Latest News from China -- December 15, 2004
1. [Shihezi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region] Torture Causes Lung Infection for Practitioner Mr. Wang Jianhong
Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Jianhong is 30. When he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in November 1999, he was arrested and beaten at the Tiananmen Police Station. The police officers burned his chin with a cigarette lighter. Officers at the Shihezi Police Department in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region illegally sentenced him to two years of forced labor.
When he arrived at the Wusu Forced Labor Camp, guards including Rong Changjiang shocked Wang Jianhong with electric batons and beat him. In an effort to make him give up his belief, the guards forced him to dig a settling chamber without providing him with any protective breathing apparatus, which can lead to lung disease in a short period of time.
In 2002, shortly after his release, Wang Jianhong was arrested again. Perpetrators were from the Shihezi Police Department's National Security Bureau and included Xu Ningdong. He was illegally sentenced to prison and sent to the Shihezi Prison. Because of the terrible environment there, in addition to the tortures, Wang Jianhong contracted severe infection in both lungs. He was sent to the hospital affiliated with the Shihezi Material Factory. Since he doesn't have any family, the prison refused to release him. His current condition is unknown.
2. [Baishan City, Jilin Province] Practitioner Mr. Liu Ziwei is Holding a Hunger Strike and is Near Death
Mr. Liu Ziwei was born on August 11, 1975 and had lived in Shiren Town, Jiangyuan County, Baishan City, Jilin Province. He was illegally sentenced to three years in prison for persisting in his belief and was incarcerated in the Tiebei Prison in Changchun City.
On December 30, 2003, Liu Ziwei was released. He returned to Baishan City to work.
Around 6:00 p.m. one evening in December 2004, a group of perpetrators including Zhao Yongbin, a police officer from the Baishan City Police Department's Dongxing Police Station, arrested Liu Ziwei at home. They ransacked his home and took a computer, a printer, computer video devices, a VCD player, VCD's, and Falun Gong books. Liu Ziwei is currently being held at Baishan City's Detention Center. He has been on a hunger strike since he was first detained and is now he is at the brink of death.
Relevant phone numbers:
Baishan City Political and Judiciary Committee: 86-439-3223197
Baishan City Detention Center: 86-439-3225416
Bai, head of the Baishan City Police Department's Dongxing Police Station: 86-439-6110177
Zhao Yongbin, officer at the Baishan City Police Department's Dongxing Police Station: 86-13843909026(Cell)
Baishan City Police Department's Dongxing Police Station: 86-439-3330110
3. [Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province] Practitioner Wang Yongji Arrested
Police officers from the Babaishang Police Department arrested practitioner Wang Yongji, a senior engineer at the Daqing Drilling Research Institute, at home on the morning of December 11, 2004.
Practitioners held at the Daqing Detention Center are holding a group hunger strike to protest the persecution.
4. [Linghai City, Liaoning Province] Six Practitioners including Liu Peiyu Arrested When Clarifying the Truth
One week ago, police officers from Banshigou Police Department arrested six practitioners from Daqitun Village in Banshigou Township, Linghai City, Liaoning Province, when they were clarifying the truth to people. According to a reliable source, one practitioner contracted pneumonia as a result of torture. His family took him home after paying 7,000 yuan. The other five practitioners are still being held at the police department.
Banshigou Police Department: 86-416-8880003
5. [Beijing] Recent Situation of Practitioner Ms. Hao Lihua
Ms. Hao Lihua is a teacher at the Shunyi District Kindergarten in Beijing. She was illegally sentenced to three years in prison on September 30, 2004. Those responsible were from the Shunyi District Court because she clarified the truth about Falun Gong. She filed an appeal with the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing, but the court didn't permit her lawyer to defend her. The lawyer could only write a defense statement. There was no trial, and Hao Lihua was notified in late November 2004 that the original verdict is being upheld.
Li Cunhai and Lu Chao, head prosecutors, the Shunyi District Court
Wang Wantie, head prosecutor of the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing
Zhang Xuan, secretary of the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing
6. [Baoding City, Hebei Province] News from the Women's Division of the Baoding Forced Labor Camp
Many Falun Gong practitioners are being illegally held past their terms at the Baoding Forced Labor Camp and are given five yuan a month pocket money. When a practitioner falls ill, the guards verbally abuse her and take her to the labor camp clinic. If the practitioner has high blood pressure, the guard exchanges looks with the doctor and the doctor says, "She is fine; she can work!" The guard then takes the practitioner back and forces her to work. When practitioners taken to outside hospitals are given prescriptions, the labor camp division head does not allow the practitioner to take the medication or to take a break. He forces the practitioner to keep working.
