Four Senior Citizens Tell of Their Experience in Labor Camps and Prisons Simply for Practicing Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) Before the persecution began, many people started practicing Falun Dafa in Lufeng County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province. Word of the practice's many benefits spread by word of mouth and those who took it up regained hope for brighter futures.
Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, the practitioners there suffered have all kinds of persecution, such as home ransacking, brainwashing, and imprisonment.
Below are the accounts of four senior citizens. These four women talk about the benefits they experienced practicing Falun Dafa, and the brutality of the CCP's persecution:
• Ms. Qiu Huazhen in her 80s was illegally sentenced to three years of imprisonment with suspended sentence of four years by Lufeng County Court on April 10, 2009 with the false charge of sabotaging the implementation of the law. • Ms. Liu Zhen, 77, was brutally beaten and sentenced to one year of prison with a suspended sentence of two years, while being constantly threatened and warned. • Ms. Wang Yurun, 69, was imprisoned at a labor camp and her mother died because of harassment. • Ms. Chen Guilan, 65, interrogated, harassed, and imprisoned at a detention center for 28 days.
83-year-old Ms. Qiu Huazhen sentenced to prison for practicing Falun Gong
My name is Qiu Huazhen and I am 83 years old.
I was living on the 3 rd floor of building no.1 of the Old County Court in Lufeng County.
In the past I was very weak due to my old age and had high blood pressure. I would constantly have illnesses year round. I had stomach inflammation as well as constant pain in my limbs. In 1998 I was fortunate to start practicing Falun Dafa and through studying Master Li's Zhuan Falun, I understood many things that puzzled me in my life.
I realized that my fortune, diseases and tribulations were all a result of my own karma. The diseases and tribulations were paying back my debts from my doing bad deeds, and I realized that it was true what my ancestors told me, that as a human being one must do good and kind things.
The CCP teaches people to be untruthful, evil and to fight, resulting in total lack of morality of our current society, and it has caused a myriad of different diseases today.
Through continuous study of Zhuan Falun , I have realized even more and in-depth, the principles of Dafa. No matter how hard I study, what I have learned is just a small portion of Dafa. I continually studied the Fa and was strict with myself to adhere to the standards.
Gradually all of my diseases disappeared without spending a penny or taking medicine. I could walk very fast and people said that even though I was older, my walking was even better than young men. My temperament also became better, I smiled all the time, and my whole family was harmonious and healthy.
Pan Zhihong, chief of the Domestic Security Division of Lufeng County Police Department, led about four policemen to break into my home and ransack it on December 4, 2008.
They robbed me of my Dafa books and truth-clarifying materials. They forcibly took me to the police department that night for interrogation and extortion of a confession, and asked me where I got the materials.
I was imprisoned at the Lufeng Detention Center that night and was interrogated, photographed and had my fingerprints taken. Since I could not have my routine Fa-study and doing the exercises at the detention center, my high blood pressure came back. They reluctantly released me for medical treatment.
I was sentenced to three years of imprisonment with a suspended sentence of four years by the Lufeng County Court on April 10, 2009 with the false charge of sabotaging the implementation of the law.
After that I was required to report to the police whenever I went out and on holidays, and the 610 Office and police department personnel came to my home to harass and threaten me wantonly.
77-year-old Ms. Liu Zhen brutally beaten and sentenced
My name is Liu Zhen, and I am 77 years old. I live at the employee dormitory of the Lufeng County Animal Husbandry Bureau from where I retired.
In June 1997, I began practicings Falun Dafa. Before practicing it I had many diseases and was very thin and weak. I only weighed 35 kilograms. My lower back was deformed and my spine was curved. I looked like I was 70 years old instead of 50. My colleagues and other people frequently mocked me, and I lived a very miserable life.
After I practiced Falun Dafa for just a week, I was like another person. My back became straight, my stomach had no pain, and I looked very healthy. I gained more than 20 kilograms and I became taller with a straighter back. I was very happy, as if I became younger by 10 years. My whole family benefits from the goodness of Dafa, and life was filled with joy and laughter.
I never attended school so I was illiterate, not recognizing even one character. I participated in group Fa study of fellow practitioners. I held Zhuan Falun with both hands and listened to the reading of other practitioners. I gradually was able to read the entire book of Zhuan Falun . I cordially thanked Master Li for giving me a whole new life!
Since the CCP started persecuting Falun Dafa in July 1999, slandering and lies were everywhere, and poisoned many people. I told people about the truth of Falun Dafa and exposed those lies with my personal experiences. In June 2003 I was summoned by the Lufeng County Police Department.
They forced me to report to the department every day for a week at 8 am and let me leave at 5:30 pm. They forced me to watch the reports that slandered Falun Dafa at the department in order to force me to give up cultivation.
Pan Zhihong, the chief of the Domestic Security Division of Lufeng County Police Department led about four policemen to break into my home and ransack it in April 2009. They robbed me of my Dafa books and truth-clarifying materials.
During the interrogation, Pan slapped my face and caused me to have a headache and be dizzy. Afterward I was taken to the Lufeng County Detention Center and imprisoned. Since I could not do my routine Fa-study and doing the exercises at the detention center, I had symptoms of high blood pressure, fainting and heartburn. I was released for medical treatment.
After returning home I was sentenced to one year of imprisonment with a suspended sentence of two years by Lufeng County Court under the false charge of sabotaging the implementation of the law. On holidays or “sensitive dates” of the CCP, the 610 Office and police department personnel would come to my home to harass me.
69-year-old Ms. Wang Yurun sentenced to forced labor
My name is Wang Yurun, and I am 69 years old. I live at the Langjing Wayaotou Village, Tuoan Township, in Lufeng County.
