For the tens of millions in China who practiced Falun Gong as of 1999, living the life of Falun has come to mean something dramatically different in recent years, though the practice itself remains unchanged.
In tens of thousands of homes, basements, and other locales throughout China, Falun Gong practitioners make not only fliers, leaflets, and newspapers, but also banners, CDs, and DVDs. The items are distributed throughout most every city and village across China, often under the cover of darkness.
Over the past twelve years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens who have posted declarations to the overseas Minghui.org website declaring retractions actions they had taken that in some measure contributed to the persecution against Falun Gong. Some of the declarations are from practitioners, typically expressing the wish to recant a denunciation of their faith that they made under torture. Many others are posted by citizens who do not practice Falun Gong but who wish to apologize past participation in anti-Falun Gong activities and voice gratitude towards adherents and founder Mr. Li Hongzhi for their kindness, courage, and patience in awakening the goodness in the hearts of the Chinese people or helping their loved ones.
Walking down the streets of Chinatown or witnessing a Falun Gong parade in recent years, one may have encountered signs referring to “X million people have quit the Chinese Communist Party.” What does this mean? What does it have to do with Falun Gong? Why has it not been more widely reported?
[Editor's note: On June 17, 2011, dozens of villagers signed a petition to the government of Jilin city urging the release of a fellow villager who had been detained for practicing Falun Gong. On March 4, 2011, police abducted 59-year-old Mr. Liu Zhichen (刘志臣), from Fengman village in Jilin city and took him to the city's No. 3 Detention Center. When his neighbors learned that the Fengman District Court had planned to hold a "trial" on wrongful charges for Liu, they united to co-sign a petition to the authorities in protest. The following is a translation of the text of the letter.]
On the eve of Chinese leader Hu Jintao’s arrival in the United States for a state visit, the Falun Dafa Information Center urges the media, human rights groups, the American public, and especially, U.S. officials meeting with the delegation, to keep the following ten facts about China at the forefront of their minds.
A Falun Gong practitioner en route to reunite with his wife in the United States “disappeared” from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport over ten days ago and has not been heard from since, raising serious concerns over his safety.