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Significant jump of China’s censorship capabilities before the Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted by Author on June 1, 2013


Beginning early Friday morning, users of Sina Corp.’s massively popular Weibo microblog were able to search for information about one of the most sensitive incidents in recent Chinese history: the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

In a serious shift of censorship tactics just days ahead of the anniversary of the government’s bloody June 4, 1989 crackdown on protestors in Tiananmen, Sina appears to have begun to allow searches for terms associated with the highly sensitive event. But instead of turning up content related to the incident, searches yield results that have nothing to do with the protests or the government’s heavy-handed response. Read the rest of this entry »

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Persecution in China Continues 12 Years After 10,000-Strong Appeal

Posted by Author on April 26, 2011


In Europe, Asia and the United States over the weekend, Falun Gong practitioners marked the 12th anniversary of the largest peaceful demonstration in China in 20 years. That demonstration, on April 25, 1999, was followed three months later by a violent crackdown—when the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to arrest and torture Falun Gong practitioners.

On Saturday, practitioners like Xu Yan in Brussels used the anniversary to call for an end to the ongoing persecution. Read the rest of this entry »

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (3)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Obama administration not doing enough

Falun Gong practitioners from around the world, U.S. Congress members, NGOs, and others speak out against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of practitioners on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22. (Mark Zou/The Epoch Times)

Smith (Rep. Chris Smith) cited the numbers of Falun Gong killed and asked why the United Nations and the United States remains silent of this “holocaust”? He said that the use of torture against Falun Gong practitioners is perhaps the worst anywhere in china.

“We call on the Obama administration to do more to raise its voice very clearly on behalf of Falun Gong.”

Smith noted that China is on the State Department’s list of a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its human rights violations. He asked rhetorically, why aren’t the sanctions imposed on China, as is proscribed by the law?

“Even though Congress has spoken out nearly unanimously against [the persecution of Falun Gong], the Obama Administration, as previous administrations, has failed to press the government of China seriously enough to motivate theme to change their policy of attempting to destroy Falun Gong,” said Efferman.

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin repeated her wish that is contained in the House Resolution 605, which she authored. “I call upon President Obama and leaders of other free, democratic nations, to meet with Falun Gong practitioners whenever and wherever possible to emphasize our unequivocal support for freedom of conscience as a fundamental principle of the United States Government and any democracy.”

Reps. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns (D-NY) and Eliot Engle (D-NY) sent statements which were read at the rally. (END)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (2)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Solidarity with Falun Gong

Congressman Gus Bilrakis (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

Nearly all the speakers were not Falun Gong practitioners, but they expressed solidarity with the peaceful practice and appreciation for what Falun Gong has done to expand freedom for others.

“You have not surrendered to the tyranny, but have fought against it with the power of your hearts and minds. Through your television broadcasts, newspapers, and internet websites you have spread the word and provided access to the truth for those who live under the communist party’s lies and oppression,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL.).

He continued: “Please know that as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have worked hard to make sure your voice gets heard. … Your numbers cannot be denied and your collective voice cannot be stopped, especially not here in the United States, by Chinese communist thugs. I stand with you and share your principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) observed the first clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is about freedom of religion, which he said every person deserves, and expressed his solidarity with the protesters. The Congressman said, “We need to have change in the way we do business in the Peoples Republic of China.”

“I feel a very strong sense of solidarity with you, and so do all the members throughout the world. I believe you people today are the true martyrs in this age, as you continue to persevere through one of the worst persecutions of the 21 century,” said Dan Fefferman, Executive Director, Coalition for Religious Freedom. “We know the ideology of Marxist/Leninism is a materialistic ideology, an evil ideology, an ideology that does not believe in freedom, especially not spiritual freedom, freedom of speech and religion. You stand as a testimony to the strength of human spirit that will never be dominated by this communist ideology.”

Appreciation was also expressed by many for the work that some Falun Gong practitioners have done to defeat China’s Firewall. Clothilde Le Coz, Washington Director of Reporters Without Borders, said, “The Falun Gong’s struggle has given a gift worldwide: circumvention software for internet users. Tired of being censored and harassed, the Falun Gong petitioners created one famous tool that is used all around the world. Thank you.”

Perhaps no one could surpass an expression of solidarity with Falun Gong’s persecution than Presbyterian minister Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. He and his family were arrested for peacefully praying in front of the White House a few years ago to call attention to the lack of U.S. Government effort to pressure the Chinese to end the persecution. Rev. Mahoney waved his passport before the practitioners and said it shows that he was expelled from the Peoples’ Republic of China. He had been arrested and deported for demanding on Tiananmen Square for Chinese people to be able to freely practice their faith.

“This passport is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Rev. Mahoney……. (to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

SPEAK OUT: Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON— On the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at high noon on Thursday, about 500 Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners from around the world gathered in protest of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the meditation practice for the past 11 years.

Members of Congress, human rights activists, and Christian organizations joined offering their support for a new dawn of religious freedom in China.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) both spoke of the extreme brutality the Chinese regime inflicts on Falun Gong practitioners.

“That is absolutely despicable,” shouted Rep. Smith. “[Those who] cherish freedom must speak out against the brutality and hate that everyday manifests by the dictatorship of Beijing.”

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin said that the “Chinese communist regime’s obsessive and relentless hunting down of practitioners of Falun Gong” is “one of the most flagrant examples of systematic persecution in the 21st Century.”

Ros-Lehtenin was the author of H.R. 605 which called upon the Chinese regime to cease its campaign against Falun Gong practitioners and abolish the 6-10 office, which is given the mandate to “eradicate” Falun Gong. The resolution also called for the release of Falun Gong practitioners from prisons and reeducation through labor camps. It passed in March, overwhelmingly, 421 to 1.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtenin said nothing had changed in the last four

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

months since her resolution passed. “The persecution of Falun Gong is barbaric, bloody, and brutal, and it must come to an end at once!”

If anything the trend has been that the persecution is getting worse, observed Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), in a statement read at the rally. “Over the last 11 years of the ban against practicing Falun Gong in China, we have seen persecution against Falun Gong intensify, including an increase in censorship of websites, television stations, and other forms of media sympathetic to Falun Gong.”

