Since this March, the Deyang Municipal Party Committee in Sichuan Province and the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) have been forcing residents to sign "pledge cards" against Falun Gong and are distributing brochures attacking and slandering Falun Gong.
Below are details about the persecution that recently took place in the six counties in and around Deyang City.
In the Guanghua community at Dongshanbei Lane, residents who receive low-income financial assistance are forced to sign pledge cards against Falun Gong. Otherwise, their payments are withheld.
In February, local officials printed out pledge cards and brochures, and in March, they distributed them to various towns.
On March 11th, in Xiangyang and Xiaohan towns, the head of the production team distributed pledge cards and brochures door to door and asked people to sign them. In some areas, the head of the building signed for all the residents.
On March 12th, officials put up big banners slandering Falun Gong at the entrance of the town hall in Lianshan town.
Such banners were also put up on the roads in Jinyu Town and Beiwai Town.
In the Fourth Team of Nanxing town, most residents have signed the pledge card. They were told that if they did not sign, their children cannot join the army or go to college in the future.
In February, local officials printed pledge cards and brochures. It said on the cards that if anyone reports Falun Gong practitioners' meetings or other activities, they would be awarded 300 yuan1. Anyone who turns in a Falun Gong practitioner would be awarded 500 yuan. Anyone who reports on nighttime activities of Falun Gong would be awarded 1,000 yuan. In March, the authorities distributed the cards and brochures to various towns and communities in the Fangting area.
Feng, head of Mazu Town's Jing'an village, distributed the pledge cards in March. He told the people who are on night duty to report on practitioners if they are found meeting in groups or distributing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution.
Residents in the Shangjiachang communities of Luoshui Town were asked to sign the pledge cards.
In the Baiguo area of the Fangting District, the head of each building waited on the first floor for residents to sign the cards. For people who could not write, the head would sign for them. They claimed, "If you don't sign, that means you practise Falun Gong." They forced everyone to sign.
In the Liminlu communities of Fangting District, the officials set up a table in front of the office building at around 10 a.m. on March 30th. They asked pedestrians to sign the card. Many of them signed without even knowing what it was for.
1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2010/4/10/221324.html
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