Latest News from China - 03/07/2002
March 7, 2002
[Xiamen City, Fujian Province] Dafa Practitioner Fang Lihong Killed by Police
Police from Xiamen Police Department brutally killed Falun Dafa practitioner Fang Lihong from Anshan city, Liaoning province.
[Changchun City, Jilin Province] Eyewitness Accounts at the Nanguan District Court of Changchun City on March 6th
Eyewitness Account (I)
Today, the Nanguan District Court of Changchun City unjustly sentenced thirteen innocent Falun Dafa practitioners. Out of concern for the fates of these fellow practitioners, and to express my support for the justice these practitioners uphold, I went to the court hearing.
When I arrived there at 8:10 a.m., police vehicles and policemen were guarding all the intersections. There were a total of about 1,000 police officers, including plainclothes officers. Police were everywhere within a range of 200-300 meters of the courthouse. Quite a few practitioners had arrived nearby, and everyone stood there quietly.
At 8:40, people were unfairly ushered towards the Makewei Seafood Plaza across the street from the courthouse. At around 9 o'clock, the police suddenly encircled the group and began arresting people. Among those arrested were some non-practitioners. Altogether, two large buses and ten small cars drove away filled with people who had been arrested. According to practitioners who were located in other spots, some police hid in alleys and rushed towards anyone who came close to the courthouse. Those who passed by, stood, or stopped were all subject to arrest. Practitioners who refused to cooperate were kicked and forced into the vehicles. The scene was quite violent and sad.
By 9:20 a.m. there were almost no practitioners left in the area, but the police were still around.
This is a so-called "open trial" in today's Mainland China. A "public trial" that cannot be seen by the public, and one that the authorities dare not let the public see.
Eyewitness Account (II)
Today the Nanguan District Court of Changchun City was supposed to hold a public trial for Falun Dafa practitioners at 8:30 a.m. Between 7:00 and 8:00, police vehicles with special plates or other local plates were everywhere within a 500-meter distance of the courthouse along the North- and South-bound streets. Similar vehicles were also visible nearby along the East- and West-bound streets. The total number of police vehicles was around one hundred, and each was full of police officers. In an alley south of the courthouse, there were ten vehicles filled with riot police. There were also two fire department vehicles carrying armed police. Plainclothes police were also stationed in the nearby stores, banks, food markets, and residential buildings.
At around 8:30, traffic police suddenly sealed off the nearby roads. At the same time, police, armed police, and plainclothes rushed out to beat pedestrians and onlookers in this area. In the alley, on the street, and inside and outside the stores, violence and evil permeated the air. One practitioner saw four women being arrested from a residential building. He didn't know what the reason was, and only heard one of the four ladies ask, "Why am I being arrested? What did I do?" Over a dozen people standing on the sidewalk opposite the courthouse were suddenly surrounded by police and dragged into police cars without being given any chance to contest or explain. Even old ladies standing on the sidewalk were not left out. Vicious police officers lifted these old ladies by their arms and, claiming that they had to have a talk and dragged them away. These harrowing arrests were carried out in broad daylight. It is unknown how many people were arrested that day.
[Jilin City, Jilin Province] Over Thirty Falun Gong Practitioners Recently Arrested
According to local sources, on February 9th, "Falun Dafa Day in Jilin", the police had received prior notice. As soon as practitioners started gathering, over 30 people were arrested.
On February 26th, several dozen practitioners went to the funeral of a male practitioner who had died from persecution. They were secretly videotaped. One person was arrested on the spot. Afterwards, some practitioners were arrested after being identified from the videotaped footage.
[Northern China] To Validate Dafa to the Public, Practitioners Resume Group Fa-Study and Practice
It is reported that Falun Dafa practitioners in a certain area in Northern China have stepped forward after Chinese New Year's Day to participate in Falun Gong group practice in order to validate Dafa to the public. They have restored the group practice environment , which has been severely damaged since July 20th, 1999 by Jiang and Luo and their group of political scoundrels. This has so far lasted several days. Villagers were surprised at this action taken by Dafa practitioners, but since they had heard the truth about Falun Gong, they understood the reason for it.
