"Who is Really on Trial!" -- Persecution in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province
- Illegal Detention and Sentencing to Labor Camp
- "Who is really on trial!"
- Forced Brainwashing and Inhumane Treatment
- The illegal brainwashing class in Zhencheng Labor Camp
Sun Baoguo, male, 30 years old, is a graduate student and an elite member of the Transportation Bank of Taiyuan City. In January 2000, he and his wife Liu Huijun visited Beijing and wanted to climb up to the Tiananmen Rostrum to go sightseeing. When he and his wife were interrogated at the checkpoint to the rostrum, they refused to curse Master Li and Falun Dafa. As a result, Sun was detained and sentenced to one year in a labor camp. He was released on January 18, 2001 and detained again on January 22. Since his wife was also sent to a labor camp in October 2000, their son, who is in middle school, was left at home alone for the New Year.
Liang Hong, male, a critical member at the Agricultural Research Institute of Shanxi Province, had been detained since July 22, 1999. After a short release of one month, he was again sent to a labor camp for one and a half years.
Xu Xiangdong, male, is a famous doctor in his 50's. On his way to appeal for Falun Dafa in the year of 1999, he was arrested before he could enter the train station. He has been detained twice. One day right before April 25, 2000, he was sentenced to one year in labor camp for no reason and now he still is being detained.
There are more than 3,600 Dafa practitioners in a county of Shanxi Province, and Dafa practitioners are in almost every town. One female practitioner was illegally sentenced to jail for going to appeal for Falun Dafa. The police put her in a vehicle, hung a big sign board [which is used to indicate her "crime" and to humiliate her and was a method commonly used during the cultural revolution] around her neck, and paraded her through the streets. In court, she righteously raised ten questions to the prosecutor, which caused the whole audience to laugh at the prosecutor. People who know the truth said, "Who is really on trial!"
There is another practitioner who has a family of seven members. Five members in his family were illegally sentenced to jail and detained in four separate places. In this county, more than 40 Dafa practitioners are now detained in labor camps.
On March 5, 2001, policemen illegally arrested more than 70 Dafa practitioners because they had not written the "three types of guarantee letters" [which are used to indicate a practitioner's giving up of his or her belief in Falun Dafa, transl.]. Those who had written the guarantee letters were asked to pay a bail, ranging from a minimum of 2,000-3,000 Yuan to as much as 10,000 to 20,000 Yuan [a person's average monthly income is about 100 Yuan in rural China]. Those who were sent to the brainwashing classes, if they refused to be brainwashed, would be sent to a labor camp. Now over 40 Dafa practitioners are being detained at the Shanxi Female Prison, and they are not allowed to practice Dafa exercises. They are forced to work heavily everyday.
Male Dafa practitioners are detained in several places including Yuncheng, Xindian, and Shanglan Village.
Hou Lijun, male, 28 years old, was detained in a prison in January 2000 after going to appeal. In the prison, the police tried to brainwash him by giving the common prisoners a promise to reduce their prison terms if they tortured him to get him to renounce his belief. The common prisoners used cigarettes to burn him and covered his body with scars. These criminals also took away the woolen sweaters and pants that his family had sent to him. He is still detained there. His mother Kang Shuqin, who is also a Dafa practitioner, has been detained three times. The third time that she was detained, she was illegally sentenced to one year in labor camp. Only his father is left to take care of his ailing grandmother. His aunt Kang Shumei is also a Dafa practitioner. In February 2001, in order to arrest his aunt, the local police station sent policemen to her home in three police vehicles. His aunt was forced to leave her home. Her 12-year old son was left at home alone without anyone to take care of him.
No matter how severely Jiang Zemin [the Chinese President] and his accomplices have tried to persecute Falun Dafa and the practitioners, no evil forces can change the unshakeable belief of Dafa practitioners. All Dafa practitioners, both inside and outside the labor camps or prisons, inspired by Teacher's latest new articles, will act together to eradicate the evil forces. It is not far from the day when the Fa rectifies the human world.
Dafa practitioner Yang Binbin, in his 30s, was escorted back to Taiyuan City after he went to appeal in Tiananmen Square in 2000. One month later he was released on a bail of 5,000 Yuan. In March 2001, he was sent to the brainwashing class, where he refused to give up his belief in Falun Dafa and was sentenced to serve in a labor camp for one and a half years.
There were two practitioners in the brainwashing class who kept practicing Falun Gong exercises in defiance of the interference from the guards. To validate Dafa, they started a hunger strike. When the hunger strike went into the fifth day, the guards became afraid. They asked the cafeteria to make delicious food for them, but the practitioners refused to eat. Everyday, the two Dafa practitioners went out with other detainees to do exercises and work as usual, and they experienced no abnormal reactions in their health. On the fifth day of the hunger strike, the guards said, "A person would be dead if he or she didn't eat or drink for seven days; but why are they still perfectly healthy?" The guards asked other practitioners what to do. The guards were told that it would be fine if they allowed the two practitioners to practice the Falun Gong exercises. In the end, the labor camp leaders discussed the issue and agreed that the two practitioners would be allowed to practice Falun Gong exercises. Their hunger strike lasted eight days.
Various means were used in the illegal brainwashing class to dissuade Dafa practitioners from their beliefs. As a punishment, six practitioners in the class were ordered to stand without moving, for as long as 12 hours without sleep. All these tortures failed to change the practitioners' firm belief in Dafa, and the persecutors had no other way but to allow them to practice the Falun Gong exercises. (It is said that if Dafa practitioners can't be brainwashed in the class within three months, they will be sent to labor camps or sentenced to prison). Sixty-three year-old Zhang Lanxiang and 62 year-old Liu Zhaoming were expelled from the XX party for their belief in Falun Dafa. Zhang refused to be brainwashed in the class, and she also helped some practitioners who were not very firm in their belief to become determined in Dafa. When the guards found this out, they illegally made a decision to send Zhang to a labor camp for three years.