43 Dandong Residents Arrested Overnight for Being Falun Gong Practitioners
(Minghui.org) A total of 43 residents from Dandong City, Liaoning Province were arrested overnight for their belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
The local police had been monitoring the practitioners for months before the arrest. More than a dozen teams coordinated by the Dandong City Police Department carried out the night-time operation, which began on the evening of April 18, 2015, and lasted until the wee hours of the next morning.
More than 1,000 officers from various local police departments were dispatched to snatch the practitioners from their homes.
The police confiscated many personal belongings from the practitioners. At least 140,000 yuan in cash, 6 computers, 7 printers, and 20-plus cell phones were confirmed to have been taken.
Most of the arrested remain detained at the time of this writing. Few details are known about the arrested practitioners, though some accounts have trickled out.
Ms. Lin Zhiyan
A woman shouted outside Ms. Lin Zhiyan's home at around 10:00 p.m on April 18, claiming to be a robbery victim who needed to borrow a phone to call for police help.
Ms. Lin was suspicious at first, but eventually opened the door. More than ten officers rushed in, handcuffed her hands behind her back, and ransacked the house.
Mr. Sun Yongqin and His Wife Ms. Zhang Xiaoping
Mr. Sun Yongqin was pulled over and held by police during the daytime on April 18. That evening, more than ten plainclothes officers entered his house using a key taken from him. They handcuffed his wife Ms. Zhang Xiaoping, and his daughter. Ms. Zhang tried to tell the police about Falun Gong, but her mouth was taped instead.
The police confiscated three printers, two computers, Falun Gong informational materials, a cell phone, a savings book, credit cards, and more than 106,000 yuan in cash.
The family of three was interrogated at the same local police station that evening. The daughter was released after two days, but the couple remain detained, with Ms. Zhang being held at the Dandong Detention Center and Mr. Sun at the Donggang Detention Center.
Ms. Zhang Wei
More than ten police officers broke into Ms. Zhang Wei's home at 10:30 p.m. on April 18. They interrogated her husband and their 17-year-old son in the sitting room, and confiscated the home keys, three laptop computers, two printers, Falun Gong books and informational materials, and cell phones.
The police visited the house again the following day to interrogate the teenage son a second time.
Ms. Zhang is being held at the Dandong Detention Center.
Ms. Chen Ying'e
More than 20 police officers arrested Ms. Chen Ying'e from her home at around 10:00 p.m. on April 18. They confiscated 20,000 yuan in cash, three printers, two laptop computers, and Falun Gong informational materials. She is being held at the Dandong Detention Center.
Retired Teacher and Her Children
Retired primary school teacher Ms. Yu Hua, her son Mr. Sun Yi and daughter-in-law Ms. Yu Guanghua, her daughter Sun Yan, and son-in-law Mr. Nie Ren were arrested at around 9:00 p.m. on April 18.
Ms. Yu was released the next day. Mr. Sun is reportedly being held at the Donggang Detention Center, while the rest of the family is being held at the Dandong Detention Center.
Ms. Yu's computer, printer, and other belongings were confiscated.
Ms. Zhang Min and Ms. Luan
Ms. Zhang Min was seized while walking down the street at around 8:00 p.m. on April 18. The police next took her to 76-year-old Ms. Luan's home to knock on the door. When the elderly lady opened the door, she saw Ms. Zhang pinned to the ground by the police.
The police stayed at Ms. Luan's house until about 1:00 a.m., and took away her Falun Gong books and some informational materials.
Ms. Wang Fang Arrested
Armed police hid outside Ms. Wang Fang's home on April 18. They rushed into her home later that night, when her son stepped out to use a public restroom. The police confiscated a computer, a printer, DVDs, Falun Gong books, and 1,000 yuan in cash. Ms. Wang remains incarcerated.
Other Practitioners Arrested
In addition to above-mentioned practitioners, the following are also known to have been arrested: Sun Hua, Wang Bin, Qu Xiaodong, Sun Yongjie, Sun Yan, Sun Guixiu, Sun Lifeng, and Sun Lihua.
The names of the remaining arrested practitioners are still being investigated.
Parties responsible for the persecution:Zhang Zhenxi (张振喜), director of the Donggang City Police Department in Liaoning Province: +86-415-7561666 (Office), +86-1390415875 (Cell), +86-415-2537788 (Home)Guan Zhihua (关志华), Party secretary of Donggang Police Department: +86-41-7144277 (Office), +86-113942501958 (Cell)Ha Hecai (哈合才), political commissar at Donggang Police Department: +86-415-7144518, +86-13942501777 (Cell)Dong Zhiyong, (董智勇), deputy director of Donggang Police Department: +86-13842570008 (Cell)Bi Xisong (毕喜松), director of Donggang Domestic Security Division: +86-415-7149611 (Home), +86-13942582611 (Cell)Wang Runlong (王润龙), former director of the Donggang Domestic Security Division: +86-415-7144608 (Office), +86-15841578799 (Cell), +86-415-7121087 (Home)Sun Yuntao (孙云涛), director of the Dandong City Domestic Security Division: +86-415-2103101 (Office), +86-415-3991555 (Home), +86-13942552111 (Cell)