Retired Senior Prosecutor Arrested and Detained for Removing Posters That Slandered Falun Dafa
Name: Zeng Yumei (曾玉梅)
Occupation: Retired Senior Prosecutor of Gansu Province Procuratorate
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 25, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Heping Women's Forced Labor Camp (和平女子劳教所)
City: Yuzhong County
Persecution Suffered: Forced labor, brainwashing, home ransacked, interrogation, detention
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Zeng Yumei, a retired senior prosecutor with the Gansu Province Procuratorate, was arrested with another Falun Gong practitioner in late September 2011 for removing posters that slandered Falun Dafa. She was forced to undergo brainwashing sessions and then sentenced to one year of forced labor. She is still being detained.
On the evening of September 25, 2011, Ms. Zeng and Ms. Wang Yurong, a 49-year-old peasant, were taking down posters that slandered Falun Gong. The posters were put up by the Wuquan Neighborhood Committee in Lanzhou City to incite hatred towards the practice. As a result, the women were arrested. Ms. Zeng was taken to the Wuquan Police Station, Linxia Street Police Station, and Ms. Wang to the Chengguan District Police Department's Domestic Security Team. They were later transferred to Taoshuping Detention Center of Lanzhou City, where they were detained for 15 days. Afterwards, they were taken separately to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Center in Lanzhou City. After a few days at the brainwashing center, they were taken to the Heping Women's Forced Labor Camp in Yuzhong County, Lanzhou City.
After Ms. Zeng was arrested, her family looked for her and managed to find where she was detained. While she was held for 15 days at Taoshuping Detention Center, her family went to visit her several times. The authorities at the detention center notified both of the women's families they would be released after the 15-day period. However, on the day of their release, both of the families were told to return in the afternoon. Yet, in the afternoon, they were told, “They have been transferred elsewhere.”
Ms. Wang's family overheard people talking at the Wuquan morning market that two women were arrested for removing posters that defamed Falun Gong and taken to Wuquan Police Station. When three of her family members went to Wuquan Police Station, they were informed that both practitioners had been transferred to Chengguan District Police Station's Domestic Security Team. They then went there to request their release. The official in charge at the domestic security team met with them in private and threatened them, saying “How do you know she is here? You must have been involved in what she did. You had better cooperate with us.” No matter how Ms. Wang's family tried to explain, the official refused to listen and he rudely said, “If you don't cooperate with us, go back home and take full responsibility for what is going to happen.”
During their detention, Ms. Zeng and Ms. Wang's homes were ransacked. The authorities didn't find what they wanted. Only immediate family were allowed to visit the practitioners at the detention center. At the brainwashing center, however, no one was allowed to visit them.
Authorities at the forced labor camp denied family visits until December 6, 2011. Any money, clothes or other personal items that the family sends them has go through rigorous inspection. The money has to be exchanged for shopping cards used to buy daily necessities inside the labor camp. The labor camp sells the goods at prices several times higher than the outside.
Luo Xiaohu, member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party's Gansu Provincial Committee, secretary of the Politics and Law Committee of Gansu Province: +86-13893633886
Zhang Mingquan, female, vice secretary of the Politics and Law Committee of Lanzhou City
Dong Jianmin, head of Lanzhou City 610 Office
Gao Lina, vice secretary of the Politics and Law Committee, Chengguan District of Lanzhou City and head of Lanzhou City 610 Office: +86-13919366270
Chen Zhikai, captain of the Lanzhou City Domestic Security Team
Linxia Street Police Station
She Wensheng, chief
Liu Hongxiong, political instructor
Telephone: +86-13399317787, +86-13399313826
Wuquan Police Station
Wang Gangxiang, chief
Song Chuanqing, political instructor
Telephone: +86-13399317866, +86-13399317357