Xianning City Practitioner Ms. Li Huiping Persecuted by Wenquan Police
Ms. Li Huiping was a practitioner from Xianning City, Hubei Province. She was repeatedly persecuted by police because she persisted in practicing Falun Gong. She was arrested and detained many times.
Ms. Li lived at the residential area of the Wenquan Construction Company in Xianning City. On August 16, 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong and to tell people the facts. She was arrested and sent back and put in the Wenquan brainwashing class for over a month. She was also fined 750 yuan.
On October 24, 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal again and tried to tell the government how she had benefited both physically and mentally from practicing Falun Gong. She was arrested and brought back by personnel from the Wenquan Police Department and put in the detention center for two weeks. She was later transferred to Puqi Jail. On the second day in Puqi Jail, because she insisted in doing the exercises, she was handcuffed and shackled with three other people, making it very difficult for her to eat, walk, go to the toilet, or sleep. The shackles used on her were actually designed especially for death row inmates. The police would not remove them for her to change clothes, even during her menstrual periods. The police ordered practitioners to recite jail rules. If they refused, they had to run in the corridor. One night a policeman named Gao came down from upstairs, lifted the urine basin, and threw it at the female practitioners as hard as he could. Then he dragged them from their beds to the hallway and ordered them to stand against the wall with their hands and feet spread as far apart as possible for five straight hours. When they were finally released, they were numb all over their bodies. A policeman sat on a female practitioner and sexually assaulted her, poured hot water on her, and spat on her.
On July 12, 2000, policeman Chen Dijian from Chaluko Police Station persuaded Ms. Li Huiping to come to the police station under false pretences. He then jailed her for over a month and sent her to forced labor for a year.
On September 28, 2001, a dozen policemen from the Chalukou Police Station went to Ms. Li's home. They kicked open her door and pulled her from her bed to take her to the police station. They were in such a rush that she was not even allowed to put on her shoes. They sent her to Shuanghe Detention Center that night, and then to Maoershan Jail in Xianning. Maoershan Jail refused to take her, so they took her to Puqi Jail, which also refused to take her. The Wenquan Police Department then pressured Puqi Jail officials until they agreed to take her. While in detention, she went on a hunger strike to protest the illegal persecution and was then force-fed. With male inmates holding down her hands, feet, and head, they forced the tube into her stomach through her mouth and nose. As skinny as she was, she could not put up any resistance. This lasted for three days. After every force-feeding she would throw up blood. The pain involved was excruciating. The police discontinued the force-feeding and switched to an IV instead. They dragged her across the floor to the women's department every day. In the process, they shred several pairs of her pants and bloodied her legs. On the second day of her IV, she pulled the needle out. The officer guarding her yelled at her and told a male inmate to beat her. When the inmate did not follow the orders, the policeman slapped her twice himself. In the following ten days or so, they gave her an IV everyday with her hands and feet cuffed to the bed. Finally they notified the Wenquan Police Department when they determined that she was dying. She was released after over 20 days of hunger striking, but she was in such bad shape that she was unrecognizable.
Not long after her release, Chaluko Police Station sent people to her home to arrest her again. She was forced to leave and stay away from her home to avoid further persecution. The police arrested her father and jailed him for a week instead.