Two of the speakers were survivors of China’s Re-education Through Labor camps. Charles Lee spent three years in a labor camp. Jennifer Zeng from Sydney, Australia, said she was present in July 1999 when the first Falun Gong practitioners were rounded up. She was eventually sent to a labor camp where she said she was “beaten, shocked by electric batons to every part of the body,” and deprived of sleep for days.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said that often female Falun Gong practitioners undergo forced abortions while being detained. She said that forced abortion and forced sterilizations were state policy in China and really forms of torture, which may explain the unusually large rate of female suicides in China and why China is the only country in the world where the female suicide rate is higher than the male suicide rate…….(to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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An empty seat, a broken heart: A Chinese woman musician’s story

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010


By Mei Xuan, Via The Washington Times, July 21, 2010 –

Have you ever
waited at an airport for a loved one you have not seen in a long time? Surely you remember the giddy expectation, scanning arriving passengers for that familiar face. But what if your loved one never arrived?

My husband never turned up. On Feb. 18, I waited for him at Newark International Airport with flowers. It had been over three years since I last saw him before fleeing China. Jiang Feng was to arrive on a Continental Airlines flight from Shanghai, but after the last passengers left he was still nowhere to be seen. My calls to China confirmed my greatest fears: He checked in, but never boarded the flight. Chinese secret police abducted him.

We married 12 years ago in Anhui province. I was a musician and he worked as a piano tuner. But before our first anniversary we were kidnapped from our workplaces and jailed. That was July 20, 1999, the first round of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners like us.

Our worlds collapsed as the campaign rolled in with a force equal to that of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Suddenly, we were enemies of the state, cut off from our family and friends. We were arrested for practicing meditation and following our discipline – principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Falun Gong was becoming too popular for the Communist Party’s liking and our crime was having an independent belief system.

As I was a prominent musician, my director pulled strings to get me out, but my husband was jailed for three years. In 2002, literally days before his release, I was standing on a sidewalk when plainclothes police suddenly shoved me into a taxi and drove me to a detention center. They imprisoned me for four years. I was tied to a chair for 75 days without being allowed to sleep or use the restroom. My fingers and feet swelled three times their size. I was electrocuted, beaten and repeatedly knocked unconscious. I watched my friends, one after another, take their last breaths. Somehow, I survived and, after being released in 2006, fled to the United States.

My husband and I planned to reunite here. After I was generously granted political asylum, he also received the status of “derivative asylee,” obtained a U.S. visa, packed his bags and checked in at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

He would have been with me in Washington this week, as thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from around the world mark yet another anniversary of persecution in China. Instead, he is in an Anhui province labor camp in which prisoners toil in a coal mine. In addition to torture, my husband now faces the dangers of being trapped, suffocated or crushed underground in China’s most fatality-prone work.

Many people think the persecution of Falun Gong is mostly a thing of the past, a blotch on China’s slow but steady progress. Quite the contrary. In the months before the Olympics, over 8,000 practitioners were arrested, often from their homes for no apparent reason other than their faith. Many were sent to labor camps for periods far exceeding the length of the Olympic Games. Last year saw an upsurge in sham trials with hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners sentenced to prison for up to 18 years, often simply for downloading an article or distributing leaflets exposing persecution.

My husband and I were wed 12 years ago but, separated by persecution, we have shared married life for only a few months. I am extremely worried about his safety as I know what he faces every minute.

As you notice the Falun Gong activities this week, please remember that these victims of oppression are real people. They are our husbands and parents and children. They need your international voices of support. We have seen how, when the world looks away, we face the darkest pitilessness of the Chinese Communist Party. Your direct, public statements of support have a great restraining effect.

Mei Xuan is a former prisoner of conscience who spent four years in a Chinese jail. She is now a musician with New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

The Washington Times

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Eleven Years Killing of Chinese People’s Conscience and Falun Gong’s Peaceful Activism

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


Press Statement, from the Falun Dafa Information Center, 20 Jul 2010 –

NEW YORK – Eleven years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong—a peaceful and popular spiritual practice embraced by tens of millions of Chinese citizens.  But the practitioners of Falun Gong are not the only victims, and the lives destroyed and lost are not the only costs.

Following the Communist Party’s decision to suppress Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, Falun Gong books were burned in mass public displays, the state-run media turned out a deluge of propaganda to vilify the practice. Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their rights to free expression, religious practice, and legal protections. Schools expelled students for practicing Falun Gong, and workplaces turned in employees to be imprisoned and tortured.

Falun Gong practitioners today represent the largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world, with hundreds of thousands extra-judicially imprisoned at any given time. Tens of thousands have been tortured in custody as prison guards attempt to force them to recant their beliefs. They are shocked with electric batons, burned, hung from ceilings, and beaten. They are denied adequate nutrition, and force-fed with hot peppers and human excrement. Women are raped, and even children and the elderly are not spared imprisonment and abuse.  Mounting evidence suggests many—thousands or even tens of thousands—have been killed for the extraction and sale of their vital organs. In 2009, over 109 reports were verified of practitioners killed as a result of abuse in custody.

Even outside of China’s borders, Falun Gong adherents are not free from the threat of surveillance, intimidation, defamation and even violence at the hands of Communist Party agents.

The Killing of Conscience

The Communist Party’s campaign of suppression is not merely about the physical security of Falun Gong adherents. Rather, it represents a threat to something far more fundamental and lasting:  the rights of individuals to seek to better themselves, and the collective values and integrity of an entire nation.

When the suppression in 1999 started, Falun Gong practitioners had never expressed any political ambitions. They were not subversive. They did not advocate for political transformation, and instead sought only the transformation of their own hearts. But even though they were not political dissidents, they were spiritual dissidents. In a nation where violence had been glorified, they chose to believe in compassion and patience.  In a system pervaded by deception and corruption, they practiced truth. And in a China whose new mantra was that ‘to be rich is glorious,’ they sought meaning not in the pursuit of money, but through meditation, self-reflection, and the practice of altruism.

