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Teachers bullied her and told her to give up her faith—but what she says, they’re silent-teaser
An 11-year-old named Li Zhendi (name has been changed) attended an elementary school in China where she once faced several tests of courage and faith. Here is her story. In 1999, the Chinese communist regime launched a brutal persecution of a spiritual meditation discipline called Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa. The practice teaches people how to live by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, along with five slow, meditative exercises. After the persecution began, people who practiced Falun Gong were often harassed, arrested, tortured, or even killed, while the regime spread lies about them in state-run media. Zhendi and her family practiced Falun Gong, and after some fellow practitioners were arrested, they decided to go to Beijing to appeal for justice. They boarded a train for the capital, where they met other practitioners and called for the end of the persecution, according to Minghui.org. One night, the police started to arrest people on a large scale, so practitioners had to sleep among the weeds in the fields on the outskirts of the city to hide from the police. In the morning, Zhendi was found to have a total of 53 mosquito bites from sleeping outside, including all over her face. However, she was still cheerful. Several months later, Zhendi’s parents again went to Beijing, and she asked her parents to bring her along once again. Unfortunately, despite many people’s efforts, the persecution continued, and Zhendi’s parents were forced to leave their home. The girl had to stay with her grandmother, where local police continued to harass her. They questioned her and tried to find her parents’ whereabouts, but she refused to answer. Eventually, they gave up. One night, the television was again broadcasting news that attacked Falun Gong. Zhendi’s grandmother was knitting a sweater and watching the program. “It was Falun Gong that caused my son to wander away from home,” the grandmother said. She pointed at Zhendi. “You cannot find your parents now. Why don’t you change your mind and listen to the government?” The grandmother then became angry and said harsh things about the Teacher, or Master, of Falun Gong. “You should not say that the Master is not good,” said Zhendi firmly. “You are afraid of speaking about the truth.” Her grandmother stopped and never said such disrespectful things again.