(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Xu Jinling, 75, lives in the Nanchenggen area in the Chengguan District of Lanzhou City, Gansu Province. Everyone in her family practices Falun Gong, and everyone has been persecuted numerous times over the past ten years. Her husband, Mr. Xu Zhigang, passed away on July 24, 2006.
Ms. Xu was weak with many illnesses even as a child. As she got older, she developed heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach problems, liver disease, etc. She was always in pain and discomfort, which precipitated her early retirement.
In April 1998, Ms. Xu began to practice Falun Gong. Shortly afterward, all of her illnesses disappeared and she was able to control her temper. After witnessing her tremendous improvement, her husband, Mr. Xu Zhigang; her eldest daughter, Xu Liping; her son, Xu Jianping; and her younger daughter, Xu Limin, all decided to practice Falun Gong.
The persecution of Ms. Xu Jinling
In 2009, while she was distributing Falun Gong materials, she was reported to the authorities. Officer Wang Junwen arrested her and detained her in the Yanyuan Road Police Station for seven hours.
At around 9:00 a.m. on May 8, 2011, Ms. Xu went to Binhe Road in Lianzhou to distribute Shen Yun DVDs. She was arrested and taken to the Donggangxi Road Police Station. After she clarified the truth to the police and her family requested her release, she was released at the end of the day. However, the whole process took a toll on her both physically and mentally. Even now, she still feels chest pain, dizziness, vomits blood, and has no appetite. Not only that, the authorities often monitor and follow her.
Mr. Xu Zhigang dies due to persecution and long-term mental pressure
Ms. Xu Jinling's husband, Mr. Xu Zhigang, was retired from the Gansu Computation Center. He had had pulmonary heart disease and pulmonary fibrosis and had to pay tens of thousands yuan each year in medical expenses. After he began to practice Falun Gong, his illnesses were cured.
Shortly after the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999, Mr. Xu was detained in Yaoshuping Elementary School for two days and a night.
In the summer of 2003 when he was distributing Falun Gong materials, he was reported to the authorities and arrested. He was first taken to the Weiyuan Road Police Station and then to the Chengguan Police Department. While he was interrogated, he was deprived of meals, cursed, and abused. The torture lasted two days and nights. His home was ransacked.
After he was released, the officials from his workplace and local police often went to his home to harass and threaten his family. His daughters and son were each arrested, which grieved him deeply, and his health deteriorated. He passed away on July 24, 2006, at the age of 75.
Mr. Xu Zhigang
Ms. Xu Liping brainwashed and detained
Ms. Xu Jinling's elder daughter, Ms. Xu Liping, 55, was a former employee of Gansu Agricultural Products Import and Export Corporation. She used to be in terrible health and took lots of medicine daily. She felt life had no meaning. After witnessing the changes in her mother, she began to practice Falun Gong in June 1996. She became heathy again shortly afterward.
After July 20, 1999, however, she was brutally persecuted.
At round 3:00 p.m. on October 13, 2002, the officials from Chengguan 610 Office arrested Ms. Xu Liping and her sister, Ms. Xu Limin, and took them to the Chengguan Police Department. Ms. Xu Limin was later sent to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center in Lanzhou. Ms. Xu Liping managed to escape but had to leave home to avoid persecution. She did not come back home until three and a half years later.
One evening in March 2006 when Ms. Xu Liping left her parents' house, four police cars stopped in front of her. Out jumped about a dozen police officers, who picked her up and carried her to one of the cars, then proceeded to the Dingxinan Road Police Station. Later she was taken to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center. The first night in the police station, Wang Guilan and Qi Ruijun interrogated her but she refused to cooperate. Afterward, she was often interrogated and threatened.
Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center in Lanzhou
The brainwashing center hired many of the unemployed to monitor Falun Gong practitioners around the clock. Practitioners were not allowed to talk to each other. They were also forced to do cleaning work, watch videos that defamed Falun Gong, and do training exercises. Anyone who refused was subjected to beatings, hangings, or solitary confinement. Due to the torture, Ms. Xu Liping was unable to sleep and her heart disease returned.
Torture re-enactment: Hanging
Her daughter was under intense pressure in college after she was arrested and cried all the time. Later she had hyperplasia. In July 2006, Ms. Xu Liping was released. Qi Ruijun extorted 5,000 yuan from her family as reimbursement for her living expenses.
