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Falun Dafa Practitioners Zhao Chenglin and Wang Lijuan, A Married Couple from Benxi City, Liaoning Province, Are Brutally Persecuted

February 29, 2004 |  


In mid-October 2001, in a solitary compartment [refers to locking up a single detainee in a solitary cell] in Benxi City Forced Labor Camp, an eye-witness saw the dying Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhao Chenglin hanging vertically on a wall with his hands cuffed separately by two handcuffs, both of which were nailed to the wall, and with his legs locked in two separate shackles. After Zhao Chenglin was beaten by policemen Wang Yi, Ding Huibo, Zheng Tao, Zhao Dawei and others, his face was crooked, and his chest and buttocks were seriously injured. As a result of the torture, his mental capabilities have been damaged.

At the same time, Zhao Chenglin's wife Wang Lijuan, also a Falun Dafa practitioner, was suffering through inhuman torture at the Benxi City Detention Center. Until February 2004, Zhao Chenglin had been detained in the Benxi Forced Labor Camp for a year and a half. After that he was sentenced to a ten-year prison term. Today, it is unclear whether or not he is still alive. His wife Wang Lijuan was sentenced to three years imprisonment. She completed this sentence on February 19, 2004, but Ms. Wang's mother, a paralyzed elderly woman, passed away after suffering from the psychological trauma of her daughter's imprisonment while Wang Lijuan was still in prison. At home now are only the couple's seven-year old son, who attends elementary school, and Mr. Zhao's seventy-year old mother. The two of them have depended on each other for survival since Mr. and Mrs. Zhao's imprisonment.

Before the suppression of Falun Gong began, Zhao Chenglin was the head of a medical team in a garrison. Wang Lijuan was a teacher at the Benxi City Commerce School. Zhao Chenglin's mother was paralyzed and remained in bed for long periods of time. She could not care for herself, so the couple took very good care of the old lady. The Zhao family was very harmonious.

After the suppression of Falun Gong began, Zhao Chenglin was forced to leave the army, and he became a doctor at the Benxi Hospital for Infectious Diseases. During the Chinese Lunar New Year of 2001, Jiang's regime created a false self-immolation at the Tiananmen Square to defame Falun Gong practitioners, which shocked the world. On the day after this self-immolation program was broadcast, Falun Dafa practitioners in Benxi City put up truth-clarification banners with the words "Tiananmen Square self-immolation is aimed at framing Falun Dafa." The authorities of the city set out to find those involved in making the banners. A former Falun Gong practitioner assisting in the persecution who had renounced Falun Gong due to brainwashing and torture reported Zhao Chenglin and Wang Lijuan. The city authorities then treated the couple as "key members" of Falun Gong.

On February 19, 2001 Wang Lijuan was tricked into her school, where the policemen of the Zijin Police Sub-station, who had been hiding there, abducted her. Then her home, her mother's home, her mother-in-law's home and her work unit were all searched. On February 20, 2001 Wang Lijuan was arrested. On the same evening the police attempted to arrest Zhao Chenglin, but Mr. Zhao was able to escape. On March 22 Benxi Detention Center released Wang Lijuan. However, after she filled out the release form, the "610 Office" [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems] sent her to a drug rehabilitation center to extort a confession. The policemen forced Wang Lijuan to keep her eyes open for a successive three days and nights. However, Wang Lijuan refused to answer any questions. Three days later, the "610 Office" sent Wang Lijuan back to the detention center once again. One month later, on April 25, 2001, she was formally incarcerated.

On May 28, 2001 the policemen tricked Zhao Chenglin to the army unit where he once served, located in Qiaotou Township of Benxi City. About 30 soldiers from a company of special agents who were concealed then came out and abducted him. Zhao Chenglin was beaten before being sent to Benxi Detention Center. One month later, in July 2002, Zhao Chenglin was sentenced to one year of forced labor. During his detention at the Benxi Forced Labor Camp, Zhao Chenglin suffered from the cruel torture of stretching. When the torture starts the victim's hands and legs are stretched, and then the metal chains are cranked and tightened, lifting up the victim's body with only the buttocks slightly touching the floor. In October 2001, Zhao Chenglin successfully escaped from the forced labor camp with another practitioner. After two weeks on the run, Zhao Chenglin was reported, and the policemen of the forced labor camp arrested him again.

