Over the past twelve years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens who have posted declarations to the overseas Minghui.org website declaring retractions actions they had taken that in some measure contributed to the persecution against Falun Gong. Some of the declarations are from practitioners, typically expressing the wish to recant a denunciation of their faith that they made under torture. Many others are posted by citizens who do not practice Falun Gong but who wish to apologize past participation in anti-Falun Gong activities and voice gratitude towards adherents and founder Mr. Li Hongzhi for their kindness, courage, and patience in awakening the goodness in the hearts of the Chinese people or helping their loved ones.
The following are a small sample of recent declarations received by Minghui.org in September and October. The declarations by practitioners bring to 465,676 the total number of such statements the website has received since 1999.
Declaration by a Falun Gong practitioner
On the afternoon of January 14, 2008, I was brutally beaten by policemen and then taken to a detention center where I was again tortured almost to the verge of death. When I passed out in the center on January 24, they released me. On April 7, 2009, I was arrested again and sentenced to three years. On March 17, 2010, I was forcibly taken to a jail where I was mentally and physically tortured so severely that I had to compromise and unwittingly write the “five guarantee statements” [promising not to practice Falun Gong, denouncing the practice, and praising the Communist Party]. I hereby solemnly declare: Everything I have said and done that defamed Master and Dafa is null and void. I firmly believe in Master and Dafa.
By Lei Zhengxia, September 06, 2011
Declaration by a Falun Gong practitioner
On August 2, I was forcibly taken from home to a detention center inside the Municipal Public Security Bureau, where I was handcuffed in back and shackled. They instigated inmates to repeatedly persuade me to stop practicing. They also forced my husband and daughter to write on my behalf some “guarantee statements” that are blasphemous to Dafa. Because of the tremendous pressure, I unwillingly accepted those statements. I solemnly declare: “All statements not written by me that are not in accordance with Dafa principles are null and void. I do not recognize them.”
By Zhou Changhua, September 20, 2011
Declaration by a practitioner’s elderly father
I am 81 years old. Because of my lack of understanding in FalunDafa, I irrationally desecrated Dafa and Master in front of practitioners who visited me when my daughter was persecuted in 2009. In May this year, I suffered from a severe relapse of my chronic diseases. My daughter advised me to sincerely recite: “FalunDafa is Good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I simultaneously reviewed my deeds silently in my heart and sincerely asked Master Li for forgiveness. Compassionate Master not only forgave me but also eliminated many of my diseases such as gout, cataract, diabetes and others that had tortured me for many years. I truly appreciate Master from the bottom of my heart. I solemnly declare: “Everything I have said against Master Li and Dafa is null and void. I believe that FalunDafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. I'll support FalunDafa to make up for my mistakes.”
By Ma Guangqian, Sept 27, 2011
Declaration by a practitioner’s husband
My wife is a Falun Gong practitioner. To get her released from a brainwashing center successfully, I was deceived by the wicked Party into signing a document that defamed FalunDafa. My act implicitly helped them persecute Dafa practitioners. I am very clear in my mind that it is not a wrong thing that my wife believes in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is also nothing wrong with Falun Gong. I solemnly declare: “Everything I have done that is disrespectful to Master Li and Dafa is null and void. I believe that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good and FalunDafa is good. I'll support FalunDafa and work hard to atone for my mistakes.”
By HaoZhoutai, October 7,2011
Declaration by four people who worked with Falun Gong practitioners
We have recently worked on the autumn harvest with some FalunDafa practitioners and were deeply impressed. They are merciful and kind. They always consider others first and take their personal gains lightly. They work hard with full spirit. One person in our group who is not a practitioner became very ill with a swollen face. A Dafa practitioner explained to him the facts about the persecution of FalunDafa and advised him to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. The man agreed and also took the practitioner's advice to recite “FalunDafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” The swelling disappeared the next day. We all believed it was a miracle and asked for help to withdraw from the CCP. We solemnly declare: “We will take actions to support Dafa practitioners' efforts to expose the persecution and save people from the lies of the CCP. We will tell more people that FalunDafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
By Wang Yajuan, Sun Yanhua, Ran Yongfu and Li Fangying, October 10, 2011