The Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in Lingshi County, Shanxi Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Since July 20, 1999, people from the 610 Office and the police bureau in Lingshi County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province, have been closely following the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to persecute Falun Gong. Under orders from Kong Yi, deputy chief of the police bureau; Zhao Xiuyun, manager of the Politics and Security Division; Xie Linsheng, former head of the Renyi Police Station; and other officials, police officers led by Wang Jianjun attempted to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their cultivation practice. The means they used were very base and cruel.
1. The Persecution of Ms. Wang Linying
In spring 2001, Xie Linsheng, former head of the Renyi Police Station, stopped Ms. Wang Linying from doing the exercises. They illegally arrested her and took her to the police station, where they ordered her to hand in her Dafa lecture cassettes. They threatened Ms. Xie by saying, "If you don't hand them in, then we'll strip you."
In summer 2002, Ms. Wang was handing out truth-clarification materials when she was reported by people who were not aware of the truth. She was arrested and detained in the police station, where she was forced to hand in truth-clarification materials and tell where she got the materials. She was released that same day. The local police station handed over the truth-clarification materials from Ms. Wang to the police bureau. Three days after Ms. Wang's arrest, police officers Zhao Xiuyun and Xie Linsheng arrested her again and took her to the police station, where they forced her to "confess" by torturing her. They handcuffed her to a heating device, deprived her of sleep, didn't allow her to eat or drink, and even tried to force her to curse Dafa. The torture lasted for a day and a night.
Later, Ms. Wang loosened her handcuffs and managed to escape with righteous thoughts. To avoid further persecution, however, she had to leave home and move from place to place. In November, Ms. Wang was discovered by someone in Taiyuan City. Kong Yi and Zhao Xiuyun arrested her and took her back to the Lingshi County Police Bureau, where they put her in handcuffs and shackles and beat her. They used a wooden club to hit Ms. Wang on the back of her hands, face, and her entire body. She was beaten until she had bruises all over her body, her hands and face were purple, and the backs of her hands were swollen badly. It broke people's hearts when they saw her injuries. Later, Ms. Wang was detained at a detention center.
A few days later, Zhao Xiuyun brought in a thug, and together they beat Ms. Wang until she had bruises around her eyes and was dizzy. Only when they were exhausted did they stop beating her. Later they sent Ms. Wang to a forced labor camp, where she was detained for three years. During that period of time, they didn't allow Ms. Wang's family to visit her. Zhao even told the labor camp to treat her harshly.
At the forced labor camp, Ms. Wang endured severe persecution. Her hair turned gray, and she suffered from serious anemia and, eventually, severe mental instability.
2. An Account of the Persecution of Ms. Shi Xiuneng
In January 2000, because she went to Beijing to appeal to the government for justice for Falun Gong, Ms. Shi Xiuneng was arrested and taken to the Lingshi County Police Bureau. At the bureau, Kong Yi, Zhao Xiuyun, and a group of police officers tried to terrify her: they held her in a secret place and tried to force her to write the so-called Repentance Statement and Guarantee Statement. Later, they held her at a detention center for 30 days, where she suffered inhuman torture.
On January 16, 2001, Ren Zhaoting and personnel from the 610 Office broke into Ms. Shi Xiuneng's home without presenting any identification or reason. They searched every corner of her home and didn't find anything but a notebook. They forced Ms. Shi to go to the police station a few times, where they interrogated her and tried to terrify her. Ms. Shi was forced to leave home and move from place to place in order to avoid further persecution.
In mid-November 2001, Xie Lingsheng and Wang Jianjun from the Shiyi Police Station arrested Ms. Shi and took her to a police station, where they tried to force her to write the Guarantee Statement. They also threatened her, telling her to not clarify the truth or contact fellow practitioners.
In November 2002, Xie Linsheng and Wang Jianjun broke into Ms. Shi's home again and deceived her by asking her to validate some materials at the police station. Instead, they took her directly to the Police Bureau. Politics and Security Division Manager Zhao Xiuyun swore at her with cruel words and beat her severely. He then held Ms. Shi in the detention center. At the detention center, Zhao Xiuyun instigated a few criminals to monitor, bully, and torture Ms. Shi. She was sentenced and detained in the forced labor camp for three years. The head of the police station boasted to others, "It was I who threw Ms. Shi in jail."
At the detention center, Ms. Shi wasn't given enough food and she was not able to sleep. Inhuman torture triggered her old diseases. As a result, she was extremely weak, yet Kong Yi and Zhao Xiuyun still took her to Shanxi Women's Forced Labor Camp. Because of her poor health, Ms. Shi was denied admittance to the forced labor camp. Later, they forced Ms. Shi's family to hand over 3,000 yuan as a deposit before they released her.
3. The Persecution of Ms. Song Miaomiao
In early November 2002, a group of people led by Zhao Xiuyun broke into Ms. Song Miaomiao's home for no reason. They arrested Ms. Song and Cao Lihong and took them to the police bureau. Kong Yi and Zhao Xiuyun ordered a few robustly-built police officers to cruelly torture both of them. They struck them with clubs, beating them very badly, especially Song Miaomiao. She was beaten to the point where others could not bear the sight of her and hardly any place on her body was uninjured.
4. The Persecution of Practitioners Ms. Cao Shuangmei and Wen Changsheng
Around the 2006 New Year Ms. Cao Shuangmei and Wen Changsheng were arrested. Zhao Xiuyun beat them repeatedly, and Ms. Cao was beaten so badly that she lost hearing in both ears and her teeth were loosened, yet she was still taken to the detention center.
Between November 3 and 6, 2002, six practitioners were arrested. They suffered from Zhao Xiuyun's cruel torture to different degrees. Zhao cursed Dafa and shouted that he would place female practitioners in isolated areas where only men resided.
Since 1999, police officials and officers under orders from Kong Yi and Zhao Xiuyun have been persecuting Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners. They have caused practitioners and their family members tremendous physical and mental torment. They have also caused considerable financial loss to their family members. During these past nine years, over 30 practitioners in this area have suffered from persecution to different degrees.
Practitioners who were fined: Qin Lixiang, Wen Changsheng
Practitioners who were held in Administrative Detention: Wang Linying, Han Lianzhi, Li Junmin, Hao Xiuping, Guo Genquan, Shi Yaoxian
Practitioners who were held in Criminal Detention: Li Guobao, Shi Xiuneng, Cao Shuangmei
Practitioners who were under surveillance: Zhao Baohuai, Zhang Laiwang, Shi Yaoxian
Practitioners who were detained in forced labor camps: Shi Xiuneng, Wu Wenlan, Wang Linying, Shi Yaoxian, Zhang Laiwang, Cao Caihong, Jiang Genglian, Cao Fuquan, Qin Linxiang, Zhao Anping, Cao Yihong, Song Miaomiao.