Latest News from China - 01/16/2001
[China] Jiang Zemin sends "Special Work Team" overseas to defame Falun Dafa,
According to a reliable source, Jiang Zemin and his followers are sending "Special Work Teams" to countries outside China. The team consists of special agents from foreign Chinese Departments, Public Security Bureaus, National Security Bureaus and other related bureaus. The aim of the team is to strengthen fabricating rumors, create a frightening atmosphere, prevent Falun Gong Practitioners from promoting Dafa and even interrupt their normal everyday life. These forces will most likely use the Chinese Lunar New Year (Jan. 24th) to spread the fabricated news or evidence in order to mislead the public and defame Falun Gong.
Oversea practitioners are asked to find out individual information about the Team members, record their behavior (concerning Falun Gong issues), and expose the truth to the media and society. If possible, practitioners will sue the Team, and it's leaders, in international court.
We hope all overseas practitioners realize what's happening and are not lured by small favors or benefits offered by Jiang and his followers. Everyone is making serious choices about themselves and their place in this historic time period.
[Beijing, China] Teenage Girl Humiliated By Police
Shortly after 4AM on January 1st, a 15-16 year old girl from the Jilin Province was arrested and pushed into a bus where more than ten policemen, once they saw that she was a young woman, began to humiliate her with lude comments and filthy language. The policemen threatened to strip her and give her to thugs from the Henan province who would rape her. The group of policemen continued the verbal assault for another 5 hours, atbwhich time she was transferred to another location.
[Changping District, Beijing] Women Practitioners Humiliated by Policemen at Yanqing Detention Center
On January 1st, many practitioners from various provinces went to Tiananmen Square to speak out the truth about Dafa (the great law). Among them, some practitioners from Shandong province unfolded a 100-meter-long banner. Plain clothed policemen and hired thugs became angry and beat the practitioners. There was such a large number of practitioners arrested that the authorities transferred four busloads of practitioners to the Changping District Yanqing Police Substation Detention Center where many cases of torture occurred.
Policemen handcuffed a 66-year-old female practitioner, Ren Yuxiang, to a hot water pipe where she was then interrogated. Ren refused to answer and knocked her head against the wall to protest the illegal arrest. The policemen dragged her out of the interrogation room and beat her. Feeling that the beating wasn't enough, one policeman took out an electric baton and shouted to her: "I'll give you some bitter tastes!" and shocked her mouth and chin more than 30 times. After he used the cigarette in his other hand to burn her nose. Ren began to cough badly because of her age and the brutal torture and painful shocks. Another policeman kicked her legs. Ren still refused to give her name and address. The policemen continued to shock her all over her body: her hands, arms, mouth, abdomen, and legs until she lost consciousness. After she regained conciseness, the evil policemen gazed at her with a sneer and threatened: "If you still refuse to tell us your name and address, I'll take my gun and kill you then bury your body. Or, I can bury you alive. Nobody will know what happened here."
Ren was tortured so badly that the policemen were afraid she would die in custody so they released her on the second day.
The director of the detention center personally attended the torture of a 37-38 year old female practitioner. They beat her until her body was covered with blood. She went on a
hunger strike to protest this inhuman torture so the director and several other policemen tied her head and limbs to a bed with ropes to force-feed her. After the force-feeding, they continued their brutal beating. She could hardly move after the torture.
Another female practitioner was dragged to a bathroom in the detention center. They stripped her and held her down to the ground to force-feed her. Afterwards they kicked her stomach hard and punched her. She couldn't move by the time she was thrown back into her cell.
Policemen fiercely beat a 16 or 17 year old girl. Later she was stripped and humiliated. Such outrageous criminal behavior is unbearable to any human being with any kind of moral conscience.
Policemen stripped some female practitioners who would later be thrown into the cells of male inmates...
The people running the Yanqing detention center have already lost their last piece of humanity. Their merciless behavior continues to this day ...
[Beijing, China] Policemen Search Taxi Passengers
This morning, I took a taxi and passed by Changan Street (in front of Tiananmen Square) where I saw armed policemen alongside the street every ten meters. Armed policemen guarded all intersections, underground walkways, and cross-street overpasses. The atmosphere was filled with great tension. At first I didn't know why, but later on I found out that it was top-level security. I saw a policeman questioning an old lady at one end of an overpass.
I asked the taxi driver about this. He said, "The Chinese New Year is soon and they are afraid of Falun Gong practitioners, the Hui Nationalities, and unemployed workers. Almost everyone is the enemy now (in the view of the government)." He said the police also started to suspect taxi passengers. Two days ago, the two cabs ahead of him contained female passengers. The policemen requested ID cards and questioned them for a long time.
[Beijing] Measures Taken by Beijing Agricultural Authorities to Prevent Falun Gong Practitioners From Appealing During the Spring Festival
Recently, bureaus under the administration of the Beijing agricultural authorities requested their subordinates at different levels to issue their guarantee taking "effective" measures to stop Falun Gong practitioners from appealing during the Spring Festival and individually reporting the detailed plan to control each practitioner. The detailed requirement is: no sort of appealing is allowed to take place during the 20 days between January 20 to February 10; otherwise, leaders from different levels will be reprimanded. Practitioners are to be observed through whatever means.
