Latest News from China - 04/20/2001
[Guanghan City, Sichuan Province] Practitioner Tan Sufen Persecuted to Death
Tan Sufen, female, 58, lived in the 11th Commune of the Heping Village in the township of Nanxing, Guanghan City, Sichuan Province. She was arrested in late December of 2000 for going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and was subjected to inhumane treatment while under police custody. She was sent back to her hometown of Nanxing and held at the local detention center. At that point, she was in such a fragile state that her family members were allowed to take her home the very next day. She passed away six days later.
[Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Fushun Labor Camp Officials Hammer Nails into the Feet of Falun Gong Practitioners
Recently ten practitioners detained at the Fushun City Labor Camp have been re-awakened and decided to start practicing Falun Gong again. Trying to force them to give up Falun Gong again, the vicious guards have used a variety of tortures, including hammering nails into the feet of all ten practitioners.
[Northern China] Practitioners in a Northern Chinese City Step Forward as a Group to Validate the Fa
In the evening of April 13, practitioners in a certain northern Chinese city stepped forward as a group to validate the Fa. The practitioners, ranging from senior citizens in their 60s to a 8-year-old child, hung up Falun Gong banners, posted Falun Gong truth-clarifying flyers, and spray-painted the words "Falun Dafa is good." Even though they were not practitioners themselves, some family members of the practitioners also took part in the group activity. The scene was both touching and awe-inspiring.
When daylight came the next morning, white dust began to fall from the sky. The sky had turned a reddish orange color. With this color as background, indoor halogen lamps emitted sapphire-colored light. A dust storm started in the afternoon and lasted for three whole days.
[Northeastern China] A Young Practitioner Refuses To Sign Anti-Falun Gong Petition
The school attended by a young practitioner in a northeastern Chinese city organized a "petition drive" against Falun Gong. When the young practitioner refused to sign his name on the petition, his teachers and the school principal had talks with him and his mother. Both he and his mother told to the school that they were determined to continue practicing Falun Gong. When the school threatened to expel him, his mother said, "We will not sign the petition even if it means that my son will be kicked out of school."
The father of the young practitioner is also a strong supporter of Falun Gong. Even though he does not practice Falun Gong himself, he has accompanied his wife to hang up Falun Gong banners and distribute Falun Gong flyers many times. He once had a dream where the police discovered them as they were hanging up Falun Gong banners. When he woke up, he immediately told his wife about the dream and asked her to be careful in the next few days. His wife was very touched by the fact that though he was not a practitioner himself, he was thinking of clarifying the truth about Falun Gong, even while he was sleeping.
[Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Evil Deeds of Guards in a Shenyang Labor Camp
Many Falun Gong practitioners are being detained in the Zhangshi Labor Camp in the city of Shenyang. April 17, 2001, was a visitation day at the labor camp. As family members of the practitioners gathered outside waiting to see their loved ones, the guards at the labor camp took out a picture of Master Li and laid it on the ground. Anyone who wanted to go inside would have to step on the picture first. An elderly lady tried to persuade them not to do that. She told them, "What you are doing is not the right thing. Back when Chairman Mao was fighting with Jiang Jieshi, they did not ask people to step on the other person's picture. Even during the Cultural Revolution, nobody was forced to step on the pictures of Liu Shaoqi or Deng Xiaoping. What you are doing is immoral. It is just too much!" The guards immediately arrested the old lady and took her away. Two people who had come from far away to visit their loved ones then bent down and picked up the picture of Master Li. They were also arrested and taken away by the police.
The Zhangshi Labor Camp has used many methods to torture detained practitioners . The practitioners are denied sleep and forced to attend "transformation sessions" 24-hours a day.
