Tangu Police Torture Falun Gong Practitioners
(Clearwisdom.net) Since July 1999 when Jiang's regime started the persecution of Falun Gong, the director and officers of the Tangu Police Station of Shijiazhuang City in Hebei Province have acted without conscience to persecute practitioners for personal gain. Their methods of torture include burning practitioners' faces with cigarette lighters, binding them, and hanging them up. They also enforce "guilt by association." For example, practitioners Kang Xiuying and Li Xixiu from Tangu Village went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong on October 25, 1999. As a result, the police had a family member of Li Xixiu's suspended from his job for more than six months.
In October 1999, Tangu police detained practitioner Ms. Liu Shufen from Tangu Village for twelve days. They made her face the wall every day, did not allow her to practice the Falun Gong exercises, and tried to force her to write a guarantee letter to renounce her practice.(1)
On December 8, 1999, practitioners Ms. Ma Ximei and Ms. Liu Junyinh from Tangu Village went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong as they are entitled to do under Chinese law. The Tangu Police Station responded by detaining them for fifteen days.
On March 3, 2000, practitioners Tai Chengzhi, Ms. Zhang Lanzhi, and Pu Sue from Baifo Village, went to Beijing to appeal. Beijing police seized them and had their local police take them back to the Tangu Police Station. Wang Kezhi, of the security association of Baifo Village, slapped Tai Chengzhi in the face as soon as he got out of the vehicle. Sun Zhixin, the director of the Tangu Police Station, beat Tai. Sun Zhixin handcuffed Tai's hands diagonally, with one arm pulled from the front and the other pulled up from the back. Then he used an electric baton to shock his chest and all over his body. Two policemen beat him all over with police batons. That afternoon, they tortured Tai twice until he fainted from the pain of the electrical shocks and the beatings. His whole body was covered with cuts and bruises. During the night, police hung him on a steel pole, with his feet above the ground.
Other practitioners, such as Zhang Lanzhi and He Weicheng, also suffered brutal torture. Sun Zhixin hung up Zhang Lanzhi on the steel pole in the backyard, and shocked her mouth and all over her body with an electric baton. Sun Zhixin also brutally kicked her back and legs. Consequently, her legs were bruised all over and hurt for a long time. They handcuffed the practitioners to the steel pole in the backyard without any food for two days and one night. The police extorted two hundred yuan [500 Yuan is the average monthly income for an urban worker in China] for travel expenses incurred in bringing them back from Beijing. The police detained them for fifteen days and then extended the detention for another six days. The police demanded an additional two thousand yuan per person.
At the end of April 2000, practitioner Kang Xiuying exercised her rights under the Chinese Constitution to go to Beijing to appeal. On April 29, Sun Zhixin brought her back to the local police station. Police handcuffed Kang's hands diagonally behind her back and hung her on the steel pole in the backyard. Both her legs hung above the ground and her head was forced down to her chest. Policeman Lu Yutao also brutally beat both of Ms. Kang's arms. Sun Zhixin ordered his subordinates to use an electric baton to shock Ms. Kang's entire body and slap her in the face.
They put Ms. Kang on a bench and hung her up, and then suddenly jerked away the bench. Ms. Kang fell to the ground as the handcuffs came open from the jolt. Her wrists had two deep, wide cuts. Later police hung Ms. Kang up again, this time with a police baton in between the rope. They twisted the baton to cause the rope to tighten even more and dig into her flesh, and left her hanging there until office hours on the second day. Police handcuffed her to the steel pole and left her exposed under the sun during this time. Periodically, one officer would slap her in the face. Police officer Lu Yutao used a cigarette lighter to burn her face. On the last night, they took her to a room to abuse her. They used an electric baton to shock the bottoms of her feet while police beat her back with a police baton. Later, the police ransacked her home and demanded seven hundred yuan for their "expenses." In May, they sent Kang to a detention center for one month. On June 2, after she had been detained at the police station for more than twenty days, her family members were allowed to bail her out. On June 30, 2000, the Tangu Police Station sent Kang to a forced labor camp for one year.
On July 2, 2000, after Ma Ximei and Liang Xianli came back from appealing in Beijing, Tangu police detained Liang Xianli for two days and fined her three thousand yuan. They detained Ma Ximei for fifteen days.
Practitioner Ms. Liu Junying from Tangu Village went to Beijing to appeal on July 25, 2000. Tangu police officials sent her to a detention center in Yuansi County for thirty days.
Starting in 1999, during every potentially sensitive day such as the Chinese New Year or Party meetings, security people from all the villages would break into private homes to illegally arrest practitioners. They were afraid of practitioners appealing and telling people the facts about Falun Gong.
The address of the Tangu Police Station is East Yaojin Road, Shijiazhuang
City, Hebei Province, 050031
Director's Tel: 86-311-5066224 X 3541; 86-311-5052085
(1) Guarantee Statement: A 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 to associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners.