(Clearwisdom.net) On October 13-30, 2007, ten practitioners from Songyuan City, Jilin Province, were arrested by the National Security Team and their homes were ransacked. Several materials production centers were destroyed, with a financial loss of nearly 200,000 yuan. Below are two reasons for this persecutory campaign against practitioners.

1. Destroy Practitioners Financially

Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was going to hold their 17th National Party Congress, the CCP minions issued a series of secret orders calling for further persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. One order was to destroy practitioners financially.

On October 13, 2007, the Songyuan City National Security Team arrested Mr. Xu Yangang, leaving his wife and several-month-old baby alone at home. His wife could not live in the ransacked home. Police had also broken the window. She went with the baby to her parents' home. When she returned after a little more than a few days, all their personal belongings, including furniture, had been stolen. According to her landlord, the police stole everything. The landlord then terminated her lease. Mr. Xu's wife could do nothing in face of this reprehensible behavior on the part of the police.

On October 15, 2007, the Songyuan City National Security Team broke into Mr. Xu Peng's home while no one was home. They stole his personal belongings, cash, his parents' bank book containing their salary direct deposits, and even vegetables, including potatoes and green onions. When his family asked the Security Team to return their bank book and property, Captain Ma (possibly named Ma Hongzhe) and Captain Li denied having taken anything. When asked why they took Mr. Xu Peng's personal property, Ma said, "The order comes from higher level officials. We are ordered to destroy practitioners financially. Such orders were received by police in Changchun and Songyuan."

On October 13, 2007, the Songyuan City National Security Team arrested Mr. Dong Fengshan and stole around 4,000 yuan in cash, a motorcycle, and personal belongings. Because Mr. Dong worked out of town and had a temporary rental house, his wife and two relatives went there to retrieve his clothes and other belongings ten days after his arrest. They were arrested by three police officers waiting outside the rental house. The police took one lady's purse. After brutal interrogation that confirmed that the three were not Falun Gong practitioners, the police forced Mr. Dong's wife to sign a document without allowing her to see what it contained, and then released them. The police told them before they were released that Mr. Dong's personal belongings--including all his clothes--would not be returned to them. To this day when they recall what happened that day, they describe fearfully, "The police were so evil. They acted just like hooligans."

On October 13, 2007, the Songyuan City National Security Team arrested Mr. Hou Jifeng (who later escaped) and confiscated his small vehicle worth over 40,000 yuan and some cash and personal belongings worth over 30,000 yuan. When his family went to the National Security Team and demanded the return of the vehicle and personal property, the police told them, "We will not return the vehicle. We happen to need a vehicle ourselves."

2. Interrogating Practitioners Using Torture

Practitioners Hou Jifeng, Li Sheng, Ms. Xu Hui were beaten when they were arrested and interrogated by the National Security Team. Some of what they authorities did was already reported on the Clearwisdom website on October 23, 2007. According to insider information, the arrested practitioners were all subjected to brutal interrogations.

Practitioners still detained at the Songyuan City Detention Center include Xu Yangang, Dong Fengshan, Jiang Jianfeng, Li Sheng, Liu Tianjun, Yu Yanhui, Zhu Guifang, Ma Shijie, Xu Hui, Zhang Yanchun, Huang Jinrong, Yang Mei, and Zhang Xiulan. (Yang Mei and Zhang Xiulan are practitioners from the Hongshi Forestry Bureau. They had become homeless as a result of the persecution.)