[Heilongjiang Province] The Authorities Persecute University Professors and Students
Wu Wenfang, in her 60s, is a professor in the chemical engineering department of the well-known Harbin Industrial University. The police from the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau arrested her at home on January 20, 2001, after Xu Youfang, the head of the Heilongjiang Province, openly said, "It is ok to use measures that are a little extreme when dealing with Falun Gong." The rumor is that Professor Wu was arrested after speaking in defense of Falun Gong reached the ears of a few people in the Public Security Bureau of the province. The police first held Professor Wu in the local detention center. Even after her health began to fail, they still refused to release her. She is now detained in the Wanjia Hospital. Professor Wu is a member of the Nine-Three Scholarly Society (a so-called "democratic" political party). She is a well-known and highly respected figure in Harbin Industrial University. Her husband, Professor Feng, is also a professor and a Ph.D. student advisor at the same university. He has been subjected to a great deal of physical and mental anguish after his wife's arrest. He has gone everywhere looking for help to secure the release of his wife. So far, his efforts have failed.
Han Li, male, a Ph.D. student at Harbin Industrial University, was charged as one of the organizers of the Heilongjiang Province November 1st Falun Gong "Crime Wave." He has been sentenced to two years in labor camps.
Qin Yuemei, female, around 40 years old, is a lecturer at Harbin Industrial University. She was arrested in October of 1999 for going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and released after spending more than five months in a local detention center. In November of 2000, she was arrested again when she went back to Beijing to appeal. She is now serving her term in a local labor camp.
Ji Decai, male (around 30 years old), is still being detained in the Nangang Police Station. The policemen who were hiding near the home of the practitioner arrested him when he went to visit a fellow practitioner in December of 2000.
Zhang Chuanduo was arrested at his home at the end of last November because of the Heilongjiang Province November 1st Falun Gong "Crime Wave." Later on, the police tried to trap another practitioner using him as the bait. They set up a meeting between him and the other practitioner in a local shopping center. After the police escorted him to the local shopping center, he was able to use his wisdom to escape safely. The other practitioner was also able to get away. Since then, the police have been hiding near his home waiting for his return. Sometimes they even sleep and eat in his home.
[Fujian Province] Fujian Authorities Torture Falun Gong Practitioners
Officials from the Fujian Politics and Law Commission and the Fujian Province Public Security Bureau have put aside their own consciences and are willingly acting as the tools of violence for Jiang Zemin and his followers. Because of them, many local practitioners have been illegally sent to the local detention centers, labor camps, prisons, and mental hospitals. They have used a variety of methods to torture the practitioners, including forcing them to remain squatting for long periods of time, hitting them with electric batons, beating them, and not letting them sleep for long periods of time. Some practitioners have wounds everywhere on their bodies. Some practitioners were beaten so badly that they vomited blood. Others were beaten to the point where they lost all consciousness and were on the verge of death.
The guards at the Rujiang Labor Camp not only have used everything they could think of to torture the practitioners. They also have encouraged inmates at the labor camp to beat the practitioners at will. They have arbitrarily extended the sentences of all the practitioners who have refused to be "transformed" even after the practitioners have finished serving the terms of their original sentences.
Practitioner Chen Jin was sentenced to 1 year at the labor camp for practicing Falun Gong. After forced to work 17 hours a day, his legs and the rest of his body became terribly swollen. In spite of that, the guards still forced him to run laps around the courtyard for two hours. They then handcuffed his hands behind his back, and forced him to remain standing for more than 10 days without letting him get any rest or sleep at all. They routinely forced him to remain standing for long periods of time. They also ordered the inmates to watch him 24 hours a day, and threatened to extend their sentences if the inmates did not do a "good" job. One guard openly told Chen Jin, "If you still refuse to be transformed, we will start injecting you with illegal drugs. We will see if you'd still want to practice Falun Gong then!"
Practitioner Chen Heng was sentenced to 1 year at the labor camp. After he finished the sentence, the guards arbitrarily added another year to his sentence, because he refused to be "transformed." While in the labor camp, he was subjected to routine beatings by the guards. They have also hit him with electric batons, forced him to remain standing for long periods of time, and put him in an isolation chamber. As a result of the abuse, Chen Heng is no longer lucid. He is now being treated in the Jianxin Hospital in the city of Fuzhou.
