Continuing Focus on the Rape of Falun Gong Practitioners in Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province; Exposing the Villainous Nature of the CCP (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Minghui correspondent He Yu reports:
Over two months ago, on November 25, 2005, police officer He Xuejian raped two female Falun Gong practitioners inside the Dongchengfang Police Station in Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province. The international community has strongly condemned this crime; yet the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ignored public outrage and threatened the victims and the witnesses in an attempt to silence them. After the victims and the witnesses left home to avoid near certain arrest, Hebei Province Public Security Department agents posted a 100,000 yuan reward for their capture. CCP agents have illegally arrested more than ten practitioners in Beijing and Zhuozhou who helped the victims and helped to expose the crime publicly. This at a time when the CCP boasts, "Right now is the best human rights situation in China's history."
1. Summary of the Rape Incident
Two rapes took place inside the police station in broad daylight
The evening of November 24, 2005, even while Manfred Nowak, the UN Rapporteur on Torture was conducting his investigation in China, agents from the CCP committed a human rights outrage.
Police officer He Xuejian later raped two Falun Gong practitioners inside the Dongchengfang Police Station. The victims are 51-year-old Ms. Liu Jizhi and 42-year-old Ms. Han Yuzhi.
The rapes happened not long after the officials listed here violated the Chinese constitution, breaking into the homes of Falun Gong practitioners Liu Jizhi, Han Yuting, Qu Wenting, Wang Helin, Wei Baoliang and several others, and arresting them. The officials: Song Xiaobin, secretary of the Political Legal Committee for Dongchengfang Town in Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province, with Chai Yuqiao, director of the Comprehensive Administration Office, Political head Xing (first name unknown) and police chief Chu Chunshui from the Dongchengfang Police Station.
At 8:00 p.m. on November 24, 2005, a group of evildoers wearing police uniforms and carrying police batons climbed over walls into Falun Gong practitioners' yard and broke into the practitioners' homes. They had no search-and-seizure warrants, but ransacked the homes anyway. They took the practitioners to the Dongchengfang Police Station. Officers Xing, He Xuejian, Wang Zengjun and others tortured and interrogated the practitioners at night.
Political head Xing, policeman He Xuejian and another officer interrogated Liu Jizhi. They asked, "How many people are practicing Falun Gong in your village?" When Liu Jizhi replied, "I don't know," the police immediately jumped up and beat her cruelly. They also made her squat, with her arms stretched out in front of her chest. Then they beat her with electric batons and nightsticks, forced her to stand up with her knees slightly bent, as shown in the top middle re-enactment photograph. While she was in that position, they kicked her from behind and made her collapse to the ground. After repeated physical abuse, Ms. Liu's hips, thighs and many other areas on her body were severely bruised and injured. He Xuejian even groped her and asked her in a lewd manner, "Do you think I am being a rogue?"
Around 2:00 p.m. on November 25, 2005, policeman He Xuejian took Liu Jizhi to another room in the police station. Policeman Wang Zengjun was lying on one of the beds. Wang Huiqi from the 610 Office was also in the room. He Xuejian savagely beat Liu Jizhi with a rubber police baton as soon as they entered the room. Next, he pressed her against a bed, lifted her blouse and shocked her breasts with an electric baton. While watching the sparks from the baton, He Xuejian repeatedly commented, "This is fun! This is fun!" During the process, policeman Wang Huiqi watched and saw He Xuejian tear off her clothes, disregarding her struggles. Before leaving, he even said, "Beat her up! Beat her up good!" While struggling, Liu Jizhi pleaded, "I am asking this for your own good--don't do this to me! You are a police officer! You must not commit such a crime! This is totally wrong! You are a young man! I am an old woman. Please, spare me!" Despite Liu Jizhi's plea and struggle, He Xuejian savagely slapped her face, ruthlessly pinched her neck, and raped her. Meanwhile, policeman Wang Zengjun watched quietly. He turned a few times on the bed, but did nothing to stop the assault.
After that, He Xuejian called 42-year-old Han Yuzhi inside the room and raped her in front of Wang Zengjun.
