Latest News from China - March 25, 2004
- [Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Four Falun Dafa Practitioners in the Fushun Economic Development Zone Are Arrested
- [Huludao City, Liaoning Province] An Outstanding Teacher Arrested
- [Sanmenxia City, Henan Province] Shaan County Court Unlawfully Sentences Falun Dafa Practitioners to Prison
- [Nanning City, Guangxi Province] Ma Shaofang, Lin Jing, He Yuying and He Yuyan Are Unlawfully Arrested
- [Jinan City, Shandong Province] Lixia District Court Frames Falun Dafa Practitioners
- [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Mr. Liu Weinan Unlawfully Sent to Forced Labor Camp
- [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Ms. Wang Sumei under Arrest
- [Yunfu, Guangdong Province] Two Falun Dafa Practitioners under Arrest
- [Shulan City, Jilin Province] Falun Dafa Practitioners on Tianhe Street under Persecution
- [Dongwan City, Guangdong Province] Ms. Cheng Yandan Brutally Tortured by Police
- [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Ms. Han Shaoqin Brutally Tortured and Unlawfully Sentenced to Prison
1. [Fushun City, Liaoning Province] Four Falun Dafa Practitioners in the Fushun Economic Development Zone Are Arrested
On the evening of February 7, Falun Dafa practitioners from Lishizhai in the Fushun City Economic Development Zone went to Danan Village to distribute materials they wrote for clarifying the truth. Informants called the police and four practitioners were arrested by half a dozen officers from the Lishizhai Police Station in the economic development zone. Among those arrested, Li Jing and Zhang Lijuan were unlawfully sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, and Li Wenguang to the Wujiabao Forced Labor Camp. A new Falun Gong practitioner Shen Jun was initially fined 2,000 yuan and released. [The average monthly income of an urban worker is 500 yuan.] However, at 3:00 p.m. on the same day, officers from the Lishizhai Police Station broke into Shen's home and took Shen to the police station, and later to the Nangou Detention Center in Fushun City.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Lishizhai Police Station in the Fushun City Economic Development Zone: 86-413-6607033, 86-413-6607631
2. [Huludao City, Liaoning Province] An Outstanding Teacher Arrested
On March 8, 2004, Ms. Sun Weilan, director of the Qiupigou Elementary School in Nanpiao District, Huludao City, Liaoning Province, was arrested at school by Gao Hongsen of the public security division. Parents of students turned her in to the police for telling the students about Falun Dafa. At 10:40 a.m. on March 8, Gao led two police officers to unlawfully enter and search Ms. Sun's home, taking away many Falun Dafa books.
Ms. Sun received the award of "Outstanding Teacher" several years in a row. In the summer of 2003, she found over 10,000 yuan in cash and managed to find the owner. She returned the entire amount of cash but left without giving her name. The owner went through a lot of trouble to find out it was Ms. Sun who did this and offered a large percentage in return for the favor. Ms. Sun firmly declined. The owner was greatly moved and wrote a letter to the school. The local newspaper and television station both carried a report on the event.
3. [Sanmenxia City, Henan Province] Shaan County Court Unlawfully Sentences Falun Dafa Practitioners to Prison
On January 13, 2004 (a week before the Chinese Spring Festival), the Shaan County Court in Sanmenxia City, Henan Province held secret trials and sentenced Falun Dafa practitioners Mr. Wang Fa and Mr. Qin Fajun each to ten years in prison. The legal period for them to file appeals happened to be in the Spring Festival season. Both practitioners have since been transferred to the Zhengzhou Prison in Henan Province. In addition, Ms. Liu Juhua has been unlawfully sentenced to five years in prison.
Mr. Wang Fa, 52, is a Falun Dafa practitioner in Guanyintang Town, Shaan County. On November 23, 2000, he was unlawfully detained for distributing truth-clarifying leaflets. The Shaan County police held him in custody at the Shaan County Detention Center for over three years. Despite police brutality, Mr. Wang has remained steadfast in his belief in Falun Dafa. He went on hunger strike numerous times and suffered from inhumane force-feeding. His physical condition is very weak, and he cannot walk steadily. He has lost seven or eight teeth when his mouth was being pried open for force-feeding. The remaining teeth have all been loosened.
Ms. Liu Juhua, 63, is from Guangou Village, Zhangwan Township, Shaan County. On July 22, 2002, she was taken to the Shaan County Detention Center by officers from Shaan County Police Department for distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials. She spent one and a half years beyond the maximum number of legal detention days for refusing to give up practicing Falun Gong. Now she has been unlawfully sentenced to prison.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Li, chief of the Shaan County Police Department: 86-398-3833900 ext. 25013
Liu, chief of the Shaan County Police Department: 86-398-3833900 ext. 25028 (office)
Kang Jianping: 86-398-3833900 ext. 25041 (office)
4. [Nanning City, Guangxi Province] Ma Shaofang, Lin Jing, He Yuying and He Yuyan Are Unlawfully Arrested
On December 29, 2003, Ms. Ma Shaofang from the Nanning Watch Factory was unlawfully arrested. Her home was ransacked, and police confiscated copies of Minghui Weekly and a personal computer.
