6, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. contacted the U.S. Department of State for rescuing Ms. Gao.

    Politburo Standing Committee Member Personally Oversees Gao's Case

    As international pressure mounted concerning Ms. Gao's case, one of China's highest-ranking officials stepped in: Politburo Standing Committee member Luo Gan. Luo proceeded to order the Liaoning Province Chinese Communist Party Political Judiciary Committee, the Procuratorate, the Department of Justice, and the Police Department to conceal any and all information about Ms. Gao's case.

    After Ms. Gao's escape, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phones of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, hoping to discover who had helped publicize Ms. Gao's case and secure her escape. A manhunt ensued, as all individuals believed to have facilitated Ms. Gao's hospital escape were ordered rounded up. One such individual who was abducted, Mr. Feng Gang, had to be admitted to Masanjia Hospital after thirteen days of hunger strike protesting his unlawful abduction. Another individual, Mr. Sun Shiyou, is reported to have been severely tortured by authorities, including having his genitals shocked by electric batons. Mr. Sun's family members were also abducted.

    On March 6, 2005, Ms. Gao was located by police and again abducted. Neither her location nor her condition was revealed to family members until June 12; they learned she was being held at Medical University Hospital in Shenyang City. According to Ms. Gao's family, by the time they reached the hospital on June 12, Ms. Gao had lost consciousness, her organs were atrophying, and she was hooked up to a respirator. They say she was little more than "skin and bones." Ms. Gao died four days later. Chinese police are now pressuring Ms. Gao's family to cremate her body quickly, trying to eliminate the evidence of torture.

    It was reported that Public Security Bureau agents closely guarded the room in which Ms. Gao was held at the hospital. The agents intended to prevent news of her condition and maltreatment from reaching the outside world; this fits a pattern of complicity that reaches to the highest levels of China's regime.

    II. Forced labor in China's labor camps

    Ms. Gao's death is part of a disturbing pattern of systematic rights violations, systematic cover up, and zero accountability. And Ms. Gao is just the latest victim of China's forced labor camp system. The re-education-through-labor system has become a very effective tool of control and suppression in the past fifty years for the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP).

    According to WOIPFG (World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong), there are two direct purposes behind China's system of "re-education-through-labor": first, to create a reliable and cheap labor force through forced labor, and secondly to brainwash prisoners. This is the so-called "reform one's mind through labor". This not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages the prison and labor camp systems to persecute the detainees because of the huge profit in products made through forced labor. In addition, it shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets when these cheap products are dumped on the international market. Many consumers buy the products, totally unaware of the reasons behind the cheap price.

    Since China's former president Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, according to incomplete statistics, more than 180 forced labor camps in China have directly participated in the persecution through illegal forced labor of over 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In addition to forced brainwashing and torture, China's labor camps also force a large number of Falun Gong practitioners to work as slave laborers. Falun Gong practitioners have been made to work overtime shifts, subjected to punishment or deprivation of food or sleep if assigned quotas are not met, and tortured if they refuse to cooperate. They are often arbitrarily detained beyond their release dates because of the huge profits that camps stand to gain as a result of free labor. Practitioners are forced to work more than 10 hours a day, sometimes even continuously overnight. Because of the terrible working conditions and highly labor-intensive work, Falun Gong practitioners have all suffered various degrees of damage, both mentally and physically. Some have become disabled or even died. About 30% of all the death cases of Falun Gong practitioners resulted from torture in labor camps. Sixty-nine labor camps have directly caused the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners, including elderly people in their 60s. Even women, children, or disabled practitioners have not been spared.

    For example, Qiqiha'er Shuanghe Female Labor Camp is a processing site that has no government approved certificate for producing agricultural chemicals. Falun Gong practitioners are, however, forced to pack very toxic pesticide powders with no protective worksuits at all, which have caused serious physical harm to the practitioners. Many practitioners have had bleeding noses, others feel sick, vomit, have had severe coughs (there was blood in their phlegm) and abnormal bleeding; still others have nearly gone blind because the labor camp is filled with choking toxic pesticide dust. The victims are forced to continue their work even when they show symptoms of being poisoned. On the packages, it is clearly stated that in producing the pesticides there must be protective facilities and workers must take showers after work. However, there are no shower facilities in the chemical factory. In the hot summer, when the chemical dust and sweat mixed together, it would irritate the skin; as the sweat dried out, one could attain tinea-type skin ulcers. The victims would feel itchy and painful. The police would often forbid practitioners to wash, and therefore these practitioners have to go to bed with chemical dust all over their bodies.

    At one time, Falun Gong practitioners Zhang Guiqin, Qi Baiqin, Lin Xiumei and Jiang Yuehong refused to work to protest the persecution, but they were tortured for doing so. They were forced to 'sit on iron chairs', a form of torture where their hands were handcuffed from behind their back, their feet were put into two square holes and they were sandwiched between the back of the iron chair and an iron slab in front of their chest. They were tortured until their feet were swollen, their skin torn and flesh gaping or they lost consciousness. Afterwards, six Falun Gong practitioners, headed by Gao Shanshan, jointly urged the authorities to stop the persecution. The labor camp confined Gao Shanshan into a solitary compartment at once and illegally extended her term in the labor camp for an additional two months to make this 20-year old practitioner suffer mentally.

    Zhang Zhijie, the team leader of the prison guards at the Shuanghe Female Labor Camp, and guard Chen Jianhua illegally extended most practitioners' terms of detention for another year so that they could maintain a high employment and high bonuses.

    Because it was illegal to produce agricultural chemicals, when the authorities came to inspect the camp, production would stop immediately. Falun Gong practitioners were also forced to pack sanitized chopsticks in their dormitories where they did not have even basic disinfecting facilities, not to mention proper workshops.

    For another example, Shandong No.1 Female Labor Camp, located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, is commonly known as Jinan Female Labor Camp. Since October 2000, however, the number of detainees increased sharply to more than 700 people. More than 95% of them were Falun Dafa practitioners who had been illegally kidnapped and detained there. According to WOIPFG, the labor camp signed business deals with Jinan Tianyi Printing Co., Ltd. and several other companies, and turned the labor camp into handwork workshops for these enterprises, in order to increase profit from foreign investment so that the labor camp staff could get more bonuses. The labor camp forced the detainees to do excessive amounts of labor. As a result, detainees (including elderly ladies over 60 years old) had to work 13 to 14 hours a day and sometimes even overnight without pay. Due to working overtime for long periods of time, a lot of detainees had difficulty standing, and it was very common for someone to faint in the workshop. Those who refused to work would be put into a "confined solitary compartment" which was totally dark. The practitioners confined there were not allowed to go to sleep, to wash their faces or brush their teeth. They were also not allowed to come out of the compartment to go to the toilet and were forced to stand continuously for more than 20 days until they became unconscious. These people would then have such swollen feet that they could not wear shoes and could not walk.

    III. Why are China's products so cheap

    Because of the strong resistance from western democratic countries against "forced labor products", in 1991 China's State Council re-emphasized the ban on the export of "forced labor products" and stipulated that no prison is allowed to cooperate or establish joint ventures with foreign investors. In reality, however, the Chinese government has granted numerous preferential policies to enterprises under labor camps and prisons, to encourage and attract foreign investment and export. In the document [2001] No.56 from the State Bureau of Taxation under China's Ministry of Finance, it is clearly stated that if the property rights of a company are solely owned by a prison or forced labor camp system, the company is exempt from corporate income tax and the land inquisition levy.

    FDI and WOIPFG have collected ample evidence that shows China's labor camps have cooperated with companies to force Falun Gong practitioners to manufacture forced labor products without any payment during their detention. Products from these labor camps are exported to more than 30 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, etc.

    The forced labor system not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages abuse and torture as camps raise their quotas in pursuit of even more profit. Meanwhile, the camps use part of the profits to construct more forced labor facilities. In addition, the products produced through forced labor are competitive and highly attractive in international markets because of their extreme low cost. As a result, this has led some foreign companies not aware of a product's background to participate in joint venture production, importing and selling the forced-labor-produced items. This not only violates the laws of their own countries and international laws, as many countries forbid the importation and selling of products manufactured through forced labor, but also shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets, threatening some of their homeland companies that share the same market sectors.

    A good example is the lobbying campaign initiated by the six largest U.S. textile and fabric trade organizations during their summit in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2003. On July 2, 2003, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) published a shocking report stating that with the quota removal for Chinese textile products, more than 1,300 textile plants in the U.S. would have to close by early 2004, resulting in the loss of over 630,000 jobs. The U.S. textile and apparel market would be under China's control if protective measures were not implemented in a timely manner. Ample evidence indicates that some textile manufacturers such as the Shanghai Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd. the Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc., China, collaborate with "re-education-through-labor" camps or detention centers to force Falun Gong practitioners into unpaid hard labor during their detention. The unlawfully detained practitioners are forced to endure more than 10 hours of hard labor per day or even overnight shifts in addition to their regular hours. Those products are produced at the cost that their competitors cannot match.

    III.1. Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp

    According to WOIPFG, Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp, located in Nanyuan, Daxing Country, Beijing, does handwork for several companies for their export products. Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd, a joint venture specializing in design, manufacture, sales and export of soft toys, is one such company. In February 2001, nearly 1000 illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners were forced to make toys with no pay. This forced labor produced 100,000 toy rabbits for Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd subcontracted by Nestle.

    Ms. Jennifer Zeng is a Falun Gong practitioner currently living in Australia. She was detained in Xin'an Labor Camp and was one of the practitioners forced to make Nestle toy rabbits. She described her experience as follows. "In the labor camp, we were forced to do all kinds of heavy labor work, including planting grass and trees, clearing garbage, digging cellars for storing vegetables in winter, knitting sweaters, knitting cushions, making toys, producing disposable syringes, wrapping sanitized chopsticks and so on. Most of the products were for export. In particular, the sweaters we knitted were large sizes only suitable for foreigners who are big in build. In February 2001, we received an order for 100,000 toy rabbits. According to the police, the toys were being made for Nestle to be used in their promotions. The rabbits were about 30 cm. long, brown in color, with a long neck, wearing a large bright red collar made from fleecy material, with two black whiskers on each side of the face, about 5-6 cm long. Some of the rabbits wore cowboy vests, some wore dustcoats, and some had one eye patched up like a pirate. There were English letters on their chests, with their fists clenched, thumbs up. There were three toes on their feet, canary yellow in color. Their tails were white in color and very short."

    Falun Gong practitioners are forced to work for extremely long hours without pay in Xin'an labor camp. Ms. Zeng recalls, "It would go through over 30 processing lines to make a rabbit like this, and it would take over 10 hours to make one. But the processing fee for each rabbit was only 30 cents (equivalent to Au$0.06, US$0.04). The processing fees were paid to the labor camp. We didn't get anything. Usually we began work after getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning, and worked until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning the next day. Sometimes we had to work overtime, otherwise we could not finish the job. At the busiest time, I did not dare to wash my hands after going to the toilet, in order to save a few minutes. At night, sometimes I was so exhausted that I could not even count clearly from 1 to 9. Yet I still had to force my eyes open to knit sweaters. The pattern of the sweater was quite complicated; sometimes we finally finished the knitting after much effort only to discover the next morning it had been knitted completely wrongly. So, we had to unpick the stitches and redo it. Long hours of highly intensive workload and severe lack of sleep made me feel, for a very long period of time, that the only thing I needed in my life was sleep."

    The picture to the left is a photo of the toy rabbits manufactured for Nestle taken from Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. It's clear that they are the same as Jennifer described.

    The Sydney Morning Herald and Geneva Le Temps, both reported on this case. On December 28, 2001, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Kelly Burke: "Cute toy rabbits belie ordeal of Chinese labor camps". Nestle released a statement to the Herald, confirming that the company placed an order with an established Beijing-based toy manufacturer, Beijing Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. for 110,000 plush rabbits for a Nesquik promotion early that year.

    III.2. Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre

    Lanzhou Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd, established in 1988 in Gansu by Taiwanese businessman Lin Ken, is one of the earliest Taiwan-financed enterprises in Gansu. >From 1992, the company embarked on a joint venture with Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre (also known as Xiguoyuan Detention Centre). According to WOIPFG, some 10,000 detainees (including dozens of illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) were forced to use their hands to peel the shells off melon seeds, and were engaged in intensive physical labor work. Those detainees were forced to crack the seeds of a large variety of melon between their teeth, and then peel the husk off with their bare hands to remove the kernels. In winter, they had to do this work outside in the freezing cold. Many of them suffered frostbite and the skin on their hands split, with pus and blood from the wounds oozing onto the melon seeds. In the summer, the cracking and extracting of kernels from shells continued unabated. Many had their teeth cracked and damaged from cracking melon seeds, and even lost their fingernails in the process of extracting the kernels from their shells. The detainees were forced to squat on their heels to do the work from early morning till evening for more than ten hours continuously, with no pay.

    In order for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd and Xiguoyuan Detention Centre to make a huge profit, the detainees were given high quotas for their work. The detention center staff tortured the detainees at will. Furthermore, there was corruption and economic crime. In 1998, a division chief of Dashaping Detention Center committed suicide with a gun when he was found embezzling money of melon seed process fees.

    In April 2001, 57 year-old Falun Gong practitioner Wan Guifu was illegally sent to Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan Guifu was forced to crack melon seeds with his teeth and extract the kernels with his fingers. His lips were badly swollen and the fingernails of both his hands fell off. His fingers were bleeding and oozing pus. Because he was unable to finish his quota, Wan Guifu was tortured by inmates of Cell No. 9, after secret instructions from the captain of the 4th crew of Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan suffered severe injury to his abdomen. On December 29, 2001, he was sent to the Lanzhou Dashaping Labor Camp Hospital but died three days later. The doctors extracted a lot of fluid from Wan Guifu's abdominal cavity, a direct result of the severe torture. According to confirmation by people (names omitted) who were detained at Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center for a long period, the death rate of detainees at the center was very high, but because of the blockade of information, details of the death cases are usually not reported.

    These unpaid manual laborers provided huge profits for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd. In just a few years, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd became the biggest production base in China in roasted seeds and nuts. Its main product line, "Zhenglin handpicked melon seeds" (shelled by detainees), is sold in more than 30 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian countries. At present, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd has subsidiary companies overseas in the United States, Canada, Singapore, and Malaysia. In Australia, they have an import business liaison person.

    III. 3. Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp, also called the Jinan Women's Forced Labor Camp, is located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, Shandong Province. It is the manufacturing site for Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd.

    The detainees are forced to make products without pay. Soon after October 2000, the number of detainees suddenly increased from 200 to 700, with approximately 95% of the new detainees being Falun Gong practitioners. In order to earn foreign exchange and more bonuses, the camp often forced practitioners to work extra hours to sew bedding. The over-60-year-old women were also forced to suffer through their exhaustion, working overnight in order to complete the tasks. The detainees often fall in a dead faint on the floor because of the long-term overtime and work overload. Those who refused to work were locked up in a dark, "strictly monitored" room. Rest, sleep, washing, and using the toilet outside were all denied. Detainees were forced to keep standing for over 20 days until they finally fainted. Their legs and feet became so badly swollen that they could not wear shoes and could not even walk. They were seriously debilitated, physically and mentally. The main products include handmade bedding and domestic accessories under the brand name of "Lijie."

    Within the first six months of 2002, this forced labor camp made 570,000 Yuan (US$70,000) from its production. Within two years, it built an office building over a dozen stories high, a reception building, and a big stockroom facility. The products it manufactured were sold to the U.S, Canada, Chile, Argentina, European Union, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and over 30 other countries. It is claimed that Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., is a major enterprise for earning foreign revenue. Its annual turnover is 70 million Yuan (US$8.5 million) and annual export is over US$10 million.

    III. 4. Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Chinese citizen Li Ying lived in Shanghai City and graduated from Shanghai Tongji University in 1992 with a major in Business Management. She worked in the Shanghai Zhonglu Management Consulting Company. On October 16, 2001, she was detained for practicing Falun Gong and sentenced to two years' forced labor in the Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. As a result of the persistent appeals of her fiancé, Australian citizen Li Qizhong, and the rescue effort of fellow practitioners all over the world, she was released on October 15 and arrived in Australia on November 29, 2003.

    Li Ying was forced to do hard labor during the time she was detained in Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp, making products for many Chinese companies and factories. Aside for the plush toys exported to Italy, she had to make products for the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear. According to her testimony, all the "Three-Gun" underwear marked with "examined by # 16" are made by detainees of Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. The detainees have to get up at 5 a.m. and work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. or 12 midnight. These long hours of labor result in badly blistered hands and fingers, while the wage is just 3 Yuan (US$0.35) a day. The detainees have to pay a boarding fee of 75 Yuan (US$9) per month, which is deducted from their meager wages.

    Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd., is authorized to import and export. Its main product is the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear, which is sold to over 70 countries and regions. The Three-Gun Group is also a partner of the world-renowned Dow Corning and Dupont companies, from which it imports technology.

    III. 5. Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City

    Competition within the hair products industry is very intense since it is a highly specialized industry with minimal barriers in terms of capital, technology, and marketing. Furthermore, since the price of human hair raw materials and labor constitute a significant percentage of the overall product cost, companies fight for raw material resources and cheap labor. As a result, the detainees in nearby labor camps, jails, and detention centers have become the slave laborers for making low-cost hair products. Analysis of the situation reveals that this is one of the main reasons labor camps became the production sites for Henan Rebecca Hair Products and other Henan hair products manufacturers.

    To make products for the Henan Province hair products, over 800 detainees (including illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) in Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City have been pushed to work day and night by guards who threaten them with torture, punishment, and humiliation. They work extra hours to bring in foreign exchange income and more profit for the labor camps and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. To increase profits, Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp even "buys" Falun Gong practitioners as slaves from other places for 800 Yuan (US$100) each. When the labor camp was short of funds and was about to be shut down, many Falun Gong practitioners were abducted and incarcerated in this camp where they were forced to make hair products, thus reviving the labor camp's business.

    According to a witness, "Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp was awarded the 'National Civilized Work Unit' citation from the Central Politics and Law Committee '610 Office' and the Labor Camp Bureau, for persecuting Falun Gong. At the time the award was put up, three detainees fainted from exhaustion. Qu Shuangcai, Director of the No. 3 Labor Camp, brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and was favored by his superiors. In May 2003, he was transferred to the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City and promoted to director of that labor camp. Right away, he signed a contract with Henan Rebecca Hair Products, Inc. He also instituted the use of straightjacket restraints for torturing practitioners. Within several months of his arrival, three female Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death."

    With the help of free labor from Henan labor camps, in the first 10 months of 2002, the hair product export of Henan Province reached US$138.86 million, which made it a big industry with over 1 billion Yuan (US$125 million) in revenue, and Henan became the largest hair product manufacturer in the world. The hair product industry has had a consecutive annual growth rate of nearly 30%, and Henan's hair products have a market share of one fourth of the world's total. Owning five labor camps/hair product factories, Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. has been the world's leading producer of human hair weaves.

    According to sources, the U.S. is the largest distribution and consumer market of hair products in the world. Rebecca accounts for a significant market share in the United States. Statistics show that the U.S. has a need for 15 million human hair weavings, 10 million of which come from Xuchang, Henan.

    III.6. Other export products made in labor camps

    Numerous other products made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners are finally exported to the United States and other countries.

    Mr. Sam Lu is now an Atlanta resident. He was put in a jail in Guangdong Province for almost two months in 2001. According to his own testimony, Sam was forced to work on export products such as toys and shopping bags without pay. He still remembers one of the shopping bags was printed with "National Gallery of Art." Sam was put into a cell only about 300 sq. feet in size, with 20 prisoners and one toilet inside. They slept and worked in the cell.

    Sometimes they were forced to work until 2:00 am to keep up with the schedule. Only two meals a day were provided. The police used a wire whip to beat prisoners if they did not do a good job or could not keep up with the schedule.

    The same kind of tragedy is happening to Sam's wife Xuefei Zhou, who was sentenced to forced labor camp for three years without any trial and without a lawyer only because she handed out flyers in the street to clarify to the truth about Falun Gong. Xuefei was forced to do embroidery work for export. The hard work, malnutrition and torture made his wife almost lose her eyesight.

    III.7. U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee is forced to make Christmas lights to be exported to U.S.

    U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee was arrested upon arriving at Guangzhou Airport on January 22, 2003. He was rushed through a one-day show trial on March 21, 2003, and sentenced to a 3-year prison term for his "intention" of exposing human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese government. He had not committed any crime, nor did he intend to. His only intent was to expose to the Chinese people the reality of the nature of the persecution that the Chinese government has concealed from them.

    According to the information from "Friends of Charles Lee," throughout one and a half years of detention, Dr. Lee has suffered both physical and mental abuse: he has been beaten, force-fed, deprived of sleep, handcuffed for days at a time, and forced to watch anti-Falun Gong brainwashing videos. These tactics are employed to try to break his spirit, and cause him to abandon his belief in Falun Gong. It is evident that the persecution of Dr. Lee directly targets his belief in Falun Gong.

    Starting from June 2004 to late 2004, Dr. Lee was forced to make Christmas lights daily. At times he was forced to work 10-12 hours per day and 7 days a week. These Christmas lights are to be exported to U.S.

    IV. The information concealing and media coverage

    How much does the world know about what happens in China's labor camps? Will people still buy China's exports if they know they are made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners?

    Unfortunately, Ms. Gao Rongrong's death highlights the systematic cover up and the fear the Chinese Communist Party has for people to know the truth. Afraid of the publicity of Ms. Gao's disfigurement, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phone lines of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, and a manhunt ensued, resulting in the re-arrest of Ms. Gao and subsequent abduction and torture of other Falun Gong practitioners.

    Ever since the Chinese Communist Party launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, the communist regime has utilized its state run media to orchestrate a hate campaign against Falun Gong, without allowing practitioners any voice. The Chinese government penalizes severely anybody who dares to challenge its information blockade. Mr. Liu Chengjun, male, from Jilin Province, was involved in the incident of broadcasting Falun Gong programs through the Changchun Cable TV System on March 5, 2002. In revenge, the Chinese authorities ordered a mass arrest in Changchun soon after. The police shot Mr. Liu in the leg after arresting him. On September 20, 2002, Changchun City Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to 13 years in prison. On December 26, 2003, Liu Chengjun left this world after enduring 21 months of prison torture.

    The Chinese Internet market is fast-growing, yet, China is believed to extend greater censorship over the net than any other country in the world. In China, all 110,000 net cafes in the country have to use software to control access to websites considered harmful or subversive. A net police force monitors websites and e-mails, and gateways connecting the country to the global internet are designed to prevent access to critical information. It has been reported that Cisco Systems has sold several thousand routers - costing more than US$20,000 each - to enable China to build an online spying system and the firm's engineers have helped set it to spot "subversive" key-words in messages. The system also enables police to know who has looked at banned sites or sent "dangerous" e-mails. Cisco is not only breaching a code of ethics, but also is violating the Global Internet Freedom Act, passed by the House of Representatives of U.S. in July 2003, which aims to combat online censorship imposed by repressive regimes such as China.

    Not content with controlling Chinese language media in China, China's communist regime is doing its utmost to influence the world media. On January 21, 2005, AP's Beijing Bureau released a story "Chinese Government Shows off Repentant Falun Gong Followers," which echoed the CCP's official portrayal of the January 2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation tragedy, though numerous reports by independent media and human rights bodies worldwide have questioned and repudiated claims by the Chinese Communist regime linking Falun Gong to the immolations. The Falun Dafa Information Center anticipated Beijing's propaganda shenanigans, and thus sent a media advisory to the AP and others detailing their concerns. That was before the AP's story ran. And yet the AP's piece went beyond merely failing to present or engage Falun Gong's concerns and did exactly what the advisory cautioned against.

    With its admission to the WTO, China is under pressure to open up its massive media market. In the meantime, it is also seeking for vehicles to disseminate its own message across, not only to the overseas Chinese, but also to the world at large. For examples, when the AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings were allowed to broadcast their programs in China, they were asked, in return, to carry news and propaganda of the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on the cable networks of AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Fox. Furthermore, the broadcasting has to be managed to steer clear of issues that the Chinese authorities would deem offensive, such as the persecution against Falun Gong practice group, for the penalty could be cancellation of broadcast privileges. Former employees, rights organization and the free press have criticized the Murdoch empire for its failure to raise sensitive issues in China. Maybe Murdoch has learned how to bow to Beijing from the hard lesson of Star-TV discontinuing the BBC's World Service when Murdoch owned that company and talked about how dictatorships would crumble under the weight of global communications.

    In their efforts to conquer the world's most populous and potentially lucrative Internet market, some multinational firms are making compromises that limit the right of Chinese Internet users to freedom of information. In October 2004, U.S.-based Google admited to removing eight news sources, apparently deemed subversive, from its Chinese site. As recently as the search kingpin went public in August 2004, its founders vowed to hold the customer experience sacrosanct. According to Business Week (October 11, 2004), Google offers China users an uncharacteristic lack of disclosure on the removed content, aside from the censorship itself. On November 29, 2004, Reporters Without Borders condemned the action of the Chinese authorities in blocking access to Google's news website (Google News), starting a few weeks after the launch of an expurgated Chinese-language version of Google News. The press freedom organization said in a statement "China is censoring Google News to force Internet users to use the Chinese version of the site which has been purged of the most critical news reports. [...] By agreeing to launch a news service that excludes publications disliked by the government, Google has let itself be used by Beijing."

    Google's archrival Yahoo! has been censoring its Chinese-language search-engine for several years as directed by the Chinese government. For example, the top results of a search for "Falun Gong" produces only sites critical of the Chinese meditation practice in line with the regime's position. The same search using a non-censored search-engine turns up material supporting Falun Gong and material about the Chinese government's repression of its followers. Meanwhile, other search-engines not conforming to the censorship, such as Altavista, have already been blocked inside China.

    "With the cooperation of companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo!, and Google, Chinese authorities have used American technology to monitor, sanitize, and ultimately isolate the Chinese web, creating the world's greatest Red Internet." (quoted from Can FDI(Foreign Direct Investment) Save the Shaking Chinese Economy? by Li Li and Ching-hsi Chang, 2004)

    The latest episode of China's control in the world media is the CCP's coercion of Eutelsat to take NTDTV off the air, so Chinese people will lose the only open window to access uncensored TV programs.

    IV. The lasting and far reaching impact

    The persecution of Falun Gong over the past six years in the People's Republic of China has led to the unjust imprisonment of thousands of innocent practitioners, has subjected them to severe forms of mental and physical abuse, and has caused their families and loved ones countless hours of emotional agony. Consequently, in the wake of this savagery, many children have lost either one or both parents and sometimes even all of their caregivers. According to the 2005 report of GMR (Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners), five children were killed in police custody; 18 children lost both of their parents during the persecution; 102 children lost one of their parents; 43 children are directly targeted, tortured, or thrown into prisons and labor camps because of their or their parents' belief in Falun Gong; 39 children are forced to separate from their parents because their parents are detained. In addition, hundreds of thousands of children have been forced to slander Falun Gong or, upon refusal, be expelled from school. Moreover, many young children are discriminated as their parents are practicing Falun Gong. This data, however, only represented the information investigated and confirmed by GMR.

    For example, Zhuangzhuang Pan is a five-year-old boy from Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province. Zhuangzhuang's father Xingfu Pan, former Associate Director of Telecommunications Bureau Exchange Center in the city of Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang Province, was persecuted to death on Jan. 31, 2005 because he practiced Falun Gong; and his mother Li Zhang is serving a 9-year sentence in Harbin City Women's Prison. In addition, both Zhuangzhuang's uncle and aunt are in forced labor camps. Zhuangzhuang and his 64-year-old grandmother now depend on each other with no financial income.

    In May, 2001, Xingfu Pan was arrested by Shuangyashan Patrol Team and was incarcerated in the Shuangyashan Detention Center. On March 7, 2002, Pan was unlawfully sentenced to 5 years in prison with no evidence. During his periods of incarceration, Pan was forced to do lots of heavy labor work in addition to enduring various brutal tortures. After years of forced labor as well as various mental and physical tortures, Pan's health deteriorated dramatically. On June 18, 2004, he was diagnosed as having pleurisy and lung tissue damage. He was too weak to use the toilet on his own. On Jan. 31, 2005, Mr. Pan Xingfu died, leaving his sixty four-year-old mother, his five-year-old son and his imprisoned wife behind.

    In early morning of May 2, 2002, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother was also arrested at home, and frightened Zhuangzhuang was left alone at home. To protest the unlawful detention, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother went on a hunger strike. As punishment, the 62-year-old lady was locked in an iron chair and violently force-fed with extremely salty corn gruel. Her shirt was soaked with blood from her mouth. Finally, after 15 days on hunger strike, she was released.

    Seeing so many relatives being brutally taken away, little Zhuangzhuang was traumatized by these episodes. Since then, he's been in constant fear of the police taking his grandmother away again whenever he hears any loud voices.

    In fact, over the past six years, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been locked up in labor camps, brainwashing centers where they are forced to "transform," or renounce their belief in the principles of Falun Gong -- Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. They are made to choose between spiritual death and physical death: If they refuse to renounce their practice, the efforts to facilitate "transformation" are intensified and many die as a result of beatings, torture, and starvation, among other methods. Their children, unfortunately, have to witness these fatal struggles.