Later in the evening, He Xuejian tried to rape Liu Jizhi and Qu Wenting, but he failed because all Falun Gong practitioners resisted him.
On November 26, each of the families of the detained practitioners was required to give 3,000 yuan to the police. They took their devastated loved ones home after submitting the money.
The Victims and the Witness
Liu Jizhi and her husband Wei Xiliang have two daughters. Before Liu Jizhi started practicing Falun Gong in 1999, she suffered from several illnesses. She was particularly tormented by a lumbar disc protrusion. As a result, she was bedridden and had a bad temper. In 1999 she was able to do housework after having practiced Falun Gong for one month. Eventually, all of her chronic illnesses disappeared and, in addition to the housework she could work in the field. Her family became very happy and harmonious. Her husband also started practicing Falun Gong after seeing the tremendous changes in her.
Before she started practicing Falun Gong, 52-year-old Wu Wenting suffered from many illnesses and was bedridden. Angina and spinal disc protrusion caused her the most pain. Sometimes her family spent more than 1,000 yuan a month for her medical bills, and almost all of the money her husband earned was spent on medications. She lived in anguish, had a bad temper and often had conflicts with her family. She tried many times to commit suicide, but her husband begged her, "You can't die! Our children have to have a mother!" She struggled and struggled. Falun Gong practitioners who lived in the same village asked her to practice and listen to Mr. Li Hongzhi's lectures. She accepted their suggestions; afterwards she was able to walk around and do house chores. Her temperament improved as her health improved, and her family became harmonious. She often says Dafa and Teacher gave her a second life.
53-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Wang Helin said, "I had rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis for more than twenty years before I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1999. Only a few months later, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. I was frightened. Because I hadn't cultivated for a long time, I stopped practicing. After a while I thought it over carefully and came to the conclusion that stopping my cultivation practice was wrong. There were 100 million practitioners in the country; how could all these people be deceived? My health had improved dramatically upon practicing Falun Dafa, and my Master is very righteous. I started cultivating again. I have not needed any medicine in the past six years because I have been very healthy."
These villagers benefited physically and mentally from Falun Gong practice and are well liked for their kindness and integrity. After the persecution of Falun Gong began in July 1999, however, peace became a luxury for them, as agents from the Dongchengfang Town government and from the police station frequently harassed and otherwise persecuted them. They were often arrested, tortured, extorted large sums of money, and the Communist officials refused to release them if they didn't get the money. They claimed, "If you still practice Falun Gong, we will fine you until you are penniless!"
Liu Jizhi was devastated after the rape and thought about killing herself, but Falun Dafa's requirements forbidding suicide preserved her life. She said, "I'm a chaste woman, and I have parents and children. Now, how can I bear to face people? If it wasn't for Master saying suicide is a sin I would have left this world already." She was the first one to courageously step forward to expose the crime, so other women might be spared the devastation. She called for support from kind-hearted people around the world, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Conspiracy Behind the Arrest
Why did Song Xiaobin, Chai Yuqiao, Zhu Chunshui and Xing plan the arrest of Falun Gong practitioners? After a meeting held by Hebei Province "610 Office" took place in Zhuozhou City in early November, they wanted to extort money and use it to bribe their superiors in hopes of earning their favor and subsequently, promotion.
When interrogating the practitioners the police asked, "Who else practices Falun Gong in your village? Who practices Falun Gong in other villages?" They threatened the practitioners with torture if they didn't reveal the names of ten other practitioners. It's obvious that they not only wanted to arrest more practitioners in Xizhuan Village, but they also planned to arrest practitioners in dozens of villages in the surrounding area. In fact, after the arrests took place in Xizhuan Village on November 24, these people returned the next day to arrest more citizens. The arrest of these five practitioners was only the first step in these extortionists moneymaking scheme.
Receipts of illegal fines imposed on Liu Jizhi, Han Yuzhi and other Falun Gong practitioners by agents at the Dongchengfang Police Station in Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province. The receipts read, "Nanma Base Training Fee."
We can clearly see from these receipts that were issued on November 27, that the fine is imposed in the name of "Nanma Base Training Fee," and the receipts feature an official stamp that reads "Comprehensive Administration Office" headed by Chai Yuqiao.
