Police in Chongzhou City, Sichuan Province Arrest Over Thirty Falun Dafa Practitioners and Torture Them
1. In Chongzhou City, Sichuan Province, the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners has intensified over the past several months. Between thirty and forty Falun Dafa practitioner's homes' have been illegally ransacked, and the practitioners were illegally detained at the Chongzhou City Detention Center. They were taken to the guesthouse at the city government compound. They were tortured by personnel from the Chengdu City "610 Office" [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] and police from Chongzhou City. They utilized the following methods against the practitioners: sleep deprivation, handcuffing their hands around a tree, tying a rope around the neck and stepping on the rope, hitting the head with an iron rod, slapping the face, and punches and kicks. The practitioners were subjected to being handcuffed to a metal chair, with someone stepping on the handcuffs, exerting a strong downward force to cause great pain. There were beatings of the handcuffed practitioners until they fell to the ground and then their backs, heels, knees and feet were stepped on. Lit cigarettes were held close to the practitioners' faces. Cold water was poured on the practitioners, and on the beds they were to sleep on. Some were not allowed to use the restroom. Family members were not allowed to visit them. When the practitioners were finally released, the police extorted money from them. If they had no money, they were forced to write an IOU.
At present, in Chongzhou City, there are more than twenty Falun Dafa practitioners still in detention, including practitioners that are over 70 years old. Those confirmed are Ms. Jia Chunrong, Ms. Dai Huifen, Ms. He Maoying, Ms Shen Huiying, Ms. Gou Zhongxiu, Ms. Yang Xiaoqun, Ms. Zhang Shuqun, Ms. Wang Huijun, Ms. Wang Huifen, Ms Guo Yufang, and Ms. Gong.
In early April this year, Ms. Song Mengming, a retired teacher of Chongzhou City's Zhengdongjie Middle School, was arrested and sent to the Pi County Brainwashing Center. On April 15, Mr. Lu Yeguo, who is in his 70's, along with Mr. Xu Yiquan from Anle Town of Chongzhou City were taken away from home by Chongzhou City police.
The Director of Chongzhou City Police Department is Zhang Shunguo. His telephone number is 86-13808235681
A member of the Chengdu City "610 Office" is named Zhang Tiantian
The Chief of Section One of Chongzhou City is Gong Zhong
2. Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Yue Hong, a typist from Yuantong, Chongzhou City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, was reported by misguided people, and arrested at around 8 pm on February 29, 2003. Gong Zhong, the Chief of Section One of Chongzhou City, and seven others illegally ransacked her home, and forcibly took away her typewriter. She is now illegally imprisoned at Chongzhou City Prison, where she has been suffering all kinds of torture.
3. Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Lin Yufang from subdivision One of Division Ten, Zengfuxin Street of Yuantong, Chongzhou City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, was reported as having talked with another practitioner two days before. At 11:00 am on April 14, 2003, six or seven members of Section One, which was specifically in charge of persecuting Falun Gong, broke down her door, grabbed her hair and slapped her face to the point where her mouth was bleeding. Then they kicked her and dragged her into a van.
4. Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Yang Xiaoqun from Neighborhood Committee Three of Yuantong, Chongzhou City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, was reported by misguided people. Her home was ransacked on March 1, 2003 by members of Section One. Her Falun Dafa books were confiscated. They kicked her and dragged her into a van.
April 28, 2003