Chinese Government's Severe
Of Falun Gong Practitioners'
(Updated on September 1st)
THE FOLLOWING IS ONLY AN INCOMPLETE LIST. WE WILL UPDATE
THIS AS WE RECEIVE MORE REPORTS.
Chinese government blocks the passage of information in all means, including:
People have risked their lives to
get this information out of China. Thus, for some happenings,
we may not have exact location and time. All phone lines, email, and Internet
web sites in China are closely monitored or cut off. We now reveal to the
world a small sample of the faxes and emails that friends and relatives
have received from Falun Dafa practitioners.
Forcing domestic peoples to be silent by using their dictating power
like army and police;
Preventing international media, even those physically in China, from
obtaining the first-hand facts;
Spreading lies all over the world after cutting the contact between
people and foreign media.
As early as before July 20th, Falun Gong practitioners had already been
harassed, wiretapped, tailed. However, the situation became extremely severe
after July 20th and the persecution towards Falun Gong was escalated as
shown in the records below. Thus, this report is divided into two parts:
The situation in China is still developing and getting worse by the hour.
We call on all kind-hearted people in the world to appeal to the Chinese
government to stop these brutal persecution and respect human rights and
to allow Chinese citizens the basic right to read the virtuous book and
to practice the health enhancing exercises of their choice.
From July 20th until August 28th
July 19th 1999
Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province
July 20th 1999
11:00pm Mr. Duan Rongxin and Mr. Miao Yingzhi were arrested.
Since the early morning of July 20th (Beijing
time), the Public Security Departments in different parts of China have
begun to arrest Falun Gong key coordinators on large scale.
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province
Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province
Five key Falun Gong coordinators were arrested. They are Li Hongkui, Zhang
Shengjie, Li Xiubo, Wu Hongzhu, and Wu Wenfang. Their homes were ransacked;
and books and other material about Falun Dafa were taken away.
Dalian City, Liaoning Province
Some Falun Dafa practitioners were arrested, including Mr. Wu Baolun, Mr.
Zhou Wenliang, etc. Li Yuxia and her husband were arrested leaving their
child at home.
At 4:31am, Mr. Wang Hongbin and Ms. Feng Xiaomei were arrested at home.
Around 5am, Mr. Xie Zhengyuan was arrested. When the report was written,
his home was still being ransacked. Around the same time, Mr. Xu Xinmu
July 21st 1999
4:15am, police arrested some Falun Gong practitioners. Those who are confirmed
arrests are, Mr. Yu Xiaode, Ms. Gao Chunmei, Ms. Yang Liying, Ms Tang Qiaoyun,
Mr. Yang Chuanjun, Ms Guan Shuqing and Mr. Li Fangjin.
Upon learning of the above arrests and many more, numerous practitioners
went to the Government Appealing Bureau in the afternoon.
At 1:30pm, the Department of Public Security sent a large number of policemen
to deal with the practitioners.
Police began to drag the practitioners to cars
while severely beating them.
Many women had their hair pulled right out.
Some makes were being choked, while others fell
and stumbled police continued to beat them.
There were even some young practitioners beaten twice, by four and five
officers at a time.
Children were dragged by their feet and thrown into cars
A thirty-year old woman was dragged and beaten
by three or four policemen.
When a policeman dropped his radio, one of the practitioners even picked
it up for him. During such treatment the practitioners have been silent
and always thought of others first.
100 practitioners were being dragged and beaten. An
80-year-old on looker said " I have never seen police beat people like
Police usually tried to disperse the gathering by intimidation, policemen
began to grad people, especially young people out of the crowd and beat
them brutally. " They pushed a dozen practitioners together, then kicked
and hit them at will. Even children and old people
were beaten as well."
Police used high-pressure water pipe to disperse the crowd in front of
the provincial government building in Taiyuan, shangxi Province.
And violent police were deployed in the southern city of Shenzhen.
More than 10,000 practitioners went to the Appeal Bureau located on North
Huangchuan Street. It was estimated that over 2000 riot police were dispatched.
