On February 26, 2008 around 5:00 p.m., Dafa practitioner Mr. Yan Jingzhu age 45, from Hongwei Town, Qiezihe District, was illegally arrested by policeman Liu Xuejun from Hongwei Town Police Station. He is still being held in Qitaihe City Detention Center.
From March 4 to 9, 2008, thirty-seven Dafa practitioners were arrested in Qitaihe City. Numerous Dafa truth-clarification materials production centers were destroyed. Many Dafa practitioners were followed and monitored. The policemen ordered neighbors to monitor Dafa practitioners and to report to the police.
One elderly couple had stopped practicing Falun Dafa after July 20, 1999 when the persecution started, and had developed symptoms of stroke. However, the police still harassed them and arrested them in the middle of the night and held them in a detention center during this round of mass arrests.
On March 5, the police arrested two young Dafa practitioners Ms. Xu Yan and Ms. Tao Xu. They are both nineteen years old. They were held in Qitaihe Detention Center, where the police covered their faces with cloths and began to hit their faces and heads with handcuffs. Ms. Xu Yan's face was disfigured after the severe beating; she could not open her mouth. Ms. Tao Xu passed out many times. The police threw cold water on them and exposed them to cold air. The police put Master's picture on a bench and asked whether the practitioners would still practice Falun Gong. If they answered yes, they were tied down on the bench and forced to sit on the picture.
Ms. Liu Shuling, age 53, is a Dafa practitioner from Hongwei Town, Qiezihe District. She was among six Dafa practitioners arrested on March 5. One unnamed female Dafa practitioner's cell phone and bankbook were confiscated by the police. They were all held in Taonan Police Station. Ms. Liu Shuling was transferred to Taoxi Police Station and interrogated for two days and nights. She was deprived of sleep. The police covered her face with a cloth and fiercely beat her face and head. Then they threw cold water all over her and exposed her to the cold weather. There were thirty policeman who took turns interrogating Ms. Liu, but she did not give in and instead she clarified the truth to them. On March 8, she had a heart attack, began vomiting blood and was in critical condition. In order to shirk their responsibility and shift the blame to others, the authorities of Qitaihe Detention Center notified her family and released Ms. Liu on March 10, 2008.
On March 6, 2008 around 4:00 p.m., Dafa practitioner Ms. Wang Yuhua, age 40, from Santang, Sibai District, was arrested by the police leader surnamed Bi from the Public Security Bureau in Qitaihe City. Five or six policemen raided her home, and confiscated a computer, a printer, and three cell phones. Ms. Wang is being held in Qitaihe Detention Center.