La represión a Falun Gong en China continental escaló severamente en 2008. Una cantidad significativa de evidencia, incluyendo relatos directos de víctimas, declaraciones de oficiales del gobierno chino y fuentes de terceras partes confiables, indican que el incremento de la persecución fue en gran medida gracias a los Juegos de Beijing. Oficiales chinos, bajo el auspicio de “asegurar unas Olimpiadas tranquilas” utilizaron el ambiente de seguridad estricta para detener arbitrariamente, torturar, y sentenciar practicantes de Falun Gong en todo China para re-educación a través del trabajo con sentencias de 2 años y medio o en prisión hasta 13 años.
It began in the middle of the night, July 20, 1999. Across China under the veil of dark, police and security dragged hundreds of ordinary people from their beds. Many would be taken to holding centers and jails, others beaten, and some, reportedly, would be executed. What had they done? Nothing more than to practice Falun Gong, a traditional form of Chinese exercise and meditation that had grown immensely popular.
Soon after Chinese leader Jiang Zemin initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, incidents appeared of Chinese officials threatening, harassing and assaulting Falun Gong practitioners, as well as pressuring foreign officials, businesses, and free media around the world to adopt Jiang’s stance against Falun Gong.
Utterly exhausted from 12 days without sleep, Lihong Ding’s captors forced him to pace his cell to keep him awake. Many times the 36-year-old collapsed while walking, banging his head on the walls and floors.
A 39-year-old medical doctor whose 5’6’’ frame was reduced to 80 pounds from nine months of police brutality and forced-feeding, died on December 4, 2002.
Today, as 16 Swiss and Hong Kong practitioners of Falun Gong are on trial in the SAR for peacefully appealing outside China's Liaison Office to end the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners in China, reports surface of eight more deaths due to police brutality on the Mainland.
Amidst further efforts by Jiang Zemin's regime to mask the three-year persecution from his own people and the international community, six more reports of Falun Gong practitioners dead in China after police abuse surfaced in the last ten days.
The Falun Dafa Information Center has received details of and verified the deaths of five more Falun Gong practitioners in China. All five deaths occurred in police custody and involved physical abuse, including torture. This brings the number of documented deaths to 283, with government sources inside China disclosing that the actual number exceeds 1,000.