Latest News from China - 10/12/2001
- [Heilongjiang Province] "610 Office" Arrests More Than 1,000 People
- [Wuhan City, Hubei Province] Police in Dongxihu District Arrest Many Practitioners
- [Beijing] Many Dafa Banners Appear Around October 1
- [Beijing] Truth-Clarifying Flyers Seen Throughout Beijing During the National Day Holiday
- [Hubei Province] Dafa Practitioners Tortured at Shayang Labor Camp
- [Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province] Dafa Practitioners Hold Hunger Strike for Seven Days
- [Ningxia Province] Dafa Banners and Posters Appear in Many Cities
- [China] Dafa Practitioners in a Northern City Successfully Hold Experience Sharing Conference
- [Liaoning Province] Police Extort Money From Falun Gong Practitioners
- [Liaoning Province] Eye-Catching Banners Appear in Front of the Jinzhou Labor Camp
- [Majia Township, Shandong Province] Local Police Torture Dafa practitioners
- [Minxi City, Fujian Province] Practitioners Tortured in Local Jail
- [Jiaozhou City, Shandong Province] Zhangjia Shelter, a Den of Evil for Persecuting Practitioners
- [Yumen City, Gansu Province] Exposing the Local Persecution of Dafa Practitioners
- [Hebei Province] Recent Criminal Record of 610 Officers
1. [Heilongjiang Province] "610 Office" Arrests More Than 1,000 People
It has been recently disclosed that the "610 Office" (an agency specifically created to persecuteáFalun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) of Heilongjiang Province, the police department, and another government agency set up a special organization three months ago. The headquarters is located in Shangzhi City. There are agents monitoring phone calls and conversations, and they have arrested more than 1,000 people and detained them in Shangzhi city. Practitioners, please be on guard and send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil.
2. [Wuhan City, Hubei Province] Police in Dongxihu District Arrest Many Practitioners
Before China's National Day (October 1st), the police in Dongxihu District were on high alert for Falun Dafa practitioners' activities, such as clarifying the truth, distributing flyers, and posting banners. They also enhanced surveillance of "key personnel." The police increased both open and undercover sentries, and stepped up the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners.
During the period of September 11 to September 15, the police arrested six practitioners. On September 11, Liu (female) was arrested while putting up posters. On the 12th, Wang (female) was arrested while distributing flyers. During late night of the 15th, Wang (male) was arrested on his way home from work. The other three practitioners were sent to a brainwashing class.
Wang has been severely tortured at the First Wuhan Custodial Center. She has had some of her hair pulled out and teeth knocked out, and there is visible trauma on her head. Afraid of taking responsibility, the director of the custodial center and the superintendent of the local police station sent her home on September 24, before her original 15-day detention period was over.
3. [Beijing] Many Dafa Banners Appear Around October 1
Shortly before China's National Day (October 1st), bolstered by powerful righteous thoughts, Dafa practitioners from Beijing hung a 13-meter-long banner on a beacon tower at the Great Wall. A six-meter wide, ten-meter long banner was also put on a small mountain peak beside the Great Wall. The large, glittering words of "Falun Dafa Is Good" and "Falun Dafa Is the Righteous Fa" gave the ancient Great Wall a new look. In the early morning of October 1, when the police saw the banners, they immediately blocked the main traffic intersections, as if they were faced with a formidable foe. They feared that visitors would see those Dafa banners.
On the morning of October 1, a large banner was suddenly displayed in a busy section of Beijing. Recently, large banners have been seen in Beijing many times. People often gasp in admiration for the ingenuity and courage of Dafa practitioners.
4. [Beijing] Truth-Clarifying Flyers Seen Throughout Beijing during the National Day Holiday
On October 6th and 7th, truth-clarifying flyers fluttered on trees, fences, and gates at the Beijing Village for the Asian Games and Beijing University.
5. [Hubei Province] Dafa Practitioners Tortured at Shayang Labor Camp
Female Dafa practitioner Liu Hongying was born in Hubei. In order to validate Dafa, she went to Beijing twice to appeal for Falun Gong. She was sentenced to one year at the Shayang Labor Camp. Her term has been long overdue, but she is still being detained. Her family came to the labor camp last August to request her release. The police refused to release her and did not allow the family to see her. After continuous requests, her family was finally allowed to see her. At that point, she could not walk by herself and had to be supported by the arm. Her appearance was severely deformed, too tragic to look at. Seeing her this way, her younger brother passed out, and her child kept crying. But the police shouted beside them that she is not allowed to tell how she was beaten.
Jiang Zemin's group brutally tortures these kind people who are firmly cultivating Dafa. They have lost their human nature and will receive their due punishment.
6. [Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province] Dafa Practitioners Hold Hunger Strike for Seven Days
Female Practitioners Hou Yuxin, Zhao Shuling, Wang Shuxia, Yang Xiaohong, and Jiang Shaolian, who have been detained in the Second Detention Center of Hegang City, started a hanger strike on October 5. As of October 11, it has been seven days. Practitioner Zhang Zhenfu, who was sent to the detention center on October 5, has also been on hunger strike for seven days. We hope that Dafa practitioners will send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil and gain the release of these practitioners.
7. [Ningxia Province] Dafa Banners and Posters Appear in Many Cities
Shortly before October 1, many banners and posters appeared in front of the departments of justice, police stations, courthouses, residential areas, and parks all over Ningxia. Banners were also seen in the cities of Lingwu and Shizui.
8. [China] Dafa Practitioners in a Northern City Successfully Hold Experience Sharing Conference
During the October 1 holiday, practitioners in a northern city successfully held an experience sharing conference. They shared their understandings and experiences during the process of Fa-rectification, and it accelerated the group's improvement.