As Falun Gong grew in China—with an estimated over 70 million people practicing by 1999—its popularity attracted the ire of top Communist Party leaders, who viewed its moral philosophy as ideological competition. This dynamic was described in an editorial from official Communist Party mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency, which ran on July 27th, 1999, declaring: “the ‘truth, kindness and tolerance’ principle preached by [Falun Gong] has nothing in common with the socialist ethical and cultural progress we are striving to achieve.”

The persecution aims not to kill Falun Gong practitioners; deaths in custody are generally a by-product. The true objective is forced religious conversion. Individuals who aspire to lead moral lives, who aspire to altruism and kindness, are imprisoned, vilified, and tortured for the purpose of turning them into people without spiritual belief. After they are “reformed” through coercion and abuse, they are then forced to partake in the “transformation” of other Falun Gong practitioners.  In a sense, the goal of persecution is to turn law-abiding people who aspire to kindness into people who inform on and torture their friends.

A Nation Victimized

Falun Gong practitioners are not the only victims of persecution in China.  The suppression of Falun Gong has been directed by the Communist Party and its security forces, but it has been executed with the help and acquiescence of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens.

Police officers who entered their profession in order to protect the people have been forced to imprison elderly women for meditating in parks. Labor camp guards are threatened with the loss of jobs if they don’t partake in the torture and abuse of Falun Gong detainees, and reporters and editors are forced to print hate speech against the practice. School teachers are required to ensure that none of their students believe in Falun Gong, and employers are made to turn in productive employees to be sent to labor camps. Ordinary citizens are offered monetary rewards for informing on their neighbors who practice Falun Gong, and judges are not allowed to rule in favor of justice when Falun Gong adherents are brought before them.

And if nothing else, Chinese citizens have been told by their country’s leaders to hate Falun Gong, to feel contempt for its teachings of truth, compassion, and tolerance, and to stay silent when faced with injustice.

These are the other victims of the suppression of Falun Gong. True, they are not behind bars, nor denied educations and jobs because of their beliefs.  But they have been denied something even more important than physical freedoms—a clean conscience. They have been robbed of their integrity, blinded from truth. And it is for these people for whom Falun Gong adherents in China continue to risk their lives.

Since the suppression of Falun Gong began eleven years ago, the response by Falun Gong practitioners has been a path of non-violent efforts to educate their compatriots of the truth. They have countered a barrage of official propaganda with underground printing houses, where they create informational materials about the real nature of their spiritual beliefs. They have launched a satellite television station to broadcast uncensored news to China, and developed circumvention software to break through Internet censorship, enabling millions of Chinese citizens to freely access information. They have nurtured performing and visual arts groups to bring a message of peace, compassion, truth and hope to the Chinese people.

Today, there is reason for optimism. As time has worn on, a growing number of Chinese people are refusing to be complicit in the persecution against Falun Gong. By the hundreds of thousands, they write letters to Falun Gong websites expressing their support and solidarity with persecuted adherents. Dozens of human rights lawyers are now actively seeking to defend Falun Gong adherents, even though they know doing so will result in their disbarment and possibly torture.

More and more Chinese people are refusing to be cowed by threats of violence, because they know that a life lived without freedom of conscience is not a life worth living. They realize that the right to seek truth and to pursue self-actualization is what makes us human.  It is what makes a person strong, it is what gives meaning and value to life. It is what enables a nation or a culture, to flourish, and it is these things that, one day, can truly enable the nation of China to reach its full potential, a China that the world would like to see.

– The Falun Dafa Information Center:
Eleven Years of Persecution and Peaceful Activism

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Editorial: Enduring Darkness and Radiating Light– Falun Gong Practitioners in 11 Years of Persecution

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


By The Epoch Times Editorial Board, July 20, 2010 –

"Shaken" by Chen Xiaoping, the Gold Award-winning painting in the Second Chinese International Figure Painting Competition. (Provided by NTDTV)

Eleven years ago this week, Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), started an all-out persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The years since have been extraordinary for Falun Gong practitioners, the people in China, and free nations around the world.

In the past 11 years, the world has witnessed the pain and suffering Falun Gong practitioners have gone through. The CCP, in addition to spreading outrageous lies, has tortured Falun Gong practitioners with means of torture used only in the darkest eras of humankind, such as the needle club, steel wire, copper whip, bramble whip, genital beating, rape, and the like.

A report by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture listed at least 40 types of torture used by the CCP against Falun Gong practitioners.

According to reports on Clearwisdom, a website run by Falun Gong practitioners, there have been at least 3,300 confirmed deaths of Falun Gong practitioners; over 100,000 have been sentenced to labor camps; thousands more have been sent to mental hospitals where the tortures may include nerve-damaging drugs.

Untold numbers of practitioners have been forced to attend brainwashing classes, and untold numbers have been beaten, made to stand for hours or days on end, and extorted by law- enforcement officials.

Because of the CCP’s information blockade, only a fraction of the abuses suffered in the ongoing persecution are known.

Moral Test Faced By All

The CCP has used its enormous political, economic, and diplomatic resources against Falun Gong, forcing everyone inside and outside of China to choose whether to side with the persecution or to oppose it. The persecution stands opposed to modern civilization, and so its continued existence only highlights the persecutors’ cruelty as well as the moral dilemma that our era faces.

The contest between good and evil always determines the course of civilization. For instance, by the end of World War II, freedom had prevailed over fascism. Civilization has been built on a set of universal moral principles, and when such principles are destroyed, civilization will cease to exist. The sharp decline in morality visible in China today is precisely due to the CCP’s destruction of traditional morality.

When the CCP persecutes a group that believes in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, it actually attacks the most fundamental standards of human morality. If the CCP were allowed to have its way, our moral heritage and our civilization would collapse.

The CCP’s attempt to persecute Falun Gong and the efforts to stop this persecution are a battle between good and evil. To keep silent in the face of the persecution is to stand idly by while the foundation of civilization is under attack. That this persecution has been allowed to last 11 years is an enormous shame for our age. The sustained persecution tries our conscience.

