Authorities in Yongchang County, Gansu Province Intensify Persecution of Falun Dafa Practitioners
In early 2007, the police in Yongchang County, Gansu Province, held a special conference to organize a county-wide persecution of Falun Gong. They arranged for all the local businesses within their jurisdiction to establish a working group under the county secretary of the Chinese Communist Party to direct the persecution. They ordered every village to produce and publicize anti-Falun Gong posters at their own expense. In addition, the police had the villages assign night-duty to special officers who would be responsible for arresting practitioners who distributed “truth-clarification” materials. They also launched a county-wide propaganda campaign against Falun Gong. County Governor Meng Youzhu sternly stated in his County Work Report that Falun Gong practitioners were to be persecuted severely. He personally issued a directive to the Chengguan Town (the County Seat) government that if they did not eliminate the “problem” of Falun Gong, no one would receive a promotion.
During the Chinese New Year Festival, the police harassed Falun Gong practitioners on numerous occasions. If they found anyone who had Falun Gong books or materials, the person faced either an exorbitant fine of thousands of “yuan” or a prison sentence.
Mr. Mi Zengshi, 70, was fined 1000 yuan after the police ransacked his house in February and found two truth-clarification VCDs.
Mr. Chen (first name unknown)'s house was also ransacked, and the police seized truth-clarification materials and a Falun Dafa book. The amount of his fine is unknown.
Ms. Zhao Jinfang's house was ransacked by a group of police officers led by Li Guoyu on February 25, 2007. They seized one copy of the “Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party.” The police tried to extort 1000 yuan from Ms. Zhao, but she had only 500 yuan at the time. The police threatened her and said that she would have to pay the remaining 500 yuan by March 5.
Ms. Shi Gangqin's house was also ransacked, and the police found a Falun Dafa banner. They fined her 1000 yuan and detained her for fifteen days.
Ms. Jiao Guiying's house was ransacked last fall, and the police found an empty box that had contained truth-clarification CDs. They fined her and her husband 1000 yuan. They had to borrow 500 yuan in order to pay the fine. The authorities are also trying to send them to trial.
Mr. and Mrs. Li You's house was also ransacked, and the police seized several Falun Dafa books. They detained Mr. Li for seven days and fined him 1000 yuan.
Ms. Li Youling's house was ransacked last fall. The police seized a correction sheet for truth-clarification publications. They detained her for ten days and fined her 500 yuan.
On February 25, 2007, someone reported Mr. Hou Youhu for distributing truth-clarification materials on the Third Bridge of Qingshanbao, Hexinbao Town. Police from Hexinbao Town, Yongchang County arrested him. At 11:00 p.m. that same day, the Hexinbao Police sent four officers to ransack his house twice. They seized several Falun Dafa books and one set of audiotapes of Teacher Li's lectures. He is currently being held in the Yongchang County Detention Center.
On March 8, 2007, the Yongchang County Court tried Ms. Zhao Guixiang, an 83-year-old practitioner. The police had ransacked her house twice and seized several Falun Dafa books and exercise audiotapes.