In the past I had rheumatism, bladder inflammation, back pain and swollen hands. Because of my weak body I was cold every day and had difficulty walking. My life was barely better than dead.
In December 1998 I was fortunate to start practicing Falun Dafa. After reading Master Li's Zhuan Falun, the mysteries I could not figure out in the past were all solved, and I realized my suffering was to pay back my karma I previously accumulated when I did bad deeds. I became calm and more focused.
Through Fa study and doing the exercises, my health gradually improved and my temper also became better. All my diseases were gone without spending a penny on medicine. I was very healthy and my whole family was happy.
I benefited greatly from Falun Dafa, and even though the CCP launched the persecution of Falun Dafa, my determination to cultivate remained unchanged. Pan Zhihong, chief of the Domestic Security Division of Lufeng County Police Department, and He Zhigang, the director of the 610 Office, forcibly took me to the Domestic Security Division for interrogation in June, 2003.
They also ransacked my home and took away my Falun Dafa books, as well as truth clarifying materials. My over 80 year old mother was so scared that her illness became worse, and my child was also threatened. For the next eight days they forced me to write a letter giving up practicing Falun Gong. They forced me to report to the department at 8 am and let me go home at 5:30 pm every day. They forced me to watch the reports slandering Falun Gong at the department and the lies were being drilled into my ears.
Pan Zhihong and He Zhigang ordered me to go to the Domestic Security Division on December 28, 2003 at 8 am the next day for a meeting. When I arrived, the 610 Office personnel showed me a document from the Lufeng County Police Department sentencing me to one year of forced labor and asked me to sign on it. The document claimed that I disturbed social order. The policemen then put me into handcuffs and took pictures.
They took me to the Yunnan Provincial Women's Labor Camp at Daban Bridge in Kunming City in a police vehicle. At the labor camp, warden Su Zhongju incited inmates to force me give up my belief. After my one year term was up, they didn't release but extended seven extra days. After that my mother's health condition became even worse and she started to have mental problems.
After returning home, whenever holidays or “sensitive dates” of the CCP came up, the local 610 Office and police department personnel would come to my home to harass me. In October 2008 the 610 Office and police department personnel together with policeman Wang Houfu of Tuoan Police Station, came to my home to ransack it without showing any ID.
They left my home in a mess and robbed me of my Falun Dafa books, CDs, instruction tapes and truth clarifying materials. They also forcibly took me to the Tuoan Police Station where they interrogated and imprisoned me for ten days.
Because I was constantly being persecuted, my mother was threatened and frightened multiple times. She eventually died amidst resentments.
65-year-old Ms. Chen Guilan interrogated, imprisoned and harassed
My name is Chen Guilan, I am 65 years old. I live at Xiaobeichang Village, Jinshan Town, Lufeng County. I started practicing Falun Gong in June 1999. One month later the CCP launched the persecution of Falun Dafa. Nevertheless, my determination to practice could not be changed.
Before practicing I was very weak and was always cold and my body ached constantly. I only weighed 47 kilograms, and I had back pain, rheumatism and numbness, and pain in my extremities. I had injections and took medicine everyday but my condition didn't improve. Ever since I started cultivating, without injections and taking medicine, my health improved day by day and in less than a month, my weight increased to 56 kilograms. I was able to do all housework and my appetite was much better. I followed Falun Dafa's standards, cultivated my xinxing, and my whole family became harmonious and happy.
There were two things that happened due to my cultivation which validated that when one person cultivates, the whole family benefits. My whole family thus believed in Dafa even more and supported my cultivation.
The first thing was that once during the harvest season, my husband went to the field to burn leftover rice stalks. Unfortunately, the strong wind drove the fire rapidly towards a neighboring field with rice ready for harvest. My husband and neighbors at the scene were all stunned. At this critical moment, our benevolent Master helped us. A wind came from nowhere and steered the fire, which was already touching the rice field, toward an empty field. If it wasn't for Master's help, the consequence would have been damaging. If other people's crops were burned, we would not have been able to compensate for it even with all our harvests.
The second thing is, once my elder son rode a motorcycle carrying his wife to buy scallions at the farmer's market. His motorcycle collided with an oncoming big truck. His motorcycle was thrown off the highway and flipped two or three times before coming to a stop.
In the end, my son only had minor bruises on his face and his wife was unscathed. Every one hearing about it said it was unimaginable. It's all because of my cultivating Falun Dafa, and with Master's protection they could survive such an incident. Since then my husband, my son and his wife all supported me in practicing it. Even during times when the persecution was most severe, they were not against my cultivation.
Pan Zhihong, chief of Domestic Security Division of Lufeng County Police Department Pan Zhihong led about seven police, two were female, to break into my home and ransacked it on December 4, 2008. They robbed me of my Dafa books and truth-clarifying materials as well as my exercise tape, cassette player, an MP3 player, and 103 yuan with truth-clarifying sentences written on them. My whole family received threats and intimidation.
I was forcibly taken to the Jinshan Police Station where I was interrogated and extorted a confession. That night I was imprisoned at the Lufeng Detention Center. During my imprisonment I was interrogated and extorted a confession multiple times. They forced me to write the three statements, took pictures of me, and took my fingerprints. I was imprisoned for 28 days at the detention center. When I returned home the 610 Office and police department personnel constantly came to my home to harass me.
Other practitioners in Lufeng County who were arrested on December 4, 2008 included Mr. Kong Huaqiang and his wife Ms. Zhao Jiafang (reported by Minghui on November 27, 2012), as well as Ms. Yin Shaofang and Ms. Qiu Huazhen.
In October 2010, I was summoned by the Tuoan Police Station and they interrogated, brainwashed, and imprisoned me for eight days.