Starting 11 years ago, China slipped into a period of extreme darkness: Peasants have had their land expropriated; workers have been forced to retire early; people have seen their homes forcibly confiscated and torn down; underground Christians have endured harsh suppression; dissidents and human rights defenders have been jailed. Ordinary Chinese have experienced indescribable ordeals.

Turning Back the Darkness

On May 9, 2009, 6,000 Taiwanese practitioners in golden and white costumes formed an image of "Zhuan Falun," the book that guides practitioners in their cultivation. (The Epoch Times)

During the unprecedented, dark pressure of the past 11 years, Falun Gong practitioners’ behavior has surprised everyone. From the beginning to the end, they have remained peaceful and calm, a most remarkable characteristic. The practitioners’ peacefulness goes from the inside out, penetrates all around them, and reveals to those who wish to see it a path that might have otherwise been regarded as inconceivable.

Eleven years ago, Falun Gong was practiced in 30 countries. Since then, Falun Gong has been calmly and peacefully spreading and is now practiced in 114 countries. Today, Falun Gong can be found in most areas in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe, and in some African countries. Falun Gong books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Inside China, the unyielding spirit of Falun Gong practitioners has inadvertently reversed the dangerous trend of the moral collapse of the entire society.

In the most difficult of situations, Falun Gong practitioners have forged ahead and in doing so have revived the Chinese people’s upright spirit and morality, which was on the brink of extinction. As a result, the Chinese have found a way out of a fearsome impasse. People are starting to see hope and brightness at the end of the tunnel. In all of history, this is unprecedented.

In the shadow of the Berlin Wall that separated the free West from the communist East, President John F. Kennedy said, “Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.”

When Jiang Zemin wantonly twisted the law to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, the CCP officials at all levels began employing the same method to suppress other groups. That was the origin of China’s darkness and corruption we are witnessing today.

We are very fortunate to see how Falun Gong practitioners have responded to the persecution. They have manifested amazing will power, resisted the persecution unyieldingly and constantly, and told the truth to people compassionately, peacefully, and rationally.

Everything done by the practitioners has been done not been merely to protect their own rights, but to protect the legal rights of everyone. Evil can never prevail over good. Their spirit has become the great asset as well as the glory of our time because they have lightened the dark land with the light of their own lives.

The Epochtimes

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Review: 11 Years of Persecution of Falun Gong in China (video)

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


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State secret: A Staged Tragedy by Chinese Authority: Self-Immolation in Tiananmen Square, 2001

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How some top Chinese military generals refused to lead tank troops to Tiananmen Square during the June 4 crackdown

Posted by Author on June 5, 2010


JOHN GARNAUT,  Sydney Morning Herald CORRESPONDENT, June 4, 2010 –

BEIJING:  In May 1989 the talented commander of the legendary 38th Army, Lieutenant General Xu Qinxian, defied an order from the paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, to lead his troops to Beijing.

General Xu took no part in the subsequent killing of hundreds of protesters around Tiananmen Square, which is now quietly referred to in China simply as ”June 4” and remains the worst incident of direct military violence against Chinese people in the People’s Republic’s 60-year history. The bloodshed split the People’s Liberation Army as it did the Communist Party and the country. ”The case of General Xu is representative of the dissenting voice within the military,” said Warren Sun, an authority at Monash University on the Communist Party’s internal history . ”Deng held a real fear of a possible military coup,” he said.

The killings around Tiananmen continue to taint the legacies of the party elders who ordered them, led by Deng, and it weighs on the generation of mainly conservative leaders whose careers advanced because their more moderate colleagues were purged or sidelined at the time.

Those internal wounds are still raw, as demonstrated by the effort that the party and PLA have exerted to ensure today’s 21st anniversary will pass without any public mention within China.

But acts of courageous defiance are kept alive by military and party veterans in private conversations and overseas Chinese language publications, in the belief or hope that those who refused to spill blood in 1989 will one day be acknowledged as heroes.

Around May 20, 1989, General Zhou Yibing, commander of the Beijing Military District, had couriered the marching orders to General Xu’s barracks in Baoding, south of Beijing. ”When he was ordered to march into the square, Xu asked a series of questions,” said a serving general in the People’s Liberation Army, answering queries from the Herald which were relayed via a close associate.

”He asked if there was an order from … Zhao Ziyang,” said the serving PLA general, referring to the Communist Party boss who had already been sidelined because of his opposition to the use of force. The answer was no and ”Xu then refused to march.”

General Xu is the best known conscientious objector but not the only one.

On some accounts, General Xu’s mentor, Qin Jiwei, who was then defence minister and a member of the politburo, attempted to forge an alliance with Zhao to oppose martial law. Zhao was purged and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

“He was ordered to implement martial law [after a meeting at Deng’s home on May 17] but he refused, saying he needed party authority,” said a prominent scholar, whose father had served under Qin. “Qin called Zhao’s office and waited for four hours until 2.30 in the morning to receive Zhao’s return phone call overruling Deng Xiaoping … but the call never came.”

There has been no public corroboration of this account by Zhao or those close to him.

The serving PLA general who responded to the Herald’s questions about General Xu also pointed to the case of He Yanran, commander of the 28th Army.

”[General] He was also court-martialled because his armoured personnel carriers and trucks were burned down by angry onlookers and he refused to disperse them,” said the serving general, through the mutual acquaintance.

General Xu was jailed for five years and is believed to be living a quiet life in occasional contact with reform-minded friends. General Qin later maintained a strong public show of support for the crackdown but was nevertheless deprived of his former power until his death in 1997. General He was demoted.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Deng Xiaoping said Tiananmen Square need to “spill some blood” during the June 4 massacre– Former Chinese Premier’s diary claims

Posted by Author on June 5, 2010


By Peter Foster in Beijing, The Telegraph, UK, 04 Jun 2010 –

The phrase, attributed to China’s then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, appears in a previously suppressed diary which publishers say will lift the veil of secrecy over how the decision was made to send in the tanks on the night of June 3-4.

Leaked extracts of the diary said to be by Li Peng, the hardline former head of China’s government in 1989 who is most deeply associated with the bloody crackdown, appeared yesterday as dissidents commemorated the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square.

