(Minghui.org) More than 40 Falun Gong practitioners in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, were arrested hours apart nine days before the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was set to open on October 18, 2017.
The mass arrest was long in the making, as many of the targeted practitioners had been monitored by police for months.
Three of the practitioners–Liu Guiping, Li Jinghua, and Wen Shuangling–were harvesting crops when they were seized by police. Another practitioner, Jiang Xiaoyan, was deceived into opening the door by officers purporting to be employees of the local water company coming to check on leaks in her rental place. Police rushed in and arrested Ms. Jiang and three other practitioners (Zou Mingyun, Liu Xiumei, and Zhou Yingqi), who were visiting her at the time. Ms. Jiang’s guests were released later that night, but she remains detained. Her family, who had been planning for her son’s wedding, is left in limbo as she had been keeping track of all purchases.
Below is the full list of the 45 practitioners arrested on October 9. Except for nine practitioners who have been released, all others are still in custody, with Li Fei held in a hospital and the others at Yaziquan Detention Center.
Shuangcheng District (15):Jiang XiaoyanHan EntongDajunWang XiaohuiZhao Shumin (released on the same day of arrest)Wang ZhiXuanyiLi JinfengWang Yihong (also known as Wang Jie)Zhou Yingqi (released on the same day of arrest)Ren LiminZou Mingyun (released on the same day of arrest)Liu Xiumei (released on the same day of arrest)Xu LirongLi Fei (now hospitalized)
Yongsheng Village (2): Li Hingwei and Yang Yunxia (released on the same day of arrest)
Shuiquan Village (1): Liu Guiping
Qingling Village (1): Qiao Yan
Yuejin Village (1): Guo Longquan
Sujiayao Village (4): Pan Hongqiu, Fang Yanhua, He Xuegang, and He Fengzhu
Wujiatown Village (3): Chou Zuofeng, Fan Ping, and Liu Jiyou
Dongguan Village (1): Chen Wanqiu (released on the same day of arrest).
Xiqin Village (2): Wen Shuangling and Liu Renjiang
Nongfeng Village (1): Fu Rao
Xinxing Village (2): Zhao Dezhong and Fu Wenqing
Xingfu Village (3): Wang Dongli and two elderly women (both released on the same day of arrest)
Lianxing Village (1): Guo Yurong
Lequn Village (3): He Guirong, Wang Xiumei, and Zhu He (released on the same day of arrest)
Gongzheng Village (1): Li Jinghua
Jincheng Village (2): Liu Guoshun and Han Guirong
Chaoyang Village (1): Lu Dianguang
Wanlong Village (1): Gu Chunhua