[Beijing] The 13th Department of the Beijing Public Security Bureau
Wei Yan (names have been changed), a 33 year old male, is a practitioner from the Shangdong Province. He was arrested for appealing in Beijing on April 25, 2000 and was sent to the 13th Department of the Beijing Public Security Bureau (in Changping). Wei Yan refused to participate in the preliminary hearing, judging it as irrational, and as a concequence, Zhang (surname) from 7th Preliminary Hearing Department (whose ancestral home is in Taian, Shandong Province) viciously beat Wei's ankles. Wei Yan's face was covered with sweat and tears, his feet and legs were terribly swollen. At the same time when he was suffering this brutal torture, an elderly female practitioner in her 60s was beaten with the heel of a shoe over 600 times, thus, it is not difficult to imagine how vicious they are!
After Zhang had beaten Wei Yan, he asked, "I have beaten you so many times with the heel of a shoe, do you hate me?" Wei Yan answered, "No. Dafa practitioners have no discontent or hatred." Zhang was shocked. Looking into the eyes of this benevolent practitioner, he said with tears, "I won't beat anybody any more!"
Wei Yan's silent forbearance of pain woke the conscience of Zhang, who, haD lost his human nature.
[Beijing] Haiding Detention Center Can't Shirk Its Responsibility For the Death of Liu Guimin.
It has been confirmed that Liu Guimin (35 years old) from Douge Village of Jugezhuang Town of Miyun County, was tortured to death while at the Beijing Haiding Detention Center. Before she was sent home, she needed a transfusion for two days. Despite the fact that the police knew that Lui Guimin's life was in danger, they made no efforts to save her. Instead they sent her back home so as not to have to deal with that responsibility. Liu Guimin died soon after returning home. Beijing Haiding Detention Center is Liu Guiming's true murderer. We hope that others will come forth and provide further clues as to the cause of death, so that the murderers can be punished.
[Jinan, Shandong Province] The Truth About My Mistreatment at the Qilishan Police Substation
After New Year's Day, I was sent back to Jinan from Beijing under police escort. The next day, they couldn't wait to go through the procedures of sending me to A labor camp. This was also the 5th day of my hunger strike. I was brought to the Hospital for Women and Children on Jiangshuiquan Road, where I saw more people like me being forced to have a medical examination by a group of police. At first, I didn't know what was happening and someone drew some of my blood. I immediately realized that this was a way to persecute practitioners. No matter what my health condition was, I couldn't cooperate. So I began to resist all the examinations that followed. The police began to threaten me. In order not to have my stool and urine examined, I was forced to relieve them in my trousers. But they didn't give up. Six to seven policemen forcibly put me on the operating table and stripped off my trousers to have gynecological samples taken. And I was told that if I didn't cooperate with them that afternoon, they would forcibly take urine samples by inserting a urine pipe. I shouted loudly "Suffocating the evil" "Good is rewarded with good, and evil with evil." Yet, I didn't wake up their righteous conscience. Since ultrasound and electrocardiogram exams couldn't be made without my cooperation, I was sent back twice to the Female Labor Camp to be transformed by those who had already been "transformed". Transformation had no effect on me, and I was then sent to the closely monitored ward in the Labor Camp Hospital. I continued to appeal by going on a hunger and water strike. In response to this protest, quite a few policemen from the Qilishan Police Substation handcuffed me to the bed and forcibly fed me through my nose, despite the fact that my nose hadn't yet recover from the wounds resulting from the brutal beatings by police at the Tiananmen Police Station. I resisted. Though the doctors knew clearly the danger of the force- feeding, they still inserted the pipe several times which made my face and ears become covered with blood, puss and milk. They also gave me forced injections and infusions.
Practitioner from Jinan
January 14, 2000
[Laiwu City, Shangdong Province] New Methods Employed by the Municipal Party Secretary of Laiwu City
The newly promoted Municipal Party Secretary and Deputy Mayor, Du Huanchang often goes to Linyi to learn new contemptible means of suppressing Falun Gong and its practitioners. They spread abusive language like, "Whatever means can be used to deal with Falun Gong practitioners as long as they are kept alive."
We hope that all practitioners in Laiwu protect themselves, and are not fooled by their false benevolence. Practitioners should especially not be taken advantage of by the evil or passively endure the tribulation.
[Pingyin County, Shangdong Province] Detention Center in Pingyin County of Shangdong Province Extorts Large Amounts of Money from Dafa Practitioners
Police from the Detention Center in Pingyin County of Shangdong Province took Ding Yipu, a Falun Dafa practitioner, into custody without cause, and demanded Ding's family pay 10,000 Yuan (translator's note: average salary in China's urban area is 500 Yuan a month, where 8 Yuan is roughly equivalent to US$1). Ding Yipu's mother is over 70 years old, her daughter is about 10, her elder brother cannot speak, and they lead a very frugal life. Ding supported her family by selling bean curds (also known as Tofu). Kindhearted people, please extend your help to this family in need.