“The measures for martial law must be steady-handed, and we must minimise harm, but we must prepare to spill some blood,” Deng told officials on May 19 1989, according to a copy of the manuscript.

Mr Li, now 81 and reportedly in frail health, is said to have written his diary to justify his own role in the killings and to counter long-standing beliefs in China that it he pressured Deng Xiaoping into ordering the use of lethal force.

“From the beginning of the turmoil, I have prepared for the worst,” Mr Li is quoted as saying.

“I would rather sacrifice my own life and that of my family to prevent China from going through a tragedy like the Cultural Revolution,” he added, referring to a period of bitter political in-fighting in China from 1966-76.

The memoirs come a year after the publication of the secret memoirs of Zhao Ziyang, the Communist Party general secretary, who Premier Li helped push from office for seeking to negotiate with the protestors…..(more details from telegraph.co.uk)

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Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing politician in a rare attack on China over Tiananmen massacre

Posted by Author on June 5, 2010


By Tom Mitchell and Gideon Rachman in Hong Kong, The Financial Times, June 5 2010 –

The founder of Hong Kong’s largest pro-Beijing political party has spoken out against the Chinese government in a rare criticism of the brutal military crackdown that squashed demonstrations in 1989.

Tsang Yok-sing is usually one of the Chinese communist party’s staunchest defenders in Hong Kong , and his Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong – known as DAB – provides an important block of loyalist support in the territory’s legislature.

But in unprecedented remarks, Mr Tsang occasionally struggled to contain his emotions as he recalled the bloody events in China’s capital 21 years ago. “Everyone was shocked. If anything, being pro-Beijing we thought we understood the [Chinese] government so well,” he told the Financial Times. “We never believed a government we so trusted would turn its troops against the people.”

Mr Tsang, who also serves as president of the territory’s legislature, was speaking hours before more than 150,000 people gathered to mark the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre at an annual candlelight vigil.

Governed as a largely autonomous special administrative region where civil freedoms are still protected, Hong Kong is the only place in the People’s Republic of China where the victims of Tiananmen are openly mourned . Last year the memoirs of Zhao Ziyang , the former party general secretary who opposed the bloody crackdown on student protesters in 1989, were published posthumously in Hong Kong.

Bao Pu, who edited Zhao’s memoirs, said yesterday that he had obtained a rival account of Tiananmen penned by Li Peng, Mr Zhao’s hard-line adversary. In his account, Mr Li stands by the government’s decision to crush the mass protests by ordering the People’s Liberation Army to launch a violent assault.

Mr Tsang was the principal at a “patriotic” school in Hong Kong as the Tiananmen Square protests gathered pace in the spring of 1989. The massacre shocked the schools’ teachers and students who, Mr Tsang remembered, wept at the news. “It is difficult, it is difficult,” he said. “If you asked me has time changed these emotions we had right after the event, I would say no.”

“Long long ago I told myself the best way to commemorate June 4 – and make sure those who sacrificed their lives did not do so in vain – is to do what I can to help my country, within Hong Kong, to become more liberal-democratic,” Mr Tsang added……. (more details from The Financial Times)

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(Photos) 150,000 Chinese gathered in Hong Kong Marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre

Posted by Author on June 4, 2010


On June 4, 2010, more than 150,000 people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (1)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (2)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (3)

On the way to Victoria Park vigil for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

(Photos credit to The Epochtimes)

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(video) Tank Man– Courage that Inspires Not Only Chinese

Posted by Author on June 3, 2010


Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this confrontation on June 5, 1989 (in Beijing, China) became an icon for the fight for freedom around the world.

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Tank Cartoon Censored before Anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square Crackdown (photos)

Posted by Author on June 3, 2010


By Madeline Earp / CPJ Asia Research Associate, June 3, 2010 –

Tank Cartoon published on Southern Metropolis Daily

Twenty-one years after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, China’s censors are still working to purge public discourse about the tragic events of June 4, 1989. But some Chinese Web users clearly have a healthy appetite for such a debate and are willing to circumvent the government censors.

A cartoon that alludes to Friday’s anniversary of the crackdown on student-led protests around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been circulating on overseas Web sites after it was deleted from the Chinese Internet, according to international news reports.

The Guangzhou-based Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily)— a state-owned but assertive news outlet—published the image of a boy drawing a soldier and a row of tanks on a blackboard as one of a series of cartoons marking International Children’s Day on June 1. It appeared in print as well as online, according to the BBC, but was later removed from the news outlet’s Web site.

The BBC’s Chinese-language service highlights why the cartoon drew the

Tank Man

censors’ attention, reproducing it alongside the memorable “tank man” photograph from the crackdown in which a protester confronts government troops. A torch— like the one held by the Goddess of Democracy statue that protesters erected in Tiananmen Square—appears alongside the tanks on the child’s blackboard. The blackboard has the headline, “School Newspaper.”

Some details about the cartoon remain obscure, such as the date on the blackboard, May 1985. But the cartoon, credited to Xiang Ma, appears to be a clear reference to Tiananmen, an event so taboo that journalist Shi Tao is serving a 10-year prison term simply for e-mailing to overseas sources the government’s propaganda department instructions on coverage of the anniversary. After Shi sent the directive to overseas Web sites in 2004, the government classified the propaganda instructions a state secret.

CPJ.org

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China Says The Bloody Crackdown in 1989 on Beijing Tiananmen Square Was Correct

Posted by Author on June 3, 2010


Stephanie Ho | Beijing, VOA News, 03 June 2010 –

A Chinese spokeswoman is defending the Chinese government’s bloody 1989 crackdown on demonstrators in Tiananmen Square and says China has taken the correct development path in the 21 years since then.

On June 4, 21 years ago, Chinese government troops moved in to crush a student-led demonstration that had been growing on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.  Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people were killed — most of them protesters and other bystanders.

At a regular briefing Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu stressed that the Chinese government has already made what she describes as a “clear conclusion” about the 1989 crackdown.