In actuality, each Falun Gong practitioner who was sent to the Nanma Brainwashing Base, a brainwashing center in Baoding City, was extorted 4,000 yuan, not 3,000 yuan as stated on the receipts. The Dongchengfang Town Politics and Law Committee lawbreakers and the Comprehensive Administration Office agents do not have the authority to send Falun Gong practitioners to the Nanma Brainwashing Center in Baoding City; furthermore, they cannot charge money disguising it as a brainwashing "training fee." Only Zhuozhou City "610 Office" agents have the authority, no matter how illegal, to send people to the Nanma Brainwashing Base. Song Xiaobin, Chai Yuqiao and others persecute Falun Gong for purely greedy reasons, by charging "fines" that they then pocket for their own use. For them the persecution is merely a money-making opportunity.
As stated above, each of the families of the arrested practitioners borrowed and scraped together 3,000 yuan and gave it to Song Xiaobin, secretary of the Politics and Law Committee and Xing, political head from the Police Station. Only then could they take their devastated family members home.
3,000 yuan represents the annual total income for a peasant of Dongchengfang Town! In the past several years, Zhuozhou City government agents often imposed fines on Falun Gong practitioners. One practitioner in Zhuozhou City was extorted a total of 48,000 yuan over the past few years. Adding his salary, which was cut off after the persecution began, he lost more than 100,000 yuan in total. Li Jizhi, Han Yuzhi and other victims were also extorted money many times.
After the rape was exposed, Song Xiaobin and other criminals demanded the practitioners' families to return the receipts issued for the fines and tried to silence them by promising to return the 3,000 yuan. Meanwhile they claimed, "The stamp on the receipt is wrong; the police station imposed the fine and it has nothing to do with us."
From a legal perspective, Song Xiaobin is the chief responsible official in the arrest of Falun Gong practitioners. Song Xiaobin planned and carried out this illegal arrest, together with Chai Yuqiao, head of the Comprehensive Administration Office, officer Xing and chief Chu Chunshui from the Dongchengfang Police Station. They are indirectly responsible for the rape.
2. Rape Incident Follow-up
In seeking justice, victims forced to live in exile
After learning that a police officer had raped his wife in broad daylight, Han Yuzhi's husband Liu Jianzeng took his wife's underwear and the bed sheet he had snatched from the police station as evidence to the Zhuozhou City Police Department. He vowed to demand justice for his wife, even if the price was his own life.
The Zhuozhou City Police Department head asked him not to spread the information and agreed to return the 3,000 yuan to Liu Jianzeng (he did not keep this promise!) Quickly, the Communist regime officials from various levels of the Dongchengfang Town government invited Liu Jianzeng to a feast, during which they threatened and coaxed this humiliated peasant to give up his right and dignity as a human being to bring the perpetrator to justice.
Liu Jianzeng's friends also reminded him that the wicked CCP is deft at using their trump card, "retaliation after the noise dies down." Even if he filed a lawsuit and won, what could he do if these people retaliated against him later? Liu Jianzeng softened, and seeing this, his wife Han Yuzhi left home brokenhearted. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
Of the five Falun Gong practitioners held at the Dongchengfang Police Station, Liu Jizhi, Han Yuzhi, Qu Wenting and Wang Helin have all left home to avoid retaliation, including possibly being murdered.
Right after the rapes were exposed, the police station lied, saying that policeman He Xuejian was not yet 18 years old. The police must know that He Xuejian had been working there for four years and is older than eighteen. Now the police station was saying, "He was not a police officer but an informal member of the security team."
Under great media pressure from inside and outside China, He Xuejian was arrested on December 11. On December 19, a Special Case Group chaired by the head of the Baoding City Police Department was established. On December 25, the head of the Zhuozhou City Police Department was removed from his post.
"610 Office" plans dramatic overturn of case; fanatic retaliation
In order to continue promoting its persecution policies against Falun Gong, agents from the Hebei Province "610 Office" overturned the case and posted a 100,000 yuan reward for the capture of each victim and witness to the rape. Policemen are looking everywhere for the victims. They are merely waiting for the victims and witnesses to be arrested before they will officially overturn the case.
