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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


In April of last year, I wrote in this blog about Wenny, my best friend in China. Her Chinese name is Wen. Last night I just learned terrible news from China. Wen, who is a Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gong) practitioner, was arrested in Beijing on May 14 as a part of the communist government's persecution of Falun Gong. Her family could not find a lawyer for her since most lawyers in China do not dare to defend Falun Gong due to the fear of losing their job or even ending up in jail themselves.

Falun Gong is a Buddha School Qigong which teaches people to cultivate themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. The brutal persecution started in 1999 when the estimated number of Falun Gong practitioners in China was 70 - 100 million, overtaking the number of the Chinese Communist Party members. The government tried everything to crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners, including arresting and torturing them. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death, and some became the victims of the bloody organ harvesting. The persecution has been going on for almost nine years now. Since the end of last year, the government has stepped up the persecution because they wanted to silence all dissenting voices before the upcoming Olympics so that the country will appear to be homogeneous. Between the end of 2007 and March 2008, more than 1,800 arrests that have been documented.

Back in 2000, my friend Wen, together with many practitioners, went to appeal to the high officials in Beijing and asked for the right to continue their practice. She was detained and sent to a "brainwashing center". She ran away in early 2001 and became destitute in order to avoid being recognized and persecuted again. In November 2001, she was discovered by police and was arrested again. She was on hunger strikes during the one month detention she had to endure at the Xicheng Detention Center in Beijing. She was later taken to the Fangshan Brainwashing Center, where police used all means to torment her mentally and physically - including physical torture and sexual assault. Since January 2002 she was on run again and did not return home for six years. Apparently she returned to her home last month and police took her away again.

Wen is a very close friend of mine and she has been almost like a sister to me. Because of the persecution, I have not seen her since 2000. I lost contact with her between 2000 and 2004 and only learned these horrifying things afterwards. Right now she is being detained at the Haidian Police Station in Beijing. I will try my best to rescue her. I'm looking for ways to do it in both China and U.S..

If you would like to help - yes you can help - please join the
Millions of Signature Global Campaign on the Global Effort to Stop the Beijing's Persecution of Falun Gong before the 2008 Olympics Games.

Download the petition form:
individual or multiple
And send your signed copy back to
Mailing address: P. O. Box 55-1698, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O. C.

The petition will be sent to various governments, parliaments, national Olympic Committees, and international organizations such as the UN and the International Olympic Committee, before the opening of the Olympics. At the moment I'm writing this message, there have been 621,554 signatures from 104 countries and areas since January. For more information on the petition or forms in other languages, please visit
Millions of Signature Global Campaign. Please give your voice too - help Stop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Persecution of Falun Gong!

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