Jiang says the past few decades have shown that China chose a development path that is, in her words, “suitable for China’s national conditions and in the fundamental interest of the Chinese people.”

Beijing’s official verdict is that the 1989 demonstrations were a part of a counter-revolutionary rebellion.  The protesters had been demonstrating for weeks.  They were calling for more political openness and decrying corruption.

Bao Tong is the highest-ranking person to have spent time in jail for supporting those in the government who, at the time, wanted to talk to the students, not shoot them.  He is 77 years old.

Bao, who spent seven years in prison, says he sees no new developments in the Chinese government that would indicate a change of verdict.

Bao says he is old and does not have the strength to make appeals.  But, he says he is happy to see the development of the Internet and calls the advances in information transmission “China’s hope.”

Wang Dan, who was a prominent student activist in 1989, now lives in exile.  From California, he sent out notices for netizens around the world to join in a virtual commemoration ceremony, via Twitter, to grieve for the dead and condemn what he described as “the government murderers.”

Twitter is among the websites that are blocked by the Chinese government.

Meanwhile, another group, called Tiananmen Mothers, issued what has become an annual open letter to call for a more open accounting of the government’s 1989 crackdown.  The group is made up of families of the victims.

VOA News

Related:
Videos: Tiananmen Square Massacre 18 Years Ago in China

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Hong Kong Police Confiscate 2 “Goddess of Democracy” Statues, Arrest 13 Chinese Activists

Posted by Author on June 2, 2010


By Lin Yi & Tan Hohua, Epoch Times staff, May 31, 2010-

Police forcefully take away Alliance Deputy Chair Richard Choi Yiu-cheong. (Pan Zaishu/Epoch Times Staff)

Hong Kong—As preparations mount for commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong, police confiscated two replicas of the iconic “Goddess of Democracy” statue and detained over a dozen activists over the weekend. The moves have raised concerns over infringements of free expression in the territory.

Hong Kong police detained 13 prodemocracy activists and confiscated a replica of the statue on Saturday May, 29. According to The Standard, when two activists sought to place a second replica of the statue at the same location on Sunday, they were again detained and the figurine confiscated.

Richard Tsoi, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, told The Epoch Times that police arrested him and 12 other activists Saturday, but had not filed any charges.

“There is an increasing level of political censorship on the commemoration of the June 4 [killings],” said Tsoi. “The Alliance will never compromise. We will have the candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on time at 8 p.m. on June 4.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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March in Hong Kong’s Torrential Rain to Commemorate June 4 Beijing Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


DPA, via earthtimes.org, May 30, 2010-

Hong Kong – Hundreds of people took part in an annual march in Hong Kong Sunday to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

Police estimated that about 800 people took part in the march from Victoria Park to Hong Kong’s Central Government Offices although organisers claimed the turnout was much higher.

The marchers braved torrential rain as they shouted slogans and held up banners calling on China to reverse its verdict on the pro-democracy activists who died in the crackdown on June 4, 1989.

Hong Kong, a former British colony which reverted to Chinese rule in 1989 under a ‘one country two systems’ arrangement, is the only place on Chinese soil where the killings are publicly commemorated.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to join a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Friday evening, the city’s main annual event to mark the massacre’s anniversary.

On Saturday, police detained 13 activists and confiscated a replica statue of the Goddess of Democracy when the activists staged an unauthorised anniversary protest at a shopping mall.

by DPA

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U.S. City of Cleveland Officials Proclaim May 29 as ‘Shen Yun Performing Arts Day’

Posted by Author on May 29, 2010


Epoch  Times Staff, May. 29, 2010-

CLEVELAND, Ohio—  City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson more than just welcomed Shen Yun Performing Arts to his fine city. He went a step further and publicly proclaimed May 29, 2010 as “Shen Yun Performing Arts Day” in paying homage to the New York-based company.

Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is scheduled to premier this evening at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square for one show only.

Mr. Jackson was joined by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Dennis M. Clough, Mayor of Beachwood, Merle S. Gorden and the City of Cleveland’s Council President Martin J. Sweeney in publicly delaring recognition of Shen Yun Performing Arts day.

“It draws on the expression of Chinese classical performance to showcase true traditional Chinese culture, devoid of any elements of Chinese communist culture,” Mr. Jackson said.

Shen Yun is one of three companies currently scheduled to appear on its 2010 World Tour in more than 100 cities performing some 400 shows. The two other companies are touring in Europe and in Australia.

Mr. Jackson appreciated that Shen Yun was brought to Cleveland by the Ohio Oriental Culture Association and Ohio Falun Dafa Association, endorsed by his colleague Mr. Clough “for contributing to our area’s reputation as a cultural center.”

Mr. Clough wished the company “much success in the future as they continue to bring the very best of traditional Chinese culture to our community,” he said.

Shen Yun comprises a group of leading artists who share in a vision of cultural renewal bringing together over 100 of the world’s foremost classically-trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians, vocalists and an orchestra that blends both Western and Chinese instruments using only original composition.

A resolution was passed from the Cleveland city council members to support both mayors in their decision to proclaim May 29 as Shen Yun Performing Arts day.

“Cleveland is extremely honored to be among those cities hosting this phenomenal show which represents a true renaissance of classical Chinese culture,” the council president, Mr. Sweeney said.

Shen Yun has already graced many of the world’s greatest stages, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and Paris’ Le Palais de Congrès.

United States Senator Sherrod Brown welcomed Shen Yun to Cleveland in a letter.

“This evening’s performance promises to be an unforgettable tribute to the 5,000-year history of Chinese culture,” Mr. Brown said.

He commended both the Cultural and Falun Dafa associations “for bringing this important cultural event filled with music and dance to Cleveland to celebrate Chinese culture as well as entertain, educate, and enrich the audience.

“Please accept my best wishes for an extraordinary evening,” Sen. Brown concluded.

The Epochtimes

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Toledo Mayor Proclaimes “Shen Yun Day” For the City

Posted by Author on May 15, 2010


By Stephanie Lam, Epoch Times Staff, May 15, 2010 –

TOLEDO, Ohio— New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, which stopped at Toledo, Ohio on May 14 during its 2010 world tour, impressed the city’s Mayor Michael P. Bell so much that he proclaimed the day as “Shen Yun Day” of the city.

