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Large Numbers of Practitioners Arrested by Police in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province in the First Three Months of 2008

April 23, 2008 |  

(Clearwisdom.net) In the first quarter of 2008, police in Daqing City, Heilongiang Province have been collaborating with local ruffians, gangsters, and vagrants to monitor, harass, and arrest Falun Gong practitioners. Methods include phone wiretapping, tailing, illegal opening of personal mail, break-ins, and other illegal means. Several cases are exposed below:

1. Lu Jigui Arrested by Police Three Times Within Three Months

Falun Gong practitioner Lu Jigui was illegally arrested the first time on February 1, 2008, at noon by Wolitun Public Security Bureau police, who deceived him into coming out of his home, and then took him to Longfeng Detention Center for persecution. Lu Jigui was arrested because he wrote an open letter to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chairman Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, requesting that they stop the persecution of Falun Gong. Lu requested that his former employer's party secretary pass on the letter. Instead, his request was reported to the police.

In the detention center Mr. Lu went on a hunger strike protesting the persecution. He was violently force-fed and tortured several times, causing a drastic deterioration of his health. Because of his precarious health condition, Lu Jigui was released on February 11, 2008.

On February 26, 2008 Lu Jigui was again arrested by officers from the same police station. They ransacked his home and took away two bags of personal belongings. He was placed behind bars in Daqing City's Fourth Detention Center this time.

After his first arrest, Daqing City police began monitoring and investigating Lu Jigui, his family members and visitors, around the clock. In addition, a female agent was employed to detail his regular daily routine at work, so he was constantly monitored.

Immediately upon arrival at the Fourth Detention Center, Mr. Lu started a hunger strike to protest the persecution. On March 11, police took him to the hospital for a physical checkup, and informed his family to bring 1,000 yuan to the hospital for an "examination fee." Mr. Lu took the opportunity to get away. Police and plainclothes agents constantly monitored his home, forcing him to remain homeless.

Some time after escaping from the hospital, Mr. Lu finally went home again. However, since his home phone was wiretapped, within 10 minutes of calling some relatives, two police vehicles arrived to take him away.

2. Four Practitioners Arrested While Using Money with Truth-clarifying Messages

Around the Chinese New Year, three practitioners were reported in the Daqing shopping center when they were found using money with truth-clarification messages. The police got there quickly and arrested them. It has been reported that the Daqing Public Security police had stipulated that anyone reporting the use of money with Falun Gong messages written on them would receive a reward of 1,000 yuan.

On January 20, 2008, Dr. Deng Yufang, a Falun Gong practitioner employed by the Daqing People's Hospital, was arrested for using money with truth-clarification messages. On January 21, practitioner Ms. Zhang Limin, in her sixties and also a physician, was arrested for the same reason. Both were released 30 days after being brutally tortured.

On February 20, 2008, practitioner Ms. Zhao Yuzhen was arrested for using money printed with truth-clarification messages. When the locksmith hired by police was trying to break open the door to ransack her home, Zhao Yuzhen's son loudly warned the locksmith and police from inside the house, "Who told you to do this? You've ruined our door lock. What's your name? You're responsible for this. You're committing a crime if you do things illegally!" The locksmith stopped the break-in attempt, and the police didn't get to ransack the home. Nonetheless, Zhao Yuzhen was illegally given a one-year term in a forced labor camp by the Daqing City Public Security Bureau.

On February 23, 2008, when they used money printed with truth-clarifying messages, Fan Yachao, a high school teacher and his wife Li Mingyu were arrested after someone reported them. Their home was ransacked illegally along with Mr. Fan's mother's home. A computer monitor was taken. Li Mingyu was later released, but Fan Yachao was imprisoned for 15 days in the Longfeng Detention Center.

3. Daqing City Police Arrested Two Older Dafa Practitioners

On March 4, 2008, at 9:00 p.m., Ms. Jiang Fengqin, a 56-year-old retired employee of Daqing Petroleum, was arrested by Daqing City police, who ransacked her home. They confiscated a copier and more than 20,000 yuan (money that was to be used to buy her daughter a house). They also took Dafa books and truth-clarifying materials. Jiang Fengqin is currently detained at the Daqing First Detention Center.

During the afternoon of March 4, 2008, Mr. Sun Rulin, 67, retired from Anda City Railroad System, was arrested at his apartment in Wulitun District, Daqing City. According to bystanders, more than ten police officers in three police vehicles came to arrest him. The police also took away six bags filled with personal items from his home.

Mr. Sun was tortured so brutally that he passed out at the Wulitun Police Station, and then he was transferred to Daqing Fourth Detention Center for further torture. Every time he was interrogated, he immediately shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" He was later transferred to Qiqihar City for further persecution.

4. Mr. and Mrs. He Biao Arrested, Along With He Biao's Sister

On March 4, 2008, Mr. He Biao, 40, a discharged employee on a forced "buy-out" agreement (a kind of severance pay based on the original employment contract) was arrested by Daqing Public Security police working with police from Wolitun City. His wife Han Yunhua, a Daqing Petroleum employee, was also arrested by the same team of police on the same day.