Under direct instructions from the Political Commissar Chen Zhongwei and Deputy Head of the Forced Labor Camp Wu Gang, policemen Wang Yi, Ding Huibo, Zheng Tao, Zhao Dawei and others beat him relentlessly. As a result, Zhao Chenglin was severely injured and lost consciousness due to the beating. These policemen received clear instructions to find out the source of the truth-clarification materials of Benxi City, so even with Zhao Chenglin's life in critical condition, the policemen did not stop the brutal torture.

After information about the persecution of Zhao Chenglin appeared on Clearwisdom.net, many people learned about how he had suffered. Zhao Chenglin's families and relatives went to the forced labor camp, asking for his release. The policemen at the labor camp were a bit restrained and improved their treatment of Zhao Chenglin. As a result of persecution and torture, Zhao Chenglin was already extremely weak, and he could no longer take care of himself.

In July 2002, at the time when Zhao Chenglin's term of one-year forced labor came to completion, the Benxi City "610 Office" and the forced labor camp plotted together and approved his re-arrest, and they locked him up in Benxi City Detention Center. In October of the same year, Zhao Chenglin was sentenced by the Xihu district court to ten years imprisonment. There has been no news of him since. Now, nobody knows of his whereabouts or if he is still alive.

While Zhao was at the forced labor camp, his wife Wang Lijuan suffered for three years at the Benxi Detention Center. On February 19, 2004 Wang Lijuan's three-year imprisonment term was complete. Her mother-in-law passed away because of the heavy psychological trauma she suffered during her incarceration. Only the 7-year-old elementary school boy and his over 70-year-old grandmother are left in the Zhaos' home. They depended on each other for survival. Zheng Tao, Ding Huibo and some other policemen of Benxi Forced Labor Camp occupied the grandmother's room for a week in order to catch Zhao Chenglin after he escaped from the forced labor camp. These policemen hid in the room day and night, and threatened the grandmother into "cooperating" with them.

Benxi City's "610 Office" has worked very hard in persecuting Falun Dafa, and this is especially so with steadfast Falun Dafa practitioners. The "610 Office" wants to wipe out all of these practitioners. Take for example, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Qiu Zhiyan, who staged a hunger strike at Benxi Forced Labor Camp and was released on bail for "medical treatment". Benxi Forced Labor Camp secretly sent him to a mental hospital and attempted to murder him by injecting him with dangerous amounts of drugs. Their plot failed. Thereafter, Qiu Zhiyan was torture to death for trying to appeal. Sixty-six-year old retired teacher Ms. Zhang Cuizhen was tortured at the forced labor camp for more than three years, and she was on the verge of death. After she was released, she was hounded by the Benxi City "610 Office", and two months later she died as a result of the persecution. In another incident, Dafa practitioner Mr. Jiang Hulin was released from Dabei Prison in Shenyang City after completing four years of imprisonment, but even before he stepped out of prison, the policemen from Benxi City's "610 Office" drove a car into the prison and attempted to abduct him again. Only when Jiang's family risked their own lives to prevent his arrest did the plot collapse.

Country code: 86, area code 414

Benxi City Forced Labor Camp, address: Weining Ying of Mingshan District, Benxi City; the postcode: 117008

The Political Commissar of the Benxi City Forced Labor Camp Chen Zhongwei: 86-414-4512310 ext 303(O)

The Switch board of the Benxi City Forced Labor Camp: 86-414-4512310

Director of the Camp Lu Wenbing: 86-414-4511709

The Director's Office: 86-414-4512310 ext 301

The Office of the Political Commissioner: 86-414-451-2310 ext 303

Deputy Director who is in charge of prison guards Wu Gang: 86-414-4512310 ext 101

