Underground Print Shops Deliver Truth to China’s Masses

11 May, 2011 at 08:49 | Posted in China, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, IT and Media, persecution | Leave a comment
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By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff

PLAIN TALK: Dozens of copies of the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party," produced by a materials site in Shijiazhuang, China, are arrayed on a bed. They will be slipped into mailboxes in the dead of night by Falun Gong practitioners. (The Epoch Times)

For a decade in China millions of ordinary citizens, undaunted by the possibility of arrest and torture, have turned their homes into bases for what Chinese authorities regard as “reactionary propaganda,” and what everyone else regards as simple truths about the right to faith and freedom from persecution.

These bases, termed “materials sites” by their operators, produce fliers, booklets, and informational CD-ROMs. The wares are then slipped surreptitiously under doorsteps or nestled in mailboxes by practitioners of Falun Gong (also know as Falun Dafa), who travel at night alone or in pairs, in cities, towns, and villages across China.

Despite the breadth, penetration, and longevity of the campaign, many in the West have never heard of it.

Chen Pokong is a prominent writer and commentator in the overseas Chinese dissident community. “Through putting fliers in people’s mailboxes and directly giving them to people, Falun Gong practitioners are communicating with the ‘laobaixing’ directly,” he said, using the Chinese phrase for the common people. “It leaves the Communist Party at a total loss. They can’t block it.”

The Epoch Times was able to sketch a picture of the materials sites from interviews with former operators and users from different regions in China; experts who have studied Falun Gong’s resistance to persecution; and the wealth of material on the subject available from Falun Gong websites online.

From Appeal to Protest

Levi Browde, executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, an organization that monitors and analyzes the persecution of Falun Gong and practitioners’ resistance inside China, observes that in the immediate wake of the persecution in 1999, adherents were too bewildered to form a coordinated response.

They had previously only gotten together to practice Falun Gong’s five meditative exercises and study its spiritual and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; they were not ready to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda and domestic security apparatus, mobilized to “eradicate” their faith.

Read more: Underground Print Shops Deliver Truth to China’s Masses | China | Epoch Times


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