An 80-year-old woman stands in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Main Street in Flushing, Queens. She is neither buying nor selling anything. Rather she has been braving sweaty summers and chilly winters five days a week since 2005 to tell her story to the passers-by, reports The Epoch Times.
Jian-Sheng Feng’s story is not just a personal account, but a plea to her Chinese neighbors to disavow the Chinese Communist Party. As a volunteer at the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party in Flushing, she sees the advocacy as her duty, reported The Epoch Times, a publication that has also been critical of the Chinese Communist Party.
Feng lived through the brutality of the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Square massacre.But in looking back on the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she begins to cry as she remembers the Party’s most recent campaign—its persecution of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa).
Feng faced persecution in China for her belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been outlawed there. She was arrested in December 2000 during a crackdown launched by the then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin against the practice, The Epoch Times reported.
In prison, Feng—68 at the time—was forced to do intense physical labor during the day. During winter nights, she slept on clay floors without blankets while prison guards poured buckets of ice water on her so that she could not sleep.
She was fed two meager meals a day, and force-fed unknown substances. “We were in the same jail as murderers and rapists, but even they were fed better than us,” she said.
Feng launched her campaign against the Chinese Communist Party as volunteer for Global Center for Quitting Chinese Communist Party after she became a refugee in the US. The Epoch Times played a role in establishing the organization, according to the article.
The movement began in 2004, after The Epoch Times published the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.”The “Nine Commentaries” is an editorial series that was republished as a book. It provides an uncensored account of the nature of the CCP and its history of violence and lies.
The series spread to mainland China via fax, email, and mail, leading to a large response from Chinese readers who wanted to renounce their ties to the CCP and its affiliated organizations, such as the Youth League and the Young Pioneers.