The Persecution of Practitioner Mr. Wan Chao by Police and Officials in Yingcheng City, Hubei Province
Mr. Wan Chao, 33, was a teacher at the Langjun Town Luda Primary School of Hubei Province's Yingcgeng City. Because he was a Falun Gong practitioner, Mr. Wan was taken away on 4/2/2003 by the Langjun Police Station, and illegally sent to a forced labor camp. Through various rescue efforts, he was released on 4/28/2003. The Director of the Langjun Education Board, Mr. Xia Zhaoqun, and the Principal of Luda Primary School, Mr. Zhou Hua, then held "talks" many times with Mr. Wan, pressuring him to write a guarantee letter promising not to distribute Falun Gong truth clarifying flyers, and promising not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. They threatened to deduct 6,000 Yuan* of his salary and send him to a brainwashing center, claiming this was the idea from the "higher authorities". Mr. Wan refused to give in, and thus his monthly salary of May was reduced 70 Yuan without any reason given.
At noon on 6/27/2003, Luda Primary School Principal, Mr. Zhou Hua, led Langjun Police Station's political instructor, Mr. Liu Mingfang, and Deputy Director, Mr. Cao Guochao, charging into Mr. Wan's house to force him into a brainwashing class. Mr. Wan ran out of a door but was closely followed by Liu and Cao. There was no way to escape, so he jumped into a pond nearby his home. Then the policeman, Mr. Liu, went into the water to catch him. The spectators crowded around as these two men were pulled up out of the water to land. While Mr. Liu was holding tightly on Mr. Wan's belt, two lady spectators loosened his hand to let Mr. Wan run away. Then the three men, Mr. Zhou, Mr. Liu, and Mr. Cao, tried to stay at Mr. Wan's house, waiting for him to come home later, but were chased out by the villagers.
At around 3 p.m. that same day, in two police cars, Mr. Liu Mingfang returned with a Zhongli village official and six or seven policemen from the Dong Mafang Police Station. They attempted to kidnap Mr. Wan's wife as a hostage. Mrs. Wan escaped using wisdom, so the police took away two of Mrs. Wan's uncles. The police used these two as hostages to force Mr. Wan to show up. Meanwhile, the police political instructor Mr. Liu mentioned the names of the two lady spectators who had earlier helped Mr. Wan escape. Later, one of Mrs. Wan's uncle was set free but the other was placed into custody at the Dong Mafang Police Station for one day, and then illegally sent to Yingcheng City's No. 2 Detention Center.
Mr. Wan's relatives went to the police station demanding the release of the uncle. The unreasonable police requested trading Mr. Wan for the uncle, otherwise the uncle would be sentenced to serve a jail term. TheYingcheng "610 Office"** and Langjun police station searched everywhere for Mr. Wan and created conflicts among his relatives. They claimed that Mr. Wan's mother-in-law helped hide him and that there would be "no big deal" as to their asking Mr. Wan's to come for "study" 20 days at the police station. If the mother-in-law would not cooperate to turn in Mr. Wan, then his wife's uncle would be thrown behind bars. Mr. Wan's mom, aunt, brother, and sister-in-law listened to the police and so forced his mother-in-law to turn him in. Mr. Wan Chao and his wife are now forced to live homeless, while his mother-in-law is harassed to the point of having no peace in her daily life.
Langjun Police Station and the local "610 Office" ended up abducting a high school teacher Mr. Xu Xuanzhi to the Hubei Province's brainwashing center as taking Mr. Wan's place. As another practitioner, together with Mr. Wan, Mr. Xu had been caught by the police this past April and illegally detained for more than 10 days at the Yingcheng City's No. 2 Detention Center.
People responsible for the persecution:
Langjun Educators Committee, Telephone: 86-712-3518359
Director, Mr. Xia Zhaoqun: 86-13986483709(C), 86-712-3513461(H), 86-712-3518353(W)
Langjun Middle Schools Secretary General, Mr. Qiu Zhangyan: 86-712-3518705
Langjun Political and Judicial Secretary General, Mr. Chen Chunyao: 86-712-3233023(H)
Deputy Major of Langjun Town, Mr. Qi Xinhua: 86-712-3518019(H)
Yingcheng City 610 Secretary General, Mr. Feng: 86-712-3248610
Luda Primary School Principal, Mr. Zhou Hua : 86-712-3518656(H)
Langjun Police Station Director, Mr. Zuo Yongan: 86-712-3224515, 86-13907293548 (C)
* Yuan is the Chinese currency. The average monthly salary of an urban worker in China is 500 Yuan.
** "610 Office" is 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.