First-hand Accounts of the September 23 Large-scale Arrests of Practitioners in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province (Photos)

( Around 5:30 a.m. on September 23, 2005, large groups of police officers led by the Daqing City 610 Office carried out city-wide arrests of Falun Gong practitioners.

Twenty-seven practitioners were arrested and their homes searched. After more than a month, the local media has not said one word about the incident. Arrested practitioners, however, are still detained. Except for a few relatives of practitioners and a few witnesses, most citizens, and even some relatives of the arrested practitioners, do not know of these arrests. Practitioners risk much spreading flyers to expose the illegal persecution, but flyers posted in public places have been quickly damaged by people hired by the government.

After Six Years of Persecution, I Long to Reunite with My Parents

( It has been six years since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution of Falun Gong. This persecution tore my family apart and destroyed it. My mother, Zhang Wenhan, used to work at the Zhengzhou University hospital. My father, He Sanpu, used to work in the Propaganda Department of the Provincial CCP Committee and was recognized as a very good person. When my mother was 36, she had very serious illnesses, including inflammation of the esophagus and gallbladder, pneumonia and an enlarged liver. She also had inflammation of her intestines, anemia, and serious neurasthenia. Mom was very weak and could not live without medicine. In August 1995, she had rheumatic fever, which caused serious bone pain. The rheumatic fever finally developed into rheumatic heart disease. She had to go to the hospital again, where the doctors found that she also had tuberculosis bacillus in her urine, and kidney disease. She had fever all the time and pain in the chest, heart, bones and also suffered from edema. Due to the pain, she was only able to sleep two to three hours every day, and she sweat a lot. Since Western medicine could not do anything to help her, she sought help from Chinese medicine. Three months of treatment cost several thousand yuan, although she still didn't get any better. My father was quite busy at work; he had much of the housework to do too, which physically exhausted him. Due to the heavy pressure, his health got worse and worse, and he often had pain in his heart.

Exposing the Persecution at Beijing's Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp

( I was illegally arrested on April 4, 2003 and detained at Beijing's Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp for nearly 300 days. I experienced and witnessed many evil acts in this living hell.

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