Ms. Jiang Meilan from Yongzhou, Hunan Province Dies After Being Persecuted at a Brainwashing Center
Name: Jiang Meilan (蒋美兰)
Address: Xintian County, Yongzhou City, Hunan Province
Occupation: Retired from Hunan Transportation Company
Date of Death: October 2, 2012
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 7, 2012
Most Recent Place of Detention: Laodaohe Brainwashing Center (长沙捞刀河洗脑班)
Persecution Suffered: Brainwashing, beatings
(Minghui.org) A policeman and a policewoman from Xintian County Domestic Security Team at Yongzhou, Hunan Province went to Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Jiang Meilan's home at around 11:00 a.m. on the morning of September 7, 2012. Mr. Jiang Meilan was not home at the time. Ms. Jiang's husband, who is in his seventies, knew these police officers. The policeman was his son's classmate and the policewoman is his friend's daughter. Since the two are his old acquaintances, the elderly man was touched by their concern toward Ms. Jiang. Ms. Jiang's husband told them, “She went out to buy some chilies, she'll be back soon.” The elderly man engaged in some small talk with them, and told them the truth about Falun Gong. The two police officers waited for Ms. Jiang to come back.
Mr. Jiang came home at around noon. Suddenly three more police officers stepped into the home and announced that the 18th Congressional Conference of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was approaching, so Ms. Jiang had to do some “learning” in Lingling District, Yongzhou. One large police officer was especially arrogant. Ms. Jiang's husband strongly condemned their thuggish behavior, and the elderly couple did not cooperate with the officers. By that time, the neighbors had come over and were urging the police not to arrest a kind elderly woman. The officers didn't listen to the bystanders, and they dragged Ms. Jiang away. Ms. Jiang shouted, “Falun Dafa is good” as she was taken to the police car.
Ms. Jiang Meilan, 65, is retired from the Hunan Transportation Company in Xintian County, Yongzhou. After the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Jiang was imprisoned at Baimalong Forced Labor Camp in Zhuzhou, from 2001 to 2003, where she was subjected to much physical and mental torture. Ms. Jiang was arrested on March 24, 2005 in Zixing County in Chenzhou again, and was sentenced to one year of forced labor and sent to Baimalong Forced Labor Camp again. Ms. Jiang held a hunger strike for one hundred days to protest the persecution. Ms. Jiang remained healthy after she was released.
Assistant secretary He Xin at the Political Affairs Commission of Xintian County was named local 610 Office leader in 2011. He Xin and the assistant leader Liu Tingni have since collaborated with the Domestic Security Division, and harassed and threatened Falun Gong practitioners at their homes. In November 2011, He Xin and Liu Tingni went to Ms. Jiang's home twice and attempted to arrest her and take her to a brainwashing center. They did not succeed because Ms. Jiang was not at home. Xintian County 610 Office sent Tang Chongsheng, who is the Domestic Security Division group leader, along with Yang Haibo, Li Fang, and two others from the Domestic Security Division to arrest Ms. Jiang on September 7.
The “Legal System Education and Training Center of Changsha, Hunan” is located in Zhongling Village, Laodaohe Township, Kaifu District, Changsha. It has been used by Hunan Provincial 610 Office specifically to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners since 2002. Over the past decade, the center has violated Falun Gong practitioners' freedom of belief and human rights. It has illegally imprisoned many hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners from Hunan.
After Xintian Domestic Security Division arrested Ms. Jiang Meilan on September 7, the domestic security division and the local 610 Office concealed Ms. Jiang's whereabouts. They gave Ms. Jiang's family a wrong address, and a few days later gave her family another wrong and vague address: Former Government Official Training Center, Zhongqing Road, Changsha. Ms. Jiang's family asked for the telephone number and mailing address of where Ms. Jiang was detained, and Li Fang from the domestic security division said, “I was taken there by other people at night, I don't know the address.” The domestic security division emphasized several times, “The mailing address can not be given to families.” Ms. Jiang's family and relatives searched for Ms. Jiang's whereabouts all over Changsha. Ms. Jiang's son came to Changsha from Guangzhou to look for his mother. He searched every corner of Zhongqing Road, but there was no such place as the “Government Official Training Center.” After many inquiries, Ms. Jiang's family finally found her at the Laodaohe Brainwashing Center. The family was only allowed to bring some clothes for Ms. Jiang, and not allowed to see her or call her on the telephone. Ms. Jiang was down to her last breath by late September, and was in critical condition. Her family took her out from the brainwashing center on October 1 and took her to the hospital emergency room. Ms. Jiang passed away on October 2.
Ms. Jiang's family and friends were shocked by her death. Ms. Jiang was a strong-willed woman, and she was fine after 100 days of hunger strike at Baimalong Forced Labor Camp. This time, Ms. Jiang was in critical condition and passed away after spending 23 days at the “Legal System Education and Training Center of Changsha, Hunan,” also known as Laodaohe Brainwashing Center. What exactly did the brainwashing center do to persecute Ms. Jiang to the point of her losing her life?
Agencies and individuals responsible for Ms. Jiang's death:
Xintian County 610 Office: 011-0746-4718610
610 Office, Xintian County Committee, Hunan Province, 425700
He Xin, 610 Office leader: 011-0746-4718610, 011-18907466777
Xintian County Domestic Security division:
Domestic Security division, Xintian County Police Department, Hunan province, 425700
Tang Chongsheng: 011-18007466339
Li Fang: 011-18007466187
Political Affairs Commission of Xintian County, Hunan: 011-0746-4712165
Xie Huaming: 011-0746-4783987, 011-13787687376
Zheng Jingyuan: 011- 0746-4723932, 011-13874696088
Xintian County Police Department: 011- 0746-4712459
Jiang Chuntie, department chief: 011-07464999668, 011-13607469028
Deng Guobin, deputy chief, in charge of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners: 011-13787687879