At about 9:00am police began to drag and beat practitioners and throw them
onto buses. Some police said that they enjoyed
beating the practitioners very much and it seemed like a birthday celebration.
They used shields to encompass the practitioners and beat them without
At about 12:00, over 3000 practitioners were shipped to Fengtai stadium,
where there were already 4000 to 5000 practitioners.
At 2:30pm police began to register practitioners.
At 6:30pm practitioners were violently forced back onto buses and send
back to their homes.
Two military police held an old woman in her sixties by the legs and threw
her into the bus.
An old woman over eighty years old was pushed down onto the ground and
she almost fainted.
Some were dragged for more than thirty meters by their feet.
Practitioners did not fight back when beaten or
talk back when verbally abused, In one of the military vans, a seventy-six
year old woman gave her seat to a policeman. The practitioners gave their
towels to the policemen to wipe their sweat. When it rained in the afternoon,
they held umbrellas for the policemen on duty.
Yangchen City, Jiangsu Province
Between 500,000 to 60,000 practitioners gathered in Beijing. Students in
Police Schools were dispatched due to shortage of police.
Railways and train stations no longer sell tickets
Practitioners have been travelling through rivers to avoid roadblocks to
get to Beijing.
Practitioners held in stadium are held with no
water and no food.
July 23rd 1999
At 10:00am nearly 1000 Falun Gong practitioners appealed to the city government.
During the appeal they dept good order carrying no posters or slogans.
At 5:00pm police came and arrested 20 practitioners. Until July 25th, some
have still not yet been released.
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province
Haikou City, Hainandao Province
At 4:00am 10,000 practitioners assembled in front of the Provincial Government
office in Harbin and requested the release of four practitioners, They
have been detained for more than 48 hours.
At 6:00am, policemen started to force practitioners onto buses.
At 7:30am, all practitioners were sent to the Provincial Stadium where
they would read their books and do their exercises.
At 9:30am, practitioners were once again loaded on buses. Military troops
were also used sometimes.
At 11:00am, practitioners were moved to schools.
Despite this effort by the police a large number of practitioners still
gathered outside the provincial government building.
July 24th 1999
July 23rd, news from Haihou said that more than 500 practitioners were
Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province
Canadian friends received news that more than 1000
held in the Agricultural Institute in Beijing without water, food and electricity
since July 22nd.
Haikou City, Hainandao Province
Practitioners who went to Appealing Bureau were not allowed to go home
for one week. They and their families were forced to stay in one place
to attend brainwash workshop.
July 25th 1999
Up to July 23rd, practitioners had been appealing for 4 days. Police arrested
everyone who went for appealing. There were around 500 practitioners arrested.
Head of Xinhua police station tore a young female
practitioner's clothes and beat her like animal.
10,000 Falun Gong practitioners held in Hebei
Stadium since July 22nd without water and food.
July 28th 1999
One train full of arrested practitioners has left for northeast China.
Many practitioners were beaten. Some female practitioners
were beaten with cloth torn.
Yesterday Beijing reached its highest temperature
45C(113F), many arrested practitioners stayed in the sun light for a whole
One practitioner who escaped the arrest reported that: " We are under police
watch 24 hours. We couldnÂt go home nor sleep for hours for many
days. Police interrogated us in turn and didnÂt
allow us to sleep and asked us to sign written promise of quitting
the Falun Dafa practice. Our neighbors were forced
to urge us. If we continue to practice Falun Dafa, our neighbor will be
fined 500 currency.
July 29th 1999
According to internal information, police were well prepared. Besides riot
policemen, it is said that 38 troop has arrived in Beijing waiting for
Xi'an City, Shanxi Province
Beijing Bureau of Justice issued a notice setting a reporting procedure
for all requests of consulting and legal representation related to Falun
Gong. The notice set the regulation to disallow
any contract for legal representation to be signed unless the case is pre-approved
by the Office of Legal Administration. Besides all the contents
of answers to litigants related to Falun Gong has to match the one from
the Central Government.