Also, in some areas in a northern province in China, practitioners have resumed group Fa-study. Practitioners in a couple regions have never stopped group Fa-study since July 20th, 1999 when the persecution of Falun Dafa began. No matter how much the environment has changed, these practitioners have held firm to their belief. Their courageous acts have helped stabilize the form in which Dafa is being spread in this world and, at the same time, have intimidated the evil forces.
[Hubei Province] Thousands of Families Find the Truth Upon Opening their Doors on Chinese New Year's Day
On Chinese New Year's Eve (February 11th, 2002), practitioners in a city in Hubei Province delivered almost ten thousand copies of Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials and CDs to fellow residents. Over a dozen banners around 15 feet long were hung at intersections and railroad overpasses. Self-adhesive leaflets were posted on the power poles of several streets, including on the poles just outside the district Police Department and the municipal Judiciary Bureau. From the second day to the fifth day of January in the Chinese lunar calendar, the evil forces announced on propaganda vehicles as well as through radio and TV stations that a cash reward of 500 to 1000 Yuan would be given to anyone who catches the Falun Dafa practitioners who distribute Falun Gong truth materials [The average monthly salary of an urban worker is about 500 Yuan]. On the fifth day of January in the lunar calendar, a practitioner overheard a police officer when the officer was talking on his walkie-talkie, "What! Falun Gong leaflets were seen during daytime in the municipal Party committee...." This Fa-rectification activity has effectively shocked the evil forces.
[Hubei Province] Even Extreme Physical and Mental Torture Cannot Change Dafa Practitioners' Righteous Belief
The Fanjiatai Prison of the Shayang Forced Labor Camp in Hubei Province is a place used to detain felons. Twenty-one illegally sentenced Dafa practitioners including several steadfast assistants from the former Falun Dafa assistant centers in various areas were held there. All of them were illegally sentenced to over three years in prison. During the illegal detention, the vicious guards didn't allow the practitioners to talk to each other, and they assigned the criminals to watch the practitioners day and night. Dafa practitioners were forced to do excessive amounts of labor in the prison's brickfield for over ten hours a day. At night, the guards forced Dafa practitioners to write the so-called thought reports. They also handcuffed or bound practitioners, or they used other brutal means to torture them. They used extreme torture in an attempt to force Dafa practitioners to give up their righteous belief. Many practitioners' hands were badly bruised from the brutal torture. They were only skin and bone. However, Dafa practitioners' belief in Teacher and Dafa was rock-solid.
On one occasion, the guards forced all the people to visit a photo exhibition defaming Falun Dafa. Several Dafa practitioners destroyed the exhibited pictures right away. It showed the practitioners' fearless courage and determination in safeguarding Dafa, which forcefully frightened the evil.
When a practitioner's relative came to visit him, a person who watched this practitioner said to him, "If you are reformed [renounce Falun Dafa], we'll reduce your penalty, and immediately assign you light work." This practitioner said to his relative right away, "Please buy 200 pairs of gloves for me!" (He had to wear gloves to do heavy work in the brickfield). It showed his determination in Dafa.
[Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province] Jianshan District People's Court of Shuangyashan City in Heilongjiang Province Holds Another Unjust Trial of a Falun Dafa Practitioner
On March 6, 2002, Dafa practitioner Pan Xingfu's older brother (a non-practitioner) was told to go to the People's Court. He was told that Pan Xingfu would be tried at 8:30 a.m. on March 7. They also said that Pan had committed the so-called "impeding the implementation of the constitution." The juror, Zhang, told Pan Xingfu that only two of his family members would be allowed to attend the trial. We hope that Dafa practitioners who hear this news will send forth the righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil.
[Lanzhou City, Gansu Province] Lu Yuying, a Dafa Practitioner from Lanzhou, Gansu Province Has Been On a Hunger Strike for Almost One Month to Protest Her Illegal Detention
On the night of February 5, Lu Yuying, a Dafa practitioner from Lanzhou was abducted by the vicious police from the Anning Police Department. She has been illegally detained in the Xiguoyuan Detention Center in Lanzhou since then. She refused to cooperate with the evil's request, and has been on a hunger strike for almost one month to protest her illegal detention. On February 28, her family members asked the police to release her. The police shamelessly extorted 2,000 Yuan (500 Yuan is the monthly salary for an average Chinese worker), which, they said, was for the expenses of treating her in a hospital after she went on a hunger strike. Her family members firmly refused to give them money, and sternly told the police that if they still refused to release her, the Political Security Section of the Anning Police Department would have to take responsibility for the consequences that resulted from their actions.
