Inside China’s secret brainwashing centers: ‘People only see what the government wants them to see’.
From the outside it looks like any other holiday village in China.
But hidden inside one of the region’s picturesque mountains is a dark and forbidding ‘brainwashing center’ where government officials routinely carry out horrific acts of abuse and torture on Falun Gong practitioners.
Falun Gong – a spiritual meditation based on the guiding principles of “truth, compassion and tolerance” – was outlawed as a “dangerous cult” by the ruling Communist party in 1999 because of its popularity.
The Chinese government has been mercilessly persecuting Falun Gong practitioners ever since by torturing, killing and locking them up in ‘black jails’ – a network of extra-legal labor camps and detention centers established by the Communist Party to detain citizens without charge or conviction.
Detainees who don’t agree upon arrest to change their beliefs are sent to brainwashing centers for “re-education” where they are immersed in propaganda and brutally tortured physically and psychologically until they sign a waiver renouncing their beliefs. It’s a government-run system so secret it doesn’t even officially exist. The goal: To wipe out Falun Gong.
Some of those who escaped persecution and resettled in Australia after being granted refugee status have shared their shocking stories with news.com.au in a bid to expose the scale and severity of the human rights abuses in China and help bring them to an end.
Chemical technology student Jintao Liu, 36, was first taken to the mountain in an unknown location after police found Falun Gong books on his computer in November 2006. “They took photos of the Falun Gong books as evidence of my ‘crime’ and took me to the brainwashing center,” Mr. Liu told news.com.au. It was dark when he arrived.
“Outside I didn’t know where I was, there was no sun or anything,” Mr. Liu said.
“The area looked like a holiday village. The center was inside a mountain, a room. They use some of the buildings and houses there. Outside people don’t know [what goes on inside].”
Inside the mountain, Mr. Liu lived in a tiny, pitch-black cell. He was let out only to be subjected to brainwashing techniques and torture.
“They force you to watch the videos that defame Falun Gong,” Mr. Liu said. “The videos use false cases or take the words out of the context to defame Falun Gong teachers or books.”
Mr. Liu stood defiant and refused to watch the videos during his stint in the facility.
“They have security there that would drag me to a room and force me to watch the videos,” he said. “People were assigned to watch me, monitor me, force me, say bad words to me, and abuse me all the time.”
Mr. Liu was made to get up early every morning and do exercises because they stopped him from “doing Falun Gong meditation”.
“After the brainwashing center they couldn’t change my belief so they moved me to a labor camp,” Mr. Liu said.
He was not charged or convicted of any crimes but would spend the next two years in captivity.
“After that they still continued brainwashing me, forcing me to watch the video to defame Falun Gong,” he said.
The dungeon Mr. Liu was held captive in was just one of many of China’s brainwashing facilities established in abandoned houses, disused governmental buildings, remote hotels, and purpose-built compounds.
According to witnesses the centers are often disguised as institutions including schools and detention centers or tucked away out of sight in suburban areas.
Some victims have reported being shocked with electric batons, hung up by their wrists, stretched by their limbs until they break, and left in agonizing pain for days as they are abused and taunted by guards, who promise that the torture will end if they simply give up their spiritual beliefs.
Falun Gong practitioner Xiao Chen, 43, was sent to a brainwashing center during a three-and-a-half-year stint in a forced labor camp where she was tortured for refusing to renounce her beliefs. She was imprisoned without charge or conviction and torn from her baby son.
Ms. Chen said officials put inmates through an intensive program of mental and physical torture that included beatings, prolonged interrogations, sleep deprivation and continuous exposure to video and audio propaganda.
“If we still refused to recant, we were sent to an isolated room,” Ms. Chen said.
“In the isolation room, you could not see the sunlight outside and we were forced to watch brainwashing videos against Falun Gong.
“We would spend the whole day inside, being brainwashed, forced to watch videos, punished by squatting and being deprived of sleep, for extended periods of time.
“They would not allow us to take any showers or anything for many days.
“I felt the police were too cruel, especially to us Falun Gong practitioners, as they would torture us until we died or had a mental breakdown.”
Grandmother Fengying Zhang, 66, had a similar patience when she was sent directly to a brainwashing center and severely tortured after being arrested in her home for practicing Falun Gong in 2014.
Ms. Zhang told news.com.au she was “cursed at”, humiliated and tortured but that she never let the abuse break her or change her beliefs.
“The brainwashing center is like a black jail,” she said. “Those people never give up but it doesn’t work.”
