Latest News from China - 02/22/2002
1. [Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Hunger Strike Statement by 23 Falun Gong Practitioners Detained at the Wujiabaozi Forced Labor Camp
We are Falun Gong practitioners who are being illegally detained at the brainwashing class in Wujiabaozi Forced Labor Camp by the Fushun Municipal Political and Judiciary Committee. We, the 23 determined Dafa practitioners started a hunger strike on February 7, 2002 to oppose the injustice and the persecution towards us. What kind of crime is it to cultivate "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance?" We strongly request unconditional release, return to us our personal freedom as well as our freedom of belief!
Most of us are 50-60 year old women. Most of us were forcefully kidnapped, sent here, and locked in cells without sunlight all day long. We are under 24-hour--a-day surveillance. We call on international human right groups to uphold justice for us. We call on all kind-hearted people to condemn such severe human rights violations.2. [Shenzhen, Guangdong Province] Falun Gong Practitioners Express Their Highest Admiration to the Western Practitioners Who Went to Beijing Tiananmen to Peacefully Appeal for Falun Gong
Falun Gong practitioners from Shenzhen express their highest admiration to the western practitioners who went to Beijing Tiananmen to peacefully appeal for Falun Gong. Your arrival made all evil terror-stricken.
We got the news that recently western practitioners continuously come to China and walk up to Tiananmen to peacefully appeal for Falun Gong, to oppose the Jiang's regime's brutal persecution of Falun Gong. This has given us great encouragement and strength. You come to this deceit-flooded country which is cruelly governed by a tyrant. You use your own experiences to validate that Falun Dafa is a lofty, virtuous Fa that can raise the moral standards of human beings and let all become compassionate.
You are able to give up everything to go to Tiananmen, which shows that you are all a credit to our great Teacher! Here we practitioners from Shenzhen sincerely would like to warmly congratulate western practitioners, and to express our highest admiration to you.
Dafa practitioners from Shenzhen.
February 20, 20023. [Jilin City, Jilin Province] The Unlawful 610 Office Used Money to Lure People to Commit Crimes Who Do not Know the Truth about Falun Gong.
The unlawful 610 office [a bureau specifically created by the Chinese government to persecute Falun Gong. It has absolute power over each level of administration in the Party, as well as over the political and judiciary branches] in Jilin City printed a large number of "Reward" notices and distributed them to all vendors and people who have lost jobs. They attempt to use money to lure those poor people and some local ruffians to capture practitioners who post Dafa truth-clarifying materials.
4. [Jilin Province] The Sound of "Falun Dafa Is Good" Broadcast from a Loudspeaker in a Village
Around midnight on December 27, 2002, villagers from Jilin Province suddenly heard the resounding voice from a loudspeaker: "Falun Dafa is good!" "Falun Dafa is righteous!" "Return the innocence to Falun Dafa!" The resonant voice was heard from far and wide in the silent village. Some villagers saw 5-6 motorcycles lead by a car displaying a banner "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." The next day, every family in the village received a set of Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials. Villagers all said: "Falun Gong is really extraordinary!"
5. [Yushu City, Jilin Province] Before Spring Begins Police Illegally Arrest Many Falun Gong Practitioners
At midnight on February 3, 2002, police and public security directors from the towns of Sihe and Xinzhuang in Yushu City coordinated the massive arrests of Dafa practitioners from every village in these two towns. The police illegally arrested practitioners through means such as: searching for every family according to their blacklist, watching for practitioners at certain sites, and secretly patrolling along major roads. That night, some practitioners who were clarifying the truth outside were arrested without warning. The next morning, the list included Sihe practitioners: Lu Xianfeng and Yan Shijun couple; Qingshan practitioners: Jiao Shoutong and Jiao Chuanfu; Yujia practitioner: Zhu Hongliang.
The authorities also illegal arrested practitioners in Yushu City. Three practitioners from Yushu City were also arrested (they have not been identified). At the time that this news was sent, 7 practitioners from among them were sent to Changchun Heizuizi and Chaoyanggou Detention Centers.
6. [Panjin, Liaoning Province] Practitioner Xiao Zhijun Who was Recently Released is Once Again Arrested and Sentenced to Forced Labor Education by Panjin Police
Shortly after practitioner Xiao Zhijun was released from the Panjin Forced Labor Camp where he had been illegally detained, he was once again arrested when the police learned that he visited another practitioner. He is now illegally sentenced to 3 years of forced labor education by the Panjin Forced Labor Camp. Xiao Zhijun is being illegally detained at the Panjin Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province.
7. [Yushu, Jilin Province] Police from Municipal Political and Security Section Extort Money from Falun Gong Practitioners' Families
In 2001, a local female practitioner was illegally arrested. Police Zhou XX from the political and security section attempted to send her to forced labor camp or reeducation. Police Zhou told her brother: "You have to pay 2,000 yuan [about 4 months' salary for an average urban worker] as a gift before we can release her." One week after the brother paid the fee, the practitioner's daughter went to pick up her mother. Zhou said that they had to pay 3,000 yuan as a fine. They borrowed 3,000 yuan and gave it to Zhou. At that time, Zhou was the only policeman in the office and he did not give them a receipt. During the illegally detention, the daughter sent 7 articles of clothing to her mother, but all were withheld. The mother had not received any of them.
