Exclusive: "I Escaped China During CCPs Falun Gong Crackdown After Being Imprisoned & Tortured"
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) currently has labor camps, detainment centres, and "re-education" facilities that illegally imprison Uyghurs muslims, Christians and those who practice Falun Dafa. These modern day concentration camps are used for cheap labor, medical experimentation, and to supply the organ donation business in China.
In China, Those who have a spiritual practice are persecuted to maintain a doctrine of atheism.
Despite this being unequivocally true and acknowledged by countries around the world, there seems to be a lack of outrage or activism in mainstream media taking place. In a world that has a new popular cause every month, how is this one being relatively ignored?
With going concern about asian hate seen throughout the pandemic, some of the most extreme asian hate taking place right now is at the hands of the CCP in China through extreme crimes against humanity that fit the UN's definition of genocide. Yet there's no mainstream pushback.
In fact, at times any questioning or suggested push back on the CCP in the form of sanctions has been called racist by Western countries. Meanwhile, sanctions against Russia are celebrated in connection to the Ukraine war.
Zhang Ping, a Falun Dafa practitioner, experienced years of persecution in China before escaping to Canada in 2015. She was illegally kidnapped four times and detained for over 1000 days all together for her spiritual practice in China.
“The western countries actually don't understand the CCP, the whole world has been fooled by the CCP. The CCP regime has been stealing the technology, and taking advantage of the economy in the whole world. And in order to fight against that ordinary people are not enough, it is the government and the policy makers needed. People shouldn't blindly believe the CCP, because their infiltration is very significant.”
Chronic illness plagued Zhang Ping’s life for years as she ran a successful mechanical and electrical equipment company. Growing up in China, Ping experienced poverty, and did not have many material things. So when the CCP started to allow people to have more business freedoms she took the opportunity.
Materialistically she began to have success but she still felt that something was missing.
“People started to do business and life in terms of the material got better compared to when I was young. However, mentally people started to feel lost as they saw all kinds of deteriorated morals especially in the business environment.”
Only getting two to three hours of sleep a night and experiencing pain all over her body, Ping began to look for something to help with the mental and physical illnesses she was dealing with. This is when she came across the practice of Falun Dafa.
Falun Dafa or Falun Gong is a spiritual practice rooted in Buddhist traditions that consists of exercise, meditation and the study of teachings centered on three values: truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.
The practice was introduced in the early 90s by Mr. Li Hong Zhi. Those who practice it do not consider it a religion, and people who are of other religions are welcome to practice it as well.
“I suffered a lot. But after I started to practice Fulan Dafa, even just reading the book, I could fall asleep and sleep like a baby. And the chronic pain and disease just disappeared. Mentally I started to feel full of hope and stopped worrying about lots of things that I would have been concerned about before.”
In the 90s Fulan Dafa started to become popular among the Chinese people. There would be dozens and sometimes hundreds of people practicing outdoors. For Ping, consistent practice also impacted the way she did business, making her a more fair business owner.
“Once I imported some parts of machines, because there were no similar parts in the domestic market, I could double the price for that part for a huge profit. But since I started to practice Fulan Dafa, I actually decided not to charge that much, but only added a reasonable markup.”
On July 20, 1999 the CCP started a media campaign to demonize Fulan Dafa calling it a cult. It became illegal to practice outside, and Fulan Dafa books were burned and destroyed.
A 'protest' of sorts was to be held in Tiananmen Square to inform the CCP about what Falun Dafa truly was. Ping attended the demonstration to let the government know how the practice benefited her life. She explained that she did not didn't understand the concept of “protest” as it was not taught in China, she still wanted to “clarify the truth,” a core principle of Falun Dafa.
The CCP did not take well to the demonstration and quickly put an end to it. CCP police loaded Ping and other Fulan Dafa practitioners into vans, detained them, stripped them down naked and searched them. They were then put in a small room with dozens of other people.
For four and a half months in detainment, Ping lived in horribly confined and unclean spaces, and was fed rotten cabbage that at times had rats in it. When she was first kidnapped she weighed around 138 pounds, but upon release was only 108 pounds.
Luckily Ping was able to get out of detainment thanks to her families ability to literally buy her freedom. Ping reflects on what she overheard the CCP say
“At the beginning of the persecution I couldn’t understand. I wanted to talk to the government because it [Fulan Dafa] is so great, why do you crack it down? And I couldn't understand, but one day I heard a comment from the head of the bureau of the company. He told me because Fulan Dafa teaches people to be a good person, and even a better and better person to improve their morality, this became such a big contrast to the CCP.
Because the CCP is full of corruption, full of fight, and those officials of the CCP they were not considering anything for the people they were just trying to grab more money, and power for their own families and themselves. So if everybody practices Fulan Dafa and everybody improves themselves physically, mentally, and their morality this will cause nobody to believe in or to follow the CCP."
Meanwhile, as the CCP was already persecuting those who practice Falun Dafa, the state ran media campaigns showing alleged Falun Dafa practitioners setting themselves on fire and committing suicide in 2001. According to those who practice Falun Dafa this is not in alignment with the teachings of their spiritual practice, and they believe it was staged.
However, the media messaging became that people who practice Falun Dafa are a danger to themselves and not mentally well. Those who practice it believe this was done so that the average person would feel more justified in ignoring people getting kidnapped and taken from their homes for practicing Falun Dafa.
Ping herself was illegally detained several times after the first incident. On another occasion she experienced getting very ill, and having her blood taken, and was injected with unknown substances. After the procedures she experienced major issues with her memory and cognitive coherence. It took years for her brain to regain its health. She believes Falun Dafa aided in that recovery as well.
From 2000 to 2015 she moved many times in China to avoid the continued persecution as best as she could. During this time she also witnessed and heard of other friends and acquaintances being kidnapped, persecuted, and killed.
“After leaving my hometown, within less than a year, I heard about three more fellow Falun Gong practitioners who died of persecution. Among them Gao Yixi, was kidnapped at midnight. 10 days after his abduction police told his family that he died and was “dissected." Police denied his family's request to see his body but asked his family to sign an agreement for the cremation of Gao’s body. Gao’s daughter recounted seeing his body from 6 feet away that his hands clenched, body stiff, chest swelling, and his abdomen sunken and seemed hollow.”
At first Ping wanted to stay in China to continue to speak truth about Fulan Dafa, however in 2008 when the Olympics was being hosted in Beijing the persecution measures intensified.
"There were constantly police car alarms in the neighborhood, and constant news of people being harassed and/or kidnapped. Each time I heard the sound of a police car alarm, the air almost froze and my heart almost beat to my throat, so did my husband."
She began to consider leaving and applied for a passport only to be denied and even her I.D card confiscated. Then after her husband’s death in 2014 and encouragement from her son she applied again for a passport. This one was approved.
Ping didn't tell friends or relatives except her siblings that she was leaving. After she landed in Canada she heard from her family they were being questioned about her whereabouts.
"The very policemen who was assigned to monitor me said: “how could this happen?! It is impossible for her to leave without my signature!”
Ping believes it was miracle.
Now in Canada Ping can say "Falun Dafa is good," without fear of being kidnapped, and she is grateful to enjoy a peaceful life. She continues to share her story and advocate for the many people still in China that are still being persecuted.
With that said, there are real concerns about how the CCP is influencing the world, and why they are not being held accountable for how they treat the Chinese people. It is not racist to question a government that hurts and kills its citizens.