Ten Arrested While Reading Falun Gong Books—Five Still in Detention
(Minghui.org) More than two dozen police officers descended upon a private home in Pingxiang on May 13, 2015, as the owner and his nine guests were reading the teachings of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party.
Mr. Yang Tingxian refused to open his door to the strangers, but the officers broke through the door using a large hammer. They pushed the 57-year-old man down and cuffed his hands behind his back. The handcuffs were so tight that they left marks on Mr. Yang's wrists.
Mr. Yang and his friends were taken to Houfu Street Police Station for interrogation. They were not allowed to call their families.
Mr. Yang, Zhang Fuxiang, Wang Jin'e, Zeng Xuelan, and Tang Zhihuan were taken to Pingxiang City Detention Center late that night after going through a mandatory medical examination at the Pingxiang City No. 3 Hospital. They are still each serving 15-day detention terms.
Mr. Tang's wife, along with Xiao Qiuwen, Wu Chunmei, Wen Guiying, and Rong Aimei, were released on the day of the arrest.
According to an insider, the latest arrest was plotted by Pingxiang Domestic Security Office and the 610 Office–an extralegal agency created with the sole purpose of crushing Falun Gong–as a continuation of their failed operation a few months prior.
Another ten Falun Gong practitioners had been arrested on January 20, while reading Falun Gong books at a different private home. The police later let them go, after efforts by their families to secure their release.
This time around, the police did not notify any of the concerned families of the arrests or detention. The loved ones of the five still-detained practitioners discovered their whereabouts from the same insider.
People responsible for the persecution:Li Yabi, deputy chief of Houfu Street Police Station: +86-13684858634Liu Baoshan (also known as Liu Yibao), agent of Pingxiang City Domestic Security Office: +86-799-6776785Yi Chen, head of Pingxiang City 610 Office
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