Falun Gong practitioners in China have been raising awareness of the persecution for over 20 years. Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is a mind-body practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since July 1999.
One summer day last year, I saw an elderly man dressed in an army shirt sitting at the bus stop outside a shopping mall.
“Are you here for vacation? You look like an engineer or some sort,” I said. He replied in a very serious tone, “I cannot tell you my work. It is a secret.” I then told him how the CCP is. Millions of people died during the Culture Revolution. After the Culture Revolution, some of the soldiers involved were secretly sent to Yunnan and were executed. Their families were given Certificates of Death Serving the Country.”
I then told him about the persecution of Falun Gong: hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners being sent to prison, with some even killed for their organs. I said, “Over 200,000 practitioners have filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution. But the persecution continues.”
The man listened quietly as I talked. Then he came closer to me and said in a lowered voice, “I believe what you just said is true. I have seen it myself. When I was in the military, several of my colleagues went on an assignment and disappeared. Some never returned, some came back for a few days and then disappeared. The CCP is known to kill those who served them in order to keep secrets. Everyone knows, but dare not say anything.”
“I knew it could happen to me too. I tried my best to avoid those assignments. After lots of tries, I finally left the military and got my life back,” he told me.
I praised his courage and said to him: “When you joined the CCP, you vowed to give your life to it. You need to nullify your vow to escape its fate. How about I help you withdraw from it using an alias?” I asked.
He cheerfully agreed and took the booklets I gave to him.
A week later at the same bus stop, I saw a uniformed army officer sitting there with earbuds on. He told me that he was in the special force and this was the first time he was given a leave since joining the military after graduating from college. “We are always in a combat readiness state. Who knows what will happen after my three-months leave. If I get married and something happens to me, wouldn’t that ruin the girl’s life?” He looked forlorn.
I told him about how the CCP had killed millions of Chinese people through their political campaigns in history. I told him about Falun Gong and the persecution, and also persuaded him to quit the CCP.
He nodded his head and said, “Thank you. I understand. I do wish to withdraw from the CCP.”