    All Chinese people have, in actuality, been pushed into compromising their consciences in order show an attitude of support for this persecution. Through the state-controlled propaganda machine, even foreign governments and corporations doing business in China are forced to choose between conscience and personal interest when faced with the persecution of Falun Gong. The campaign to annihilate Falun Gong practitioners permeates all levels of society. Children are the most deeply affected, as their pure hearts are so easily damaged or warped by brainwashing and propaganda. The abuse and trauma they suffer is something that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

    V. Conclusion

    Due to censorship and the tight control on information related to Falun Gong in China, what is reported here represents perhaps only a tiny tip of the iceberg. I hope that this testimony will help you understand the severity and scope of the ruthless campaign of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. It is my hope that this Congress will continue and redouble its efforts to rescue and help these innocent people and their children, and help bring an end to this human rights atrocity in China.

    Source: http://www.cecc.gov/pages/roundtables/062305/Xu.php?PHPSESSID=8a85fef2332442cf35285a6fca0a72e7


    Practitioners Worldwide Share How They Found Dafa


    Finding the Way After Years of Searching (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) What is it about Chinese wisdom that appeals so much to an outstanding American young man? What motivated him to hold seminars about China in his hometown and why did he say that Taiwan has kept the best of the Chinese culture?

    Matt is about 6 ft. 2 in., and his family was originally from Europe. His demeanor resembles that of a traditional Chinese scholar: modest and thoughtful. He was born in 1972 in Rochester, New York. His parents are university professors and his family has been Christian for generations.

    Under the influence of his parents, Matt excelled in school, and was very active in community charitable activities. In addition, he was good at sports. He played for a national baseball team and went to Beijing for a game. He is outstanding in many different ways.

    Enticed by the Beauty of Chinese Culture

    Matt reads extensively and is very kind. He always has questions about life, like: "Why are we here?" Things changed after he studied at St. Michael College in Vermont and took courses in Asian philosophy. He was astounded by the profound knowledge of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He was so excited, and read more and more. In his second year, he moved to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and transferred to Swarthmore College, one of the best colleges in America.

    He was having a lot of fun at Swarthmore College, which provided him with an excellent academic environment to study Asian philosophy. Soon after, he had health problems. A serious illness was spreading quietly inside him.

    Mysterious Illness

    He was athletic, healthy, and strong, but during his sophomore year he lost a lot of weight. He was allergic to many kinds of food. He vomited, had diarrhea, and his digestive system was weakened. Matt was skin and bones within a short time. No doctors could diagnose his illness. He had to quit school and went home to recuperate.

    When he was suffering from the disease, he started to think about life and death. He asked, "What is the meaning of life?" At this point, he saw the word "compassion" flashing by. He made up his mind that he would become a more compassionate, empathetic, and helpful person if he was ever back on his feet again.

    While resting at home, Matt spent 500 dollars every month to learn qigong from a well-known qigong master from China. Every day he practiced for hours. He also went to Toronto, Canada to see a traditional Chinese doctor for acupuncture and herbal medicine. He even carried his own pot to prepare the herbal medicine. His health gradually improved. A year and a half later, he resumed his studies at Swarthmore College and the seed to learn more about qigong had been planted in him.

    Questions about Qigong

    When he was a junior, Matt started to learn Chinese, traditional Chinese prose and Confucianism. Every time he learned something, he felt enlightened. The qigong master was so impressed with Matt that he would teach Matt all he knew, even his best kept secrets. Then Matt found out that the biggest problem with qigong masters was that they only did the practice, and they did not care about moral improvement.

    According to what he learned in the ancient books, there is a great inner meaning in qigong. Phenomena such as the mysterious pass, yuanying, and meditation all suggest that inner cultivation is the key. The modern qigong masters, however, do not talk about these things. They only talk about keeping fitness and maintaining health. They behave the same as ordinary people. On the other hand, books on Buddhism and Taoism focus more on improving character, but lack the means to transform the body. Matt was very puzzled over this discrepancy.

    Matt thought he knew enough about qigong and he even thought about taking the advantages from both schools and inventing a new practice. During his senior year in the university, he came across Falun Dafa, the great and all-encompassing practice.

    Learning about Falun Gong

    In February 1999, he went with his wife Emily on their first date to the Chinese festival organized at the University of Pennsylvania. Amongst the performances and folk arts booths, he found a display on Falun Gong, which immediately attracted his attention.

    The person manning the booth was a professor and a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania. After discussing with Falun Gong practitioners, Matt was astounded. Their understanding of qigong was much more in depth than his. A complete cultivation system was in front of him. He was so excited that he grabbed Emily's hand, went to the bookstore, and bought the book Zhuan Falun. After he read the book, he participated in the nine-day workshop. Many of his classmates from the qigong class also followed Matt's footsteps and became practitioners.


    Meditation and exercise -- one of the couple's favorite things to do

    Complete Changes of Mind and Body

    On the first day of the workshop, his symptoms came back: diarrhea, vomiting. But he was energetic and had a good appetite. He knew it was karma-elimination and getting rid of the cause of his illness. In nine days, he gained 10 pounds and he was no longer allergic to food.

    When he was learning the fifth exercise, he was able to sit for one hour with both legs crossed, whereas in the past, he was never able to cross his legs. The changes in his body were not nearly as shocking as the changes in his mind. He was ecstatic that he found a perfect cultivation practice.

    His family also noticed his changes. Without spending a penny, he got rid of the illnesses. In addition, his character improved so much. He had been nervous, anxious, impatient, competitive, and argumentative. He is different now.

    Before cultivation, he did not know what to do with the negative traits of his personality. After he started cultivation, he found that they were so easy to change.

    He excelled in school. He graduated with the highest grade point average and gained privileged membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He had better relationships with his parents and friends. His girlfriend, who was Mennonite, and his parents started to cultivate because of him.

    Matt benefited so much from the practice that he was becoming more and more interested in Chinese culture. After he graduated with an outstanding academic record, he received a one-year scholarship to study at Tsinghua University. Passionate about Chinese culture, he was shocked at what he was about to witness in China.

    Days in Tsinghua University

    Matt felt at home at Tsinghua University, where he had the opportunity to interact with students from universities such as Harvard and Yale.

    Every day at dawn or early evening, hundreds of faculty, staff members, and students practiced Falun Gong together. Matt joined them. At midnight on July 19, 1999, the Chinese authorities had all key contact persons for Falun Gong arrested. Matt did not know anything about this, as he was preparing for exams. He had nightmares that night, although he usually slept soundly. He dreamed that the police stormed in and arrested many innocent people. He was awakened several times by his nightmare.

    Later he found out, after many key contact persons had been arrested at night on July 19, many practitioners went to Zhongnanhai to explain to the authorities how they benefited from the practice. Numerous innocent people were arrested, their rights trampled, and they were tortured and forced to give up their practice.

    Terror-Filled Campus

    Two days later, Matt went to the practice site early in the morning and found no one there. Instead, a sign had been put up which read, "Assembly and Conversation Not Allowed." All media, including radio and TV broadcasts, smeared Falun Gong. Astounded, he called his family and friends in the States. They were very shocked, "Why are the authorities banning a practice that benefits so many people?"

    Fear gripped the university. Students and faculty who supported Falun Gong were suspended and sent home to "reform." Matt lost contact with two of his best friends, because they refused to renounce the practice. It was unbelievable what innocent people had gone through. At first, Matt tried to contact the outside world with emails. Soon he was told that the police were monitoring him and his phone and internet were tapped. Frustrated, Matt could not continue his studies, and he came back to the United States.

    Rescue Effort from Outside China

    Back in the United States, Matt could not forget the suffering of those kind-hearted people in China. He started to think about what he could do to help. He held many seminars in his hometown church and invited guest speakers. The audience was captivated by qigong, traditional Chinese medicine and their understanding of the universe and the human body. When they heard that Jiang Zemin was persecuting the practitioners in China, they signed a petition to express their support in stopping the persecution.

    Matt's parents also wrote to President Bush to draw his attention to human rights abuses in China. Falun Gong is being spread in over 60 countries and is being acclaimed by many local governments. As soon as people learn about the truth, they condemn such actions that violate freedom of belief.

    Cherish the Culture and Freedom Offered by Taiwan

    Matt went to Taiwan to continue his research and studies. He believed that Chinese culture is best kept in Taiwan instead of China.

    Why did he say this? Taiwan is small, but it is democratic and many different ethnic groups live harmoniously. In Taiwan, traditional culture has been kept intact, people enjoy freedom of belief and there are over 300,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In China, on the contrary, traditional culture and culture relics have been destroyed after the Cultural Revolution, and the human rights abuses are widespread.

    During the interview, Matt said that he felt he was safe and respected in Taiwan. He could talk about his beliefs freely in class. His wife Emily also chose to come to Taiwan to pursue her Ph.D. studies.

    Falun Gong has given Matt his good health and a happy life. He has chosen Sinology as his research focus. In his eyes, Taiwan is extremely beautiful.

    July 30, 2005


    How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner

    (Clearwisdom.net) I first saw Falun Gong being practiced in a park in Sweden seven years ago. I was in Sweden for my girlfriend's wedding. A group of friends were walking through Gothenburg and we saw some people doing the exercises. I stopped to watch them and found myself joining in to learn the exercises. It was very funny: a woman with blonde hair was teaching me the exercises in Swedish, I was following along as best as I could, and when she was done, I said something to her in English and she laughed and said "Oh, I could have been teaching you in English all along." Turns out she was from England.

    I was very impressed by the practitioners, and even though it started to rain and my friends had to wait for me, I learned the exercises as best as I could. Afterwards, I spoke to a practitioner who told me how wonderful the practice was, how he was impressed as there is never a cost to do the practice, and how he had even gotten the opportunity to go to China. Incredible! I walked away thinking "Wow, that is a great practice. Too bad it is only in Europe."

    The following summer I went to Montreal for a jazz festival and saw practitioners in a park in Chinatown doing the exercises! I was very happy and joined in to do the exercises once again. I thought, "Well, at least this is closer than Sweden!"

    Then, the next spring I was in Massachusetts for a Whole Health Expo and saw practitioners who had a booth there! I was excited and went to talk to them and asked if they knew anybody in Connecticut who does the practice where I live. They gave me a flyer with a contact from Glastonbury. I called and this practitioner told me that there is a person who lives where I live and does the exercises every day at a university. I called him and proceeded to learn the exercises from him. I started the practice in April 2000 and have been practicing ever since. I feel that I have a predestined relationship with Falun Dafa.

    It has helped me to become a better person. I am calmer, more clearheaded and rational, especially in chaotic work situations. My physical health has improved, I no longer go to a chiropractor for back pain and I no longer need any medications.

    Falun Dafa is good!


    Practitioners Exchange Experiences and Insights


    The Power of a Letter to Encourage Diligence

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Today, my husband translated for a fellow Chinese disciple, the contents a letter a western practitioner wrote to that disciple. The goal of this letter was to encourage this Chinese disciple to really be diligent in Dafa cultivation. After hearing the content of this letter, this fellow disciple was moved to the point that his voice started to quiver. After this fellow practitioner left, my husband said to me, "My translation was not very good (since his Chinese was not very good), however, after that fellow disciple heard it, he was still very moved."

    This situation made me think very hard about what I had just witnessed. The Chinese disciple mentioned above had been very sluggish in his cultivation recently. Many fellow Chinese disciples, including myself, had already approached him to speak with him about it. But the end result of these efforts was not all that great, and many of us felt he was about to give up his cultivation.

    Personally, I felt that we'd already tried our best and that choosing which road to follow was his own affair. However, this mentality was actually one of selfishness. I and others had been thinking to ourselves that "I've already done what Master asked us to do, what happens now has nothing to do with me."

    However, I never would have thought that a letter would really make him have the thought of diligence. Actually, that letter was written by a western practitioner who spent many hours on it some months ago. This western practitioner asked us to find time to translate it to that Chinese practitioner. However, for many different reasons the Chinese practitioner could not come until now. It was the arrangement by Master that allowed him to listen to the contents of this letter today. It really awoke the part of him that understood.

    Thinking about it really makes me feel ashamed. Master thinks of methods to let every disciple catch up. How can we let them fall? Thinking back on it now, every time I talked to him, inside I had already had some negative thoughts about him. I was not at all thinking 100% for his well-being, and thus this stopped me from showing him the power of a compassionate field. I also noted that I had allowed my competitive mentality to distract me from this purpose; there was always the thought of wanting to persuade others. This further weakened the purity of the energy field of our conversation.

    Looking at this western practitioner who wrote the letter, he is really solidly grounded in cultivation. Every day he fully makes use of all his time with his work and Fa rectification matters, and yet he finds the time to diligently study the Fa, practice the exercises and send righteous thoughts everyday. His sleeps only a few hours a day. When he encounters something, he never acts on impulse and always considers others first. Towards fellow disciples, he always maintains a forgiving and forbearing heart, always looking inward when in difficulty.

    This is to say, if you really want to achieve the goal of encouraging diligence, it does not at all depend on how precise your language is, or on whether your argument can win. The most fundamental necessity is a compassionate heart, and a peaceful and calm mind; this is the key.

    Therefore, this is the reason why so many of us talked to the Chinese practitioner face to face and yet it wasn't as powerful as the letter this western disciple wrote.

    These are my personal understandings. Since my level is limited, please point out anything inappropriate.

    July 14, 2005


    My Experience Sharing on Our Group Fa-Study and Media Work

    Shared at 2005 Washington DC Falun Dafa Conference

    (Clearwisdom.net) On behalf of our Virginia Fa-study group, I would like to share the cultivation experience of our group Fa-study.

    Since the persecution began, everyone has been busier with Dafa work, so aside from the large group Fa-study held weekly, only a few practitioners in Washington D.C. can attend our smaller local group Fa-study. Even so, this study group has continued for 6 years, with more than 10 practitioners in attendance in some cases, though usually at least 8 or 9 practitioners are present. Also, our Fa-study group has changed immensely since last year. Before, we spent much time chatting rather than sharing experiences. To correct this problem, we realized that we needed to improve ourselves as well as remind each other of any mistakes. There is something special about our group: we always have new practitioners, and those who don't often attend our activities coming to this group study. Indeed, it is more important to share experience with these practitioners, for we have the responsibility of helping them catch up with the most recent states of Fa-rectification. Among them, an elderly practitioner from Mainland China maintains that she always looks forward to the Tuesday group Fa-study. She conducts herself very well in everyday society, yet she was often unclear about some fundamental issues in cultivation, with the major problem being that she did not completely trust in Master. To solve this problem, we began holding detailed discussions after studying the Fa and trying to help her find her attachment. We found, after all, that she did not actually believe in the existence of gods. However, she knew that Dafa is good, so if you were to ask her to give up cultivation, she would not let it go either. She told us that every time she comes to the USA, she sees a lot of changes in us, and she also sees that we are very good people, so she thinks that Dafa is amazing.

    When she started improving, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were published, and she felt it hard to accept because it seemed to her then that we were getting political after all. She refused to read the Nine Commentaries because she is a senior Communist Party member, and although her father was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she is loyal to it. In her mind, the CCP is malevolent, but our evaluation of it is still too extreme. Every time we discussed this, she always defended the CCP consciously or subconsciously, so we became worried about her. Some practitioners even thought about giving up on her. But Master told us,

    "How I look at things is different from how you or the world's people do. When a human being sees someone make a mistake he finds it almost unforgivable. But I don't look at things that way. I look at an entire being overall, and even when there's just one thread of hope, I'll give him hope."

    ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")

    We spent a whole night discussing this problem with several practitioners. After the discussion, some of her notions and problems were solved, and what's more important is that she decided to start reading the Minghui website (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom). She had previously held negative feelings about Minghui. After some time, she finally got herself out of the CCP trap. She sensed our care for her, and she decided to look inward more deeply. Although it was quite a painful experience, she felt much better afterwards. She carefully watched numerous truth-clarifying videos at home, and in the end, she finally accepted the truth that Dafa is supernormal and that gods exist. And once she accepted this, she had a completely different response upon rereading the Nine Commentaries. Afterwards, she withdrew from the Party, and she now feels more confident explaining the Nine Commentaries to her family. When her husband laughed at her, saying, "They [the Nine Commentaries] dug up the tombs of our ancestors, and you are still speaking for them?" She replied by asking, "How many years has the CCP been in power? How can you see it as affecting only your ancestors?" Her husband was then speechless.

    It seems on the surface level that we helped this practitioner to improve, but actually we all improved in the process. Although we were sharing our own understanding of the Nine Commentaries, we actually had some unsolved problems about it in our own minds. After sharing, our problems were also solved, and another practitioner who also neither read Minghui very often nor attended our activities frequently also started browsing Minghui and helping with other projects.

    There is a 6-year-old practitioner in our group who always reads with us. One day she was very serious and focused when reading, She later told us that she had a dream the previous night in which Master told her that she should strive forward diligently and not be naughty. Even young practitioners share their experiences with us.

    A practitioner who obtained the Fa one year ago experienced dramatic changes both spiritually and physically. She got rid of all the medicines she had been taking and has involved herself in Fa-rectification. She is very sincere and shares with us whenever she has questions. She can view issues from the perspective of the Fa. She brought a big positive influence on our group with respect to opening our hearts when discussing, and in the past year, she has never missed a Fa-study.

    Every time we come to the environment of group Fa-study, it is like bathing in clean water. The clean water of Dafa washes away all our human notions. We also cherish this environment. When a fellow practitioner's sharing deviates from the Fa, we always point it out and send forth righteous thoughts to help him or her. Studying the Fa in a group is also improving and correcting ourselves as a group. Several years ago, we ignored doing exercises with the excuse was that we were all busy with Fa-rectification work. Sometimes during the Fa conference, instead of listening to fellow practitioners' sharing, we went outside to discuss our own projects. Later, since we saw our bad cultivation state, we studied the Fa more carefully, and after looked inward deeply, we felt ashamed of our behavior. Following the crowd is not cultivation, so we should take the Fa as our guide. Group Fa-study, group exercise and Fa conferences are the cultivation forms Master gave us, and it is also the environment that practitioners in Mainland China dream about. How can we not cherish it? About one year ago, several practitioners who lived close to each other resumed outdoor group exercises every morning, and in the group Fa-study, we also encouraged other practitioners to come. Now, more and more practitioners come to the group exercise. After doing the exercises, we not only feel refreshed, but also have the happy feeling of being rectified. It is this righteous field that brings the beauty of Dafa to the neighbors of our exercise site and brings more people with predestined relationship to us. Some of our neighbors have already started practicing with us. One month ago, because of our exercise site, a person who was from another state got a chance to learn about Dafa, and he not only rid himself of his misunderstanding on Dafa and other Chinese issues, but also started reading the Fa, doing the exercise and clarifying the truth.

    Now, I would like to share some of my experiences in soliciting advertisements.

    Once, a practitioner told me that we have the technology to save the sentient beings, but we lack the money to carry things through. The old forces tried their best to keep those sentient beings, whose purpose of coming to this world with a lot of money was to help Master rectify the Fa, from obtaining the Fa. So although we have built up our media, it is still too hard for most of us to solicit ads, and I personally remained hesitant for a year before I began this endeavor. Master said, "When it is difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it is impossible to do, you can do it." (Zhuan Falun) I grew to understand this principle deeply at the beginning of my work to solicit advertising. At the beginning, I felt like I was sitting on the tip of a needle as soon as I stepped into a potential client's door. But I always comforted myself with the thought, "Why can't we succeed at a task even everyday people can achieve? Moreover, we can bring the clients something that an everyday person cannot, namely a bright future." Soliciting ads is also a process of improving as a whole. When I started out I misunderstood a client's words over the phone, and a fellow practitioner was very angry at me, even telling me not to solicit English ads. In return, I was upset that the practitioner treated me this way, but I also had a feeling that it was interference from the old evil forces. At that time, my husband, who is also a practitioner, encouraged me and asked me to broaden my heart, so I did not give up then. Later, I cooperated with this practitioner very well, and we have since encouraged and helped each other.

    Now, although I have not sold very many ads, I already feel relaxed when dealing with clients, and I am able to do it calmly. Looking back, all the ads I have sold were brought to me by certain predestined relationships, and they were also opportunities to clarify the truth. I never hide from potential clients the fact that I am a Falun Gong practitioner. I also estimate their ability to accept what I say and clarify the truth to them accordingly. Shortly after I started soliciting ads, I realized that doing so was one of the best ways to clarify the truth, and now I am renewing bonds with those all over the world who were my friends and family in my previous lives.

    Last year, for some reason, I took notice of the ads in a Korean newspaper, and I then went to some Korean business owners. Although I had very little experience, I still sold several ads. I started delivering the newspaper to those businessmen whose offices are close to us and asking them if they would like to place ads in our newspaper. One day, a businessman whose office is very close to my house accepted my offer. I talked to him about the goal of our newspaper and the persecution of Falun Gong in China, including the persecution of my mother. When we talked about Westerners adopting Chinese babies, I sincerely expressed my appreciation towards those families, and we signed a contract 30 minutes later. This success gave me a boost in confidence in soliciting English ads. Later several businessmen in my neighborhood bought advertisement space from me and became my friends. To be honest, they do not know much about our newspaper, but they all trust in my kindness and sincerity.

    An American businessman told me the traditional way Americans do business: first, they give the clients something, such as a free newspaper, then see if the clients would like do business or not. It does not matter if he or she is uninterested, because he or she will still speak of your friendly and kind personality to others. I realized then that even this traditional business way also fits the Fa principles on some level because we should consider others first. Although Dafa practitioners don't have too much professional training, we have the most precious nature. How we manifest the principle of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" when dealing with clients is the key to success. Of course, we also need to go make use of our predestined relationships.

    Last year, we went to a big company to ask them to sponsor the New Year Gala. It seemed that there was no hope to get them to be a sponsor, but right before we left, a woman in this company smiled at us and started talking to us. She was interested in the Falun emblem we were wearing, and the topic moved onto Falun Gong naturally. I gave her a copy of the newspaper, after which she told us that perhaps they would advertise in it. I took this opportunity to introduce our newspaper to her and exchange our contact information. One month later, I got the first advertisement document from her via e-mail. Since then, they have been one of our biggest clients. In May this year, we were invited to an Asian activities held by their company. Our performance of exercises was not only popular among everyone in that company, but also videotaped as a historic event of the company. Recently, I got an appreciation letter from them and an invitation for the same activity next year. Perhaps predestined relationships are more important than skills when dealing with big companies.

    Sometimes, I neglect the principle that "One should gain things naturally without pursuing them," since I will be considering how the clients can benefit if they advertise in our newspaper. Once, a client agreed to do a small advertisement on TV. Although I had been soliciting ads for more than a year, I had not sold any TV ads, and I was thinking then, "Now, I have a start." However, at the final stage of the business, when we started talking about pricing, I noticed that he hesitated. Since he is a very nice person and also knows that Dafa is great, his hesitation purely came as a consequence of his financial budget. Looking at him, with his slightly painful expression, I suddenly asked myself, "How can I, a cultivator, bring pain to others?" We speak of how "one should gain things naturally without pursuing them," so how can we forget this when the crucial moment comes? I quickly adjusted my heart and told him it really did not matter if he cannot advertise immediately. He explained that in August or September, his financial budget for a TV ad will increase, and he will do it then for sure. I made up my mind to ask him again then, but even if he still cannot do it, we are still going to be friends.

    There are only a few practitioners soliciting ads in D.C, so it is very important to encourage others to involve themselves in this effort. I realized this a long time ago. But I had a concern: I was afraid that if other practitioners solicited ads together with me, they would think that I am doing a bad job and that they cannot learn anything from me. My husband pointed out how my worrying was wrong, and I later enlightened to the fact that if a person like me who is not very good at this can still sell ads, then others would certainly sell more. I told myself, "It is not important that others praise me," and so I then encouraged myself to bring other practitioners to solicit ads with me. As I expected, other practitioners soon realized that my job is not hard at all, and this mitigated their fears and increased their confidence. Sometimes, when I cannot understand a client's words, other practitioners will take over for me. I am always overjoyed at seeing other practitioners doing business and clarifying the truth with fluent English.

    I once felt sorry for myself when I could do nothing but stay home with my two children at such a young age. Now, I have my job of soliciting ads. I really cherish it and appreciate this opportunity arranged by Master. This job has not only increased my income slightly, but also, and more importantly, it has been an opportunity for me to manifest the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance," to broadcast our media, to make bonds and form relationships with sentient beings and to reduce our financial burden. After the brave Chen Yonglin and Hao Fengjun withdrew from the CCP, I realized that in the future we will gain an icebreaker in the field of economy, so I increasingly sensed the celestial changes. I hope more and more fellow practitioners will sense it too. Only then will we not miss any opportunities, and, moreover, only then will we be able to break the old evil forces' economic blockade and save more sentient beings.


    We Must Completely Negate the Old Forces' Arrangements

    (Clearwisdom.net) When I reread Teacher's article "Dafa is Indestructible", I feel an extra sense of familiarity, because this article was taught to me by a Dafa practitioner, one sentence at a time, when we were in a forced labor camp. At that time, I did not dare to slack off a bit, memorized the Fa, sent forth righteous thoughts again and again, and kept every thought and all my thinking based on the Fa. As soon as negative thoughts entered my mind, I immediately eliminated them, opposed them, corrected them, and made myself walk through the situation in an open and honorable way and alongside many other Falun Dafa practitioners. Meanwhile, I also realized that I should not fear an evil environment. The key is whether we are able to walk our paths correctly and completely negate the old forces' arrangements. When we are righteous and grounded in the Fa, we are indestructible. Let's remember Teacher's words:

    "I have said that there are many Buddhas beyond the level of Tathagata. What do those demons account for? They are very minute in comparison." "One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. If you do not pursue anything, no one will dare to bother you." (Zhuan Falun)

    The evil CCP has been persecuting Falun Dafa for six years. From aggressive arrogance and insane persecution, it has come to the point of simply maintaining the persecution. After reading "Understanding a Fellow Practitioner's Words and Actions in a CCP Court," in which several hundred people were implicated and arrested after two other practitioners were arrested, I realized that the issue of how practitioners walk righteously in facing the persecution is really important.

    Many articles on "Clearwisdom Weekly" record how Dafa practitioners, with righteous thoughts and righteous actions, can walk away freely from the evil. I would like to share my views with everyone and hope we can improve together.

    1. Understand the Fa from the heart, and be clear about a Dafa practitioner's mission in assisting Teacher to rectify the human world - offering salvation to sentient beings.

    We all know from studying the Fa why Teacher spreads such a great law at this time. The old cosmos is selfish, and follows the principle of formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction. Through Teacher rectifying the Fa, he creates a new cosmos that is unselfish, considers others first, harmonious, and eternal. Right now, Dafa practitioners are saving sentient beings, validating the Fa, and completing our missions. We are doing such a great thing; there is no reason to be fearful or not righteous.

    2. According to China's laws, the persecution of Dafa is illegal, so the police are violating the law.

    Falun Dafa practitioners follow the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" and strive to be good people, obtain many benefits and are not harmed, and at the same time they are improving people's morality, social stability, and economic development. Many people who previously spent a lot of money on treatments for their incurable and serious illnesses recovered through practicing Falun Gong. We have no reason to accept the evil CCP's persecution of us or the illegal interrogation by the police.

    According to the laws of China, the highest authorities are the National People's Congress and the National People's Congress Standing Committee. Only the legislation that they approve is lawful. The ban on Falun Gong was issued by the Bureau of Civil Administration and personally directed by Jiang Zemin. What judiciary authority does it have? It is illegal. The Chinese legislation also states that police officers are not allowed to gather information using torture, and are not allowed to infringe on people's human rights.

    3. A practitioner's righteous thoughts and actions, when faced with persecution, include sending forth righteous thoughts, reciting the Fa, using supernormal capabilities, exposing the evil, and clarifying the truth.

    Once, when the local police called me to the police station, an officer took out a list of questions. I refused to answer any of his questions and thought: I am a Dafa practitioner, and my mission is to save sentient beings. I want to leave and do the things that I should do. Then I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear away evil that controlled the policemen. The director came over, "You must cooperate. Otherwise you will suffer." I said to myself: I cooperated before and ended up with one year of forced labor, I won't do the same thing again. I continued to send forth the righteous thoughts. The interrogation questions were one page long, which the police read out to me--my response was silence. The policeman asked me to sign my name, but I refused. The officer said, "You can go home now."

    4. The consequences of cooperating with the evil.

    If we are not clear-minded and cooperate with the evil, the direct result is detention, forced labor or a jail sentence, and thus being unable to save sentient beings. However, what is it to save a person through our truth-clarification? Teacher said,

    "He also stated that there were three thousand such worlds in a grain of sand. A grain of sand is thus just like a universe," "The same is true with human molecular cells." (Zhuan Falun)

    The salvation of one person can affect an immeasurable number of living beings, very possibly corresponding to an immense universe or cosmic body. Is the harm of cooperating with the evil still small? Therefore Dafa practitioners must walk righteously.

