Latest News from China - April 23, 2004
1. [Beijing] Harsh Sentences for Nine Falun Gong Practitioners in Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court
Recently, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court illegally sentenced the following 9 Falun Gong practitioners to long jail terms:
Mr. Wang Yi, 14 years,
Ms. Dan Ling, 12 years,
Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong, 12 years,
Mr. Jin Yuantao, 11 years and 6 months,
Mr. Zhang Hongru, 11 years,
Ms. Xu Ruohui, 10 years,
Mr. Guo Weimin, 10 years,
Mr. Li Hai, 9 years,
Ms. Bai Lili, 3 years.
Most of these practitioners have launched an appeal for a review of their sentences. Their cases have been transferred to Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court and are pending further trial.
2. [Changchun City, Jilin Province] Dafa Practitioner Yang Jun on Hunger Strike at Heizuizi Women's Prison
Dafa practitioner Ms. Yang Jun of Shengyang Village, Dehui City was arrested in November 2002 after a truth-clarification materials site was raided and destroyed. She was sentenced in Dehui City to 7 years in prison, and is currently held in the Changchun City Heizuizi Women's Prison. To protest the illegal sentence and detention, Ms. Yang is conducting a hunger strike.
3. [Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province] Six Dafa Practitioners Detained
Zaozhuang City Xuecheng District Shagou Town police arrested Xuecheng District Dafa practitioner Xu Hui at 10:30 a.m. on April 17, 2004, while he was explaining the true nature of Falun Gong and the persecution to the public. At noon, Dafa practitioners Xue Chuanyu, Liu Juan, Ren Weihua, Guo Wenmei, and Wu Wenbin went to Shagou Town Local Police Station to clarify the truth and ask for the release of Xu. The police arrested them on the spot. After contacting the Xuecheng Public Security sub-bureau and "610 Office" (1), the six practitioners were sent to Xuecheng District Detention Center. The homes of Xu Hui, Xue Chuanyu, and Ren Weihua were searched at 9 p.m. that night. During the search of one home, the police coerced a young child into signing the document to recognize their "legal" home search. On April 20, the police again searched the homes of two of the practitioners. The six practitioners are still being held in the detention center.
4. [Beijing] Dafa Practitioner Jia Qishu Arrested
On the afternoon of April 19, 2004, Beijing Haidan District practitioner Jia Qishu was found distributing truth-clarification materials, and taken to the local police station. He has still not been released.
5. [Yian County, Heilongjiang Province] Cao Shuyun Arrested
On April 18, 2004, Heilongjiang Province Yian County Dafa practitioner Cao Shuyun was arrested by the police because someone reported that she was telling people the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong.
Relevant telephone numbers:
Yian County Public Security Bureau: 86-452-7023129 (Office)
Yian County Detention Center: 86-452-7023589
6. [Cangzhou City, Hebei Province] Cangzhou City Dafa Practitioners Suffer Imprisonment
Three practitioners suffering persecution at Bo Town Detention Center in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province: Liu Hongqin (from Nanpi County, Cangzhou City), Wei Xiaomei and her husband. The couple is on a hunger strike to protest their illegal detention. The guards tied them to an iron bed and force-fed them with salt water for 5 hours. Guo Zhenxi is the Cangzhou City Bo Town Detention Center manager.
There are five practitioners suffering persecution at Nanpi County Detention Center in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province: Sha Mei, Wang Hongsheng, Zhang Fashui, Wang Jing, and the former assistant of a local assistance center. Zhu Haiting is the Cangzhou City Nanpi County Detention Center manager.
7. [Dezhou, Shandong Province] Family of Che Xianqi, Employee of the Dezhou Power Plant, Detained Several Times
Shandong Province Dezhou Power Plant employee Che Xianqi's family has been persecuted many times for practicing Falun Gong and persisting in their beliefs. The eldest son, Che Qichong, was once detained at Zibo Wangcun Forced Labor Camp for three years. Before Che Qichong's term ended last year, Che Xianqi and wife Hu Qinlan, and their daughter Che Guoping were detained in the forced labor camp. Later Ms. Hu Qinlan was sent to Jinan Women's Forced Labor Camp where she is still being detained. Che Xianqi and his daughter were released.
The whole family has been monitored for a long time, and their basic freedoms are severely restricted. Two days ago, Che Xianqi and his two children were again arrested, and their whereabouts are not known.
8. [Heilongjiang Province] Staff Members of the 854 Farm "610 Office" Arrest Two Dafa Practitioners
On the morning of April 20, 2004, Heilongjiang Province 854 Farm "610 Office" chief Sun Shanfa led police officers to look for Dafa practitioner Ms. Zou Jixiu at the brickyard factory site. The work site proprietress called Zou Jixiu out. Zou asked Sun, "Why are you looking for me?" Sun answered, "Get in the car, somebody wants to talk to you." Zou Jixiu refused to get in the car, and requested that they talk right where they there. Then Sun Shanfa suddenly pulled Zou Jixiu into the car, and said that police outside the area wanted to talk to her. That is how Zou Jixiu was seized.
