The Decade-Long Persecution of Ms. Luo Junlan
Name: Luo Junlan
Address: No. 231 Dongping Street, Lanjiang Town, Suining City, Sichuan Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: August 9, 2005
Most Recent Place of Detention: Lezhi County Detention Center
Persecution Suffered: Detention, hung up, beatings, malnutrition, torture, extortion, home ransacked
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Luo Junlan has been persecuted for ten years. Government officials have harassed her, ransacked her home, and arrested her on 29 occasions. She once lived away from home for more than two years to avoid the persecution.
Below is her personal account of the persecution.
I live at No. 231 Dongping Street in Lanjiang Town, Suining City, Sichuan Province, and am a seamstress. I used to suffer from various illnesses, including migraines, chronic pharyngitis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), angina pectoris and stomach problems, and was eventually diagnosed with gastric cancer. Fortunately, I began practicing Falun Gong in January 1999. Master saved my life, but Jiang Zemin banned Falun Gong six months later by spreading vicious lies and fanatically persecuting the practitioners.
Communist Party officials harassed me, ransacked my home, and arrested and detained me for a total of 29 times in the last ten years and also tapped my phone.
Persecution and torture in Beijing in 2000
I joined four other practitioners to go to Beijing to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong on February 18, 2000. One of the practitioners left a note for her husband, who submitted it to the police, leaking our travel plans. The police came to my home in my absence and arrested my 16-year-old niece. They locked her in a small, dark room for one hour and interrogated her as to my whereabouts. She was terrified and burst into tears.
The police divided into two groups and went separate ways to intercept us. One group rented a private car that belonged to a person named Xia Guanghua and went to the Chengdu Train Station; the other group, headed by Fenshui Town Police Station head Rong Huaneng, went to the Mianyang Train Station. The five of us were intercepted at the Mianyang Train Station ticket checkpoint at 7:00 p.m. on February 28, 2000. They led us inside the waiting room and took our copies of Zhuan Falun. They declared I was the organizer and handcuffed me and pushed me into a vehicle. It was a bit past 2:00 a.m. by the time we arrived at the police station. Official Tang Yuying body-searched us. Then they locked us in a small dark room.
Liu Zhongyun, a street thug in his 30s whom the police had hired, took me out of the room at 8:00 a.m. the next day and led me to the interrogation room. Liu Zhongyun and police officer Yang Chao, in his 20s, each grabbed a pair of handcuffs and handcuffed me spread-eagled to the metal frames of a window so that my feet barely touched the ground. Yang Chao kicked my feet with his boots to part them; then he took out a spiked stick and began whipping me with it, starting from the neck and going down to my toes. He cursed me and demanded, "Who told you to go to Beijing?" He also used vulgar words against Master and Falun Gong. After he became exhausted, Liu Zhongyun took over the beating. Violent blows rained on the insteps of my feet. They also verbally assaulted me and whacked my left thigh. I did not scream or shed a single tear; instead I shouted "Master" in my mind. I would have certainly been permanently handicapped had it not been for Master bearing everything for me.
Yang Chao eventually let me down and handcuffed me behind my back to a chair. The chair was right beneath a ceiling fan that they turned to maximum speed, saying, "So you don't get sick from practicing Falun Gong? We'll let it blow on you for 20 minutes and see if you catch cold!" He shut the door and left. A while later he came in and saw I was perfectly fine, so he turned on another fan, also at maximum speed. He again shut the door and left. I recited Lunyu and "Tempering the Will" from Hong Yin. I felt incredible warmth throughout my body. Yang Chao returned at noon while holding a bowl of food and eating. Since I was still perfectly healthy he said, "Forget it." He undid the handcuffs and locked me in a dark room. I was not given any food.
