Recent Harassment Cases in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province
(Minghui.org) Since the Chinese Communist Party launched its “zero-out” campaign earlier this year to try to force every Falun Gong practitioner on the government’s blacklist to renounce their faith, many practitioners in Hulan District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province have received harassing phone calls or been visited by police officers and residential committee staff at home.
The officers asked the practitioners whether they still practiced Falun Gong and attempted to force them to sign statements to renounce their faith. Some practitioners’ family members were also targeted when the practitioners refused to comply.
Below are some harassment cases collected in recent months. The dates of the cases remain to be investigated.
Mr. Li Runhua in a Coma
Mr. Li Runhua, in his late 60s, was sentenced to three years in Hulan Prison in 2016. He developed high blood pressure and had declined vision as a result of abuses he suffered in the prison.
After Mr. Li was released in 2019, the police continued to harass him. In late January 2020, around the Chinese New Year, the police knocked hard on his door several times, yelled at him and threatened him. In addition to visiting him in person, they also called him and intimidated him.
Mr. Li was already slow in his responses and mobility when he was released, and his condition further deteriorated as a result of the harassment.
He fell on the second day of a harassment incident and became bedridden and unable to talk. He is now in a coma at the time of writing.
Other Harassment Cases
The police harassed Ms. Guo Yaqin and demanded that she write statements to renounce Falun Gong. When she refused, the police forced her daughter-in-law to write it for her.
Similarly, when Ms. Du Xiuying refused to sign a renunciation statement prepared by the police, they ordered her daughter to sign it for her.
When the residential committee staff harassed Ms. Wei Yuzhi, she said to them that she was determined to practice Falun Gong. The staff members then threatened to target her daughter and granddaughter. Her daughter said to them, “My mom’s [practicing Falun Gong] won’t affect us, and we’re not afraid of your intimidation.”
Ms. Zhang Xiurong said to the unidentified officer who harassed her over the phone, “Why do I have to tell you what I’m thinking?”
Ms. Yu Xiaomei’s daughter received several harassing phone calls from the police and was told to have her mother go to the police station. Ms. Yu went there and was told to sign statements to renounce Falun Gong.
Ms. Xu Guiqing had her baggage searched by police at the airport when she was on her way to visit her daughter in Beijing. The police harassed her again after she came back.
Ms. Wen Jie was harassed twice at home by the police. Her family also received harassing phone calls from the police.
Ms. Ju Wenyan’s sister-in-law was also harassed by the police and asked about Ms. Ju’s address.
Ms. Lu Yanhua was arrested on May 9, 2020, for distributing Falun Gong informational materials. She was forced to sign a detention notice but then released due to the pandemic. The police harassed her a few times at home afterwards.
Other practitioners who have received harassing phone calls from the police and residential committee workers include He Yahua, Ms. Guo Yuhua and her family, Ms. A Caixia, Ms. Sha Xiaoyan, Mr. Zhang Qingjiu and his mother, Mr. Xu Binyu, Mr. Wang Xiaojun, Ms. Liu Dongling, Ms. Liu Guilan, Ms. Li Dongxue’s son, Ms. Wang Yanfang’s husband, and Ms. Li Caixia’s brother and niece.