Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Nearly 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been harassed or arrested in recent months

According to Minghui.org, a US-based website documenting the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime, Chinese police have harassed or arrested nearly 3,000 Falun Gong followers in recent two months.

Of the 2,941 individuals, 884 were arrested, 101 were placed in brainwashing centres, given a facility to renounce their faith, 34 were forced to undergo blood tests, and 17 were forced to flee their homes. was forced to.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice consisting of slow-paced meditation practices and moral teachings that promote truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance in everyday life. Its popularity peaked in China in the late 1990s, with between 70 million and 100 million followers, according to official estimates. However, the CCP has suppressed the group since 1999 for political reasons.

‘Zero Out Campaign’

As Minghui reports, the CCP has carried out its “zero-out campaign”, a zero tolerance policy against Falun Gong, which first appeared in Guizhou province in March 2020 in several provinces across the country in July and August Was.

In Lini County, Shanxi Province, the Local Political and Legal Affairs Committee led security agents, police officers and government employees to harass Falun Gong followers. He threatened every believer with the atheist political ideology of the Communist Party and tried to force them to renounce their beliefs.

The main culprits in the county were the heads of the local 610 Office, a secret extra-legal party organization dedicated to eradicating Falun Gong, Wang Shijun; Li Quanzhou, former head of the local 610 office; and Yuan Jianqing, an official responsible for security matters.

On July 5, local authorities kidnapped Falun Gong believer Yao Kangqiang, a resident of Pingyi Village in Beixin Town. They took Yao to a brainwashing center located at the Jingguo Hotel. The businessmen went on hunger strike to protest the abuse. Two days later, his condition developed and he was released. But a day later he was taken back. Currently, he is forced to run away from his house to escape police harassment.

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harassment of elderly doctors

The report said that 229 of the victims of repression are senior citizens who are 65 years of age and above.

Falun Gong businessman Jiang Jinying is a 65-year-old man from Jinan city in eastern China’s Shandong province. On 22 July, seven to eight officers from the Qianphoshan police station barged into her house, abducted her and confiscated some of her belongings.

Jiang has already been imprisoned twice in the CCP’s labor camp system for a total of three and a half years. There, her health declined, and she succumbed to tuberculosis and severe back pain.

He Wenkui is an 86-year-old retired professor at Beihua University’s Forestry College in Jilin City, Jilin Province, in northeastern China. On July 16, seven people of Taishan Road police station and local local committee raided his house. They confiscated her Falun Gong books and related materials, and kidnapped her and a fellow believer who was caring for her.

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Also in Jilin province, businessman Ahn Bokza, an 82-year-old retired associate professor, was sent to the Yanjie Detention Center in late August. Four years ago, he was given a 3-year sentence to serve out of prison. Now, she is facing prosecution again.

In the northern province of Hebei, 85-year-old Falun Gong follower Zhang Wanxin is a resident of Tangshan City. On August 19, police officers kidnapped Zhang while he was discussing Falun Gong with locals at a local fair in Luan’an County. The elderly man was released on “trial pending bail”.

However, soon after, he was sentenced by a local court to one year and six months in prison, with a probation period of 2 years and a fine of 1,000 yuan ($155).

Frank Yu is a Canada-based journalist for The Epoch Times covering news related to China. He also holds an MA in English Language and Literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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