    5. Unrighteous ways can't be used in the face of persecution

    In a forced labor camp, with Dafa practitioners arrested for validating the Fa, one practitioner accepted all the "responsibility." Even the head of the brigade said, "So and so is a man who dares to stand up." Recently some fellow practitioners said, "So and so fellow practitioner has been arrested, he knows a few dozen practitioners. He did not give up one name, but took all the responsibility on himself." In the forced labor camp, there was another fellow practitioner who told the Procurator everything he wanted to know during interrogation. Other practitioners suggested that he should not accept such persecution. He replied: "The cultivation period is close to the end, I am not afraid." This is an attachment to time. Not being afraid does not mean allowing the evil to persecute us. This practitioner is still in prison. Compared to Teacher's Fa, these practitioners' acts did not completely deny the old forces arrangements, but acknowledged them in a different way. Dafa practitioners have done nothing wrong by validating the Fa and exerting their own rights, we are not committing any crimes. How can we accept responsibility? Isn't that admitting our wrongdoing and acknowledging the old forces' arrangements? How have we positioned our own deeds and Dafa?

    6. Completely deny the old forces' arrangements

    In the forced labor camp, while we were practicing the standing exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts with one palm in front of the chest, a group of police and guards suddenly entered the room. The practitioners who were sending forth righteous thoughts did not move a bit, and the police did not touch them. However, I had a human notion and went to stop them from arresting people. A fat policeman came over, lifted another practitioner and me in each of his arms and moved us aside. I did not enlighten and ran over again. As a result, I was beaten and passed out on the floor. I don't know how much time passed before I woke up, but I only realized what I had done wrong a long time later. On that day, I was sent to the detention center. I could not lie down for a week, I could only sit. The police questioned me, "The government does not allow the practice of Falun Gong, but you still practice. Are you against the government?" "I am not against the government" I replied. "The forced labor camp reported that a few of you are heads." I said, "I am not a head, there is no hierarchy amongst Dafa practitioners." He then said, "You shout Falun Gong slogans." I was going to say that I did not shout, but immediately realized that I came to validate the Fa, so would I not dare to admit shouting the truth? I answered: "I did shout." But what he wrote down was: "Have you shouted Falun Gong reactionary slogans?" I pointed out that shouting out the truth about Falun Gong is not reactionary and asked him to correct what he had written. He would not. I then told him that if he did not change it, I would not sign it. Thus, he had to change the sentence. Through this incident, I realized: A Dafa practitioner's every step in validating the Fa is very important, we must mind every thought and monitor our thinking, and compare it to the Fa at all times. Only with righteous thoughts are we able to act righteously.

    As of now, I feel there are two things we should pay attention to.

    First, when our workplace or certain departments ask us to write a guarantee statement, some people think we can write first and then make a solemn declaration, negating what we wrote, on the Internet several days later. This is not going to work. Cultivation is very serious and can't be treated with human notions. Such actions show that we are not being responsible to Dafa or to ourselves.

    Also, when the persecution was severe, some practitioners had fear. Thus, some practitioners were not willing to deliver Teacher's new articles or "Clearwisdom Weekly" to fellow practitioners, because they were worried that the imprisoned practitioners would reveal their names if they were caught. This is also wrong. Although what they did is not satisfactory, we must try our best not to leave one practitioner behind.

    A fellow practitioner had a dream in which a practitioner and many other people were busy in a greasy hole. When she passed by, that practitioner said, "Let me know when you leave." I thought, we all need to, and should, help any practitioners who are lagging behind.

    "In Buddhism, it is said that every phenomenon in human society is illusory and unreal." (Zhuan Falun)

    I think the persecution every practitioner faces is also illusory. When practitioners walk the path correctly, this phenomenon will not exist; when someone acknowledges the old forces' arrangement, it can make them real.

    Everyone's situation is different, and their paths are different; however, we all must walk our paths correctly.

    A fellow practitioner once wrote a poem:

    Cultivation is difficult, difficult to enlighten,
    Layer on layer of rosy clouds and layer on layer of fog,
    Clouds turn and the fog emerges, how to find the way out,
    How simple - righteous thoughts are the way.


    The Changes in 86-Year-Old Mr. Lin (photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Lin Shi is a respectable, humorous, hale and hearty man. It seems unbelievable that he once was very sick, had a bad temper, and was helpless to change his lot.

    Lin Shi couldn't help shed tears as he recalled the times when he had suffered badly from his sickness. The spurs that had grown on his stiff shoulder, vertebra, and ribs made his body tilt to one side. He was often in a dilemma when he had sudden leg convulsions before reaching his destination while outside on a trip. The varicosity on his legs revealed his suffering. His gastric ulcers often prompted him to decline dining together with his relatives or friends. He suffered from ingrown eyelashes, which he had for a long time. He often had to wipe his eyelids until they became swollen and the skin broke out from his watery eyes. Although his eyes were operated on, his condition did not improve.

    Lin Shi said, "During that time, I was like a medicine cabinet filled with different kinds of Chinese and Western medicines. I put my hopes on different kinds of secret health recipes to improve my health and not to burden my children; although the pain was restrained from the medication, the illness was not eliminated from the root. I suffered a lot physically and mentally."

    Gradually, Lin Shi started to doubt the meaning of life. Nothing pleased him and he developed a liking to pick on people. His loss of appetite made him very thin. All of this reversed after he started to practice Falun Dafa.

    A day that Lin Shi will never forget is November 12, 2000, when he became a Falun Dafa practitioner. He greatly cherished this chance to obtain Falun Dafa at such an elderly age. He wakes up at 4:20 a.m. every morning to study the teachings of Falun Dafa and practice the exercises. He comes early and is never late or absent.

    Lin Shi did not know how to read. He listened to the audio tapes of the "9 Day Lectures in Guangzhou" in Cantonese everyday. When practitioners read the lectures of Zhuan Falun in Mandarin, he listened attentively and repeated along while the group reads out loud without any impatience. Now, he can read the entire book.

    Lin Shi studies the Fa, practice the exercises everyday, focuses his mind to be righteous and disciplines himself with the high standards of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." He has changed to be a completely new person. Four months after obtaining the practice, his legs no longer suffered convulsions. He completely recovered from the gastric ulcers and was able to eat many kinds of food. He no longer had to wear the glasses for light sensitivity. The big patch of dark spots on his forehead disappeared. His swarthy and coarse skin gradually has become light and smooth. The physical pain gradually decreased and his complexion has become healthy looking. His view is completely changed and a serene heart replaced his impatience . He also has stopped swearing at people.

    One day, Lin Shi slipped while walking along a bridge. He hit a stone and injured his foot. He twisted his foot and the entire leg started to swell, turning a purple color. He thought to himself,

    "It's already late, let me sleep first, I will review the situation tomorrow and make a decision."

    To his surprise, he woke up at midnight and found out that only his toes were left swollen and purple. He realized that this probably happened because his resistance and immunity had improved drastically as the result of practicing Falun Dafa.

    Recently, Lin Shi went to the Longevity Club to visit his old friends whom he had not seen for a long time. He was shocked when he saw his old friends holding a cane and needing their children's help to walk. His friends looked very old and had difficulty walking. Lin Shi himself looks younger than his actual age and rides his bicycle or motorcycle when he needs to go out. With Lin Shi's determination in truly practicing Falun Dafa, he became sturdy as a stone.

    Growing vegetables and gardening are Lin Shi's favorite hobbies besides studying the teachings of Falun Dafa and practicing the exercises. He said, "It's very pleasant that we have fruits to pick when my grandchildren come home." When discussing his grandchildren, Lin Shi's face glows with love. Grandfather no longer likes to swear and his miserable days are over.

    After visiting home and seeing her father's change, his second daughter became a Falun Dafa practitioner. The eldest son and the second son practiced from before, and it is now truly a happy family of practitioners

    August 1, 2005


    Suggestion: Every Dafa Disciple Should Make Full Use of His/Her Special Abilities to Validate the Fa

    Recently I have been asking myself a question: "While we have been doing the 'three things' required by Master, how can fully use our capabilities to achieve the best results?" First, we must study the Fa more. Through continuous study and continuously improving ourselves, we will automatically know how to do a good job. In addition, based on solid Fa study, we should discover our strong points so we can be more effective in validating the Fa. In fact, each disciple has his or her own strong points. If we make full use of them, we will produce the best possible results. The following are some examples for practitioners' reference.

    There is one practitioner who specializes in cover design. He studies the Fa well and at the same time utilizes the knowledge he has gained and the special skills he has mastered in ordinary society. He has designed some beautiful Dafa greeting cards.

    Some practitioners have company cars to use. They transport paper and other materials for our truth-clarifying material centers. In doing this, they save a lot of time for other practitioners who would otherwise have to rent cars, and they also reduce the other practitioners' risk of being caught during the process of purchasing.

    Each practitioner's strong points do not only refer to the special skills he or she has gained in ordinary society. They also include the practitioners' disposition, such as being an open and warm character, being responsible, and being able to consider a situation comprehensively. For example, one practitioner I know paid careful attention to detail and was very responsible. According to Master's arrangement, he was in charge of producing materials since the beginning of the persecution in 1999. Because he was a responsible person, there was rarely a mistake in the Dafa books or the truth clarifying materials he produced.

    Our validating the Fa and clarifying the truth will improve if we fully utilize the skills and knowledge we gained in ordinary society and act according to our improved xinxing in our cultivation. We have been cultivating for all these years. As I understand, Master arranges each practitioner's cultivation way and the way to validate Dafa according to the disciple's strong points. If our heart remains in the Fa, we will consider everything from the perspective of the Fa. Our compassionate and rational understanding will aid us in validating the Fa.


    All People Have Come For Falun Dafa

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    All people have come for Falun Dafa

    There was a Falun Dafa practitioner in Shouguang City, Shandong Province who went to the dumping grounds to excavate the earth. There was a "fool" who was always laughing to himself and frequently came to the dumping grounds to look for food. For the whole afternoon, the "fool" helped to push and pull the cart to carry the excavated earth. After the last cart, the "fool" found half a cucumber in the rubbish dump. While eating, he kept saying, "My teeth hurt, my teeth hurt."

    At that time, the Falun Dafa practitioner who was ferrying the earth did not give much thought to this. However, the words of the "fool" kept ringing in his ears. Thus, he decided to ferry one more cart of earth and returned to the dumping grounds. He said to the "fool" who was eating and complaining of a toothache at the same time, "Let me tell you a way to stop your toothache. You just have to say 'Falun Dafa is good.'"

    The "fool" said the words "Falun Dafa is good" softly and then repeated the words again carefully and clearly but more slowly this time. He stopped for about 10 seconds and it was as if he had an epiphany. He slapped his thighs and said loudly, "This is what I came for! This is what I came for!"

    After witnessing this, I was shocked. I felt that I should write down this incident and share it with my fellow practitioners. To me, Master had said numerous times in his lectures that all the people on earth came for Falun Dafa. The words of the "fool" helped me have a better understanding of what Master had said. At the same time, I thought that this incident would be an encouragement to those fellow practitioners who still had the attachment of fear in regards to clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings.

    Righteous thoughts destroy slanderous banners

    One afternoon, I saw that there were many pink banners hung up across the streets on lampposts. The words printed at the top were evil words that the police placed there to slander Falun Dafa. At that time I thought, "These banners should not exist. They must be destroyed and eliminated." Thus, I had one thought, "Destroy all these banners," and I requested the help of Master's Fashen and the righteous gods in the other dimensions. The next day it rained for the whole day. On the third day, the slanderous banners were all gone. However, the commercial banners put up by the shops were still okay and intact.

    This matter helped me gain a new understanding in terms of the Fa. We are Fa-rectification Falun Dafa practitioners, under the protection of Master. We are extremely fortunate. As long as we take the Fa as the guide, have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, nothing is impossible. Thus, we must make use of our righteous thoughts whenever we can, eradicate the evil beings and save sentient beings.

    August 6, 2005


    News and Events from Around the World


    France: Practitioner Speaks at the Prayer Meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) The President of the French Falun Gong Association, Mr. Tang Hanlong, made the following speech at the prayer-meeting of the Asian Democracy and Peace Organisation on the 9th of July 2005.


    Mr. Tang Hanlong makes a speech at the Prayer meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace

    Mr. Wang, chairman of the prayer meeting, and all friends who are here to protect human rights and democracy.

    Most of you already know that Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of the Buddha school. It is similar to Tai Chi or Yoga. Falun Gong is beyond the limitations of race and culture. It helps people to find their true selves and lead more peaceful lives through the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong's five sets of exercises elevate people's wisdom and strengthen their energy. They are part of traditional Chinese culture.

    Falun Gong has been taught by Mr. Li Hongzhi since May 1992. The practice has received many awards around the world, including in China, before the persecution began. Falun Gong spread fast and wide because it is free of charge and because of its positive effects. By the end of 1999, according to statistics from the Chinese National Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, there were eighty million people practising Falun Gong in China.

    The practice has been spread in France for ten years since the Chinese Embassy in Paris invited Falun Gong in March 1995. We can see Falun Gong practitioners in many parks and gardens in Paris.

    In China, because the eighty million Falun Gong practitioners far exceeded the membership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and because the CCP is the most despotic political party in the world, the remarkable development of Falun Gong made the former president and general secretary of the CCP Jiang Zemin restless. Out of jealousy, Jiang ordered all levels and social classes in China to participate in the oppression of Falun Gong. The CCP started to comprehensively slander Falun Gong and used illegal trials, reformation through labour (physical persecution) and the brainwashing of Falun Gong practitioners. Since 20th July 1999, all methods of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners have become "legal."

    In foreign countries, Jiang Zemin leads the CCP to slander Falun Gong in the international community. Through economic and diplomatic means, this puts pressure on the countries that want to have economic benefits from China. Although many non-official organisations have held meetings against the persecution and many European Parliaments have had different ways of condemning the cruel and inhuman persecution, Jiang and the CCP still keep using violence and slander against Falun Gong. However, Falun Gong has never succumbed to violence.

    Now, we know that there have been more than 2,700 Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death. But do you know the real [undocumented] figure is five times greater? Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are imprisoned in labour camps and mental hospitals. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are forced to do physical labour. Some people ask, "Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China?" We can find the answers in history. The CCP has persecuted one million Christians and other religions, and it persecuted individuals during the Great Cultural Revolution. It performed a mass massacre of students in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democratic Movement. The CCP makes people believe that even when it wants to kill, it is always correct.

    So we will continue to expose and condemn the crimes committed by Jiang and the CCP. We have to be aware that all the CCP is capable of is lies and violence. When people who are deceived by it know its evil history, they will no longer be deceived. More and more people step forward to expose its crimes, and more and more people yearn for peace. It results in the fact that there have been more than three million members who have withdrawn from the CCP.

    During the past seven months, the Chinese Epoch Times newspaper helped people to clearly recognise what the CCP is through a series of editorials entitled "The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party." It has also been published in English, French, German, and other languages. All these tell us that the CCP is disintegrating. We appeal to all democratic governments, all non-official organisations, and all people to help us end the persecution as soon as possible!

    Thank you! (Enthusiastic applause).

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28330.html


    United Kingdom: Falun Gong Touches People's Hearts at the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade (Photos)

    (Clearwisdom.net) On Sunday August the 7th 2005, over eighty groups from various places around the world came to participate in the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade in the capital of Scotland. The parade is the main event in the annual month-long festival. This year was the fourth time that Falun Gong practitioners have participated in the parade and also the fourth time that they won the community category award for their outstanding parade performance.

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    Practitioner: here is a lotus flower for you
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    Practitioners' parade procession
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    Falun Gong exercises demonstration on the float

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    Reporting on the parade onsite

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    Practitioners' banners

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    Huge crowd watching the practitioners' performance

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

    At 2:30pm in the afternoon, the parade officially started. The Falun Gong procession was led by three practitioners holding three large tablets with the Chinese words "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" printed on them. They were followed by golden and purple Falun Gong banners, a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, and a float decorated with the Falun emblem and lotus flowers. On the float, two adults and two little practitioners demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Following the float was the fan dance troupe and then a golden "Falun Gong" banner. In the Falun Gong parade team, there were also banners reading, "The world needs Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance", "Falun Dafa benefits millions of people spiritually and physically" and "Falun Dafa widely spreads all over the world in more than sixty countries" in English and in Chinese.

    Successive rounds of applause resounded as the Falun Gong team passed by. A lot of on-lookers asked for flyers along the way. The handmade paper lotus flowers with attached bookmarks were very popular.

    On the other side of the city, some practitioners set up a "Rescue Orphans of Falun Gong practitioners" booth to collect signatures of support and call on all kind-hearted people to take action to help end the persecution. The practitioners ran into many passersby who said that they had obtained information of Falun Gong during the parade. Two middle-aged western ladies told us: "Falun Gong is the most peaceful and beautiful group!"

    Every Falun Gong activity is made possible by the practitioners' selfless contribution and hard work, and that was the case for this parade. Some practitioners drove to Edinburgh right after getting off from work on Friday afternoon to join the dance rehearsal on Saturday morning, while some spent their hard-earned money to make leaflets and lotus flowers; some practitioners cooked food for others...

    One practitioner's husband has been observing practitioners' activities very closely, and he knew how practitioners are frugal with their money in order to spend it on helping people learn the truth about Falun Gong and the brutal persecution against the practice by the Chinese Communist Party. He volunteered himself to drive a couple of practitioners to Edinburgh, which took sixteen hours back and forth, to save the cost of train tickets so that they can put the money to good use.

    From their interaction with practitioners, the employees in the youth hostel where practitioners stayed came to understand the truth about Falun Gong. They expressed hopes that practitioners will be back next year.

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    BBC News 24 broadcasted footage of the practitioners' procession and exercise demonstration. The Edinburgh Evening News also published pictures of the practitioners' performance in the parade

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28328.html


    Media Coverage


    San Francisco Chronicle Reports that a Sponsor for an Art Show Bowed to Pressure from China Officials

    Friday, August 19, 2005

    A perfunctory commendation of a Chinese art exhibition in San Francisco from Supervisor Fiona Ma blew up into controversy this week when she withdrew her support after learning of the show's ties to Falun Gong.

    "National Treasures of China," which features 19th and 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy on traditional themes, will open Sept. 2 at Urbis Artium Gallery on Second Street.

    Material promoting the show explicitly promotes Falun Gong, the spiritual practice banned in China since 1999.

    Chinese-born Australians Mei-Ling Dai and her son Tony lent their collection for exhibitions in 40 cities around the world in the hope of educating visitors about Chinese culture and to raise awareness about the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China, Tony Dai said at a press conference Thursday at City Hall.

    Dai said Ma had reversed her support under pressure from the Chinese government.

    "I'm shocked that the Chinese government and Communist Party is giving pressure to local government representatives in the United States," said Dai, an antiques and art dealer.

    Show organizer Victor Yu, a host on Sound of Hope radio in Mountain View, said Ma had told him Wednesday that the Chinese government had pressured her to pull her support.

    Neither Ma nor the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco returned calls for comment Thursday.

    The show is co-sponsored by the Dais and three pro-Falun Gong Chinese- language media outlets in the Bay Area -- Sound of Hope radio, New Tang Dynasty Television and the Epoch Times newspaper.

    Tony Dai has been arrested three times in China since 1999, and his mother four times, for their support of Falun Gong. Each time they were deported to Australia; they became Australian citizens after moving there from Shanghai 15 years ago.

    "After knowledge of the past political history of the original collector," Ma said in a printed statement released Monday, "I have informed the sponsors that I will not play any further role in this exhibit."

    Ma's initial letter of support was quoted in widely circulated flyers that advertised the exhibition, and show organizers sent her drafts of pamphlets, flyers and sponsorship proposals.

    "I commend the sponsors who made it possible to bring this outstanding exhibition to San Francisco," her letter of support said. "Their hard work gives us the opportunity to view a rare and priceless collection and to provide a bridge to the Chinese community."

    Her staff booked a room for a press conference Tuesday in City Hall to promote "National Treasures of China," but Ma did not show up. She had a scheduling conflict, her staff said beforehand, according to show organizers. Yu said she had told him later that day that she wanted to take her name off the flyer.

    At the press conference, Supervisor Chris Daly said he, too, had been heavily lobbied by the Chinese government when he sponsored an unsuccessful resolution admonishing the Chinese government for its repression of Falun Gong.

    "It is difficult to stand solid when you have such pressure against you," Daly said. "Fiona Ma, in my opinion, has been unfairly lobbied against welcoming a significant cultural exhibit."

    Followers of Falun Gong practice traditional Chinese breathing exercises for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The group's success at organizing large events and protests has alarmed the Chinese government, which fears large gatherings as a threat to its control.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/19/BAGV4EA98C1.DTL


    News from China


    Latest News from China - July 28, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested
    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown
    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police
    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor
    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time
    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody
    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution
    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company
    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested
    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested
    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown
    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Ms. Sun Xiuzhi, 58, is from Shijiatong Village in Xiachu Town, Rushan City, Shandong Province. On May 13, 2005, she was sentenced to five years in prison.

    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested

    Ms. Xu Xiuxin is from Lu Village in Zhaobo Township, Shenze County, Hebei Province. On July 25, 2005, she was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials at the farmer's market in Xiaozhen Village, Wuji County, Hebei Province. Three plainclothes officers forcibly took her into custody and sent her to the Wuji County Detention Center.

    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown

    At around noon time on July 25, 2005, Mr. Li Qiang, 27, who lives in the dormitory of a textile plant in Weifang, was on his way to Qingdao City for business. He was arrested at the Weifang Railroad Station. His whereabouts are unknown.

    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police

    On July 21, 2005, three officers led by Wu Fengpo, deputy director of the Jichang Police Station in Xishanbei Township in Yi County, Hebei Province, arrived at Gangli Village. The officers broke into the homes of Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan without cause. They searched the homes and confiscated Falun Dafa books and other items. Ms. Zhao and Ms. Jing were taken away. They are being held in Yi County Detention Center.

    Jichang Police Department: 86-312-8830092
    Xishanbei Township Government: 86-312-8830030
    Commissioner's office of the Xishanbei Township: 86-312-8830098

    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor

    Wang Yunlong is a teacher at the Shiyan Elementary School in Fuyu County, Songyuan City. On July 6, 2005, police received reports that Wang was distributing truth-clarifying materials. Wang was arrested at school. When Wang's family went to the police department asking for Wang's release, the officers told them to come back after fifteen days of detention. When they went back fifteen days later, Wang Yunlong had been sentenced to one year of forced labor and transferred to the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Country code: 86, area code: 438
    Fuyu County Police Department in Songyuan City, Jilin Province: 5868001
    Wang Fuxue, chief of the Fuyu County Police Department: 5888828 (office), 5875555 (home), 86-13304386666 (cell)
    Su Pingtang: 5865048 (office), 5876760 (home), 86-13894962666 (cell)
    Ao Guangxian: 5878851 (office), 5869096 (home), 86-13894160197 (cell)

    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time

    Ms. Wang Xiuying is an employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University. She was illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor for going to Beijing to appeal at the end of 2000. Her term was extended for one month as she refused to be transformed. She was then sent to a brainwashing center for four more months directly from the labor camp.

    In September 2002, several dozen police officers broke into her home. They arrested her and searched her home. She was held in a detention center for several months before being sent to a brainwashing center. She remained under constant harassment (living under surveillance, being followed and receiving harassing phone calls) after returning home.

    In October 2004, Ms. Wang Xiuying was turned in to the police and arrested while distributing truth-clarifying materials. She went on a hunger strike and was released three days later. She has since been followed by the police.

    On July 12, 2005, Ms. Wang Xiuying was secretly arrested at work by officers from the Beilin Police Department. She has been sent to the Chang'an County Brainwashing Center for persecution.

    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody

    On October 28, 2004, Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen were arrested by the Fengcheng Police Department. Their homes were searched. Yang confronted the police with evidence that the persecution was well planned. The next morning, Yang threw up blood and was released, as the police were afraid of being held responsible. Ms. Li has been sentenced to eighteen months of forced labor. She has been sent to the Shaanxi Women's Forced Labor Camp. Her family has been denied any visits.

    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution

    On the evening of January 27, 2005, Ms. Li Yanfang, 35, from Shanxi Province took a taxi to Dalianhuachi to spray paint signs saying "Falun Dafa Is Good." On her way there, she clarified the truth to the taxi driver. The driver notified the police, who arrested Ms. Li immediately.

    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company

    Ms. Li Hua, 41, is an employee of Electric Capacitor Company in Xi'an City. She was arrested on July 15, 2005 and is being held in the Xitaoyuan Detention Center.

    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested

    On July 15, Mr. Duan Fanghe was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials in the streets. He was arrested and his home was searched.

    On July 14, 2005, Ms. Hu Kaiying was arrested after police received reports that she was distributing truth-clarifying materials in a farmer's market in Guangyang Town. Her home was searched.

    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested

    Ms. Huang Zhenchun, 62, is an employee of the Zhenning County Hygiene Administration in Guizhou Province. She lives in the Xixiu District of Anshun City. On July 20, 2005, Ms. Huang was arrested by officers from the Huaxi Neighborhood Administration Office in Xixiu District while clarifying the truth in public. She has been sent to the Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center for custody.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center: 86-853-3451161
    Xixiu District Political and Judiciary Committee in Anshun City: 86-853-3323015
    Yang Zhukai: 86-853-3335696 (home)

    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown

    On the evening of July 24, 2005, Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District in Guangzhou City went to the Baiyun People's Hospital to distribute copies of The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He was arrested after police received reports. The officers beat him and then searched his home. His whereabouts are unknown.

    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    On the morning of July 27, 2005, officers from Babaixiang Police Department arrested Zhang Weiguang at a dining room in Babaixiang in Daqing City where Zhang was at work as a temporary employee.

    July 27, 2005


    158 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
    A Total of 283821 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 1, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. (Chengdu City, Sichuan Province) Practitioners Arrested by Armed Police Officers

    At around 3:00 p.m. on July 22, 2005, armed police officers arrested three Falun Dafa practitioners. The practitioners' names are Jiang Younghong, Yuan Bin and Zheng Bing. Armed policemen from the Chengdu City Public Security Department rushed into the residential apartment complex where the practitioners lived, brutally beat the practitioners until they lost consciousness, wrapped them inside bags and then threw them into waiting police cars.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107466.html

    2. (Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province) Practitioners Still Being Brainwashed

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held and persecuted inside the Zhaoyuan City Brainwashing Center. Practitioner Ms. Yang Wenjie, over 40 years old, was not allowed to eat or sleep for more than 50 days and even her visits to the restroom were restricted. Center staff would frequently hang (1) Ms. Yang and beat her severely. Ms. Yang has also experienced many other brutal tortures during her imprisonment. Practitioners Li Xiumei and Wang Yongqin were both deceived into paying 10,000 yuan to secure their release from the center. After paying the money, however, they were brought back to the center for further persecution.

    (1) Being hung up by handcuffs, which causes excruciating pain, is the most common form of this torture.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107473.html

    3. (Hebei Province) Sexual Harassment Inside the Hebei Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Inside the Hebei Province Women's Forced Labor Camp, all of the Falun Dafa practitioners detained there have been sexually harassed to some extent. Practitioner Ms. Liu Guangfeng's lower abdomen, her private parts and her thighs were beaten so severely that they turned purple. This practitioner was also forced to do physical labor. Fifty-six year old practitioner Ms. Li Zhihui was electric-shocked on her face so much that she became permanently disfigured as a result. Other means of torture include: sleep deprivation, squatting for long periods of time, standing in one position for long periods of time, groping practitioners' breasts, sitting on a tiny stool for long periods of time, brushing practitioners' private parts with tooth-brushes, etc.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107446.html

    4. (Tianjin City) Young Female Practitioner Harassed and Threatened

    Practitioner Ms. Xiao Xiaowen used to work in the Yangcun Number Four Middle School in the Wuqing District of Tianjin City. She lost both her job and her home as a result of persecution and was forced to wander homeless from place to place to avoid being captured and tortured. At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 14, 2005, when Ms. Xiao went to the Zhennanlou Public Security Station to apply for her personal ID card, a police officer started to harass her. The officer kicked her, performed an illegal body search on her and also made physical threats toward Ms. Xiao. She was subsequently detained in the station for more than ten hours. As a result of the police officer's persecution, Ms. Xiao suddenly became ill and mentally unbalanced. At present Ms. Xiao is still in a state of paranoia and has no strength in her limbs; she is having a very difficult time.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107448.html

    5. (Beijing) Practitioner Li Hongjun Detained

    Practitioner Ms. Li Hongjun, approximately 50 years old, is from the Miyun District of Beijing. She is currently being detained in the Beijing Zhaoyang Detention Center. Ms. Li had been consistently clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa cultivation's benefits to government agencies. For this she was sentenced to one year in prison in 2000 and held in the Number Four Division of the Beijing Tiantanghe Forced Labor Camp. During the 2002 Lunar Chinese New Year celebration period, Ms. Li was arrested again, together with her husband, for hanging a poster in front of her house that expressed her wishes for the coming of a new and fresh world. For hanging up this poster, both Ms. Li and her husband were sentenced to two years in prison. On July 27, 2005, Ms. Li went to visit one of her fellow Falun Dafa practitioners in the Zhaoyang District of Beijing. She was arrested once more by police officers from the Zhaoyang Public Security Station, this time on the charge of "convening."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107447.html

    6. (Wuhan City) How Guards Persecute Practitioners at the Yangyuan Brainwashing Center

    Inside Wuhan City's Yangyuan Brainwashing Center, there are four guards who specialize in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They are: Chen Qiyi (CCP General Secretary), Yu Guoxuan (Director), Hu Shanping (Deputy Director) and Hu Kechang (Driver). These guards force practitioners to watch and read CDs and documents slandering Falun Dafa every single day. They also demand that the practitioners complete their "homework" with answers that satisfy the requirements stipulated by these captors. During the nighttime, practitioners are forced to write statements to "criticize and expose" Falun Gong. If these criticisms don't meet the guards' requirements, the practitioners are forced to repeatedly re-write their statements until midnight. Such persecution usually lasts for about ten days. After that, the jailers begin what is called a "fatigue campaign" to bring down the practitioners. During such campaigns, one practitioner will be brought to an empty room where five or six center staff members come along and berate and verbally abuse them. Some of the older practitioners have become confused as a result of such attacks, and their physical health has deteriorated so much that they are extremely weak. This "fatigue campaign" usually lasts for one week, after which any practitioners who still refuse to give in are thrown into tiny, unlit cells. The practitioners will be completely isolated from the outside world for about a week. One 54-year-old female practitioner was tied to her bed by having both her hands cuffed to the bed's corners for three days and three nights. Whenever she tried to move, her guards kicked her all over her body. Another 56-year-old female practitioner was also tied to her bed in the same way for three days and three nights. It was winter and the practitioner's hands immediately turned purple and became frozen and hard.