9. [Liaoning Province] Police Extort Money From Falun Gong Practitioners
On the night of September 27, policemen from the Goubangzi and Qingduizi Townships carried out a large-scale campaign of search and seizure. They went door by door to find and arrest Falun Gong practitioners. They then asked for money from the practitioners, and they only released practitioners after being paid. The amount ranged from a few thousand Yuan to ten thousand Yuan (the average monthly income of an urban worker is about 500 Yuan). Many practitioners had been fired for practicing Falun Gong, so their family members had to borrow money from everywhere to bail them out.
We call for fellow practitioners to enhance their righteous thoughts. Tell the family members not to give money to the evil people who are interfering with the Fa-rectification, because they become more audacious when they get the money. They would think that a good person is easy to take advantage of and further intensify the persecution against practitioners.
10. [Liaoning Province] Eye-Catching Banners Appear in Front of the Jinzhou Labor Camp
On October 9, 2001, the words "Falun Dafa Is Good" and "Falun Dafa Is Righteous" were painted in red on the walls next to the front gate of the Jinzhou Labor Camp. There were also four Dafa banners hanging on the walls. That morning, many passersby stopped to take a closer look.
11. [Majia Township, Shandong Province] Local Police Torture Dafa practitioners
Ms. Wang Chunmei, a practitioner from the Lushan area, was arrested for participating in Fa-rectification activities in April 2001. During her detention, she suffered multiple injuries and lost a lot of blood, but the police provided no treatment. Three months later, she was sent to the Majialong Labor Camp. Despite her injuries, the guards handcuffed her and shackled her feet. In early September, her again bled profusely and only then was she allowed to go home with relatives.
On September 12, Team Leader Qu Xiaoqiao of Section 4 in Majialong Labor Camp shackled female practitioner Yang Dongzhi with her arms outstretched in a cross-like position. She was kept in this position until the next morning, when she lost consciousness. However, the guards still did not release her. She was revived during the day and passed out again at around 3:00 AM on September 14. After the guards found her blood pressure to be extraordinarily high, they called her family in to take her home. Currently, several other female practitioners such as Chen Xin-E and Guan Rongfeng are frequently being tortured in the same manner at this labor camp.
12. [Minxi City, Fujian Province] Practitioners Tortured in Local Jail
According to reports, Minxi Jail officers handcuffed more than 20 practitioners to iron window bars with their hands behind their backs for up to 60 hours between June 13 and 15, 2001. In order to force them to give up Falun Gong, the guards constantly cursed and beat the practitioners, and denied them sleep for two and a half days. Furthermore, they seized money sent to the practitioners by their families.
Seven practitioners were sent to a brainwashing class in the Beiling District of Fuzhou City. Each practitioner was fined 9,000 Yuan, about two years' salary for an average urban worker. It is anticipated that they will be detained there until next spring.
13. [Jiaozhou City, Shandong Province] Zhangjia Shelter, A Den of Evil for Persecuting Practitioners
The Zhangjia "Shelter" in Jiaozhou City is in fact a site that detains many Dafa practitioners. In June 2001, several practitioners including Gao Siyun, Li Xue, and Wang Qun were forcibly taken to the "shelter" from their homes while Li Wei was taken away from the workplace. One practitioner with the pseudonym of Guo Qin was arrested while clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to friends, while two other practitioners were arrested while visiting relatives. Wang Qun (19 years old), Guo Qin (22 years old), and Li Xue (28 years old) were recently sentenced and transferred to a labor camp.
When guards torture practitioners, they would turn the television's volume to the maximum to drown out the cries of pain. The guards refuse to allow visitors to see practitioners with signs of injury and have even detained practitioners who came to the shelter as visitors.
We would like to send a warning to these officers. Harming others will lead to retribution and the ruination of your own lives. Specifically, heavenly laws will not tolerate the persecution of Dafa cultivators. It will be too late for regret when the time for retribution comes.
14. [Yumen City, Gansu Province] Exposing the Local Persecution of Dafa Practitioners
On May 3, 2001, local Dafa practitioners Chen Rei (pseudonym) and Zhang Ming (pseudonym) were arrested while taking a bus in Jiayuguan City, Gansu Province. They were sent to a detention center, where they were tortured. When Chen Rei went on a hunger strike to protest his arrest, the guards beat him even more. He was later tied to a wooden structure in the shape of a cross for several days. His family was not allowed to visit until he had been nearly tortured to death. The police searched Zhang Ming's home, seizing Dafa books and materials. We warn these policemen, nobody can escape from justice, and you will receive retribution for your evil doings.
15. [Hebei Province] Recent Criminal Record of 610 Officers
Since September 2001, flyers clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa have been seen everywhere in a Hebei city, from streets and alleys to flea markets. A Dafa banner was seen hung from an ancient pagoda.
The police and 610 officers have further persecuted practitioners in response. They posted a reward of 2,000 Yuan for catching a Falun Gong practitioner who is posting flyers. Some policemen and community administrators went to search practitioners' homes. On the evening of September 29, 2001, they called for a meeting of managers and security officers at all administration levels. The attendees were asked to sign on documents promising that they would not allow practitioners from their unit to go to Beijing to appeal. They would be fined 20,000 Yuan for each practitioner caught going to Beijing. The decision was immediately sent to all townships that night. Managers then screened the lists of practitioners and put them under surveillance or even broke into their homes to check on their whereabouts during the night. They also sent some practitioners to brainwashing classes.
It was reported that the "610" officers and police did the above based on instructions from the highest authorities, and it was a part of a new national campaign.