Xioujuan Song, Shuendi Shou, Dawei Wang were arrested. Currently, they
may be under custody at home 24 hours. Also, 7:00AM on July 20, more than
500 Xi'an practitioners went to the provincial government to report the
facts, but did not have any result. Three young practitioners were arrested.
Xi'an practitioners were asked by their working units to write a promise
to give up Falun Gong practice, otherwise they would be fired (retired
practitioners would lose their pensions); and were asked by security department
to turn in all Dafa materials or it may result in severe consequences.
August 1st 1999
Right now, most detained Falun Gong practitioners have returned to their
working units. They began to suffer further mental torment. They were forced
to watch news from CCTV and write promise to give up Falun Gong. Their
relatives also needed to write the same promise. If
they did not write the promise, their relatives would get into trouble.
This was used to provoke the conflict between practitioners and their relatives.
Jinan City, Shangdong Province
August 4th 1999
The assistants at the practice sites were arrested and their homes were
searched. About 9000 Dafa practitioners went to provincial, city governments
and related institutes to appeal. Because there was policeman everywhere,
practitioners were taken away by buses or dispersed by force even before
they arrived at their destination. Since July 21, policemen scrutinized
many practitionersÂ homes. Their normal lives were interfered. They
would be watched once they went out of their homes. Also, there was policeman
everywhere near the train station.
August 5th 1999
In the movement of suppressing the Falun Gong by the central government,
governments at all levels and relevant departments have scared, beat and
even used the police weapons to force the practitioners to write promise
to depart from the Falun Gong organization. Those who did not write were
detained. Different opinions are not allowed, and freedom of belief is
not allowed. Every practitioner is forced to confirm to the central government.
If you are different, you will be considered against the government.
Falun Dafa practitioners in the rural areas were
not only beaten, they were also punished monetarily to turn in 500 - 5000
Yuan. Electronic devices at practitioners' homes were taken away for those
who could not afford it.
Yantai City, Shangdong Province
In some villages and towns in Yantai City, Shandong Province, Falun
Gong practitioners are put together to make them do hard labor under the
scorching sun every day. Also, every
practitioner was unreasonably required to pay 5000 Chinese Yuan as cash
pledge. If there are several practitioners in one family, they
need to pay 10,000 Chinese Yuan. To those families who are already very
poor, paying this amount of money is like "snow plus frost". If
any one still practices Falun Gong or goes to appeal, the cash pledge will
be confiscated and the practitioner will be punished even harder.
August 6th 1999
Currently, the suppression of Falun Gong in China is escalating constantly.
All Falun Gong practitioners are required to write the promise to depart
from Dafa by different levels of the government from the central government
to the local police departments. If the practitioners do not write the
promise, they will use both hard and soft tactics coupling threats with
promises. At the same time, they use the practitionersÂ relatives
and friends to shake the morale of the practitioners until practitioners
unwillingly write the promise. These acts have seriously violated the International
Human Rights Treaty and are against the will of the Falun Gong practitioners.
All the people entering Beijing are kept under strict control. People
who enter Beijing must present credentials issued by their working units
to the local police departments. These credentials must also be verified
by the police departments.
August 8th 1999
Security Department picks up some practitioners who are thought to be important
and take them to police department to torture. Yesterday, a
practitioner was released from police department. He told us that policemen
knocked him with steel pipe, slapped his face, kicked his abdomen and forced
him to tell information of contact persons.
On the other hand, all enterprises threaten practitioners with Communist
Party membership, working position, and student status. We are asked to
write promise to separate ourselves from Dafa in our heart.
Haikou City, Hainandao Province
August 13th 1999
In the morning of August 8, three to four hundred practitioners who practiced
in All Green Garden were taken away by policemen by force.
August 15th 1999
Practitioners in some areas have gone to Beijing to appeal. After they
were sent back by force, all of them were detained in local police stations
for 15 days. By the end of 15 days, all of them were released.
Also, it is like the Cultural Revolution, every working unit has a quota.