Xizhuan Village in Dongchengfang Town is shrouded in terror, as police cars rip through the village day and night. After 7:00 p.m., Village CCP branch secretary Yang Shun gathered up the village officials and CCP members. He arranged for them to follow, investigate and harass the victims' families. They also found a list of names of people who had practiced Falun Gong before 1999. The lawless officials then ordered the CCP members and others to watch these people who are not allowed to leave town unless they report to the local government beforehand. The CCP members were even dispatched to watch a man in his 80s who is semi-paralyzed and mute.
The CCP members and officials were also divided into groups and took turns harassing the victims' families every few hours. These families were extremely frightened and nervous. The Communist regime agents also searched their homes and are monitoring the victims' and their friends and relatives' mobile phones. They are staked out outside their homes. The regime dispatched many security personnel at major intersections leading to the village, to stop outsiders and reporters from entering the village.
A police officer raped two women in broad daylight, yet the victims and their families are forbidden to speak up and expose the abuse they were subjected to under the persecution. Sometimes even the CCP members who are staked out overnight outside the homes of the victims' families said, "This is too much! What kind of government is this?"
On January 6, 2006, several police officers from Hebei Province attacked four Zhuozhou City practitioners in Zhongguancun, Beijing from behind and arrested them. The arresting officers then covered the practitioners' heads and took them to the 4th floor of the Huadu Hotel in Gaobeidian City. Officials from the Gaobeidian Police Department dispatched several agents from the criminal police unit to interrogate these four practitioners. One emphasis of the interrogation was the whereabouts of Liu Jizhi and Han Yuzhi. Falun Gong practitioner Li Gang (pseudonym) was tortured to the brink of death. These practitioners were later sent to the Zhuozhou Detention Center.
On January 12 and January 13, the police arrested another six Falun Gong practitioners at home. They are from Yihezhuang Township and Matou Township. Three practitioners returned home after the police extorted money from their families. Zhao Xu's family from Matou Township was extorted 5,000 yuan!
Before January 6, the Standing Committee of the Baoding City CCP Committee held a meeting, during which a decision was unanimously passed: people are allowed to practice Falun Gong at home. This decision, however, was quickly overturned by the "610 Office," without the acknowledgement or agreement from the Standing Committee. The practitioners arrested on January 12 and January 13 were all arrested at home.
The head of the Special Case Group said, ""Handle He Xuejian as a minor offender." It became obvious at this point which direction this case is headed.
Song Xiaobin and other persecutors from Dongchengfang Town arrested the practitioners and extorted money from them, which is against the law. He Xuejian raped two Falun Gong practitioners. That is also against the law of any land and against human decency. The Special Case Group has both the witnesses and the physical evidence to judge this crime. The newly appointed head of the Baoding City Police Department once vowed, "He Xuejian's case will be concluded on January 12." But so far, the Special Case Group not only has not punish the sexual pervert, but has instead publicly retaliated against the victims and their sympathizers. They are scheming to find the "behind-the-scenes director" who exposed the truth about this crime. Obviously, the Special Case Group was not established to uphold justice but to retaliate against the Falun Gong practitioners in Zhuozhou City, cut off their support for the victims, stop them from exposing the truth and prevent international support for the victims.
3. Strong response to rape incidents in international society
The international community asks for perpetrators to be brought to justice
Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group continuously received strong condemnations of these atrocities by the CCP and support for the victims from around the world. Some of them are listed below.
R.M. from Canada: The crime of police officers at the Dongchengfang Police Station through their abuse of power shocked me beyond words. The Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is sad and pathetic. I deeply sympathize with the victims living under the fascist system. Although it may take some time for justice to prevail, it will eventually prevail. I will loudly oppose this brutal action! Crimes will be punished.
J.N. from Sweden: The world is now facing many disasters, but the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong is the most dreadful. I really can't imagine how people can be so evil (I rarely use this word). I will try my best to do something to help change this horrific current situation.