[Changchun City, Jilin Province] Heizuizi Female Forced Labor Camp in Changchun Brutally Persecutes Falun Dafa Practitioners
We have learned that the guards from the Heizuizi Female Forced Labor Camp in Changchun have been brutally persecuting steadfast Dafa practitioners, including Wang Xiuqing from Yanbian City. We hope that people from all walks of life will have this matter brought to their attention, and immediately stop the inhumane persecution of Dafa practitioners.
[Yushu City, Jilin Province] Police in Yushu City, Jilin Province Abduct Three Falun Dafa Practitioners
On December 24, 2001, police from Yushu City's Police Department in Jilin Province abducted Dafa practitioner Li Junmei and two other practitioners, whose names are unknown. Li Junmei divorced her husband long ago and she had lived with her 15-year-old child. She is now being detained in the Changchun Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp, and her child has been left at home alone.
[Beijing] Dafa Practitioner Confronts Police and Exposes Their Evil Deeds, Shaking the Haidian Detention Center
On December 1, 2000, after suffering for six months, Dafa practitioner Zhao Xin, a lecturer from the Beijing Industrial and Commercial University died as a result of beatings she had received from police at the Haidian Detention Center in Beijing. At the end of December, an over 60 year old female practitioner in Beijing went to the Haidian District Detention Center with literature and pictures that exposed the truth about how Zhao Xin was tortured to death. Directly facing the thugs who participated in the beating, she disclosed their evil deeds and requested that the officials from the detention center severely punish these thugs.
After learning that they had been exposed, the vicious police showed no sign of repentance. They were instead full of hatred and fear in their hearts, and they held the elderly lady in a cell and brutally beat her. The elderly lady still meditated and practiced the exercises due to her rock-solid belief in Dafa. Both the prisoners and the guards rushed up to stop her from doing an exercise, but they could not make this practitioner yield. Several days later, the police felt guilty, and then released this righteous and brave Dafa practitioner.
[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] Shijiazhuang City in Hebei Province Recruits 6,600 Personnel for "Joint Defense And Patrolling"
According to internal sources, around New Year's Day, Shijiazhuang City recruited 6,600 unemployed young workers to establish a "joint defense and patrolling team." Each person's monthly salary is 650 Yuan. We could see the personnel on duty everywhere on streets and walkways. Three to five of them made up a group. They all held electric batons, and wore long gray coats and white steel helmets. In addition, at the gate of the work units' dorms or residential areas, they set up a new "office" and kept a guard on duty everyday for 24 hours to "tighten up the defense."
Even in this tightly-watched, evil environment, Dafa practitioners, just as before, skillfully distributed flyers, passed out CDs, posted or hung up banners, and sent truth-clarifying literature to predestined people. The practitioners used all possible methods to clarify the truth and they made every effort to offer salvation to the people of the world.
[Dafeng County, Jiangsu Province] The Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners Escalates in the Fangqiang Forced Labor Camp
Recently, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the Fangqiang Forced Labor Camp in Jiangsu Province has suddenly escalated. Techniques utilized in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp were applied in the further persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The policemen not only beat the practitioners themselves, but also instructed the criminal prisoners in the camp to brutally beat up the practitioners detained there. Some methods of torture employed there included: using several electric batons to shock practitioners, using shoes to beat practitioners' mouths, punching with fists, kicking, sleep deprivation for up to two weeks, force-feeding, forcing practitioners' heads into toilets, etc. The practitioners detained there are suffering from inhumane torture.
[Laiwu City, Shandong Province] The Laiwu Police Department Abducts a Female Practitioner
During the time of the "Two Conferences" [the People's Congress and the Political Consultation Conference] held in April, policemen were harassing, stalking and capturing Falun Dafa practitioners. In the early morning of February 28, 2002, policemen from the Laiwu Police Station illegally abducted a female Falun Dafa practitioner from her home in Sunhuayuan Residential Village in Laiwu City. They ransacked her home and confiscated her property for no apparent reason. She is the mother of a three-year-old child, and it is unknown where this woman is being held. The police also spy on and follow Falun Dafa practitioners who have become homeless in order to escape persecution.