In some places, the same practitioner has been arrested twice, because
different police departments all have to meet their quota.
Police use all kinds of means to interrogate practitioners. There
was a practitioner from another town who did not want to expose and criticize.
They used a plastic bag to cover his head to suffocate him.
August 16th 1999
One day after July 22, (maybe 25th), an employee in a cable TV station
went to a hospital and found a patient. He gave the patient a note and
asked him to memorize it. The note stated that his health deteriorated
after his practice of Falun Gong. The patient said that he knew nothing
about Falun Gong. The employee from TV station said: "It doesnÂt
matter, just say what the note says." Later on, since the patient was too
stiff with his recitation, he was asked to say in his own words to be video
Wuhan City, Hubei Province
The email correspondence of Falun Gong practitioners are under the control
of public security department. Once they are found to receive or send out
any email related to Falun Gong, their email service will be close down.
Prisons disallow any visit to all detained Falun
August 17th 1999
On July 21, policemen blocked airport, train station and interrogated and
examined everybody closely in order to stop practitioners from going to
Beijing, and capital of our province. Some practitionersÂ personal
freedom was restricted. On July 22, it was known that the assistant practitioner
in our city was arrested. Lots of practitioners went to city government
voluntarily to report facts with benevolence. Practitioners were so quiet
and serene, but they were still labeled as making troubles. Policemen beat
them up, threw them to some buses and sent them to suburbs. Many practitioners
including some senior citizens were hurt. But nobody fought back. Some
practitioners went back to city government from suburb, getting detained
again, back and forth like this for many times.
One male practitioner was beaten by electrical
baton, because he showed his determination with Dafa. His
mother in law, who is also a practitioner, was kept in the next room to
hear his pitiful cry. Such insult and torture toward kind and
pure practitioners are really inhuman.
August 19th 1999
I went to the Central Appealing Bureau on July 23 and there I was verbally
abused. Then I was taken to the Beijing Administrative office. I stayed
in a courtyard with another 40~50 practitioners. The next day, the
temperature in Beijing reached 42C (108F). The people who watched us asked
us to sit in the courtyard under the sun until noon. There was a pregnant
woman among us. Later, by our request, we were put in a cool
place. The practitioners told me that they were
beaten in the Fengtai Stadium. The situation was exactly the
same as what was said on Minghui Net. Many practitioners'
bodies have scars.
My working unit sent people to take me back. I was arranged to live in
the working unit and was not allowed to go home. Without
any legal basis, my personal freedom was restricted for 10 days.
I was forced to write promise to quit practicing Falun Gong. I
was also told that if I do not write the promise, not to mention my life,
the supervisors at the working unit must also resign.
August 20th 1999
Chinese government held countrywide emergency meetings on August 17th.
In the meetings, Falun Gong practitioners were escalated from "illegal
organization" to "anti Communist Party, anti-government organization".
Decision was made that beginning on August 17th, the
government would adopt high-handed measures that would be even tougher.
From reliable source, the government will start with the Communist Party
members. Especially for those who refuse to write
the promise to quit practicing Falun Gong, more high-handed measures will
be used on them. The government thinks these practitioners will
"rebound" to fight back.
Because the government suppresses Falun Gong using all means, every
practitioner has to face the possibilities of sentence to imprisonment,
loss of job, loss of salary etc, this tribulation is indeed
not small. Now the situation is like this: Every type of Qigong is allowed
except Falun Gong. Every person can go to appeal except Falun Gong practitioners.
practitioner who goes to appeal will be arrested.
See how Chinese Security Departments violate laws
by persons in charge of executing it, and severely violate human rights.
Involve all relatives
Policemen blackmail practitioners for money
Some practitioners were summoned. Because they were out of town, their
whole family including non-practitioners were detained to force the practitioners
to come back. For some practitioners, all of their relatives were summoned
and interrogated. A practitioner was threatened that if he refused to quit
practicing Falun Gong, his brother would lose his job.
