Severe Persecution of Dafa Practitioner Ms. Liu Ruiqin in Shijiazhang City
(Clearwisdom.net, June 13, 2003 News) Dafa practitioner Ms. Liu Ruiqin (52 years old, Wang Bo's 4th aunt), from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, is currently still being held in Hebei's Provincial Brainwashing Center, known as the Hebei Provincial Legal Education and Training Center. Because of her Falun Gong practice and peaceful appeals to the government during the past three years, she has been unlawfully detained and subjected to unauthorized home searches repeatedly.
To avoid further persecution, she left home and went from place to place for nearly two years, and could not take care of her elderly mother who is in her eighties. Her mother is ill and unable to care for herself. Her husband, Gai Wufan, also a Dafa practitioner, was also frequently detained. Gai Wufan was twice abducted to the brainwashing center for persecution. These frequent harassments to her family also caused strife in her daughter's family. Her daughter does not practice Falun Gong. This once happy family is now torn apart. The following are details about the persecution Liu Ruiqin has gone through in the past several years.
On July 20, 1999, while on her way to Beijing to appeal, Ruiqin was stopped and illegally detained for four hours. On December 31, 1999 she went to Beijing to appeal again. As soon as she arrived at the "Appeals Office,"* she was abducted by plainclothes police waiting there and escorted to the Shijiazhuang City Yudong Liaison Office in Beijing. She was cuffed in the yard in the freezing temperature for the whole afternoon, not allowed to eat and drink, and not even allowed to go to the bathroom. At night, they took her to the Yudong Street Police Station in Shijiazhuang City and fined her 200 Yuan, about 40% of the average monthly income for an urban Chinese worker. Her salary was also stopped for 20 months.
At noon on February 24, 2000, several officers from the Yudong Street Police Station broke into and searched her home. They did not find anything incriminating, but they took away her meditation mat, as well as over a dozen audio and two videotapes belonging to her non-practitioner daughter. They said that they wanted to examine the tapes, but the tapes were never returned.
The policemen also abducted Liu Ruiqin and her husband to the Street Police Precinct, locked them into two different rooms, beat them and pressured them for a confession. The policemen handcuffed her, raised her hands over her head and slapped her face. The officers forced her husband to the ground, beat and kicked him and hit him on the head. At first they used a broom handle, and later a mop handle. Then they poured cold water down his neck. The police yelled hysterically while the beating was going on, "We'll beat you until you don't know where you are. You wouldn't even know who beat you! If you end up dead, nobody would know who beat you to death."
The police tortured them from about 1:00 pm until 5:30 pm. When the police were tired, they interrogated Liu Ruiqin and her husband. When they refused to answer, the police would keep on beating them. Without any evidence, the couple were detained illegally for three days. Two other Dafa practitioners were also detained there at the same time in two small dark rooms (about 1.96 square yard each), and were extorted a "detention fee" of 120 Yuan. Three days later, the street police station officers took them back and fined them another 200 Yuan.
During the evening of July 18, 2000, Yudong Street police officers entrapped her husband to go to the police station and again detained him, this time for six days.
Liu Ruiqin went to Beijing to appeal on July 19. On Tiananmen Square, personnel from the Yudong Liaison Office in Beijing recognized her. They abducted and illegally held her in the Dongfeng Street Detention Center for 15 days.
On December 31, 2000, Liu Ruiqin again went to Beijing to appeal. The police on Tiananmen Square knocked her to the ground, kicked her and beat her. Her arms were numb for the whole day from the beating, and her wrists were injured from twisting. The back of her hands swelled up badly. The policemen dragged her into a police vehicle and sent her to the Tiananmen Police Station. Because she did not yield to the persecution and refused to reveal her identity, she was sent to the Miyun Detention Center. Three policemen tried to politely ask her to reveal her name and address, but she refused. Three hours later, the policemen showed their true nature. They slapped her face, kicked her and cursed at her. She firmly refused to yield, and was later sent to Miyun Detention Center. At that time, personnel from the Yudong Liaison Office in Beijing came to the detention center to take people from their area back. They recognized her and escorted her back to the Yudong Street Police Station. Her home was searched again but still they could not find anything they wanted. They tried to fine her 200 Yuan, but Liu Ruiqin refused to pay. Then they took away her new 25-inch color TV and kept it for half a year.
On January 21, 2001, the persecutors from the street police station ordered her to go to the station for questioning. Liu Ruiqin refused. On January 23, the police from the station came to her mother's home again, trying to get her to write a "Guarantee Statement."** The persecutors failed because of her firm resistance and her mother's demands for justice.
During the evening of August 10, 2001, Liu Ruiqin was at her mother's home to look after her. The second day when Liu Ruiqin returned to her home, she found that the burglar door of her home was damaged and was wide open. She walked into her home, and found that her belongings had been searched and were strewn everywhere. Her husband was gone. She found out about three weeks later that her husband had been abducted and taken to the Hebei Provincial Brainwashing Center. Later she heard from neighbors that several police officers came to her home with four police vehicles that night because a Dafa practitioner couple living in the next building came to visit her home. That day, many people passing by stopped to watch, and this disturbed the whole residential division.
On November 9, 2001, officers from the Yudong Street Police Station and the Yudong Office went to her mother's home again and wanted to abduct Liu Ruiqin to a brainwashing center. With the help of her mother's righteous resistance, she was able to seize an opportunity and get away. Since then she has lived away from home to avoid further persecution and could not return home to take care of her mother.
She had to hire a person to take care of her mother, even though she had no source of income. It was very difficult for her, and a huge mental burden for her mother. The lawless police frequently came to the elderly mother's home to harass her. Liu Ruiqin retired from her employer in September 2001, but her residential deposit was confiscated from her employer by persons from the Yudong Office to cover "expenses" for sending her to the brainwashing center.
In 2003, Wang Bo's father was able to escape from the Hebei Provincial Brainwash Center. The Shijiazhuang "610 Office"*** personnel searched for him everywhere. They once again went after Liu Ruiqin family because Liu Ruiqin is Wang Bo's 4th aunt.
On May 14, Liu Ruiqin's husband was abducted again to Hebei Provincial Brainwashing Center. To find out where Liu Ruiqin was, the Yudong Police Station harassed her son-in-law and daughter, who was pregnant that time. Ignoring the need for peace and calm for a pregnant woman, Yudong Police Station persecutors sent people to wait by her daughter's home. They also pressured the hospital where her daughter would deliver her baby for answers, trying to abduct Liu Ruiqin. Frequent harassment resulted in strife in her daughter's marriage. When Liu Ruiqin went back home on May 15, 2003 to visit her daughter soon after the baby's birth, her son-in-law who did not know the facts turned her in. She was once again abducted by the Yudong Police Station.
Jiang's regime has created another tragedy of tearing apart a once-happy family.
Yudong Street Police Station, Shijiazhuang City: 86-311-5661524, 86-311-5661356
Shijiazhuang City Yudong Office: 86-311-5054378, 86-311-5053114, 86-311-5663484.
*The Appeals Office -- Office for Letters, Calls and Visitors -- Normally an office designed for people, to present input regarding appeals and complaints to the government, but during the persecution, it is used to record the appealing Dafa practitioners' names and to persecute them.
**The so-called "Guarantee Statement" is statement to declare that he or she is remorseful for practicing Falun Gong and guarantees not to practice Falun Gong again, not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and never again associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners.
***"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.
June 13, 2003