Beginning on July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime started an intensive persecution campaign against Dafa practitioners. The Dafa practitioners of a small village located in a corner of Heilongjiang Province, Yaoxiaofang Village, Handian Town, Shuangcheng City, were not spared. The following are cases of the villagers who have been persecuted because they firmly believe in Falun Dafa's principle of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" and try to be good people:

1. Ms. Chi Jirong is 44 years old. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1996 and in the past had suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, mastitis, periodontal disease and peritonitis, and problems with her appendix. All these illnesses went away after she started to practice Falun Gong. On July 21, 1999, exercising her constitutional right, she went to the provincial government to appeal for Dafa, but was arrested by police and detained in a large stadium with other Falun Gong practitioners. Because she refused to cooperate with the police's unjustified demands, the police beat and kicked her. She was then transferred to a school building and illegally detained.

On September 7, 1999, Ms. Chi Jirong went again to Beijing to appeal for fair treatment for Falun Dafa. She was arrested once more and taken back on the second day to Shuangcheng City, where she was held in that city's detention center for 64 days. Wang Jinzhu, Party secretary for the town, extorted 2,500 Yuan (1) from her. Wang Guangzhong from the street police precinct extorted another 500 Yuan from her family; Zhang Xueyi and Zhang Limin also extorted 1,000 Yuan from her family. Her family had an additional 570 Yuan extorted from them that were claimed to be for "meal expenses." In the end the authorities forced her family to use their house deed as collateral to bail her out.

On December 27, 1999, Chi Jirong went to Beijing again to appeal for the third time. Police arrested her again and sent her to a prison. Because she refused to report her name and address and kept shouting "Falun Dafa is good, restore Master Li's reputation" and other words of support for Dafa, the police subjected her to a vicious beating. The police tied her and five other Dafa practitioners to one long shoulder pole, [a long pole for carrying heavy loads] taped their mouths, and tied up their four limbs with tape. The police used all available methods to force practitioners to renounce their belief. However, in spite of these measures, the practitioners would not renounce their belief in Falun Dafa. Chi Jirong was released on December 29, 1999. After she returned home, the village magistrates went to her home every day to monitor and harass her.

In January of 2001, two days before the Spring Festival, the officers of Handian Town and from her village went to her home, trying to force her to sign her name to a document and to write a "guarantee letter" saying that she would give up her Falun Dafa practice. She wrote down that she would insist on practicing Dafa and she would stick with it to the end. This statement made the officers angry. They took her to the town office. They threatened her, telling her that she would not be allowed to go home for the Spring Festival and would have to spend her Spring Festival days in prison. She firmly resisted their threats and persecution, and kept on explaining the facts about the persecution of Falun Dafa to them. On the second day, her family took her back home.

2. Mu Qingzhi is a female practitioner, 45 years old. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1996 and benefited both physically and mentally.

On July 20, 1999, Mu Qingzhi went to the provincial government to appeal. She was then forced to sit in a brainwashing class in Handian Town. Later she was forced to participate in a reformation class held by the village officials and had to attend daily. In the fall she was not allowed to go to the field to harvest her crops. She was placed under house arrested and was not even allowed to go out of her door.

3. Sun Zhenjie is a 42-year-old male Dafa practitioner. He learned Falun Dafa in 1996. Not only did his old illnesses go away, his bad temper also changed, making him a kinder and more compassionate person. His family also became harmonious.

On July 20, 1999, Mr. Sun Zhenjie went to Harbin City to appeal for Dafa. He was arrested and taken back to Handian Town. Liu Yingwen, the head town magistrate, and others held a meeting with him present and officially criticized him in front of others. [This is a practice left over from the Cultural Revolution, which aims to create terror by singling out individuals who apparently don't conform to current party ideology and causing fear in those who do conform by making them afraid to go against the party ideology.] With a benevolent mind, Sun Zhenjie kept sharing his personal experiences of benefiting from practicing Falun Dafa.

On September 7, 1999, Mr. Sun Zhenjie, exercising his constitutional right, went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa. He was once again arrested and detained in the Shuangcheng City Liaison Office in Beijing. On September 11, 1999, he was taken to the Shuangcheng City Detention Center, where he was tortured. The officials present kicked him in the head, threatened to let him bleed to death, left him in the cold, made him sleep on hard and cold boards, and so on. His face, nose, eyes, and mouth were often bleeding from the beatings, with blue and purple bruises, which did not show any improvement over a prolonged period. The police officers directed criminal inmates to beat him and kept questioning him as to whether he still was firm in practicing Falun Gong. He always answered, "I will keep practicing with sustained effort and firmly believe in Dafa, all the way to the end." He was detained for 65 days. The authorities from the Public Security Department extorted 3,000 Yuan from him. The street precinct officials extorted 500 Yuan and confiscated the money he had on him. Another 2500 Yuan went to Wang Jinzhu from the town government; Zhang Shiyao from the "610 Office" extorted 1,500 Yuan for himself. Mr. Sun was finally released with a guarantee [not to practice anymore] from other people.

