Summary of Other Articles and News - April 30, 2005
Facts of the Persecution
1. Five Practitioners from the Renhe Precinct in Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province, Are Arrested
At noon on April 19, 2005, Renhe Precinct police chased, beat, and arrested three villagers from the precinct, including Ms. Ran Longzhen, age 53; Ms. Gou Junzhen, age 54; and Mr. Jiang Guangfu, age 62, while they were clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in Huoshan, Dalongtan Township, Renhe Precinct. The police handcuffed Ms. Ran Longzhen and hung her in the air with her feet barely touching the ground by chaining the handcuffs to a high, barred window. The police kept her in this painful position for about 20 hours, not releasing her until she was in mortal danger. On April 20, the police tortured Ms. Ran using the same tactic until she was on the brink of death. When the police notified her family to pick her up, they extorted 200 yuan from them. Ms. Gou Junzhen and Mr. Jiang Guangfu are still in custody at the Wanyaoshu Detention Center.
On April 6, the Renhe Precinct police arrested another two practitioners from the precinct, Ms. Ran Qiongying and Ms. Wu Xiulan, for clarifying the truth to the local people.
2. Details of Persecution Against Practitioners Incarcerated in Beijing's Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp
The police guards in Beijing's Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp keep chanting the slogans of "educating, reforming and saving" Falun Gong practitioners during their illegal detention, but the truth is that they have been torturing them in many sadistic, inhuman ways and have been secretly ordering the disciplinary staff to abuse and torture them. Together they repeatedly tortured a practitioner, Mr. Guan Jianwu, until he mentally collapsed. Guard Wang Zhenbao repeatedly deprived Mr. Guan of sleep. In addition, Mr. Guan has lost the ability to walk due to a severe leg injury resulting from the disciplinary staff's torture.
They arbitrarily extended the prison term of another practitioner, Mr. Gao Changze, by three months. They repeatedly beat him and deprived him of the right to use the bathroom. Practitioner Mr. Jia Shouxin was imprisoned inside the prison's library for half a year. He was once forced to squat until 4:00 a.m. and had only two hours of sleep. Each time he was subjected to the "Small Bench" torture, he was made sit on it for 18 hours without any break. Some practitioners were deprived of sleep for the entire night. Practitioner Mr. Li Hailin has disabilities. He was sent to the Intensive Torture Team for much more intensive torture. Besides the torture, the guards also force practitioners to perform hard labor. The practitioners who are especially determined in Falun Gong are watched around the clock.
3. Mr. Guo Hanbo, Owner of Zhencheng Jewelry Store in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, Is Being Persecuted
Mr. Guo Hanbo is the owner of Zhencheng Jewelry Store in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, as well as a determined Falun Gong practitioner. In March 2001, the Cang County Public Security Bureau illegally ransacked his jewelry shop and robbed over 3,000 yuan of merchandise. Afterwards, the same bureau illegally put a bounty on him and often harassed him at home in the middle of the night. He had no choice but to flee from home and go into hiding in order to avoid additional harassment and further persecution. On July 22, 2001, the police arrested him and put him in custody of the public security bureau. They deprived him of sleep for many days while repeatedly torturing him during the interrogation. They had his hands cuffed behind his back, subjected him to brutal beatings, and shocked him with stun guns. As a result, he was unable to bend or move his left arm for a long time. After the violent interrogation, the police transferred him to the Cangzhou No.1 Detention Center. After having illegally imprisoned him for over a year past his original sentence, the police transferred him to the Baoding City No.1 Prison and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. He is now made to perform slave labor, smashing rocks in a porcelain factory administered by the Baoding City No.1 Prison. He is also being subjected to forced brainwashing.
4. Facts of the Police's Persecution Against Practitioners in Qingyuan County, Fushun City, Liaoning Province
On March 28, 2005, the police arrested Ms. Gai Shurong, a practitioner in Yantonggou Village, Tukouzi Township, Qingyuan County, and illegally ransacked her home. The police also arrested her daughter. In addition, the police also arrested two elderly female practitioners residing in Tukouzi Township. Ms. Gai Shurong's family members paid the police 500 yuan to have Ms. Gai's daughter released. As for the three other arrested practitioners, the police claimed that they had taken them to the police's Defense and Control Division. However, when Ms. Gai's family finally located the division, they did not see them there. It has been nearly two weeks since the police arrested Ms. Gai Shurong, but her current whereabouts are still unknown.
Category: Accounts of Persecution