April 25, 2017 | Dictated Ma Xin, edited by a fellow practitioner in China
(Minghui.org) I used to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and gamble on a regular basis. My unhealthy life style caused my body many problems, including serious stomach problems. However, I abandoned my terrible lifestyle and became healthy when I started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996.
This story is about how I was harassed by police simply because of my belief and how the illegal procedures imposed on me made a mockery of the Chinese legal system.
I was once reported to the police in late 2014 by someone who I had given a pamphlet to about the persecution of Falun Dafa. The police interrogated me and forcibly took my fingerprints. I was released at 2:00 a.m. the next morning.
The police searched my home two months later when I was away. They took away Dafa truth clarification pamphlets and made my husband sign a prepared letter renouncing Falun Dafa. They told my husband that the signature was all they needed.
A man and a woman then came to my home in July 2015 to deliver a court summons. I refused to accept it, so they just left it with me. I ended up burning it.
Some friends suggested that I leave home for several days or pretend to be sick to avoid the court hearing. I didn’t listen to their advice because I hadn’t done anything wrong or committed any crime. I had no reason to run away or hide.
I was leaving home on August 11 with Dafa materials in my bag as usual when ayoung man stopped me at the door. He said that he intended to escort me to the court hearing apparently scheduled for that day.
I started to talk to him about the unjust persecution and cases of ill fortune that have befallen those involved in the mistreatment of practitioners. He seemed to be thinking seriously about what I told him.
All of a sudden, about a dozen people showed up and walked into my home. They were from the local neighborhood committee, the court, and the Procuratorate. They were attempting to set up a court in my home to try me for my belief in Falun Dafa.
I asked them: “What have I been charged with? Do you have any evidence?”
They had no answer. They tried to make me sign a six-page interrogation record; I wrote “void” on it.
They demanded that I show myself whenever the local Justice Bureau called. I said I would not do that. I told them to remember that Falun Dafa is Good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good. After ten minutes they left one by one.
The young man who showed up at my door first came back after everyone else had left and asked me to help him withdraw from the Chinese Young Pioneers and the Youth League, which are affiliates of the Chinese Communist Party.
I was informed by the court two months later that I had been fined 3,000 yuan for a minor illegal offense. This was an unjust decision! I told my husband and son not to pay the fine for me because there was no legal basis for it.
My family and I have not been harassed again since then.
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What does Chinese society lack today? Isn’t it exactly the kind of people who have the moral courage to uphold justice and to sacrifice for others without much hesitation or calculation?
It was a warm and sunny spring day; and the temperature was just about right, not too hot and not too cool. Although many people were there, it didn’t feel that way. Everybody just stood quietly. Most of the time, I was reading my “Zhuan Falun,” a book I always carried with me that lays out the core teachings of Falun Gong, which are based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
Jennifer Zeng honors a victim of the persecution at the Washington Monument on July 22, 2010. (Mark Zou/Epoch Times)
I felt very calm. Never did I realize what that day and that appeal would mean to China and to the world in the years to come. On the evening of April 25, the then-head of the Chinese Communist Party sent a letter to top officials warning that the practitioners’ appeal was a “new signal” of a movement that threatened the Communist Party; in July, he would order a campaign to eradicate the practice of Falun Gong.
On the day before, I heard from a fellow Falun Gong practitioner that He Zuoxiu, a Chinese Communist Party propagandist who covered culture and science, had just published an article slandering Falun Gong. Many Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin City had protested this article. They wanted the public to know it was full of lies and asked that it be retracted. They ended up being beaten and arrested.
The police and authorities in Tianjin then told practitioners that this affair could only be resolved by appealing to the central government. Therefore, many practitioners decided to go to the Appeals Office in Beijing to express their concerns.
After reading He Zuoxiu’s article, I also decided to go.