They took me to the interrogation room again at 8:00 a.m. on the third day, February 20, 2000. Yang Chao and Liu Zhongyun again handcuffed me spread-eagled to the window frame. I could see the tax bureau through the window right behind the police station; many tax bureau employees saw the police beating me. The front door of the interrogation room was open to the street, and many people gathered and wondered why I was hung up. I shouted at the crowd, "I practice Falun Gong and am a good person who lives by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." They still did not give me anything to eat at noon. I was handcuffed for more than ten hours. In the evening they locked practitioner Li Yuqiong and me in a small, dark room with filthy water on the floor and called it a "dungeon."
They tried to coerce us to write guarantee statements and extorted 5,000 yuan from each of the other four practitioners. They released the other four practitioners after five days of detention, but they demanded 10,000 yuan from me for my release. My family was destitute. They borrowed 10,000 yuan, a debt that we have not been able to repay to this day. Official Wang Benhua counted my money and Liu Yongjun wrote a receipt for 9,000 yuan. I was held for six days before being released. Liu Yongjun said, "If you guys won't appeal in May, we'll return your money after May." But he broke that promise.
Once home again, my thumbs were numb for a long time, and I was covered with purple bruises. The bruises on my left thigh remained for six months.
Yang Chao came to my home at 6:00 p.m. on May 10, 2000, and pounded on the door for more than an hour. I was not home at the time. They wanted to persecute me because they thought I might celebrate Master's birthday.
Liu Yongjun took eight practitioners, including myself, to the Suining Party School on May 13, 2000. Several hundred practitioners were sitting on the floor in the conference room at the Party School. The officials ordered two collaborators from Nanmusi to "reform" us.
Officials Liu Yongjun and Duan Zhenhua called practitioner Wang Chunlan and myself to the town office on June 29, 2000, and demanded that we promise not to appeal or practice Falun Gong, and that they were going to record it on tape. We refused, and they detained us. Wang Benhua and Tang Yuying monitored us for three days to prevent us from appealing on July 1, 2000. They also extorted 200 yuan from every practitioner.
Duan Zhenhua and police officer Tang Guishu broke into my home the evening of November 2, 2000, and hastily said to me, "We just came to see if you are home. Wang Yunping and Wang Chunlan went to Beijing today to appeal and were arrested in Chongqing. Chongqing police called us." I eventually learned that seven practitioners had set off on this trip; all of them were arrested and incarcerated.
Official Zhong Wenfu and ten officials, including Liu Yongjun and Yang Chao, ransacked my home on the evening of December 15, 2000. Zhong Wenfu was the head of the Armed Division. Yang Chao took my copy of Zhuan Falun, recorder(s), and exercise tapes and transported me to the police station. They also arrested five other practitioners and transferred the six of us to the town government office in the middle of the night. Seven other practitioners were arrested the following day.
I saw official Lu Shaohua repeatedly slap practitioner Mr. Liao Qinghai's face. Mr. Liao was in his 20s. Zhong Wenfu dragged him next door later on, and we all heard beating and cursing. They brought journalist Lu Lin from Suining City to videotape the proceedings. They attempted to coerce us to curse Master and Dafa. I refused. When they pointed the video camera at me, I said, "I used to suffer from stomach cancer, and Falun Gong restored my health. I did not take a single pill." They shut off the video camera before I could finish and would not let me say anything else.
Zhong Wenfu's wife cooked for us. Each meal consisted of thinly diluted congee and bok choy, but they charged each person 50 yuan a day, although rice sold for only 80 cents per half kilogram [1 lb]. They held me for four days and didn't let me sleep. Two persons monitored me in two-hour shifts watched me. We all had 5,000 yuan and 100 yuan in "living expenses" extorted from us. We gave the money to Liu Yongjun. They let us go home only after we had six people guaranteeing on our behalf that we would not appeal for Falun Gong.
Practitioner Tang Deshu visited me in my home on December 24, 2000, for five minutes before Dongping Street official Pan Jiafu reported us to the police. Soon, Zhong Wenfu and eight officials arrived at my home. They yelled at me, saying, "What is Tang Deshu doing in your home?" They turned everything upside-down but couldn't find anything. They swore at me and left.
