Recently, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a new horror campaign against the followers of Falun Gong, known as the Zero-Out campaign. The campaign was launched via the 610 Office and the Legal Affairs Committee, which are both organizations with the specific task of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. The aim of the new campaign is to crush their faith.
Why does the CCP want a Zero-Out for Falun Gong?
Falun Gong is one of many qigong practices that began in China in the 1990s.
The five sets of slow, gentle exercises include standing exercises and a sitting meditation. The principles of the practice are truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
After its introduction to China in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, Falun Dafa became immensely popular, and by 1999 it was estimated 100 million people had taken up the practice in China alone. The practice also rapidly spread throughout the world, with hundreds of thousands following in the United States and more than 70 other countries. Falun Dafa books have been translated into more than 40 languages.
However, its popularity with even high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials taking up the practice, caused the Chinese leader at the time, Jiang Zemin, to fly into a jealous rage, and on July 20, 1999, he ordered the elimination of Falun Gong. The CCP then set about arresting and torturing followers, often killing them. They confiscated and destroyed more than 2 million Falun Gong books, at the same time the state-run media set about defaming Falun Gong.
Jennifer Zeng, a Falun Gong practitioner now living in the United States was once detained in China for her refusal to give up here faith, and she was tortured and used as forced labor during her prison stay. Zeng was also blood tested, she believes she was a target for the lucrative illegal organ harvesting trade run by the CCP.
Zeng revealed that during her yearlong detention in late 2000 she was ordered to squat for 16 hours a day, shocked with electric batons, and forced to stay awake for several days at a time.
“To sum it up—it is a living hell on earth,” she told United Inland Empire in a video shared on YouTube. “At any minute when we were awake, we were to squat down and our eyes were lowered to look at our feet. We were never ever allowed to rest our heads.”
On her YouTube channel, Inconvenient Truths by Jennifer Zeng, Zeng said the new Zero-Out campaign is focused on eliminating all Falun Gong practitioners in China. Over the past 20 years, the CCP has put most Falun Gong practitioners on a blacklist, with a special code inserted into the IC chips of those belonging to Falun Gong followers in 2004, reported Zeng. This means the ID card will alert the police whenever they use their card for any purpose. This affects all aspects of Falun Gong practitioners’ lives.
Police in many places can be alerted if the ID card is within 30 meters, through a special device they carry. Applying for a passport will also send a red alert to officials, and anyone who renounced their faith under extreme pressure from the CCP will still be blacklisted, as reported on FalunInfo.
“The CCP hopes that many people can choose to leave the ranks of Falun Gong practitioners,” said Zeng. That will be the only way to have your name removed from the blacklist and allow citizens to lead as normal a life as anyone who lives in China is allowed.
Zeng said there are many reports that those who refuse to give up their faith have been repeatedly harassed, arrested, or forced into exile again.
In an effort to get citizens to spy on anyone practicing Falun Gong, the CCP is handing out monetary rewards to those willing to provide information. Some rewards can be as much as 100,000 yuan ($14,000) if the Falun Gong practitioner is considered an important victim. In some areas, reported FalunInfo, the scheme has been in operation for around three years.
In the Anhui Province, authorities asked people to report on “heretical teachings.” Those who find banners, flyers, and report to authorities will receive a reward of up to 500 yuan ($72). People who report on gatherings and activities of Falun Gong followers can earn up to 10,000 yuan ($1,430).
Zeng said the CCP just doesn’t understand that there are many people in the world who can’t be bought off by money or pushed into submission by fear.
Practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to follow truthfulness compassion and tolerance and are being “groundlessly and ruthlessly persecuted” by the CCP, whose aim is to corrupt society through bribery and moral corruption, said Zeng.
In 2001, two years after the persecution of Falun Gong began, overseas Falun Gong practitioners began launching lawsuits against the CCP officials who are responsible for the deaths of many during the ongoing persecution. They must be held accountable.
A 2020 independent tribunal into forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in mainland China found no reason to doubt “physical acts have been carried out that are indicative of the crime of genocide.” The China Tribunal, which was led by Sir Geoffrey Nice who prosecuted former Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic for genocide, identified Falun Dafa adherents as a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group worthy of protection under the Genocide Convention.
The massive scale and strength of Falun Gong practitioner’s resistance to the persecution wasn’t something the CCP was expecting.
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback believes the strength Falun Dafa adherents have shown is a classic example of failed regulatory overreach.
“The CCP is in a war they will not win [since] it is a war that other governments have tried unsuccessfully to persecute people of faith,” he said in a video shared on the Falun Dafa Information Center website. “It always fails, [because the] soul is stronger than the government, a person’s belief is stronger than somebody who seeks to oppress them.”