Persecution of Practitioners in Shiyan City, Hubei Province in July and August of 2008
(Clearwisdom.net) In July and August of 2008, officers from the Shiyan City Police Department in Hubei Province persecuted practitioners and ransacked their homes, using "maintaining security for the Olympics" as an excuse.
Around June 19, 2008, practitioner Ms. Liu Haiyan, a teacher, was arrested and detained because she allegedly distributed and posted Falun Gong truth-clarification materials and was caught on a security camera. The police tried to force her to renounce Falun Gong by saying that the bonuses of all the teachers in her school would be cut if she refused.
Mr. Wang Delin, about 38 years old, lives in the residential area inside the Shiyan City Experimental Elementary School in Hubei Province. In 2004, Mr. Wang and his wife Ms. He Jiao, a teacher, played a Falun Gong video at the Shiyan City Experimental Elementary School, and they were reported to authorities. Mr. Wang managed to escape but had to become homeless to avoid further persecution. Ms. He was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison.
On July 6, 2008, Mr. Wang went to meet his wife but was reported to authorities. Over 20 police officers from the Shiyan Police Department went to Zhengzhou City, Henan Province and arrested Mr. Wang. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Mr. Wu Minjin and his wife Ms. Chen Xuyun, an employee of Yunyang Medical College, are both Falun Gong practitioners from Shiyan City. On July 31, 2008, they were arrested and detained because they practice Falun Gong and clarified the truth to people. They were sent to a brainwashing center. Their father, who is over 80 years old, is the only person left to take care of a two-year-old grandson. The family lives in great financial difficulty.
In July of 2008, Xue Xueyun from Shiyan City was arrested and sent to the brainwashing center. Xue Xueyun was brutally tortured and left in very bad shape. Xue Xueyun was taken back home and sent to the hospital for treatment.
Between July 30, 2008 and August 2, 2008, Li Xinyi, Wang Guanzhi and four other practitioners from Yun County, Hubei Province were arrested and sent to the brainwashing center for further persecution.