Beijing: 41 Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested, 3 Missing, 1 Facing Trial, and 7 Appealing Their Verdicts
(Minghui.org) According to data compiled by Minghui.org for the month of January 2016, a total of 42 Beijing residents were arrested for resisting the persecution of Falun Gong. Almost every arrest was accompanied by home raids and confiscation of personal belongings.
In addition, 3 Falun Gong practitioners were missing, 1 was facing trial, 7 were appealing their 2015 verdicts, and 11 were harassed for filing criminal complaints against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin.
Ms. Wei Jiuyun was one of the Beijing residents arrested for suing Jiang. Although her husband is not a practitioner, he was still arrested and detained for two days for filing a lawsuit against Jiang.
There were several group arrests:
Ms. Song Ying, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyuan, and Ms. Zhang Hui were arrested together in the Shunyi District for telling people about Falun Gong.
Ms. Sun Fuyi, her sister-in-law Ms. Xu Junling, and her brother-in-law Mr. Shen Changmao were arrested together in the Huairou District while they were telling people about Falun Gong.
Mr. Hu Weixue, Ms. Yuan Wen, and Mr. Chen Junjie were arrested at work in the Shunyi District. Their two non-practitioner co-workers were also interrogated and taken away by the police.
Fifteen practitioners were arrested together while they were sharing their cultivation experiences at Ms. Qing Xiuying's home in the Tongzhou District.
Except for Ms. Wei's husband, the arrested Beijing residents are all Falun Gong practitioners. They are:
Ms. Yang XiuzhiMs. Zhang YuxiangMs. Song YingMs. Zhang XiaoyuanMs. Zhang HuiMr. Yang ShijieMr. Sun Fuyi, 68Ms. Xu Junling, 72Mr. Shen Changmao, 76Mr. Hu WeixueMs. Yuan WenMr. Chen JunjieMs. Wei JiuyunMs. Zhou SuxiaMr. Liu KuoMr. Sun Bai, 71Ms. Qing XiuyingMr. Pang YouMr. Bao ShouzhiMs. Zhao XiuxiuMr. Li YeliangMr. Jiang TaoMs. Xu XiuhongMs. Sun JinxiaMs. Zhang LixinMs. Tian ChangyingMr. Liu GuozhongMr. Wu JialuMs. Xia (Mr. Wu Jialu's mother)Mr. Li Yufeng,Ms. Liu XiumeiMr. Ma JinghuaMs. Gao XiuqingMs. Wang SupingMs. Zhang TaoMr. Ji Fengrui, 67Ms. Wang Xiuzhen, 73Mr. Wang Kuizan, 71Ms. Sun Xiangcun, 67Ms. Ma Jinling, 68Mr. Yuan Dawei
Three practitioners were missing as of January 2016: Ms. Zhang Cailan from the Chaoyang District, Ms. Wang Lijun from the Daxing District, and Mr. Guan Zhisheng from the Tongzhou District.
It's been confirmed that at least 10 of the 11 practitioners harassed were targeted for suing former dictator Jiang Zemin. They are: Ms. Li Lin, Ms. Li Wei, Ms. Dong Fang, Mr. Wei Xianbo, Mr. Du Jun, Mr. Hu Donghai, Mr. Wang Qingyun, Ms. Zhang Yang, Mr. Zhang Shousong, and Ms. Cui Meng.
Mr. Zhang Shujun had it even worse. He was detained at home. Four security guards monitored him closely and cut him off from the outside world. He is employed by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
1 Facing Trial
Ms. Liu Fenglian, 63, from the Fangshan District was arrested in September 2015 for posting information about the movement to sue Jiang. Her arrest has been formally approved and she is now facing trial.
Ms. Liu has been given forced labor twice, spent three years in prison, and was taken to two brainwashing centers.
7 Appealing Their 2015 Verdicts
The following seven practitioners were sentenced to prison terms last year. They are all in the process of appealing their verdicts, which were handed down in 2015.
Ms. Zhao Songlan from the Haidian DistrictMs. Zhao Songlan was sentenced secretly on December 9, 2015. Her family found out from informants that she has been sentenced to three years. Ms. Zhao has appealed and is now detained in Sujiatuo Detention Center in the Haidian District.
Mr. Zhang Hongru and Mr. Zou Deyong from the Changping DistrictMr. Zhang Hongru was sentenced to four years and Mr. Zou Deyong to three years last year. They are now detained in Changping Detention Center.
Ms. Chen Xinzhu from the Haidian DistrictMs. Chen Xinzhu was arrested on April 23, 2013. The district court sentenced her to four years in prison without notifying her family or her lawyer. She and her family have appealed her verdict together.
Mr. Li Yuanlin from the Huairou DistrictMr. Li Yuanlin was arrested in May 2015, and sentenced to four years in prison in November 2015. He is now in Huairou Detention Center.
Mr. Wang Shuxiang from the Fangshan DistrictMr. Wang Shuxiang was sentenced to four years in prison. He appealed his verdict on December 24 and is still being detained in Fangshan Detention Center.
Ms. Wang Lei from the Fangshan DistrictMs. Wang Lei has been either imprisoned or in a forced labor camp for a total of about 10 years since July 1999. Years of persecution took their toll, and, for a time, she became mentally disordered.
She was arrested again on February 26, 2014. Her illness recurred while she was detained. Doctors have diagnosed her with a mental disorder. Nevertheless, the Fangshan District Court sentenced her to eight years in prison.
Ms. Wang and her family hired a lawyer and appealed her verdict with the Beijing Intermediate Court.