The Ongoing Persecution of Ms. Cao Qiuxiang from Qidong County, Hunan Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Dafa Practitioner Ms. Cao Qiuxiang from Qidong County, Hengyang City, Hunan Province regained her health and became a better person since she started practicing Falun Dafa. For this, however, she has been continuously harassed and persecuted by the local government and police.
On December 13, 1999, utilizing her constitutional right to appeal like other Chinese citizens, Cao Qiuxiang went to Beijing to speak out against the unjust treatment of Falun Dafa. She was illegally arrested on the 14th and detained at the Beijing Detention Center for 37 days.
Zou Liming and Zeng Meiling from Buyunqiao Township of Qidong County brought Cao Qiuxiang back and detained her at the Qidong Detention Center. On the train back, they searched Ms. Cao and took 270 yuan from her. December 26 was a very cold day, yet the policemen forced Cao Qiuxiang and other five practitioners to kneel on the floor wearing only their underwear. Policeman Zhou Daosheng hit their hands with a wooden stick, while the head of the Detention Center, Liu, hit their feet with a bamboo stick and said: "Who's your teacher? Who told you to make a scene at the mine field? Do you still want to practice [Falun Gong]?" A month later, they transferred Cao Qiuxiang to a jail for five months and extorted 360 yuan from her, declaring that it was for her meals.
In May of 2000, the authorities transferred Cao Qiuxiang to Baimalong Women's Forced Labor Camp in Changsha City. One day in August, the wardens claimed, without any evidence, that Ms. Cao was suffering from high blood pressure. They dragged her from her cell on the third floor to the main floor, and tried to force her to take a drug. Cao Qiuxiang refused. The Group Head, Tang, scolded her: "If you don't take it, you will be handcuffed!" In the end, the wardens force-fed Cao Qiuxiang the drug. Not until September 20, 2000 was Cao Qiuxiang released from detention. During her year in the forced labor camp, the Department of Politics and Security at the County Police Station extorted 1,000 yuan from her family, and the township government extorted 1,500 yuan.
In May 2001, right after Cao Qiuxiang was released from Buyunqiao, Li Wei, Zou Liming, and several others from the Department of Politics and Security of the Qidong County Police Station came to her home. They questioned her about who posted the Falun Dafa banners on the utility poles, and threatened her not to practice Falun Dafa or go to appeal with other practitioners. Cao Qiuxiang replied: "I practice Falun Gong at home and I don't know who posted those banners."
In December 2003, Zeng Xiangsheng, the head of the Buyunqiao County 610 Office went to Cao Qiuxiang's home. As Ms. Cao happened to be out at that time, the 610 Office people tried to force her husband to turn her in, saying that otherwise he would not receive his salary.
On October 12, 2004, Zeng Xiangsheng and a few people came to Cao Qiuxiang's home again and took away her exercise music tapes, 11 books of Teacher's lectures, 2 copies of Essentials for Further Advancement, a portrait of Teacher, some Dafa materials, and other items.
On June 4, 2005, Zhao Wusheng and two other people from the township 610 Office went to Cao Qiuxiang's home once again trying to arrest her but she was not home. They asked the neighbors about her whereabouts and were told that she went to her relatives'. The 610 Office people could do nothing, and finally left.
At 7 o'clock in the evening of September 19, 2005, eight people led by Zhao Wusheng came to Cao Qiuxiang's home to try to arrest her again. The eight people surrounded her home. Cao Qiuxiang quickly ran away from her home. Around 6:30 in the evening of September 30, Zhao Wusheng and others went to her home once more, but they did not find her because she had gone to her father's for his birthday.
On the evening of December 30, 2005, Zhao Wusheng, Chen Fuyuan, the Party Secretary of the village in which Cao Qiuxiang lived, and another person went to Cao Qiuxiang's home and demanded to see her. Ms. Cao's husband told them that she had gone to her relatives, and then the three people required to talk to her on the phone. They would not leave until Ms. Cao's husband agreed to it.
In February of 2006, four people led by Zhou Wusheng went to Cao Qiuxiang's home while she was out working in the field. They did not find her, but took away a Dafa banner that was hung out in the street.
Around 12 o'clock on the afternoon of April 7, 2006, Chen Fuyuan and four other people came to Cao Qiuxiang's home and questioned her as to whether she had practiced the exercises or gone to appeal with other practitioners. They asked who had written the couplet on her door frame and where it came from. They also recorded the names and ages of all the family members of Cao Qiuxiang, as well as her phone number. They also threatened her, telling her not to practice any more as otherwise she would be "severely punished."