Beijing is targeting U.S. Falun Gong learners and tracking their whereabouts

New York-Chinese officials are trying to track Falun Gong practitioners who have escaped the persecution of the administration by collecting foreign addresses and other personal data, many supporters told The Epoch Times.

Communist harassment of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners has tortured, imprisoned, forced labor, and even forced organ removal of millions since the administration launched a decades-long campaign to eradicate religious groups. It has been commonplace since I was exposed to abuse.According to that websiteFalun Gong is a practice of self-development rooted in the Buddhist tradition.

Police have requested personal information of Falun Gong learners from Chinese families in the past few weeks, especially before and after China’s politically sensitive “two sessions” (the administration’s most important annual meeting). If they refused to obey, they interfered with their normal activities.

When Lynn Gilley’s parents were selling their home and had to renew her place of residence to local police, she said police had turned down the normal procedure three times.

“On the first day, they didn’t do that. Then they asked for my address and phone number. Next time, they gave me a photo with my child along with our ID. I asked him to take a picture, “Lin, a Falun Gong practitioner who fled the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to the United States five years ago, told The Epoch Times.

“The local police know me by name,” she said. “What I do, what is my job … the school my kids go to. They asked about everything.”

Lin is not the only Chinese to live under state surveillance, even after being allowed to evacuate abroad. Supporters from Beijing, Guizhou Province in southwestern China, Guangdong Province in the south, and eastern Shandong Province have reported similar experiences.

“Rock that falls on my heart”

Intimidation and surveillance appear to be in line with government instructions seen in the leaked 2015 internal government Document From northeastern Liaoning, authorities have comprehensive information on Falun Gong practitioners who have left China, including new identification cards such as Chinese and foreign names, photos, green cards, and important details about families within the Chinese border. I ordered the collection. ..

This document required local villages and working units to “analyze all individuals based on their relationships in China and develop customized work plans” for approval by central government authorities.

2020 Document The National People’s Congress, the standing committee of China’s Rubber Stamp Parliament, has shown that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to see the suppression of Falun Gong as the key to political stability.

“There was no true rule of law under the Chinese Communist Party,” Peng Yongfeng, a human rights lawyer before he left China, told The Epoch Times. “Their ultimate goal is only one. It is to collect and store as much information as possible from the Chinese community and maximize mass domination.”

Police surveillance rekindled her fears for Lynn, who was repeatedly arrested for belief in China, cuffed on a wooden board at one point, and electrocuted by Chinese prison guards.

“It was as if I had returned to China at that moment,” Lin said, recalling the feelings she had when she learned about the incident from her father. “I felt rocks in my heart all night. The next day I felt they could come to arrest me.”

In the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Falun Gong practitioners and other ethnic and religious minorities were placed in concentration camps for refusing to abandon their beliefs or lead party lines. Lynn had to report to the local government every week after finishing work in the labor camp. She said police made regular visits or phone calls to investigate her activities. She added that she was lucky to be able to flee abroad. A friend of mine and a Falun Gong practitioner, she was barred from leaving Xinjiang despite holding a US visa.

“It gave me a feeling that I was being restrained,” she said of her weekly report to the police station.

A similar situation was faced by a family of men from Beijing who believed in Falun Gong and were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Falun Gong promotes the values ​​of truth, compassion and tolerance.

A Guizhou Falun Gong practitioner who asked to remain anonymous to keep his family safe, said a committee in his home village recently gave him his date of birth, US address, and details of his workplace. He said he requested.

Village officials told his family that they were counting the population. However, the man left China 20 years ago and has not lived in the area for more than 30 years.

Falun Gong practitioner Li Peng of Shandong Province currently lives in New York. She told the Epoch Times that home police called her mother to find out where she currently works and lives, and her views on China-related issues.

“How can the Chinese Communist Party monitor people’s thoughts?” She said.

Peng said police are demanding from Lee’s family evidence of the “extreme” nature of the administration’s model of governance.

“They say you are under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government, regardless of whether you are in China or abroad, as long as you are Chinese,” she said.

“They treat Falun Gong as their enemy because they know what comes to them when Falun Gong’s efforts make people aware of what they are,” she said. ..

LiXin’an contributed to this report.