More about the Recent Arrests and Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in Laiyang, Shandong Province
Mr. Li Qingxuan arrested and his whereabouts unknown
On April 6, 2008, Li Qingxuan, a Falun Gong practitioner from Hujiangbao Village, Tange Township, Laiyang City, was arrested by seven police officers just as he was leaving Xiajiang Market. His whereabouts are still not known. Mr. Li has mental problems and is frail. He has always lived with his mother. Not knowing what has happened to her son is causing his mother much suffering and anguish.
Ms. Jiang Aiqin arrested
Police officers arrested Ms. Jiang Aiqin from Laiyang two weeks ago, and it is not known where she is now. Her mother went to the 610 Office and detention center looking for her and asked to be allowed to visit her daughter, but her requests were denied.
Ms. Jiang Aiqin lived in an apartment supplied by Laiyang Embroidering Factory and worked for the factory to pay for her eight-year-old daughter's schooling. Her husband is mentally challenged and has been an alcoholic for years. Jiang Aiqin takes care of everything for the family. Her daughter has not been allowed to go to school lately.
Officers from the police station in Muyudian Township, Laiyang City, have been arresting practitioners, fining them and their families, and taking the money for themselves.
Officers from this police station have a reputation for unreservedly extorting money from people. In the last few years they have made a fortune confiscating personal belongings from the families of Falun Gong practitioners. It is thought that the police have resorted to doing this because most people now know the truth about the goodness of Falun Gong, and are no longer willing to report practitioners to the authorities. The police have resorted to monitoring, following, harassing, and confiscating the property of practitioners. After arresting the practitioners, the family members are coerced into submitting at least 4000 yuan in fines, for which no receipts are provided. Otherwise the practitioners will be sent to forced labor camps. The monies raised are used for eating, drinking, visiting prostitutes, and gambling. Some officers just pocket the money.
Mr. Yu Chunqiang mentally traumatized
After Mr. Yu Chunqiang had been in detention for more than a year, he was illegally and secretly sentenced to 13 years in prison. There are recent reports that he has sustained severe injuries to his brain from beatings while in detention.
A former military base in Laiyang used by the 311 Division of the 26th Army has been converted to a camp for detaining Falun Gong practitioners. It is a hellish place where illegally arrested practitioners are tortured. A reliable source has reported that painful and heart-wrenching screams can often be heard coming from this place. Insiders report that there are many Falun Gong practitioners being inhumanely tortured at this site.