    7. (Shenyang City) What Really Happens at the Zhangshi Brainwashing Center

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held inside Shenyang City's Zhangshi Law and Order Training School (Zhangshi Penitentiary). Practitioner Wei Tianxi is from Liaozhong County, practitioner Lu Bin is a teacher at Shenxi Elementary School, practitioners Li Fengyun and Jiang Sutao were brought to the center right after they were released from the infamous Masanjia Forced Labor Camp after being incarcerated there for fours years. Currently these four practitioners suffer constant mental and physical abuse. For their so-called education expenses, they have to pay 3000 yuan each month. Center staff often kick or beat the practitioners, and are also forced to squat or stand in one position for long periods of time. Periodically they are deprived of sleep for twenty-four hours, they are crowded against each other or they are forced to sit on top of piles of Falun Dafa books. Even though there are no actual tools of torture at the site, practitioners are routinely harassed to the point of utter exhaustion. Their legs become so swollen that it is impossible to stand up unaided. The practitioners are also forced to watch the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation Incident" on television as well as other fabricated cases where Falun Gong practitioners are alleged to have committed murder. The center does everything in its power to use these fabricated cases to negatively influence the practitioners' feelings toward Falun Gong. The ultimate goal of such mental and physical persecution is to force the practitioners to give up their practice of Falun Dafa and to give up their beliefs in the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107467.html

    8. (Wendeng County, Shandong Province) Practitioner Song Xiuyan Arrested

    Recently, the Wendeng County Public Security Department and the County 610 Office arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Song Xiuyan from Caobu Village, Songcun Town, Wendeng County, Shandong Province. When Ms. Song's parents, along with her child, who is less than two years old, went to the Public Security Headquarters to ask for her release, her parents were handcuffed and forcibly brought back to their village. The police officers also pinched and squeezed Ms. Song's parents. The perpetrators included Wang Yongjian, Xiang Hongping, Li Yinglin and Sun Guohai from the Wendeng County Public Security Department.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107469.html

    9. (Zhongqing City) Recent Persecution Facts

    Recently, police officers and officials from the local "610 Office" harassed Falun Dafa practitioners Zhu Ruyu, Pi Tianfeng, He Daxiu, Lao Zuo and some others from Yudong Town, Banan District, Zhongqing City. They ransacked the practitioners' homes and arrested them. Currently, Zhu Ruyu and He Daxiu have already been released while Lao Zuo is still being detained. No information about Pi Tianfeng is available.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107442.html

    10. (Hengshui City, Hebei Province) Police Officers Again Break into Practitioners' Homes

    On July 25, 2005, some police officers from the Anling Town Public Security Station, Jing County, Hengshui City, Hebei Province, broke into Falun Dafa practitioners houses yet again. The police arrested practitioner Wang Xiuping, while they searched practitioner Su Limei's house. At present, Su Limei is unable to return to her own home.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107445.html


    Summary of Other Articles and News - August 8, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Facts of Persecution

    1. Officials From Jilin City Establish a Brainwashing Center in Changyi District

    In July 2005, after the shutdown of the brainwashing center in Chuanying District, Jilin City, Jilin province, officials from the 610 Office established a brainwashing center in the Changyi District. Some practitioners were harassed by them. On the evening of August 3, the 610 officials broke into practitioner Chang Yahui's house and forcibly took him to the brainwashing center.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107970.html

    2. Wu Tainxing from the National Security Brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province Arrests and Extorts Money from Falun Dafa Practitioners

    Wu Taixing from the national security brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province made a fortune by arresting practitioners and extorting money from them for several years. Almost 50 Falun Dafa practitioners were illegally arrested, sentenced and had their homes searched and ransacked by Wu Taixing. Practitioners who did not give him money were sentenced. For example, Wu Taixing wanted to extort money from Tang's family, bypassing Tang Deheng's release procedure. He got nothing during Tang Deheng's four month detention. As a result, he was very angry and sent Tang Deheng to a forced labor camp on December 9, 2004.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107942.html

    3. The Barbaric Slavery at Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp

    In Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp, inmates were forced to work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and often worked until midnight and 1 a.m. in the morning. Accidents where a needle from the machine pierced a worker's hand occurred repeatedly due to insufficient sleep. Practitioners were treated even harsher. Shao Bixia, Ji Bangxia, Tang Deheng, Wu Jufeng and Nie Yinzhen were forced to work for more than 18 hours every day. They are all in their 50s. The police ordered them to move heavy goods back and forth between second and third floors. Wang Ping was put in solitary confinement for a long time. Duan Gunhua was shocked by an electric baton on her face, which left a permanent scar. At the end of 2004, the police officer Chen Xiaolin tied up Shao Bixia's hands and feet and force fed her medicine four times a day, and poured cool water down her head.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107937.html

    4. An Honest Farmer from Anhui Sent to Forced Labor Illegally and Threatened with Three More Years

    Farmer Ms. Cong Lina from Fuyang City, Anhui Province was sent to the forced labor camp in May of 2005. Her family intended to file a complaint but was threatened with three more years of punishment from the police. Mr. Ji Bangxia from Taihe County was illegally sentenced to one year by the officials from the public security station, and the police demanded money from his family. Ms. Ping Yan from Yingshang County was held in the Taihe County Detection Center for practicing Falun Dafa. She had to wear a heavy object for one month as punishment in the detection center. Afterwards, she could not stand up straight for more than one month. Ms. Ming Xiulan from Yingshang County, Fuyang City, was harassed by the police because they suspected that she had something to do with Falun Dafa. She became destitute and homeless. Her home was broken and that also involved her father, who is in his 70's.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107941.html



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    Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net, Saturday, August 20, 2005

    Facts of the Persecution

  • An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten
  • Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department
  • Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter
  • Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners
  • Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp
  • Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing
  • List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

    Open Forum

  • Forced Labor in China: Testimony Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 22, 2005

    Practitioners Worldwide Share How They Found Dafa

  • Finding the Way After Years of Searching (Photo)
  • How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner

    Practitioners Exchange Experiences and Insights

  • The Power of a Letter to Encourage Diligence
  • My Experience Sharing on Our Group Fa-Study and Media Work
  • We Must Completely Negate the Old Forces' Arrangements
  • The Changes in 86-Year-Old Mr. Lin (photo)
  • Suggestion: Every Dafa Disciple Should Make Full Use of His/Her Special Abilities to Validate the Fa
  • All People Have Come For Falun Dafa

    News and Events from Around the World

  • France: Practitioner Speaks at the Prayer Meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace (Photo)
  • United Kingdom: Falun Gong Touches People's Hearts at the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade (Photos)

    Media Coverage

  • San Francisco Chronicle Reports that a Sponsor for an Art Show Bowed to Pressure from China Officials

    News from China

  • Latest News from China - July 28, 2005
  • 158 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 1, 2005
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - August 8, 2005


    Facts of the Persecution


    An Unforgettable Scene: A Woman Refusing to Renounce Her Faith Though Covered in Ice and Ruthlessly Beaten

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    This is a story told by a woman with only a grade school education from a rural village, in which she briefly described the incident.

    Coldness and an evil atmosphere covered Xinle, a small city located in the Shijiazhuang area, Hebei Province.

    One day in the winter, it was freezing and was about 20 degrees below zero. In thick clothes and a cotton-padded coat and shoes, we still felt so cold that we could not help shivering all over and stomping our feet in the snow to keep warm.

    The Xinle City police forced every Falun Gong practitioner to pour a basin of cold water onto a "snow pile." However, it seemed that a person had been buried in the snow pile. After the pouring, a policeman dragged a person out from the snow pile. After a little while, we came to realize that it was a woman. In the freezing world of ice and snow, we still felt extremely cold even when we were in very thick clothes, while she was wearing very little clothing, which had frozen and stuck to her skin. Due to the extreme coldness, she was almost unable to even stand.

    To the side a policeman who looked like an official furiously shouted to her: "Are you still going to practice Falun Gong?"

    "Yes, I will!" her answer was quite low, but very firm and clear.

    The official furiously ordered: "Beat her! Beat her!" At the order, a group of guards swarmed towards her... I closed my eyes because I was too horrified to watch the violence.

    Then came the sound of cruel beating, which seemed to go on forever.

    "Ask her if she will continue to practice Falun Gong!" a voice shouted. I opened my eyes, seeing she was already unable to stand and a guard was seizing her hair and trying to drag her up from the ground with force.

    "I will, as long as I am alive," the ice-covered woman answered very softly, but with determination.

    The official was exasperated and, stomping his feet in the snow, shouted hysterically: "Go ahead and rape her, for me!"

    Postscript: Three years have passed since the incident happened, but the scene of the world of ice and snow still shows up before my eyes constantly. I think about the whereabouts of the persistent fellow practitioner and, in the mean time, I feel very sad for the indifference of the practitioners on the scene. They might have been overwhelmed by the rampancy of evil at that moment and, consequently, amplified it. Today, we should strengthen our righteous thoughts and stand firmly with fellow practitioners to form a whole body. Together we shall overcome the evil.


    Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners Became Disabled or Died from Torture at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department

    (Clearwisdom.net) The perpetrators at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department have been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners since July 20, 1999. One police officer said to a practitioner, "Each one of us has to kill three Falun Gong practitioners to meet the quota. You are the first for me. What would you think if I poured gasoline on you and claimed that you burned yourself?"

    Falun Gong practitioners Li Ying and Wang Xiuxia died from torture at Division 1. Torture has disabled many more Falun Gong practitioners including, Li Ying (different Chinese words from the previously mentioned Li Ying), Wu Xiaoyan, Sun Yongli and Wang Youcai.

    The basement at the White Building on West Shilu Road at Huanleyuan in the Xinfu District, where the police department is located, is a torture chamber where perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department torment the practitioners. It was learned that there is another secret torture room at the Youyi Hotel. Both of these rooms hold various torture tools. "Splitting the legs" and "hang-up" are the two most commonly used torture methods. "Splitting the legs" can result in excruciating pain and loss of function of the lower limbs; "hang-up" means the perpetrators force the practitioner's arms behind his/her back and hang him/her up by the twisted arms. This torture often causes permanent disability.

    Some perpetrators handcuff the practitioners to metal chairs and don't allow them to sleep for a whole night. They then torture practitioners during interrogation. They hammered bamboo sticks into practitioner Miao Shuqing's fingernails and stuck toothpicks into two of his fingers; the scars are visible to this day. While beating and torturing the practitioners, police officer Guan Yong screamed, "I'm not afraid of hell! Am I not living well right now? Ha!"

    In 2000, practitioners Dou Zhenyang and Wang Hongjun were falsely charged with "attempting to overturn a train." The police tortured one of the practitioners with a method called "crossing the forest" until he admitted to a crime he didn't commit. He was illegally sentenced to life in prison and was held in the Linyuan Prison.

    On December 16, 2000, more than 60 Dafa practitioners from Fushun City shared their experiences at a practitioner's home. The National Security Bureau got wind of the meeting by tapping practitioners' phones and sent more than 150 police officers to arrest the practitioners, accusing them of "illegal gathering and doing Falun Gong exercises." They sent the practitioners to forced labor camps and custody centers. In the evening, they ransacked the practitioners' homes and took away Dafa books and videotapes. Practitioners Zheng Hong, Ren Yi, Jiang Guofang, Ma Hongxia, Sun Yongsheng, Ma Huaidong, Huang Gang, Lu Hong, Hou Jun, Hu Guojian, Gao Jian, Qi Shaowen and Liu Helun were among the persecuted practitioners. Practitioners Huang Gang and Hu Guojian were savagely tortured at Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and sentenced to heavy prison terms.

    Practitioner Ms. Li Ying was arrested before the 2001 Chinese New Year (in January) and was ruthlessly tortured. As a result, her right arm atrophied and she could not take care of herself. She was later secretly sentenced to 11 years in prison and was sent to the Dabei Prison. The prison refused to accept her because she could not take care of herself. The perpetrators from Fushun City went through their connections and bribed certain officials to make the Dabei Prison authorities accept Li Ying.

    On December 24, 2001, a Dafa truth clarification materials production site in Xinhua was destroyed and property worth over 40,000 yuan - including computers and flyers - was confiscated. One practitioner was arrested and was tortured at Division 1 at the Fushun City Police Department.

    In 2002, practitioners Wang Xiaoyan, Yan Jun, Wang Shengtao, Zhai Xu, Meng Hua, Sun Yongli and Zou Guirong (Zou Guirong was later tortured to death), were arrested and tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Sun Yongli lost the function in her legs after the torture and could not take care of herself. She was later sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    Between August and late September 2002, practitioners Ma Huaidong and Lu Renqing were arrested when clarifying the truth to people. They were sent to Division 1, where they were subjected to torture. Practitioners Zhao Yuhong, Ma Hongxia and Guan Juyin were also arrested and tortured. In early October, practitioners Sun Yongsheng, Jia Naizhi, Qu Cailing, Jin Shunnu, Hou Xiaohui, Wu Xiaoyan, Gao Guirong, Xing Yurong, Miao Shuqing, Dai Yulan, Song Wenliang, Wang Chengtao, Sun Qian, and Dong Qinfei were arrested and were sentenced to heavy prison terms in July 2003. Later, other practitioners, including Wu Yanbo, Zhou Yuzhi, Zhou Kan and others, were also arrested and tortured at Division 1.

    In November 2002, Dafa practitioner Wang Xiaoyan was sentenced to 15 years in prison and practitioner Yan Jun was sentenced to six years in prison. In March 2004, Yan Jun and several other practitioners were secretly sent to the Dabei Prison in Shenyang City to be tortured. Although Wang Xiaoyan was in very poor physical condition, the guards didn't allow her to receive medical treatment and held her at the No. 2 Detention Center in Fushun City.

    Practitioner Jia Naizhi has been held for three years. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was sent to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison, but the prison authorities refused to accept her because she was gravely ill. She is currently being held at the Fushun City Detention Center. Her family requested that she be released on medical parole but their request was denied. Jia Naizhi is holding a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention, and is emaciated.

    On May 13, 2002, officers from Division 1 went to the Yonglin Police Department and beat practitioner Wang Xiaoming. They kept beating him from the second floor to the first floor until his body was covered in bruises. Then they took him away and again tortured him.

    Practitioner Mr. Zhang Huiqiang was a senior engineer at the Fushun City Ethylene Chemical Industry Plant. On May 23, 2002, officers from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department arrested him from work. The police tortured him by burning his hands with cigarette lighters and scorched his nipples with red-hot metal. They also tore out his fingernails. Mr. Zhang was later sentenced to six years in prison and was held at the Dabei Prison.

    On June 28, 2002, practitioner Liu Guangying from the Jiangjun area in Fushun City was arrested by perpetrators from Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department after having been forced to live a homeless life for three and a half months. He was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and was held at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City.

    In the evening of July 6, 2002, officers from Division 1 found out practitioner Liu Zhange's address and arrested him. They took his personal computer and waited outside his home for other practitioners. They arrested practitioner Zhang from another city who went to visit Liu Zhange. Both practitioners were tortured at Division 1.

    On February 7, 2002, practitioner Wei Zaixin, a senior engineer at the Fushun City Institute of Information Science & Technology was arrested by police from Division 1 and beaten. He was later sent to the Strictly Controlled Group at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. In June 2002, officers from the Jiangjun Police Department sent Wei Zaixin to the No. 2 Detention Center at Shizilou in Jiangjun area to await sentencing. During this period, the guards encouraged the inmates to brutally torture Wei Zaixin until he was at the brink of death. In July, the police sent Wei Zaixin to the city hospital and told his family to take him home. On November 15, Wei Zaixin died after resuscitation efforts failed.

    In September 2002, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Hu Wei, a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, who was living with his relatives in Fushun City. They tortured Hu Wei and took his cell phone, BP pager, Omega watch, a 2,000 yuan bank card, 960 yuan cash, a pair of ultra-thin eyeglasses worth over 700 yuan and never returned these things. In late September 2002, Hu Wei was illegally sentenced to forced labor and was sent to the Fushun City Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 1, 2003, Division 1 officers destroyed a Dafa materials production site in Gebu, Fushun City. The officers waited at the site and arrested several Dafa practitioners including Hou Xiaohui. On March 2 they ransacked another site in Wanghua and took one "all-in-one" machine, two Xerox machines, various tools and paper worth over 50,000 yuan.

    Five Division 1 officers and officers from the Wanghua Police Department arrested practitioner Li Ying from her family's rice & flour store on March 31, 2003. During the afternoon of April 2, Li Ying was found dead in the large hall at Division 1 of Fushun City Police Department, her body covered with wounds. The perpetrators bribed the autopsy officials who eventually wrote "death from natural causes" on the death certificate. Hao Jianguang, head of the National Security Team, once told Li Ying's family, "What does that little amount of money you spent count for? Do you know how much money we spent treating the autopsy officials to meals and entertainment?"

    In May 2003, officers from Division 1 arrested practitioners Li Wensong, Wei Minghua and his wife, Zhou Yuren, Zhou Fulong, Zhou Yuyi, his wife and daughter Zhou Meina, Zhou Yuying, Zhao Liankai, Jiang Defang, Wang Guihua, Wang Lan, Yan Yuezeng and his wife, and Liu Jinping. Wei Minghua used to be a teacher at the No. 1 Middle School in Qingyuan City. Officers struck her to the ground and dragged her by her feet across the school and into a police car in front of the whole school. The same officers carried practitioner Li Wensong from the sixth floor to the police car.

    Between March 18 and March 28, 2003, perpetrators from Division 1, along with Xiao Gang and other officers from a local police station in Hongtoushan, searched and arrested Dafa practitioners near the Hongtoushan Copper Mine. The arrested practitioners were: Zhang Huamei, Liang Suyun, Yang Shuxian, Cao Yanzhen, Liu Xiangyu, Wang Shuyun, Zhou, Gao Xiuqin, Du Jinfeng, Zhou Hongqin, Li Shuqin and his daughter. They also took over 7,000 yuan from Zhang Huamei's home and beat Zhang Huamei until she could not stand up. The officers beat Wang Youcai until the flesh on his legs peeled off. They shouted at other Dafa practitioners, "Yes, It was us who crippled Wang Youcai's legs."

    More than 20 police officers arrested practitioner Wang Xiuxia from Qingyuan County on May 29, 2003. On the evening of June 15 they told Wang Xiuxia's family about her death. In 2005, the guards shouted when beating a practitioner they had arrested, "Yes, it was precisely us who beat Wang Xiuxia to death! Feel free to sue us!"

    Dafa practitioner Qi Huishu was arrested on April 24, 2004 and was tortured at Division 1. Practitioner Zhang Jinsheng from Qingyuan County was arrested in April 2004. During the illegal detention, to make Qi Huishu admit to "conspiracy with foreign powers," the officers used various tortures that caused skull damage.

    Practitioner Yang Boliang, 46 years old, lived in Toushan Town, Fushun City. On August 18, 2004, he was arrested and was savagely beaten by Hao Jianguang, head of Division 1, section heads Liu, Guan Yong and Zhang Bin. Mr. Yang was later sentenced to three years of forced labor and is currently being held at the Fushun Forced Labor Camp.

    Practitioners Zhao Yunshan and Dong Linlin were arrested by officers from Division 1 on September 18. During the five-day holiday of October 1, Zhao Yunshan was sentenced to forced labor and sent to the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. Dong Linlin was sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.

    In October 2004, a dozen officers from Division 1, including Hao Jianguang, went to the Lishi Police Station to persecute practitioner Yuan Peng. They also waited around the Lishi Development District and Sifangtai, trying to arrest Dafa practitioners.

    In late November 2004, officers from Division 1 went to Yonglin Town, Xinbin County in Fushun City. They extorted 4,000 yuan from practitioner Li Hong and 5,000 yuan from practitioner Han Junhui, both of whom had sent Falun Gong-related messages with their cell phones.

    At around 8:00 p.m. on January 12, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke the burglar-proof door at practitioner Lin Bo's home and arrested practitioners Lin Bo and Wang Guoying. They took belongings worth over 100,000 yuan. Practitioners Cheng Min, in her 20s and her husband, not a Falun Gong practitioner, were arrested at the same time that evening. Cheng Min was arrested from work. In June 2005, Lin Bo was sentenced to eight years in prison and Wang Guoying was sentenced to nine years in prison. Wang Guoying's husband Dou Zhenyang was falsely accused of "attempting to overturn a train" and sentenced to life in prison. Their son is currently living with Dou Zhenyang's parents, and their life is very difficult.

    Around 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2005, a dozen officers from Division 1 broke into the home of a practitioner in Nankouqian Town, Qingyuan County and arrested practitioners Gai Xiuqin, Lu Guanglin and his wife, Lin Guilan, Lu Yan and Chen Guifeng. They took the practitioners to Division 1. They also confiscated all of their equipment, papers and 20,000 yuan. Lu Yan refused to cooperate with the perpetrators; she refused to answer questions and held a hunger strike. Four police officers took turns beating her. They handcuffed and shackled her while beating and shocking her with electric batons. They forcibly split her legs until she lost consciousness. Her face was deformed and swollen from the torture. The perpetrators pulled out a lot of her hair and she could not move half of her body. On March 22, practitioner Lu Guanglin was sent to the No. 1 Detention Center of Fushun City. The other four practitioners were sent to the No. 2 Detention Center of Fushun City. Practitioner Lu Yan was sentenced to prison after one month of detention.

    Practitioner Zhou Shuyou worked at the Cangshi Train Station and lived in Sanjia Township, Qingyuan City. At 9:00 p.m. on March 21, Guan Yong and Chen Daqing from Division 1 of the Fushun City National Security Bureau arrested Zhou Shuyou and interrogated him at 8 p.m. on April 6. Police officers Guan Yong, Zhang Tao and others beat and shocked him with electric batons. They forcibly split Zhou Shuyou's legs and hit his private parts until his testicles were severely swollen and he could not walk. Mr. Zhou is suffering from severe lower back pain to this day. He was sentenced to three years of forced labor and is held at the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp.

    On March 19, 2005, practitioners Pei Dongzhi and her sister Pei Donghua from Nanzamu were arrested. The perpetrators were officers from Division 1 and local police. The practitioners were severely beaten on the spot. The perpetrators also took 600 yuan from the practitioners' mother. They also arrested practitioners Li Shumei and a practitioner surnamed Zhou.

    At around 9:00 p.m. on March 24, officers from Division 1 from the Yaozhan Police Station in Qingyuan Town and from the National Security Bureau arrested practitioner Liu Zaijun, in his 30s from Lingnan. They also arrested another practitioner in Xiazhaizi.

    At 7:30 on March 28, 2005, four officers from Division 1 arrested practitioner Gai Shurong and her daughter from Tonggou Village, Tukouzi Township in Qingyuan County. Later, they extorted 500 yuan from the practitioners' family before releasing them. Another two elderly female practitioners from Tukouzi Township were also arrested. Around 7:00 p.m. on March 30, the police drove three police cars to Tonggou Village, trying to arrest three other practitioners but the practitioners were not at home.

    Between April 1 and April 3, 2005, two Dafa materials production sites in Haicheng and Gongnong in the Wanghua District, Fushun City were destroyed. Practitioner Liu Yumei was arrested and the police confiscated a lot of equipment.

    On April 14, Division 1 and Qingyuan County Police Department officials dispatched 50 police cars and arrested 56 practitioners in Nankouqian Township, Qingyuan City. They individually interrogated the practitioners and beat them cruelly, including women and children. They beat the practitioners senselessly and then poured cold water on them. One female practitioner immediately lost consciousness and was rushed to the emergency room. She cannot take care of herself to this day. The police took over 1,000 yuan from practitioner Ma Xijun's home. During the interrogation, the drunken police officer savagely beat Ma Xijun and shocked her with electric batons until she lost consciousness. Within ten days Ma Xijun vomited and was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. She could not walk. The perpetrators told her family to take her home when she was at death's door and extorted 10,000 yuan from her family. Practitioner Gai Chunlin's family in Bawanggou Village was told of Gai Chunlin's death on May 6, 2005. While torturing the practitioners, the police said, "Do you know that we beat Wang Xiuxia to death?" They sent some practitioners to labor camps and some to Luotaishan Brainwashing Class. In the afternoon on April 18, police arrested practitioner Ms. Jing, an elderly woman from Qingyuan County.

    On May 25, 2005, dozens of officers from Division 1 surrounded the temporary residence of practitioner Jiang Jie, who had left home to avoid persecution. They pounded on the door and pried it open. As of now, Jiang Jie and her family cannot return home. Her child is left uncared for and cannot go to school due to the persecution. Prior to the May 25 incident, the perpetrators from Division 1 twice arrested Jiang Jie's husband. The first time they detained him for 20 days, and the second time they detained him for two days.

    On June 17, Hao, the head of Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and group head Liu ordered six perpetrators, including Jiang from the Shuncheng District National Security Bureau, to arrest practitioner Zhao Jifan, a teacher at the Heping School. Without any due process, the police ransacked Zhao Jifan's home. Zhao Jifan is currently held at the Fushun City Detention Center.

    Division 1 of the Fushun City Police Department and the National Security Bureau: 86-413-2625446, or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Division 1 or the National Security Bureau

    Guan Fei, head of Fushun City Police Department: 86-13941310016 (Cell), or main switchboard 86-413-2624451, then ask for Guan Fei

    Ran Xiangchun, head of Division 1: 86-413-8830110, 86-413-2787381 (Office)

    Hao Jianguang, male, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-13941341388 (Cell)

    Hao Shifu, head of the National Security Bureau: 86-413-7645669 (Home)

    Team head Yang: 86-13504235432 (Cell), 86-413-2786445 (Office)

    Liu and Chen Feng: section heads

    Guan Yong, guard at Division 1: 86-413-2787387 (Office), 86-13009251616 (Cell)

    Police officers, Zhang Bin (or Zhang Jun) and Peng Yue: 86-13019653301 (Cell)

    Police officers: Liu Minghe (or Liu Pinghe), Wang, Guan Lei, Zhang Tao, Xu Changqing, Chen Daqing, Ding Changtao, Yang and Zhang Guanyong


    Grandma in Her 90s Seeks Help to Free Her Granddaughter

    (Clearwisdom.net) Because she was a Falun Dafa practitioner, Kong Fanrong from Shulan City, Jilin Province, was tortured to death in Shulan City Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Her husband Bian Hongxiang (also a Falun Dafa practitioner), 93-year-old mother-in-law, and daughter Bian Lingyun as well as her in-laws have been continuously harassed and arrested by the police.

    After 4:00 p.m. on July 21, 2005, Yan Jianhua, manager of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City, along with another police officer broke into Bian Lingyun's home and asked: "Where is your father Bian Hongxiang?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know." The police then took her away.

    When Lingyun's husband Song Junfang came home, he saw that Lingyun's grandmother was holding Lingyun's son and sobbing, so he asked what had happened. Through her tears, the grandma described how Lingyun had been taken away by the police.

    Bian Lingyun's mother was also arrested for practicing Falun Gong. The police tried to force Kong Fanrong to reveal the names of her fellow practitioners, but she did not cooperate and was tortured to death in the Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City. Ms. Kong's body was covered in bruises and raised red marks from being whipped. When the grandmother heard this sad news, she fainted in the courtyard, causing cuts and bleeding on her face. From that day, the grandmother gradually became weaker each day.

    Bian Lingyun missed her mom and felt deep sadness for a long time. She became temporarily mentally unstable from the grief and lost a lot of weight. A previously happy family was torn apart because of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.

    On March 3, 2005, police officers from Dehui City arrested Bian Hongxiang, Lingyun's father, and cruelly tortured him. He was not released until he was at death's door on March 25. Lingyun attended to her father, but so far, he has not yet fully recovered. However, police from Shulan vainly continue to persecute her father. They often harass the family in their home. When the police could not get to Bian Hongxiang, they arrested Lingyun.

    On July 22, four officers from the Huancheng Local Police Station were sent to Lingyun's home to try to make her husband, Song Junfang, sign a detention notice for Lingyun. Mr. Song refused. The officer roared, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang righteously replied: "No, my wife has not violated any law or disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order! You can ask the neighbours whether my wife is a good person. You are the ones disturbing social order!" The officer had no reply to the husband's words.

