Recently, the U.S. State Department implemented a stricter visa vetting process. After the news reached mainland China, many officials, especially those perpetrators involved in the persecution of Falun Gong in China, were shocked. According to Minghui, an overseas Chinese website that is dedicated to reporting first-hand reports from China on the persecution on a daily basis, it issued a notice calling for Falun Gong practitioners to collect information on perpetrators, their family members, and their assets. Since the notice was published, there have been a number of reported cases where the police in China were more restrained in their behavior when treating detained Falun Gong practitioners.
In Helongjiang province, in one of the cities, after Falun Gong practitioners distributed flyers with information on the latest visa vetting policy, four female Falun Gong practitioners were released from the detention center within just 15 days. The guard also asked the practitioners: “I didn’t hit you? Right? Don’t report on me. I still want to send my children overseas.” In Shandong Shouguang City, two practitioners were arrested when they were clarifying the truth on the streets. The material they were passing out included flyers about the new visa vetting process. Practitioners specifically told the police to read the flyer. A few police officers appear to have been aware of what was going on. Both practitioners were released the next day. On two other separate occasions, police changed their attitude immediately after they learned about the visa policy and the practitioners were quickly released to go back home.
Minghui, August 6 & July 26, 2019