Professor A. R. from Israel: The Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong is an insult and crime to all humanity, it cannot be tolerated by Chinese and the world's people. This barbaric, cruel and shameful persecution must stop now, and the persecutors must be brought to justice!
C. S. from Australia: The current disastrous reality in China is shocking. I admire Falun Gong practitioners for their courage to speak the truth.
S. T. from Barbados: The inhumane abuse of innocent people who are harmless toward others is very shameful; it must end right now! The abusers must receive judgment and severe punishment! Their action is revolting! China should be ashamed of them!
S. W. from England: I can't imagine that in China, the government's only response to spiritual belief is violence and heinous acts. How can one commit such bestial act toward another person? Those who committed torture and rape must receive lawsuit. Furthermore, the government must end its irrational fear and hatred toward spiritual movements and beliefs.
H. M. from Arizona, US: The world is watching; how can a government allow such a brutal act? This is all caused by the Chinese Communist Party. China needs judicial justice! It's quite necessary for people of conscience to shed more light on this incident.
F. S. from Switzerland: Let's together stop this most cruel persecution! One fifth of the population on this planet lives in China, yet they are victims of the evil Communist specter. This deserves world attention. The values of free societies are facing frightening but realistic challenges.
E.T. from France: freedom of speech and freedom of belief are universally acknowledged basic human rights in France and other democratic countries. I firmly and strongly condemn torture. I think torture is a severe violation of human rights, and brutality is a crime against humanity.
C. Y. from Taiwan: The persecution must end immediately, not only for Falun Gong practitioners but also for all Chinese people. Some Chinese people have lost their conscience.
D. C. from Malaysia: China is going backwards. Chinese people are living in a dark era.
T. C. from England: People are recording the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party. In the near future, all crimes will receive just punishment!
Conscience keeps me from staying silent
With persistent truth clarification and selfless sacrifices by the Falun Gong practitioners, more and more people now clearly see the evil nature of this persecution and are now opposing the persecution. Below is a letter from a Zhuozhou City resident who knows about the persecution.
"I am a resident of Zhuozhou City. I was shocked after learning about the rape that took place at the Dongchengfang Police Station. He Xuejian, a man wearing a police uniform, raped two women Falun Gong practitioners. Liu Jizhi, one of the victims, is of similar age as He Xuejian's mother. This crime evokes the wrath of gods and man alike! Conscience prevents me from keeping silent, because He Xuejian's hideous act reminds me of Ren Binghui, the secretary for Political and Judiciary Committee in Yihezhuang Township in Zhuozhou City.
On October 1, 2000, five Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested in Beijing for appealing and were taken to the Yihezhuang Township government and held in the conference room. These five practitioners are Mr. Wang Gang in his 30s, Mr. Zhang Muo in his late 20s, Zhang Muo's mother in her 60s, Ms. Zang Cuiqing in her late 30s, and Ms. Chen Lingmei around 50 years of age.
A loudspeaker installed in the conference room blasted propaganda in a shrill and deafening voice to prevent the practitioners from sleeping, as the captors attempted to destroy the practitioners' will. It said that their fates would be determined on October 8.
It was cold in October. These practitioners were held for seven days. The phone rang on the morning of October 8 at the party secretary's office, and the government issued an order stating, "Treat them as counterrevolutionaries. If they are beaten to death, it will be counted as suicide." After receiving this order, Ren Binghui, the secretary of Political and Judiciary Committee, Ma Shuhai, the township CCP Committee secretary, Bai Jinghua, the township head, and several deputy township heads started torturing the practitioners. The captors divided themselves into groups. They dragged the practitioners out, handcuffed them and hung them up in a bike-park shack for three days. They also didn't allow the practitioners to eat or to sleep.
At noon on October 12, Han Zhanshan, the Zhuozhou City Political and Judiciary Committee secretary, oversaw the persecution being carried out. They first held a meeting at the township government, after which Han Zhanshan asked each of the five practitioners, "Will you still practice Falun Gong?" The practitioners firmly answered, "Yes!" With a wave of his hand, Han Zhanshan ordered the others, including Ren Binghui and Ma Shuhai, to start beating the practitioners. Some people sympathized with Falun Gong and didn't want to beat the practitioners, so they left. Those who stayed followed Han's instructions.
