The Awakening Union website is a comprehensive web portal where the victims of heresy can help each other, and the inside news about the heresy and praiseworthy experience in fighting against the heresy can be found. Recently, a forum was created within the AU website to help the victims connect with each other.
Victims of heresy can now share their unique stories of victimization by heresy to all the online visitors and write down their valuable experience, thanks to the newly formed online forum created by AU. Members of the online community and activist group can now talk about anything bothering them. However, the owners of the AU said that victims are welcomed to share their stories as long as they obey the laws and policies of China, the country of origin of the activist group and online community. They added that if anybody has any good original article or suggestions and comments or insider information that cannot be disclosed, they can contact the administrators by visiting their website – http://www.jxzlmwz.com/.
“Information on Wikipedia shows that on May 28, 2014, a murder occurred at McDonald restaurant in Zhaoyuan, Shandong. Six men and women fiercely beat a woman who was eating at the restaurant then. The victim was killed on the spot. The murderers cursed the woman “Demon” “Never excuse from death” and such phrases, as we can gather from various sources. Except one who was acquitted as he was below the age of criminal responsibility and was given separate treatment, the other five were under criminal detention suspected of intentional homicide”, said one of the conveners of AU.
The convener also informed that the six perpetrators were the members of Eastern Lightning Cult, and resorted to violence because they failed to expand their membership.
According to the convener, on August 21, 2014, Intermediate People’s Court of Yantai, Shandong held a public hearing. It was known that five members of Eastern Lightning Cult who were accused of intentional homicide and using cult to interfere the implementation of law invited a total of nine lawyers. The minor Zhang had one lawyer, with the other four people had two lawyers each. Five people claimed, “even if sentenced to death, we will survive”. On the morning of October 11, 2014, the first trial court of Intermediate People’s Court of Yantai, Shandong declared the verdict that Zhang Fan and Zhang Lidong were sentenced to death, Lu Yingchun was sentenced to life imprisonment, Zhang Hang and Zhang Qiaolian were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment and seven-year respectively. Zhang Hang and Zhang Qiaolian said they pleaded guilty and were repentant in the previous trial. Zhang Lidong (55 years old) was said to be the father of Zhang Fan, Zhang Hang (18 years old) and the minor Zhang.
“It was reported that on October 14, 2014, the husband and the mother of victim submitted the protest application to the People’s Procuratorate of Yantai, requiring the People’s Procuratorate of Yantai to protest the first instance judgement. They believed that the defendant Lu Yingchun was given an inappropriate penalty and she should be sentenced to death. On November 10, 2014, the families of the victims told the media that they had withdrawn the protest application and that they did not want to talk about the event anymore”, added the convener.
The convener said that such cases of grievance can now be registered and shared across the community.