Ms. Zhang said the government stopped referring to the facilities as “brainwashing centers” after international pressure mounted on China to stop carrying out abuses against human rights.
“They changed the name of the centers to ‘re-education’ but they do the same thing,” Ms. Zhang said. “If people outside China keep silent to such atrocities and human rights abuses then it’s actually assisting evil and is going to put their conscience to trial in the future.
“The human rights abuses aren’t only hurting the people in China, but also the whole world by threatening peace and human rights.”
Mr. Liu, Ms. Chen and Ms. Zhang still bare deep psychological scars from their experiences but are among the lucky ones who eventually escaped persecution in China and resettled in Australia. But they haven’t forgotten the thousands of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners left behind and the millions of citizens affected by oppression.
The brainwashing and abuse extends well beyond the confines of the ‘re-education’ facilities’ walls, they said.
“There’s no freedom or free information,” Mr. Liu said. “All the media are state/government-controlled. So the media broadcasts the propaganda from the government.
“The education we all heard from childhood is about how great the communists are, how great the police are, how great the Chinese government is.
“So we grow up and we really believe that.”
Mr. Liu said it was only after he “personally experienced this torture by police [he] started to see the dark side of the communists”.
“When I was tortured in the detention center and labor camp, I was asking myself ‘why are the policeman so bad and so evil?’ And I started to see a different side to what was promoted in the media and education,” he said.
“In China the people only see what the government wants them to see. They can’t even get on social media, on Facebook. The Chinese people don’t know the real facts because the information is blocked. A lot of people are poisoned and deceived by the propaganda and the lies.
“And that’s why this persecution can continue.”
Leeshai Lemish looks at the history and causes of the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong
If Falun Gong is benign, why is the Chinese government afraid of it?’ After nine years of persecution this basic question remains common. I’ll try answering it here.
In the 90s, Chinese parks brimmed at dawn with some 100 million people performing slow-movement exercises known as qigong. In 1992 Master Li Hongzhi introduced Falun Gong, outwardly a qigong practice like any other. But Master Li uniquely placed emphasis not on healing or supernormal abilities, but on self-cultivation towards spiritual perfection.
Falun Gong became an almost instant hit. Master Li travelled through China introducing the practice and its principles. Word of Falun Gong spread quickly, and it could soon be found in thousands of parks. The Chinese embassy in Paris invited Master Li to teach in their auditorium, and an official study found that Falun Gong saved the country millions in health costs.
Fast-forward to July 1999 and suddenly Falun Gong is public enemy number one. Practitioners are sentenced to ‘reform through labor’ camps where they are starved, beaten, and tortured with electric batons. By 2008, there are over 3,000 documented cases of practitioners killed by state persecution. Increasingly solid evidence suggests many more have been targeted as unwilling donors of kidneys, livers, and hearts. How many more, we have no idea.
Why, then, this bizarre persecution?
Facing international criticism and domestic sympathy for Falun Gong, the ruling Chinese Communist Party scrambled to rationalize its campaign. It has claimed Falun Gong is a menace to society – a superstitious, foreign-driven, tightly organized, dangerous group of meditators. State-run media tell gruesome stories of mutilation and suicide, but outsiders aren’t allowed to examine them. When investigators somehow manage to scrutinize such cases, they find stories of individuals who don’t exist and crimes committed by people who have nothing to do with Falun Gong. Human Rights Watch simply calls the official claims ‘bogus’.
Some Western academics have suggested Party leaders feared Falun Gong because it reminded them of past religions-turned-rebellions. But the broad-brush parallels ignored how bloody those groups were – the often-referenced Taiping, for example, was responsible for 20 million deaths. Falun Gong has been strictly non-violent and had no rebellious plans.
One final flawed explanation is that the April 25, 1999 gathering of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in the political heart of Beijing startled Party leaders and triggered the oppression that followed.
But the peaceful demonstration actually came after three years of escalating state oppression already taking place. In fact, it was a direct response to practitioners being arrested and beaten in nearby Tianjin and a smear media campaign against them.
The individual leader explanation
The incident was pivotal, but for different reasons. That April day, Premier Zhu Rongji engaged members of the gathered group and listened to their grievances. Those arrested were released. Practitioners who were there told me they had felt elated about the open communication between the government and its people.
But that night, then Chairman Jiang Zemin rebuffed Zhu’s conciliatory stance. He labelled Falun Gong a threat to the Party and said it would be an international loss of face if Falun Gong were not immediately crushed. Indeed, many experts attribute the campaign to Jiang’s obsession with Falun Gong as much as any other factor.
