(Clearwisdom.net) My name is Zhao Dehua and I am a Falun Dafa practitioner from Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province. On December 30, 2000, my mother, wife, two daughters and I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa. Police from the Tiananmen police station arrested us and demanded that we give our names. I told them that my actions of clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa were legal, and they should not have arrested me. Therefore, I would neither give them my name or let them take my thumb-print. The police responded by punching and kicking me, knocking me to the ground. They continued to beat me while I was on the ground for half an hour. They then forcefully took my thumb-print.

After that, they drove me in a vehicle filled with Falun Dafa practitioners to a prison. The police kept asking for names, but I refused to divulge my name. They handcuffed me to a metal pole and brutally beat me with a long stick. One policeman even burnt my skin with cigarettes, and the marks can still be seen under my arm today. Then, another policeman poured hot water into my pants and then hung me up shirtless outside the building. At that time, Beijing's temperature was -20 degrees Celsius, and I was left outdoors during these cold winter days for more than ten hours. It was unimaginably cold, and I can still feel the coldness vividly whenever I think about it. After experiencing the coldest winter in my life, I was taken inside, and the police threatened that they would douse me with cold water again and further torture me if I did not reveal my name. After realizing that I remained firm in not revealing my name, they pleaded with me and said that they would be in trouble if I did not give them my name. I gave in to their pleading and told them my name. I realized a short time later that I had been deceived.

Two days later, the Shuangcheng City 610 Office and its staff detained me in the Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center. In the Detention Center, I was severely persecuted. Guards Li Huaixin, Huang Yanchun, and Du ordered inmates to force me to slander Falun Dafa and Master Li. As I refused, the officers ordered the inmates to beat me while putting a cloth into my mouth to prevent me from shouting. Before they could do that, I shouted, "Do not persecute Falun Dafa practitioners!" Other practitioners heard this and did the same. The guards ignored us and used various inhumane tortures, including "riding an airplane," against me, leaving many scars all over my body.

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The scars on Mr. Zhao Dehua after the persecution
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Re-enactment photos of a torture method used Mr. Zhao: Mr. Zhao was forced to stand in the positions shown in the photos. He stood with his two thumbs raised above his head and pressed against the wall while standing on his toes. The persecutors hold needles (pointing up toward Mr. Zhao's heel) on the floor. After a short while, Mr. Zhao's legs began to tremble, and he could not hold his heels high. The pain was excruciating as the heels lowered onto the needles. The persecutors beat Mr. Zhao when he disobeyed their orders get into that position.

Two months after being brutally persecuted in the detention center, I was sent to a brainwashing. However, I persisted in practicing the Falun Dafa exercises. The head of the local 610 Office Zhang Yunlong and the local police chief Kong Qingman forced me to watch the staged Tiananmen self-immolation incident and read newspaper articles slandering Falun Dafa. I refused to watch the film or read the articles. This angered Zhang Yunlong, so he ordered guard Bai Yuqiao to rub chili into my eyes. That night, five police officers (Zhang Yunlong, Bai Yuqiao, Bai Chunwu, Kong Weidong and Yu Zhenbo) and the town chief Wang Chuichuan pushed me to the ground and stripped me. Then, the six of them used leather belts or rubber hoses to whip me at the same time. They were extremely frustrated by the fact that I refused to obey their orders. I was brutally whipped about 300 lashes a minute and before long, my body was covered with blood. While they were lashing me, they asked, "Do you still persist in practicing Falun Dafa?" and I retorted, "Yes!" After twenty minutes of such inhumane persecution, my body was covered with blood and cuts, but they did not stop. They poured cold water onto my badly injured body and continued to beat me. During the process, Zhang Yunlong repeatedly asked me if I would continue to practice Falun Dafa, and my answer was always yes. The pain was unbearable, as they were continuously whipping my already-wounded body, and I felt like I was on the verge of death. Seeing me in this state, Zhang Yunlong ordered them to stop the beating. A few days later, these guards ordered me to step on Master Li's photo. They handcuffed me on the upper bed and tried to place Zhuan Falun below my toes. They reasoned that I would step on the picture once I put my feet on the ground. I immediately realized what they were up to and I put my feet on the ground before they could put Zhuan Falun under my feet. Seeing that I had discovered their intention and that there was no way they could put the book under my feet, they changed their mind. Zhang Yunlong ordered the other guards to tie my feet tightly with a nylon rope. Zhang Yunlong laughed and said that people would not be able to walk after being tied in this manner for thirty minutes. However, after being tied for forty minutes, I could still walk freely after being untied, and this further infuriated them.

After coming to the conclusion that I would not renounce Falun Gong, they decided to send me back to the Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center. A criminal named Xiaoguan was bribed by the guards to torture me. They covered the windows with newspaper to block the sunlight from coming into my prison cell. Over time, my body was covered with scabies. I could no longer take the torture and wrote the Three Statements against my will. Later on, they extorted 3,000 yuan from me. I was persecuted for four more months and ten days before being released.

