Latest News from China - November 5, 2004
1. [Taian City, Shandong Province] Seven Falun Dafa Practitioners Sentenced to Harsh Prison Terms Ranging from Eight to Twelve Years
On September 23, 2004, the Taishan District Court secretly put the following seven Falun Dafa practitioners on trial: Mr. Zhao Weidong, Ms. Song Qi'ai, Hou Qingyuan, Song Furong, Ms. Qu Beibei, Ms. Lu Xia, and Qu Xiaotong. Zhao Weidong was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Song Qi'ai and Hou Qingyuan were each sentenced to 9 years in prison. Song Furong, Ms. Qu Beibei, Ms. Lu Xia, and Qu Xiaotong were each sentenced to 8 years in prison. (No. 134th Sentencing Statement (2004) of Criminal Cases of Taishan District People's Court in Taian City, Shandong Province.)
After the sentencing, the Falun Dafa practitioners filed a group appeal. On October 18, 2004, the Taian City Intermediate Court issued a judgment statement (No. 93rd Final Judgment (2004) on Criminal Cases of Taian City Intermediate People's Court in Shandong Province) to "reject the appeal and sustain the original sentencing" and called this the "final judgment."
Relevant individuals in this case:
Taishan District Court:
Zheng Jinyou, judge
Wang Haifeng and Zhang Rengang, jurors
Kan Jifeng, secretary
Taian City Intermediate Court:
Zhang Zhenghai, judge
Chen Wensheng and Lu Yongping, jurors
Fu Xinming, secretary
2. [Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia] Mr. Qi Hongshu Arrested for Raising Students' Awareness of Falun Dafa
On November 1, 2004, Mr. Qi Hongshu, 45, a teacher at the Honghuagou Gold Mine's Middle School in Chifeng City, was arrested by the police after they received reports from students' parents that Mr. Qi tried to raise students' awareness of Falun Dafa. He is being held at Songshan District Detention Center, where he is on a hunger strike, protesting the unlawful detention.
3. [Chengdu City, Sichuan Province] He Yigui Arrested for Raising Public Awareness of Falun Dafa
On the morning of November 15, 2004, He Yigui, from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, went to the Yulin Residential Complex to raise public awareness of Falun Dafa. Officers from the Fangcaojie Police Station detained Mr. He after receiving reports of his activities. On the same morning, officers from the Gaoxin District Police Department in Chengdu City were sent to search He Yigui's home while he was being transferred to the Yulin Police Station in Chengdu City. When He's family went to the police station to visit him, officers demanded that family members sign statements regarding the source of Falun Dafa truth-clarifying materials.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Gaoxin District Branch Police Department in Chengdu City: 86-28-85192283
24-hour call in number of Fangcaojie Police Station: 86-28-85178285
4. [Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia] Recent Development Regarding Ms. Ren Suying
At around 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2004, Chifeng City police arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Ren Suying at her rented one-story house in the Hongshan District of Chifeng City. Ms. Ren is being held at Hongshan District Detention Center.
Her family has been to the detention center since her arrest, but detention center authorities denied any meeting between her and her family. The license plate number of a police vehicle which was used in the arrest is: Inner Mongolia OD0266.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Country code: 86; city code: 476
Hongshan District Detention Center in Chifeng City: 8663772, 8670899
Bai Gula, head of the detention center: fax, 8670866
5. [Yangji City, Jilin Province] Ms. Zheng Baohua Arrested at Work by "610 Office" Police
At 5:45 p.m. on November 3, 2004, Piao Nanzhu, head of the Yanji City "610 Office" led four police officers to Yanbian International Trade Building to arrest Ms. Zheng Baohua, who was at work. Ms. Zheng resisted the unlawful arrest and shouted "Falun Dafa is good!" The officers were ashamed and angry. Five male officers surrounded her and viciously beat her.
Ms. Zheng had been held at the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp in Changchun for two years. Recently she was released. However, police arrested her again and ransacked her home, confiscating some Falun Dafa truth-clarifying materials.
Telephone numbers of individuals from the Yanji City "610 Office" who participated in the persecution:
Country code: 86; city code: 433
Piao Nanzhu: office, 2518644; home, 2539185; cellular, 86-13844338311
Hu Xiaoyan: office, 2517901; home, 2995656
Xu Guobin: office, 2564610; home, 2858801; cellular, 86-13944333322
Shen Shunshan: office, 2517901; home, 2815058
Zhang Hailong: office, 2514738; home, 2725635; 2985563
6. [Yanbian City, Jilin Province] Ms. Piao Shengjin Unlawfully Sentenced to Two Years of Forced Labor
Ms. Piao Shengjin, a woman in her forties, is from Huichun. She was arrested on July 24, 2004 while driving with other Falun Dafa practitioners to a site to distribute truth-clarifying materials. She has since been unlawfully sentenced to two years of forced labor.
7. [Huaihua City, Hunan Province] Ms. Yi Xianmei Sent to Forced Labor Camp for Teaching Falun Dafa to Students at School
On May 29, Yi Chuanxiang, a villager of Wenfeng Village called the Tangwan Town Police Station in Hongjiang City, Huaihua, Hunan Province. Yi Chuanxiang is a parent of a student of Tangwan Town Central School, and reported to the police that Ms. Yi Xianmei, a teacher at the school, was teaching students Falun Dafa material for them to memorize and also teaching them truth-clarifying songs. At 6:30 p.m. that evening, police officers broke into Ms. Yi Xianmei's home and took her to the Hongjiang City Police Department and the city's "610 Office." She was handcuffed and shackled while being interrogated. When the police realized that she would not divulge any information, they decided to send her directly to Baimalong Forced Labor Camp, where she has remained in custody.
