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610 Office: China’s Modern Gestapo (6)- The Scope of Power

Posted by Author on October 10, 2006

World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Last Updated 06 April 2006– (cont’d)

4. The Scope of Power of the “610 Office”

On the issue of dealing with Falun Gong, the “610 Office” is completely above the power that a normal agency has at its level.

Other than reporting to the local Communist Party branches, it has higher power than normal government agencies and the Chinese legal, law and judicial system.

For example, the “610 Office” at the Zhuanglang County, Gansu Province has the following responsibilities: 1) “Directing, coordinating and checking the entire county’s struggle with Falun Gong and other cults” and 2) “Directing the police and the public security bureau to prevent Falun Gong and its cult organization from using the power within and outside China to overthrow the government as well as to ensure the stability of the society.” (16)

Other than directly persecuting Falun Gong (17)(Fig.2), the “610 Offices” also are involved with holding cultural activities (18), education (19), cable TV (20), holding exhibitions (21), Qigong (22), the women association (12, 23), the Chinese Communist Youth League (24) as well as other organizations.

It has the power to check and decide which TV programs get broadcasted outside of China (25). It can also interfere with lawyers on legal cases related with Falun Gong (26). At Datong District, Daqing City, a document clearly states that in order for an official to receive an assignment or a promotion, he must receive the blessings from the Department of Interior Affairs, the Political and Judiciary Committee, the “610 Office,” and others. Otherwise, no further progress will be considered.(27)

The “610 Office” operates clandestinely. This year, information about the “610 Office” on Chinese official web pages has been largely omitted.

An official document from CCP Rongchang County Committee states, “For the internal (the documents marked ‘secret’, use the name ‘The Office of the Leadership Team on the Issue of Dealing with Falun Gong of CCP Rongchang County Committee.’ For the external (the documents open to the public without secret level), use the name ‘The Office of the Leadership Team on the Issue of Dealing with Falun Gong of Rongchang County.’ The name of ‘610 Office’ is not allowed to be used. In public activities, the use of ‘The county 610 Office’ is absolutely forbidden.”(28) Traditionally, in the Communist Party, this kind of document can only come directly from the CCP Central Committee.

The Economy and Trade Committee of Suizhou City, Hubei Province received 204 official documents in 2001. Among them, 2 were marked as “Announcement,” 20 were marked as “secret,” and 2 were marked “highly secret.” Only one document from the “610 Office” of the Province was marked as “top secret”(29).

According to Article 9 of PRC Law on Protection of State Secrets, the state secret has three levels, “secret,” “highly secret” and “top secret.” “top secret” is the most important state secret. Leaking it will cause very serious damage to the state safety and interest.

The Propaganda Bureau, Civilization Office, “610 Office” of CCP Central Committee, and the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice and the Science Association of PRC once made an “Announcement of Holding an Exhibition on Anti-cult, Promoting Civilization.” (21) However, none of the Chinese government controlled media reports on this exhibition mentioned this announcement. Actually, when asked in the State Council Press Conference, the head of the Central “610 Office” Liu Jing intentionally avoided answering the question about this “610 Office” (30). (to be cont’d…)

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