    Although the elderly grandma is unable to care of herself, she goes to the Public Security Bureau every day to request the release of Lingyun. The Director General said: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." The documents have been handed in twice. One was given to Director General Xin He. He accepted the material but did not release Lingyun. On the 29th, Bian Lingyun's husband and grandmother went to see Xin He. Mr. Xin said that the matter had nothing to do with him and told them to go the National Security Unit. They went to the National Security Unit, but the officers there pushed the responsibility onto the Public Security section. Staff at the Public Security section also said that it was not in their jurisdiction. Song Junfang has already lost his job and is facing financial hardship.

    The following are the phone numbers of some of the people involved in this case:
    Xin He, Director General of Shulan City Public Security Bureau: 86-432-8224808
    Yan Jianhua, Directory of the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City who arrests Dafa practitioners: 86-432-8223069
    Nanshan Detention Center in Shulan City: 86-432-8251265

    A Statement from Lingyun's Grandmother.

    I am Wang Liqin, 93 years old, from Shulan City, Jilin Province, China. Our five family members were fortunate to learn Falun Dafa in 1997--only my grandson does not practice. Dafa brought many benefits to our family. I previously suffered from heart disease and other diseases, which caused me to faint from time to time. When I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, all of my illnesses disappeared within a short time. Teacher saved me, has let me live to such an old age, and gave me a harmonious family.

    Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, we have not had one day of peace. My son and daughter-in-law were arrested successively. On the morning of January 28, 2000, my son Bian Hongxiang was tricked by police from the Shulan City Public Security Bureau. They said they wanted to have a conversation with him, but when he showed up, they unexpectedly sent him for two years of forced labor. When he returned home two years later, the police still did not spare him, and often came to our home to harass him, which made me feel afraid and anxious. In order to let me have a peaceful life, my son sent me to live with my granddaughter. He and his wife had to leave their home to avoid the continual persecution.

    Even so, they could not totally avoid the evil persecution. On January 4, 2003, police from Changchun rushed into their residence and arrested my son and daughter-in-law. My daughter-in-law, Kong Fanrong, was tortured in many different ways, such as gouging her eyes, forcing her to sit on a 'tiger bench' for hours, kicking her legs with their leather shoes, forcing toothpicks under all of her fingernails, and other cruel measures. She was then escorted to Shulan City, where she was killed in the Nanshan Detention Center on May 11, 2003. Those who saw her body said that it was covered in blue and purple bruises and lash marks. When I heard about how she had been tortured, I fainted and fell to the ground, and my face was covered with blood.

    On March 3, 2005, a group of policemen arrested my son, Bian Hongxiang, and the police from Changchun and Dehui tortured him until he was almost dead. The police thought he was dying, so they asked my granddaughter to take him home. He is still recuperating from the ordeal.

    I am already 93 years old, unable to take care of myself, and I completely depend on my granddaughter Lingyun. However, after 4:00 p.m. on July 21, Yan Jianhua and others from the Huancheng Local Police Station in Shulan City suddenly broke into our home to further persecute my son. When they saw my son was not there, one of them bellowed at my granddaughter: "Where is your father?" Lingyun answered: "I don't know. He did not say where he was going when he went out." Then, the police took her away against her will. At that time, her 8-year-old son was frightened and trembling, and he cried his eyes out. I was also so scared that I was unable to move my legs. Two days later, Yan Jianhua led four policemen in trying to force my grand son-in-law Song Junfang to sign a document regarding his wife's arrest, but he refused. The police officer shouted at him, "Will you sign?" Song Junfang loudly replied: "No! My wife has not disturbed social order. She was at home, how could she disturb social order? You can ask the neighbors whether or not my wife is a good person. Indeed, you are the ones disturbing social order!" What he said surprised the police so much that they left.

    Now that my granddaughter has been arrested, there is no one to take care of me. To keep the evildoers from breaking up my family even more, my grand son-in-law, great-grandson, and I went to the 610 Office, the Public Security Bureau, and the local police station. They tricked us by saying: "If you-all explain the family situation in writing, then we will release her." However, this was just lip service. We recorded the details of our situation twice, and handed them to Director General Xin He of the Shulan Public Security Bureau, but the authorities still refused to release my granddaughter. On the 29th, Director General Xin He began to shirk his responsibilities, saying he could not take care of this matter and told us to go to the National Security Unit. But when we arrived there, the officers sent us to the Public Security section. At the Public Security section, the staff pushed the responsibility onto the local police station. We went to the police station, and were told to talk to the Director General. Every one of them tried to use the opportunity to extort money from us, but Song Junfang is unemployed and in financial hardship, so where could he find money for the police? I have lived through three to four dynasties. None of them was ever as evil as the current Chinese government. I do not understand why they took away my granddaughter. She was at home and did not disturb social order, but the police arrested her and forcibly searched our home without reason. Therefore, I ask for help and assistance from human rights organizations and just people around the world, and fellow practitioners in every country, to help in rescuing my granddaughter, Dafa practitioner Bian Lingyun.


    Daqing Police Illegally Arrest and Detain Several Falun Dafa Practitioners

    (Clearwisdom.net) Since its establishment in the end of 2004, personnel from the Babaishang Branch of the Daqing Police Department have been using ruthless and vicious methods to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners.

    After its establishment, Li Daming, the former deputy head of the Daqing Police Department Honggang Branch, was transferred to the Babaishang Branch. Li had persecuted many Dafa practitioners while he was the deputy head of the Honggang Branch. He used to intimidate practitioners, "As soon as you say 'I'll keep practicing Falun Gong,' I will send you to jail."

    His police staff also stops at nothing to persecute practitioners. During the past half-year they have arrested and detained many practitioners in the Babaishang area, ransacked their homes and sentenced them to forced labor.

    Persecution Case 1: On January 24, 2005 a group of police officers arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. An Senbiao. He worked at the seventh Task Team of the Second Oil Extraction Plant and was clarifying the truth about Falun Gong when it happened. Perpetrators were from the Babaishang Branch Police Department (formerly Shengli Police Station), led by Gao Yufeng. Later they sentenced him to three years of forced labor.

    Aside from Mr. An Senbiao's home being ransacked, he had suffered many tortures, including being forced to sit on a metal chair for a long time, burned with a cigarette, confined in a small cell, forced to wear handcuffs and shackles that were usually reserved for death-row criminals, doused with water in the cold of winter, and being beaten and sworn at. In the Suihua Labor Camp, he was burned, scalded, pierced, shocked with electric batons and sexually abused. They also filled his mouth with powdered detergent. Mr. An carried on a hunger strike to protest the persecution, but was brutally force-fed. Even when he was at the brink of death, his family members weren't allowed to see him.

    Mr. An Senbiao's mother, in her eighties, his sister and wife went from office to office and official to official demanding his release. The Babaishang Police Branch Chief Li Daming, however, humiliated the mother saying, "He has committed crimes. The sentence was too light. You as the parent didn't do well, so your son cannot be good either." He also cursed Mr. An's wife, "You're no good either." He even made a phone call to the plant authorities saying, "An Senbiao's family members are causing trouble here. Why do you still keep him on the payroll? Expel him."

    The police accused the family of "disturbing official business" and drove them out. The Suihua Labor Camp didn't release Mr. An Senbiao until he was extremely weak and had multiple physical problems. The labor camp authorities forced the family members to write a statement promising to send him back to the labor camp after his recovery.

    Mr. An Senbiao is extremely emaciated. He used to weigh 165 jin (about 180 lbs), but now weighs only 85 jin (about 93 lbs). Due to long term shackling and handcuffing, he cannot extend his arms or bend over and cannot take care of himself.

    Persecution Case 2: On the morning of May 16, 2005, policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch, waited outside the home of Falun Gong practitioners Sui Qifeng and his wife Li Shulian, trying to arrest them. Since nobody came out, they shut off the electricity. When someone from the family came out to check, the police used this opportunity and barged into the house, ransacking it and attempting to arrest Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian.

    Due to lack of manpower and the resistance of Mr. Sui Qifeng, the policemen first took away his wife, Mrs. Li Shulian, who is nearly 60 years old. To keep the policemen from breaking into his house again, Mr. Sui Qifeng locked the door from the inside. More than ten policemen removed the locks with an electric drill and broke into the house.

    They arrested Mr. Sui Qifeng, who is also nearly 60 years old, and took 50 yuan from him to have the locks replaced.

    After arresting Sui Qifeng and Li Shulian, the policemen charged them with "disturbing social order" and sent them to the Daqing Longfeng Detention Center and Daqing City Detention Center, respectively. A few days later they sentenced them to forced labor and sent them to labor camps without even notifying their family members.

    Mr. Sui Qifeng is presently incarcerated at the Daqing Labor Camp. Ms. Li Shulian was first sent to the Harbin Drug Control Labor Camp, but because she didn't pass the physical exam, the labor camp refused to accept her. The policemen then sent her to the Qiqihar Shuanghe Labor Camp for persecution.

    Persecution Case 3: On July 27, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Weiguang was working at the Limin Restaurant in Babaishang's Area No. 6. Policeman Wang Haibin and others from the Community Police Task Force, Team Six of the Daqing Police Department's Babaishang Branch barged into the restaurant, claiming to be conducting a standard ID check. They took Mr. Zhang Weiguang away and ransacked his home. Mr. Zhang is now locked up at the Daqing Detention Center.

    On July 28, 2005, Falun Dafa practitioner Shi Liwen went to visit her friend. As soon as she entered her friend's building, policemen arrested her and ransacked her home. When they went to ransack her home Ms. Shi's son, not a practitioner, didn't open the door as fast as the policemen demanded and was taken away also. He was released that night. Ms. Shi is being held at the Daqing Detention Center.

    Contact information of persons responsible for these persecution cases:

    Daqing City Police Department Babaishang Branch, Zip 163412

    Director, Li Daming 86-459-4980777(Office), 86-13836709003(Cell)
    86-13945957666(Cell), 86-459-4612473(Home)

    Political Head, Ma Xinke: 86-459-4980123(Office) 86-13329500833(Cell), 86-459-6295345(Home)
    Deputy Head, Liu Yuhu: 86-459-4986123(Office), 86-13836709055(Cell), 86-459-6781983(Home)
    Deputy Head, Wang Hongwei: 86-459-4895000(Office), 86-13836877222(Cell), 86-13836709006(Cell), 86-459-6132303(Home), 86-459-6786660(Home)
    Deputy Head, Yu Changjun: 86-459-4892500(Office), 86-13836709233(Cell), 86-459-6091088(Home)
    Section Chief, General Services, Tian Baohua: 86-459-4892567(Office), 86-13836709111(Cell), 86-459-6786100(Home)

    Community Team Six
    Person in charge, Policeman Wang Haibin (persecutor): 86-13836709203 (Cell), 86-459-4987065 (Home)
    Assistant, Meng Dafan: 86-13009900306 (Cell), 86-459-4196340 (Home)

    Aug. 4, 2005


    Practitioner Fu Lijun from Sichuan Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp

    (Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Fu Lijun, a practitioner from Ziyang, Sichuan Province, was arrested on June 5 while posting truth-clarification material in an area near Jianyang. She was illegally sentenced to a forced labor camp and is now locked up at Nanmusi Women's Forced Labor Camp in Zizhong County.

    Ms. Fu, born on September 28, 1973, was an employee of Sisanyi Factory. She resides at 207, building no. 10, Shizishan Sisanyi Factory, Yanjiang Town, Yanjiang District, Ziyang City. Her health has been poor since she was little, and modern medicine did not help her. Fortunately, she learned and practiced Falun Dafa, and her health improved tremendously. She became healthy, sincere and kind, and was eager to help others.

    During the six years since July 20, 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Fu have suffered much persecution because they practice Falun Dafa: their home was repeatedly ransacked; they were detained and denied their worker's pay; they were insulted and disgraced in public on television and in newspapers; and they were harassed by public security officials. Furthermore, in these six years, they were under intense surveillance from the local public security office, and from plain-clothes policemen from the national security office. Their activities were tracked and monitored. The entire family of six suffered constant anxiety, and life was very fearful and tense.

    On June 5, 2005, policemen again forcefully arrested Ms. Fu and secretly sentenced her to forced labor without notifying her family. The family learned about her fate from other sources a few days after she was sentenced and locked up in the forced labor camp.

    The family is once again under serious crisis: Ms. Fu's father is paralyzed in bed, her grandmother who is over 80 years old is very weak and her mother Ma Bingyin is very ill in the hospital due to the long-term anxiety and fear that she has endured. Ma Bingyin's son is also very young. The entire burden is fallling onto her husband's shoulders. The elder family members are overcome with grief, and the atmosphere in the house is gloomy and sad.

    A couple of days ago Ms. Fu submitted an opinion to the administration. In the opinion she pointed out that the sentence given to her by the Ziyang City Labor Reform Management Committee is illegal. For the past thirteen years, everything taught by Falun Dafa is in accordance with the sacred rights stated in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China for Chinese citizens.


    Li Ying'e from Xinyang City, Henan Province and Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong Province Are Missing

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    A Female Employee from Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill, Xinyang City, Henan Province Not Seen Since 2000

    Ms. Li Ying'e, about 50 years of age, was an employee of Huangchuan County Cotton Textile Mill. She was sent back to her hometown and extorted out of 1000 yuan after she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. She went to Beijing again in December 2000 and her whereabouts are unknown.

    Falun Dafa Practitioner Li Lanfeng from Shouguang City, Shandong City Disappeared in October 2001

    Ms. Li Lanfeng, 28, was from Dali Village, Sunji Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province. She worked in the Agriculture Bureau of Shouguang City. Li Lanfeng began to practice Falun Dafa when she was in the university. At that time, her parents and her sisters had objected to her practicing. However, she continued and persisted in the practice and upheld her belief. Her family members now understand her and do not oppose her practicing Falun Gong anymore. However they have lost contact with her for three years and ten months. Her elderly parents miss her very much. Her sisters thinking about her night and day and worry about her safety.

    August 5, 2005


    List of Female Falun Gong Practitioners Unlawfully Detained in the Female Brigade of the Taihang Prison in Hebei Province

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Name

    Age

    Beginning of prison term

    Prison term

    Address

    Yu Qiaoling

    55

    2001/9

    13

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Han Dongmei

    41

    2004/4

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Wang Fengyi

    49

    2002/5

    8

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Bai Junjie

    58

    2005/1

    7

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jianhua

    47

    2002/8

    3

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Guo Jinghua

    48

    2001/5

    5

    Changli City, Hebei Province

    Xie Zhanfen

    29

    2002/9

    9

    Renqiu City, Hebei Province

    Name unknown

    37

    2002/10

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Song Shunxia

    42

    2002/5

    3.5

    Beijing City

    Zhao Wenlan

    67

    2003/6

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Ma Xiuqin

    62

    2001/7

    9

    Yi County, Hebei Province

    Tian Xiuzhen

    58

    2003/5

    3.5

    Raoyang City, Hebei Province

    Wan Hongying

    39

    2002/4

    4

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Ding Ruqin

    51

    2001/8

    7

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Cai Shuqing

    51

    2004/9

    4

    Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province

    Zheng Meiying

    36

    2002/5

    5

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Chen Yanli

    36

    2002/8

    4

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    Dai Lili

    31

    2001/4

    8

    Cangzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wang Meilan

    52

    2002/5

    4

    Wei County, Hebei Province

    Fan Yongjiang

    36

    2000/12

    7

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Fu Dongxiao

    36

    2001/6

    7

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Geng Yuxia

    37

    2001/6

    6

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Wu Baoxia

    40

    Â

    4

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Yan

    38

    2003/7

    3

    Xushui City, Hebei Province

    He Lanhua

    60

    2001/3

    7

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    He Jinhuan

    27

    2001

    10

    Shenzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cao Shumian

    55

    2001/1

    8

    Xiong County, Hebei Province

    Wang Yuman

    50

    2001

    10

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Du Shuyun

    47

    2002/11

    10

    Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province

    Lan Qizhi

    41

    2001

    11

    Petroleum Refinery of Shijianzhuang City

    Liu Xiaofeng

    36

    2001/9

    6

    Qianan County, Hebei Province

    Zhou Yu

    40

    2001/9

    8

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Gong Fenglan

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Liang Xiulian

    54

    2002/8

    Â

    Chongli County, Hebei Province

    Du Yuqin

    38

    2002/1

    8

    Â

    Han Fuyan

    41

    2001/4

    8

    Funing City, Hebei Province

    Liu Xiumin

    36

    2002/9

    7

    Xian County, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lianzhi

    50

    2004/4

    4

    Tangshan City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Lijun

    38

    2002/8

    12

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Wu Yueting

    51

    2004/8

    3

    Laiyuan City, Hebei Province

    Guo Xiaohui

    45

    2003/1

    8

    Langfang City, Hebei Province

    Niu Minjie

    44

    2002/9

    8

    Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

    Li Aihua

    42

    2002/6

    5

    Renqiu County, Hebei Province

    Ni Chunxiang

    40

    2002/10

    7

    Beijing City

    Tang Hui

    35

    2004/2

    11

    Handan City, Hebei Province

    Li Binghan

    36

    2002/4

    10

    Dingzhou City, Hebei Province

    Cai Yongcun

    43

    2000/12

    9

    Hengshui City, Hebei Province

    Liang Shuping

    54

    2004/9

    3

    Chengde City, Hebei Province

    Zhang Li

    36

    2001/11

    10

    Xinji City, Hebei Province

    Liu Jinying

    41

    2000/8

    5

    Laishui County, Hebei Province

    In 2003, Liu Jinying suffered a nervous breakdown from the torture in Taihang Prison.

    August 12, 2005


    Open Forum


    Forced Labor in China: Testimony Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 22, 2005

    Forced Labor in China
    Wednesday, June 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255

    Statement of Gregory Xu


    Mr. Chairman, members of this Commission, ladies and gentlemen:

    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak on the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

    We are grateful for the support this Congress has shown us during this difficult time. We are, however, sad to report that in the past six years, the persecution of Falun Gong in China has gone into a covert one but continued to worsen. Over the years, between 200,000 and 1 million have been reportedly sent to forced labor camps without trials. The persecution methods used in such camps are extremely cruel, encompassing a wide variety of brutal tortures; and yet the Chinese government has imposed strict blockades in an attempt to conceal information and absolve its responsibility. The labor camps in China have the authority to imprison Falun Gong practitioners for as long as three years without any due process and can arbitrarily extend the terms of imprisonment at will.

    I. The latest casualty of labor camp

    Most recently, Falun Dafa Information Center (FDI) has learned that Ms. Gao Rongrong, whose face was grossly disfigured as a result of torture in Longshan Forced Labor Camp, was tortured to death on June 16, 2005. Ms. Gao went through nearly two years of incarceration, brainwashing, and torture for her beliefs in Falun Gong. Her case even involved directives from Luo Gan, one of the standing members on China's Politburo.

    Ms. Gao, an accountant at the Luxun College of Fine Arts in Shenyang City, was stripped of her job in 1999, soon after Falun Gong met with suppression. Ms. Gao then lodged legal appeals with authorities in Beijing, calling for an end to the wrongful persecution. Authorities then, acting outside the law, detained Ms. Gao. In July 2003, Ms. Gao was sent to Longshan Forced Labor Camp. On May 7, 2004, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Tang Yubao, the deputy head of the No. 2 Prison Brigade, along with team leader Jiang Zhaohua, summoned Ms. Gao to the office and began to torture her with an electric baton. The torture continued for about 7 hours, and the inmates in the labor camp said that Ms. Gao sustained multiple burns to her face, head, and neck. Ms. Gao's face was covered with blisters and her hair was matted with pus and blood. So severe were the injuries that Ms. Gao's face was disfigured and she had difficulty seeing things.

    In a desperate attempt to escape her torturers, Ms. Gao later jumped from the 2nd floor office window of the facility, sustaining multiple fractures. Subsequent hospitalization allowed those close to Ms. Gao to take photos of the injuries to her face and body. The shocking photos made their way overseas, where human rights activists publicized them widely. Details of her case were submitted to related government offices in the U.S. and other nations, and were also presented to the United Nations.

    While hospitalized, Gao was under constant surveillance from the Chinese police. Authorities declared she would be returned to captivity upon release from the hospital. On October 5, 2004, however, Ms. Gao - having recovered sufficiently to be moved - was able to leave the hospital with the help of a small group of friends, thus avoiding abduction by police and the possibility of further torture.

    During Ms. Gao's short escape between October 5, 2004 and March 6, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. contacted the U.S. Department of State for rescuing Ms. Gao.

    Politburo Standing Committee Member Personally Oversees Gao's Case

    As international pressure mounted concerning Ms. Gao's case, one of China's highest-ranking officials stepped in: Politburo Standing Committee member Luo Gan. Luo proceeded to order the Liaoning Province Chinese Communist Party Political Judiciary Committee, the Procuratorate, the Department of Justice, and the Police Department to conceal any and all information about Ms. Gao's case.

    After Ms. Gao's escape, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phones of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, hoping to discover who had helped publicize Ms. Gao's case and secure her escape. A manhunt ensued, as all individuals believed to have facilitated Ms. Gao's hospital escape were ordered rounded up. One such individual who was abducted, Mr. Feng Gang, had to be admitted to Masanjia Hospital after thirteen days of hunger strike protesting his unlawful abduction. Another individual, Mr. Sun Shiyou, is reported to have been severely tortured by authorities, including having his genitals shocked by electric batons. Mr. Sun's family members were also abducted.

    On March 6, 2005, Ms. Gao was located by police and again abducted. Neither her location nor her condition was revealed to family members until June 12; they learned she was being held at Medical University Hospital in Shenyang City. According to Ms. Gao's family, by the time they reached the hospital on June 12, Ms. Gao had lost consciousness, her organs were atrophying, and she was hooked up to a respirator. They say she was little more than "skin and bones." Ms. Gao died four days later. Chinese police are now pressuring Ms. Gao's family to cremate her body quickly, trying to eliminate the evidence of torture.

    It was reported that Public Security Bureau agents closely guarded the room in which Ms. Gao was held at the hospital. The agents intended to prevent news of her condition and maltreatment from reaching the outside world; this fits a pattern of complicity that reaches to the highest levels of China's regime.

    II. Forced labor in China's labor camps

    Ms. Gao's death is part of a disturbing pattern of systematic rights violations, systematic cover up, and zero accountability. And Ms. Gao is just the latest victim of China's forced labor camp system. The re-education-through-labor system has become a very effective tool of control and suppression in the past fifty years for the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP).

    According to WOIPFG (World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong), there are two direct purposes behind China's system of "re-education-through-labor": first, to create a reliable and cheap labor force through forced labor, and secondly to brainwash prisoners. This is the so-called "reform one's mind through labor". This not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages the prison and labor camp systems to persecute the detainees because of the huge profit in products made through forced labor. In addition, it shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets when these cheap products are dumped on the international market. Many consumers buy the products, totally unaware of the reasons behind the cheap price.

    Since China's former president Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, according to incomplete statistics, more than 180 forced labor camps in China have directly participated in the persecution through illegal forced labor of over 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In addition to forced brainwashing and torture, China's labor camps also force a large number of Falun Gong practitioners to work as slave laborers. Falun Gong practitioners have been made to work overtime shifts, subjected to punishment or deprivation of food or sleep if assigned quotas are not met, and tortured if they refuse to cooperate. They are often arbitrarily detained beyond their release dates because of the huge profits that camps stand to gain as a result of free labor. Practitioners are forced to work more than 10 hours a day, sometimes even continuously overnight. Because of the terrible working conditions and highly labor-intensive work, Falun Gong practitioners have all suffered various degrees of damage, both mentally and physically. Some have become disabled or even died. About 30% of all the death cases of Falun Gong practitioners resulted from torture in labor camps. Sixty-nine labor camps have directly caused the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners, including elderly people in their 60s. Even women, children, or disabled practitioners have not been spared.

    For example, Qiqiha'er Shuanghe Female Labor Camp is a processing site that has no government approved certificate for producing agricultural chemicals. Falun Gong practitioners are, however, forced to pack very toxic pesticide powders with no protective worksuits at all, which have caused serious physical harm to the practitioners. Many practitioners have had bleeding noses, others feel sick, vomit, have had severe coughs (there was blood in their phlegm) and abnormal bleeding; still others have nearly gone blind because the labor camp is filled with choking toxic pesticide dust. The victims are forced to continue their work even when they show symptoms of being poisoned. On the packages, it is clearly stated that in producing the pesticides there must be protective facilities and workers must take showers after work. However, there are no shower facilities in the chemical factory. In the hot summer, when the chemical dust and sweat mixed together, it would irritate the skin; as the sweat dried out, one could attain tinea-type skin ulcers. The victims would feel itchy and painful. The police would often forbid practitioners to wash, and therefore these practitioners have to go to bed with chemical dust all over their bodies.

    At one time, Falun Gong practitioners Zhang Guiqin, Qi Baiqin, Lin Xiumei and Jiang Yuehong refused to work to protest the persecution, but they were tortured for doing so. They were forced to 'sit on iron chairs', a form of torture where their hands were handcuffed from behind their back, their feet were put into two square holes and they were sandwiched between the back of the iron chair and an iron slab in front of their chest. They were tortured until their feet were swollen, their skin torn and flesh gaping or they lost consciousness. Afterwards, six Falun Gong practitioners, headed by Gao Shanshan, jointly urged the authorities to stop the persecution. The labor camp confined Gao Shanshan into a solitary compartment at once and illegally extended her term in the labor camp for an additional two months to make this 20-year old practitioner suffer mentally.

    Zhang Zhijie, the team leader of the prison guards at the Shuanghe Female Labor Camp, and guard Chen Jianhua illegally extended most practitioners' terms of detention for another year so that they could maintain a high employment and high bonuses.

    Because it was illegal to produce agricultural chemicals, when the authorities came to inspect the camp, production would stop immediately. Falun Gong practitioners were also forced to pack sanitized chopsticks in their dormitories where they did not have even basic disinfecting facilities, not to mention proper workshops.

    For another example, Shandong No.1 Female Labor Camp, located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, is commonly known as Jinan Female Labor Camp. Since October 2000, however, the number of detainees increased sharply to more than 700 people. More than 95% of them were Falun Dafa practitioners who had been illegally kidnapped and detained there. According to WOIPFG, the labor camp signed business deals with Jinan Tianyi Printing Co., Ltd. and several other companies, and turned the labor camp into handwork workshops for these enterprises, in order to increase profit from foreign investment so that the labor camp staff could get more bonuses. The labor camp forced the detainees to do excessive amounts of labor. As a result, detainees (including elderly ladies over 60 years old) had to work 13 to 14 hours a day and sometimes even overnight without pay. Due to working overtime for long periods of time, a lot of detainees had difficulty standing, and it was very common for someone to faint in the workshop. Those who refused to work would be put into a "confined solitary compartment" which was totally dark. The practitioners confined there were not allowed to go to sleep, to wash their faces or brush their teeth. They were also not allowed to come out of the compartment to go to the toilet and were forced to stand continuously for more than 20 days until they became unconscious. These people would then have such swollen feet that they could not wear shoes and could not walk.

    III. Why are China's products so cheap

    Because of the strong resistance from western democratic countries against "forced labor products", in 1991 China's State Council re-emphasized the ban on the export of "forced labor products" and stipulated that no prison is allowed to cooperate or establish joint ventures with foreign investors. In reality, however, the Chinese government has granted numerous preferential policies to enterprises under labor camps and prisons, to encourage and attract foreign investment and export. In the document [2001] No.56 from the State Bureau of Taxation under China's Ministry of Finance, it is clearly stated that if the property rights of a company are solely owned by a prison or forced labor camp system, the company is exempt from corporate income tax and the land inquisition levy.

    FDI and WOIPFG have collected ample evidence that shows China's labor camps have cooperated with companies to force Falun Gong practitioners to manufacture forced labor products without any payment during their detention. Products from these labor camps are exported to more than 30 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, etc.

    The forced labor system not only violates the basic human rights of the detainees, but also encourages abuse and torture as camps raise their quotas in pursuit of even more profit. Meanwhile, the camps use part of the profits to construct more forced labor facilities. In addition, the products produced through forced labor are competitive and highly attractive in international markets because of their extreme low cost. As a result, this has led some foreign companies not aware of a product's background to participate in joint venture production, importing and selling the forced-labor-produced items. This not only violates the laws of their own countries and international laws, as many countries forbid the importation and selling of products manufactured through forced labor, but also shakes the stability of international labor and trade markets, threatening some of their homeland companies that share the same market sectors.

    A good example is the lobbying campaign initiated by the six largest U.S. textile and fabric trade organizations during their summit in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2003. On July 2, 2003, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) published a shocking report stating that with the quota removal for Chinese textile products, more than 1,300 textile plants in the U.S. would have to close by early 2004, resulting in the loss of over 630,000 jobs. The U.S. textile and apparel market would be under China's control if protective measures were not implemented in a timely manner. Ample evidence indicates that some textile manufacturers such as the Shanghai Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd. the Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc., China, collaborate with "re-education-through-labor" camps or detention centers to force Falun Gong practitioners into unpaid hard labor during their detention. The unlawfully detained practitioners are forced to endure more than 10 hours of hard labor per day or even overnight shifts in addition to their regular hours. Those products are produced at the cost that their competitors cannot match.

    III.1. Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp

    According to WOIPFG, Beijing Xin'an Female Labor Camp, located in Nanyuan, Daxing Country, Beijing, does handwork for several companies for their export products. Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd, a joint venture specializing in design, manufacture, sales and export of soft toys, is one such company. In February 2001, nearly 1000 illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners were forced to make toys with no pay. This forced labor produced 100,000 toy rabbits for Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd subcontracted by Nestle.

