Former Associate Professor Arrested and Persecuted
( Minghui.org )
Summary of Key Persecution Facts:
Zheng Jun (郑君)
Huaihai City, Jiangsu Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 19, 2001
Most Recent Place of Detention: Jiangsu Province Women's Forced Labor Camp (江苏女子劳教所) City: Jurong
Persecution Suffered: Detention, three days and nights of continuous interrogation, brainwashing, home ransacking, locked up in a iron cage, sleep deprivation, suspended wages, forced labor, denial of restroom use, surveillance .
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zheng Jun was an associate professor at Jiangsu Huaihai Institute of Technology, and taught at Donggang College until she retired.
Before the persecution of Fauln Gong started, she was a main coordinator for the Lianyungang City Falun Gong practitioners. After the persecution began, she was slandered, falsely accused, and tortured.
Ms. Zheng had many health problems before she started cultivating, including heart disease, pyelonephritis, and stomach disease. She once passed out while teaching a class. She was introduced to Falun Gong in 1996, and after two weeks her illnesses disappeared. A number of people at the school learned about her improvement, and many people started practicing Falun Gong as a result.
After the Chinese Communist regime began the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Zheng was monitored, arrested, and sent to forced labor by the 610 Office. She was physically and mentally tortured.
Police Black List
During the night of July 20, 1999, officers from Lianyungang's Domestic Security Division and Dong Police Station entered Ms. Zheng's home and arrested her. She was interrogated for three days and nights.
The police had two notebooks. One listed all the coordinators in each city in Jiangsu Province, as well as coordinators in the smaller districts. The other had details about each Falun Gong exercise site, including the coordinators' names, employers, home addresses, and family situations. The information that the 610 Office had was much more complete than Ms. Zheng realized.
Section leader Yang asked Ms. Zheng about each name in the notebook. He asked if she knew them or had any contact with them. He also wanted her to say that Falun Gong was tightly organized.
Ms. Zheng said, “No one gave me any position. No one gives me any salary. We have no offices, no desks, and no lists of names. This list is something you created. All I really am is someone who brings a music player and is responsible for playing the music to do the exercises. What kind of organization are you talking about?”
Yang said, “The television stations all say that Falun Gong has a tight organization. You are denying it. Your attitude isn't good. Do know that we can make this big or small for you?”
After Ms. Zheng returned from the police station, she was sent to brainwashing sessions held at the Donggang School. Following orders given by Lianyungang City's then-deputy secretary Zheng Shuncheng, and Donggang School CCP secretary Pan Xing, pressured Ms. Zheng saying that if she refused to go on television and denounce Falun Gong, both she and her husband would be fired from their jobs, and their child wouldn't be allowed to go to college.
Two reporters from Lianyungang City Television came to interview her. Ms. Zheng was in bed and said, “I'm not allowed to do the Falun Gong exercises, and as a result the vertigo I used to suffer from is coming back. Go ahead and record!” The reporters said angrily, “Why call us here if she hasn't agreed to work with us?”
The next day, minister of Lianyungang City's Propaganda Department Wu Jiaqing ordered Ms. Zheng's husband's employer to suspend him. Ms. Zheng's husband was in a meeting at the time and was forced to go home. They told him not to return to work until Ms. Zheng agreed to denounce Falun Gong on TV.
Lianyungang City's police departments, Domestic Security Division, residence office, street office, and Donggang School all continued pressuring Ms. Zheng and her family. Pan Xing told Ms. Zheng, “I'll be honest with you. In the entire province, only three city-level Falun Gong coordinators have not denounced Falun Gong on TV. If you still refuse to go on TV, then I'll be fired from my position as secretary. This is a mandatory interview on orders from above!”
Ms. Zheng went on television against her will. However, she just stated the facts, “Falun Gong is a high-level practice and has no organization.” The reporter saw that they couldn't get Ms. Zheng to say what they wanted, so they turned to her husband and ordered him to be interviewed. They said they would all be fired if he didn't cooperate.
Against his will, Ms. Zheng's husband agreed to be interviewed, and criticized Ms. Zheng. The reporters then added negative comments about Falun Gong. This was played on Jiangsu Province Television for two days, and poisoned the minds of many people.
Three days later, Pan Xing said the Province Propaganda Department was very dissatisfied that Ms. Zheng appeared on TV but did not denounce Falun Gong, and asked for another interview, but Ms. Zheng adamantly refused.
Two female reporters then went to Ms. Zheng's home and said they would be fired if they didn't do as the city propaganda department ordered. They took out a script and told Ms. Zheng to read it while they recorded her. It was a statement of repentance for practicing Falun Gong, and contained false accusations against Falun Gong.
Ms. Zheng said, “I don't need to use the prepared document. You can just record and I'll speak. She said, “Falun Gong is a highly virtuous and beautiful Fa...” When the two reporters heard that, they immediately turned off the recorder. One of them even cried, “You don't have any sympathy for us at all. We are going to be fired today.”
In the end, they realized that Ms. Zheng was not moved no matter what they tried, so they left. The next day, the radio broadcast included, “Zheng Jun said such and such,” but what they reported was not what Ms. Zheng had said.