The first practitioner to be beaten was Zhang Muo, a retired soldier. The room was very crowded. The thugs dragged Zhang Muo into the courtyard and whipped him from head to toe with sticks and a whip made of three electric cords twisted together. Zhang Muo screamed in pain but they refused to stop. Zhang Muo's mother almost fainted because she couldn't bear watching her son being tortured.
Zang Cuiqing was the second practitioner to be tortured. They let her down from the hanging position in the shack and pushed her to the ground. He removed Zang Cuiqing's clothes. He pulled her coat down to her shoulder, and then he pulled her pants down to her ankles. Zang Cuiqing was then left in underpants. Ma Shuhai, the township Party secretary, led a few township heads to start beating Zang Cuiqing. They used the same instruments that were used to beat Zhang Muo. Sometime later Ren Binghui said, "This whip doesn't hurt her; let's break it in three, because the thinner it is, the more it hurts!" They whipped her until she lost consciousness. Then they poured cold water over her. When she came to, they hung her up by her handcuffs, almost naked.
After Zang Cuiqing was hung up, they still had her pants around her ankles, and this was more obvious with her being hung up. Everyone who was coming to work could see this. They hung her up for a long time. Ren Binghui thought that he had achieved his goal, so he pulled Zang Cuiqing's pants up. Bai Jinghua, a township head, stopped Ren Binghui and said, "Don't pull it up for her." As he said this, he violently kicked Zang Cuiqing's shins, making Zang Cuiqing's body sway back and forth in the air. Ren Binghui was encouraged by the violence and asked Zang Cuiqing, "Will you still practice?" She answered, "Yes I will!" He ordered people to bring a basin of ice-cold water and poured it down her neck. She was soaked and the water dripped from her feet. She shivered and trembled.
Practitioner Chen Lingmei was the third person who was beaten.
Practitioner Zhang Mo's mother in her 60s was the fourth person who was beaten.
Practitioner Wang Gang was the fifth person who was beaten.
All of the violence took place under the supervision of a Zhuozhou City CCP head and was led by the township Party secretary. All of these crimes were committed by Communist Party members. Ren Binghui stripped a woman practitioner's clothes off in front of everyone. Ren Binghui's actions help us better understand Song Xiaobin, secretary of Dongchengfang Town Politics and Law Committee. He Xuejian's crime is not an isolated incident. If someone joins the Chinese Communist Party, the Party will instill him with wicked theories that resemble psychological time bombs. If we don't understand that the Communist Party is an evil organization, we won't be able to explain the sinister crimes that take place one after another in China.
If not driven by the Jiang regime's genocidal policy "beaten to death is nothing and will be counted as suicide; do not identify practitioners who are beaten to death and directly cremate their bodies;" if it weren't for the support and encouragement from the "610 Office," how would He Xuejian dare to rape two women in a row in broad daylight, inside the police station, in front of another police officer? Why would police departments on various levels threaten the victims, the witnesses, and even post rewards for their capture, instead of punishing the perpetrator? The Chinese Communist evil specter is the source of all crimes in Chinese society.
Rape victim Liu Jizhi said, "This is why I cannot return home now. He Xuejian is not the only criminal. There are other criminals still at large. I cannot return home safely with the criminals unpunished and Falun Gong still under persecution. So I have decided to continue exposing the persecution. I also hope friends from all over the world continue to support us. With the attention and condemnation of people, the bad people don't dare to continue their persecution of good people. With continuous strong voices demanding punishment of the criminals, they will finally be brought to justice. Only when justice is returned to Falun Gong, can I return home in a dignified way!"
Even now, no positive results have come from the rapes in Zhuozhou City. The victims and witness are still living in exile and cannot return home, and good and innocent Falun Gong practitioners are still being persecuted. We absolutely will not allow this crime to end without a just result. We will never cease our call for justice as long as the perpetrators are at large and the persecution is still continuing! The evil will be completely eliminated, because this is determined by heaven!