Nearly 120 million Chinese people have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations since the Tui Dang (“quit the party”) movement began in 2004. In May, a woman called The Epoch Times office in Melbourne, Australia, to submit her withdrawals, and shared what she witnessed in China before leaving the country.
“Why must I quit the CCP? Because it’s so evil,” said Shanni, who requested to not have her full name published.
She said the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China was one of the main reasons for her withdrawal. Shanni first heard of Falun Gong in 1997, after a friend’s mother-in-law started practicing to improve her health, and became a much more peaceful person through it. “It’s so good,” said Shanni. “I think truthfulness, compassion and forbearance are the most beautiful thing for human beings. The longing for benevolence is universal.”
“Under such severe persecution, they still persevere,” she said. “It’s very touching that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for their belief.”
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual practice that involves five simple, meditative exercises, and teachings based in the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The Chinese regime banned the practice in 1999 after a state poll found that 100 million people were practicing—more than are members of the Chinese Communist Party—and has since launched a campaign of forced labor, torture, and murder to try to make Falun Gong practitioners give up their beliefs.
Shanni condemned the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong: “Anyone who has a little conscience can’t bear it,” she said, “My friend’s mother-in-law, a 70-year-old lady, was arrested for practicing Falun Gong. An elderly, illiterate, unarmed lady … We saw it with our own eyes.”
She said she knew another family who were all fired from their workplaces because they practiced Falun Gong. “It’s unimaginable,” she said.
It has also been exposed that the CCP is using imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners as living sources for organ transplants. An independent study concluded the allegations are true, and the findings were published by David Kilgour, member of Canadian Parliament, and David Matas, human rights lawyer and the senior legal counsel of B’nai Brith Canada, in their book, “Bloody Harvest.”
The book mentions that there is typically a several-year-long wait for an organ transplant, yet in China, the wait times are often mere days. Shanni said she encountered this first hand. In 2010 her ex-husband needed a kidney transplant. She thought there would be a long wait, since in China, people are traditionally unwilling to donate their organs and often preserve the complete body after death.
“But my ex-husband got a donor very quickly and had the transplant. I knew there must be a secret channel for it, otherwise how could it be so easy to find a matching organ?” She said, noting that one of her relatives in Australia has been waiting for a heart transplant for years.
She also noted that before leaving mainland China, she witnessed some of the political corruption taking place. Officials would extort bribes, then pose as honest officials while pretending to investigate the extortion they were responsible for.
Shanni said she believes the CCP is nearing its collapse, and that the persecutions against the Chinese people are due to the insecurities of its own leadership.
“Although the former Soviet Union was once a super power it collapsed so suddenly. Because it’s weak inside, it is full of fear,” she said. “The CCP is approaching its final fate.”
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