Practitioner Yang Xitian from She County, Hebei Province Illegally Sentenced to Forced Labor
Name: Yang Xitian (杨喜田) / Wang Qiaolian (王巧莲)
Address: She County, Handan City, Hebei Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 25, 2010
Most Recent Place of Detention: Handan Forced Labor Camp/Handan Detention Center (邯郸劳教所/看守所)
Persecution Suffered: Detention, home ransacked, extortion, interrogation, food deprivation, forced labor, brainwashing
Key Persecutors: Hu Huaichao (胡怀朝), Captain of the National Security Team
(Clearwisdom.net) Hu Huaichao, captain of the National Security Team in the She County Public Security Bureau, led approximately eight plainclothes police officers to break into the home of Falun Gong practitioner Yang Xitian, at midday on September 25, 2010. They showed no IDs, didn't clarify their identities, and started ransacking the home. They confiscated Dafa books, a DVD player, and a TV satellite receiver. Then they tried to enter Yang Xitian's son's room. Since they did not have a key, they tried to pry open the door. Yang Xitian was afraid they would damage the door, so he went around and entered through the window to open the door. The police rushed into the room and started to confiscate property. They then ransacked Yang Xitian's parents' room. Finally they arrested Yang Xitian and his wife Wang Qiaolian, and took them to the Public Security Bureau, and interrogated them separately. The police provided no food and kept them cuffed for the entire night. The next morning, the police still did not provide any food to the couple. In the afternoon, the police took Yang Xitian and his wife to a detention center.
In the detention center, Wang Qiaolian was forced to get up and do the cleaning every morning starting at 6:00 a.m. She was then forced to do slave labor, packaging small decoration gifts made by male prisoners. Every day she had to work 14 to 15 hours. There was only some thin porridge and a bun for breakfast, boiled pumpkin for lunch, and the leftovers boiled with noodles for dinner. The three meals never changed during her detention, and the poor food caused Wang Qiaolian's stomach pains over the length of her detention.
Yang Xitian was sentenced to forced labor for eight months and was sent to the Handan Forced Labor Camp on October 22, 2010. He had only summer clothes when he was sent to the forced labor camp. Hu Huaichao and other officers also forced Yang Xitian's son to invite them for dinner and send them gifts. Yang Xitian's son had to borrow money from everywhere, and spent nearly ten thousand yuan. Hu Huaichao claimed it was the fine he had to pay. But he provided no receipt. It all went into the police's personal pockets. When the couple was arrested, they had harvested only a small portion of their corn field. After they were arrested, most of the corn had to be harvested by others. Also, Yang Xitian's father is old needs to be take care of by others, which is an additional strain on the family caused by couple's absence.
Hu Huaichao, captain of the National Security Team in the She County Public Security Bureau, Hebei Province