    Ms. Jennifer Zeng is a Falun Gong practitioner currently living in Australia. She was detained in Xin'an Labor Camp and was one of the practitioners forced to make Nestle toy rabbits. She described her experience as follows. "In the labor camp, we were forced to do all kinds of heavy labor work, including planting grass and trees, clearing garbage, digging cellars for storing vegetables in winter, knitting sweaters, knitting cushions, making toys, producing disposable syringes, wrapping sanitized chopsticks and so on. Most of the products were for export. In particular, the sweaters we knitted were large sizes only suitable for foreigners who are big in build. In February 2001, we received an order for 100,000 toy rabbits. According to the police, the toys were being made for Nestle to be used in their promotions. The rabbits were about 30 cm. long, brown in color, with a long neck, wearing a large bright red collar made from fleecy material, with two black whiskers on each side of the face, about 5-6 cm long. Some of the rabbits wore cowboy vests, some wore dustcoats, and some had one eye patched up like a pirate. There were English letters on their chests, with their fists clenched, thumbs up. There were three toes on their feet, canary yellow in color. Their tails were white in color and very short."

    Falun Gong practitioners are forced to work for extremely long hours without pay in Xin'an labor camp. Ms. Zeng recalls, "It would go through over 30 processing lines to make a rabbit like this, and it would take over 10 hours to make one. But the processing fee for each rabbit was only 30 cents (equivalent to Au$0.06, US$0.04). The processing fees were paid to the labor camp. We didn't get anything. Usually we began work after getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning, and worked until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning the next day. Sometimes we had to work overtime, otherwise we could not finish the job. At the busiest time, I did not dare to wash my hands after going to the toilet, in order to save a few minutes. At night, sometimes I was so exhausted that I could not even count clearly from 1 to 9. Yet I still had to force my eyes open to knit sweaters. The pattern of the sweater was quite complicated; sometimes we finally finished the knitting after much effort only to discover the next morning it had been knitted completely wrongly. So, we had to unpick the stitches and redo it. Long hours of highly intensive workload and severe lack of sleep made me feel, for a very long period of time, that the only thing I needed in my life was sleep."

    The picture to the left is a photo of the toy rabbits manufactured for Nestle taken from Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. It's clear that they are the same as Jennifer described.

    The Sydney Morning Herald and Geneva Le Temps, both reported on this case. On December 28, 2001, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Kelly Burke: "Cute toy rabbits belie ordeal of Chinese labor camps". Nestle released a statement to the Herald, confirming that the company placed an order with an established Beijing-based toy manufacturer, Beijing Mickey Toys Co. Ltd. for 110,000 plush rabbits for a Nesquik promotion early that year.

    III.2. Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre

    Lanzhou Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd, established in 1988 in Gansu by Taiwanese businessman Lin Ken, is one of the earliest Taiwan-financed enterprises in Gansu. >From 1992, the company embarked on a joint venture with Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center and Lanzhou No.1 Detention Centre (also known as Xiguoyuan Detention Centre). According to WOIPFG, some 10,000 detainees (including dozens of illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) were forced to use their hands to peel the shells off melon seeds, and were engaged in intensive physical labor work. Those detainees were forced to crack the seeds of a large variety of melon between their teeth, and then peel the husk off with their bare hands to remove the kernels. In winter, they had to do this work outside in the freezing cold. Many of them suffered frostbite and the skin on their hands split, with pus and blood from the wounds oozing onto the melon seeds. In the summer, the cracking and extracting of kernels from shells continued unabated. Many had their teeth cracked and damaged from cracking melon seeds, and even lost their fingernails in the process of extracting the kernels from their shells. The detainees were forced to squat on their heels to do the work from early morning till evening for more than ten hours continuously, with no pay.

    In order for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd and Xiguoyuan Detention Centre to make a huge profit, the detainees were given high quotas for their work. The detention center staff tortured the detainees at will. Furthermore, there was corruption and economic crime. In 1998, a division chief of Dashaping Detention Center committed suicide with a gun when he was found embezzling money of melon seed process fees.

    In April 2001, 57 year-old Falun Gong practitioner Wan Guifu was illegally sent to Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan Guifu was forced to crack melon seeds with his teeth and extract the kernels with his fingers. His lips were badly swollen and the fingernails of both his hands fell off. His fingers were bleeding and oozing pus. Because he was unable to finish his quota, Wan Guifu was tortured by inmates of Cell No. 9, after secret instructions from the captain of the 4th crew of Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center. Wan suffered severe injury to his abdomen. On December 29, 2001, he was sent to the Lanzhou Dashaping Labor Camp Hospital but died three days later. The doctors extracted a lot of fluid from Wan Guifu's abdominal cavity, a direct result of the severe torture. According to confirmation by people (names omitted) who were detained at Lanzhou Dashaping Detention Center for a long period, the death rate of detainees at the center was very high, but because of the blockade of information, details of the death cases are usually not reported.

    These unpaid manual laborers provided huge profits for Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd. In just a few years, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd became the biggest production base in China in roasted seeds and nuts. Its main product line, "Zhenglin handpicked melon seeds" (shelled by detainees), is sold in more than 30 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian countries. At present, Zhenglin Nongken Food Ltd has subsidiary companies overseas in the United States, Canada, Singapore, and Malaysia. In Australia, they have an import business liaison person.

    III. 3. Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Shangdong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp, also called the Jinan Women's Forced Labor Camp, is located at 20 Jiangshuiquan Road, Jinan City, Shandong Province. It is the manufacturing site for Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd.

    The detainees are forced to make products without pay. Soon after October 2000, the number of detainees suddenly increased from 200 to 700, with approximately 95% of the new detainees being Falun Gong practitioners. In order to earn foreign exchange and more bonuses, the camp often forced practitioners to work extra hours to sew bedding. The over-60-year-old women were also forced to suffer through their exhaustion, working overnight in order to complete the tasks. The detainees often fall in a dead faint on the floor because of the long-term overtime and work overload. Those who refused to work were locked up in a dark, "strictly monitored" room. Rest, sleep, washing, and using the toilet outside were all denied. Detainees were forced to keep standing for over 20 days until they finally fainted. Their legs and feet became so badly swollen that they could not wear shoes and could not even walk. They were seriously debilitated, physically and mentally. The main products include handmade bedding and domestic accessories under the brand name of "Lijie."

    Within the first six months of 2002, this forced labor camp made 570,000 Yuan (US$70,000) from its production. Within two years, it built an office building over a dozen stories high, a reception building, and a big stockroom facility. The products it manufactured were sold to the U.S, Canada, Chile, Argentina, European Union, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and over 30 other countries. It is claimed that Shandong Leader Handicraft Articles Co., Ltd., is a major enterprise for earning foreign revenue. Its annual turnover is 70 million Yuan (US$8.5 million) and annual export is over US$10 million.

    III. 4. Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Chinese citizen Li Ying lived in Shanghai City and graduated from Shanghai Tongji University in 1992 with a major in Business Management. She worked in the Shanghai Zhonglu Management Consulting Company. On October 16, 2001, she was detained for practicing Falun Gong and sentenced to two years' forced labor in the Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. As a result of the persistent appeals of her fiancé, Australian citizen Li Qizhong, and the rescue effort of fellow practitioners all over the world, she was released on October 15 and arrived in Australia on November 29, 2003.

    Li Ying was forced to do hard labor during the time she was detained in Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp, making products for many Chinese companies and factories. Aside for the plush toys exported to Italy, she had to make products for the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear. According to her testimony, all the "Three-Gun" underwear marked with "examined by # 16" are made by detainees of Shanghai Qingsong Women's Forced Labor Camp. The detainees have to get up at 5 a.m. and work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. or 12 midnight. These long hours of labor result in badly blistered hands and fingers, while the wage is just 3 Yuan (US$0.35) a day. The detainees have to pay a boarding fee of 75 Yuan (US$9) per month, which is deducted from their meager wages.

    Three-Gun Group Co., Ltd., is authorized to import and export. Its main product is the "Three-Gun" brand of underwear, which is sold to over 70 countries and regions. The Three-Gun Group is also a partner of the world-renowned Dow Corning and Dupont companies, from which it imports technology.

    III. 5. Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City

    Competition within the hair products industry is very intense since it is a highly specialized industry with minimal barriers in terms of capital, technology, and marketing. Furthermore, since the price of human hair raw materials and labor constitute a significant percentage of the overall product cost, companies fight for raw material resources and cheap labor. As a result, the detainees in nearby labor camps, jails, and detention centers have become the slave laborers for making low-cost hair products. Analysis of the situation reveals that this is one of the main reasons labor camps became the production sites for Henan Rebecca Hair Products and other Henan hair products manufacturers.

    To make products for the Henan Province hair products, over 800 detainees (including illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners) in Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp and the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City have been pushed to work day and night by guards who threaten them with torture, punishment, and humiliation. They work extra hours to bring in foreign exchange income and more profit for the labor camps and Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. To increase profits, Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp even "buys" Falun Gong practitioners as slaves from other places for 800 Yuan (US$100) each. When the labor camp was short of funds and was about to be shut down, many Falun Gong practitioners were abducted and incarcerated in this camp where they were forced to make hair products, thus reviving the labor camp's business.

    According to a witness, "Henan Province's No. 3 Labor Camp was awarded the 'National Civilized Work Unit' citation from the Central Politics and Law Committee '610 Office' and the Labor Camp Bureau, for persecuting Falun Gong. At the time the award was put up, three detainees fainted from exhaustion. Qu Shuangcai, Director of the No. 3 Labor Camp, brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and was favored by his superiors. In May 2003, he was transferred to the Shibalihe Female Labor Camp in Zhenzhou City and promoted to director of that labor camp. Right away, he signed a contract with Henan Rebecca Hair Products, Inc. He also instituted the use of straightjacket restraints for torturing practitioners. Within several months of his arrival, three female Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death."

    With the help of free labor from Henan labor camps, in the first 10 months of 2002, the hair product export of Henan Province reached US$138.86 million, which made it a big industry with over 1 billion Yuan (US$125 million) in revenue, and Henan became the largest hair product manufacturer in the world. The hair product industry has had a consecutive annual growth rate of nearly 30%, and Henan's hair products have a market share of one fourth of the world's total. Owning five labor camps/hair product factories, Henan Rebecca Hair Products Inc. has been the world's leading producer of human hair weaves.

    According to sources, the U.S. is the largest distribution and consumer market of hair products in the world. Rebecca accounts for a significant market share in the United States. Statistics show that the U.S. has a need for 15 million human hair weavings, 10 million of which come from Xuchang, Henan.

    III.6. Other export products made in labor camps

    Numerous other products made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners are finally exported to the United States and other countries.

    Mr. Sam Lu is now an Atlanta resident. He was put in a jail in Guangdong Province for almost two months in 2001. According to his own testimony, Sam was forced to work on export products such as toys and shopping bags without pay. He still remembers one of the shopping bags was printed with "National Gallery of Art." Sam was put into a cell only about 300 sq. feet in size, with 20 prisoners and one toilet inside. They slept and worked in the cell.

    Sometimes they were forced to work until 2:00 am to keep up with the schedule. Only two meals a day were provided. The police used a wire whip to beat prisoners if they did not do a good job or could not keep up with the schedule.

    The same kind of tragedy is happening to Sam's wife Xuefei Zhou, who was sentenced to forced labor camp for three years without any trial and without a lawyer only because she handed out flyers in the street to clarify to the truth about Falun Gong. Xuefei was forced to do embroidery work for export. The hard work, malnutrition and torture made his wife almost lose her eyesight.

    III.7. U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee is forced to make Christmas lights to be exported to U.S.

    U.S. citizen Dr. Charles Lee was arrested upon arriving at Guangzhou Airport on January 22, 2003. He was rushed through a one-day show trial on March 21, 2003, and sentenced to a 3-year prison term for his "intention" of exposing human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese government. He had not committed any crime, nor did he intend to. His only intent was to expose to the Chinese people the reality of the nature of the persecution that the Chinese government has concealed from them.

    According to the information from "Friends of Charles Lee," throughout one and a half years of detention, Dr. Lee has suffered both physical and mental abuse: he has been beaten, force-fed, deprived of sleep, handcuffed for days at a time, and forced to watch anti-Falun Gong brainwashing videos. These tactics are employed to try to break his spirit, and cause him to abandon his belief in Falun Gong. It is evident that the persecution of Dr. Lee directly targets his belief in Falun Gong.

    Starting from June 2004 to late 2004, Dr. Lee was forced to make Christmas lights daily. At times he was forced to work 10-12 hours per day and 7 days a week. These Christmas lights are to be exported to U.S.

    IV. The information concealing and media coverage

    How much does the world know about what happens in China's labor camps? Will people still buy China's exports if they know they are made in China's labor camps by Falun Gong practitioners?

    Unfortunately, Ms. Gao Rongrong's death highlights the systematic cover up and the fear the Chinese Communist Party has for people to know the truth. Afraid of the publicity of Ms. Gao's disfigurement, Shenyang City Police Department (State Security Division) began tapping the phone lines of all Falun Gong practitioners in the region, and a manhunt ensued, resulting in the re-arrest of Ms. Gao and subsequent abduction and torture of other Falun Gong practitioners.

    Ever since the Chinese Communist Party launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, the communist regime has utilized its state run media to orchestrate a hate campaign against Falun Gong, without allowing practitioners any voice. The Chinese government penalizes severely anybody who dares to challenge its information blockade. Mr. Liu Chengjun, male, from Jilin Province, was involved in the incident of broadcasting Falun Gong programs through the Changchun Cable TV System on March 5, 2002. In revenge, the Chinese authorities ordered a mass arrest in Changchun soon after. The police shot Mr. Liu in the leg after arresting him. On September 20, 2002, Changchun City Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to 13 years in prison. On December 26, 2003, Liu Chengjun left this world after enduring 21 months of prison torture.

    The Chinese Internet market is fast-growing, yet, China is believed to extend greater censorship over the net than any other country in the world. In China, all 110,000 net cafes in the country have to use software to control access to websites considered harmful or subversive. A net police force monitors websites and e-mails, and gateways connecting the country to the global internet are designed to prevent access to critical information. It has been reported that Cisco Systems has sold several thousand routers - costing more than US$20,000 each - to enable China to build an online spying system and the firm's engineers have helped set it to spot "subversive" key-words in messages. The system also enables police to know who has looked at banned sites or sent "dangerous" e-mails. Cisco is not only breaching a code of ethics, but also is violating the Global Internet Freedom Act, passed by the House of Representatives of U.S. in July 2003, which aims to combat online censorship imposed by repressive regimes such as China.

    Not content with controlling Chinese language media in China, China's communist regime is doing its utmost to influence the world media. On January 21, 2005, AP's Beijing Bureau released a story "Chinese Government Shows off Repentant Falun Gong Followers," which echoed the CCP's official portrayal of the January 2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation tragedy, though numerous reports by independent media and human rights bodies worldwide have questioned and repudiated claims by the Chinese Communist regime linking Falun Gong to the immolations. The Falun Dafa Information Center anticipated Beijing's propaganda shenanigans, and thus sent a media advisory to the AP and others detailing their concerns. That was before the AP's story ran. And yet the AP's piece went beyond merely failing to present or engage Falun Gong's concerns and did exactly what the advisory cautioned against.

    With its admission to the WTO, China is under pressure to open up its massive media market. In the meantime, it is also seeking for vehicles to disseminate its own message across, not only to the overseas Chinese, but also to the world at large. For examples, when the AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings were allowed to broadcast their programs in China, they were asked, in return, to carry news and propaganda of the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on the cable networks of AOL Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch's Fox. Furthermore, the broadcasting has to be managed to steer clear of issues that the Chinese authorities would deem offensive, such as the persecution against Falun Gong practice group, for the penalty could be cancellation of broadcast privileges. Former employees, rights organization and the free press have criticized the Murdoch empire for its failure to raise sensitive issues in China. Maybe Murdoch has learned how to bow to Beijing from the hard lesson of Star-TV discontinuing the BBC's World Service when Murdoch owned that company and talked about how dictatorships would crumble under the weight of global communications.

    In their efforts to conquer the world's most populous and potentially lucrative Internet market, some multinational firms are making compromises that limit the right of Chinese Internet users to freedom of information. In October 2004, U.S.-based Google admited to removing eight news sources, apparently deemed subversive, from its Chinese site. As recently as the search kingpin went public in August 2004, its founders vowed to hold the customer experience sacrosanct. According to Business Week (October 11, 2004), Google offers China users an uncharacteristic lack of disclosure on the removed content, aside from the censorship itself. On November 29, 2004, Reporters Without Borders condemned the action of the Chinese authorities in blocking access to Google's news website (Google News), starting a few weeks after the launch of an expurgated Chinese-language version of Google News. The press freedom organization said in a statement "China is censoring Google News to force Internet users to use the Chinese version of the site which has been purged of the most critical news reports. [...] By agreeing to launch a news service that excludes publications disliked by the government, Google has let itself be used by Beijing."

    Google's archrival Yahoo! has been censoring its Chinese-language search-engine for several years as directed by the Chinese government. For example, the top results of a search for "Falun Gong" produces only sites critical of the Chinese meditation practice in line with the regime's position. The same search using a non-censored search-engine turns up material supporting Falun Gong and material about the Chinese government's repression of its followers. Meanwhile, other search-engines not conforming to the censorship, such as Altavista, have already been blocked inside China.

    "With the cooperation of companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo!, and Google, Chinese authorities have used American technology to monitor, sanitize, and ultimately isolate the Chinese web, creating the world's greatest Red Internet." (quoted from Can FDI(Foreign Direct Investment) Save the Shaking Chinese Economy? by Li Li and Ching-hsi Chang, 2004)

    The latest episode of China's control in the world media is the CCP's coercion of Eutelsat to take NTDTV off the air, so Chinese people will lose the only open window to access uncensored TV programs.

    IV. The lasting and far reaching impact

    The persecution of Falun Gong over the past six years in the People's Republic of China has led to the unjust imprisonment of thousands of innocent practitioners, has subjected them to severe forms of mental and physical abuse, and has caused their families and loved ones countless hours of emotional agony. Consequently, in the wake of this savagery, many children have lost either one or both parents and sometimes even all of their caregivers. According to the 2005 report of GMR (Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners), five children were killed in police custody; 18 children lost both of their parents during the persecution; 102 children lost one of their parents; 43 children are directly targeted, tortured, or thrown into prisons and labor camps because of their or their parents' belief in Falun Gong; 39 children are forced to separate from their parents because their parents are detained. In addition, hundreds of thousands of children have been forced to slander Falun Gong or, upon refusal, be expelled from school. Moreover, many young children are discriminated as their parents are practicing Falun Gong. This data, however, only represented the information investigated and confirmed by GMR.

    For example, Zhuangzhuang Pan is a five-year-old boy from Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province. Zhuangzhuang's father Xingfu Pan, former Associate Director of Telecommunications Bureau Exchange Center in the city of Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang Province, was persecuted to death on Jan. 31, 2005 because he practiced Falun Gong; and his mother Li Zhang is serving a 9-year sentence in Harbin City Women's Prison. In addition, both Zhuangzhuang's uncle and aunt are in forced labor camps. Zhuangzhuang and his 64-year-old grandmother now depend on each other with no financial income.

    In May, 2001, Xingfu Pan was arrested by Shuangyashan Patrol Team and was incarcerated in the Shuangyashan Detention Center. On March 7, 2002, Pan was unlawfully sentenced to 5 years in prison with no evidence. During his periods of incarceration, Pan was forced to do lots of heavy labor work in addition to enduring various brutal tortures. After years of forced labor as well as various mental and physical tortures, Pan's health deteriorated dramatically. On June 18, 2004, he was diagnosed as having pleurisy and lung tissue damage. He was too weak to use the toilet on his own. On Jan. 31, 2005, Mr. Pan Xingfu died, leaving his sixty four-year-old mother, his five-year-old son and his imprisoned wife behind.

    In early morning of May 2, 2002, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother was also arrested at home, and frightened Zhuangzhuang was left alone at home. To protest the unlawful detention, Zhuangzhuang's grandmother went on a hunger strike. As punishment, the 62-year-old lady was locked in an iron chair and violently force-fed with extremely salty corn gruel. Her shirt was soaked with blood from her mouth. Finally, after 15 days on hunger strike, she was released.

    Seeing so many relatives being brutally taken away, little Zhuangzhuang was traumatized by these episodes. Since then, he's been in constant fear of the police taking his grandmother away again whenever he hears any loud voices.

    In fact, over the past six years, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been locked up in labor camps, brainwashing centers where they are forced to "transform," or renounce their belief in the principles of Falun Gong -- Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. They are made to choose between spiritual death and physical death: If they refuse to renounce their practice, the efforts to facilitate "transformation" are intensified and many die as a result of beatings, torture, and starvation, among other methods. Their children, unfortunately, have to witness these fatal struggles.

    All Chinese people have, in actuality, been pushed into compromising their consciences in order show an attitude of support for this persecution. Through the state-controlled propaganda machine, even foreign governments and corporations doing business in China are forced to choose between conscience and personal interest when faced with the persecution of Falun Gong. The campaign to annihilate Falun Gong practitioners permeates all levels of society. Children are the most deeply affected, as their pure hearts are so easily damaged or warped by brainwashing and propaganda. The abuse and trauma they suffer is something that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

    V. Conclusion

    Due to censorship and the tight control on information related to Falun Gong in China, what is reported here represents perhaps only a tiny tip of the iceberg. I hope that this testimony will help you understand the severity and scope of the ruthless campaign of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. It is my hope that this Congress will continue and redouble its efforts to rescue and help these innocent people and their children, and help bring an end to this human rights atrocity in China.

    Source: http://www.cecc.gov/pages/roundtables/062305/Xu.php?PHPSESSID=8a85fef2332442cf35285a6fca0a72e7


    Practitioners Worldwide Share How They Found Dafa


    Finding the Way After Years of Searching (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) What is it about Chinese wisdom that appeals so much to an outstanding American young man? What motivated him to hold seminars about China in his hometown and why did he say that Taiwan has kept the best of the Chinese culture?

    Matt is about 6 ft. 2 in., and his family was originally from Europe. His demeanor resembles that of a traditional Chinese scholar: modest and thoughtful. He was born in 1972 in Rochester, New York. His parents are university professors and his family has been Christian for generations.

    Under the influence of his parents, Matt excelled in school, and was very active in community charitable activities. In addition, he was good at sports. He played for a national baseball team and went to Beijing for a game. He is outstanding in many different ways.

    Enticed by the Beauty of Chinese Culture

    Matt reads extensively and is very kind. He always has questions about life, like: "Why are we here?" Things changed after he studied at St. Michael College in Vermont and took courses in Asian philosophy. He was astounded by the profound knowledge of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He was so excited, and read more and more. In his second year, he moved to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and transferred to Swarthmore College, one of the best colleges in America.

    He was having a lot of fun at Swarthmore College, which provided him with an excellent academic environment to study Asian philosophy. Soon after, he had health problems. A serious illness was spreading quietly inside him.

    Mysterious Illness

    He was athletic, healthy, and strong, but during his sophomore year he lost a lot of weight. He was allergic to many kinds of food. He vomited, had diarrhea, and his digestive system was weakened. Matt was skin and bones within a short time. No doctors could diagnose his illness. He had to quit school and went home to recuperate.

    When he was suffering from the disease, he started to think about life and death. He asked, "What is the meaning of life?" At this point, he saw the word "compassion" flashing by. He made up his mind that he would become a more compassionate, empathetic, and helpful person if he was ever back on his feet again.

    While resting at home, Matt spent 500 dollars every month to learn qigong from a well-known qigong master from China. Every day he practiced for hours. He also went to Toronto, Canada to see a traditional Chinese doctor for acupuncture and herbal medicine. He even carried his own pot to prepare the herbal medicine. His health gradually improved. A year and a half later, he resumed his studies at Swarthmore College and the seed to learn more about qigong had been planted in him.

    Questions about Qigong

    When he was a junior, Matt started to learn Chinese, traditional Chinese prose and Confucianism. Every time he learned something, he felt enlightened. The qigong master was so impressed with Matt that he would teach Matt all he knew, even his best kept secrets. Then Matt found out that the biggest problem with qigong masters was that they only did the practice, and they did not care about moral improvement.

    According to what he learned in the ancient books, there is a great inner meaning in qigong. Phenomena such as the mysterious pass, yuanying, and meditation all suggest that inner cultivation is the key. The modern qigong masters, however, do not talk about these things. They only talk about keeping fitness and maintaining health. They behave the same as ordinary people. On the other hand, books on Buddhism and Taoism focus more on improving character, but lack the means to transform the body. Matt was very puzzled over this discrepancy.

    Matt thought he knew enough about qigong and he even thought about taking the advantages from both schools and inventing a new practice. During his senior year in the university, he came across Falun Dafa, the great and all-encompassing practice.

    Learning about Falun Gong

    In February 1999, he went with his wife Emily on their first date to the Chinese festival organized at the University of Pennsylvania. Amongst the performances and folk arts booths, he found a display on Falun Gong, which immediately attracted his attention.

    The person manning the booth was a professor and a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania. After discussing with Falun Gong practitioners, Matt was astounded. Their understanding of qigong was much more in depth than his. A complete cultivation system was in front of him. He was so excited that he grabbed Emily's hand, went to the bookstore, and bought the book Zhuan Falun. After he read the book, he participated in the nine-day workshop. Many of his classmates from the qigong class also followed Matt's footsteps and became practitioners.


    Meditation and exercise -- one of the couple's favorite things to do

    Complete Changes of Mind and Body

    On the first day of the workshop, his symptoms came back: diarrhea, vomiting. But he was energetic and had a good appetite. He knew it was karma-elimination and getting rid of the cause of his illness. In nine days, he gained 10 pounds and he was no longer allergic to food.

    When he was learning the fifth exercise, he was able to sit for one hour with both legs crossed, whereas in the past, he was never able to cross his legs. The changes in his body were not nearly as shocking as the changes in his mind. He was ecstatic that he found a perfect cultivation practice.

    His family also noticed his changes. Without spending a penny, he got rid of the illnesses. In addition, his character improved so much. He had been nervous, anxious, impatient, competitive, and argumentative. He is different now.

    Before cultivation, he did not know what to do with the negative traits of his personality. After he started cultivation, he found that they were so easy to change.

    He excelled in school. He graduated with the highest grade point average and gained privileged membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He had better relationships with his parents and friends. His girlfriend, who was Mennonite, and his parents started to cultivate because of him.

    Matt benefited so much from the practice that he was becoming more and more interested in Chinese culture. After he graduated with an outstanding academic record, he received a one-year scholarship to study at Tsinghua University. Passionate about Chinese culture, he was shocked at what he was about to witness in China.

    Days in Tsinghua University

    Matt felt at home at Tsinghua University, where he had the opportunity to interact with students from universities such as Harvard and Yale.

    Every day at dawn or early evening, hundreds of faculty, staff members, and students practiced Falun Gong together. Matt joined them. At midnight on July 19, 1999, the Chinese authorities had all key contact persons for Falun Gong arrested. Matt did not know anything about this, as he was preparing for exams. He had nightmares that night, although he usually slept soundly. He dreamed that the police stormed in and arrested many innocent people. He was awakened several times by his nightmare.

    Later he found out, after many key contact persons had been arrested at night on July 19, many practitioners went to Zhongnanhai to explain to the authorities how they benefited from the practice. Numerous innocent people were arrested, their rights trampled, and they were tortured and forced to give up their practice.

    Terror-Filled Campus

    Two days later, Matt went to the practice site early in the morning and found no one there. Instead, a sign had been put up which read, "Assembly and Conversation Not Allowed." All media, including radio and TV broadcasts, smeared Falun Gong. Astounded, he called his family and friends in the States. They were very shocked, "Why are the authorities banning a practice that benefits so many people?"

    Fear gripped the university. Students and faculty who supported Falun Gong were suspended and sent home to "reform." Matt lost contact with two of his best friends, because they refused to renounce the practice. It was unbelievable what innocent people had gone through. At first, Matt tried to contact the outside world with emails. Soon he was told that the police were monitoring him and his phone and internet were tapped. Frustrated, Matt could not continue his studies, and he came back to the United States.

    Rescue Effort from Outside China

    Back in the United States, Matt could not forget the suffering of those kind-hearted people in China. He started to think about what he could do to help. He held many seminars in his hometown church and invited guest speakers. The audience was captivated by qigong, traditional Chinese medicine and their understanding of the universe and the human body. When they heard that Jiang Zemin was persecuting the practitioners in China, they signed a petition to express their support in stopping the persecution.

    Matt's parents also wrote to President Bush to draw his attention to human rights abuses in China. Falun Gong is being spread in over 60 countries and is being acclaimed by many local governments. As soon as people learn about the truth, they condemn such actions that violate freedom of belief.

    Cherish the Culture and Freedom Offered by Taiwan

    Matt went to Taiwan to continue his research and studies. He believed that Chinese culture is best kept in Taiwan instead of China.

    Why did he say this? Taiwan is small, but it is democratic and many different ethnic groups live harmoniously. In Taiwan, traditional culture has been kept intact, people enjoy freedom of belief and there are over 300,000 Falun Gong practitioners. In China, on the contrary, traditional culture and culture relics have been destroyed after the Cultural Revolution, and the human rights abuses are widespread.

