Latest News from China - 07/14/2000
[Wuhan, Hubei Province] Police Brutality Left Extravasated Blood inside the Brain of Practitioner Ouyang Haiwen
Mr. Ouyang Haiwen, in his 40s, was an employee of the 9507 Factory of the Chinese Liberation Army. In December 1999, he went to Beijing to defend the righteousness of Falun Dafa. As a result, he was fired on April 21, 2000. On June 31, he went to Beijing again, and on the second day, he went to Tiananmen Square to practice Falun Gong exercises. The police then pushed him into a police vehicle and beat him up on the vehicle. The police bumped his head violently against the door of the vehicle. Later the police found out that he lost consciousness and they sent him to a hospital for emergency treatment. The medical check showed that he had extravagated blood inside his brain.
Later the Beijing police asked the police in Wuhan city to take Mr. Ouyang back. However, the latter did not want to handle this case because Mr. Ouyang was injured. In the end, Mr. Ouyang's wife took him back to Wuhan city. His work place then spread the rumor that he had illness in his brain and he fainted when practicing Falun Gong on the Tiananmen Square.
Now Mr. Ouyang is still staying in bed, unable to take care of himself. His wife Li Xiuzhen does not have income. The family is in despair.
Their phone number is 011-86-27-83539512.
On January 16 of 2000, the Yongjing County Police Bureau of Gansu Province detained 4 practitioners who had gone to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. They were Mr. Feng Tingcai, Mr. Feng Yongyan, Mr. Feng Tingjun and Ms. Zhang Xuxia. The first three practitioners continued to practice Falun Gong exercises in the detention center. To punish them, the police cuffed the two hands of Mr. Feng Yongyan to the windows with his two feet barely touching the ground. For the other two practitioners, the police put shackles on Mr. Feng Tingcai and Mr. Feng Tingjun. Such shackles were supposed to be used on criminals facing death penalty. Mr. Feng Tingcai had been tortured like that for 31 days. His wrists and ankles were seriously injured. In the end, police could not even open the lock of the shackles and had to cut it open with a saw. When he was interrogated, the police stepped on his shackles to make him suffer. Mr. Feng Tingjun was tortured like this for 4 days.
[Beijing] Tiananmen Square, July 11
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Photo number 3 In July, many courageous but peaceful practitioners defended the righteousness of Falun Dafa on Tiananmen Square by practicing exercises and unfurling Falun Dafa banners.
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In July, many courageous but peaceful practitioners defended the righteousness of Falun Dafa on Tiananmen Square by practicing exercises and unfurling Falun Dafa banners.
Today 8:30am, three middle-aged women unfurled a white banner with red characters "Falun Dafa is good!" Later the police seized the banner away and they unfurled another one. [Photo number 1]
At 8:43am, a male practitioner unfurled a red banner. (no photo)
At 9:15am, four practitioners started to meditate at the center of the Tiananmen Square. The police then rushed over to catch them. [Photo number 2]
At 9:17am, 2 practitioners started to meditate at the southwest corner of the Tiananmen Square and got arrested shortly after.
At 9:30am, a female practitioner practiced the first set of exercise three times. The police did not notice her until 10 minutes later when she was about to finish the exercise.
[Beijing] Graduate Student Detained
Ms. Yu Jinmei, a graduate student of the Department of Chemical Engineering of Qinghua University, was detained secretly by Section 14 of Beijing Police Bureau. She might be given one month of criminal detention.
Ms. Yu Jinmei was an outstanding student. Recently, she was forced to quit her research for refusing to recant.
[Yulin, Shanxi Province]
Guo Xiaonan, a graduate of Qinghua University, has been illegally detained in Yulin for over 5 months. He was detained after he appealed for Falun Gong in Beijing in the Chinese New Year. Currently his health is not good because of the long term of detention and persecution.
The phone number of Yulin Police Bureau of Shanxi Province: 011-86-912-3283497, extension 8801, Zip code is 719000.
Practitioner Mr. Meng Fuchun, from Acheng City of Heilongjiang Province, was arrested when practicing Falun Gong in a college in Beijing on June 16. He got detained with criminals sentenced to death penalty after he was escorted back to Acheng City.
The police treated Mr. Meng Fuchun badly because they believed that he had "direct contact" with Teacher Li Hongzhi. We appeal to all practitioners and kind-hearted people to pay attention to his current situation.
[Guangzhou] Practitioners were sentenced to forced labor
After practitioners of Guangzhou City held a group practice on June 18, the Provincial Party Secretary got extremely angry and decided to severely suppress the practitioners. Many practitioners got detained thereafter. The police also harassed the practitioners and their family members on a large scale.
More seriously, some practitioners who were thought to be the organizers were given harsh sentences. We already knew that Qiu Tengkun, the former contact person of the Wushan Falun Dafa Assistance Center, was given three years of forced-labor, and Ms. Lu Lin, a teacher from the Department of Food of the South China University of Science and Technology, was given 3 years of forced-labor after she got arrested for practicing Falun Gong at a corner of the campus. The situations of other practitioners are unknown.
Many of their family members who did not practice Falun Gong had the courage to defend themselves when being harassed illegally by the police. They warned the police that they would sue them or appeal to higher authorities. This effectively prevented the practitioners from being further persecuted.