8. [Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province] Persecution of Falun Dafa Practitioners in Shuangyashan City
Mr. Gu and his wife, both elderly people, were spotted by the police while posting truth-clarifying signs at Yishoushan in Shuangyashan City, and taken to the city's detention center. The Gu family was forced to pay a fine of 10,000 yuan in exchange for the release of the couple.
At the end of July 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Gu went to the People's Procuratorate to report the unlawful police extortion against their family. Instead they were arrested and thrown into the detention center again. In October, when their family went to visit them, Mrs. Gu, who is in her seventies, was seen wearing heavy handcuffs and shackles. She was having a hard time walking. She had to carry a part of the shackles in her hands, and her feet were badly swollen.
Ms. Cui Weiming, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Shuangyashan City, is being held at Harbin Women's Prison. When she was sent to a major hospital in Harbin City in October, doctors found her wearing handcuffs and other restraining torture devices. One day near the end of October, she suddenly lost consciousness. It was diagnosed that she had suffered from a sudden brain hemorrhage. She has since remained in critical condition.
9. [Xichang City, Sichuan Province] Liu Xiuying, Mao Kaiming and Tang Qiong Taken into Custody
On the afternoon of November 2, 2004, officers from the Xichang City State Security Unit and the Daxing Police Station broke into Ms. Liu Xiuying's home. Ms. Liu is a villager in Daxing Township of Xichang City. The officers pried open the door of her house, ransacked the house, and confiscated Falun Dafa books and other items. Two other Falun Dafa practitioners, Mao Kaiming and Tang Qiong, who happened to be at Ms. Liu's home at the time, were also arrested. They have since remained in custody.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Country code: 86; city code: 834
Xichang City "610 Office": 3239667
Zhang Guangrong, director of Xichang City "610 Office": home, 3291113; cellular, 86-13908158947
Xichang City State Security Unit: 2164671 extension 6896
Li Yu, head of Xichang City State Security Unit
Luo Yi, deputy head of Xichang City State Security Unit: 3667422, 2230186; cellular, 86-13708143191
Liu Guoqiang, deputy head of Xichang City State Security Unit: 3666609
10. [Huixian City, Henan Province] Li Shuanyun Arrested and Taken to Forced Labor Camp
Falun Dafa practitioner Li Shuanyun is from Huixian City, Henan Province. At 10:00 a.m. on October 25, 2004, Guoli, head of Baiquan Police Station in Huixian City, led a group of officers and took Li to the Huixiang Police Department without cause.
Prior to the arrest, Li was selling merchandise at a small retail store Li owns and operates. The police abducted Li and sent him to the Shibalihe Forced Labor Camp in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province that same afternoon.
Individuals and organizations responsible for the persecution:
Country code: 86; city code: 373
Zhang Jianzhong, chief of Huixian City Police Department: office, 6295079; cellular, 86-13903735023
Zhang Dawei, Commissar of Huixian City Police Department: office, 6289842; cellular, 86-13903730655
Shibalihe Forced Labor Camp in Zhengzhou City: 6802210
11. [Tianjin] Mr. Xu Xiaolong Unlawfully Held at Tianjin City Neighborhood Security Detention Center after His Prison Term Ended
Mr. Xu Xiaolong was sentenced to five years in prison for going to Beijing to appeal for the rights of Falun Dafa. His term ended on October 27, 2004. He remains in custody at Tianjin City Neighborhood Security Center in Dabizhuang, which is located in the Xiqing District of Tianjin.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Country code: 86; city code: 22
Liqizhuang Police Station, which is directly involved in the persecution of Mr. Xu: 83922000
Xiqing District Branch Police Station in Tianjin: 27393016 extensions 89450, 89455, 89456
Justice Bureau: 23042304
Administration of Prison Affairs: 22023613
12. [Baoji City, Shaanxi Province] Ten Falun Dafa Practitioners Arrested at Gaojiacun Farmer's Market
On October 12, sixteen Falun Dafa practitioners were followed at the Gaojiacun Farmer's Market in Baoji City, Shaanxi Province. Six practitioners managed to escape capture. The other ten practitioners were arrested. They are being held at a housing unit in Baoji City Nitrogen Fertilizer Factory.
13. [Jinan City, Shandong Province] Four Fan Sisters Abducted and Taken to Jinan "610 Office" Brainwashing Center
Four sisters of the Fan family who work at the Jinan Steel Factory in Shandong Province, including Fan Kuifen, Fan Kuiying, and Fan Lanying, as well as Ms. Lu Yongfang of the same factory, and Ms. Zhu Yuezhen in Jinan City were taken to the Jinan 610 Office's brainwashing center around October 1, National Day.
Ms. Zhu Yuezhen has since been released from the brainwashing center. It has been reported that another practitioner, Ms. Shi Yuxiang, in the brainwashing center has written the "Three Statements" renouncing Falun Gong. However the four Fan sisters and other practitioners are still being held and abused in a maximum security unit.
14. [Dalian City, Liaoning Province] Ms. Xu Shuqin Remains Unlawfully Detained at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp after Her Term Ends
Ms. Xu Shuqin from Dalian City, Liaoning Province has been held at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for over two years. By October 20, 2004, her term should have ended, but she remains in custody for refusing to sign a statement indicating that she has given up Falun Gong.
15. [Yingkou City, Liaoning Province] Four Falun Dafa Practitioners Arrested
On October 20, Falun Dafa practitioners in the Yingkou area of Liaoning Province, including Yan Bai, Liu Qingyu, and two young practitioners Zhang and Qu, were arrested. It was reported that the practitioners were taken to Yingkou Detention Center. Several production sites of Falun Dafa materials have been ransacked by the police. More information is being gathered.