Secretary of the Disciplinary Commission: 86-414-4512443 ext 401

Director of the Political Department: 86-414-4512443 ext 408

Assistant to the Director of the forced labor camp: 86-414-4512660 exe 215

The Office of the Labor Camp: 86-414-4512080 (fax); 86-414-4512080 ext 406 (Fax)

The Disciplining Supervisory Office: 86-414-4512080 ext 415

Political Department: 86-414-4512080 ext 409

Legal Affairs Office: 86-414-4512080 ext 403

Safety and Security Department: 86-414-4511707 ext 210

The Group from the Procuratorate Stationing in the Forced Labor Camp:  86-414-4511707 ext 204

The Prison of Drug Rehabilitation: (A place where Falun Gong practitioners were tortured and brainwashed): Head Liu Shaoshi: 86-414-4511707 ext 635

The No. 1 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 601

The No. 2 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 602

The No. 3 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 603

The No. 4 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 604

The No. 6 Division (The room where they stretched practitioners):  86-414-4511707 ext 625

The No. 7 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 607

The No. 8 Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 608

The No. 9 Division: 86-414-3835988

The No. 10: Division: 86-414-4511707 ext 610

The Division directly under the forced labor camp: (solitary compartment):  86-414-4511707 ext 609

The Surveillance Administrative Detachment of Benxi City Public Security Bureau, address: No 5 Yuren Street, postcode: 117002

Director of the detachment: 86-414-5892591

The Office of the Political Commissar: 86-414-5892765

Deputy Director of the Detachment: 86-414-5892021, 86-414-5892511, 86-414-5890352

Supervisory Section: 86-414-2833176

Assistant Section: 86-414-2833232

Political Department: 86-414-2833231

General Office: 86-414-5890776

Benxi City Detention Center: 86-414-5893619

The Benxi City Public Security Bureau, address: Shifu Road, postcode 117000 Safety and Security Detachment: 86-414-2845289 (It is specialized in persecuting Falun Gong).

The Mingshan Sub-police Station of Benxi City, address: Gao Sheng Street, post code: 117000

The Domestic Safety and Security Division: 86-414-3843156 (specialized in persecuting): 86-414-3847080

The Pingshan Police Sub-bureau: post code, address, 16 Shifu South Road.

The national Security Division: 86-414-2808007 (specialized in persecuting Falun Dafa)

The Xihu Public Security Sub-bureau of Benxi City, address: Xihu Street; post code: 117002

Safety and Security Division, address: Xihu Street, post code 117002

Safety and Security Division: 86-414-5836534 (specialized in persecuting Falun Gong)

The Nanfeng Public Security Sub-bureau, address: Nanfeng, post code 117014

National Security Division: 86-414-3834239 (specialized in persecuting Falun Gong)

The Security Department of Benxi Iron and Steal Complex, address: Beiguang Road, post code 117000

Political and Security Section: 86-414-7828337 (specialized in persecuting Falun Gong)

The Xiyuan Public Security Sub-Bureau of Benxi City, address: 33 Dongming Road, post code:117002

The Political, Economic and Security Section: 86-414-3227996 (specialized in persecuting Falun Dafa)

The Office of the Shiqiaozi Economic and Technological Development Zone of Benxi City, address: Shiqiaozi, postcode: 117004

Safety and Security Division: 86-414-5858410 (specialized in persecuting Falun Dafa)

The Xihu District Court of Benxi County, address: Zhanqian Jie, post code: 117002 (Once sentenced Zhao Chengli ten years imprisonment).

Director: 86-414-5836187

Deputy Director: 86-414-5836619, 86-414-5836201

Disciplinary Team: 86-414-5839407

Political Work Section: 86-414-5836339

General Office: 86-414-5836169

Criminal Court: 86-414-5836729

Enforcement Court: 86-414-5835327, 86-414-5853873,


Judicial Supervisory Court: 86-414-5835024

Shiqiaozi Court: 86-414-5851211, 86-414-5853872

Caitun Court: 86-414-5893773, 86-414-5881085