My 12-year-old son forced out of school and other information
Huang Lirong, president of the workers' union at my son Luo Wen's school, called my son to his office the morning of April 5, 2001. He slapped my son's face several times and said to him, "Your mother practices Falun Gong." My son left school. That was the end of his formal education. He went to Yunnan at the age of 12 and learned to be a car mechanic.
Practitioner Su Qionghua died from persecution on December 20, 2000. Yang Chao and five other officials pounded on my door at 9:00 p.m. that day. I refused to open and stood on the balcony and asked what they wanted. Yang Chao said, "We heard you guys are going to make trouble in Suining City, so we are taking you to the police station tonight." I said, "How could I make any trouble? I was sleeping. You guys are making trouble." They left. Zhong Rongfa and another six officials later came at 2:00 a.m. and almost beat my door down. They arrested me and five other practitioners and held us for two days. At the police station we learned that Su Qionghua had died as a result of abuse and gross mistreatment. They were afraid that we would appeal for Su Qionghua.
Duan Zhenhua gave me a 200-yuan receipt the morning of June 2, 2001, and said, "Every Falun Gong practitioner is fined 200 yuan." He deducted the 200 yuan from the 9,000 yuan receipt issued from the time before.
The local police arrived at my home without a warrant or prior notice at all times of the day and night and felt free to ransack it after I was illegally arrested in 1999. Police officers Yang Chao and Sun Qifu, the secretary of the Politics and Law committee, and government official Zeng Guangli led people to ransack my home almost every week in June 2001. Yang Chao brought five people to my home during the day on June 7, 2001, in my absence. Sun Qifu brought eight people that evening. They ransacked my home but did not find anything related to Falun Gong. They arrested practitioner Li Yuqiong and her 11-year-old son Cai Jinquan that day.
Sun Qifu again brought eight people to ransack my home, at 9:00 p.m. on June 13, 2001. They still found nothing, yet arrested practitioner Rong Ping, who was staying at my home.
Yang Chao, Zeng Guangli, and two other officials ransacked my home at 8:30 p.m. on June 20, 2001. They did not find anything to incriminate me, but Zeng Guangli took my identification card. When I asked for my card back later on, they said they had left it at the police station and could not find it. When Zeng Guangli eventually gave me my card back, he ordered me to write a receipt. I said, "Why should I write you a receipt? That's ridiculous." He left.
Beaten for refusal to write a guarantee statements, arrested and robbed
Official Pan Jiafu told all the Falun Gong practitioners in the local area to go to the town government on October 28, 2002. I refused to go. In the evening, Lu Shaohua and four other officials dragged me to the town office. I saw that all the practitioners who had gone there during the day were locked up. More than 30 Party officials stood around the practitioners. Zeng Guangli held a pen and paper and attempted to coerce me to write a guarantee statement--to promise I would not hand out Falun Gong flyers, hang up Falun Gong banners, cross out Falun Gong-slandering propaganda at public places, appeal for Falun Gong, or do the Falun Gong exercises. I refused to write it. Rong Faneng ran toward me, holding a teacup in his left hand. He grabbed my collar with his right hand and dragged me into a room, punched my neck, and struck me to the ground. I thought, "I am a Dafa practitioner. I cannot lie on the ground." I immediately sprang up. Rong Faneng attacked me with extremely vulgar language, shoved me into a police vehicle, kicking my back, and drove to the police station. At the police station they locked me onto a chair. Practitioner Xiao Fayu said Rong Faneng also hit her. Street Party Committee official Peng Fang and police officer Tao Chunming took me home a little past midnight.
Police officers Wu Cunzhong and Tao Chunming came to my home at 3:00 p.m. on October 30, 2002, and demanded my identification card number, to prevent me from appealing, since the Sixteenth Party Congress was approaching.
