Summary of Other Articles and News - June 1, 2005
Facts of the Persecution
Falun Dafa practitioner Jia Guojie in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province sentenced to five years in prison
Dafa practitioner Jia Guojie from Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province was arrested in October 2004 when distributing truth clarification materials on the train. He was forced to get off at the Linfen Train Station in Shanxi Province and was held at the Jishan County Detention Center for over six months. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He has been on a hunger strike for over a month and is in critical condition. Jia Guojie graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from the former First Military Medical University. He was sent to work with a border patrol military branch in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. In 1999 he was fired for practicing Falun Gong. In late 2000, classmates reported him when he was distributing truth clarification materials at the First Military Medical University. Liu Weidong and Luo Can, officials from the university security division, arrested and sent him to the local police department. They later sentenced him to three years of forced labor.
Recent persecution of Dafa practitioners in Chengdu City
Practitioners Guo Wenjuan and her husband Yang Gong were arrested
In the evening of May 25, 2005, the head of the street Party committee and the head of the Yangliu Village Armed Bureau in Chengdu City ordered their subordinates to arrest practitioners Guo Wenjuan and her husband Yang Gong, an engineer in his 70s.
On May 23, 2005, perpetrators from Chengdu City Police Department and the 610 Office went to Luzhou to have a meeting and to plan the persecution of Dafa practitioners. Led by persons from the Chengdu City Party Committee, the perpetrators at the Chengdu City "610 Office" and those from the National Security Bureau have conducted frenzied arrests of Dafa practitioners. More than 20 practitioners including Huang Fangping, Luo Suyun and Zhou have been rounded up. They were sent to the Xindu District Brainwashing Class and prisons to be brainwashed. The perpetrators torture the practitioners both physically and mentally. At around 11:00 p.m. one day last week, they broke into the home of practitioner Luo Suyun's mother-in-law who is in her 70s. They ransacked the place and beat her until her body was covered with bruises. They took her away without notifying her family. The neighbors expressed anger at such lawless behavior. The police also ransacked practitioner Zhang Chunfang's home.
Update on the circumstances of practitioner Ms. Yu Weichun from Fushun City, Liaoning Province, who has been missing
Practitioner Ms. Yu Weichun, around 55 years of age, worked at the Mine Lighting Factory of the Fushun City Mining Bureau in Liaoning Province. She went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa in early October 2000. In mid October 2000, she again went to Beijing to appeal. In early November 2000, it was learned the local police went to Beijing to pick up practitioners who were arrested there. Yu Weichun's sister and son said they have not heard anything from her.
Statements of Appeal/Petition and family letter from the Harbin Women's Prison
Practitioner Song Qing's petition statement: I am a Falun Gong practitioner. My name is Song Qing and I am being held at the No. 1 Division of the Heilongjiang Province Women's Prison. On September 11, 2002 I was transferred to the Harbin Women's Prison, where the guards hit my eyes and bruised them. Several days later, they forced a dozen practitioners, including me, to do military drills and march under the scorching sun. I passed out as a result, and when I came to, they ordered me to write a guarantee statement. I refused, and they forced me to stay under the sun. In late September 2002, I was transferred to another division and was slapped over ten times for refusing to cooperate with the perpetrators. In mid-December, I was forced to stand for a whole night and was not allowed to sleep. In mid-June 2003, we practitioners refused to do slave labor and to wear the inmate uniforms. The guards tore our clothes and humiliated us. They wrapped my head with a white cloth and beat and kicked me until I could not breathe. In December 2003, I was forced to stack stools against the wall for a whole week. On January 1, 2004 [Chinese lunar calendar], about 20 practitioners were forced to stand in the pump room for a whole night. On March 8, 2004 I was tortured with a method called "The Big Hang-up" [There are two forms in this torture: (1) With both hands cuffed behind the back and only toes touching the ground, one is hung by a rope that is tied to the metal window frames; (2) One hand of a practitioner is cuffed to one bunk bed and the other hand to another bed, and the two beds are pulled in the opposite directions. One feels extreme pain as the body is being pulled. See illustration on
http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/11/17/54624.html]. I lost consciousness and the guards put me down. After I came to, they hung me back up. In the evening of May 14, 2004, the practitioners refused to answer roll call and the guards savagely beat us. On May 15, 2004, they again tortured me with the "the Big Hang-up." The handcuffs cut into my wrists. I lost the feeling in my arms, which turned black and blue.