During Chinese New Year of 2001, some perpetrators from my village went to a fellow practitioner's house to look for me. They claimed that they were looking for me to celebrate Chinese New Year. However, everyone refused to reveal my whereabouts, and their plan to arrest me failed.

On January 3, 2001, about half an hour after I returned from clarifying the truth in a local area, four policemen broke into my house and forced me into their vehicle. It was village chief Han Xinghou who had secretly reported me to the police. I refused to get into their vehicle, and my family refused to cooperate with them. Then, they pinned me to the ground and hit my head with a brick before handcuffing me. However, I quickly stood up and the handcuffs opened by itself with just my thought of wanting to open it. I ran as fast as I could until I reached a dead end before I was captured and brought to Xinxing Detention Center. In the Detention Center, police chief Kong Qingman confiscated 300 yuan from me and transferred me to the Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center again.

In the detention center, criminal Zhao Dequan tried to have me slander Master Li and Falun Dafa. I clarified the truth to him but he refused to listen and beat me. He threatened that he could torture me to death and the guards would neither interfere nor hold him responsible. I was not afraid and told him that I would expose him if he beat me. On the second day, they used all kinds of methods to try to have me renounce Falun Dafa, but I refused. They continued to persecute me to try to get what they wanted. Such persecution continued for two months, and I was subsequently sentenced to two years of forced labor. I refused to sign the consent document, but they said that I would be sent to Wanjia Labor Camp whether I signed the consent order or not.

After arriving at Wanjia Labor Camp, I was immediately given a full medical examination. I thought that I should not even stay here for a single day, for I must clarify the truth to sentient beings. I have to continue to assist in Master's Fa-rectification. The labor camp refused to accept me, saying that I suffered from scabies. I was then sent back to Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center. A few days later, I was released unconditionally.

My family owned 18 mu (a Chinese measure of area. There are about 6 mu per acre) of farmland. In 2001, the village confiscated all of it except 7 mu. The confiscated land was sold, and the 4,000-yuan they received was given to the 610 Office. They called it a fine for our going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa. With this small piece of land, it was extremely difficult for my family to survive.

My wife Liu Fengjie is 38 years old. At the end of 2000, we took our two daughters to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa and clarify the truth to the public. After Beijing police arrested her, she was sent back to the Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center and illegally detained. My two daughters were sent to live with our relatives. One month later, my wife was taken to a brainwashing class, where she was brainwashed and persecuted for fifty days. Her persecution was under the jurisdiction of the Shuangcheng City 610 Office. Zhang Yunlong, along with six to seven others, beat my wife and wanted her to step on Master Li's picture and slander Master Li. No matter what they tried, my wife refused to cooperate. After the long-term brainwashing and physical abuse, she was forced to sign the "Guarantee Letter" and extorted out of 4,000 yuan before she was finally released. Under such inhuman torture, my wife was unable to concentrate on her Fa-study, practice the Falun Dafa exercises and live a normal life. She was distressed and devastated. On August 8, 2001, while on her way to sell vegetables, she was hit by a car and died soon after. At that time, our daughters were ages three and ten respectively. My heart is heavy and I feel deep pain, even today, whenever I hear my two daughters crying for their mother.

My mother Wang Ying is 60 years old. Before she practiced Falun Dafa, she had poor health and suffered from bronchitis and many other illnesses. However, after practicing Falun Dafa, her illnesses disappeared without a trace. My wife, mother, daughters and I went to Beijing to appeal and clarify the truth for Falun Dafa at the end of 2000. My mother was sent to the Shuangcheng City Second Detention Center and persecuted. She was released only after being fined 4,000 yuan in the brainwashing class. During the time she was persecuted, she suffered both physically and mentally. Even after being released, she did not fully recover from the physical and mental mistreatment, and she passed away on January 9, 2005. This persecution has torn apart my family.

Related persons' names and telephone numbers:

Chief of 610 Office, Party Secretary Zhang Yunlong: 86-13303658099 (Cell)
Town Chief, Wang Chuichuan
Shuangcheng City Police, Previous Chief Liu Qingyu: 86-451-53227512
Shuangcheng City Police, Current Chief Liu Hongtong: 86-13104636000(Cell), 86-451-53164677(Home)
Shuangcheng City Police, Deputy Chief Kong Qingman: 86-451-53115383(Home), he was promoted to the Police Chief of Lequn Town, Shuangcheng City.

Police officers:

Bai Yuqiao: 86-451-53297789
Fan Yeman
Tan San
Zhang Wenjun

Perpetrators of the persecution:

Bai Chunwu: 86-13196221177(Cell), 86-451-53227578(home)
Yu Zhenbo: 86-13836067589(Cell), 86-451-53227589(Home)
Guo Weidong: 86-1311541099(Cell)
Wang Changlong
Liu Zhu
Lang Zhaomei
Zhao Dequan
Township government officials:
Liu Xinwei: 86-13945630879(Cell), 86-451-53229798(Home)
Military Department, Chang Wulei: 86-13199491954(Cell)