(Minghui.org) Over 1,100 signatures were recently collected in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, from Chinese citizens willing to show their support for the more than 200,000 lawsuits filed against former leader Jiang Zemin. Jiang is being sued by Falun Gong practitioners for his role in orchestrating the brutal 16-year persecution.
One village resident, Wang Fu said that Jiang's land policies have resulted in exorbitantly high rents for many years. “As far as I can remember, he [Jiang] has not done anything good. I am glad that he would be made to stand justice.”
Another person who gave his signature said that Jiang continued Mao Zedong's ideology of struggle. “Mao once said 'battling with heaven is endless joy, fighting with the earth is endless joy, and struggling with humanity is endless joy.’” He said that such a profit-driven mindset has not only damaged the Chinese environment, but has also caused moral degeneration.
A taxi driver who showed his support by signing the petition said that Falun Gong practitioners are good people. “The persecution should not have started in the first place, let alone continue for such a long time,” he affirmed.
Ms Xia Xiaoyun said that she knew many practitioners. “They are following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They are nice people and treat others well,” she said, adding that the suppression should stop soon.
Another village resident said that Jiang had done many bad things, including persecuting Falun Gong. “What he [Jiang] did is to try to stop people from becoming good citizens. He is the worst of all.”
Throughout China people are learning the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution, despite the government's efforts to slander the practice and hide the atrocities of the persecution. As more people learn the facts, coupled with their own observations, they are courageously calling for Jiang to be brought to justice. Below are signatures collected from other cities and provinces.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the 6-10 Office, on June 10th, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.
This story was compiled from several articles on the Chinese language version of Minghui.