Street Party Committee official Li Miejiang arrived with five people the evening of October 2, 2003, to ransack my home. They returned at 9:00 p.m. only an hour after they had come the first time, to harass me again by pounding on my door.
Street Party committee head Chen Xirong arrived with eight people the evening of October 5, 2003. They pounded on my door to harass me. In order to avoid further persecution, I went to remote Yunnan Province on October 12, 2003, and lived there for nine months.
Four practitioners and I went to Tailai Street in Lezhi County on August 9, 2005, to hand out flyers and speak with passersby about Falun Gong. Someone reported us to the police. We were arrested and taken to the county detention center, where we were held for ten days. The police also ransacked our homes and took 2,495 yuan from me.
The police pounded on my door the evening of March 10, 2006, but I refused to open it. They did it again at 4: 30 a.m. the next day. I still refused to open it. Beginning on March 18, 2006, Chen Xirong and a group of people harassed my relatives at my mother's home three times within ten days. They pounded on my door at all hours of the day and night after that.
I left home again to avoid additional persecution
A group of police officers broke into my home at 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2007, and blocked the door to prevent anyone from going in or out. They ransacked my home and took images with Master's portraits, Falun Gong books, VCDs, and MP3 players. I left safely under Master's protection. They arrested my daughter-in-law and intimidated her so that she would turn me in. They asked her, "Where are the machines?" meaning the computers used to produce Falun Gong materials. She said, "The machine is downstairs." She meant the sewing machine, since we run a home-based sewing business. They asked, "Who came to your home?" They meant which Falun Gong practitioners had contact with us, and she answered, "People come everyday to have their clothes made." They interrogated her for a few hours. During this time other police ransacked several Falun Dafa materials production sites and arrested many practitioners.
I have not returned home since June 28, 2007. The officials looked for me and posted a 2,000-yuan reward for anyone who reports me to the police.
Lanjiang Division 10 Party secretary Liu Shengjun and Lu Shaofu, younger brother of division official Lu Shaohua, came to my home on October 16, 2007, and tried to arrest me. They also told my neighbors to report me and promised them monetary rewards for doing so.
They held a public meeting on July 19, 2008, and encouraged all Party members to find and arrest me. Whoever did would be awarded 500 yuan. From the next day on, Division 10 head Luo Shuokai stood at the train station and said, "Whoever reports Luo Junlan to the police will be given 500 yuan." Luo Shuokai also mobilized my neighbors to keep me under surveillance and report me. My neighbors mistakenly thought that a false report would also earn them money, so they falsely told the officials I had returned home when I had not. The result was a total farce. After getting the neighbors' "tip," Lu Shaohua and nine other officials went to ransack my home and arrest me at noon on April 22, 2009. My retired uncle, his wife and son were living at my home to take care of my uncle's 93-year-old father. Lu Shaohua stood in the doorway while the other officials turned everything upside down. They even lifted the mattress and looked underneath for Falun Gong materials. My non-practitioner uncle nearly got into a fight with the police.
They rummaged through my uncle and his family's belongings and took my Falun Gong DVDs and two calendars printed with Falun Gong information. They did not find me, so they took my 66-year-old uncle, Luo Guanzhong, and 65-year-old Aunt Tang Qihui to the police station and interrogated them for several hours. My uncle and his family decided to return to Chengdu City to avoid another "attack" by the officials.
Even now, the authorities are still trying to arrest me. According to an insider, they have raised the reward for whoever finds me to 10,000 yuan and sent officials to look for me in Suining City.
More than 20 practitioners' homes were ransacked over the past three months, some four times. Practitioners Yuan Shulin, Liu Yuqing, and Jiang Jiaqing were arrested, and two of them are still in police custody. Jiang Jiaqing was released after handing over 10,000 yuan in extortion. The police also took a bank deposit slip worth 27,500 yuan, which still has not been returned.