On March 18, 2003, Lin Jing was arrested while distributing truth-clarifying materials. Police also searched Lin's home. Lin is currently being held at the Nanning City No. 2 Detention Center.
Ms. He Yuying and Ms. He Yuyan are sisters. On February 28, 2004, they were arrested while distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying leaflets in Santang. They are currently being unlawfully held in the Nanning City No. 2 Detention Center.
5. [Jinan City, Shandong Province] Lixia District Court Frames Falun Dafa Practitioners
On April 29, 2003, the Lixia District Court in Jinan City, Shandong Province held secret trials and unlawfully sentenced seven Falun Gong practitioners to prison. The practitioners are Ms. Liu Hongmei, Ms. Wang Wei, Ms. Li Chengxiang, Ms. Tian Ran, Mr. Xu Xun, Mr. Chen Handong, and Mr. Zhang Lei. The charge was that they "assembled and set up speakers that were used in disseminating information about Falun Gong." All the practitioners were taken into custody between January 2001 and November 2001, and sent to the labor camp. In February 2002, they were placed under formal arrest. Ms. Liu Hongmei made an effective counterstatement in the courtroom by exposing the corrupt judicial system. She was thus ruled to be opposing the trial with an unacceptable attitude and handed a harsh term of seven years.
6. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Mr. Liu Weinan Unlawfully Sent to Forced Labor Camp
Mr. Liu Wei, in his thirties, is a Falun Dafa practitioner in Shenyang City. He was formerly a brigade head in the Zaohua Prison. He was sentenced to one year of forced labor after appealing for Falun Gong after July 20, 1999. Mr. Liu remained steadfast in practicing Falun Dafa and was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison. He is currently being held in the Dongling Prison in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.
7. [Weifang City, Shandong Province] Ms. Wang Sumei under Arrest
Ms. Wang Sumei, 48, is a villager from Xiaojiabu Village, Shuangtai Township, Changyi, Weifang City, Shandong Province. The township police tried to place Ms. Wang under arrest and extort cash from her family. Her home was also ransacked. In 2001 she had to leave town in order to avoid harassment. In November 2003, she was arrested by the Zhifu District Police Department. Ms. Wang is currently being held in the detention center of the Zhifu District Police Department.
8. [Yunfu, Guangdong Province] Two Falun Dafa Practitioners under Arrest
On the morning of March 16, 2004, Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Huang Dongmei in Yunfu, Guangdong Province was arrested. Mr. Lai Jiawen's wife was also arrested at home in the afternoon on the same day. Police spent two hours searching for Falun Dafa books in Mr. Lai's home.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Wang Zhenzhou, Party secretary of the political and judiciary committee:
Liang Yongzhi, chief of the police department: 86-766-8828621 (office), 86-13922650978 (cellular), 86-766-8861110-5367 (home)
Zhang Weiqiang, head of the political security section: 86-766-8822111 (office), 86-13622443221 (cellular), 86-766-8837375 (home)
9. [Shulan City, Jilin Province] Falun Dafa Practitioners on Tianhe Street under Persecution
Twenty-seven people were unlawfully held in custody. Twelve Falun Dafa practitioners have been detained more than once. Thirteen Falun Dafa practitioners were unlawfully sentenced to forced labor. Ten Falun Dafa practitioners were sentenced to prison. Three Falun Dafa practitioners remain in the forced labor camp. One woman practitioner is serving a prison term of seven years. Three other practitioners have been forced to leave town.
10. [Dongwan City, Guangdong Province] Ms. Cheng Yandan Brutally Tortured by Police
Ms. Cheng Yandan, 31, lives at Jiamei Garden in Wanjiang District, Dongwan City, Guangdong Province. In the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar this year, she was arrested at her home by officers from Wanjiang District Police Department for distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials. Her home was ransacked, and a personal computer was confiscated. Her 1-year-old child was left to be taken care of by her elderly mother. On the first day of arrest, she was tortured to the point of passing out and sent to a hospital for rescue the same night. She was then sent to the Dongwan Detention Center. Every 24 hours, a new group of police were sent in to brainwash and coerce her to give up her belief. Her family has spent over 30,000 yuan in order to get her released, but so far they have not even been granted a visit.
11. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Ms. Han Shaoqin Brutally Tortured and Unlawfully Sentenced to Prison
Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Han Shaoqin has been forced to stay away from her home under persecution. She was arrested in a Falun Gong material production site by officers from the Nangang Branch Police Department. She refused to answer the police's questions and the officers put her through inhumane torture. She was held in a 150-watt electric chair for eight days and nights straight. She lost control of her bladder and bowels, and could not stop from shaking all over her body. She was not able to walk steadily, nor could she think clearly. Even in this condition, she was sentenced to prison.
March 24, 2004