The Stolen Life of Ms. Qie Lili, an Elementary School Teacher from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Life between the age of 21 and 31 is a golden time for many people, but things were much different for Ms. Qie Lili, a Falun Gong practitioner. The following is how she has spent those ten "golden" years of her life.
Ms. Qie Lili, born in 1978, was a teacher at Xili Elementary School in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. Her mother's family suffered from genetic heart disease, from which her elder aunt and the daughter of her younger uncle died. Lili had the same disease. She also suffered from a serious gastric condition, sinus inflammation, and neurasthenia, which had even caused her to fall into a coma at one point. After she began to practice Falun Gong in1998, all these diseases disappeared, and she experienced the miracle of Dafa. She became energetic, worked conscientiously, and was loved by her students and praised by their students.
Like most girls Lili dreamed of a happy family, with a husband who loved her and took care of her. Before she could realize her dream, disaster befell her in1999. She was only 21 years old at the time.
Over the past 10 years Lili has been cruelly persecuted. She was forced into homelessness for three years in total and suffered great economic losses since the extortion money that she paid to authorities amounted to nearly 20,000 yuan. She has been detained seven times--four and a half years in all--and cruelly tortured. Her elderly father died as a result of police harassment and intimidation, and her mother was imprisoned for eight months because of her efforts to seek justice for her daughter.
Lili is still being held in the First Detention Center of Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province.
For details about the mistreatment that Lili suffered during July 1999 and August 2002, please see http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2008/8/28/100186.html.
On February 28, 2004, Lili was arrested again by officers from the Xinhua Police Station (also known as the Weiming Street Police Station) of Shijiazhuang City. In the detention center she was unable to eat or drink for a month. On March 27, when policeman Wei Pingshan took her to the hospital affiliated with the Judiciary System of Shijiazhuang City, her blood pressure did not even register. She was already in a coma when doctors tried to check her heart with an electrocardiogram. The doctors concluded that she had blood shortage in the cardiac muscle, and she was in critical condition. However, instead of releasing her for medical treatment, the police took her back to the detention center. Claiming that she might escape, Li Rongqi assigned 24 people to watch her, although she was already in critical condition. They made up four shifts, six people per shift. Lili went on a hunger strike and demanded her release for medical treatment. The next day Wei Pingshan, two nurses from the Hospital of Chinese Medicine of Shijiazhuang City, and several officers from the Weiming Street Police Station tried to force feed her by stepping on her to prevent her from moving. They simply dumped her on the ground as if she were a lifeless package each time they finished force feeding her. They did this to her three times.
Then the police took Lili to a forced labor camp. Despite the fact that she was in critical condition after the force feeding, the Shijiazhuang City Forced Labor Camp still accepted her. In the labor camp she went on a hunger strike--no food or drink--for 20 days. Lu Hongguo, a female prison guard from the 5th Squadron of the labor camp, and Xu, a doctor from the camp hospital, cruelly force fed her. Lu stuck chopsticks through her teeth, pried her mouth open, pressed her against a chair, pinched her nose shut, and fed her with porridge with a large dose of salt, a little milk, and corn gruel. To make her suffer more, they deliberately wiggled the feeding tube when they stuck it through her nose into her stomach. The tube dripped with blood each time they pulled it out. Seven days later they started to infuse her with drugs. They handcuffed her and bound her arms and legs. She was infused with 2,500 ml of drugs nonstop for 10 days. Her whole body swelled up, and her skin looked bright because of the edema. Even in these circumstances the perpetrators stabbed needles through her fingernails while continuing to ask her whether she would give up Falun Gong.
Because Lili refused to cooperate with the labor camp's brainwashing, the prison guards tried to "transform" her into giving up Falun Gong with sleep derivation on April 27. She was not allowed to sleep for 24 hours. She usually fell to the ground unconscious. From October 8 to 18, 2004, at the order of the squadron chief, Di Manli, and the deputy chief, Wang (now the deputy chief of the 3rd squadron), Lili was again tortured with sleep deprivation. She was also cruelly beaten by the guards until she showed symptoms of heart disease.
Lili was also forced to sit cross-legged for long periods. She was hung up by her handcuffs and forced to stand for a long time. Under orders from Qiao Xiaoxia, the deputy chief of the 5th Squadron, she was subjected to violent brainwashing and was forced to sit cross-legged for 18 hours, from which her legs almost became paralyzed.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Lili was arrested again. On August 1, 2008, when she was waiting for one of her insurance clients in the 2nd region of the Shifu District, Shijiazhuang City, she was arrested by Zhang Xianli, a policeman from the Domestic Security Group of Shijiazhuang City.
On May 12, 2009, Lili received the verdict document that she had been sentenced to four years of imprisonment. She refused to accept the verdict and submitted her appeal to the Intermediate Court of Shijiazhuang City with the assistance of a lawyer who is providing her legal defense. Lili has now been held in custody for nearly 11 months.
People involved in the persecution of Ms. Qie Lili:
The Dongjiao Police Station, Shijiazhuang City: 86-311-87066119/87030743/87043788
The Police Department of Qiaoxi District, Shijiazhuang City:
Office: 86-311-85188888; Routine duty office: 86-311-87025830;
Wang Fenggang (involved in the persecution)