(Clearwisdom.net) In March of 2003, several Qiqihar City policemen from the Wenhua Road Police Station came to Dafa practitioner Wang Qingji's house to arrest him. Wang was forced to flee to avoid an illegal arrest. The police smashed the door glass, broke into the house, and ransacked it. Following this, three policemen stayed in his home for the night.

Before the 16th Party Conference in November 2002, Police Chief Lin Xu from the East Market Station in Qiqihar's Jianhua District sent policemen Li Qihua, Jiang Hongtao and several others to practitioner Song Lijun's home to arrest her. Song Lijun escaped. The police arrested a family member (a non-practitioner) and detained him for 24 hours. They also arrested several visitors who stopped by her home and forced them to sign documents promising they will spy on Dafa practitioners. The police threatened to charge them with the same crimes as the practitioners and send them to a detention center if they failed to cooperate.

Song's family was forced to pay 7,000 Yuan1 to free the visitors.

In addition to extorting 7,000 Yuan, Police Chief Lin Xu sent policeman Li Qihua to Beijing at the expense of Falun Gong practitioners' families. During the raid of Song Lijun's home, policeman Jiang Hongtao stole several hundred Yuan in cash, along with other valuables. He also had a feast in Song's house and even forced practitioners' family members to buy wine for the policemen.

Jianhua Police Department: 86-452-2687682
Wenhua Road Police Station: 86-452-2712993
East Market Police Station: 86-452-2688725

Policemen from Qiqihar's Meilisi Police Station arrested Dafa practitioners in their homes. If nobody was at home, they would break in and search throughout the rooms. Prior to the 16th Party conference, they arrested more than twenty people. Today, five of them are still detained.

Prison guards used a variety of means to torture Dafa practitioners, such as "Tying the Ropes,"2 "Cuffed and Hung Up,"3 forcing practitioners to sit on a metal chair, shocking with electric batons, and whipping the practitioners with a leather belt. One practitioner's legs were broken from the beatings. The pain was so unbearable that he fainted twice. The guards poured cold water on him to wake him up. They also forced practitioners to pay them bribes. Those who can't pay enough won't be released.

In April, the police chief from the Caihong Police Station arrested some Dafa practitioners. He tried to force the practitioners to divulge other Dafa practitioners' names. The police tied practitioners' hands behind their backs using rope, then pulled the rope upward. Other tortures include sitting on a metal chair for a long time (a torture technique), and face slapping. An elderly lady in her 60s was beaten so badly that she had bruises all over her body. Her eyes were bleeding. She had a bump on her forehead. She was forced to sit on the metal chair for three days and nights and then was hung up by her handcuffs for another four days and nights. They used electrical batons, wood sticks, and leather boots to hit the old lady. She was beaten so severely that even the detention center did not dare to accept her, fearing if she should die from her injuries it might become their responsibility.

Caihong Police station: 86-452-2215060
Longsha District Police Department: 86-452-2423787
City Police Department: 86-452-2425788

Qiqihar City Mayor Yang Xin recently initiated a large-scale campaign to arrest Dafa practitioners. Searching for practitioners, the police went house-to-house. Some practitioners were sentenced; some were sent to labor camps; some were detained; some were forced to leave home. Police also forced practitioners' families to pay them with cash and valuables.

1 Yuan is Chinese currency. 500 Yuan is the average monthly income for an urban worker in China.

2 "Tying the ropes" - The police tie up the practitioner with a thin rope, circle the rope around his neck, and tie his hands behind his back.?Then the police would use all the force they could muster to tighten the rope.?The rope becomes tighter and tighter around the body of the practitioner, and makes it more and more difficult for him to breathe. The pain is so intense that the practitioner sometimes loses control of his bladder.?There are instances when the rope was tightened enough to break a practitioner's arm.

3 "Cuffed and hung up" - With both hands cuffed behind the back, both feet off or only toes touching the ground, one is hung from a basketball support or house beam by the handcuffs. Both hands and arms will soon go numb from lack of blood circulation.

Written on May 23, 2003.