According to the report released by U.S.-based nonprofit Minghui.org, 15 branches of the Daqing City Public Security Bureau in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang participated in the July 12 arrest. It added that the sweep was part of a provincial-level operation, citing police officers who participated in the campaign. Law enforcement simultaneously conducted the one-day operation across Daqing.
The nonprofit stated in its report that the police had been preparing for this operation for more than nine months. The Heilongjiang provincial police department distributed the names of Falun Gong practitioners in Daqing to each municipal police bureau. The names were then turned over to each municipal police branch, and then to individual police stations.
The police made the arrests in the early morning of July 12, taking almost 100 Falun Gong adherents into custody. The July 12 arrests were just a part of the 235 Falun Gong practitioners arrested and detained in July and August 2022.
Moreover, police took away the personal belongings of the Falun Gong detainees – including laptops, printers, mobile phones and books related to the movement. Zhao Li, one of the practitioners arrested and detained, even claimed that law enforcement stole cash and jewelry during the arrests.
According to Zhao's family members, a gold necklace and cash amounting to 9,000 Chinese yuan ($1,251) were missing after officers from the Lindian County police branch ransacked their home. She and her family suspect that the police were responsible.
The popularity of Falun Gong or Falun Dafa – a spiritual practice centering on truthfulness, compassion and forbearance – surged in the 1990s, with an estimated membership of between 70 million and 100 million by the end of the decade. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under former paramount leader Jiang Zemin saw the movement as a threat. (Related: Communist China is the new Nazi Germany and poses a grave danger to humanity.)
The former Chinese leader described Falun Gong as "an evil or heretical cult," denouncing its rising influence as "something unprecedented in the country since its founding 50 years ago." Jiang then issued a circular on June 7, 1999 that ordered law enforcement to "disintegrate" the movement.
Three days after issuing the circular, he set up the 610 Office – formally the Office of the Central Leading Group for Preventing and Handling Evil Cult Issues – to address the Falun Gong problem. The extralegal group's informal name stems from the date of its establishment: June 10, 1999. It was reportedly dissolved in theory in March 2018, but appears to remain active.
According to Minghui, the 610 Office appeared to be responsible for the list of Falun Gong adherents forwarded to the Heilongjiang provincial public security bureau. The provincial bureau and its sub-bureaus also conducted the arrests at the behest of the central office.
The non-profit condemned Chinese law enforcement officers for their illegal action against Falun Gong practitioners, adding that the police feared Minghui for exposing their deeds.
Speaking to the Mandarin edition of the Epoch Times, an anonymous lawyer reiterated that the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is illegal.
"As long as you are a Falun Gong practitioner, no matter how senior your age may be, and whether your physical condition is suitable for detention – the CCP will still arrest, detain and put Falun Gong practitioners on trial," the lawyer said.
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