One of the world’s oldest communist regimes flexed its authoritarian muscle by detaining large groups of people for their beliefs.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary by ordering a mass arrest of Falun Gong and Christian adherents.
According to the CCP’s so-called Safety July 1 campaign anyone who believes in the divine, and tries to act according to truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, directly threatens “maintaining social stability.”
Local police repeatedly raided homes, seized private property, and detained adherents—as well as their immediate family members—simply because the regime is celebrating a century of communist rule.
The Minghui website confirmed Mudanjiang Municipal Police Department in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province directed officers from six counties and four districts to arrest peaceful Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) adherents from their homes on June 10.
Within 36 hours, police had already detained 28 Falun Gong adherents and harassed a further six. They also confiscated cellphones, computers, printers, books, cash, and bank cards from their homes. Anyone who resisted was pepper-sprayed.
In Dalian City, Liaoning Province, 29 Falun Gong adherents and at least six family members were arrested between June 1 and 3. Similar arrests were recorded in Beijing and Tianjin cities and Sichuan, Guangdong, Gansu, Hebei, Yunnan, and 12 other provinces.
The Santa Monica-headquartered Tang Institute for U.S.-China Relations believes the CCP is terrified of those it persecutes because they believe in things beyond the physical world.
“In the past decades, Falun Gong practitioners have revealed the persecutions that they suffered in China, and exposed the crimes the CCP committed when faced with calls to end the persecution, inside and outside of China,” spokesman Tang Jingyuan said according to the Falun Dafa Information Center. “This scares the CCP.”
One so-called person of interest is Hubei Province resident Feng Xiaoyun. The 47-year-old mother complained about two civil servants preventing her, and her two children, from exiting her property on May 27. The Wuhan City officials allegedly tried to force Feng to renounce her beliefs and, after she refused, ordered police and residential committee members to visit and bully her into submission.
“[Officials] revealed that all residence communities had received orders from higher ups to convert a certain number of Falun Gong practitioners before the CCP’s centennial anniversary,” the center said in a statement.
When the group failed to achieve its objective through talking, the situation quickly escalated to stalking, violence, and even sealing Feng’s home shut.
“Police proceeded to pound on her door and threaten her on the phone until late in the night, affecting other residents of the apartment and terrifying her children,” the center said. “Later, when Feng looked out the window, she saw people guarding the front and back of the building—and found her front door had been nailed shut.”
The next day, two residential committee members and a large van followed Feng. When she dropped her children off at school, they allegedly shoved her into the van and transported her to Shiqiao Brainwashing Center for detention.
Falun Gong is one of the world’s fastest-growing meditation movements, with an estimated 70 million to 100 million people practicing in mainland China alone. Founder Mr. Li Hongzhi, who now lives in the United States, first publicly taught the standing and sitting meditation exercises and encouraged people through his lectures to live by the virtues of behaving truthfully, compassionately, and tolerantly in mainland China during 1992.
The practice has since spread to the United States and more than 70 countries globally, while Falun Gong books have been translated into over 40 different languages.
State security officials separately confirmed arresting more than 1,000 people due to the centennial celebration. These suspects include Church of Almighty God (CAG) adherents, mostly in China’s northern province of Shanxi.
One CAG adherent revealed police officers disguised themselves as cleaning workers to monitor her for about three months before finally arresting her. Police also showed surveillance screenshots of her and two other CAG members while interrogating her about the pair’s whereabouts.
“A document from the Office of State Security in Shanxi … referred to the operation as a ‘severe crackdown on the Church of Almighty God,’ including enhanced surveillance of key church members,” Breitbart reported.
“Another operation beginning in mid-April arrested at least 265 CAG members in central Henan province, tasking every provincial agency with identifying churchgoers—and monitoring their movements to assist the police,” the publication added.
CAG, also known as Quannengshen or “Eastern Lightning,” was founded in 1991 and has since amassed a following of about 4 million members. Adherents believe Jesus was reincarnated on Earth as a Chinese woman known as Lightning Deng, who Breitbart speculates is now living in New York City.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy believes President Joe Biden should do more to free prisoners of conscience and stand up to the CCP.
“China lied, millions died,” he said on Twitter. “President Biden and the Democrats refuse to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their COVID (CCP Virus) coverup—but Republicans are not afraid to stand up to China and put America first.”
China Lied. Millions died.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 25, 2021
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