Fifteen days later, the practitioner was released from the detention center. When she learned of the extortion, she went to the police station and told the Director Su about it. Su said: "If this is true, we will deal with Zhou." But immediately afterwards, they called this practitioner's brother and daughters and threatened them with loss of their jobs, saying that their families would be affected. Due to the pressure, the practitioner's brother and daughters dared not bear witness, and instead put pressure on the practitioner.
8. [Anshan City, Liaoning Province] Police Torture Falun Dafa Practitioner Lou Yan
On February 2, 2002, police from Anshan City Songsan Police Station suddenly broke into Dafa practitioner Luo Yan's home. They illegally beat and arrested her and confiscated her property. In the police station, they inhumanely tortured her. In an attempt to prove Lou healthy to send her to Anshan Labor Camp, police officer Li Shengzhong falsified a physical exam certificate. In fact, the police had tortured Lou. They finally sent Lou to Anshan First Detention Center and continued the torture.
9. [China] Police Illegally Arrest Falun Dafa Practitioners and Extort Money Before the Chinese New Year
At 8:30 p.m. on February 4, 2002, five police from a village in the Northeast area suddenly broke into a practitioner's house and illegally searched her home. The practitioner refused to be searched. They cursed her. When she tried to take the Falun Dafa books back, a police director slapped her twice in the face. Two police came up and twisted her arms behind her. Her arms still hurt. Many villagers witnessed the act. They said that police nowadays are like bandits who arrest people for ransom. The police grabbed all the Falun Dafa books, discs, Teacher's picture, and materials from Minghui.Net as well as several "Falun Dafa is Good" banners. The police took her away leaving her baby daughter at home. They asked for 5,000 Yuan for her release. Not having this kind of money, her family was forced to borrow from several relatives and friends. The police took the money without giving a receipt and released her. This all happened during the local "Falun Dafa Week." According to reliable information from inside the police department, an order had been issued that each policeman was to arrest one Falun Gong practitioner.
10. [Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province] The Police Illegally Send Several Falun Dafa Practitioners to Jiamusi Forced Labor Camp
Recently, Hegang City Police Department illegally sent these three female Falun Dafa practitioners to Jiamusi Labor Camp for three years; Ho Yuxin, Lu Miao, and Le Yuhua.
On the morning of January 9, 2002, Gongnong District Police Department Xinnan Police Station kidnapped practitioner Tan Yanjun from his house. He is now in Hegang First Detention Center. Recently, the police kidnapped practitioner Huang Shisheng. His whereabouts are unknown.
On January 10, 2002, the police illegally arrested practitioners Ma Yingquan and Guan Guidong.
11. [Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Shuncheng District Police Department Persecute Falun Dafa Practitioners
Recently police arrested nearly one thousand practitioners in Fushun City. The responsible parties are: the head of the police department, police Hao shifu, police Zhao and Xu, section chief Yu (arround 40 years old), police Long at Xinhua Police Station. They refused to release practitioners whose lives were in danger from a hunger strike lasting over thirty days. They sent the practitioners to the iron cages in the hospital and tried to further persecute Falun Dafa practitioners by announcing that they had died at the hospital while being treated.
12. [Changchun City, Jilin Province] Falun Dafa Practitioner Dai Chunmei and Zhang Yajing Illegally Detained at Heizuizi Female Prison
On November 4, 2001, the police arrested practitioners Dai Chunmei and Zhang Yajing while they were posting Falun Dafa material. They were first detained in Shuangyang Prison and then sent to Changchun Heizuizi Female Prison. They called Zhang's father to come from Shanghai to persuade her to obey. The family said that before entering they were asked to curse Falun Dafa; otherwise they would not be allowed to visit. Recently, four more practitioners were arrested because they distributed Dafa material.
13. [Beijing] Dafa Assistant Wang Bi Is Illegally Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
Wang Bi was an assistant at a Falun Dafa practice site at the Beijing Aviation and Aerospace University. She went home to Fuzhou at the end of 2000 and was arrested and detained while clarifying the truth of Falun Dafa at her old university. Recently we heard that they illegally sentenced her to eight years in Fuzhou Prison. Wang had been tirelessly clarifying the truth of Dafa persecution everywhere she went. Her family said that she was very firm in prison and that is why she was sentenced to a term as long as eight years.
14. [Tieling City, Liaoning Province] Female Falun Dafa Practitioners Jin Shuzi and Li Yuqin Illegally Sent to Forced Labor Camp
On February 20, 2002, Tieling practitioners Jin Shuzi and Li Yuqin were arrested while distributing Falun Dafa material in a village. Jin had been illegally sentenced to two years in a labor camp in 1999 for appealing in Beijing four times. Her younger brother Jin Yupu has been illegally detained at Liaoning Dabei Prison for two years and four months. In order to resist the persecution, her sister-in-law jumped from the fourth floor and broke her hip and right leg. Li has been illegally sentenced to one year in a labor camp for appealing in Beijing five times. Li's daughter and son also were illegally sent to a labor camp. Her son-in-law was forced to become homeless. We call upon all kind people in the world to pay attention to this matter.