In June of 2000, Mr. Sun Zhenjie again went to Beijing to validate Dafa. He was again arrested and taken back to Shuangcheng City's Detention Center, and detained for 10 days before he was released. During these 10 days he went on a hunger strike six times to protest against the persecution. When he was released, Zhang Shiyao extorted 100 Yuan from his over 70-year-old retired father.

In 2002, Sun Zhenjie was again abducted and taken to a detention center. The guards urged the criminal inmates to torture him with beatings, gouging his eyes with their fingers and other forms of abuse. Later, he had 1,000 Yuan extorted from him by the head of the police station before he was released.

4. Liu Qingying is a female Dafa practitioner, 32 years old. She learned Falun Dafa in 1996 and benefited both physically and mentally from practicing Dafa.

On June 25, 2000, Ms. Liu Qingying went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. One June 30, 2000, she was taken back to the Shuangcheng City Detention Center and was detained there for 15 days. She was extorted 150 Yuan before she was released, and she was kicked and beaten by Wang Shengli from the "610 Office."(2) After she returned home, the village officials Zhang Rongxiang and Ding Naiyu repeatedly coerced her family to pay them money to cover the expenses for their trip to Beijing. They finally debited her family's 2002 crop account. Her family had no other choice - they were forced to pay 2,000 Yuan.

5. Wang Deqin is a female Dafa practitioner, 41 years old. She started practicing Falun Gong in June of 1996. She originally started to practice Dafa for treating her duodenal ulcer and hepatitis. After beginning genuine cultivation, her illnesses were completely cured.

On July 20, 1999, Ms. Wang Deqin went the provincial government to appeal for Dafa, and as a result the police savagely beat her. After she came back, village official Ding Naiyu forced her to join a brainwashing class held by the town government.

On September 6, 1999, Wang Deqin went to Beijing again to appeal. She was abducted and taken back to the Shuangcheng City Detention Center, where she was detained for 64 days before she was released. During her detention, persons from the "610 Office" forced her family to put their house up as collateral. Furthermore, head Zhang Guofu and deputy head Zhang Shiyao from the Shuangcheng City Public Security Department, and Liu Chunyang from the "610 Office" extorted 3,000 Yuan from her family. Furthermore, Zhang Xueyi extorted 100 Yuan from her family. Wang Jinzhu, secretary of the Handian Town Political and Law Committee, extorted 2,500 Yuan and Wang Guangzhong from the street precinct extorted 500 Yuan. She was also required to pay 570 Yuan that were claimed to be "meal expenses."

In 2001, village officials Ding Naiyu, Guo Shuyun, Zhang Rongxiang and a town government officer named Sun came to Wang Deqin's home, trying to force her to write a letter guaranteeing that she would not go to Beijing again. They threatened to detain her if she refused to put a promise into writing.

6. Lan Fengrong is a female Dafa practitioner, 44 years old. She had pulmonary tuberculosis before she learned Falun Dafa. After she started to practice Falun Gong, she regained her health and became a better person.

When Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, village officials Ding Naiyu, Chu Huanxing and others came to her home in the middle of the night to search for Dafa books, not knowing the facts about the origins of the persecution against Falun Dafa. The town government officers forced Ms. Lan Fengrong to attend brainwashing sessions. They refused to permit her to go to the fields to harvest her crops in the fall. They compelled the villagers who did not know the facts about Falun Dafa to monitor her. Village official Ding Naiyu also forced her family to put up her house deed and her family members' property as collateral to prevent her from going to Beijing, which meant that if she appealed in Beijing, their property would be confiscated by the authorities. [Jiang Zemin's policies severely punish officials from any area, should a Falun Dafa practitioner from their area be arrested for appealing in Beijing. Therefore, many of these regional officials use whatever methods they can to prevent Falun Dafa practitioners from appealing for fair treatment for Falun Dafa]

In the August of 2000, Ding Naiyu and Liu Dianwu instructed villagers to keep surveillance of the door to her home and monitor her, which disrupted her normal life.

In May of 2001, when Lan Fengrong was practicing Falun Gong in the Huayuan Village, officers from the Jincheng Street police precinct came to interfere. They kicked and broke her tape player. Village official Ding Naiyu as well as Yu Zhanjun and Sui Guangcheng from the police precinct came to her home to search for Dafa books. The village officials hired villagers to monitor her movements.

In 2002, village officials Ding Naiyu, Zhang Rongxiang, Guo Shuyun and other police personnel frequently came to her home to harass her.

Other Dafa practitioners including Liu Yuanjie, Liu Qingyi, and Zhang Shuxia were also subjected to the persecution to various extents.

(1) Yuan is the Chinese unit of currency. The average income of an urban worker in China is around 500 Yuan.

(2) The 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 or judicial systems.

February 11, 2004