Government inspectors came to the labor camp and wanted to videotape people. The guards asked inmate Wei Xiuling to pretend she was sick and to receive medication. This staged scene was videotaped. The guards would train common inmates and have them answer the inspectors saying, "We work only five and a half hours a day," although the fact is the inmates are forced to work over 13 hours a day. In the past, they were forced to work 18 to 19 hours a day. They were not allowed to take Sundays off and didn't have time to do their laundry. The food is terrible and the guards sell food and daily necessities at very high prices. The labor camp dormitory serves as a factory. When inspectors come, the guards order the inmates to hide their work. They even accept patients, including people with high blood pressure, although it is against the law. On November 10, I saw a patient carried inside the labor camp on a stretcher.
The guards brutally torture determined practitioners. They also injected practitioner Ms. Huang Fenghua with laxatives. When she held a hunger strike, they force-fed and verbally abused her.
7. [Henan Province] Arrest of Li Jing for Delivering Falun Dafa Truth-Clarifying Materials
On June 10, 2004, personnel from the Kaifeng City Police Department who were deployed at the Kaifeng Bus Station arrested Li Jing (pseudonym) from Henan Province. Li Jing was delivering equipment and Falun Dafa truth-clarifying materials to other locations and was transferring to another bus at the station. Now Li Jing is being held in Kaifeng City's No.1 Detention Center and has been on a hunger strike for over six months to protest the unlawful arrest. His/her situation is critical. Living conditions there are very poor. Even in the cold of winter Li Jing doesn't have a quilt or a change of clothes. Li still wears the thin summer shirt he/she was arrested in.
Phone numbers for Kaifeng City's Detention Center: 86-378-5650267, 5650103 and 5650203
8. [Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province] Abduction of Ms. Na Yushu into the Wuchang Brainwashing Class
On November 29, 2004, personnel from the Xiangfang Police Precinct arrested 34-year-old practitioner Ms. Na Yushu from the Jiancheng Machinery Factory in the Xiangfang District of Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, and sent her to Wuchang City's so-called "Legal System School," which is in fact a brainwashing class.
Phone number of the Legal System School in Wuchang City, Heilongjiang Province: 86-451-59089500
9. [Qingyuang City, Guangdong Province] Sentencing of Ms. Liang Huizhen and Ms. Zhang Hong to Three Years of Imprisonment for Clarifying the Truth of Falun Gong
On November 12, 2004, police from the 610 Office arrested practitioners Ms. Liang Huizhen and Ms. Zhang Hong from Qingyuan City in Guangdong Province when the two practitioners went to Luoding to visit relatives and clarified the truth of Falun Gong. Police also ransacked their homes. These two practitioners were sentenced to three years of imprisonment and sent to the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp.
Ms. Zhang Hong was once arrested in 2000 and put into the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp for two years for distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying flyers in Wongyuan County.
Ms. Liang Huizhen was detained for over 20 days because she appealed for Falun Gong in 2000. In 2002, police arrested her in the name of "checking the household registration" and then incarcerated her in the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp for three years of forced labor.
10. [Jilin Province] Ms. Wang Li, Sent to a Hospital After 30 Days' Hunger Strike, in Critical Condition
Ms. Wang Li, 56 years old, lives at the Yingcheng Coal Mine residential compound in Jiutai County. Now she is being held at the Central Prison Hospital in Jilin Province,the former Tiebei Police Hospital. Wang Li has been on a hunger strike over 30 days. Her health is extremely poor. Her face looks blue, and she has difficulty walking.
Phone numbers of personnel of the Central Prison Hospital of Jilin Province's Administration Bureau:
Name Home Office Cell
Wang Haiqing 86-431-2920337 86-431-2938005 86-13504432618
Wang Shimin 86-431-7918560 86-431-2939621
Chen Yuxia 86-431-2939257 86-431-2939024
Liu Zhiwen 86-431-5663152 86-431-2388001
Meng Jie 86-431-5604991 86-431-2939836 or 2938959
11. [Tieling City, Liaoning Province] Arrest of Fan Yuxiang and Shang Cheng for Clarifying the Truth of Falun Gong
During the afternoon of December 11, 2004, Ms. Fan Yuxiang and Shang Cheng from Houyao Township, Changtu County, Tieling City, Liaoning Province were arrested when clarifying the truth at Dasi Township.
Phone number of the Police Precinct of Dasi Township: 86-410-5465110
12. [Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province] Arrest of Mr. Yang Yunchao for Distributing Falun Gong Truth-Clarifying Materials
During the evening on November 19, 2004, someone named Luo Wansheng reported practitioner Mr. Yang Yunchao from Shenzhen City when Yang was distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials at the World First Square at Hongli Road in Shenzhen City. Police officers Bao Shigang and Wang Liming from the Jingtian Police Precinct arrested him and then sent him into the Futian Detention Center. Now Yang Yunchao is being held at the Futian Detention Center.