Practitioner Xie Kefeng was sentenced to two years at a labor camp for practicing Falun Gong. During one "forced transformation" session, the guards and inmates beat him so badly that he vomited blood. Yet the guards still continued to torture him, and forced him to remaining standing for a long period of time.
Practitioner Zhang Siquan was sentenced to one year at the labor camps for practicing Falun Gong. The vicious guards handcuffed his hands behind his back, kicked and punched him, and hit him with electric batons until wounds covered nearly every inch of his body. Furthermore, some of his teeth were knocked out. He was forced to face a wall and remain standing for more than 10 days, during which time he was not allowed to get any sleep or rest at all.
The guards at the labor camp know that they are breaking the law when they mistreat the Falun Gong practitioners. They are afraid that the outside world will find out what they have done, so they lock all the practitioners into a storage room whenever anybody from the outside world comes to tour the place.
In addition to the 20 practitioners who are detained in the Rujiang Labor Camp, more than 70 practitioners are detained in the Taiyu Female Labor Camp (city of Fuzhou), Xianyou Detention Center, Sanming Detention Center, and Ninghua Mental Hospital. There is one item that needs to be pointed out: the authorities in Ninghua sent two practitioners to the mental hospital after the "forceful transformation" failed.
[Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Evil Forces Run Rampant
On March 17, six Dafa practitioners from the township of Cuqiao were arrested on their way to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. After they were brought back, the town held a public court hearing on March 20. The factories and schools were shut down for the day, and the practitioners were "tried" publicly while handcuffed. Afterwards, they were sent to the detention center in Lianhua Village, where they have been detained to this day.
[Heilongjiang Province] Reports of Dafa Practitioners Being Sent to Labor Camps
Su Fenglan, female, is 54 years old. She is from Putaogou Village, Hengtoushan Township, Jiamusi City. Because she refused to submit a guarantee letter to not practice Falun Gong, she was fined 5000 Yuan RMB (roughly 10 months' income of an average worker in China). She was arrested on Spring Festival day of 2001, and after being held for 40 days in the Huachuan Detention Center, she was sentence to 1 year in the Xigemu Labor Camp in Jiamusi City.
Zhang Hong, female, is from Jiefang Village, Hengtoushan Township. She was deceived into going to the Huachuan Police Department around Spring Festival, and is currently held in the same place as Su Fenglan.
Qi Shuangyuan, male, was arrested in October 1999 and is currently held in the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Qi Xianan, male, was arrested in May 2000 and is currently held in the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Du Changji, male, was arrested in October 1999 and is currently held in the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Ms. Qin, is a retired teacher from the Hengtoushan Township. She was arrested before the Spring Festival and is currently serving time at the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Tian Haitao, male, is a bank employee from Fujin City. He was arrested in May 2000 and is currently serving time at the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Tian Haiyan, female, was arrested in May 2000 and is currently serving time at the Xigemu Labor Camp.
Li Jingfeng, male, was pursued by the Huachuan County Police, Jiamusi City; to escape them he has been forced to flee from his home.
[Shangdong Province] Practitioners in the Cities of Laiwu and Mengyin Sentenced to Labor Camps
Wang Jing, female, 18, is a student in Laiwu City who obtained the Fa in the beginning of 2000. She is the general secretary of the Young [party name omitted] at her school, and generally regarded as a good student. She was arrested while validating the Fa in Tiananmen Square on May 13, 2000. She conducted a 9-day hunger strike while held in the Beijing Xuanwu Detention Center. Wang Jing was sent back to Laiwu after being identified. She continued her hunger strike for another 13 days while detained in a hospital in Laiwu. She finally escaped by climbing over the wall. In June, her family was arrested by the local police for an "illegal gathering," but they were able to escape and go to Beijing to validate the Fa. On March 1 of 2001, police from Beijing's Fengtai district burst in on her family, confiscating more than 3,000 Yuan in cash and their mobile phone. They were sent to the Yuegezhuang Police Department for interrogation and sent back to Laiwu after two days. Wang Jing has been sentenced to 3 years at the Lixia District Female Labor Camp in Jinan City.
