by Milene Fernandez, May 30, 2015
Flushing, NY, May 30, 2015 – Li Ming, a Chinese woman from Beijing, says she fully understands how 1.5 billion people in China are actually constantly under threat. She was imprisoned seven times and tortured in over 50 difference ways in the course of seven years (1999–2006) in China simply for doing meditation exercises in the park and for upholding her beliefs.
In Beijing she worked as a secretary at the General Office of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) division of the State Council. In 1994 she started practicing Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese meditation practice based on the principles of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance. The CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong adherents since 1999. Although she was a CCP member, that did not stop the police from arbitrarily arresting her and putting her in jail for her beliefs.
After she was released from prison for the seventh time, she managed to escape China by paying a large sum of money to an anonymous man who took her across the border on the back of a motorcycle. She ended up in Thailand and eventually gained refugee status and moved to New York.
In New York she learned about the Tuidang movement. She says it was easy for her to renounce the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because she had already experienced first hand the tyranny of the CCP and no longer wanted to be associated with it.
Now Li Ming volunteers at the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (a.k.a. The Tuidang Center) and helps others renounce the CCP.
Li Ming says, “The deepest feeling I got after I read the Nine Commentaries was that Chinese people have no freedom at all—not only physical freedom, but also mental freedom. When a person does not have mental freedom, he is suffering the worst kind of persecution.”