Lianyungang City Newspaper reporter Yan Junfu went to Ms. Zheng's home on another day, and acted sympathetic toward Falun Gong. He talked about a classmate of his who worked with Ms. Zheng in the same school. Ms. Zheng thought that he seemed reasonable, so she talked to him about the beauty of Dafa.
There was an article the following day by Yan Junfu in the Lianyungang City Newspaper that slandered Dafa. Even worse, the article was written as if it was based on what Ms. Zheng said. Ms. Zheng was very angry but had nowhere to report it.
One morning, five or six people from the Lianyungang City Security Department, police department, tax department, land department, and local police station went to Ms. Zheng's home to claim that she hadn't report all her income for her taxes. They said someone had reported that every Falun Gong practitioner in Lianyungang gave Ms. Zheng 69 yuan to start practicing Falun Gong. (Learning Falun Gong is always totally free.) They took out a tax form and ordered Ms. Zheng to fill it in.
Ms. Zheng realized that they wanted to use this to slander Falun Gong's Master. She told them the principle that Falun Gong never takes money from practitioners, and pointed out that what they were doing was defamation of Falun Gong promoted by the corrupt regime. The officials didn't know what to say and left.
The Lianyungang City 610 Office used various despicable means to trick, threaten, and pressure Falun Gong practitioners, attempting to make them give up their beliefs. They went to many practitioners' homes with a “statement of repentance” that they had written, but they told the practitioners that Ms. Zheng had written it. They also spread the rumor, “Even Zheng Jun stopped practicing Falun Gong. She has given us all your names. She betrayed all of you.”
On another occasion 610 Office personnel used the same method to try to trick Mr. Chen Guanghui, one of the Falun Gong coordinators in Lianyungang City (who later died due to torture). Mr. Chen said, “If Ms. Zheng has stopped practicing Falun Gong, why are you still monitoring her? Give me that statement of repentance and let me see it! I know her handwriting!” They saw that their trick wouldn't work, held the paper in front of Mr. Chen for a split second, and left quickly.
Domestic Security Police Promoted for Persecuting Ms. Zheng
Ms. Zheng went to Huai'an in March 2001, to see her mother, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner. The police ransacked her mother's home, and then Huai'an police officers Yang Shiyu and Yu Qiang went to Lianyungang and ransacked Ms. Zheng's home. They opened all the boxes and cases, and confiscated three Falun Gong books and several exercise music cassettes.
Ms. Zheng mailed letters on May 19, 2001, to tell people the facts about the persecution. For this she was arrested by officers from Lunan Police Station. They didn't allow her to put on her shoes or glasses, locked her in a metal cage for two days, and didn't let her sleep.
Officer Yang Guangwu notified her employer to stop paying her as soon as she was arrested. Yang yelled at her, “Lianyungang Falun Gong practitioners are completely annihilated! All of your people are in my hands. Besides Du Xiuju, Niu Jinhua, and Jiao Jiaqian, who are in jail, Chen Zhenlin, Kong Fanwei, and Chen Yuhua have all been detained. Others are being monitored. The Communist Party will defeat Falun Gong!” Ms. Zheng was sentenced to two years of forced labor within 12 days.
Heads of the Political and Legal Affairs Department of Lianyungang City then announced, after meeting with directors of all the big employers in Lianyungang, that Lianyungang City had successfully repressed Falun Gong. Because Yang sent Ms. Zheng to a forced labor camp, he was promoted to captain, and Kong Jie was promoted to instructor. Seeing the benefits of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, after Ms. Zheng was released from the forced labor camp, Yang tried very hard to sentence her again. He led people to Ms. Zheng's home twice to arrest her, but he was unsuccessful both times.
Jiangsu Women's Forced Labor Camp
Ms. Zheng was put in Jiangsu Women's Forced Labor Camp. To try to force practitioners to “transform” her, the camp used a variety of methods to torture them, one of which was controlling the times they could use the restroom. Over 20 practitioners were allowed only about ten minutes to use the restroom. Often when the time was up, practitioners at the end of the line had not had a chance to use the restroom. As a result, there were practitioners who couldn't defecate for four or five days.
Ms. Zheng once had fecal poisoning and had a high fever. The police said, “Don't you Falun Gong not eat or drink? Why do you need to use the restroom? This is not your home! You think you can use the restroom whenever you want? Just hold it!” By the sixth day, the police saw that some practitioners were in serious condition, and allowed them to use the restrooms longer.
After many brutal brainwashing sessions in 2001, Ms. Zheng's mind was not clear, and she was used by Tang Guofang and others in Jiangsu Province Forced Labor Bureau to “transform” other Falun Gong practitioners. For eight months, because she was away from Dafa, Ms. Zheng was in extreme pain both physically and mentally. She later regained her senses and came back to Dafa. She announced that everything she had said and written during that period was done under duress, and was null and void.
Long Term Monitoring and Harassment
Lianyungang Police Station officers still go to Ms. Zheng's apartment building once every couple of days, and they have told Ms. Zheng's neighbors and others to monitor her. Her cell phone and landline phones are still being monitored, and there are video cameras all around the building.
Parties Involved in Persecuting Ms. Zheng: Lu Hongtao (吕宏韬), Lianyungang City Police Department Domestic Security Division: +86-13805133832 (Cell) Zhu Fengqing (朱凤清), Lianyungang City Police Department Domestic Security Division: 86-13505136899 (Cell)