A Chinese citizen decided to expose in a letter to the website Minghui.org, which exposes the biggest religious persecution of these times, the poisoning of a Falun Dafa practitioner in a prison hospital in Guangxi province.

Falun Dafa—also known as Falun Gong-is a spiritual discipline of the Buddha School that teaches Truth, Benevolence, and Tolerance as a way to improve health, elevate moral character, and attain spiritual wisdom.

Since 1999, on the orders of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, Falun Dafa practitioners have been persecuted, harassed and illegally detained by officials in every Chinese province.

As practitioners are imprisoned for their faith in various detention centers in China, many of them are poisoned with toxic drugs, some of which are injected directly and some of which are added to food. As a result, some practitioners suffered mental disorders and others even became disabled, according to Minghui.

The letter sent by a concerned Chinese citizen, whose relative witnessed the administration of toxic substances to a Falun Dafa practitioner, highlights the torture and abuse of Falun Dafa believers.

The letter’s subscriber recounts that every time a family member visited him, he commented on certain “toxic drugs” that inmates and hospital staff at Nanning Prison included in the meals of a Falun Dafa practitioner. She witnessed this crime firsthand, and her relative decided to write a letter to reveal this evil.

At the beginning of the letter, she says that her relative was admitted to Nanning Prison Hospital in Guangxi Province in 2012. She was held in the same room as a Falun Dafa practitioner from Guangxi who was over 60 years old.

She then adds verbatim: “Because that practitioner refused to renounce Falun Gong, the prison guards took her to the hospital and tied her up in a spread-eagle position in the bed. To protest the persecution, the practitioner often shouted “Falun Dafa is good!” When the nurse gave her medicine or tried to do IV drips to her, she always rejected it.”

Torture illustration: tied up in a spread-eagle position

The note then relates that inmates assigned by prison guards to watch over the practitioner crushed medicine to powder and added it to her food.

After eating, the practitioner began to feel drowsy and exhausted and said to herself, “How come I am so sleepy now and lack energy? Why do I feel so uncomfortable and my memory is starting to fail?”

According to the letter, the witness was unable to tell the Falun Dafa practitioner because the inmates were threatening her.

Because the eyewitness felt sympathy for the practitioner, she shared some fruit with her, but she politely declined and thanked her while telling her about the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners.

“My relative also told me that when the hospital leadership came to inspect the rooms, the inmates increased the amount of drug added to the practitioner, in order to prevent her from shouting “Falun Dafa is good!,” concludes the letter, in addition to regretting this situation and that they are doing this to the elderly women just to defend their beliefs.

Like this elderly woman, most Falun Dafa practitioners refuse to renounce their faith, despite suffering terrible torture and harassment. This spiritual belief is ingrained in their hearts, transformed their lives, uplifted their minds, and restored their health and hope.

Why is Falun Dafa persecuted in China?

According to the Minghui website, which collects first-hand information about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, the main elements to explain the persecution are:

  • The fear and jealousy of paranoid former dictator [Jiang Zemin] at the exponential growth and popularity of Falun Dafa.
  • The inherent conflict between the savage political ideology of the Communist regime and its polar opposite, which would be the Falun Dafa principles of Truth-Benevolence-Tolerance that Falun Gong advocates.
  • The very nature of communism, which in order to sustain itself needs to periodically label a small segment of the population as “class enemy” in order to “fight” against it.

How did the persecution begin?

Months before the official launch of the persecution in July 1999, practitioners were already under intense and increasing government repression.

As early as 1998, the police began to disrupt exercise practices in parks (qigong and meditation exercises) and increased defamatory propaganda of the discipline in the state media.

On June 10, 1999, former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin established the 610 Office, a national police agency with special authority over all law enforcement agencies, governments and courts, to direct the persecution of Falun Dafa.

On July 20, 1999, police carried out mass arrests of coordinators at practice sites. On July 22, a media blitz was launched against Falun Gong and a ban on the discipline was officially declared. Poisonous information spread across borders to the West, where many media outlets replicated the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) misinformation.

Disappearances

When a practitioner is arrested in China, his or her family may not be notified. While there are laws requiring notification, as the CCP is “above the law,” these regulations are too often ignored.

In many cases when someone goes missing, the family has to go to many police stations and detention centers to search for their loved ones. In other cases, detained practitioners refuse to give their names to protect their families.

Although the exact number of practitioners who have disappeared during the persecution is not easy to determine, it is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. It is feared that many of these missing practitioners have been victims of organ harvesting, where their bodies are cremated to remove evidence.