Reaching People's Hearts with Compassion
(Minghui.org) Since May 2015, a large number of Falun Gong practitioners and their family members filed criminal complaints against former dictator Jiang Zemin in accordance with new legal provisions.
However, many of them have suffered retaliation at the hands of police and personnel working in the legal system.
Practitioners and their family members have thus begun to file counterclaims against these perpetrators, in hopes of keeping them from committing more crimes and to help them learn the facts about Falun Gong.
I would like to share a story that happened in our area.
Filing a Counterclaim with Local Procuratorate
Recently, a practitioner in our area was unlawfully arrested and detained for 15 days. He was then taken to a brainwashing center.
His elder brother and a practitioner went to file a complaint with the local Procuratorate.
When they walked up the steps of the big office building, a man in uniform stopped them and asked why they were there. After they told him they had come to file a complaint, he told the elder brother to register his ID.
However, when the office took a glance at the complaint, he said it was a matter of appeal and directed them to the appeals office.
On their way to the appeals office, they looked up the director’s name.
Rough Start at the Appeals Office
The appeals office is on the ground floor of a secluded building, and they saw four people sitting in the office.
They asked if Director Xu (alias) was in. A man responded, “What do you want?”
When they told him they were there to file a complaint. He took the complaint and said, “So, it concerns Falun Gong, right?”
The elder brother told him his younger brother was unlawfully arrested without a warrant.
A well-built man snapped, “Falun Gong is a cult.”
The elder brother said patiently, “Falun Gong is not even on the list of cults issued by the government. What is the legal basis for your statement?”
Director Xu tried to shirk their responsibility and said, “You’d better go and talk to the local police station or the police department about this.”
The elder brother told them he had already been to those places, but was turned away and threatened with arrest.
He said that when the police tried to take away his young brother, he told them his other younger brother was critically ill and begged them to allow his two brothers to see each other for the last time. However, the police turned a deaf ear and his ill younger brother passed away soon after.
Director Xu still insisted that they should go and talk to the police.
Persisting in Clarifying the Truth at the Appeals Office
Undeterred, the practitioner who went with the elder brother started to clarify the truth in depth to the director and other staff.
He talked about how Jiang Zemin violated the law in launching the persecution of Falun Gong, and that Jiang would soon be brought to justice for his crimes. He warned them about karmic retribution, explaining that many in the police force stopped participating in the persecution upon learning the truth about Falun Gong.
He reminded them that the legal system is facing a thorough clean-up and urged them not to follow Jiang Zemin in committing crimes any more.
He said, “The appeals office should serve as a channel for people to get justice not a barrier to block people. Jiang Zemin abused the state power and ordered you to persecute innocent people. Now the situation is changing and you need to choose for yourself whether to follow Jiang Zemin to a dead end or be a decent public servant.”
The practitioner had captured their attention.
The practitioner went on, “You must accept our complaint today and issue us a receipt. Every citizen has the right to file complaints, and no one should take that right away.”
The director then said to one of the officers, “Take down a record of his appeal statement.”
While the officer was taking notes with the elder brother, the practitioner talked further to the large officer who had slandered Falun Gong earlier.
The man kept nodding his head while listening and when he left he said to the practitioner, “Yes, you may file a complaint. You have the right.”
After the appeal statement was recorded, the officer told the elder brother their contact phone number and his name and explained to him how their different departments function internally.
The elder brother said, “We came here to file a complaint. We only hope that you can act according to the law and your conscience. You must not turn people away when you shouldn’t.”
“You’re right,” the officer said. “We must follow our conscience. Give me a call before you come next Tuesday. I’m here every day.”
Persevering as One Body
Master wrote in his poem,
“Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring;Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world.” (Hong Yin Vol. II)
We realize that we have only taken the first step by filing the complaint and we need to continue to clarify the facts to save those who do not know the truth. There may be other forms of interference and obstacles down the road and we must dissolve them all with righteous thoughts and compassion.
In our area, practitioners understand the importance of sending righteous thoughts together as one body to eliminate interference and evil factors in other dimensions. We will continue to call out the evildoers and seek justice, clarify the truth well, and save more people.