Telephone number of Pingyin County Detention Center: 86-531-7865467.
[Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Xiangnongshi Police Sub-Station in Jinniu District of Chengdu City Send Practitioners to Labor Camp Based on Information Collected From Wired/Tapped Phone Records
Chen Shangzhen was illegally sentenced to one year in a forced labor reeducation camp by the Xiangnongshi Police Sub-Station in Jinniu District of Chengdu City simply because she is a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Aunt Chen, a 60 year old woman, is a retired cadre of the Education Commission of Qingyang District, and also in charge of Dafa Assistance Center in the region of Jinniu District. Near the end of last September, Xiangnongshi Police Sub-Station, based on recorded and monitored phone calls, detained her for 1 month on criminal charges. Near the end of last December, police notified her to present herself at the police sub-station. After Aunt Chen arrived, police in the sub-station then sentenced her to 1 year of forced labor. They claimed that she organized others to file an appeal to the government and participate in other Dafa related activities. Aunt Chen did not accept the charge against her. Police played a cassette recording of unauthorized phone taps, and presented this cassette as evidence. Police then made conjectures based on these recordings and arbitrarily determined that Aunt Chen was organizing Falun Dafa activities. According to the law, unauthorized wiretaps are illegal and therefore these recordings, or any future recordings, cannot be used as evidence in a court of law.
Also, last November three other practitioners were sentenced behind closed doors to forced labor camps in Chengdu. These 3 practitioners are:
Mo Heqin, 3 years of forced labor; Dai Zhengping and Yi Xianxun, each with about 1 year of forced labor.
Recently, several dozen Chengdu practitioners went to Tiananmen Square on the first day of the new century and were arrested. They are being held in Lianhuacun Detention Center.
[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] Li Qingxiang, Wu Xiangmei, and Others in Gexin Street Office of Shijiazhuang City in Hebei Province Once Again Forced Practitioners to Write Guarantees against Their Belief in Falun Gong
On the afternoon of December 31, 2000, on the pretense of holding a meeting, the office of Gexin Street deceived practitioners, depriving them of any say in the office, and offered them three choices:
1) Write 'guarantees' stating that they will not go to Beijing or hand out any Dafa related materials;
2) Remain under police custody while at the office until January 16th;
3) Pay a certain amount of money for bail.
Practitioners resolutely refused to write the guarantees. Later, under the severe influence of agents in the office, some practitioners paid the bond. Some paid several hundred Yuan, while some paid as high as 5,000 Yuan (while the average monthly salary in urban area in China is only 500 Yuan). Some practitioners had been repeatedly fined, entering into a state of financial ruin. They were forced to borrow money wherever they could. Some refused to write guarantees and did not pay any money, and as a result they were held in custody for several days before being released.
Address: Office of Gexin Street, Gexinzhong Avenue, Xinhua District, Shijiazhuang City, Zip 050051
Office of Gexin Street 86-311-7882934 (Party Secretary: Wu Xiangmei)
Police Sub-Station 86-311-7882523 (Chief: Li Qingxiang)
[Yunnan and Shanxi Provinces] News from Yunnan and Shanxi Provinces
Yuxi, Yunnan Province: Li Yongkuan, a 30-year-old male Falun Dafa practitioner, and government employee of the environmental protection agency of Jiangchuan County, was sentenced to 2 ?years of forced labor for distributing Falun Dafa Materials.
Lingshi City, Shanxi Province: Shi Yuexian, a 50-year-old male practitioner, was sentenced to 2 years of forced labor.
Taigu City, Shanxi Province: Hu Dunyi, a 30-year-old male practitioner and employee of the Research Institute of Limin Mechanical Factory, is missing.
[Jinan City, Shandong Province] Public Security Agencies Trick Citizens into Commiting Wrong Deeds by Taking Advantage of Their Greed
Public Security agencies in Jinan City of Shangdong Province rounded practitioners whom they believed might file an appeal to the government or participate in activities to help clarify the truth about Falun Dafa. Most of these practitioners have been sent to labor camps and 'reeducation study sessions' for forced transformation, as well as been victims of extortion.
As the Spring Festival approaches, practitioners who have written 'guarantee' statements have again been arrested. Other practitioners were forced to leave their homes and now have nowhere to stay. Sadness was cast over the city as families were broken apart, loved ones were separated from each other, and the many innocent people being tortured while in custody hang with their life in the balance.
Even so, the voice of truth about Falun Dafa is not suppressed. All kinds of Dafa materials continuously appear in each and every corner of this ancient city, famous for its many fountains, washing away the dirt from the eyes of its citizens in the face of justice. However, agents have not given up their vicious persecution, and now offer monetary rewards for the capture of Falun Gong practitioners.
The 'Letter to All Work Units and Residents' dispatched by Keyuan Road Police Sub-Station in Lixia District of Jinan City clearly exposes their intentions to mislead the public about Falun Gong, and unknowingly force them to become accomplices in this vicious persecution. We hope all kindhearted people resist this tyranny, and do not participate in this persecution in any way, or risk losing long-lasting happiness in the years ahead.