The Voice of a Family Member of Falun Dafa Practitioners

My mother started practising Falun Gong in 1996. At first I thought that Falun Gong was just a qigong exercise that helps one to get rid of illness and maintain health. But after my mother studied the books and did the exercises for some time, I found out that Falun Gong is a form of high-level cultivation that teaches one to be compassionate and strive towards being a good person.

On July 20th, 1999, Jiang's regime slandered Falun Gong and declared it as a target. Thereafter the persecution of Falun Gong escalated. My mother and sister, both Falun Dafa practitioners, were illegally detained. They suffered various kinds of persecution and torture in the detention centres. At that time the chief of the town police station even announced that he wanted to fine us until we were broke and bulldoze down our houses.

In order to secure my mother and sister's freedom, I went around everywhere to ask for help. My father and brother-in-law frowned and worried every day. During the five years of persecution, my family has been fined over ten thousand yuan (Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China). The mental pain and hurt inflicted on my family members, friends and relatives could not be measured in monetary terms.

In these few years, I witnessed the process of how my mother and sister were persecuted. However, what I could not understand despite much thinking is why a person is not allowed to learn to be a good person? Are we all supposed to learn to be bad people? My mother was freed from her medical problems after practising Falun Gong. Why is it that she is not allowed to tell others publicly? These Falun Gong practitioners, despite the cruel persecution, still persisted in practising Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, being good people and doing good deeds.

We should let others know the real story of Falun Gong. Practitioners are without hate and complaints. As a family member of Falun Gong practitioners, I kept thinking that the relatives of Falun Gong practitioners should not keep our silence any longer. We should not feel afraid and back away in the face of unreasonable suppression and illegal persecution. Let us all face the persecution together with our relatives and support them persistently. Let us bring out our courage to help more righteous and kind-hearted people stand on the side of upholding righteousness, and together we can put a stop to this catastrophe happening to humanity.

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