The popularity explanation
What appears to have scared Jiang and other Party hardliners (some who are still in top posts, maintaining the campaign) was how popular and cross-social strata Falun Gong had become. In northern cities, workers practiced Falun Gong together in factory yards before heading to the machines. Professors and students meditated on Tsinghua University lawns. Party leaders’ wives and senior cadres had their own little group in central Beijing.
This fear of Falun Gong’s popularity explains why its main text, Zhuan Falun, was banned from publication weeks after becoming a bestseller in 1996. And why, when a government report estimated there were more Falun Gong practitioners (70 million plus) than Party members, security agents began interrupting exercise sessions.
The predatory Party-state explanation
For decades the Party has persecuted different groups – intellectuals, artists, clergy, conservatives, reformists – through political movements. Some are targeted because they are outside Party control or have their own ideology. Falun Gong, with its spiritual teachings, sense of community, and independent network falls into that category.
Others are targeted when Party leaders manoeuvre to align power to themselves. Falun Gong appears to be a victim of that, too, as the persecution provided an excuse for strengthening state security apparatuses. It gave the Party an opportunity to oil its machinery – from Cultural Revolution-style purges to Internet surveillance systems.
As torture survivor Zhao Ming told me in Dublin, ‘the Party’s machinery of persecution was there – Jiang pushed the button’.
A Canadian citizen has been detained in Beijing for more than 2 1/2 months – held against her will, according to supporters, for being a follower of the Falun Gong spiritual movement that is banned in mainland China.
Sun Qian, 51, who was born in China and obtained Canadian citizenship in 2007, was arrested in February, say Conservative foreign-affairs critic Peter Kent and Xun Li, president of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada.
It’s the second high-profile case in the past few months of a Canadian citizen winding up in the custody of the Chinese government.
And it emerges during the middle of a national debate over whether the Trudeau government should have agreed to negotiate an extradition treaty with China, a pact that would commit Canada to transfer fugitive Chinese to a country known for biased courts and harsh interrogation methods and where the death penalty is routinely imposed, even for non-violent crimes.
Ms. Sun’s case came to light this week when Mr. Kent raised the matter with Canada’s new ambassador to China, John McCallum, when he appeared before the Commons foreign-affairs committee. Mr. McCallum acknowledged the detention, saying he had been briefed on it, but offered little else.
In the second recent case, Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua mysteriously disappeared Jan. 27 from Hong Kong’s Four Seasons Hotel, reportedly spirited away to the Chinese mainland by a phalanx of plainclothes policemen. Chinese political analysts think Mr. Xiao was wanted by President Xi Jinping and supporters because they believe he possesses incriminating evidence against political enemies of Mr. Xi.
Asked for comment on the Sun case, a spokesman at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa could offer none. It also did not confirm the nature of Ms. Sun’s detention.
The Chinese embassy, however, urged Canadian media to distrust any information provided by practitioners of Falun Gong, including its information websites. “Falun Gong is an evil cult that is anti-humanity and anti-science in nature, having caused enormous harm to Chinese society. It was banned by Chinese government in 1999, according to law,” embassy spokesman Yang Yundong said.
Referring to a Falun Gong website, Minghui, which has written about the Sun case, Mr. Yang urged The Globe to “believe no tales from them,” calling it an “anti-China” tool “that consistently makes up stories and spreads rumours.”
Mr. Wang said he had “no information” about Mr. Xiao.
Falun Gong emerged in China in the early 1990s as an exercise discipline focusing on meditation. It was soon seen as a threat, prompting a crackdown by the Chinese government. In 1999, authorities harshly suppressed the popular movement when some 10,000 practitioners gathered to protest outside Beijing’s elite leadership compound. International human-rights groups have for years documented the mistreatment of Falun Gong adherents in China.
On the issue of Canadians detained in China, Mr. McCallum said he doesn’t think discussing the cases is a good idea. “That doesn’t always help the person in detention if we broadcast their own situation in public. I think in those cases, almost all the time it is better to proceed in a low-profile way in order to do the best we can to help those individuals,” he told the foreign-affairs committee this week.
Mr. Kent disagreed and urged the Trudeau government to speak out in defence. “By staying silent or being less enthusiastic about speaking out, they are designating those folks as second-class Canadians.”
The department of Global Affairs refused to discuss Ms. Sun’s case, saying it needs to protect her right to privacy.
“Consular services are being provided to the Canadian citizen who has been detained in Beijing, China. Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” said Austin Jean, a spokesman for Global Affairs.
