An award-winning Chinese artist, poet, and independent painter who has been persecuted, abducted, and tortured by the Chinese Communist Party solely for persisting in her spiritual belief, has declared—among other things—that she cannot remain silent to protect her own interests and that the persecution must end.
Xu Na has been practicing Falun Dafa—also known as Falun Gong—since 1995. It is a spiritual discipline of the Buddha School, which, in addition to gentle exercises that improve mental and physical health, consists of very profound teaching based on the principles of Truth, Benevolence, and Tolerance, which the Chinese regime considers a menace.
Ms. Xu began her cultivation of Falun Dafa with her husband Yu Zhou, a talented musician and member of the popular three-person band “Xiao Juan and Residents in the Valley.” Mr. Yu died in police custody just ten days after being imprisoned in 2008 at one of the many police checkpoints set up throughout Beijing to crack down on dissent ahead of the Olympics. Reports later emerged that he was tortured to death, Faluninfo.net reported. The artist was only 42 years old.
Xu survived various types of torture in Beijing’s women’s prison and made it out of prison alive after being imprisoned twice for her faith, in 2001 and 2008.
Xu’s last imprisonment was in 2020, when she was charged with “using a heretical organization to undermine law enforcement,” a vague provision of the criminal code commonly used to sentence Falun Gong practitioners to sentences of up to 12 years.
On April 22, 2021, human rights lawyer Mr. Liang Xiaojun visited Ms. Xu in Dongcheng District Detention Center, as reported by Minghui.org website.
Mr. Liang tweeted that Ms. Xu and other practitioners were imprisoned for posting photos and articles online to expose the severity of the pandemic in China.
Ms. Xu told the lawyer: “I endured eleven kinds of torture and walked out of the prison alive. In the past 22 years, how many wives have been separated from their husbands and how many families have fallen apart. And how many have been tortured, injured or beaten into disability. [All of their suffering] was only because of a book [the teaching of Falun Gong], a DVD, a software to break the internet censorship in China, or a name list of people who have been tortured to death for their faith. What kind of government is this? What is it afraid of?”
She also shared with the lawyer: “I can’t stay silent to protect my own interest. Anyone in society should have a moral judgment of unfair things unrelated to them. This is the basic responsibility for being a person. If I identify with such a government (the Chinese communist regime), then I’m not a decent person.”
“It has been twenty years. It [the persecution] shouldn’t go on anymore. It’s time for the persecution to end.” she added.
In this regard, lawyer Liang tweeted an emotional message regarding the prevalence of faith and courage over the fame and fortune that Xu might enjoy:
“As an artist and freelance writer, Xu Na’s knowledge, her own tragic encounter and bumpy fate in fact brought her wisdom, conscience, and courage that is carried deeply in her heart.”
“Under the cruel circumstances, she is indifferent to fame and fortune. The fame she should have enjoyed and her influence are underestimated, but she is not being taken lightly by the government. Every time I meet her, it is a process of listening and learning for me,” he write.
“I wish I were imprisoned in Auschwitz”
According to the Faluninfo.net website, which records Falun Gong news from around the world, Ms. Xu wrote a memoir about her grim days in prison, even drawing parallels to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
“How I wish I was imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp, not a Chinese prison. Because in the Nazi gas chamber, people can die quickly, but in the Beijing Women’s Prison, it’s worse to be alive than dead. Repeatedly, you go through long sessions of torture…” she said.
According to the artist, the jailers invent various tortures, such as splitting and separating the legs 180 degrees and ordering three prisoners to sit on the legs and on the victim’s back and repeatedly press down.
“The purpose of the Nazi’s persecution was to destroy the body of the Jews, but the purpose of the CCP’s persecution is to destroy the spirit and conscience of the people,” she added.
During her imprisonment, Xu also witnessed the death in custody of a 29-year-old doctor, Dong Cui, who was often beaten in the neighboring prison cell and tortured to death on March 18, 2003.
Many of her friends and fellow Falun Dafa practitioners have died from torture by the Chinese Communist Party and her family has been destroyed by persecution.
Reflecting on her late husband, Xu wrote, “He did not want to die, but was prepared to prove his innocence at the cost of his life.”
(*) Falun Dafa (or Falun Gong) is a spiritual discipline of the Buddha School that teaches Truth, Benevolence and Tolerance as a way to improve health and moral character and attain spiritual wisdom. For more information about the practice, visit www.falundafa.org. All books, exercise music, resources and instructions are available free of charge.
Since 1999, on the orders of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, Falun Dafa practitioners have been systematically persecuted and harassed by officials in every Chinese province. But not only that, many have been illegally detained, forced to work by force and killed to supply the lucrative and sinister “on-demand” organ transplant business. Persecution still continues and discipline is still forbidden in China.
More information on forced organ harvesting during life: BLOODY HARVEST Revised report on allegations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China