Wang Haiyan, a practitioner in Guangzhou City, was arrested on June 18 when practicing Falun Gong exercises with other practitioners. She has been in custody since then. In the beginning, she was detained in the detention center of the Liwan District. When her family members went to visit her, they were not allowed to see her unless they would pay 5,000 Yuan. Before that, Ms. Wang Haiyan had been detained in the Huangpu Drug-stopping center for 70 days after going to Beijing to appeal last year. She was charged 200 Yuan per day, for a total of 14,000 Yuan. She was released after her family paid 9,000 Yuan. They were told that they would not receive a receipt unless they paid the remaining 5,000 Yuan.
Ms. Wang Haiyan was recently transferred to the Guangzhou Detention Center. Her family members were still not allowed to visit her. They were told that she would be transferred to her hometown in Changsha City for further handling.
The Wulapo Labor Camp of Urumqi is detaining the female practitioners from the whole Xinjiang Province. The family members of a convicted criminal are allowed to pay a visit once a week. By contrast, the family members of a practitioner could only visit once a month.
The son of a practitioner went to visit her mother after finishing all the required documents, but he was not allowed to see her mother because the police found out that he was also a practitioner himself. The police gave such an excuse, "it is not good for the transformation [of your mother]."
Three practitioners from the Nuclear Industrial Company of China located at the Haiyan of Zhejiang Province, Mr. Zhang Huaijun, Mr. Peng Xiaodong and Ms. Su Ming, have been in custody since last November 14. They said that they would continue to practice Falun Gong even if they had to be in custody for the rest of their lives.
According to source, the family members of Ms. Su Ming had gone to the detention center to ask for her release. The detention center agreed to release her as soon as possible.
The whole family of Mr. Zhang Huaijun, including himself, his parents and his brother, are all practitioners of Falun Gong. Mr. Zhang Huaijun, originally from the Ji County of Tianjin City, graduated from a University in Beijing.
Mr. Peng Xiaodong's family is in Xianyang of Shanxi Province. It was said that his father had paid a trip to visit him by borrowing money and eating dried noodles on the way.
[Shandong Province] Brutality of Communist Officers
Practitioner Wang Hongsheng, from Fujia Village of Taitou Town, Shouguang City, Shandong Province, was intercepted by the officers from the local Taitou Town government on June 28 when he was riding a bicycle to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong.
The officers from the Taitou Town government put Mr. Wang Hongsheng into a gunny-bag and sealed it. Then, they started to beat Mr. Wang madly using bamboo poles and wooden clubs. After Mr. Wang lost his consciousness from the beatings, they took him out of the bag and roped him onto a trunk. Because Mr. Wang still could not regain his consciousness, they poured cold water on him.
At the strong request from people around, the officers from the Taitou Town government sent Mr. Wang to a hospital for emergency treatment. Mr. Wang has been in custody since then.
[Shandong Province] The Testimony of a Practitioner from Guangrao County
[For the safety of this practitioner, we deleted the name of the practitioner.]
I am from Guangrao County of Shandong Province. I started to practice Falun Gong in June 1997. Since then, I have begun to behave myself according the principles of "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance". I have become so healthy and I got to know how to be a good person.
Starting from the spring of 1999, I was monitored by a person assigned by the governmental officials. This person had not told me the truth until after July 20. On July 20 of 1999, the government started to limit our personal freedom. On July 24 of 1999, we got detained in the Village Committee. The governmental officials required us to write a pledge of giving up Falun Gong. We did not write the pledge.
On July 27 of 1999, we were transferred to the town police station. The officials of the police station again gave us another run of verbal abuses that had no effect on us. Then we were transferred to the Detention Center of the Guangrao County. The same thing happened to us there.
At the beginning of August, our family members (they had been threatened by the detention center) were invited to the detention center to persuade us to write the pledge. We all wrote the pledge. Later, we got released. However, I got detained again in the town police station. I was not release until August 25 of 1999.
In the middle of December 1999, another practitioner and I went to Beijing to report the truth of Falun Gong to the central government. We got escorted back at the end of December 1999. Our homes were ransacked and we got detained in the Detention Center of Guangrao County.
On December 22 of 1999, some practitioners and I were paraded through the streets. We were handcuffed and had a plate hung on our necks. We were not allowed to wear the coat. [It was cold winter at that time.] We had been paraded through all the villages of the Guangrao County within 6 days.
On January 12 of 2000 when the officials from the Police Bureau of Shandong Province came to the Detention Center of Guangrao County to inspect the work, we were secretly transferred back to the town police station. When the provincial officials mentioned about the matter of parading us through the streets, the head of the Police Bureau of Guangrao County said, "We were just escorting the criminals."
At the end of January 2000, we got detained in the town police station again. At the beginning of March, we were secretly transferred to a small yard. Since we continued to practice Falun Gong, the government stole our books. On March 16, we were sent back to the Detention Center of Guangrao County again. Because of practicing Falun Gong, I was beaten up and fixed on the bed for criminals facing death penalty in the cell 3. The police put both handcuffs and shackles on me, and fixed me on the bed for 4 days in the freezing temperature.
On April 15, I was again sent back to the small yard. There I was beaten up because I wrote the teachings of Falun Gong from my memory in the office of a communist secretary. On April 18, I got beaten up again for practicing Falun Gong exercises until I lost my consciousness. At noon of May 12, I got beaten up again for practicing Falun Gong exercises.
On the night of April 18, that communist secretary dragged us out of the bed and beat us up after he got drunk. He used the cigarette to burn our arms.
The officials said: "We have the political power, and we make decisions. We can punish you however we like."