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Latest News from China - 04/05/2003

April 13, 2003 |  


[Changchun City, Jilin Province] Jailed Falun Dafa Practitioners Subjected to Torture

Falun Dafa practitioners Wang Hongge, Wang Juncheng, Lu Yan, Yang Feng, Yang Guang, and others whose names are unknown, are being illegally detained in the Jilin Prison.

Practitioner Liang Zhenxing was tortured brutally. Prison guards slammed his head against a wall causing injuries to his skull. As a result he remains confined to bed.

Practitioner Zhang Hongwei was handcuffed and shackled to a "Dead Person's Bed" [A torture device where the four limbs are stretched out and tied to the four corners of an icy-cold metal bed. The victims cannot move at all, nor are they allowed to get up to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom. This type of torture causes severe damage to practitioners both mentally and physically.] for 42 days.

Since January 4, 2003, practitioner Liu Zhaojian was handcuffed and shackled to a "Dead Person's Bed" for 18 days. He is now detained under strict surveillance.

Practitioner Lei Ming has also been under strict surveillance during detention. During four months of detention, the guards coerced him into writing the so-called "Statements of Guarantee" [guarantees renouncing Falun Gong] using various torture methods--prisoners beat him, slammed his head against the walls, squeezed his genitals tightly, etc. Recently he made a solemn declaration to the prison guards that anything he wrote or signed was null and void.

Practitioner Yang Feng has been detained for over three months, with his every move strictly monitored. He is forced to sit in one place for 11 hours a day. On March 15th guards beat him because he spoke one word.

The people responsible for the torture include:
Liu Jinbiao, a criminal in prison for abuse.
Wang Cheng, a criminal in prison for murder.
Liu X, a police guard.
Director Song.

[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] Falun Dafa Practitioners Wang Yingke and Niu Mingjie Subjected to Torture

Practitioner Wang Yingke is a 41-year old man. The Yuhua Police Department of Shijiazhuang City illegally abducted him on August 30, 2002. He was locked to an "Iron Chair" [The iron chair is made of iron pipes. Victims are restrained on the iron chairs with both arms and legs tied for a long period of time.] for 16 days, during which time he was not allowed to blink his eyes. As a result, he went into a state of shock and his legs and feet became extremely swollen. A month later, he was sent to Xinle Detention Center. In early March of this year, he was illegally transferred to another facility and formally charged. During his detention, Wang Yingke has clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to many policemen and people in custody.

His wife, Niu Mingjie, was arrested on September 25, 2002. She is presently being detained in the Xushui Detention Center. Because she refused to give up practicing the Falun Dafa exercises, she was handcuffed and shackled. Because she was not allowed to move she is unable to stand up and walk.

[Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province] Falun Dafa Practitioners Brutally Persecuted Using Iron Chairs

Practitioner Zhu Fuyue from Wangkui County of Heilongjiang Province was detained in Shuanghe Forced Labor Camp. He was forced to sit in an "Iron Chair" for 30 days from November 30, 2002 to December 30, 2002. Practitioner Liu Rui from Suihua City was forced to sit in the "Iron Chair" for seven days; Zhang Guiqin from Qiqihar for seven days; Xu Yingxin for 15 days. Their hands were handcuffed behind their backs and their feet were shackled to the iron chair 24 hours a day. The handcuffs were so tight that they cut into their flesh. Practitioners were forced to stay awake 24 hours a day. As a result of this torture, their hands and feet became very swollen. Their bodies became swollen as well. Many other practitioners whose names are unknown are also being tortured in the camp by various brutal means.

[Qi County, Henan Province] Practitioner Wang Jilin is Secretly Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A female practitioner, Wang Jilin, from Qi County of Henan Province was secretly sentenced to five years in prison on March 28, 2003.

On the morning of April 4, 2003, female practitioners Xu Ailan and Lu Jinxiang were abducted.

[Beijing City] Practitioners Who Disavowed Their Practice While Being Brainwashed Renew Their Determination to Cultivate in Falun Dafa

Practitioners who are being detained in the No.2 Team of the Beijing Female Forced Labor Camp have awakened after being brainwashed. They renewed their determination to cultivate in Falun Dafa. Police in the labor camp became very anxious and did not know what to do. They forcibly separated practitioners from the No. 2 Team and moved them to other teams. There is now no No. 2 Team in the forced labor camp.

On March 10, a practitioner from the No. 3 Team shouted loudly, "Falun Dafa is good!" A Director whose last name is Li hurried to cover the practitioner's mouth. Director Li is very inhumane in his treatment of Falun Dafa practitioners. He has employed various vicious means such as long-term physical torture, mental threats, etc. However, these means can no longer frighten the heart of practitioners who have awakened. Many practitioners who were transformed are once again singled out to be transformed through brainwashing.