Responsible people: Sun Lizhong, Yang Dongsheng 86-410-4848790
15. [Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province] Extortion of Dafa Practitioner Duan Xiuping's Family Member
On Nov.1, 2000, Dafa practitioners including Duan Xiuping from Aoqi township, Jiamusi City were arrested for going to Tiananmen Square to appeal and were brought back home to a local prison on Nov.6, 2000. Duan has three children; the youngest is 5 years old.
The township officials frequently went to Duan's home to ask for money. The township secretary said by giving 1,000 Yuan, they could visit Duan, and by submitting another 5,000 Yuan as cash deposit, Duan could be released. So Duan's husband Wang Yehe borrowed 6,000 Yuan and visited Duan on December 20, 2000. On subsequent visits, Wang brought their children but they were never allowed to see Duan. Then Wang and his children went to the prison with the township secretary from his village but were still refused. The secretary said some gifts had to be sent. But after they sent the gifts, Sui, the head of the prison, retired, so Wang had to go to the Internal Guarding Section (IGS) in the suburbs to ask for Duan's release. When the IGS asked for more money, Wang said he already paid the cash deposit to the township and showed the receipt. IGS then called the township to ask for the money, but the township refused. Then IGS said: "You've submitted the money to the wrong place; you must now pay another 5,000 Yuan." Wang managed to borrow the first 6,000 Yuan using his crops for the next three years as collateral. Now making a living is already really hard; how could he find another 5,000 Yuan?! Since he was eager to gain his wife's release, Wang spent 200 more Yuan courting the proper authorities to secure his wife's release. Later Duan was sent to a labor camp where visiting is prohibited. So Wang went back and forth between the town and the city to ask for the return of the cash deposit. A kindhearted person told Wang he should say a large, tall, man told him his money should be returned to him. They returned the money in installments. Over the course of a year he has spent more than 3,000 Yuan on transportation, treating the township leaders, etc.
In 2002, Wang Yehe went three times to the 610 Office to ask for Duan's release. The first time 610 office let him to talk to the suburban office; the second time they let him to talk to the labor camp authorities; and the third time Wang brought a list of all 132 families' signatures from his village asking for Duan's release. The 610 office then said they would consider the issue. But the 610 office asked the village and township for a guarantee before release. Since the township leader Liu Yi refused, the 610 office refused to release Duan. She remains jailed in the labor camp.
In the past year, Wang Yehe has lost his land, his time spent trying to secure Duan's release and the cash deposit paid when he didn't have an income. Wang received no consideration from the government officials of his children who lost their mother. What the officials did do was ask for money, more money, and after they got the money, refused to release Duan, and they didn't want to return the cash deposit. Dafa practitioners have showed their concern for Wang's family by bringing them clothes, money, food, etc. Wang says he has felt the warmth of life from the Dafa practitioners.
Feb 17, 2002
Phone of Liu Yi, the head of Aoqi township's person in charge of the Falun Gong issue:
The city 610 office:
16. [Gaomi City, Shandong Province] Officials Illegally Arrest Many Dafa Practitioners During the Spring Festival
Making use of those "reformed practitioners," some officials in Gaomi city arrested a lot of Dafa practitioners and sent them to brainwashing class and claimed that if not transformed, they would be sent to labor camps. At the same time, they set up many check points to search passengers' luggage at will in order to find Dafa materials. Under the pretext of doing household registration for every family in the city, they were all the while trying to find where Dafa materials were made. All the Dafa practitioners in Gaomi, please send forth righteous thoughts together to eliminate the evil elements behind this act.
17. [China] Dafa Practitioners Wish Master Li a Happy New Year
Happy New Year! Master Li!
All the Dafa practitioners in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region wish Great Master Li a Happy New Year!
All the Dafa practitioners in Weihai area, Shandong province wish Great Master Li a Happy New Year!
Dafa practitioners in Guizhou province wish Great Master Li a Happy New Year!
Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples are really lucky, "... under the greatest mercy since the beginning of heaven and earth and under Buddha's infinite grace..." (Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples), the only thing we can do is to diligently make progress to repay Master Li's great favor to us! With history's great trust as our responsibility, let's "Clarify the truth thoroughly, eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts, save all beings, and safeguard the Fa with determination ..." (Dafa is Indestructible). Make every step safe and sound, to fulfill our pre-historic pledge, to welcome the greatest time of Fa-rectification to earth!
At this Chinese New Year's time, we pay our deepest respect to overseas Dafa practitioners for your efforts in telling the truth of Dafa to the world! We pay our most sincere respects to the Dafa practitioners who are still compassionately saving people even under the pressure of persecution.
Blessed are all Dafa practitioners!
We pay our greatest respects to Great Master Li!
All Dafa practitioners in Guizhou province!
Chinese Spring Festival, 2002