PureInsight | June 27, 2005
[PureInsight.org] After having heard the shocking news that Ms. Gao Rongrong had been tortured to death three days ago in China's Shenyang, Falun Gong practitioners in Washington, DC held a press conference at 12:30 P.M. on June 20, 2005 to strongly condemn the brutalities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Falun Gong practitioners. They also urged Mr. Tang Yubao and Mr. Jiang Zhaohua, the major villains responsible for disfiguring Ms. Gao, to be brought to justice and urged the public's help to end the persecution of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Gao Rongrong, an accountant at the Luxun Fine Arts College in Shenyang City, was abducted by lawless officials in July 2003, and taken to Longshan Forced Labor Camp. On the afternoon of May 7, 2004 at 3:00 P.M., Ms. Gao Rongrong was called to the office by camp Ward Leader Mr. Tang Yubao and Mr. Jiang Zhaohua. These men subjected Ms. Gao to the torture of shocking with stun batons for about seven hours. As a result of the torture, Ms. Gao's face was severely deformed, and covered with blisters. Her burned skin was stuck together with her hair and blood, and her eyes were barely visible due to the intense swelling of her face. Her mouth was severely swollen and the prisoners in the same cell could hardly recognize her when she was returned there.
Later the plight of Ms. Gao Rongrong and the photographs of her disfigured face were spread worldwide. Falun Gong practitioners around the world repeatedly told their local governments and human rights organizations the facts of the persecution against Ms. Gao Rongrong. However, the frequent exposures of the CCP's persecution failed to protect her from further persecution. It is a sign that the CCP has absolutely no regard for the international criticism or condemnation.
The Chinese poster in the left photo says, "It is extremely shameful to be paid by the CCP to murder [Falun Gong practitioners]! You are a disgrace to your family and relatives to persecute your own people as a profession!"
Ms. Nancy Nieh, a representative from World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), said at the press conference, "A big difference between China's persecution and all the occurrences of persecution in history is that the CCP has been hiding the persecution from the public. The CCP has accumulated five decades of experiences in cunningly hiding its crimes. Moreover, many media and governments around the world that know the existence of China's persecution against Falun Gong have succumbed to the CCP's economic incentives and threats and, thus, have turned a blind eye to the persecution."
In the past, the news media around the world had wide coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King's civil rights movement and Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent protests. As a result of the media reports, the public around the world became highly sympathetic towards their plights and supportive of their causes. The CCP's persecution of Falun Gong, however, has been largely hidden within China's iron wall and has received very little media coverage outside of China. Falun Gong practitioners truly deserve our applause and standing ovations for having braved these obstacles and managed to spread the precious facts about the persecution around the world.
Dr. Larry Liu, a professor at the American University, said at the press conference, "The facts of the persecution told by three former Chinese government officials that have recently defected in Australia have revealed that China's iron wall of lies are tearing apart from within. We believe that more and more CCP officials will step out to reveal the truth about the CCP and to enlarge the opening of the iron wall."
Mr. Keith Ware, the manager of a health and sports club in Washington, DC said, "Ms. Gao Rongrong was a friend that I have never met. I am extremely distressed by the wrongful death of this brave lady. I also want to tell all the officials inside the Chinese Embassy: 'Stop participating in the persecution! Withdraw yourselves from the CCP like the three former Chinese government officials that have defected in Australia!'" Next he said in Chinese, "The CCP is going to collapse!" [In Chinese pinyin: zhong gong yao wan dan le]
Dr. Liu added, "I hope that every Chinese government official that has been part of the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners will ask yourself at night: 'How do you answer your conscience with what you are doing?' In a foreseen and near future, the persecution will end. How will you possibly be able to flee the inevitable trial against you? The collapse of the CCP is looming on the horizon. We hope that the officials in the Chinese Embassy will stop assisting the CCP with its tyranny; otherwise, you will face the same deadly fate as the CCP. Make a wise choice based on your conscience and humanity. Emulate the good examples that Chen Yonglin and Hao Fengjun have set up for you. When you make a choice of conscience, the whole world of just and kindhearted people will celebrate it with you."
Lately three former CCP officials have defected in Australia because they have witnessed or have experienced the CCP's brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners inside and outside of China. They were willing to run the risk of their personal safety to defect because they refuse to betray their conscience or assist the CCP with its crimes any longer. All of them revealed the brutalities and obscenity of the persecution.
According to incomplete statistics, as of June 21, 2005, more than 2,586 practitioners have been verified as having been tortured to death in China. However, the actual number of deaths is far higher than that. There are at least 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners who have been illegally sentenced to prison. Over 100,000 practitioners have been sentenced to forced labor camps. Thousands of practitioners have been forcefully sent to psychiatric hospitals to be tortured with injections that are damaging to the central nervous system. Large groups of Falun Gong practitioners have been forcefully sent to local brainwashing classes, where they have been subjected to both physical and mental torture. Many more practitioners have been severely beaten and had large sums of money extorted from them by so-called "law-enforcement officials." When large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners are beaten to death, injured, and their families are broken up, when they have to leave home and go from place to place because of the persecution, millions of Falun Gong practitioners' families, relatives, good friends and colleagues are also involved and brainwashed to varying degrees.