Falun Dafa’s Mr. Li, who called the Chinese embassy’s characterization of the movement “hate speech,” wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, asking him to press Beijing to release Ms. Sun. “For the past 18 years, Falun Gong continues to be the most severely and illegally persecuted group in China,” he wrote. “The Canadian government has an obligation to protect Canadian citizens in China and also protect the dignity of Canadian values from being eroded by this repressive regime,” he wrote of the Chinese government, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party with no substantial political opposition.
He said Ms. Sun is being held in the Beijing First Detention Centre. He said she is a vice-president at a Chinese biochemical firm based in Beijing called Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co. and that a Canadian embassy official visited her recently.
Mr. Li also said he believes Ms. Sun entered China on a Canadian passport on her most recent trip to the country.
Unlike Canada, China does not recognize dual citizenship and refuses requests from foreign governments in cases where Chinese-born people have not formally relinquished their passport or used their Chinese documents to enter China.
Mr. McCallum, meanwhile, defended the extradition talks, which the Trudeau government agreed to last September, saying the Liberals are a “long, long, long way” from actual negotiations. He says right now they’re just talking. “We’ve agreed to talk about the issues that need to be addressed for China or any other country to meet our high standards. This includes things like the death penalty and the importance of high standards of evidence in court proceedings. We lose nothing by explaining our system and talking about the values we hold dear.”
- China says it performs 10,000 organ transplants a year
- But shocking report says the real figure is closer to 100,000
- Incarcerated followers of Falun Gong religion are targeted for transplants
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said findings are ‘baseless’
China is forcing up to 90,000 prisoners a year to have organs removed, a shocking new report has claimed.
The widespread practice of removing organs from political prisoners has fuelled ‘organ tourism’ in China with foreigners paying for transplants.
Medical professionals and human rights advocates at The International Coalition To End Organ Pillaging In China have published a damning report which examines the transplant activity at hundreds of hospitals in China.
Co-author of the report Ethan Gutmann said in a video posted online:’If somebody goes to China to get an organ at this point, chances are they are getting it from a Falun Gong practitioner who was murdered on their behalf.’
‘Even if voluntary donations of organs have gone up, they can’t reach this level. This is live organ harvesting,’ he warned.
China has struggled to receive voluntary organ donations due to culture concerns so prisoners are primarily used to fill the demand for transplants.
The Chinese medical establishment claims that China performs 10,000 transplants per year but the report says the figure is closer to 100,000.
The report investigated the amount of transplant activity, surgical staff and beds in China and predicted an average of up to two transplants a day in China, over 100,000 transplants a year.
‘Many of the hospitals are relatively new or have new transplant wings or beds. This development would not have occurred without confidence in a continuing supply of organs for transplants,’ the report states.
‘The transplant business in China has developed with not only an abundance of available organs from 2001 on, but also with a confidence that this abundance would continue into the indefinite future,’ it continues.
Gutmann explained that removing organs from prisoners in China began in the 1980s but has dramatically increased in recent years.
‘By 2001, over one million Falun Gong incarcerated within the Laogai System were subject to retail-organ testing, and Chinese military and civilian hospitals were ramping up their transplant facilities. By 2002, it was select House Christians. By 2003, it was the Tibetans’ turn,’ he wrote on the End Organ Pillaging website.
Falun Gong is a Taoist-Buddhist sect that practices spiritual exercise and meditation regime. It has tens of millions of followers in China but in 1999 the Communist Party leadership initiated a nationwide crackdown to eradicate the practice.
Among the methods used to obtain the shocking transplant figures, researchers reviewed data from telephone surveys, hospital websites, and medical journals for the 865 hospitals in China which perform organ transplants (about 13 per cent of all hospitals).
They tracked 712 liver and kidney transplant centres and collected and analysed information about them and examined individually 165 hospitals approved by the Government of China to conduct transplantation.
On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying claimed the report’s findings are false.
‘The testimony and the published report, I want to say that such stories about forced organ harvesting in China are imaginary and baseless — they don’t have any factual foundation,’ she said.
In a recent report from Freedom House, the persecution of Falun Gong in China was highlighted and analyzed in detail. Twenty two pages of the 142-page document focused on this severe, large-scale, human rights violation.
“[The Communist Party initiated] the worst instance of religious persecution since the Cultural Revolution, with the clampdown against Falun Gong,” cited in the report remarks from André Laliberté, a leading scholar from Ottawa University on religion in China.
