Additional Information About the Persecution of Falun Dafa Practitioners in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Di Huibin, 43, was previously a section chief at the Hegang City Construction Bank. In June 2000, he was detained in the Hegang City Detention Center for several months because he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong's rights. In 2001, he was sentenced to five years in prison for making truth clarifying materials about Falun Gong. Mr. Di's wife was unable to take the pressure and divorced him. Mr. Di's company also fired him. Mr. Di lost both his family and his job as a direct result of the persecution. After being released from prison, he went to live with his mother. In July 2008, twenty policemen broke into his mother's home to arrest Mr. Di, but he was not there at the time. Mr. Di has now had to live a homeless life to avoid further persecution.
Ms. Hao Shuxian is in her sixties. In 2000, she was imprisoned in the Hegang City No. 1 Detention Center for nine months. On April 22, 2002, police searched her home and later she was sentenced to three years in prison.
Mr. Tan Yanjun is 44 years old. In 2000, he was imprisoned in the Hegang City No. 1 Detention Center for several months. In January 2002, he was arrested and brutally tortured by policeman Li Shujiang and others. Mr. Tan was sentenced to nine years in prison, but the prison officials refused to accept him because he had been tortured so severely and was near death. The officials from the detention center didn't release him until he was dying. They dropped Mr. Tan in front of his mother's house. Not long after, Mr. Tan died and his children became orphans.
Ms. Liang Wei, 46, was previously a lecturer at the Mining Bureau Normal College in Hegang City. She was sentenced to one year in a forced labor camp in 2000. In November 2001, she was sentenced to four years in prison. During her imprisonment in the detention center and the prison, she was frequently beaten, force-fed, forced to wear restraining devices and locked up in a small cell.
Ms. Hou Yuxin, 57, was imprisoned in the Hegang City No. 1 Detention Center for several months in 2000. In September 2001, she was sentenced to three years of forced labor. In 2006, she was sentenced to forced labor again.
Mr. Li Qingwen, 43, was previously a section chief at the Hegang City Construction Bank. In 1999, he was fired by his company and detained by the police because he persisted in his belief in Falun Dafa. Later, Mr. Li was sentenced to forced labor. In August 2007, he was sentenced to two years of forced labor because he was clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa in an Internet cafe.
Ms. Qu Jie was in her sixties. In April 2002, she was sentenced to three years in prison. The guards from the patient division tried to force the practitioners in the women's prison to give up their belief in Falun Dafa. The guards deprived Ms. Qu of sleep even though her blood pressure was extremely high. She died due to the persecution in the prison.
Ms. Zhao Honghua is in her fifties. She was previously the president at the Xingan Branch of the Hegang City Construction Bank. In June 2000, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa's rights. She was arrested and imprisoned by the police for over two months.
Ms. Li Qingyun is 46 years old. In June 2000, she was imprisoned at the Hegang City No. 2 Detention Center for over two months because she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong.
Ms. Li Guoyun is in her fifties. In 2000, she was imprisoned at the Hegang City No. 1 Detention Center for several months. In 2002, she was sentenced to two years in a forced labor camp.
Ms. Chen Yanmei, 38, was previously a lecturer at the School of the Communist Party of Hegang City. In 2000, she was imprisoned in the Hegang City No. 2 Detention Center for four months because she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. While she was imprisoned, her husband couldn't take the pressure and divorced her. In April 2002, she was sentenced to five years in prison and was also dismissed from her job. In May 2002, over fifty practitioners were brutally tortured in the Hegang City No. 2 Detention Center. Among these practitioners were Ms. Chen Yanmei, Ms. Gong Guihua, Ms. Zhang Hua, Ms. Wang Zhijun, Ms. Wu Meiyan, Ms. Zheng Hongli, and Ms. Gong Guizhi. The practitioners were deprived of sleep and forced to sit on the concrete floor that was covered with cold water.
On December 4, 2003, eleven practitioners refused to wear name tags or answer the roll call in the Seventh Division of Heilongjiang Women's Prison. The eleven practitioners are Ms. Chen Yanmei, Ms. Guan Fenglan, Ms. Li Dongxue, Ms. Wang Fajuan, Ms. Chen Weijun, Ms. Wang Shuxia, Ms. Zheng Hongli, Ms. Chen Yunxia, Ms. Sun Guizhi, Ms. Zheng Jinbo, and Ms. Wu Lijun. Because of this, they were locked in a washroom and back-handcuffed. (1) The guards deprived the practitioners of sleep and forced them to stand for extended periods of time. When the practitioners held a hunger strike to protest the persecution, they were brutally force-fed by the guards.
(1) Back-handcuffed: The practitioner's hands are tied behind his back with one hand over the shoulder and the other hand against the lower back. A great deal of force is then applied to pull the two hands toward one another and handcuff them together. Both hands and arms quickly go numb.