“As Mayor of the City of Toledo, it is my privilege and responsibility to recognize those groups who have made outstanding achievements that reflect on the well-being and growth of the Toledo community and its citizens,” he wrote in the proclamation.

“With a cast of award-winning dancers, a live orchestral accompaniment, elaborate costumes and state-of-the-art digital backdrops; Shen Yun’s performances breathe new life into China’s classical culture. The company also seeks to use the traditional arts as a vehicle to spread a message of hope and beauty to reinvigorate Chinese culture with the values and spirituality that once made it so rich. It is not simply stunning for its artistry but also refreshingly real, heartfelt, probing and original.”

Bell was amazed by soprano Haolan Geng’s song, Reaching the Other Shore, and was among those in a standing ovation when she finished it, before an encore.

The show had a full house and closed with a standing ovation and two curtain calls. The audience clapped several times in the middle of most programs during the show.

During a VIP reception after the show, Bell expressed his appreciation for Shen Yun’s coming to Toledo.

“I hope that we can make the world better by working with you,” he said. “Thank you, very much, for being here.”

The next stop on the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company US tour is Newark, New Jersey, for three performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, May 22-23. ( The Epochtimes)

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(video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (1)-  USA: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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April 25 Beijing Appeal Incident- Falun Gong’s effort to stop the escalation of the persecution in China (Video)

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


Data  re-organized from article “Behind the April 25 Incident”, The Falun Dafa Information Cenetr –

On July 20, 1999, then Chinese president Jiang Zemin used two secret documents to accuse Falun Gong of two crimes that he wanted to charge them with – namely conspiring with foreign forces and being directed by senior insiders in the Communist Party.  In the absence of any corroborating evidence, Jiang decided on a policy of persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The persecution was formally started on July 20, but the development and escalation of oppression actually started from 3 years earlier, in 1996.

Therefore, we can  see clearly that the well-known incident of April 25 ten thousands people’s appeal in Beijing 3 months before the formal crackdown was an effort by Falun Gong practitioners to stop the upcoming nationwide persecution.

Here are some events happened before the April. 25 appeal, listed in chronological order:

1996, June 17– Guangming Daily, the mouthpiece of the State Council, published an article by a columnist denouncing Falun Gong

1996, July 24– the Chinese News Publication Office issued a nationwide circular banning the distribution of all Falun Gong publications.

1997– the Public Security Bureau began a nationwide investigation to gather evidence in the hopes of casting Falun Gong as an “evil cult.”  However, all of the police stations around the country finally reported after much investigation: “no evidence found so far.”  The investigations thus came to an end.

1998, end of MayHe Zuoxiu (a prominent Marxist-atheist) denounced Falun Gong in an interview on Beijing Television, saying how it was harmful and such.  After that, when showing an interview at a Falun Gong practice site, the program said that Falun Gong was “feudalistic superstition.”  After the program was broadcast, practitioners who actually knew those people who had been brought up as examples by He Zuoxiu in the program immediately pointed out to He Zuoxiu and the TV station that the program was contrary to the facts because those people weren’t even Falun Gong practitioners.  In the ensuing days, more practitioners visited or wrote letters to the TV station by telling their own personal experiences of practicing Falun Gong.  Their responses were based on the central government’s official “Three No’s” policy towards Qigong:  “no beating, no argument, no reporting.” Later, the executives of the TV station said that broadcasting that program had been the most serious mistake ever made since the startup of the TV station.  So, as a correction, the TV station very quickly broadcast a positive program on Falun Gong showing practitioners peacefully practicing their morning exercises along with other people in the park.

1998, July 21– the First Division of the Public Security Bureau issued a 1998-No. 555 circular “Notification Regarding Starting an Investigation on Falun Gong.”  The “Notification” claimed that (Falun Gong founder) Mr. Li Hongzhi was spreading rumors and evil teachings and that some core practitioners were engaged in illegal activities in the name of Falun Gong.  However, the circular then also mentioned that the Public Security Political Protection Departments in each area should begin a thorough investigation to get inside information on Falun Gong activities and find evidence of crimes committed by core practitioners using Falun Gong.  We can see that the circular followed the procedure of convicting Falun Gong of a crime and then looking for evidence later.  This “Notification” resulted in the local Public Security departments in a number of areas around the country to illegally raid Falun Gong practice sites, forcibly disperse practitioners, search homes, break and enter into civilian residences, confiscate people’s private property, and so on.

1998, latter half of the year– a group of retired National People’s Congress cadres led by Qiao Shi [the former Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress] conducted a detailed investigation and study over a certain period of time on Falun Gong because so many members of the public had sent letters mentioning the Public Security Bureau’s illegal treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.  The conclusion of the study was that “Falun Gong only benefits and does no harm to the nation and the people.”  This report was delivered to the Politburo headed by Jiang Zemin.

1998, September– The National Sports Commission had also conducted a comprehensive investigation and study into Falun Gong in May 1998.  So in September, in order to coordinate with this study, a team made up of medical experts did a questionnaire survey of a sample of 12,553 Falun Gong practitioners.  The results clearly indicated that the rate of effectiveness for improving health and fitness was 97.9%.

1998, October 20– the head of the research team sent to Changchun and Haarbin by the National Sports Commission said:  “We feel that both the Falun Gong exercises and their effectiveness are quite good.  The impact on the stability of society and the strengthening of the spiritual culture are all quite evident.  This deserves to be fully recognized.”  During this time, non-government studies into the efficacy of Falun Gong in Dalian, Beijing, and elsewhere also produced consistent results.

1999, April 11He Zuoxiu (again) published an article in the Tianjin College of Education’s Youth Reader magazine entitled “I Do Not Agree with Youth Practicing Qigong.”  In this article, He drew upon the same examples to slander Falun Gong as he had presented on the Beijing TV Station program in 1998.  Because these examples had already been fully clarified in the Beijing TV Station incident, this article of He’s had already been strictly boycotted by Beijing’s media and propaganda system.  Now that this article was appearing in Tianjin, some practitioners in Tianjin felt that it was necessary to explain the facts and the truth to Tianjin officials.  They also hoped to lessen the negative impact of the article through contact with the editors of the magazine.