[Xiangfan City, Hubei Province] Policemen Loot Dafa Practitioners' Homes After Deceiving Them with False Sympathy And Feigned Concern
The "610 Office" in Xianghuan City, Hubei Province, acts at the direction of the Jiang/Luo criminal group ["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 or judicial systems]. Together with the municipal propaganda organizations and the "5.1" Textile Plant, it held a pictorial display, placed in the textile plant's display windows, defaming Falun Dafa. Resolutely resisting such a deceitful display, Falun Dafa practitioners in Xianghuan City sent forth their righteous thoughts together, which greatly eradicated and shocked the evil forces.
During the so-called "Hundred Day Efforts," which coincided with and followed the Chinese Lunar New Year, as instructed by higher authorities, policemen from the Xianghuan Police Station have gone to the doors of practitioners' homes, feigning sympathy and concern. When the practitioners invite them into their homes, the policemen begin recklessly looting the practitioners' property. Two practitioners, Dongyun (female) and Li Ying (female), had their cash stolen and property confiscated. The Xianghuan Police Department had originally focused on the pursuit and capture of Li Ying. Practitioners who were interrogated and abducted from the Textile Plant include Hu Gaoying, Song Yuzhi, Xiao Daoqin and Junior Jiang.
The person and the work unit who are mostly responsible for this persecution:
Rao Renan, General Secretary of the Politics and Law Committee in Xianghuan City. Phone number: 86-710-3511668
The Security Section of the Xianghuan City Textile Plant
[Yueyang City, Hunan Province] The Officers Stoop to the Lowest Level in Order to Keep Their Official Posts
Over the past two years that Falun Gong has been persecuted, all the police officers that have gotten to know practitioners are aware in their hearts that Falun Dafa practitioners are good and virtuous people. However, some officers don't have any sense of justice. They have publicly stated that they would do anything to keep their official posts. Zhang Yaofei, Director of the Luowang Police Station, threatened Falun Dafa practitioners saying, "We have no problem with you Falun Dafa practitioners' moral behavior. But my parents supported me for my education so that that I could keep a job. If you go to Beijing and I lose my job because of it, you won't be able to live in the community we are in charge of [meaning that the practitioners will be sent from the community to the detention center]." The Luowang officers in charge of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners privately said to their subordinates, "It doesn't matter how many people die in Luowang. You know the murder case in the Xiangbei Market? We don't have any responsibility for the two deceased. But for Falun Gong, it is different. If they leave for Beijing, all our "rice bowls" [i.e., jobs] will be gone." Therefore, in order to keep their jobs, the police often monitor practitioners' homes 24 hours a day, harass or illegally detain practitioners for no reason.
Because some of their local policemen are notorious thugs, the people sadly sigh, "What a society this is! The vicious are in charge of the good." An officer in the Yueyang Detention Center said, "I am happy with whoever else comes here but Falun Gong practitioners. I don't like Falun Gong coming here. I can't gain anything from them, not even a pack of cigarettes."
Hereby, we remind those officers who cannot tell benevolence from cruelty that, "Never in history has someone who persecuted those with upright faiths ever succeeded" (From Teacher's article "Coercion Cannot Change People's Hearts," March 2001) and never has anyone who aided and abetted those infamous criminals ever come to a good end. We hope that you cherish your own lives. To protect benevolence is to create a bright future for yourselves.
[Dalian City, Liaoning Province] A Doctor Is Illegally Captured for Firmly Cultivating in Falun Dafa
Doctor Yin Jiaqiang is a young M.D. in the Cancer Ward of a Dalian City military hospital. He had once cured a patient with cirrhosis of the liver. From the aspect of medicine, cirrhosis of the liver cannot be reversed, but he suggested that the patient learn Falun Gong. One month later, when the patient came back for reexamination, a miracle had occurred. No sign of cirrhosis of the liver was found after ultrasonic examination, and all test reports showed liver functions were normal. Since then, Dr. Yin has also started the cultivation practice of Falun Dafa.
Dr. Yin was forced to transfer from the military work unit to civilian work, and he returned to Yueyang City, Hunan Province. Soon thereafter, in early 2001, Mayor Yu Laishan of Yueyang City issued an order to arrest him without cause. Hearing the news, Dr. Yin left his home. However, his brother was implicated in his disappearance, and had to quit working for over six months. On January 9, 2002, while Yin Jiaqiang was visiting his mother, he was captured and his whereabouts still remain unknown.
