Latest News from China - 09/24/2002
1. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Dafa Practitioner Qi Xiangru On a 50-day Hunger Strike
Dafa practitioner Qi Xiangru began a hunger strike on July 20, 2002, and has remained on the hunger strike for over 50 days. He is now detained in the Dabei Jail Hospital in Shenyang City, where he receives cruel treatment every day. His family members have been forbidden from visiting him. Qi Xiangru's current condition is precarious.
2. [Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Four Practitioners Are Heavily Sentenced
Four female practitioners, Zhao Suqin, Liu Xia, Xu Baozhen, and Xu Baoyu, were arrested by police in Xinbin County, Fushun City between May and July this year. Their "crime" was hanging a banner with the words, "Falun Dafa is good" on May 13 (World Falun Dafa Day). They were sentenced to seven, six, five and three and a half years respectively. These practitioners resisted the illegal sentence firmly, boldly exposed the evil persecution in the court, and requested an appeal.
3. [Mainland China] Practitioners Are Urged To Be Careful of Police Traps on National Day
It has been reported that on National Day in Mainland China, the police are planning to release practitioners who have given up cultivation against their will [due to extreme physical and mental persecution]. These people will be trailed by plainclothes officers. If Dafa practitioners are seen contacting these former practitioners, they will be arrested.
4. [Dehui City, Jilin Province] "610 Office" Arrests Dafa Practitioners at Will
The "610 Office" of Dehui City, Jilin Province has established a brainwashing center and arrests Dafa practitioners at will. They extort money from the family members of practitioners, in the amount of 5,000 Yuan per family [500 Yuan is equal to the average monthly salary of an urban worker]. On September 16 and 18, it was learned that practitioners Rong and Yang Shuyi (female) were arrested.
5. [Dehui City, Jilin Province] "World Falun Dafa Radio Station" Broadcasts Are Heard Inside a Brainwashing Center for the Third Time
On September 17, 2002, at 9 p.m., inside the brainwashing center and across the stairs from the center, truth-clarifying broadcasts were turned on for the third time. This sound shocked the evil and greatly encouraged the practitioners in the brainwashing class. Several practitioners have walked out of the brainwashing class in an open and dignified manner.
6. [Beijing] Police Conduct Sweep
On August 22, Beijing police once again began a sweep across the whole city. It is reported that several practitioners have been taken away for no reason, including several who have not stepped forward (they were reported by other people to the police).
7. [Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province] Daowai Police Substation Reorganizes and Arrests Dafa Practitioners
Since March 2002, the Daowai Police substation in Harbin City and its affiliated branch have undergone a major reorganization with the purpose of intensifying the persecution against Dafa practitioners. Most of the police officers were replaced, from the high rank to the low rank. The mad persecution began after the replacements adopted such means as surveillance, tracking, ambush, and arrests.
On July 17, 2002 police kidnapped Dafa practitioners Du Fenghua, Zhou Xinjian, Zhou Lili (female) and Zhou Yuanyuan (female). Two days later, a large contingency of police kidnapped Wang Yan (female) from her home. At present it is known that Zhou Licheng, Wu Yaqin (female), Lao Hou, Sun Tongqing and Liu Guoliang have been arrested. Sun Guizhen (female) was arrested while distributing Dafa materials, and is still in detention.
On August 29, 2002, Dafa practitioner Du Jinglan (female) was taken away from her home. Based on internal reports, the Harbin Daowai Police Substation has arrested 35 Dafa practitioners.
8. [Panjin City, Liaoning Province] "610 Office" Issues Secret Order to Investigate Dafa Practitioners
Recently the "610 Office" in Panjin City, Liaoning Province issued a secret order to monitor Dafa practitioners intensely [the "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems]. Besides relentlessly harassing practitioners by phone, the police often break into the homes of practitioners to search them illegally. As for Dafa practitioners who have left their homes to avoid persecution, the police investigate and interrogate their relatives.
9. [Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province] Police from Yi County Begin a Massive Search for Falun Dafa Practitioners
On September 1, the police of Yi County, Jinzhou City began a massive search for Dafa practitioners. Police officers go from home to home, forcing practitioners to press their fingerprints to documents and write a "guarantee" [to give up practicing Falun Dafa]. If they refuse to cooperate, police send them instantly to the detention center in Yi County. Liang Yudong from Liulonggou Township was arrested under this situation. Witnessing these actions, people from the village exclaimed, "What in the world is going on? We have never seen the likes of this before."
10. [Yantai City, Shandong Province] "610 Office" Arrests Dafa Practitioners and Steals Their Property
Since July of this year the "610 Office" in Yantai City has actively carried out the orders of the Jiang government to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. They have arrested practitioners without any reason, from their homes or from their work places. After the arrests, they sent practitioners to brainwashing centers and did not notify practitioners' family members. The police ransack practitioners' homes and take their property for themselves, just like common bandits and thieves.