|An Official of Department
of Security of Hebei Province Jailed for Appealing for Falun Dafa
[Hebei, Feb. 13] Mr. Hong-sheng Tao, an official in the Department of Security of Hebei Province, got arrested on December 25 1999 when he and Mr. Bing Wu, a teacher from the 18th middle school of Shijiazhuang city, unfurled a banner reading "Falun Dafa" on the Tiananmen Square. Mr. Tao's wife and daughter also got arrested. His deeds had made astir among the Central Political-Legal Committee, the state security department and the police departments. He was directly escorted back to the department of security of Hebei province for home arrest. Two people worked on him for seven days. However, he always insisted that Falun Dafa is a righteous practice and the decision of the government was wrong. Therefore, Mr. Tao was expelled from the party and removed from the post. He was given a sentence of 3 years of forced labor. Mr. Wu was given a sentence of 2 years of forced labor.
Mr. Tao's wife and daughter were escorted back to the local police station. They were forced to write pledge and pay the fine. Mr. Tao's wife refused to do that. The department of security had already confiscated their apartment in order to put pressure on Mr. Tao's wife.