    During the interview, Matt said that he felt he was safe and respected in Taiwan. He could talk about his beliefs freely in class. His wife Emily also chose to come to Taiwan to pursue her Ph.D. studies.

    Falun Gong has given Matt his good health and a happy life. He has chosen Sinology as his research focus. In his eyes, Taiwan is extremely beautiful.

    July 30, 2005


    How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner

    (Clearwisdom.net) I first saw Falun Gong being practiced in a park in Sweden seven years ago. I was in Sweden for my girlfriend's wedding. A group of friends were walking through Gothenburg and we saw some people doing the exercises. I stopped to watch them and found myself joining in to learn the exercises. It was very funny: a woman with blonde hair was teaching me the exercises in Swedish, I was following along as best as I could, and when she was done, I said something to her in English and she laughed and said "Oh, I could have been teaching you in English all along." Turns out she was from England.

    I was very impressed by the practitioners, and even though it started to rain and my friends had to wait for me, I learned the exercises as best as I could. Afterwards, I spoke to a practitioner who told me how wonderful the practice was, how he was impressed as there is never a cost to do the practice, and how he had even gotten the opportunity to go to China. Incredible! I walked away thinking "Wow, that is a great practice. Too bad it is only in Europe."

    The following summer I went to Montreal for a jazz festival and saw practitioners in a park in Chinatown doing the exercises! I was very happy and joined in to do the exercises once again. I thought, "Well, at least this is closer than Sweden!"

    Then, the next spring I was in Massachusetts for a Whole Health Expo and saw practitioners who had a booth there! I was excited and went to talk to them and asked if they knew anybody in Connecticut who does the practice where I live. They gave me a flyer with a contact from Glastonbury. I called and this practitioner told me that there is a person who lives where I live and does the exercises every day at a university. I called him and proceeded to learn the exercises from him. I started the practice in April 2000 and have been practicing ever since. I feel that I have a predestined relationship with Falun Dafa.

    It has helped me to become a better person. I am calmer, more clearheaded and rational, especially in chaotic work situations. My physical health has improved, I no longer go to a chiropractor for back pain and I no longer need any medications.

    Falun Dafa is good!


    Practitioners Exchange Experiences and Insights


    The Power of a Letter to Encourage Diligence

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Today, my husband translated for a fellow Chinese disciple, the contents a letter a western practitioner wrote to that disciple. The goal of this letter was to encourage this Chinese disciple to really be diligent in Dafa cultivation. After hearing the content of this letter, this fellow disciple was moved to the point that his voice started to quiver. After this fellow practitioner left, my husband said to me, "My translation was not very good (since his Chinese was not very good), however, after that fellow disciple heard it, he was still very moved."

    This situation made me think very hard about what I had just witnessed. The Chinese disciple mentioned above had been very sluggish in his cultivation recently. Many fellow Chinese disciples, including myself, had already approached him to speak with him about it. But the end result of these efforts was not all that great, and many of us felt he was about to give up his cultivation.

    Personally, I felt that we'd already tried our best and that choosing which road to follow was his own affair. However, this mentality was actually one of selfishness. I and others had been thinking to ourselves that "I've already done what Master asked us to do, what happens now has nothing to do with me."

    However, I never would have thought that a letter would really make him have the thought of diligence. Actually, that letter was written by a western practitioner who spent many hours on it some months ago. This western practitioner asked us to find time to translate it to that Chinese practitioner. However, for many different reasons the Chinese practitioner could not come until now. It was the arrangement by Master that allowed him to listen to the contents of this letter today. It really awoke the part of him that understood.

    Thinking about it really makes me feel ashamed. Master thinks of methods to let every disciple catch up. How can we let them fall? Thinking back on it now, every time I talked to him, inside I had already had some negative thoughts about him. I was not at all thinking 100% for his well-being, and thus this stopped me from showing him the power of a compassionate field. I also noted that I had allowed my competitive mentality to distract me from this purpose; there was always the thought of wanting to persuade others. This further weakened the purity of the energy field of our conversation.

    Looking at this western practitioner who wrote the letter, he is really solidly grounded in cultivation. Every day he fully makes use of all his time with his work and Fa rectification matters, and yet he finds the time to diligently study the Fa, practice the exercises and send righteous thoughts everyday. His sleeps only a few hours a day. When he encounters something, he never acts on impulse and always considers others first. Towards fellow disciples, he always maintains a forgiving and forbearing heart, always looking inward when in difficulty.

    This is to say, if you really want to achieve the goal of encouraging diligence, it does not at all depend on how precise your language is, or on whether your argument can win. The most fundamental necessity is a compassionate heart, and a peaceful and calm mind; this is the key.

    Therefore, this is the reason why so many of us talked to the Chinese practitioner face to face and yet it wasn't as powerful as the letter this western disciple wrote.

    These are my personal understandings. Since my level is limited, please point out anything inappropriate.

    July 14, 2005


    My Experience Sharing on Our Group Fa-Study and Media Work

    Shared at 2005 Washington DC Falun Dafa Conference

    (Clearwisdom.net) On behalf of our Virginia Fa-study group, I would like to share the cultivation experience of our group Fa-study.

    Since the persecution began, everyone has been busier with Dafa work, so aside from the large group Fa-study held weekly, only a few practitioners in Washington D.C. can attend our smaller local group Fa-study. Even so, this study group has continued for 6 years, with more than 10 practitioners in attendance in some cases, though usually at least 8 or 9 practitioners are present. Also, our Fa-study group has changed immensely since last year. Before, we spent much time chatting rather than sharing experiences. To correct this problem, we realized that we needed to improve ourselves as well as remind each other of any mistakes. There is something special about our group: we always have new practitioners, and those who don't often attend our activities coming to this group study. Indeed, it is more important to share experience with these practitioners, for we have the responsibility of helping them catch up with the most recent states of Fa-rectification. Among them, an elderly practitioner from Mainland China maintains that she always looks forward to the Tuesday group Fa-study. She conducts herself very well in everyday society, yet she was often unclear about some fundamental issues in cultivation, with the major problem being that she did not completely trust in Master. To solve this problem, we began holding detailed discussions after studying the Fa and trying to help her find her attachment. We found, after all, that she did not actually believe in the existence of gods. However, she knew that Dafa is good, so if you were to ask her to give up cultivation, she would not let it go either. She told us that every time she comes to the USA, she sees a lot of changes in us, and she also sees that we are very good people, so she thinks that Dafa is amazing.

    When she started improving, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were published, and she felt it hard to accept because it seemed to her then that we were getting political after all. She refused to read the Nine Commentaries because she is a senior Communist Party member, and although her father was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she is loyal to it. In her mind, the CCP is malevolent, but our evaluation of it is still too extreme. Every time we discussed this, she always defended the CCP consciously or subconsciously, so we became worried about her. Some practitioners even thought about giving up on her. But Master told us,

    "How I look at things is different from how you or the world's people do. When a human being sees someone make a mistake he finds it almost unforgivable. But I don't look at things that way. I look at an entire being overall, and even when there's just one thread of hope, I'll give him hope."

    ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")

    We spent a whole night discussing this problem with several practitioners. After the discussion, some of her notions and problems were solved, and what's more important is that she decided to start reading the Minghui website (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom). She had previously held negative feelings about Minghui. After some time, she finally got herself out of the CCP trap. She sensed our care for her, and she decided to look inward more deeply. Although it was quite a painful experience, she felt much better afterwards. She carefully watched numerous truth-clarifying videos at home, and in the end, she finally accepted the truth that Dafa is supernormal and that gods exist. And once she accepted this, she had a completely different response upon rereading the Nine Commentaries. Afterwards, she withdrew from the Party, and she now feels more confident explaining the Nine Commentaries to her family. When her husband laughed at her, saying, "They [the Nine Commentaries] dug up the tombs of our ancestors, and you are still speaking for them?" She replied by asking, "How many years has the CCP been in power? How can you see it as affecting only your ancestors?" Her husband was then speechless.

    It seems on the surface level that we helped this practitioner to improve, but actually we all improved in the process. Although we were sharing our own understanding of the Nine Commentaries, we actually had some unsolved problems about it in our own minds. After sharing, our problems were also solved, and another practitioner who also neither read Minghui very often nor attended our activities frequently also started browsing Minghui and helping with other projects.

    There is a 6-year-old practitioner in our group who always reads with us. One day she was very serious and focused when reading, She later told us that she had a dream the previous night in which Master told her that she should strive forward diligently and not be naughty. Even young practitioners share their experiences with us.

    A practitioner who obtained the Fa one year ago experienced dramatic changes both spiritually and physically. She got rid of all the medicines she had been taking and has involved herself in Fa-rectification. She is very sincere and shares with us whenever she has questions. She can view issues from the perspective of the Fa. She brought a big positive influence on our group with respect to opening our hearts when discussing, and in the past year, she has never missed a Fa-study.

    Every time we come to the environment of group Fa-study, it is like bathing in clean water. The clean water of Dafa washes away all our human notions. We also cherish this environment. When a fellow practitioner's sharing deviates from the Fa, we always point it out and send forth righteous thoughts to help him or her. Studying the Fa in a group is also improving and correcting ourselves as a group. Several years ago, we ignored doing exercises with the excuse was that we were all busy with Fa-rectification work. Sometimes during the Fa conference, instead of listening to fellow practitioners' sharing, we went outside to discuss our own projects. Later, since we saw our bad cultivation state, we studied the Fa more carefully, and after looked inward deeply, we felt ashamed of our behavior. Following the crowd is not cultivation, so we should take the Fa as our guide. Group Fa-study, group exercise and Fa conferences are the cultivation forms Master gave us, and it is also the environment that practitioners in Mainland China dream about. How can we not cherish it? About one year ago, several practitioners who lived close to each other resumed outdoor group exercises every morning, and in the group Fa-study, we also encouraged other practitioners to come. Now, more and more practitioners come to the group exercise. After doing the exercises, we not only feel refreshed, but also have the happy feeling of being rectified. It is this righteous field that brings the beauty of Dafa to the neighbors of our exercise site and brings more people with predestined relationship to us. Some of our neighbors have already started practicing with us. One month ago, because of our exercise site, a person who was from another state got a chance to learn about Dafa, and he not only rid himself of his misunderstanding on Dafa and other Chinese issues, but also started reading the Fa, doing the exercise and clarifying the truth.

    Now, I would like to share some of my experiences in soliciting advertisements.

    Once, a practitioner told me that we have the technology to save the sentient beings, but we lack the money to carry things through. The old forces tried their best to keep those sentient beings, whose purpose of coming to this world with a lot of money was to help Master rectify the Fa, from obtaining the Fa. So although we have built up our media, it is still too hard for most of us to solicit ads, and I personally remained hesitant for a year before I began this endeavor. Master said, "When it is difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it is impossible to do, you can do it." (Zhuan Falun) I grew to understand this principle deeply at the beginning of my work to solicit advertising. At the beginning, I felt like I was sitting on the tip of a needle as soon as I stepped into a potential client's door. But I always comforted myself with the thought, "Why can't we succeed at a task even everyday people can achieve? Moreover, we can bring the clients something that an everyday person cannot, namely a bright future." Soliciting ads is also a process of improving as a whole. When I started out I misunderstood a client's words over the phone, and a fellow practitioner was very angry at me, even telling me not to solicit English ads. In return, I was upset that the practitioner treated me this way, but I also had a feeling that it was interference from the old evil forces. At that time, my husband, who is also a practitioner, encouraged me and asked me to broaden my heart, so I did not give up then. Later, I cooperated with this practitioner very well, and we have since encouraged and helped each other.

    Now, although I have not sold very many ads, I already feel relaxed when dealing with clients, and I am able to do it calmly. Looking back, all the ads I have sold were brought to me by certain predestined relationships, and they were also opportunities to clarify the truth. I never hide from potential clients the fact that I am a Falun Gong practitioner. I also estimate their ability to accept what I say and clarify the truth to them accordingly. Shortly after I started soliciting ads, I realized that doing so was one of the best ways to clarify the truth, and now I am renewing bonds with those all over the world who were my friends and family in my previous lives.

    Last year, for some reason, I took notice of the ads in a Korean newspaper, and I then went to some Korean business owners. Although I had very little experience, I still sold several ads. I started delivering the newspaper to those businessmen whose offices are close to us and asking them if they would like to place ads in our newspaper. One day, a businessman whose office is very close to my house accepted my offer. I talked to him about the goal of our newspaper and the persecution of Falun Gong in China, including the persecution of my mother. When we talked about Westerners adopting Chinese babies, I sincerely expressed my appreciation towards those families, and we signed a contract 30 minutes later. This success gave me a boost in confidence in soliciting English ads. Later several businessmen in my neighborhood bought advertisement space from me and became my friends. To be honest, they do not know much about our newspaper, but they all trust in my kindness and sincerity.

    An American businessman told me the traditional way Americans do business: first, they give the clients something, such as a free newspaper, then see if the clients would like do business or not. It does not matter if he or she is uninterested, because he or she will still speak of your friendly and kind personality to others. I realized then that even this traditional business way also fits the Fa principles on some level because we should consider others first. Although Dafa practitioners don't have too much professional training, we have the most precious nature. How we manifest the principle of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" when dealing with clients is the key to success. Of course, we also need to go make use of our predestined relationships.

    Last year, we went to a big company to ask them to sponsor the New Year Gala. It seemed that there was no hope to get them to be a sponsor, but right before we left, a woman in this company smiled at us and started talking to us. She was interested in the Falun emblem we were wearing, and the topic moved onto Falun Gong naturally. I gave her a copy of the newspaper, after which she told us that perhaps they would advertise in it. I took this opportunity to introduce our newspaper to her and exchange our contact information. One month later, I got the first advertisement document from her via e-mail. Since then, they have been one of our biggest clients. In May this year, we were invited to an Asian activities held by their company. Our performance of exercises was not only popular among everyone in that company, but also videotaped as a historic event of the company. Recently, I got an appreciation letter from them and an invitation for the same activity next year. Perhaps predestined relationships are more important than skills when dealing with big companies.

    Sometimes, I neglect the principle that "One should gain things naturally without pursuing them," since I will be considering how the clients can benefit if they advertise in our newspaper. Once, a client agreed to do a small advertisement on TV. Although I had been soliciting ads for more than a year, I had not sold any TV ads, and I was thinking then, "Now, I have a start." However, at the final stage of the business, when we started talking about pricing, I noticed that he hesitated. Since he is a very nice person and also knows that Dafa is great, his hesitation purely came as a consequence of his financial budget. Looking at him, with his slightly painful expression, I suddenly asked myself, "How can I, a cultivator, bring pain to others?" We speak of how "one should gain things naturally without pursuing them," so how can we forget this when the crucial moment comes? I quickly adjusted my heart and told him it really did not matter if he cannot advertise immediately. He explained that in August or September, his financial budget for a TV ad will increase, and he will do it then for sure. I made up my mind to ask him again then, but even if he still cannot do it, we are still going to be friends.

    There are only a few practitioners soliciting ads in D.C, so it is very important to encourage others to involve themselves in this effort. I realized this a long time ago. But I had a concern: I was afraid that if other practitioners solicited ads together with me, they would think that I am doing a bad job and that they cannot learn anything from me. My husband pointed out how my worrying was wrong, and I later enlightened to the fact that if a person like me who is not very good at this can still sell ads, then others would certainly sell more. I told myself, "It is not important that others praise me," and so I then encouraged myself to bring other practitioners to solicit ads with me. As I expected, other practitioners soon realized that my job is not hard at all, and this mitigated their fears and increased their confidence. Sometimes, when I cannot understand a client's words, other practitioners will take over for me. I am always overjoyed at seeing other practitioners doing business and clarifying the truth with fluent English.

    I once felt sorry for myself when I could do nothing but stay home with my two children at such a young age. Now, I have my job of soliciting ads. I really cherish it and appreciate this opportunity arranged by Master. This job has not only increased my income slightly, but also, and more importantly, it has been an opportunity for me to manifest the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance," to broadcast our media, to make bonds and form relationships with sentient beings and to reduce our financial burden. After the brave Chen Yonglin and Hao Fengjun withdrew from the CCP, I realized that in the future we will gain an icebreaker in the field of economy, so I increasingly sensed the celestial changes. I hope more and more fellow practitioners will sense it too. Only then will we not miss any opportunities, and, moreover, only then will we be able to break the old evil forces' economic blockade and save more sentient beings.


    We Must Completely Negate the Old Forces' Arrangements

    (Clearwisdom.net) When I reread Teacher's article "Dafa is Indestructible", I feel an extra sense of familiarity, because this article was taught to me by a Dafa practitioner, one sentence at a time, when we were in a forced labor camp. At that time, I did not dare to slack off a bit, memorized the Fa, sent forth righteous thoughts again and again, and kept every thought and all my thinking based on the Fa. As soon as negative thoughts entered my mind, I immediately eliminated them, opposed them, corrected them, and made myself walk through the situation in an open and honorable way and alongside many other Falun Dafa practitioners. Meanwhile, I also realized that I should not fear an evil environment. The key is whether we are able to walk our paths correctly and completely negate the old forces' arrangements. When we are righteous and grounded in the Fa, we are indestructible. Let's remember Teacher's words:

    "I have said that there are many Buddhas beyond the level of Tathagata. What do those demons account for? They are very minute in comparison." "One righteous mind can subdue one hundred evils. If you do not pursue anything, no one will dare to bother you." (Zhuan Falun)

    The evil CCP has been persecuting Falun Dafa for six years. From aggressive arrogance and insane persecution, it has come to the point of simply maintaining the persecution. After reading "Understanding a Fellow Practitioner's Words and Actions in a CCP Court," in which several hundred people were implicated and arrested after two other practitioners were arrested, I realized that the issue of how practitioners walk righteously in facing the persecution is really important.

    Many articles on "Clearwisdom Weekly" record how Dafa practitioners, with righteous thoughts and righteous actions, can walk away freely from the evil. I would like to share my views with everyone and hope we can improve together.

    1. Understand the Fa from the heart, and be clear about a Dafa practitioner's mission in assisting Teacher to rectify the human world - offering salvation to sentient beings.

    We all know from studying the Fa why Teacher spreads such a great law at this time. The old cosmos is selfish, and follows the principle of formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction. Through Teacher rectifying the Fa, he creates a new cosmos that is unselfish, considers others first, harmonious, and eternal. Right now, Dafa practitioners are saving sentient beings, validating the Fa, and completing our missions. We are doing such a great thing; there is no reason to be fearful or not righteous.

    2. According to China's laws, the persecution of Dafa is illegal, so the police are violating the law.

    Falun Dafa practitioners follow the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" and strive to be good people, obtain many benefits and are not harmed, and at the same time they are improving people's morality, social stability, and economic development. Many people who previously spent a lot of money on treatments for their incurable and serious illnesses recovered through practicing Falun Gong. We have no reason to accept the evil CCP's persecution of us or the illegal interrogation by the police.

    According to the laws of China, the highest authorities are the National People's Congress and the National People's Congress Standing Committee. Only the legislation that they approve is lawful. The ban on Falun Gong was issued by the Bureau of Civil Administration and personally directed by Jiang Zemin. What judiciary authority does it have? It is illegal. The Chinese legislation also states that police officers are not allowed to gather information using torture, and are not allowed to infringe on people's human rights.

    3. A practitioner's righteous thoughts and actions, when faced with persecution, include sending forth righteous thoughts, reciting the Fa, using supernormal capabilities, exposing the evil, and clarifying the truth.

    Once, when the local police called me to the police station, an officer took out a list of questions. I refused to answer any of his questions and thought: I am a Dafa practitioner, and my mission is to save sentient beings. I want to leave and do the things that I should do. Then I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear away evil that controlled the policemen. The director came over, "You must cooperate. Otherwise you will suffer." I said to myself: I cooperated before and ended up with one year of forced labor, I won't do the same thing again. I continued to send forth the righteous thoughts. The interrogation questions were one page long, which the police read out to me--my response was silence. The policeman asked me to sign my name, but I refused. The officer said, "You can go home now."

    4. The consequences of cooperating with the evil.

    If we are not clear-minded and cooperate with the evil, the direct result is detention, forced labor or a jail sentence, and thus being unable to save sentient beings. However, what is it to save a person through our truth-clarification? Teacher said,

    "He also stated that there were three thousand such worlds in a grain of sand. A grain of sand is thus just like a universe," "The same is true with human molecular cells." (Zhuan Falun)

    The salvation of one person can affect an immeasurable number of living beings, very possibly corresponding to an immense universe or cosmic body. Is the harm of cooperating with the evil still small? Therefore Dafa practitioners must walk righteously.

    5. Unrighteous ways can't be used in the face of persecution

    In a forced labor camp, with Dafa practitioners arrested for validating the Fa, one practitioner accepted all the "responsibility." Even the head of the brigade said, "So and so is a man who dares to stand up." Recently some fellow practitioners said, "So and so fellow practitioner has been arrested, he knows a few dozen practitioners. He did not give up one name, but took all the responsibility on himself." In the forced labor camp, there was another fellow practitioner who told the Procurator everything he wanted to know during interrogation. Other practitioners suggested that he should not accept such persecution. He replied: "The cultivation period is close to the end, I am not afraid." This is an attachment to time. Not being afraid does not mean allowing the evil to persecute us. This practitioner is still in prison. Compared to Teacher's Fa, these practitioners' acts did not completely deny the old forces arrangements, but acknowledged them in a different way. Dafa practitioners have done nothing wrong by validating the Fa and exerting their own rights, we are not committing any crimes. How can we accept responsibility? Isn't that admitting our wrongdoing and acknowledging the old forces' arrangements? How have we positioned our own deeds and Dafa?

    6. Completely deny the old forces' arrangements

    In the forced labor camp, while we were practicing the standing exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts with one palm in front of the chest, a group of police and guards suddenly entered the room. The practitioners who were sending forth righteous thoughts did not move a bit, and the police did not touch them. However, I had a human notion and went to stop them from arresting people. A fat policeman came over, lifted another practitioner and me in each of his arms and moved us aside. I did not enlighten and ran over again. As a result, I was beaten and passed out on the floor. I don't know how much time passed before I woke up, but I only realized what I had done wrong a long time later. On that day, I was sent to the detention center. I could not lie down for a week, I could only sit. The police questioned me, "The government does not allow the practice of Falun Gong, but you still practice. Are you against the government?" "I am not against the government" I replied. "The forced labor camp reported that a few of you are heads." I said, "I am not a head, there is no hierarchy amongst Dafa practitioners." He then said, "You shout Falun Gong slogans." I was going to say that I did not shout, but immediately realized that I came to validate the Fa, so would I not dare to admit shouting the truth? I answered: "I did shout." But what he wrote down was: "Have you shouted Falun Gong reactionary slogans?" I pointed out that shouting out the truth about Falun Gong is not reactionary and asked him to correct what he had written. He would not. I then told him that if he did not change it, I would not sign it. Thus, he had to change the sentence. Through this incident, I realized: A Dafa practitioner's every step in validating the Fa is very important, we must mind every thought and monitor our thinking, and compare it to the Fa at all times. Only with righteous thoughts are we able to act righteously.

    As of now, I feel there are two things we should pay attention to.

    First, when our workplace or certain departments ask us to write a guarantee statement, some people think we can write first and then make a solemn declaration, negating what we wrote, on the Internet several days later. This is not going to work. Cultivation is very serious and can't be treated with human notions. Such actions show that we are not being responsible to Dafa or to ourselves.

    Also, when the persecution was severe, some practitioners had fear. Thus, some practitioners were not willing to deliver Teacher's new articles or "Clearwisdom Weekly" to fellow practitioners, because they were worried that the imprisoned practitioners would reveal their names if they were caught. This is also wrong. Although what they did is not satisfactory, we must try our best not to leave one practitioner behind.

    A fellow practitioner had a dream in which a practitioner and many other people were busy in a greasy hole. When she passed by, that practitioner said, "Let me know when you leave." I thought, we all need to, and should, help any practitioners who are lagging behind.

    "In Buddhism, it is said that every phenomenon in human society is illusory and unreal." (Zhuan Falun)

    I think the persecution every practitioner faces is also illusory. When practitioners walk the path correctly, this phenomenon will not exist; when someone acknowledges the old forces' arrangement, it can make them real.

    Everyone's situation is different, and their paths are different; however, we all must walk our paths correctly.

    A fellow practitioner once wrote a poem:

    Cultivation is difficult, difficult to enlighten,
    Layer on layer of rosy clouds and layer on layer of fog,
    Clouds turn and the fog emerges, how to find the way out,
    How simple - righteous thoughts are the way.


    The Changes in 86-Year-Old Mr. Lin (photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Lin Shi is a respectable, humorous, hale and hearty man. It seems unbelievable that he once was very sick, had a bad temper, and was helpless to change his lot.

    Lin Shi couldn't help shed tears as he recalled the times when he had suffered badly from his sickness. The spurs that had grown on his stiff shoulder, vertebra, and ribs made his body tilt to one side. He was often in a dilemma when he had sudden leg convulsions before reaching his destination while outside on a trip. The varicosity on his legs revealed his suffering. His gastric ulcers often prompted him to decline dining together with his relatives or friends. He suffered from ingrown eyelashes, which he had for a long time. He often had to wipe his eyelids until they became swollen and the skin broke out from his watery eyes. Although his eyes were operated on, his condition did not improve.

    Lin Shi said, "During that time, I was like a medicine cabinet filled with different kinds of Chinese and Western medicines. I put my hopes on different kinds of secret health recipes to improve my health and not to burden my children; although the pain was restrained from the medication, the illness was not eliminated from the root. I suffered a lot physically and mentally."

    Gradually, Lin Shi started to doubt the meaning of life. Nothing pleased him and he developed a liking to pick on people. His loss of appetite made him very thin. All of this reversed after he started to practice Falun Dafa.

    A day that Lin Shi will never forget is November 12, 2000, when he became a Falun Dafa practitioner. He greatly cherished this chance to obtain Falun Dafa at such an elderly age. He wakes up at 4:20 a.m. every morning to study the teachings of Falun Dafa and practice the exercises. He comes early and is never late or absent.

    Lin Shi did not know how to read. He listened to the audio tapes of the "9 Day Lectures in Guangzhou" in Cantonese everyday. When practitioners read the lectures of Zhuan Falun in Mandarin, he listened attentively and repeated along while the group reads out loud without any impatience. Now, he can read the entire book.

    Lin Shi studies the Fa, practice the exercises everyday, focuses his mind to be righteous and disciplines himself with the high standards of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." He has changed to be a completely new person. Four months after obtaining the practice, his legs no longer suffered convulsions. He completely recovered from the gastric ulcers and was able to eat many kinds of food. He no longer had to wear the glasses for light sensitivity. The big patch of dark spots on his forehead disappeared. His swarthy and coarse skin gradually has become light and smooth. The physical pain gradually decreased and his complexion has become healthy looking. His view is completely changed and a serene heart replaced his impatience . He also has stopped swearing at people.

    One day, Lin Shi slipped while walking along a bridge. He hit a stone and injured his foot. He twisted his foot and the entire leg started to swell, turning a purple color. He thought to himself,

    "It's already late, let me sleep first, I will review the situation tomorrow and make a decision."

    To his surprise, he woke up at midnight and found out that only his toes were left swollen and purple. He realized that this probably happened because his resistance and immunity had improved drastically as the result of practicing Falun Dafa.

    Recently, Lin Shi went to the Longevity Club to visit his old friends whom he had not seen for a long time. He was shocked when he saw his old friends holding a cane and needing their children's help to walk. His friends looked very old and had difficulty walking. Lin Shi himself looks younger than his actual age and rides his bicycle or motorcycle when he needs to go out. With Lin Shi's determination in truly practicing Falun Dafa, he became sturdy as a stone.

    Growing vegetables and gardening are Lin Shi's favorite hobbies besides studying the teachings of Falun Dafa and practicing the exercises. He said, "It's very pleasant that we have fruits to pick when my grandchildren come home." When discussing his grandchildren, Lin Shi's face glows with love. Grandfather no longer likes to swear and his miserable days are over.

    After visiting home and seeing her father's change, his second daughter became a Falun Dafa practitioner. The eldest son and the second son practiced from before, and it is now truly a happy family of practitioners

    August 1, 2005


    Suggestion: Every Dafa Disciple Should Make Full Use of His/Her Special Abilities to Validate the Fa

    Recently I have been asking myself a question: "While we have been doing the 'three things' required by Master, how can fully use our capabilities to achieve the best results?" First, we must study the Fa more. Through continuous study and continuously improving ourselves, we will automatically know how to do a good job. In addition, based on solid Fa study, we should discover our strong points so we can be more effective in validating the Fa. In fact, each disciple has his or her own strong points. If we make full use of them, we will produce the best possible results. The following are some examples for practitioners' reference.

    There is one practitioner who specializes in cover design. He studies the Fa well and at the same time utilizes the knowledge he has gained and the special skills he has mastered in ordinary society. He has designed some beautiful Dafa greeting cards.

    Some practitioners have company cars to use. They transport paper and other materials for our truth-clarifying material centers. In doing this, they save a lot of time for other practitioners who would otherwise have to rent cars, and they also reduce the other practitioners' risk of being caught during the process of purchasing.

