采访/田净 编辑/张天宇 后制/陈建铭
Persecution of Wang Zhiwen Continues in Brain-Washing Class
Wang Zhiwen used to be a civil engineer and a volunteer
contact person of Falun Dafa Research Association.
Wang was also one of the few people who met and talked to
Zhu Rongji, former Prime Minister of China,
during 4.25 Falun Gong petition.
After the party initiated the persecution of Falun Gong,
Wang was sentenced to 16 years.
Wang was moved to a “brain-washing class”
after 15 years of illegal imrisonment
and the persecution continues.
Wang’s situation has drawn international attention
and has been resisted by his family.
The most fitting words to describe Wang Zhiwen’s
current situation are:
the party just moved him out of the frying pan
but immediately threw him into the fire.
Oct 18 is supposedly the day he should regain his freedom.
Unexpectedly, once he stepped out of the gate of the prison,
he was moved to Beijing Changping “brain-washing class”.
US resident Wang Xiaodan, Wang Zhiwen’s daughter,
said she thought the day her dad regained his freedom
had finally come after more than 10 years of waiting.
Wang Xiaodan: “When I called them, they told me that
my dad would be sent to a brain-washing class.
They even told me not to be surprised by their decision.
However, when I learned the news, I was just thinking why
has my dad to go to a brain-washing class.
The party said my dad would be released,
but why do they continue persecuting him in another place
and in another name? They told me this is a government decision.
The ‘government’ they refer to are three departments:
Yuetan Police Station of Beijing West City District,
the street committee and the sub-district office.”
Wang Zhiyuan, Director of World Organization to Investigate
the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG),
said the persecution of Falun Gong in brain-washing classes is
as severe as in prisons.
Now the party has moved Wang Zhiwen to the brain-washing class.
It’s the same persecution but in a different place.
Wang Xiaodan also told the reporter that even if Wang Zhiwen
hasn’t just come home, it is already thoroughly monitored,
according to her relatives in China.
Wang Xiaodan: “I was told that our home phone is not safe.
About one or two months ago, my family living in China
told me the Beijing authorities already came to our house,
the one that my dad would be returning to,
to install many cameras all over the place
Some of them are facing our home.
They started the work of monitoring our home a few months ago.”
Wang Xiaodan said that her father was an engineer working
for the Supplies Company of the Ministry of Railways.
In the early 90s, Wang was among the first people to practice
Falun Gong. Since it spread very fast in China, he volunteered
to be the contact person of Falun Dafa Research Association.
On April 25, 1999, tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners
petitioned in Beijing, the largest petition in China’s history,
“the most rational and peaceful”.
Wang Zhiwen and other three Falun Gong practitioners
were chosen as representatives to talk and appeal to Zhu Rongji,
then Prime Minister. The petition event was peacefully resolved.
However, on Dec 25 of the same year, a few people working
for Falun Gong Research Association suffered
illegal and severe sentences.
Wang Xiaodan stated that many things the party did to
Falun Gong practitioners are unprintable.
They are so afraid of Wang Zhiwen’s influence in the
international community and among Falun Gong practitioners.
They are more afraid that the persecution they applied
to my dad may be exposed.
Wang Xiaodan: “In the past 15 years, I got very little information
about my dad. But I did learn bits and pieces of severe torture
they did to him. It will be very convincing if my dad can tell
about the persecution he suffered as the victim himself.
My dad’s case has drawn international attention.
I’ve been trying to rescue my dad too.
Therefore, the party knows my dad’s case is very high-key
and sensitive no matter in China or overseas. They are so scared.”
Based on the news published from “minghui.org” on Oct 18,
there have been 4,925 Falun Gong practitioners kidnapped,
61 being persecuted to death, 643 being illegally sentenced
and 19 sentenced to more than 8 years, from
January to September this year in China’s 30 provinces.
Wang Zhiyuan, Director of WOIPFG, stated that
the statistical data and Wang Zhiwen’s experiences
tell us that the party’s persecution of Falun Gong
practitioners is still very severe.
Interview/TianJing Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/Chen Jianming