[Zhumadian City, Henan Province] Two Teachers are Abducted and Detained in Jincheng Prison in Shanxi Province

Den Xianglian, female, 65 years old, is a teacher from Zhumadian City. Song Hua, female, 50 years old, is a teacher from the No. 9 High School. In early March 2002, they were abducted while distributing truth-clarifying materials on the border of Shanxi Province and Henan Province. They were then detained in Jincheng Prison in Shanxi Province. Their family members have been denied their rights to see them.

[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] Practitioners From Hebei Daily Press are Persecuted

There were about 100 people practicing Falun Gong exercises at the former practice site in Hebei Daily Press. Back on April 25th and July 20th of 1999, over ten practitioners went to Beijing to validate Dafa, and scores of practitioners went to the local provincial government to appeal for Falun Dafa. Most of these practitioners were on a blacklist at local police stations. They were then targeted for surveillance. Their every move was monitored. Their phones were tapped. Their homes were frequently broken into. They were harassed by local police, neighborhood committee members, and security guards. These various forms of persecution have had a severe impact on the physical and mental health of these practitioners and their family members.

Two former assistants of the practice site were detained and persecuted for several days.

In addition, many practitioners were forcibly asked to hand in their Dafa books, to write so-called "Statements of Guarantee" where they worked, or face dismissal or not being paid any wages. This was all carefully arranged by the local "610 Office" [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.]. This has lead to great physical and mental harm to these practitioners.

Address of the Hebei Daily Press: #210, East Yuhua Road, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province 050010
Phone numbers of different departments of Hebei Daily Press:
The Party Committee: 86-311-8631167, 86-311-8631115
The Executive Department: 86-311-8631135, 86-311-8631138
Office: 86-311-8631056, 86-311-6046969, 86-311-8631100
Veteran Cadres Department: 86-311-8631190, 86-311-8631191
News Publishing Center: 86-311-8631195, 86-311-8631083, 86-311-8631074
Political, Scientific & Educational News: 86-311-8631097, 86-311-8631099, 86-311-8631089

[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] The Tangu Township Politics & Law Committee Forces Practitioner Tai Chengzhi to Leave His Home

The Tangu Township Politics & Law Committee Members Li X and Yang X went to practitioner Tai Chengzhi's home and threatened him with brainwashing if he did not write the so-called "Statements of Guarantee." To avoid brainwashing Tai Chengzhi was forced to leave his home and move from place to place without any resources. Currently, the Security Committee in the Baifo Village has Tai's home under 24-hour surveillance.

[Dingzhou City, Hebei Province] Ten Practitioners are Transferred from Dingzhou Detention Center to an Unknown Location

On December 31, 2003, Shao Ping, a tall policeman from Section One of the Dingzhou Police Department, together with policeman Liu Jianying, forcibly transferred ten steadfast practitioners from the Detention Center to an unknown location. These practitioners are Gao Zhenru (female), Li Ying (female), Xu Kunying (female), Wang Jinghao (female), Wang Kunying (female), Liu Jiwei (female), Gao Pingzhen (female), Mei Duan (female), Wang Cuizhi (female) and a male practitioner. Their family members do not know where they are.

[Mengying County, Shandong Province] Extortion and Torture in Tanbu Town

Various authorities in Tanbu Town of Mengying County illegally extorted money from Dafa practitioners. They abducted practitioners and sent them to a brainwashing center where they beat them with leather belts, wooden sticks, etc. They beat them so hard that the belts and sticks they used broke apart.

Partial name list of those guilty of persecuting Dafa practitioners:
Sun Jifang, Kan Shichang, Gong Xuefeng, Zhao Jian, Zhang Jiazhao, Zhang Qian, Shen Yueyou, Tian Yongzhong, Wang Yanfeng, Zhang Minglei, Song Binjiang, Pan Yushan and Gong Piwu.

Phone number of the Tanbu Town Government: 86-539-4718588

[Guan County, Shandong Province] Police Abduct Falun Dafa Practitioners

The evil forces in Guan County are wildly persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. Since February 28, they have been frenziedly arresting practitioners on a large scale. Every township is required to arrest three practitioners. Recently, Zhang Sizhen, Dong Shuhua, and Yin Zijin from Yandian Township, and Yang Dianjun, Li Huancheng, and other practitioners from other townships have been arrested. Among those who were arrested, Zhang Dailin (female, 68 years old, Director of the former Assistance Center in Guan County), Li Huancheng (over 60 years old), and Yin Zijin were sent directly to Jinan City to be brainwashed and then sent to a forced labor camp.