Qu Mingzhu Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labor, Her Family Broken Up
Name: Qu Mingzhu (曲明珠)
Address: Guang'en Village, Chang'an Town, Bin County, Heilongjiang Province
Occupation: Gas station clerk
Date of Most Recent Arrest: July 3, 2008
Most recent place of detention: Qianjin Forced Labor Camp of Harbin City (哈尔滨前进劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Electric Shock, Forced Labor, Beatings, Torture, Home Ransacked, Detention
(Clearwisdom.net) (Correspondent in Heilongjiang Province) Ms. Qu Mingzhu started practicing Falun Gong in October 1998. Before that, she suffered from gynecological diseases and frequent migraines. Due to her poor health, her family was in debt and her relationship with her husband was not good. After she began cultivating, her heart and mind opened up, her diseases all disappeared, her family life became happy, and her friends and relatives all praised her as a good wife and a good mother.
After the Chinese Communist Party started persecuting Falun Gong in July 1999, the local police and other government officials harassed her many times, attempting to force her to give up practicing Falun Gong. She insisted that there was nothing wrong with conducting oneself according to the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance and therefore has remained steadfast in her practice. At about two o'clock in the afternoon on July 3, 2008, while Ms. Qu was working at the gas station operated by her family, Lou Wei, the chief of Chang'an Town Police Station in Bin County, arrived at the gas station in a police vehicle. Officer Liu Shoufa was with him. The two officers ransacked the gas station. When they found two copies of Minghui Weekly, ten DVDs, and some Falun Gong pamphlets, they dragged Ms. Qu into the police vehicle and took her to Chang'an Town Police Station. At 6 p.m., the officers transferred her to Bin County Police Department, and she was detained at the Bin County Detention Center.
After 21 days in detention, Ms. Qu was sentenced to one year of forced labor and taken to Qianjin Forced Labor Camp in Harbin City. Arriving at the forced labor camp, she was body searched and pressured to write the three statements. Refusing to write the statements would be risking being tortured.
During her detention at the labor camp, Ms. Qu and other practitioners were forced to do hard labor every day for 12 to13 hours. One time the work involved hand selecting toothpicks. If the workload was not finished at the end of the day, captain Huo Shuping ordered everyone to bring their work back to their cells and continue to work on it until midnight. Practitioner Ms. Liu Yu from Harbin City was over 60 years old and was not able to do the toothpick selection work. The authorities then ordered her and 66-year-old practitioner Ms. Liang Chunrong from Wuchang City to stack up heavy bags. As a result of the heavy labor, Ms. Liu Yu coughed up blood.
One time the labor camp authorities forced practitioners detained there to do military marching drills. Ms. Qu refused to shout the slogan that was designed to go with the marching, so Guard Zhang Aihui called her out of the group and kicked her brutally.
During Ms. Qu's detention at the labor camp, her husband could not stand the pressure from various authorities and left home with their child to live in another city. The persecution of Ms. Qu resulted in breaking up an otherwise happy and normal family.
September 12, 2009