1999, April 18 to 24
– some practitioners went to the Tianjin College of Education and other related governmental agencies to clarify the truth.

1999, April 23 and 24
– the Public Security Bureau of Tianjin dispatched riot police to beat up the Falun Gong practitioners who had come to appeal, resulting in injuries to the practitioners.  The police arrested 45 people.  When Falun Gong practitioners requested the release of the detained practitioners, they were told at Tianjin City Hall that the Public Security Bureau had become involved in this matter, so the arrested Falun Gong practitioners would not be released without authorization from Beijing.  The Tianjin police suggested to Falun Gong practitioners, “Go to Beijing.  Only going to Beijing can resolve the problem.”

From using attacks in the media in previous years to this incidence whereby police actually used violence against Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin, the escalation of the persecution shocked Falun Gong practitioners.  Word of the “Tianjin Incident” spread rapidly among Falun Gong practitioners all across the country.

1999, April 25-
10,000 people went to appeal at the State Council Appeals Office, Beijing City (video)

Premier Zhu Rongji personally met with the Falun Gong practitioners who had gone to appeal.

At noon on April 25, Li Chang and Wang Zhiwen of the Falun Dafa Research Society and three other Beijing practitioners, acting as representatives of Falun Gong, entered the State Council to have talks with the government officials.  They presented three requests from Falun Gong practitioners:

  1. Release the Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested in Tianjin
  2. Give Falun Gong practitioners a loose and relaxed cultivation environment
  3. Allow Falun Gong books to be published.

The government officials who took turns participating in the talks included officials from the Appeals Office of the State Council, officials from the city of Beijing, and officials from the city of Tianjin.  At dusk, Tianjin released all of the detained Falun Gong practitioners in accordance with instructions from the central government.

More details from Behind the April 25 Incident

******

Persecution started

Unfortunately, during a high level meeting on July 19, Jiang Zemin officially announced confirmation of a total ban on Falun Gong.  July 20th saw the beginning of a wave of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners all across the nation.

Till today, at least 3369 Falun Gong practitioners are confirmed to have died in the persecution (detail name list: http://clearwisdom.net/emh/special_column/death_cases/index.html).

In addition to the deaths, over 100,000 have been sentenced to forced labor camps. Many thousand mentally-healthy practitioners have been locked up in psychiatric hospitals, brutally beaten, and drugged into submission with anti-psychotic drugs. Huge numbers have been forced into brainwashing sessions organized to coerce them to renounce their beliefs. Tens of thousands have been detained, jailed and/or imprisoned.

– Sources:
1. Behind the April 25 Incident, The Falun Dafa Information Center, Apr. 08, 2001
2.
Gruesome Death Toll, clearwisdom.net

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Event: Panel discussion and release of 2010 Annual Report- Persecution and Activism in Present Day China

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


WASHINGTON DC— On Monday, April 26, the Falun Dafa Information Center will release its 2010 Annual Report followed by a panel of scholars, human rights experts and victims discussing the findings and what Falun Gong’s experience of persecution and activism can provide towards better understanding China’s present and future.

When: Monday, April 26 2010; 1:30pm -2:30pm
Where: Capitol Building, Rm. HC6, Washington DC
Contact: Caylan Ford, caylanf@faluninfo.net – (202) 510 1845

Eleven years ago, Falun Gong appeared on the world stage as 10,000 practitioners gathered peacefully in Beijing to request an end to escalating harassment. Three months later, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to “eradicate” the spiritual practice, bringing forth what members of the U.S. Congress termed in 2009 “one of the most unjust and cruel persecutions of our time.”

Today, Falun Gong remains one of the least understood, yet most severely persecuted groups in China. Millions continue to face the threat of detention, torture, and death because of their religious identity. Meanwhile, practitioners inside and outside China have used Internet technology to create a potent grassroots movement aimed at nonviolently countering the persecution against them.

Speakers will include:
•    Nina Shea (moderator), Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Director of Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
•    Levi Browde, Executive Director, Falun Dafa Information Center, presenting an overview of the Annual Report’s findings.
•    Ethan Gutmann, Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, expert on U.S. corporations’ involvement in Internet censorship in China, and author of a forthcoming book on Falun Gong
•    David Matas, Senior Legal Counsel, B’nai Brith Canada, co-author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
•    Dr. Shiyu Zhou, deputy director of Global Internet Freedom
•   Jin Pang, Washington DC resident, daughter and niece of two Falun Gong practitioners illegally imprisoned in China in 2009

Note to editors: To request an embargoed copy of the Falun Dafa Information Center’s 2010 Annual Report’s Executive Summary, please contact caylanf@faluninfo.net.

The Falun Dafa Information Center

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Berlin Twitter Wall website blocked by China just days after its launch

Posted by Author on November 4, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 3 November 2009 –

Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Chinese authorities blocked the Berlin Twitter Wall website (www.berlintwitterwall.com) just days after its launch on 20 October and urges the government to allow its citizens to access this special Twitter site, which is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The site allows people to express their comments about the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 and their related hopes and wishes. The initiative has had a great response, including in China, where nearly 2,000 Internet users had left a message on the virtual wall – most of them demanding an end to censorship in China – before access was blocked.

“Chinese Internet users must not be prevented from accessing the Berlin Twitter Wall,” said Reporters Without Borders, which supports this interactive campaign. “Initiatives like these are important platforms for the promotion of freedom of speech as well as for critical voices and protest.”

The press freedom organisation added: “Just a few weeks ago, at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Chinese representatives argued in favour of the promotion of cultural exchange. Yet many foreign news outlets and social-networking sites remain inaccessible to Chinese users.”

The Berlin Twitter Wall website was launched by Kulturprojekte Berlin as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. By using the hashtag #fotw (fall of the wall), Twitter account holders can post comments wall that appear automatically on the berlintwitterwall.com site.

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