China’s Qingming festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day or Chinese Memorial Day) falls on April 4 this 12 months. It is the day that Chinese individuals go to the gravesites of their ancestors and family members. To commemorate this special day, my son and I drove greater than 60 miles to his mom’s grave. She was brutally persecuted 11 years in the past by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for her non secular perception.
On this event, as soon as once more, I can’t assist however consider these Falun Gong practitioners who’ve misplaced their lives on account of the decades-long violent persecution marketing campaign by the CCP. How many tears have been shed for the victims?
Falun Gong, also referred to as Falun Dafa, is an historic Chinese non secular apply consisting of straightforward, slow-moving meditation workouts and ethical teachings incorporating the rules of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance in on a regular basis life. It grew in reputation in the course of the Nineteen Nineties, with 70 million to 100 million adherents in China by the tip of the last decade, in keeping with official estimates on the time.
Feeling threatened by its reputation, the CCP launched a scientific elimination marketing campaign in July 1999. Since then, hundreds of thousands have been detained inside prisons, labor camps, and different services, with a whole bunch of hundreds tortured whereas incarcerated, according to Falun Dafa Information Center.
I’ll point out a number of Falun Gong practitioners who have been persecuted to loss of life.
On the eve of the Qingming pageant in 2003, Chen Hongping, a resident of Hebei Province, handed away. She was detained in Gaoyang Forced Labor Camp the place she was crushed by jail guards. Chen’s relations have been additionally Falun Gong practitioners who had suffered—4 have been persecuted to loss of life and one sustained everlasting accidents whereas in police custody. The plight of the Chen household caught the eye of the United Nations in 2004, in keeping with a report by Minghui.org, a U.S.-based web site that paperwork the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP.
Gao Rongrong was an accountant on the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang metropolis. She went to Beijing to petition for the proper to apply Falun Gong. In June 2003, she was despatched to the Longshan Forced Labor Camp for 3 years. In 2004, the jail guards shocked Gao with high-voltage electrical batons for seven hours, which left her severely disfigured. On June 16, 2005, Gao died within the emergency room at an area hospital. She was 37 years previous. Gao’s case was uncovered to the worldwide neighborhood and induced a worldwide shock on the brutality of the persecution.
On the eve of March 5, 2002, a bunch of Falun Gong practitioners tapped into eight native channels of the cable TV community in Changchun, concurrently broadcasting applications that reported the info in regards to the persecution marketing campaign in opposition to Falun Gong, together with “Falun Dafa Spreads Worldwide” and ” Self-immolation or Hoax?” The applications have been aired for 40 to 50 minutes.
Liu Chengjun, one of many Falun Gong practitioners who did the heroic act, was tortured and sentenced to 19 years in jail in Jilin, the place he died of torture in 2003. He was solely 32.
Sun Min, an excellent trainer from Anshan metropolis, Liaoning Province, was imprisoned a number of instances since 1999, and had spent over two years in detention and compelled labor. In 2016, she was kidnapped from her house and illegally sentenced to seven years in jail. She was persecuted to loss of life on March 8, 2018, on the age of fifty within the Liaoning Provincial Women’s Prison. Sun’s father was solely allowed to go to her as soon as when she was imprisoned in 2016. He didn’t count on that go to to be the final one—it should have been a painful shock for the previous man.
In late June 2020, Wang Shukun, a 66-year-old physician from Hailin metropolis, Heilongjiang Province, was crushed by native police for a number of hours after she refused to surrender her perception. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. On the morning of July 2, Wang handed away. Two days later, Wang was cremated in an area funeral house. Her husband, Yu Xiaopeng, mentioned: “My wife died unjustly, my wife died unjustly! I will not let them get away with it!” in keeping with Minghui.org.
In the previous and current, there have been many injustices and grievances in China. The world has been shocked by the continued brutal persecution of Falun Gong adherents.
During the Qingming pageant, could the worldwide neighborhood take note of the plight of Falun Gong practitioners and assist the Chinese individuals to cease the persecution, and to disintegrate the CCP.
Mi Zhen is a contract author and has contributed to many Chinese media shops for a few years. He has witnessed firsthand the human rights abuses in China.
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