    Each practitioner's strong points do not only refer to the special skills he or she has gained in ordinary society. They also include the practitioners' disposition, such as being an open and warm character, being responsible, and being able to consider a situation comprehensively. For example, one practitioner I know paid careful attention to detail and was very responsible. According to Master's arrangement, he was in charge of producing materials since the beginning of the persecution in 1999. Because he was a responsible person, there was rarely a mistake in the Dafa books or the truth clarifying materials he produced.

    Our validating the Fa and clarifying the truth will improve if we fully utilize the skills and knowledge we gained in ordinary society and act according to our improved xinxing in our cultivation. We have been cultivating for all these years. As I understand, Master arranges each practitioner's cultivation way and the way to validate Dafa according to the disciple's strong points. If our heart remains in the Fa, we will consider everything from the perspective of the Fa. Our compassionate and rational understanding will aid us in validating the Fa.


    All People Have Come For Falun Dafa

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    All people have come for Falun Dafa

    There was a Falun Dafa practitioner in Shouguang City, Shandong Province who went to the dumping grounds to excavate the earth. There was a "fool" who was always laughing to himself and frequently came to the dumping grounds to look for food. For the whole afternoon, the "fool" helped to push and pull the cart to carry the excavated earth. After the last cart, the "fool" found half a cucumber in the rubbish dump. While eating, he kept saying, "My teeth hurt, my teeth hurt."

    At that time, the Falun Dafa practitioner who was ferrying the earth did not give much thought to this. However, the words of the "fool" kept ringing in his ears. Thus, he decided to ferry one more cart of earth and returned to the dumping grounds. He said to the "fool" who was eating and complaining of a toothache at the same time, "Let me tell you a way to stop your toothache. You just have to say 'Falun Dafa is good.'"

    The "fool" said the words "Falun Dafa is good" softly and then repeated the words again carefully and clearly but more slowly this time. He stopped for about 10 seconds and it was as if he had an epiphany. He slapped his thighs and said loudly, "This is what I came for! This is what I came for!"

    After witnessing this, I was shocked. I felt that I should write down this incident and share it with my fellow practitioners. To me, Master had said numerous times in his lectures that all the people on earth came for Falun Dafa. The words of the "fool" helped me have a better understanding of what Master had said. At the same time, I thought that this incident would be an encouragement to those fellow practitioners who still had the attachment of fear in regards to clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings.

    Righteous thoughts destroy slanderous banners

    One afternoon, I saw that there were many pink banners hung up across the streets on lampposts. The words printed at the top were evil words that the police placed there to slander Falun Dafa. At that time I thought, "These banners should not exist. They must be destroyed and eliminated." Thus, I had one thought, "Destroy all these banners," and I requested the help of Master's Fashen and the righteous gods in the other dimensions. The next day it rained for the whole day. On the third day, the slanderous banners were all gone. However, the commercial banners put up by the shops were still okay and intact.

    This matter helped me gain a new understanding in terms of the Fa. We are Fa-rectification Falun Dafa practitioners, under the protection of Master. We are extremely fortunate. As long as we take the Fa as the guide, have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, nothing is impossible. Thus, we must make use of our righteous thoughts whenever we can, eradicate the evil beings and save sentient beings.

    August 6, 2005


    News and Events from Around the World


    France: Practitioner Speaks at the Prayer Meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace (Photo)

    (Clearwisdom.net) The President of the French Falun Gong Association, Mr. Tang Hanlong, made the following speech at the prayer-meeting of the Asian Democracy and Peace Organisation on the 9th of July 2005.


    Mr. Tang Hanlong makes a speech at the Prayer meeting of Asian Democracy and Peace

    Mr. Wang, chairman of the prayer meeting, and all friends who are here to protect human rights and democracy.

    Most of you already know that Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of the Buddha school. It is similar to Tai Chi or Yoga. Falun Gong is beyond the limitations of race and culture. It helps people to find their true selves and lead more peaceful lives through the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong's five sets of exercises elevate people's wisdom and strengthen their energy. They are part of traditional Chinese culture.

    Falun Gong has been taught by Mr. Li Hongzhi since May 1992. The practice has received many awards around the world, including in China, before the persecution began. Falun Gong spread fast and wide because it is free of charge and because of its positive effects. By the end of 1999, according to statistics from the Chinese National Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, there were eighty million people practising Falun Gong in China.

    The practice has been spread in France for ten years since the Chinese Embassy in Paris invited Falun Gong in March 1995. We can see Falun Gong practitioners in many parks and gardens in Paris.

    In China, because the eighty million Falun Gong practitioners far exceeded the membership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and because the CCP is the most despotic political party in the world, the remarkable development of Falun Gong made the former president and general secretary of the CCP Jiang Zemin restless. Out of jealousy, Jiang ordered all levels and social classes in China to participate in the oppression of Falun Gong. The CCP started to comprehensively slander Falun Gong and used illegal trials, reformation through labour (physical persecution) and the brainwashing of Falun Gong practitioners. Since 20th July 1999, all methods of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners have become "legal."

    In foreign countries, Jiang Zemin leads the CCP to slander Falun Gong in the international community. Through economic and diplomatic means, this puts pressure on the countries that want to have economic benefits from China. Although many non-official organisations have held meetings against the persecution and many European Parliaments have had different ways of condemning the cruel and inhuman persecution, Jiang and the CCP still keep using violence and slander against Falun Gong. However, Falun Gong has never succumbed to violence.

    Now, we know that there have been more than 2,700 Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death. But do you know the real [undocumented] figure is five times greater? Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are imprisoned in labour camps and mental hospitals. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are forced to do physical labour. Some people ask, "Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China?" We can find the answers in history. The CCP has persecuted one million Christians and other religions, and it persecuted individuals during the Great Cultural Revolution. It performed a mass massacre of students in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democratic Movement. The CCP makes people believe that even when it wants to kill, it is always correct.

    So we will continue to expose and condemn the crimes committed by Jiang and the CCP. We have to be aware that all the CCP is capable of is lies and violence. When people who are deceived by it know its evil history, they will no longer be deceived. More and more people step forward to expose its crimes, and more and more people yearn for peace. It results in the fact that there have been more than three million members who have withdrawn from the CCP.

    During the past seven months, the Chinese Epoch Times newspaper helped people to clearly recognise what the CCP is through a series of editorials entitled "The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party." It has also been published in English, French, German, and other languages. All these tell us that the CCP is disintegrating. We appeal to all democratic governments, all non-official organisations, and all people to help us end the persecution as soon as possible!

    Thank you! (Enthusiastic applause).

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28330.html


    United Kingdom: Falun Gong Touches People's Hearts at the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade (Photos)

    (Clearwisdom.net) On Sunday August the 7th 2005, over eighty groups from various places around the world came to participate in the Edinburgh International Art Festival Parade in the capital of Scotland. The parade is the main event in the annual month-long festival. This year was the fourth time that Falun Gong practitioners have participated in the parade and also the fourth time that they won the community category award for their outstanding parade performance.

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    Practitioner: here is a lotus flower for you
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    Practitioners' parade procession
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    Falun Gong exercises demonstration on the float

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    Reporting on the parade onsite

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    Practitioners' banners

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    Huge crowd watching the practitioners' performance

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

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    People are delighted to receive Falun Gong information

    At 2:30pm in the afternoon, the parade officially started. The Falun Gong procession was led by three practitioners holding three large tablets with the Chinese words "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" printed on them. They were followed by golden and purple Falun Gong banners, a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, and a float decorated with the Falun emblem and lotus flowers. On the float, two adults and two little practitioners demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Following the float was the fan dance troupe and then a golden "Falun Gong" banner. In the Falun Gong parade team, there were also banners reading, "The world needs Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance", "Falun Dafa benefits millions of people spiritually and physically" and "Falun Dafa widely spreads all over the world in more than sixty countries" in English and in Chinese.

    Successive rounds of applause resounded as the Falun Gong team passed by. A lot of on-lookers asked for flyers along the way. The handmade paper lotus flowers with attached bookmarks were very popular.

    On the other side of the city, some practitioners set up a "Rescue Orphans of Falun Gong practitioners" booth to collect signatures of support and call on all kind-hearted people to take action to help end the persecution. The practitioners ran into many passersby who said that they had obtained information of Falun Gong during the parade. Two middle-aged western ladies told us: "Falun Gong is the most peaceful and beautiful group!"

    Every Falun Gong activity is made possible by the practitioners' selfless contribution and hard work, and that was the case for this parade. Some practitioners drove to Edinburgh right after getting off from work on Friday afternoon to join the dance rehearsal on Saturday morning, while some spent their hard-earned money to make leaflets and lotus flowers; some practitioners cooked food for others...

    One practitioner's husband has been observing practitioners' activities very closely, and he knew how practitioners are frugal with their money in order to spend it on helping people learn the truth about Falun Gong and the brutal persecution against the practice by the Chinese Communist Party. He volunteered himself to drive a couple of practitioners to Edinburgh, which took sixteen hours back and forth, to save the cost of train tickets so that they can put the money to good use.

    From their interaction with practitioners, the employees in the youth hostel where practitioners stayed came to understand the truth about Falun Gong. They expressed hopes that practitioners will be back next year.

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    BBC News 24 broadcasted footage of the practitioners' procession and exercise demonstration. The Edinburgh Evening News also published pictures of the practitioners' performance in the parade

    Source http://clearharmony.net/articles/200508/28328.html


    Media Coverage


    San Francisco Chronicle Reports that a Sponsor for an Art Show Bowed to Pressure from China Officials

    Friday, August 19, 2005

    A perfunctory commendation of a Chinese art exhibition in San Francisco from Supervisor Fiona Ma blew up into controversy this week when she withdrew her support after learning of the show's ties to Falun Gong.

    "National Treasures of China," which features 19th and 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy on traditional themes, will open Sept. 2 at Urbis Artium Gallery on Second Street.

    Material promoting the show explicitly promotes Falun Gong, the spiritual practice banned in China since 1999.

    Chinese-born Australians Mei-Ling Dai and her son Tony lent their collection for exhibitions in 40 cities around the world in the hope of educating visitors about Chinese culture and to raise awareness about the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China, Tony Dai said at a press conference Thursday at City Hall.

    Dai said Ma had reversed her support under pressure from the Chinese government.

    "I'm shocked that the Chinese government and Communist Party is giving pressure to local government representatives in the United States," said Dai, an antiques and art dealer.

    Show organizer Victor Yu, a host on Sound of Hope radio in Mountain View, said Ma had told him Wednesday that the Chinese government had pressured her to pull her support.

    Neither Ma nor the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco returned calls for comment Thursday.

    The show is co-sponsored by the Dais and three pro-Falun Gong Chinese- language media outlets in the Bay Area -- Sound of Hope radio, New Tang Dynasty Television and the Epoch Times newspaper.

    Tony Dai has been arrested three times in China since 1999, and his mother four times, for their support of Falun Gong. Each time they were deported to Australia; they became Australian citizens after moving there from Shanghai 15 years ago.

    "After knowledge of the past political history of the original collector," Ma said in a printed statement released Monday, "I have informed the sponsors that I will not play any further role in this exhibit."

    Ma's initial letter of support was quoted in widely circulated flyers that advertised the exhibition, and show organizers sent her drafts of pamphlets, flyers and sponsorship proposals.

    "I commend the sponsors who made it possible to bring this outstanding exhibition to San Francisco," her letter of support said. "Their hard work gives us the opportunity to view a rare and priceless collection and to provide a bridge to the Chinese community."

    Her staff booked a room for a press conference Tuesday in City Hall to promote "National Treasures of China," but Ma did not show up. She had a scheduling conflict, her staff said beforehand, according to show organizers. Yu said she had told him later that day that she wanted to take her name off the flyer.

    At the press conference, Supervisor Chris Daly said he, too, had been heavily lobbied by the Chinese government when he sponsored an unsuccessful resolution admonishing the Chinese government for its repression of Falun Gong.

    "It is difficult to stand solid when you have such pressure against you," Daly said. "Fiona Ma, in my opinion, has been unfairly lobbied against welcoming a significant cultural exhibit."

    Followers of Falun Gong practice traditional Chinese breathing exercises for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The group's success at organizing large events and protests has alarmed the Chinese government, which fears large gatherings as a threat to its control.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/19/BAGV4EA98C1.DTL


    News from China


    Latest News from China - July 28, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested
    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown
    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police
    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor
    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time
    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody
    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution
    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company
    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested
    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested
    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown
    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    1. [Rushan City, Shandong Province] Ms. Sun Xiuzhi Illegally Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Ms. Sun Xiuzhi, 58, is from Shijiatong Village in Xiachu Town, Rushan City, Shandong Province. On May 13, 2005, she was sentenced to five years in prison.

    2. [Shenze County, Hebei Province] Ms. Xu Xiuxin from Lu Village in Zhaoba Township Arrested

    Ms. Xu Xiuxin is from Lu Village in Zhaobo Township, Shenze County, Hebei Province. On July 25, 2005, she was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials at the farmer's market in Xiaozhen Village, Wuji County, Hebei Province. Three plainclothes officers forcibly took her into custody and sent her to the Wuji County Detention Center.

    3. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Mr. Li Qiang Arrested at Railroad Station - His Whereabouts Unknown

    At around noon time on July 25, 2005, Mr. Li Qiang, 27, who lives in the dormitory of a textile plant in Weifang, was on his way to Qingdao City for business. He was arrested at the Weifang Railroad Station. His whereabouts are unknown.

    4. [Yi County, Hebei Province] Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan Arrested by the Police

    On July 21, 2005, three officers led by Wu Fengpo, deputy director of the Jichang Police Station in Xishanbei Township in Yi County, Hebei Province, arrived at Gangli Village. The officers broke into the homes of Ms. Zhao Zhiqin and Ms. Jing Juan without cause. They searched the homes and confiscated Falun Dafa books and other items. Ms. Zhao and Ms. Jing were taken away. They are being held in Yi County Detention Center.

    Jichang Police Department: 86-312-8830092
    Xishanbei Township Government: 86-312-8830030
    Commissioner's office of the Xishanbei Township: 86-312-8830098

    5. [Songyuan City, Jilin Province] Wang Yunlong, a Teacher from Fuyu County, Illegally Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor

    Wang Yunlong is a teacher at the Shiyan Elementary School in Fuyu County, Songyuan City. On July 6, 2005, police received reports that Wang was distributing truth-clarifying materials. Wang was arrested at school. When Wang's family went to the police department asking for Wang's release, the officers told them to come back after fifteen days of detention. When they went back fifteen days later, Wang Yunlong had been sentenced to one year of forced labor and transferred to the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Country code: 86, area code: 438
    Fuyu County Police Department in Songyuan City, Jilin Province: 5868001
    Wang Fuxue, chief of the Fuyu County Police Department: 5888828 (office), 5875555 (home), 86-13304386666 (cell)
    Su Pingtang: 5865048 (office), 5876760 (home), 86-13894962666 (cell)
    Ao Guangxian: 5878851 (office), 5869096 (home), 86-13894160197 (cell)

    6. [Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province] Ms. Wang Xiuying, an Employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Arrested for the Fourth Time

    Ms. Wang Xiuying is an employee of Xi'an Jiaotong University. She was illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor for going to Beijing to appeal at the end of 2000. Her term was extended for one month as she refused to be transformed. She was then sent to a brainwashing center for four more months directly from the labor camp.

    In September 2002, several dozen police officers broke into her home. They arrested her and searched her home. She was held in a detention center for several months before being sent to a brainwashing center. She remained under constant harassment (living under surveillance, being followed and receiving harassing phone calls) after returning home.

    In October 2004, Ms. Wang Xiuying was turned in to the police and arrested while distributing truth-clarifying materials. She went on a hunger strike and was released three days later. She has since been followed by the police.

    On July 12, 2005, Ms. Wang Xiuying was secretly arrested at work by officers from the Beilin Police Department. She has been sent to the Chang'an County Brainwashing Center for persecution.

    7. [Shaanxi Province] Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen Taken into Custody

    On October 28, 2004, Ms. Li Fengying and Yang Qizhen were arrested by the Fengcheng Police Department. Their homes were searched. Yang confronted the police with evidence that the persecution was well planned. The next morning, Yang threw up blood and was released, as the police were afraid of being held responsible. Ms. Li has been sentenced to eighteen months of forced labor. She has been sent to the Shaanxi Women's Forced Labor Camp. Her family has been denied any visits.

    8. [Shanxi Province] Practitioner Ms. Li Yanfang under Police Persecution

    On the evening of January 27, 2005, Ms. Li Yanfang, 35, from Shanxi Province took a taxi to Dalianhuachi to spray paint signs saying "Falun Dafa Is Good." On her way there, she clarified the truth to the taxi driver. The driver notified the police, who arrested Ms. Li immediately.

    9. [Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Li Hua, an Employee of Xi'an Electric Capacitor Company

    Ms. Li Hua, 41, is an employee of Electric Capacitor Company in Xi'an City. She was arrested on July 15, 2005 and is being held in the Xitaoyuan Detention Center.

    10. [Chongqing] Mr. Duan Fanghe and Ms. Hu Kaiying from Guangyang Town in Nan'an District Arrested

    On July 15, Mr. Duan Fanghe was turned in to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials in the streets. He was arrested and his home was searched.

    On July 14, 2005, Ms. Hu Kaiying was arrested after police received reports that she was distributing truth-clarifying materials in a farmer's market in Guangyang Town. Her home was searched.

    11. [Zhenning County, Guizhou Province] Ms. Huang Zhenchun Arrested

    Ms. Huang Zhenchun, 62, is an employee of the Zhenning County Hygiene Administration in Guizhou Province. She lives in the Xixiu District of Anshun City. On July 20, 2005, Ms. Huang was arrested by officers from the Huaxi Neighborhood Administration Office in Xixiu District while clarifying the truth in public. She has been sent to the Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center for custody.

    Relevant telephone numbers:
    Anshun City No. 1 Detention Center: 86-853-3451161
    Xixiu District Political and Judiciary Committee in Anshun City: 86-853-3323015
    Yang Zhukai: 86-853-3335696 (home)

    12. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District Arrested - His Whereabouts Unknown

    On the evening of July 24, 2005, Mr. Zhou Jianguo from Baiyun District in Guangzhou City went to the Baiyun People's Hospital to distribute copies of The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He was arrested after police received reports. The officers beat him and then searched his home. His whereabouts are unknown.

    13. [Heilongjiang Province] Zhang Weiguang from Babaixiang in Daqing City Arrested

    On the morning of July 27, 2005, officers from Babaixiang Police Department arrested Zhang Weiguang at a dining room in Babaixiang in Daqing City where Zhang was at work as a temporary employee.

    July 27, 2005


    158 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
    A Total of 283821 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 1, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    1. (Chengdu City, Sichuan Province) Practitioners Arrested by Armed Police Officers

    At around 3:00 p.m. on July 22, 2005, armed police officers arrested three Falun Dafa practitioners. The practitioners' names are Jiang Younghong, Yuan Bin and Zheng Bing. Armed policemen from the Chengdu City Public Security Department rushed into the residential apartment complex where the practitioners lived, brutally beat the practitioners until they lost consciousness, wrapped them inside bags and then threw them into waiting police cars.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107466.html

    2. (Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province) Practitioners Still Being Brainwashed

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held and persecuted inside the Zhaoyuan City Brainwashing Center. Practitioner Ms. Yang Wenjie, over 40 years old, was not allowed to eat or sleep for more than 50 days and even her visits to the restroom were restricted. Center staff would frequently hang (1) Ms. Yang and beat her severely. Ms. Yang has also experienced many other brutal tortures during her imprisonment. Practitioners Li Xiumei and Wang Yongqin were both deceived into paying 10,000 yuan to secure their release from the center. After paying the money, however, they were brought back to the center for further persecution.

    (1) Being hung up by handcuffs, which causes excruciating pain, is the most common form of this torture.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107473.html

    3. (Hebei Province) Sexual Harassment Inside the Hebei Women's Forced Labor Camp

    Inside the Hebei Province Women's Forced Labor Camp, all of the Falun Dafa practitioners detained there have been sexually harassed to some extent. Practitioner Ms. Liu Guangfeng's lower abdomen, her private parts and her thighs were beaten so severely that they turned purple. This practitioner was also forced to do physical labor. Fifty-six year old practitioner Ms. Li Zhihui was electric-shocked on her face so much that she became permanently disfigured as a result. Other means of torture include: sleep deprivation, squatting for long periods of time, standing in one position for long periods of time, groping practitioners' breasts, sitting on a tiny stool for long periods of time, brushing practitioners' private parts with tooth-brushes, etc.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107446.html

    4. (Tianjin City) Young Female Practitioner Harassed and Threatened

    Practitioner Ms. Xiao Xiaowen used to work in the Yangcun Number Four Middle School in the Wuqing District of Tianjin City. She lost both her job and her home as a result of persecution and was forced to wander homeless from place to place to avoid being captured and tortured. At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 14, 2005, when Ms. Xiao went to the Zhennanlou Public Security Station to apply for her personal ID card, a police officer started to harass her. The officer kicked her, performed an illegal body search on her and also made physical threats toward Ms. Xiao. She was subsequently detained in the station for more than ten hours. As a result of the police officer's persecution, Ms. Xiao suddenly became ill and mentally unbalanced. At present Ms. Xiao is still in a state of paranoia and has no strength in her limbs; she is having a very difficult time.

    Translated from http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107448.html

    5. (Beijing) Practitioner Li Hongjun Detained

    Practitioner Ms. Li Hongjun, approximately 50 years old, is from the Miyun District of Beijing. She is currently being detained in the Beijing Zhaoyang Detention Center. Ms. Li had been consistently clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa cultivation's benefits to government agencies. For this she was sentenced to one year in prison in 2000 and held in the Number Four Division of the Beijing Tiantanghe Forced Labor Camp. During the 2002 Lunar Chinese New Year celebration period, Ms. Li was arrested again, together with her husband, for hanging a poster in front of her house that expressed her wishes for the coming of a new and fresh world. For hanging up this poster, both Ms. Li and her husband were sentenced to two years in prison. On July 27, 2005, Ms. Li went to visit one of her fellow Falun Dafa practitioners in the Zhaoyang District of Beijing. She was arrested once more by police officers from the Zhaoyang Public Security Station, this time on the charge of "convening."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107447.html

    6. (Wuhan City) How Guards Persecute Practitioners at the Yangyuan Brainwashing Center

    Inside Wuhan City's Yangyuan Brainwashing Center, there are four guards who specialize in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They are: Chen Qiyi (CCP General Secretary), Yu Guoxuan (Director), Hu Shanping (Deputy Director) and Hu Kechang (Driver). These guards force practitioners to watch and read CDs and documents slandering Falun Dafa every single day. They also demand that the practitioners complete their "homework" with answers that satisfy the requirements stipulated by these captors. During the nighttime, practitioners are forced to write statements to "criticize and expose" Falun Gong. If these criticisms don't meet the guards' requirements, the practitioners are forced to repeatedly re-write their statements until midnight. Such persecution usually lasts for about ten days. After that, the jailers begin what is called a "fatigue campaign" to bring down the practitioners. During such campaigns, one practitioner will be brought to an empty room where five or six center staff members come along and berate and verbally abuse them. Some of the older practitioners have become confused as a result of such attacks, and their physical health has deteriorated so much that they are extremely weak. This "fatigue campaign" usually lasts for one week, after which any practitioners who still refuse to give in are thrown into tiny, unlit cells. The practitioners will be completely isolated from the outside world for about a week. One 54-year-old female practitioner was tied to her bed by having both her hands cuffed to the bed's corners for three days and three nights. Whenever she tried to move, her guards kicked her all over her body. Another 56-year-old female practitioner was also tied to her bed in the same way for three days and three nights. It was winter and the practitioner's hands immediately turned purple and became frozen and hard.

    7. (Shenyang City) What Really Happens at the Zhangshi Brainwashing Center

    Four Falun Dafa practitioners are still being held inside Shenyang City's Zhangshi Law and Order Training School (Zhangshi Penitentiary). Practitioner Wei Tianxi is from Liaozhong County, practitioner Lu Bin is a teacher at Shenxi Elementary School, practitioners Li Fengyun and Jiang Sutao were brought to the center right after they were released from the infamous Masanjia Forced Labor Camp after being incarcerated there for fours years. Currently these four practitioners suffer constant mental and physical abuse. For their so-called education expenses, they have to pay 3000 yuan each month. Center staff often kick or beat the practitioners, and are also forced to squat or stand in one position for long periods of time. Periodically they are deprived of sleep for twenty-four hours, they are crowded against each other or they are forced to sit on top of piles of Falun Dafa books. Even though there are no actual tools of torture at the site, practitioners are routinely harassed to the point of utter exhaustion. Their legs become so swollen that it is impossible to stand up unaided. The practitioners are also forced to watch the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation Incident" on television as well as other fabricated cases where Falun Gong practitioners are alleged to have committed murder. The center does everything in its power to use these fabricated cases to negatively influence the practitioners' feelings toward Falun Gong. The ultimate goal of such mental and physical persecution is to force the practitioners to give up their practice of Falun Dafa and to give up their beliefs in the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance."

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107467.html

    8. (Wendeng County, Shandong Province) Practitioner Song Xiuyan Arrested

    Recently, the Wendeng County Public Security Department and the County 610 Office arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Song Xiuyan from Caobu Village, Songcun Town, Wendeng County, Shandong Province. When Ms. Song's parents, along with her child, who is less than two years old, went to the Public Security Headquarters to ask for her release, her parents were handcuffed and forcibly brought back to their village. The police officers also pinched and squeezed Ms. Song's parents. The perpetrators included Wang Yongjian, Xiang Hongping, Li Yinglin and Sun Guohai from the Wendeng County Public Security Department.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107469.html

    9. (Zhongqing City) Recent Persecution Facts

    Recently, police officers and officials from the local "610 Office" harassed Falun Dafa practitioners Zhu Ruyu, Pi Tianfeng, He Daxiu, Lao Zuo and some others from Yudong Town, Banan District, Zhongqing City. They ransacked the practitioners' homes and arrested them. Currently, Zhu Ruyu and He Daxiu have already been released while Lao Zuo is still being detained. No information about Pi Tianfeng is available.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107442.html

    10. (Hengshui City, Hebei Province) Police Officers Again Break into Practitioners' Homes

    On July 25, 2005, some police officers from the Anling Town Public Security Station, Jing County, Hengshui City, Hebei Province, broke into Falun Dafa practitioners houses yet again. The police arrested practitioner Wang Xiuping, while they searched practitioner Su Limei's house. At present, Su Limei is unable to return to her own home.

    Translated from http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/1/107445.html


    Summary of Other Articles and News - August 8, 2005

    (Clearwisdom.net)

    Facts of Persecution

    1. Officials From Jilin City Establish a Brainwashing Center in Changyi District

    In July 2005, after the shutdown of the brainwashing center in Chuanying District, Jilin City, Jilin province, officials from the 610 Office established a brainwashing center in the Changyi District. Some practitioners were harassed by them. On the evening of August 3, the 610 officials broke into practitioner Chang Yahui's house and forcibly took him to the brainwashing center.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107970.html

    2. Wu Tainxing from the National Security Brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province Arrests and Extorts Money from Falun Dafa Practitioners

    Wu Taixing from the national security brigade of Guangde County Anhui Province made a fortune by arresting practitioners and extorting money from them for several years. Almost 50 Falun Dafa practitioners were illegally arrested, sentenced and had their homes searched and ransacked by Wu Taixing. Practitioners who did not give him money were sentenced. For example, Wu Taixing wanted to extort money from Tang's family, bypassing Tang Deheng's release procedure. He got nothing during Tang Deheng's four month detention. As a result, he was very angry and sent Tang Deheng to a forced labor camp on December 9, 2004.

    http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107942.html

    3. The Barbaric Slavery at Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp

    In Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp, inmates were forced to work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and often worked until midnight and 1 a.m. in the morning. Accidents where a needle from the machine pierced a worker's hand occurred repeatedly due to insufficient sleep. Practitioners were treated even harsher. Shao Bixia, Ji Bangxia, Tang Deheng, Wu Jufeng and Nie Yinzhen were forced to work for more than 18 hours every day. They are all in their 50s. The police ordered them to move heavy goods back and forth between second and third floors. Wang Ping was put in solitary confinement for a long time. Duan Gunhua was shocked by an electric baton on her face, which left a permanent scar. At the end of 2004, the police officer Chen Xiaolin tied up Shao Bixia's hands and feet and force fed her medicine four times a day, and poured cool water down her head.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107937.html

    4. An Honest Farmer from Anhui Sent to Forced Labor Illegally and Threatened with Three More Years

    Farmer Ms. Cong Lina from Fuyang City, Anhui Province was sent to the forced labor camp in May of 2005. Her family intended to file a complaint but was threatened with three more years of punishment from the police. Mr. Ji Bangxia from Taihe County was illegally sentenced to one year by the officials from the public security station, and the police demanded money from his family. Ms. Ping Yan from Yingshang County was held in the Taihe County Detection Center for practicing Falun Dafa. She had to wear a heavy object for one month as punishment in the detection center. Afterwards, she could not stand up straight for more than one month. Ms. Ming Xiulan from Yingshang County, Fuyang City, was harassed by the police because they suspected that she had something to do with Falun Dafa. She became destitute and homeless. Her home was broken and that also involved her father, who is in his 70's.

    http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/8/8/107941.html


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