Solemn Declarations by Young Practitioners
I am a primary school student. At noon on June 25, 2002, my school principal, teaching director, and all the teachers in the school called me to the school office. The principal asked me, "Do you still practice Falun Gong? I heard other people say that you are still practicing privately. Is that true?" I did not answer his question directly. The teachers around me started to attack me verbally, and at the end when all the teachers had stopped talking, the principal said, "You go home this lunch time and think about it and come back and tell us what you think in the afternoon!" I felt terribly uneasy about it. In the afternoon, they called me in again; the teachers bullied me and tried to persuade me for more than half an hour. At last the principal said, "If you continue to practice, we will not allow you to apply to go to a selective high school. If you sign a statement promising to 'break away' from Dafa, we will nominate you to a selective high school." At that time, I was very keen to go to a selective high school. Back then, although I knew it was not right to write a "Disassociation Statement" [A statement declaring never again to associate with people who practice Falun Gong or go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong], I still did so against my heart.
From this point forward, I will double up my effort to make up for what I have done wrong, and strive forward in my cultivation.
Written on September 15, 2002
I am fourteen years old. Once, I went to see a movie that was against Dafa [a propaganda video intended to create hatred and fear against practitioner]. I did not want to go from my heart. I did something disrespectful. Next time if the school organizes such activities, I will definitely not join them again! I am solemnly declaring null and void the "afterthoughts about the movie," which the school made every one of us write after the movie.
Written on September 20, 2002
I am a first year university student. Both of my parents are Dafa practitioners. When I was going to university, my official residency needed to be changed, and at that time I was forced to write a so-called "Guarantee Statement" [A statement to declare that he or she is remorseful for practicing Falun Gong and guarantees not to practice Falun Gong again, not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and never again associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners]. Helplessly, I wrote the statement. Now, I feel extremely painful in my heart. I should not have signed the evil statement out of concern for my personal interest and given in to the evil persecution. I repent what I did. I hereby declare null and void all that I wrote in the "Guarantee Statement."
Written on September 18, 2002
Solemn Declarations from Non-Practitioners
Under pressure from my school, I contravened myself and wrote a paper against Dafa and signed my name to it. Although I do not practice [Falun Dafa], I truly know that Falun Dafa is good. Now I solemnly declare that both the paper I wrote against Dafa and my signature are void.
October 29, 2002
One of my family members practices Falun Dafa. Since the dictator's persecution [of Falun Gong], that family member has faced unjust treatments continuously. For example, my family member was often under surveillance during the holidays, being questioned repeatedly, and was even asked to fill out "Forms" and "Repentance Statements". I was worried about my family member. Deceived by the media's propaganda, I did not understand what Falun Gong truly is. Thus I signed a so-called "Repentance Statement" on behalf of my family member. Later I gained a better understanding of Dafa through that family member and realized that it is not at all like what was portrayed on TV. Thus I regretted everything that I said, wrote and did that was against Dafa. Now I hereby declare them all void.
October 26, 2002
I wrongfully signed my name in a signature collection campaign launched by the government to viciously attack Falun Dafa. Now I regret it sincerely. I hereby solemnly declare my signature as void. Everyone, please realize the truth and stop the evils' lies.
A student in China: Zhang Lanlan
November 3, 2002
When I attended junior high school in 2000, I was forced by a school organization to sign my name on a banner against Dafa. I regretted it sincerely afterwards. I hereby declare, "My signature is void!"
Student Meng Chong
November 6, 2002
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