One night, a fellow Falun Gong practitioner and I were illegally arrested while putting up signs that read: “Falun Gong is good” and “For a better future- Quit the CCP.”
Falun Gong was outlawed in China in 1999 by Jiang Zemin, then head of the Chinese communist party (CCP), although the practice was previously revered since being introduced to the public in 1992. Zemin established a vicious persecutory system to crack down on Falun Gong including an extensive propaganda defaming the practice.
An ancient Chinese cultivation practice of body and mind and based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, Falun Gong Practitioners were forced to come out at night and faced possible endangerment to their lives while posting signs about the true good nature of the practice.
I was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
The prison guards said I should avoid the cafeteria, fearing I would talk to inmates about Falun Gong and gain some support. If I couldn’t eat with other inmates, how could they learn the truth about Falun Gong? So I told the guards it was within my rights, by law, to eat at the cafeteria. As I was heading to the cafeteria they blocked me, locked me in a cell, and refused to let me out. In protest I went on a hunger strike.
On the 4th day, the prison doctor came to check my blood pressure and my systolic reading was 150 although I was able to move around normally. On the 7th day, the Captain of the guards agreed to let me back into the cafeteria with the rest of the inmates. I used the time we ate to talk to them. More than 300, including a few of the guards, quit the CCP and its affiliates by the time I was released.
Neighbors and friends saw the positive changes in me after I started practicing Falun Gong. They knew first–hand that Falun Gong was beneficial and totally opposite of what the CCP’s propaganda stated. Many of them quit the CCP when I asked them to.
I knew people who worked for the Homeland local Security Division, the courts, and the district attorney’s office. They sometimes invited me to parties so I used those opportunities to talk to them about the persecution of Falun Gong and how inhumane it was, and some of them have also quit the CCP.