With a title of “The Battle for China’s Spirit,” this report was published by Freedom House on February 28, 2017. A press conference was held in the morning of that day, hosted by Carolyn Bartholomew, chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Founded in 1941, Freedom House is a U.S. Government-funded non-governmental organization with a mission of a “clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world.”
Both the full report and a 40-page overview are available for download on the organization’s website. It is considered one of the most comprehensive reports from a major human rights organization.
Starting with a group exercise photo from the Minghui website, the report reviewed the popularity of Falun Gong in 1990s, as well as the close tie between its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance and the Chinese tradition. “In the 1990s, Chinese people from every stratum of society—including Communist Party members—began taking up Falun Gong,” wrote the report.
Nonetheless, Jiang Zemin, then the CCP general secretary and state president, decided to ban Falun Gong in 1999. “…once Jiang made the arbitrary and arguably illegal decision to ban Falun Gong, and asserted his will over other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, there were few institutional or legal obstacles to stop what came next.” This includes the launch of the 610 Office, which then drove the nationwide suppression and demonizing propaganda.
Despite 17 years of ban, tens of millions of people still practice Falun Gong in China today.
Two developments were identified by the report related to the persecution. One of them is the harsh penalties against detained practitioners under Article 300 of the criminal code. At least 933 practitioners were imprisoned between January 2013 and June 2016, according to the report. “… 45-year-old Gao Yixi died in police custody in April 2016, just ten days after he and his wife were taken from their home under apparent suspicion of practicing Falun Gong.” In addition, practitioners were held at extralegal “legal education centers,” “black jails,” and pretrial detention centers. Many of them were sentenced to imprisonment.
The other development is the suppression of human rights lawyers who defended Falun Gong practitioners. For example, “In July 2015, Chinese security agencies launched an aggressive assault on the country’s contingent of human rights lawyers and the broader ‘rights defense’ movement, detaining over 300 lawyers and their assistants.”
On the other hand, evidence of cracks in the systemic repression has been observed. The report attributed this to several factors such as purge of key officials involved in the persecution, decade-long efforts from practitioners to raise awareness of the brutality, and others. In fact, after the Chinese Supreme Court eased filing procedures in May 2015, practitioners inside and outside of China have filed a large number of criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, holding him responsible for the crimes.
In addition to detention, imprisonment, and torture, various methods and techniques were adopted by officials to mistreat practitioners. One example is electronic surveillance. “Falun Gong practitioners have been jailed for leaving voicemail recordings, posting messages to WeChat or QQ, or circumventing censorship to access blocked websites.”
Another strategy used by officials to “eradicate” Falun Gong is forcing practitioners to give up their belief. Citing a report from U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in 2008, it was undertaken through “transformation,” “a process of ideological reprogramming whereby practitioners are subjected to various methods of physical and psychological coercion until they recant their belief in Falun Gong.”
To control information flow, Chinese officials heavily restricted online terms related to Falun Gong, punished behaviors of transmiting such information online or offline, and confiscated printed materials. Furthermore, officials employed many strategies to discourage potential supporters from helping practitioners.
“Taken together, these repressive activities seep into every corner of life and society—schools and workplaces, supermarkets and public transportation, passport requests and hukou residency registrations, laptops and smartphones,” wrote the report.
A large amount of resources have been expended to sustain the persecution. “… the estimated annual budget for all 6-10 Office branches nationwide is 879 million yuan ($135 million). And this is only for one part of the Party-state apparatus involved in the suppression of Falun Gong.”
Forced Organ Harvesting
Under the context of dehumanizing propaganda, these extralegal custodial abuse and economic inducements were later escalated to a new form—the killing of detained Falun Gong practitioners and sale of their organs for profit. After reviewing evidence from other investigators, doctors, hospital employees, and released practitioners, Freedom House “found credible evidence suggesting that beginning in the early 2000s, Falun Gong detainees were killed for their organs on a large scale.”
And such an atrocity continues. Based on the investigation work published in 2016 by David Kilgour, Ethan Gutmann, and David Matas, “…publicly available data on the number of transplants being conducted at medical institutions in China found that the scale is many times greater than the 10,000 transplants per year often cited by officials.” This highlights the increasing risk of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.
“The simple fact that Falun Gong has survived the CCP’s onslaught is impressive and amounts to a genuine failure of the Party’s repressive apparatus,” said the report.