Policemen threaten practitioners by force in prison
During the time practitioners were detained, they had to pay more than
100 Yuan every day (It is not known whether it's the fine or for the living
expenses in prison). When they were released, they had to pay several thousands
to ten thousands Yuan of cash pledge.
August 22nd 1999
When practitioners went to Beijing to appeal, policemen cheated practitioners.
They said: "Come on, the supervisors in the Appealing Bureau are waiting
for you." They lured practitioners onto the buses and sent to the stadium
Practitioners said: " Aren't we here to see the supervisors of the Appealing
Bureau?" Nobody cared. If someone said more, he would be beaten. Most practitioners
who were beaten are male, but some female practitioners and small children
were also beaten. A little boy's chest was hurt. When practitioner asked
in the prison: " Why I'm detained?" , his head was hit one time and two
times on his chest and he was knocked down.
During the several days of detention, there were no clothes to change and
wash. The temperature in the summer reached more than 40C (104F) in Southern
China. It can be imagined that there is no electrical fan in the prison.
The rooms being used are usually for most serious political criminals.
Some practitioners were put together with drug users, prostitutes, and
Everyday, practitioners were forced to watch the TV programs which slander
Falun Gong. Practitioners were forced to write self-criticism and promise
to quit practicing Falun Gong. A practitioner was asked to write statement
to say that he hates Master Li bitterly otherwise he would be sent to reform-through-labor
August 24th 1999
I went to Beijing on July 22. I was arrested on July 23 and was sent by
train to a city. In that city, the city police department sent me back
to my hometown by bus. After I was back, I was
detained for 15 days by the so-called reason "Using feudal superstition
to disrupt social order", and should be released on August 8.
But because we all expressed that we would cultivate Dafa with firm resolution,
they would not release us. Until August 19, under their "education", we
wrote the "promise", then some of us were released. Until now, there
are still more than 20 female practitioners who are not released.
Also, 12 Dafa practitioners, both male and female
are changed to be " criminal detention and it is said that they are waiting
for the sentence to imprisonment.
Reuters, August 24 News:
French News Agency August 24 News:
This Tuesday, Chinese government said for the first time that the key
members of Falun Gong spiritual movement will face prosecution.
August 27th 1999
Chinese government has ordered the Chinese lawyers
not to plead for Falun Gong practitioners. This order comes
from the notices of Bureau of Justice to attorney offices in major cities.
The notice also asks every attorney office to report immediately detailed
information about every Falun Gong related applicant or inquirer and all
answers have to match the one from the central government.
Cui Yuqi, a Beijing officer from Bureau of Justice has confirmed the existence
of the notice, but said it is used to collect statistical information.
August 28th 1999
Practitioners at a practice site at southern China were forced to write
first "personal understanding", then "exposure and criticism". One practitioner
was sent to mental illness hospital, since he refused to write anything
and insisted on practicing Falun Gong.
Recently, a practitioner was arrested when he was practicing Falun Gong
in a quiet place early in the morning. Policemen
asked his family to turn in one thousand Yuan in exchange for his release.
I remember a grandma's saying "Our teacher is
being criticized, but he doesn't ask us for a penny. You ask for so much
money." I see that policemen are taking this as a good chance
to earn money.
A practitioner in another province said that practitioners
there were beat up and handcuffed; some practitioners refused to sign the
"quit Falun Gong promise" by fingerprinting it, and they were forced to
(... the situation is still developing. Due to the severe blockage
of communications networks (telephone/fax/email/web sites), we have no
news from the villages and many more other cities where there are significant
numbers of Falun Dafa practitioners. All we know is that the Central government
has ordered that the whole country forbid the practice of Falun Dafa. People
who dare to continue to practice Falun Dafa will be dishonorably dismissed
from the Communist Party, from school and from their jobs. All this because
Falun Dafa is a traditional, high-level Qigong practice that focuses on
Truth, Benevolence and Forbearance and offers people better physical and
mental health and has attracted millions of people all over the world are
learning and practicing it now.)
This information was collected by some Falun Dafa practitioners in North
All kind-hearted people around
please help us.
September 1st, 1999