Mr. Xu Jianping arrested three times
Mr. Xu Jinling's son, Mr. Xu Jianping, 52, began to practice Falun Gong in September 1998. Shortly afterward, all of his bad habits that had been with him for many years, such as fighting, drinking and gambling, were all gone. He completely changed into a new person.
After the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 1999, his company was ordered not to employ Falun Gong practitioners, so his boss had to let him go. After that, he left home to avoid persecution.
On October 7, 2000, when Mr. Xu Jianping was posting Falun Gong materials, officers from the Dunhuang Road Police Station and Qilihe Police Department Domestic Security Division arrested him. The next day he was taken to the Xiguoyuan Detention Center.
In the detention center, practitioners were forced to do extensive labor for extended hours. They were not given enough food at mealtime nor allowed to talk to each other. Many of their belongings, including food, money and supplies were confiscated, by the detention center officials. Mr. Xu Jianping had been beaten with wooden sticks at least twice. To protest the beating, he didn't eat for two days.
On June 11, 2001, when Mr. Xu was released, local police sent him straight to a brainwashing center. Three weeks later, he developed scabies all over his body and the officials from his workplace took him out for medical parole. But they fired him upon his return to comply with the order.
Around 3:00 p.m. on April 21, 2008, when Mr. Xu was clarifying the truth in the army compound, he was reported to authorities. Qilihe Police Department officers, including Xi Mingjie, the director of Domestic Security Division, arrested him and took him to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center. Xi Mingjie and police officer Yang Chunhui interrogated him four times at the brainwashing center.
After long-term mental and physical torment, Mr. Xu passed out in the restroom. His whole body was swollen. He was later diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure. On November 3, 2008, he was released for medical treatment.
In April 2010, when Mr. Xu was working in a clothing store, several police officers from the Yanxi Road Police Station, including Zhou Yonghong, Wang Rong, Zhang Xiaomin, came in and arrested him. He was held om the Yanxi Road Police Station on a tiger bench with his hands handcuffed behind his back. After being tortured this way for a day and a night, he was sent to the Yaoshuping Detention Center. But the officials of the detention center refused to accept him due to his poor health, so he was released.
Torture re-enactment: Tiger bench
On June 13, 2010, the local police went to the clothing store where Mr. Xu was working to harass him and he lost his job. On March 13, 2011, the local police also called his wife at her workplace to harass her.
Ms. Xu Limin subjected to brainwashing
Ms. Xu Limin, 50, is the youngest daughter of Ms. Xu Jinling. She is employed at the Gansu Science Association. She used to have gallstones and ovarian cysts and no longer wanted to live. On September 9, 1998, she read the book Falun Gong and her severe mango allergy disappeared the next morning. She became a Falun Gong practitioner and got rid of her illnesses. She became energetic, and her colleagues were all amazed by her transformation.
After the persecution of Falun Gong began, Yang Shenze,the Party secretary at her workplace, tried to force her to renounce Falun Gong but she refused. Later, the Gansu 610 Office paid Lanzhou Chengguan District Police Department 10,000 yuan to have Ms. Xu sent to the brainwashing center. Out of options, she left her workplace and home to move from place to place.
At round 3:00 p.m. on October 13, 2002, Chengguan 610 Office agents seized Ms. Xu Limin and her sister, Ms. Xu Liping, and took them to the Chengguan Police Department. Ms. Xu Limin was later sent to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center in Lanzhou.
In the brainwashing center, two people were hired to monitor her around the clock. Because she spoke to another practitioner, she was forced to move to the coldest room for solitary confinement. Yan Yongsheng, an official from Lanzhou Politics and Law Committee, talked to her everyday in an effort to force her to renounce Falun Gong. He deceived, confused, threatened, and harassed her. Sometimes, he suddenly broke into her room in the middle of the night. Ms. Xu was under tremendous pressure. Her coworker visited her about two weeks after her detention and was shocked that she looked so pale and weak.
After 108 days of torture, she was released after the brainwashing center after 8,000 yuan was extorted from her employer. After her release, Yan Yongsheng often went to her workplace to harass her.