Relevant phone numbers:
Jingtian Police Precinct: 86-755-83920330
Futian Police Precinct: 86-755-83113218
13. [Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province] Ms. Ge Ling is Sentenced and Sent to Forced Labor
Ms. Ge Ling from Jiujiang City, 53 years old, was sentenced to forced labor after a few days imprisonment in a detention center. At present, she is being held at the Majialong Forced Labor Camp, Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province.
14. [Shenyang City, Liaoning Province] Ms. Zhang Xiuzhi and her Daughter are Sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for Distributing Falun Gong Truth-Clarifying Materials
Ms. Zhang Xiuzhi, 50 years old, lives in Liuheli on the Wenhua Road in the Dongling District of Shenyang City. Personnel from the Sixth Division of the city's police department arrested her and her daughter, who graduated from Liaoning University, when the mother and daughter were distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying material in the Quanyuan Community during the afternoon of November 9, 2004. Police sent them to the Masanjia Force Labor Camp. Ms. Zhang Xiuzhi's home has been searched. Police confiscated a computer and a copy machine as well as some truth-clarifying materials.
15. [Tongcheng County, Hubei Province] Arrest of Xiong Yangbo, His Daughter, and Mr. Jin Xiebin
During the evening of November 16, 2004, policemen from Tongcheng County, Hubei Province, arrested Xiong Yangbo and his daughter. A computer was confiscated.
At 8:00 a.m. on November 17, practitioner Mr. Jin Xiebin was arrested at home. A computer was looted.
16. [Helong City, Jilin Province] Persecution Accounts of Falun Gong Practitioners
Practitioner Mr. Wang Huaicheng, 35, worked in a barbershop. On June 23, 2004, Liu Yanjiang, the deputy chief of Helong City's Chengzhen Police Precinct, took Mr. Wang away as he was cutting a client's hair. On June 24, Wang was sentenced to one year of forced labor, charged with "violating the execution of law." At present, Wang is being held at the Helong Detention Center.
Mr. Zhang Zhen lives in the residential compound affiliated with the Wuming Coal Mine in Tushanzi Town, Helong City. He was sentenced to one year of forced labor for posting Falun Dafa truth-clarifying flyers and is currently being held at the Helong Detention Center.
People who took part in the illegal arrest:
Liu Yanjiang, the former deputy chief of Longcheng Town's Police Precinct, has been transferred to Xicheng Town's Police Precinct: 86-13089449797(Cell)
Wang Maolin, a policeman at Longcheng Town's Police Precinct: 86-433-4262658(Office)
Wang Shanhe, a policeman at Longcheng Town's Police Precinct: 86-433-4262658(Office)
17. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Arrest of Ms. Xie Mingzhu, a Graduate Student
Practitioner Ms. Xie Mingzhu is a graduate student in the Acupuncture Department of Chengdu Traditional Medical Institute. She was arrested on November 20, 2004, when she was distributing truth-clarifying materials.
18. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] Arrest of Mr. Yang Tong
On December 8, 2004, personnel from the Shanquan Police Precinct arrested practitioner Mr. Yang Tong from the Longquan District of Chengdu City. His house was ransacked. At present he is being held at the Longquan Detention Center. When Yang's family went to see him, they found wounds on his wrist from handcuffs.
Relevant phone numbers:
Shanquan Police Precinct: 86-28-84820823
Longquan Detention Center: 86-28-84853136
19. [Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province] Arrest of Ms. Wang Weidong When Clarifying the Truth in Shaanxi Province's Female Forced Labor Camp
On November 26, 2004, practitioner Ms. Wang Weidong went to Shaanxi Province's Forced Labor Camp to clarify the truth and request the release of Falun Gong practitioners detained there. In collusion with local police, the forced labor camp warden and the chief of the Administration Section in the labor camp arrested her and sent her to the Tongchuan City Police Department. Wang then disappeared for over ten days. At present, Wang is being held in the city's detention center, and the police authorities intend to sentence her to three years of forced labor.
Wang Xuejun, Tongchun City's Political and Judiciary Committee chief
Du Jianguo, chief of the National Security Section of the city's police department
Chen Zaixing, chief of the National Security Section of the city's police department
20. [Tianjin] Arrest of Dr. Zhang Runmei; Her Whereabouts are Unknown
Ms. Zhang Runmei, over 30 years old, got her Ph.D. degree from the Chemical Engineering Department of Tianjin University. After she graduated, Tianjin University recruited her as a teacher. She went to Beijing in 2000 to validate Dafa. Afterwards she was sentenced to two years of forced labor. After her release, Tianjin University urged her to resign, so she went to another city. In 2004 she started to work with a friend named Yang Hong. In November 2004, she and Yang Hong were arrested without due cause, and their whereabouts are unknown.