[Yueyang City, Hunan Province] Yueyang "610 Office" Confiscated Money and Property by Intimidation
Falun Dafa practitioner Tang Qinghua, together with another practitioner, went to visit a fellow practitioner. She was then illegally detained by the local police and the "610 Office" for over thirty-seven days on the dubious charge of "disturbing the public order." Her family members were told to pick her up from the detention center in exchange for 2000 Yuan. Without the money, she would be sent to a forced labor camp.
[Jiutai City, Jilin Province] Yinmahe Forced Labor Camp Has Criminals Pretend to be Falun Gong Practitioners on TV
On February 9, 2002, Jiutai Television Station of Jilin Province and the Jiutai Forced Labor Camp jointly shot a video. The content was on how to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners being detained in a forced labor camp. In the video, it says that there were thirty Falun Gong practitioners who had been brainwashed, in fact, only seventeen of the thirty people were Falun Gong practitioners; the rest were criminals who pretended to be Falun Gong practitioners. Most of these seventeen Falun Gong practitioners compromised against their wills due to the coercion, intimidation, beating, and torture used by the prison guards and the extremely cruel and merciless criminals. Jiutai Forced Labor Camp, a directly subordinate department of Jilin Province, and the Jiutai Television Station: You two have jointly fabricated this video. To where are you misleading people?
From 2001 until now the Yinmahe Forced Labor Camp in Jiutai City of Jilin Province, especially the education team (the cadres of the team are Gao Ke who is the political instructor, secretary Luo, and other cadres and policemen) has beaten Falun Gong practitioners brutally and set up private rooms to obtain confessions by torture. They instructed the extremely cruel and merciless criminals to beat, abuse, and torture Falun Dafa practitioners. The head criminal is Zhu Zhenggang. They took Falun Gong practitioners to the torture rooms and used iron wire to tie those who did not renounce Falun Gong to the "Dead Person's Bed," where they beat them with boards, clubs, and electric batons. (For a detailed description for this and other forms of torture used in forced labor camps, see http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/11/24/16156.html and http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2002/2/3/18368.html) They used the clubs to beat the practitioners' chest and scratched their ribs with their fingernails. The ribs of those practitioners who were tortured seriously bled for many days and were swollen. Still, they did not allow Falun Gong practitioners to sleep and they tortured them endlessly, not allowing them to talk with each other or speak. They also used the criminals to isolate each Falun Gong practitioner one by one. They asked these criminals to watch the practitioners and if any criminal did not watch them, he or she would be deducted one point (one point is worth a one day reduction of their prison sentence). The prison cadres used means just like this, giving points to the criminals to lure those cruel and heartless people to torture Falun Dafa practitioners.
[Shanghai City] Internet Policemen Arrest Innocent Students
Recently, a practitioner in Shanghai went to an Internet cafe near Jumen Street in Shanghai City. He learned from the owner of this Internet cafe that in the past several months, the Chinese internet policemen forced some people to attend the so-called training classes many times and asked them to install new Internet monitoring facilities. During the training, the policemen not only boasted that they had dozens of computers monitoring the whole city's network around the clock, but also mentioned the following incident many times to prove that they had such ability.
A freshman student in the Shanghai Normal School was surfing the Internet in school, he accidentally joked to his friend on a BBS (a Chinese bulletin board on the internet where people can register and login, and post articles to express their opinions), "Tonight, we are going to practice, practice Falun Gong." At that time, the policemen's computers immediately displayed that this student was using the Network of the Shanghai Normal School. Within twenty minutes, the police rushed to the school and arrested the innocent student who was still sitting in front of the computer. Then they tortured him. When the policemen talked about this occurrence, they were often very pleased with it. They used taxpayers' money to expand the special agent organization of Jiang and Luo's regime, and conversely monitored the taxpayers and deprived them of their legal rights.
[Shaanxi Province] Phone Numbers of the Shaanxi Forced Labor Camp
The phone number of the Xi'an Female Forced Labor Camp in Shaanxi Province: 86-29-6227769, zip code: 710000
The phone number of the Zaozihe Forced Labor Camp in Fengxiang County, Baoji City in Shaanxi Province: 86-917-7485083, zip code: 721400
The evil persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners is still going on there.