Latest News from China - 09/25/2001
[Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Guangdong Practitioner Tortured to Death in the Shahe Penitentiary, Guangzhou City
In July 2000, a male practitioner, Yan, from Yangchun County, Guangdong Province, went to Beijing to safeguard Falun Dafa. Yan along with his mother, older sister and 8-month-old nephew, refused to report their names and address to the authorities, so they were all sent back to the Shahe Penitentiary in Guangzhou City. At that time, the Shahe Penitentiary held dozens of practitioners, including many of the practitioners who attended the large-scale exercise practice in June 2000 in Guangzhou City. In the penitentiary, Dafa practitioners were exposed to inhuman treatment and subjected to abominable living conditions. In December 2000, many practitioners in the penitentiary held a hunger strike. Practitioner Yan, however, was sent into the Baiyun District Mental Hospital in Guangzhou City, where he was persecuted and ultimately tortured to death.
Last December, Clearwisdom.net reported that the Shahe Penitentiary mistreated elderly people and infants. According to the practitioners who have been released from the penitentiary, the elderly person mentioned in that report was very likely the mother of practitioner Yan, and the baby and the mother were likely his nephew and sister.
[Hengshan, Hunan Province] The Torture Experienced by a Female Practitioner from Baiguo Township
On December 28, 2000, a female practitioner, Xie Jianping, traveled from her home in Baiguo Township, Hengshan City, Hunan Province, to Beijing to appeal the persecution of Falun Dafa. She was detained in the Xizhan Police Station because she refused to slander Master or Falun Dafa, and because she refused to report her name and address. While Xie was detained, the evil police brutally beat her with police batons. Because she refused to waver from her firm belief and principles and remained firm in her convictions, she held a hunger strike for five days. Police in the station helped buy her a train ticket heading back to Yueyang City, Hunan Province on January 3, 2001. However, no one has seen her since and no one knows her whereabouts. Xie, is in her thirties and left two children behind with no immediate family to care for them.
[Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] News from Shenyang
On the evening of June 21, 2001, Falun Dafa practitioner Zhang Rucheng, from the Xiaoaijin Hamlet, Zhaijia Village, Yuhong District, Shenyang City, was arrested while distributing truth-clarifying literature. On June 22, the Dafan Police Station sent Zhang to the Shenyang Detention Center. The practitioner began a hunger strike in order to not cooperate with the evil forces. Later on, the detention center sent Zhang to the City Supervising Hospital. On July 16, the Director of the Dafan Police Station transferred Zhang out of the hospital and sent him to the Yuhong Custodial Center for detention.
During the detention, the practitioner, at great risk to their life, began another hunger strike to protest the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. While detained in the custodial center, Zhang was frequently force-fed through a tube inserted into his stomach. On August 21, Zhang was again sent back to the City Supervising Hospital. Every day, the hospital gave Zhang intravenous drips as well as force-feeding through the feeding tube because the evil people were afraid that the righteous practitioner might die if the hunger strike continued for a long time. On September 7, Zhang was released on bail. After returning home, the practitioner had no personal freedom. During the day, the head of the hamlet security section assigned two security personnel to watch Zhang, and at night, the police of the local police station supervised the practitioner. Zhang was never allowed to go out and talk freely to other people.
[China] Labor Camps Invent New Implements of Torture to Use on Falun Gong Practitioners
It has been reported that labor camps in Mainland China have invented a new method of torture to further persecute Falun Gong Practitioners. Their newly implemented method of torture is to use a plastic bag to totally cover a practitioner's head and then strangle his throat... Not only does this form of torture leave no trace, it can make the victim feel that living is worse than dying because they are so suffocated that they would rather ram themselves into a wall and die in order to end their torture.
[Hengyang City, Hunan Province] The Persecution Situation of Some Practitioners from Hengyang City, Hunan Province
She Aiben, female, lived in the urban district of Hengyang. She was arrested while attending a Falun Dafa conference in March where all the participants in the conference were arrested. She was then detained in the city custodial center for six months. Later on, she was sentenced to a labor camp for one year. She held many hunger strikes and was tortured until she was as thin as a rail. As a result of the extreme torture, she became disoriented and she could not even see where she was going when she was walking. The hospital provided a physical examination, which revealed that she suffered from coronary heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments. Because her physical condition deteriorated until she was no longer able to care for herself, the labor camp refused to accept her, thus she was released and returned to her home.
Practitioner Zhang Peng, Nie Tingzhi, Wang Sansan, Fu Xiaoyang, Chen Shengli, Ma Junwen, Yang Jiemei from Hengyang City have all been detained with indefinite and arbitrary terms in the Wangjiawan Custodial Center. Some of them have been detained for up to nine months and all remain in detention as of this date. Another practitioner from the northern area remains detained at No2 Municipal Custodial Center. As of this time, this innocent practitioner remains in detention, even after more than ten months of illegal detention..
[Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Lawyers Feel Uncomfortable
The Guangzhou Legal Office received an internal notice that requires them to consider the "political impact" when accepting a Falun Gong case. It also requires them to not "get entangled in the details" to avoid losing the case. The lawyers all felt very uncomfortable about this directive, as it is contrary to providing good legal counsel.
[Huaiji County, Guangxi Province] Falun Gong Practitioner from Huaiji Illegally Sent to Labor Camp
Police abducted Liang Guanghua, a twenty-six year old male from Hajji County, on the evening of June 26, 2001, while Liang was distributing truth-clarifying literature and hanging banners in several locations in Guangxi Province. Later on, a malicious person reported his activities to the police and he was arrested. He held a hunger strike for fourteen days to protest his illegal detention. Afterwards, he was transferred to Huaiji County and illegally sentenced to three years in the labor camp. The whereabouts of the family member, who was with Wei at the time of his abduction, is unknown..
[Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province] Practitioner Zhao Yanfang from the Yisheng Hamlet, Qingling Village, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province Is Taken Away by the Evil Authorities
At noon on August 21, 2001, Zhao Yanfang and Shi Xiangfeng were on the way to Shuangcheng City to sell vegetables. Five evil authorities waited to ambush the innocent practitioners. Shi Xiangfeng was able to avoid the ambush and escape. However, Zhao Yanfang was taken away by the five malicious police officers. She was beaten by the production brigade and police from the village substation. Shi lost consciousness several times during the very severe beatings. Later that same night, she was sent to the Shuangcheng Detention Center and has not yet been released.
It is well known that there are dozens of practitioners who are still tortured by the evil authorities in the Shangcheng Detention Center. The evil people who participated in this deceptive trap are: Ren Shuangku (police), Wu Wenzhi, Yu Demin, and Zhang Qinglong