After the police arrested Ms. Zou, they returned and searched her home. The police not only confiscated all items related to Falun Gong practice, pictures of the founder, and truth-clarification materials, but also her personal belongings, such as a large radio cassette player etc.
Then Sun Shanfa led the police to the home of Ms. Li Chunying and arrested her as well. The whereabouts of these two practitioners are unknown.
Telephone numbers for Chief Sun Shanfa at 854 Farm "610 Office":
86-467-5968733 (Home), 86-467-5968972 (Office), 86-13054328578 (Cell)
9. [Shanghai] Changning District Police Arrest Four Dafa Practitioners
On the night of April 1, 2004, Shanghai Changning District police arrested Dafa practitioner Ms. Yu Peiying, Ms. Yan Li, and two other practitioners. They are now detained at the Shanghai Changning District Detention Center. Yan Li and Yu Peiying have suffered "re-educated through forced labor" for 2 and 3 years respectively, and were released in 2003.
10. [Jinan City, Shandong Province] Jinan City Practitioners Illegally Sent to Forced Labor Camps in 2001 -- 2003
Jinan City Shizhong District:
Ms. Hua Fan, Mr. Xia Longtai, Mr. Zhang Xingwu, Ms. Liu Pinjie, and Ms. Zhang Yanhao.
Jinan City Lixia District:
Liu Jian (tortured to death), Ms. Li Xiaoping, Ms. Zhang Rong, Ms. Zhang Yanyuan, Mr. Zhang Yanbo, Mr. Song Yansen, Ms. Jin Guiying, Ms. Peng Guixiang, Ms. Wang Zhaodan, Mr. He Xunming, and Mr. Zhou Weidong.
Jinan City Jigang District: Ms. Liu Ying and her husband.
Jinan City Huaiyin District: Ms. Cheng Shuxiang, Mr. Niu Tao, Ms. Tian, and Ms. Hu Yanping.
Unknown districts: Ms. Luo Xiufang, Ms. Chen Guangxia, and Ms. Huang Yuping.
11. [Meizhou, Guangdong Province] Zeng Yuefang Taken to a Brainwashing Center
Ms. Zeng Yuefang, in her thirties, is a Dafa practitioner from Xingning, Meizhou, Guangdong Province. The local police sent her to the Meizhou Brainwashing Center. She used to have many serious illnesses, but practicing Falun Gong made her completely healthy and gave her a new life. After July 20, 1999, because of the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang's regime, her husband was threatened by Huizhou University and "610 Office" and eventually lost his job. With no financial sources they became homeless.
From April through May 2003, Zeng Yuefang and fellow practitioners were clarifying people the truth about the persecution while riding on Meizhou public buses. The police arrested her and detained her at Xingning Detention Center for nearly 3 months, and then sentenced her to 3 years of "re-education through forced labor." Because of her righteous thoughts and actions, she openly and honorably walked out of the labor camp. The local police again sent her to Meizhou Brainwashing Center after she had been released for less than a year.
Implementers of the persecution: Huizhou University "610 Office", Huizhou University relevant person in charge, Meizhou "610 Office", Xingning "610 Office",
12. [Shifang City, Sichuan Province] Dafa Practitioner Tang Zhangyuan and Hu Dayong Detained in a Brainwashing Center
In February 2004, Shifang City Majing Town local policemen led a group of people to forcibly arrest Tang Zhangyuan of the 9th Brigade, Majing Town, and sent him to Sichuan Province Guanghan City Hexing Brainwashing Center.
On March 4, 2004, Majing Town local police and "610 Office" staff Cao Rong and Qing Liqiang deceived Dafa practitioner Hu Dayong, employee of Majing Town Hospital, into going to the Guanghan City Hexing Brainwashing Center.
Majing Town Local Police Station telephone number: 86-838-8420196
13. [Changchun City, Jilin Province] Warning to Changchun Dafa Practitioners
Dafa practitioners Ms. Lu Xin of Changchun City West Weixing Road, Changchun University Chinese Faculty teacher, 37 years old, and Mr. Zhang Debiao (over 40) of East Weixing Road were arrested. These two accidents are directly related to Jiang Yong and a woman surnamed Wang (40) who claimed to be Dafa practitioners.
According to a reliable source, Jiang Yong is a secret agent. The woman surnamed Wang also acted suspiciously in her words and deeds.
Changchun University switchboard: 86-431-5384081
(1) "610 Office": a bureau specifically created by the Chinese government to persecute Falun Gong. It has absolute power over each level of administration in the Party, as well as over the political and judiciary branches.