Practitioner Zhu Xiangqin's letter to fellow practitioners: Right now, I am at Group 2, Division 1 of a women's prison. The practitioners here have been validating Dafa, opposing the persecution, clarifying the truth and offering sentient beings salvation. On August 30, 2002, I was stripped of my clothes on arrival and subjected to brainwashing. The guards didn't allow me to eat, have fluids or sleep. They handcuffed my hands behind my back, forced me to squat, and they punched, kicked and stomped on me. Other practitioners refused to recite the prison policies, to answer roll call and to squat. They refused to say they are inmates, and as result were detained in solitary confinement. They had their hands cuffed behind their backs, locked to shackles fixed onto the ground, and hung up and tortured with the Tiger Bench. They forbade me to eat or sleep, and often verbally abused and hit me. Practitioner Yu Xiulan at Division 2 had her hands cuffed behind her back, and was forced to squat and stand for long periods of time. Her feet were disabled from being shackled for extended periods of time. One of her wounds was three centimeters across. Her bones were exposed, yet she was still forced to stand for more than 40 days.
Fellow practitioners at Division 8 had their hands cuffed behind their backs. They were not permitted to sleep and were hung up. Practitioner Ren Shuxian was hung up for over 20 days. She jumped off a building and broke her pelvis and legs. The inmates jabbed the practitioners with needles. Practitioners who opposed the persecution were detained in solitary confinement. They tied the practitioners up, didn't allow them to use the toilet, held their eyes open with matchsticks, inserted sticks into the practitioners' vaginas, and tortured them with "the Big Hang-up." After the practitioners passed out, the perpetrators put the practitioners down and put drugs into their mouths. After they came to, the perpetrators hung them up again. From December 1 to December 12, they used electric batons and bamboo sticks to torture the practitioners. They whipped and electrically shocked the practitioners, kicked and hit the practitioners and cuffed their hands behind their backs. They also forced the practitioners to plow the snow. The practitioners were covered with bruises. In 2004, guards at Division 1 tortured practitioner Chu Qingfen with "The Big Hang-up" many times, which caused brain damage and injuries to her back.
Practitioner Zhu Xiangqin's letter to her husband: consult a lawyer and show him my letter about the persecution against me. File a lawsuit against Wang Xing, Liu Zhiqiang, Cong, heads of the Harbin Women's Prison; Yang Hua and Zhao Xiling, officials of Division 2; Zheng Jie, head of Division 8; Cui Hongmei and Xia Fengying, heads of Division 1. My life is constantly in danger here. Right now I'm being watched around the clock. In February 2003, guards Yu Yubo, Sun Qiuxia and Zhang Xuan stomped on my back so severely that I could not lie flat afterwards. I could not bend my back or sit. Inmates Yan Yaxia and Meng Xia hit me with bamboo sticks until my whole body turned black and blue. An egg-sized bump formed on one of my legs and I have no feeling in my thighs. My family came to visit me, and they refused to leave until they saw me in person. The perpetrators are afraid because they know that they are violating the law.
In 2000, practitioner Wang Bin in Daqing City was tortured to death. His family and other practitioners filed a lawsuit against Feng Xi, the official on duty, as well as three inmates. The plaintiffs won and received 200,000 Yuan in compensation. The five perpetrators were sentenced to 18 years, 12 years, 5 years and 3 years in prison.