Through consistent, non-violent efforts from Falun Gong practitioners to raise awareness of and oppose the persecution, a large number of people chose to support practitioners. “Orders for arrests continue to come down from high-level authorities, but sometimes the Public Security Bureau agents will say no, they are only exercising to be healthy,” quoting the report remarks from a Chinese human rights lawyer in 2013.
After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in 2004, many people joined the efforts to sever ties with the Party. “As of November 2016, the overseas website tracking the tuidang movement claimed that over 255 million people inside and outside China had published statements,” wrote the report.
Nonetheless, as long as the persecution policy remains in effect, “Falun Gong practitioners throughout China continue to be detained, imprisoned, tortured, and sometimes killed in what is still a massive campaign of religious persecution,” concluded the report.
Recently, a confidential document issued by a Mongolian 610-Office was disclosed overseas. The document asks relevant departments nationwide to collect Falun Gong practitioners’ information, for further persecution.
The document was sent by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Committee in Mongolia. Central Leading Group on Dealing with Heretical Religions and Ministry of Public Security jointly issued the secret order. It says “get more complete information on Falun Gong Practitioners”. A new group of undercover personnel to investigate Falun Gong will be put in place.
It says information collection will start at street offices, villages then up to the next administration levels. The report must be handed in to Mongolia’s 610-Office before July 10, 2014. By July 15, relevant departments and cities must hand in a report on how they were persecuting Falun Gong.
Lin Zixu, current affairs commentator “the document clearly says that this action covers the entire country. We know, the CCP has persecuted Falun Gong for 15 years. It still issues such documents, showing the CCP’s suppression of Falun Gong has completely failed.”
The document stresses “strictly avoid disclosure” of this, and “strictly prevent negative impact on society” by keeping quiet.
Lin Zixu says for the CCP persecuting Falun Gong, to make a document so secretive, it knows it’s shameful. After 15 years of suppression, it still hasn’t collected enough information about Falun Gong practitioners. It also clearly highlights that Falun Gong has spread wider and wider across the country.
In May 1992, Falun Gong was first taught publicly in China. Due to health benefits and principles of being a good person, Falun Gong was well recognized in all walks of life in China. Many people started practicing Falun Gong.
However, the CCP’s “atheism” was offended so, it treated Falun Gong as a “thorn in its side”. In order to set accusations against and uproot Falun Gong, undercover agents infiltrated Falun Gong groups back in 1994.
In early 1997, Luo Gan, former Secretary of Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC) took advantage of his position and ordered the Public Security Bureau to carry out a nationwide investigation of Falun Gong.
In July 1998, Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan issued a “Notification Regarding Starting an Investigation of Falun Gong”. They first charged Falun Gong with being an “evil cult”. Then ordered the police departments across the country to investigate Falun Gong systematically, using undercover personnel to collect evidence but found nothing to support their accusations.
From April 25 to July 20, 1999, the Public Security Ministry again implemented a nationwide investigation of Falun Gong using undercover staff to collect evidence, to slander Falun Gong but it still didn’t work.
The purpose of undercover personnel infiltrating Falun Gong is to find evidence to support the persecution plans. The Mongolian document reveals the CCP treats persecution of Falun Gong as its current struggle.
Chen Shizhong, Falun Gong Human Rights spokesperson: “It talked about concisely persecuting Falun Gong. Its a daydream. Since Jiang Zemin stepped down, the persecution policy has been controlled by PLAC pressurizing central government. However, when Xi Jinping took office, the pressure on central government didn’t work. Now the persecution of Falun Gong has no market.”
Chen Shizhong says that since Xi Jinping took office, all purged officials belong to former PLAC sectors. Officials who have blood-debts and are still in PLAC, have made their own plans to avoid being purged.
Since February 2013, key officials in the persecution of Falun Gong have been consistently removed. These including Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang and Li Dongsheng.
Chen Shizhong: “The tyranny ruling created disgraced officials and police. Those officials knew the details of the CCP persecution. In the past, when they did evil deeds they would be rewarded.Now without this, no one wants to give their life to the CCP. The document is just to threaten people, which won’t work for too long.”
Lin Zixu: “Now many officials inside the CCP dislike the persecution of Falun Gong. Once the secret document was issued, overseas media found out, and then the entire contents were exposed. Obviously, someone inside the CCP deliberately leaked it.”
Lin says that now few people who cannot see the situation clearly are still carrying out the persecution. The CCP launched this document, showing it has run out of ideas. Leaking it shows how unpopular the persecution of kind people now is. – See more at: http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140626/165598-secret-document-of-persecution-of-falun-gong-disclosed.html#sthash.NQ1xkTtt.dpuf