A college classmate, who had no contact with me for seven years, called recently, saying he really wanted to see me for almost two months. I met him at a hotel and we talked about Falun Gong. Before I could clarify the truth to him about Falun Gong, he told me the following things. "I know what the TV said is all false. It is so obvious that the "Tiananmen immolation incident" is staged. I have been an assistant director in the "610 Office"(1) for two years and I know very well that those who practice Falun Gong are all good people. One time we brought thirty practitioners back from Beijing. No one said anything bad about Falun Gong. There are three bureau chiefs in our county who practice Falun Gong. In 2000, under pressure from the top, one of them was forced to read a manuscript called, "Exposing and Criticising Falun Gong." It was video taped and then sent to the bureau. These are all false."
I asked him: "Did you beat those good people?"
He replied, "No, actually I have let many go. Today the credibility of the television broadcasts can not be trusted. Among our old classmates, the behaviour of the numerous Falun Gong practitioners is good. Those who I have come into contact with are all good people."
I told him about two other classmates of ours who were arrested, brutally beaten, and fined a lot of money repeatedly because they practice Falun Gong. One of them lost three different jobs because the bosses were afraid they would be dragged into trouble for hiring a Falun Gong practitioner. He replied to this angrily; "Jiang Zemin is so bad and sooner or later he will be punished. He does bad things and forces others to do bad things, too."
Yesterday this classmate called me again. He said: "I played the Falun Gong Truth Clarification VCD in the county office. Many people were shocked, and understood the true stories. They told me to be careful." My classmate told me that he no longer works at the "610 Office." He has been promoted to a higher rank.
(1) "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.
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