He Biao's sister, visiting from Zhaodong City for only three days, was also arrested. Mr. Biao and his sister were released on March 10, 2008 after a five-day detention, whereas his wife Han Yunhua is still imprisoned at the Daqing Third Detention Center.

5. Homes of Two Practitioners Ransacked--Practitioners Forced to Remain Homeless

On March 4, 2008, Ms. Li Yanjiao, forced to retire from the Ethylene Computer Department, was arrested by a gang of police from Wolitun Public Security Sub-bureau, along with Chai Hua of the criminal department, and Li Yan, Zhang Zhongxiao, and Liu Xiangdong from the community guards. Later, Ms. Li was able to get away from detention. However, she cannot return home because her house was ransacked and many items were confiscated.

Another practitioner, Zhang Yilan, also a resident of Wolitun, escaped police custody on March 5, 2008, while they were ransacking her house. She too is forced to remain homeless to avoid further persecution.

6. Practitioner Li Jinlian Arrested and Brutally Mistreated

Ms. Li Jinlian, 39, resides in Babaishang-Sanlou District. She was forced to resign from the Daqing Second Drilling Machinery Repair Factory. Her husband passed away a few years ago, leaving her and her daughter. Because her 16-year old daughter is still attending junior high, Ms. Li sought reemployment from a former employer.

On March 6, 2008 at around 8:00 a.m., while she was working, Li Jinlian was told to go to CCP Secretary Chen Yanning's office. As she stepped into the office, she saw a bunch of police there, and before she knew what was going on, the police rushed forward and handcuffed her. They added foot shackles when she resisted. Ms. Li was hauled to a police vehicle and taken to Babaishang Public Security Sub-bureau in Daqing City.

The police not only forced open Li Jinlian's tool box at work, but also ransacked her home, and confiscated two printers, Dafa books, truth-clarifying materials, her daughter's computer, and other personal items. They left her home a big mess.

When her daughter got home, not only did she find the mess, but she also realized that her mother was missing. She was so terrified that she cried. Li Jinlian's family members went to visit Ms. Li in detention, but the guards turned down their request to see her.

7. Practitioner Wang Ying's Home Ransacked--Zhao Yumei Arrested and Taken to Daqing First Detention Center

On March 17, 2008 at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, Ms. Wang Ying, a worker at Daqing Petroleum Sub-station, was arrested and taken to the State Security Sub-division by police from the Daqing City Public Security Bureau, as well as State Security agents (Feng Haibo, Yang Jijun), and personnel from the Dong Guang Precinct. They stormed Wang Ying's residence, taking with them items including Dafa books and Teacher's picture. Her family went to bring her home after a four-hour detention.

Ms. Zhao Yumei, 40, forced to resign from the Daqing Petroleum main factory, was arrested on March 4, 2008, by police from the Wolitun Precinct. Currently, she is illegally detained at the Daqing First Detention Center.

8. Chinese Communist Courts Illegally Try Falun Gong Practitioners

In the early part of January 2008, the Daqing City Honggang District Court planned to bring practitioner Chen Fengzhen to trial. While inmates brought Chen Fengzhen in a police vehicle to the court, she suffered an episode of a heart problem. They were therefore unable to try Ms. Chen that day and she is currently back in Ward 404 at Daqing Detention Center.

Since she was arrested, Chen Fengzhen has been on a hunger strike protesting against the illegal detention. She has suffered a serious heart problem as a result of the hunger strike. Even though she's been force-fed twice a day, her heart has become so weak that she's close to death. However, the police continue to declare, "We won't release her as long as she can still breathe."

On March 19, 2008, Saertu District Court in Daqing City held an illegal, secret trial for practitioner Li Hui, an employee of Daqing Material Supply Company.

On March 10, 2008, practitioner Liu Yanxia was arrested and taken to Zhaoyuan County Detention Center. They're arranging to have her stand trial.

It was reported that Daqing practitioner Wang Yakun was sentenced to a term of five years in prison. Other practitioners including Lu Xiuqin and Yue Shuli were also sentenced to prison terms (length still unknown). They were transferred to a women's prison in Heilongjiang Province for further persecution. Practitioner Wei Yuqin was given a one-year labor camp term in Suihua City and practitioner Zhao Shifeng was sentenced to a five-year term in Hulan Prison.

Contact Information:

Daqing City 610 Office
Zhang Wanguo, manager: 86-459-6392958, 86-13504891993 (Cell)
Ba Xi, assistant manager: 86-459-6393610, 86-13329368861 (Cell)

Daqing City Public Security Bureau
Cao Liwei, head of Daqing City Public Security Bureau: 86-459-6371699, 86-13384595678 (Cell)
Cao Zhenhe, Political Committee member: 86-459-6107789, 86-459-6280888 (Home) 86-13329500001 (Cell)
Lin Guoli, assistant head: 86-459-6100099, 86-459-5986708 (Home), 86-13329500003 (Cell)