(Clearwisdom.net) On April 10 and 12, 2007, father and daughter Mr. Miao Shubao and Ms. Miao Chunyan were arrested. On April 17, 2007, the Yantai City 610 Office arrested another six practitioners:
Ms. Sun Yuhua, 61, is a retiree and a family member of a deputy military commander in Yantai City.
Ms. Sun Guolan, 63, was once sent to a forced labor camp in 2001 for practicing Falun Gong.
Mr. Shi Bo, 33, is a leather worker and team lead in Yantai City. He was married just three months ago and his wife is pregnant.
Mr. Yu Haiyong, 36, is computer network engineer at Jinfeng Network Information Ltd. in Yantai City, and was once a high school chemistry teacher in Haiyang City. In 2001, he was sentenced to two years of forced labor for practicing Falun Gong.
Ms. Wang Xuemei, 35, was previously a high school teacher in Haiyang City. In 2001, she was sentenced to two years of forced labor because she practices Falun Gong. She now works at an eyeglass shop in Yantai City.
Yu Wenzheng, 7, is the son of Ms. Wang Xueme and a student of Class 1 in second grade at Tasha Elementary School.
After Sun Yuhua, Sun Guolan, Shi Bo, Yu Haiyong, Miao Shubao and Miao Chunyan were arrested, they were all sent to the brainwashing center in Zhifu District, Yantai City (Xingfu Village 16, Xingfu Court #3, Yantai City). It is still unknown where Wang Xuemei and her son Yu Wenzheng are being detained. Some have said that on April 17, 2007, both were taken away by the Haiyang City Public Security Bureau. Yu Wenzheng was forced to drop out of school.
Gao Xiu, an agent for the Yantai City 610 Office, was the main perpetrator who coordinated the arrests of the practitioners. They first arrested Miao Chunyan and used violent methods to force her to disclose information about other practitioners.
At the brainwashing center, Liu Guoyao is in charge of persecuting the practitioners, along with some full time staff members and Liu Xiu'e and Mou. Other part-time staff members on duty were temporarily transferred from the public security bureau and the neighborhood committee. There are two other similar brainwashing centers in Yantai City located in Fushan District and Laishan District, respectively. The number of practitioners detained in these brainwashing centers, police stations and detention centers are unknown.
Practitioner Ms. Sun Yuhua held a hunger strike for eight days to protest her illegal arrest and demanded to be unconditionally released. As a result, Liu Guoyao, Liu Xiu'e, and an on-duty official named Xing forcefully pried open Mr. Sun's mouth and cruelly force-fed her, causing her to moan in pain and one of her teeth to come loose.
There are many different types of clothes stored in a room at the brainwashing center, including pants, shoes and socks that belonged to practitioners of different ages and genders. Some are old, while others are new. Some are also kept under the beds. These items were left behind by practitioners who were persecuted at the brainwashing center. This could only mean that some practitioners were taken away from the brainwashing center without any notice and thus they did not have enough time to pack all their belongings. It is said that several hundred practitioners have been detained here, even before 2002.
On May 3, 2007, many people witnessed an incident that occurred outside the Xingfu Brainwashing Center. At around 1:00 to 2:00 a.m., some practitioners tried to escape by jumping out of the brainwashing center's third story window. Two older women did not get up after they jumped and fell onto the ground. It is possible that they were Sun Guolan and Sun Yuhua. It is not known if they are still alive. The Yantai 610 Office has blocked any information from getting out to the public. As a result, it has been difficult for the practitioners' family to obtain any information about this incident.
May 7, 2007