By Tang Ming & Amy Lien
Epoch Times Staff
A classified Communist Party document has been leaked about an intended “strike hard” campaign on “three groups” by the regime’s security forces in northeastern China. Strike hard campaigns are routinely waged by public security organs, and often use extralegal and brutal measures against those targeted.
The three groups defined at the beginning of the document are “underground evil cult organizations, Jasmine Revolution activists, and Falun Gong remnants.”
The first almost certainly refers house church Christians, who worship separately from the Communist Party-run church; the Jasmine Revolution was a popular term for Chinese-style Arab Spring, pro-democracy protests in 2011; and Falun Gong is a popular spiritual practice that is persecuted by the authorities. The derisive reference to “remnants” is probably due to the fact that, officially, Falun Gong was supposed to have been defeated in 1999, yet the practice persists despite a campaign that will soon enter its 14th year.
An attorney in China, who requested anonymity to talk about the politically sensitive subject, said that “the secret campaign against the ’three groups’ is an explicit violation of China’s constitution.” So far there has been no official response to the exposed file.
A photograph of the official notice was uploaded to the Internet and widely circulated, including on dissident websites like Boxun. A note that accompanied the photograph by the individual who leaked it said his purpose was to “prevent more from harm and ease my own conscience.”
According to the classified document, pre-trial arrests or detention of members of the “three groups” could be followed by legal procedures and trials. Phone calls and e-mails would be monitored, and relatives who withheld information would face administrative detention.
Awards ranging from 1,000 yuan (US$161) to 10,000 yuan (US$1,606) would be offered to volunteers who helped with the campaign, and police who took part would receive double pay, the notice said. The Shandong Public Security Bureau would provide compensation between Jan. 4, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018, as long as hit-lists of alleged members of the groups were brought to local police stations.
A mainland human rights attorney, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Epoch Times “This document serves as another piece of evidence directly related to the crimes committed by the CCP.” Many of the actions outlined in the notice were technically illegal, he said.
The attorney also said that Falun Gong practitioners are most likely the primary target of the crackdown, given their extensive efforts to expose the Party’s persecution of their spiritual discipline for over 13 years. Falun Gong practitioners also began urging members of the public to publicly renounce the CCP, which in this lawyer’s view the Party finds particularly frightful.
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Ms. Jiang, a Falun Gong practitioner living in China said: “During the 13 years of the brutal persecution, more and more people are taking up the practice of Falun Gong, including my relatives and friends. Now even more officials of the communist regime have declared their renunciation of the CCP.”
Even the manner in which the document was exposed, penetrating the Party’s usual veil of secrecy, demonstrates the trend of the public feeling against the regime, Ms. Jiang said. “It would be wise for Chinese officials to stop pursuing the persecution of Falun Gong.”
Jin Zhentao, a commentator on Chinese political affairs, told The Epoch Times, “With a wider acknowledgement of democracy, freedom, and human rights, the people come to have a better understanding of the deceptive and violent nature of the CCP.” He predicts that as the Chinese people continue to awaken to their rights, the Party will collapse.
Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing to participate in the persecution any longer. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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