(Clearwisdom.net) Between March 3 and 13, 2008, about 40 Falun Dafa practitioners from Qitaihe City, Heilongjiang Province were illegally detained or arrested. At this time, 17 practitioners who have been detained at the Qitaihe Detention Center are on hunger strike to protest the persecution, including 14 practitioners who have just been detained, and practitioners Xie Youwei, Yan Jingzhu and Song Lu, who were previously detained.

Around 8:00 a.m. on March 13, Yang Wei was arrested by Qitaihe City 610 Office head Bi Shuqing and police from the Xinxing District Police Department, the Qitaihe City National Security Team and the Xinxing Police Station. His home was illegally searched and many personal belongings were taken. Yang Wei's child is left alone at home, filled with fear yet hoping his father will come back home soon.

Around 4:00 p.m. on March 6, Wang Yuhua, around 40 years old, from Qitaihe City, had her home ransacked by the Qitaihe City Police Department Team Leader Bi and several police. They confiscated a computer, printer, three cell phones and other personal belongings. Ms. Wang Yuhua was arrested and detained at the Qitaihe City Detention Center.

At 10:00 a.m on March 5, practitioners Liu Shuling, Zhang Tianjun, Wang Chongyuan, Ma Fengxia, Xu Yan and others were arrested at the Jingmei Thermal Power Plant.

Falun Dafa practitioner Zhang Tianjun's home was ransacked by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) police. The police took Teacher Li's photo, Falun Dafa books and 2,000 yuan belonging to Mr. Zhang. Zhang Tianjun has been illegally detained at a detention center. Just after a few days of detention, Zhang Tianjun was tortured and became delirious. His family got a phone call from the police and were asked to persuade him to give up practicing Falun Gong. When his family saw him, they found that his eye sockets were black and blue, his eyes were dull and he was delirious. His family could not communicate with him. They were grieved and angry. They said, "A good and healthy person was persecuted to this state."

Falun Dafa practitioner Wang Chongyuan's home was also illegally ransacked. Dafa books, discs, her daughter's computer case and more than 2,000 yuan were taken. The police also stole 2,000 yuan from her daughter, 18-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner Xu Yan. According to sources, the police brutally beat Xu Yan and caused such severe injury to her face that she could not open her mouth. Practitioner Liu Shuling was brutally tortured in the detention center, which caused her to suffer heart disease. She spit out large quantities of blood and her life is in great danger. Liu Shuling was taken back home by her family on March 10.

On March 5 at 11:00 p.m., Falun Dafa practitioner Yao Shufan was arrested by Qitaihe City 610 Office head Bi Shuqing and police from the Xinxing District Police Department. Her home was illegally ransacked. Her child's computer, printer, mp3 player, ebooks and many personal belongings were taken.

On March 8, Yao Shufan's husband Dajiang was arrested by the CCP police. Their two children were left alone at home and they lived in fear, eagerly waiting for their parents to come back.

At this time Dajiang has returned. Yao Shufan is still illegally detained at the detention center. She was brutally tortured and cannot walk now.

Other Falun Gong practitioners arrested

Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Zhi, from Beishan, Xinxing District, Qitaihe City, was arrested on March 4 at his workplace, Sanjiang Electrical Appliances Company.

Falun Gong practitioner Ma Zhi, who worked at the Xinjian Fourth Department Store in Xinxing District, and her husband Song Lianhong, a taxi driver, were arrested on March 4 at 11:00 p.m.

Practitioner Li Yuzhuo, from Beishan, Xinxing District, Qitaihe City, was arrested on March 4 at six p.m.

Falun Gong practitioner Liu Shuling, from Hongwei Town, was arrested on March 5 about 10:00 a.m. With righteous thoughts, she has already returned home.

Falun Gong practitioners Ma Fengxia and Ms. Cao (18 years old), from Beishan, Xinxing District, were arrested on March 5 about ten o'clock at the Thermal Power Plant of the Jingmei Group.

Wang Yuhua, who worked at the Xinjian Forth Department Store in Xinxing District, was arrested on the morning of March 5. Wang Yuhua's daughter-in-law is expecting a baby in a few days and needs her. Wang Yuhua's family is full of grief and anger.

Practitioners Zheng Mengshan, from the Taoshan Mine, was also arrested. Detailed information is still unknown.

We urgently appeal for help from Falun Dafa practitioners and people of justice around the world to help end this persecution.

The main perpetrators who participated in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in Qitaihe City:

Sun Tangbin, head of the Economy Protection Section of the Taoshan Police Department, who hired people to monitor and follow Falun Gong practitioners, deceive Falun Gong practitioners' families and monitor the cell phones of practitioners' family members: 86-464-8297816 (Office), 86-464-8285786 (Home)

Bi Shuqing, the head of the Qitaihe City 610 Office, the main person who has actively persecuted Falun Gong practitioners during the last seven years: 86-13946550880 (610 Office), 86-464-8281932 (Home)

Personnel from the Qitaihe City 610 Office:

Du Jun, Party Secretary of the Political and Law Committee
Yao Gang, Head of the 610 Office
Chen Ju, of the Qitaihe City Police Department 610 Office Police, one of the main persons who actively persecuted Falun Gong practitioners: 86-13089556565 (Cell), 86-464-8297208(Office), 86-464-8267007(Home)

Personnel from the Qitaihe City Police Department:

Zhao Chunbo, Chief: 86-13304678001 (Cell), 86-464-8297001 (Office)
Bai Jiqing, Political Commissar: 86-13904670008 (Cell), 86-464-8297002 (Office), 86-464-8680008 (Home)
Wang Jun, Deputy Chief in charge of persecuting Falun Gong: 86-13904672200 (Cell), 86-464-8297003 (Office), 86-464-8263866 (Home)