Ms. Cheng Bi from Dezhou City, Persecuted in Shandong Province
Name: Cheng Bi (程碧)
Address: Dezhou City, Shandong Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 14, 2007
Most recent place of detention: Jinan City's No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp (济南第一女子劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Detention, brainwashing, extortion, home ransacked, beatings, solitary confinement, handcuffed and hung up, interrogation, torture, forced labor.
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Cheng Bi started practicing Falun Dafa in September, 1996. She followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and benefited both physically and mentally. She has witnessed the magnificent power of Falun Dafa.
On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin and his followers started the persecution against Falun Gong and its practitioners. On that day, Ms. Cheng Bi and a few other practitioners went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. They were arrested and taken to Beijing Fengtai Stadium by the Beijing police. There was no food or drink available and no one slept that night. The next morning they were taken back to Dezhou City by local police and detained for seven days in the Dezhou Cotton Rope Company Hotel. They were forced to participate in the so-called "Transformation Center" brainwashing sessions and coerced to write the three statements.
In December 2001, two officers from the Hubin North Street Police Station of Dezhou City broke into Ms. Cheng's home and demanded to know if she still practiced Falun Gong. She answered "Yes!" Previously, on October 25, Zhang Xikun, head of the National Security Division in Dezhou City, had tried to forcibly take her to the detention center. Her workplace superior would not allow them to take her away, using the excuse that her husband was not home.
At 2:00 a.m. on the October 26, Ms. Cheng Bi's husband rushed home from out of town, and later that morning, police from the Hubin North Road Police Station took her to the Dezhou Detention Center. Her husband, children and parents went to ask Zhang Xikun, head of National Security Division in Dezhou City, to release Ms. Cheng. They were forced to pay four thousand yuan on two occasions, but even then, Ms. Cheng was not released. She was detained for 15 days and then sent to the "Brainwashing Center" in Guotai Hotel in Dezhou City for another 15 days.
There were many practitioners detained there. They were closely watched and not allowed to talk to each other. They were forced to watch the "Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation" video and brainwashed into writing the three statements. Their families and workplaces were also threatened.
In September 2007, officers from the Hubin North Road Police Station in Dezhou City stormed into Ms. Cheng's workplace, demanding her photo and a sample of her handwriting. She clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to them and refused their illegal requests.
On the morning of September 14, 2007, Zhang Xikun led several people to her workplace to confiscate her cell phone, keys, Dafa books and diary. Her home was then ransacked. They confiscated her computer, NTDTV receiver, a portable hard drive, MP3 player and one digital Dafa book. She was taken to the Hubin North Road Police Station. That afternoon, officers from the National Security Division tried coercing her into giving up her belief in Falun Dafa but she refused, so she was sent to the Dezhou Detention Center. There she was subjected to beatings, solitary confinement, being forced to stand completely still for long periods of time, handcuffed and hung up. Ms. Cheng refused to be searched, to fill in the registration form, to be photographed, give finger prints, wear prison clothes, or do forced labor work. She refused interrogation twice and requested to be released immediately.
Ms. Cheng was sent to the No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp in Jinan City on the morning of September 29, 2007. She was detained in the No. 1 Team after being photographed, X-rayed and having blood samples taken at the forced labor camp hospital. Ms. Cheng saw a notice of forced labor in No. 1 team leader Sun Juan's hand. Ms. Cheng had never seen this notice before and had never signed that document.
The No. 1 Team in the No. 1 Women's Forced Labor Camp in Jinan City is dedicated to persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. The police officers involved in the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners included Sun Juan, Yang Xiaolin, Sun Quli, Geng Dimei, Liu Jianhui, Liang Qiaoling, Zhang Hongfen, Xiao Ying, Li Yu, Li Min, Li Ni and others.
In their attempts to force Ms. Cheng to give up her belief in Falun Gong, the police used various methods, including isolation, exposure to extreme cold, denial of restroom usage, sleep time, showers, and family visits, and being forced to sit on a plastic stool for a long time until her buttocks were so severely swollen that they festered, along with continuous brainwashing. She was forced to work in the workshop for more than 12 hours every day gluing paper boxes together and labeling boxes.
Due to the intense hard work, she had her menstrual cycle every two weeks, and each time the flow was heavy and extremely painful. She sometimes couldn't sleep due to the pain and sometimes spent time vomiting in the restroom. Even so, she was not allowed to take a rest. On one occasion Ms. Cheng Bi fainted in the workshop due to the pain but was only allowed two hours rest before returning to work.
The detained practitioners were not allowed to talk to each other at all, including while getting up, using the restroom, cleaning, brushing, walking, eating, drinking, working, or sleeping. They were monitored by the inmates around the clock, who reported any discrepancy to the guards. Eating is limited to thirty minutes, brushing and cleaning is limited to five to seven minutes, showering and washing clothes together is limited to ten to fifteen minutes. Time to drink water or use the restroom is also monitored and limited.
Heartbreaking sounds are often heard during the night from the cells of practitioners who are being tortured.
Ms. Cheng was persecuted for more than 18 months, and returned home on April 5, 2009.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners for over eleven years, and it has brought Ms. Cheng indescribable mental and physical pain and torture. It has also caused immeasurable harm to her family. Her husband was forced to divorce her during the persecution. The economic loss to her family was as high as 80,000 yuan, which included her wages and bonus withheld by her workplace, a 70,000 yuan insurance fee that her workplace agreed to offer their employees, the personal property confiscated by the police, her living expenses, and over 10,000 yuan in expenses for her family to visit her during her persecution.