Benxi City "610 Office" Ordered Mass Arrest of Nearly 50 Falun Gong Practitioners on September 18, Causing One Death
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently "610 Office" authorities in Benxi City ordered the city police department, national security brigade and judicial department to launch a mass arrest of Falun Gong practitioners. On the night of September 18, 2004, over 500 policemen in 100 police cars were dispatched to go around the city to arrest practitioners who were on the arrest list the authorities had compiled a long time ago. It has been learned that nearly 50 people were arrested and sent to various places. One elderly person was beaten to death, and two practitioners were forced to jump from tall buildings in order to avoid arrest.
70-year-old Ms. Wang Lianying, a retired officer, lived in Xihu District, Benxi City. She used to practice Falun Gong. But after the persecution began on July 20, 1999, she gave up the practice out of fear. At 11:30 p.m. on September 18, 2004, Hedong Police Station broke into her room and took her away. The police told her family that they would investigate her and send her back very soon.
The next morning around 6:00, Ms. Wang's husband went to the police station to ask for his wife back. From outside of the room, he saw through the glass on the door that his wife was lying on the couch. He could only see half of her head and not her whole face. The man asked to see his wife and the police said, "She's sleeping and you can't see her now."
About one hour later, Ms. Wang's husband went to the police station again. He brought some breakfast for his wife. The police detained and investigated him. The police asked him if Ms. Wang had had any illnesses before. During the interrogation, the man requested many times to see his wife, but was rejected each time. Not until 1:40 that afternoon did the police tell him that his wife had died.
After learning of Ms. Wang's death, her family members went to the police station one after another inquiring about the cause of death. But they got no answer. Some police said they found her dead at 5:50 that morning, but some other police said that she died at 5:10. When her family saw her body, they found blood all over her nose and face, and also her clothes were covered with vomit. Half of her face was very swollen. Her family took pictures of her body. When the police found out, they snatched away the camcorder. Her family tried hard and got the camcorder back. When questioned why they arrested Ms. Wang, the police said, "We found she talked to practitioners twice on the phone in July."
Then Ms. Wang's family members found the police were busy filling out an arrest certificate. It was apparent the police didn't show any arrest certificate whey they arrested Ms. Wang.
The police then said they would cremate Ms. Wang's body right away, but this was firmly resisted by her family. Her family held a funeral service right in the police station. They displayed a banner reading "Return my kindhearted mother." The wreaths were also placed in the police station.
During the service, the police all hid inside. Passersby stopped to watch the funeral service. After learning what happened, they all condemned the police's evil deeds.
Many other practitioners were also arrested on the same night. At around 12:10 on September 19, 2004, Chi Liansheng, Mr. Wang, Mr. Cong, Mr. Ma and some other people from the local police department broke into practitioner Wu Junyang's home through the window. At that time, Wu Junyang, who was released not long ago, was still very weak after going on hunger strike for one month while in detention. However, despite his situation, the police took him away, without showing any warrant. At present, Wu Junyang is being detained in Benxi City Detention Center. No one knows his current situation.
Practitioners Deng Yulin and Teng Hongtao are husband and wife. Because they persisted in clarifying the truth to people, they were arrested and detained many times. As a result, they were forced to leave home to avoid further persecution. At around 1:00 on the morning of September 19, 2004, the police broke into their residence in Benxi City. In order to avoid arrest, the couple jumped out of the building and suffered severe injuries. However, they were still arrested. At present they are being detained in Bailou Detention Center. The police did not allow them any treatment for their injuries.
At around 1:00 on September 19, 2004, Tang Zhimei, Wan Hui, Mr. Cao, Mr. Wang and Jiang Hulin were arrested at their temporary residence. Now they're being detained in Beixi Detention Center. Jiang Hulin was once detained in Dabei Prison in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province for 4 years. One year ago he was released from the prison. He kept clarifying the truth after he got out of prison.
At about the same time, practitioners Zhang Pengzhu and Xiao Deng were taken away from their homes. Xiao Deng's in-laws had already been arrested. Liang Delong was also arrested by the police. These practitioners are now being detained in Benxi Detention Center.
Some other practitioners who have been arrested include: Cui Bin (a teacher from 34 Middle School); Pan and Li from Pingshan District; Liu Da, Liu San, and another practitioner whose name is unknown from Zhuanshan; Zhang Xiujuan, Zhang Liping, Wu Yuxia, Lao Zhang, and Xiao Li from Xihu District; and Lao Zhao from Qiaotou Town.
Benxi City Police Department:
Address: Shifu Road, post code: 117000
Political Security Division: 86-414-2845289
Security Team (in charge of persecuting Falun Gong): 86-414-2845289
Mingshan Branch of Benxi City Police Department
Address: Gaosheng St. post code, 117000
Security Team (in charge of persecuting Falun Gong): 86-414-3843156
Zijin Police Station: 86-414-3847080
Pingshan Branch of Benxi City Police Department
Address: 16 Shifunan Road, post code: 117000
National Security Brigade (in charge of persecuting Falun Gong): 86-414-2808007
Xihu Branch of Benxi City Police Department
Address: Xihu St., post code: 117002
Security Team (in charge of persecuting Falun Gong): 86-414-5836534
Qianjin Police Station: 86-414-2853144; 86-414-2833365
Benxi City Detention Center: 86-414-5893121
Guards' Office: 86-414-5890776
Instructor's Office: 86-414-5893359