Tan Wenqiang, male, 25, is a practitioner from Mengyin County. He was arrested in Beijing in the beginning of 2001. After being sent back to Mengyin, he was detained for one month in Linyi City and then sentenced to 3 years in labor camps.
[Miyi County, Sichuan Province] Record of Local Persecution against Falun Gong Practitioners
Miyi County, Salian Village: Zhou Chenghui, female, 55, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.
Panlian Township, Diansuo Village, Fourth Unit: Zhang Jiarong, female, 37, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
Miyi County, Salian Village: Song Jun, female, 35; Wang Yuanpin, male, 56.
Binggu Township, Zhuang Deling, male, 60's; Zhang Zhenghuan, female, 50's.
Guibang Township, Zhang Hongying, female, 35.
Cao Chang Village, Li Yinqi, male, 38.
Pingshan Village, Zeng Shihua, male, 36, high school teacher.
Each of the above was sentenced to 1-5 years imprisonment. In addition there are more than 10 practitioners held in the Miyi County Detention Center. They were arrested while spreading the truth about Dafa on December 14 of 2000.
[Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province] Police Holds Dafa Practitioner Without Informing Her of the Death of Her Husband
On November 16, 2000, practitioner Han Lihua was arrested from her home. She was held in the district detention center for 2 weeks, transferred to the city detention center for 1 month, transferred again to the Datong Detention Center for 2 months, and then finally to the Sa District Asylum for 2 months. During this time, her husband suddenly passed away on December 19, yet no one informed Han Lihua. She did not know until after the funeral, when her child went to jail to visit her.
[Beijing] Practitioner Revoking Her Promise Letter Sentenced to Labor Camp
Practitioner Zhou Chunli wrote a letter to the Ganjiakou Police Station after the Spring Festival, proclaiming her previous promise to not go to Tiananmen Square to be null and void. As a result, she was taken from her home to the Haidian District Detention Center and then sent to the Daxing Labor Camp.
[Chongzhou City, Sichuan Province] Partial List of Practitioners Sentenced to Labor Camp
Zhu Weibing, male, 30's, from Chongyang Township.
Liu Daming, male.
Li Erjie, female, 50's, from Chongyang Township.
Huang Maogang, male, 30's
Zhao Wenfang, male, 60's, from Chongyang Township.
Chen Wenfang, male, 60's, former employee of Trucking Team 10.
Zhang Rongfang, female, 50's, former employee of Grain Office.
Zheng Hongsu, female, 50's, affiliated with the department of armed forces
Huang Ying, female, around 35, from Chongyang Township, Jinji Village.
Gan Xuewu, male, 50's, former official at police department.
Tian Xiuyun, female, 37.
[Mainland China] Vicious Policemen Punished for Their Evil Deeds
A practitioner in the Shandong Province just finished eating dinner when a vicious policeman broke into his home, and began to interrogate him. The policeman also posted a local goon outside of the practitioner's home. When the practitioner went to the public restroom, the vicious policeman followed him inside. Suddenly the policeman lost his footing, and fell into the feces pit. Hopefully the policeman would take what happened as a warning. Falling into the feces pit is a minor thing; nobody can save you if you fall down to hell.
The police in the Beijing Ganjiakou Police Station have persecuted a number of Falun Gong practitioners, including Lei Xiaoting, Zhao Xin, and Li Chang. The deputy police captain originally assigned to "deal with" Falun Gong has been seriously injured in a car accident. Several other evil policemen who have persecuted practitioners have been hospitalized. Yet the remaining policemen still refused to heed the warning, and continue to persecute practitioners. All the policemen in the Ganjiakou Police Station are urged once again to heed the warning: remember that there are consequences for good deeds and bad deeds. Stop what you are doing and start doing good deeds immediately before it is too late.