Arrests of Practitioners Surge in Changsha City
(Minghui.org) In Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, police arrested many Falun Gong practitioners during the last week of March 2014. During the raids, the police confiscated computer equipment, including printers used to produce informational materials about Falun Gong and the persecution. The following are details about seven of the practitioners:
Practitioners Arrested on March 25
Officers from Yunan Street Police Station ransacked a rental house, confiscated Falun Gong books, several printers, and a computer and arrested Falun Gong practitioners Liu Chunxia and Zhang Lingge. The two are being held at Changsha City No. 1 Detention Center.
Practitioners Arrested on March 29
Ms. Yan Hong Previously Imprisoned for Six Years
The police arrested Ms. Yan Hong and ransacked her home on March 29, 2014.
Ms. Yan, 50, was at one time the director of her neighborhood Party office. She became a Falun Gong practitioner in 1996. For the next three years, she repeatedly won performance awards at work, served as deputy to Langli Town People's Congress, and was a member of the National People's Congress.
Ms. Yan was forced to leave her job after the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. She was sentenced to six years in Hunan Province Women's Prison. After she was released, she opened a small hair salon and earned a meager living. Ms. Yan is being held at Changsha City No. 1 Detention Center.
Ms. Zhou Deyuan
More than ten officers broke into the home of Ms. Zhou Deyuan. They first searched her house and confiscated her Falun Gong books, two computers, a printer, and many personal possessions. The police then grabbed Ms. Zhou when she returned home in the early evening. Ms. Zhou, 61, is being held at Changsha City No. 4 Detention Center.
Ms. Zhang Furong Imprisoned for a Third Time
During the night, Ms. Zhang Furong, 55, was arrested from the home she rented. She used to work at the Changsha City Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Corporation. She had had uterine cancer and lost all her hair during chemotherapy. After she began practicing Falun Gong in 1997, all her diseases disappeared, and her hair grew back black. She was fired from the corporation in 1999 because she would not renounce her belief in Falun Gong. She was sentenced to 18 months of forced labor in 2000, and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2002.
Ms. Zhang Xinqi, Mr. Yao Dahua, and Mr. Liu Arrested
Ningxiang County police arrested three practitioners who sold automobile accessories. Police confiscated their computers, printers, office equipment, and personal belongings. Ms. Zhang Xinqi is being held in a local detention center. Mr. Yao Dahua and Mr. Liu are held in Changsha County Detention Center.
Ms. Zhang, 51, is from Ningxiang County. Mr. Yao is an electronics engineer from Yueyang, around age 60. Mr. Liu from Xiangxi is in his 20s. Because Ms. Zhang lives with her father, the police also his also raided his home.
Practitioners Arrested on March 30
Officers from Jinpenling Police Station and the Changsha County Domestic Security Division arrested Ms. Zhao Yalin at home at around 2 a.m. Ms. Zhao, nearly 70, is a retired teacher from Changsha University. Police ransacked her home and confiscated a printer, computer, and other personal items. Ms. Zhao is being held in a detention center.
Police Deny Responsibility
Many weeks have passed since the March raids, and there is no news on the detained practitioners. Their families and friends went to the respective police stations and requested visits and their relatives' unconditional release, but to no avail. The officers claimed that the local police were not behind the arrests. They said the recent arrests were high profile cases being handled directly by higher authorities, and the local police had no say.
The Changsha City Domestic Security Division coordinated and led the raids; the Changsha County Police Department was in charge and issued the criminal warrants. Every police station in the district was involved. In addition to the above-mentioned seven practitioners, three others are missing: Li from Changsha County, a practitioner from another city doing business in Changsha, and Liu Zhengwei.
Since the CCP began the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, Falun Gong practitioners have peacefully and rationally worked to stop the brutality. They produce informational materials at their own expense to dispel CCP propaganda and explain the truth about Falun Gong to people. However, the truth is what the CCP dictatorship fears the most.
Parties Involved in Persecuting These Practitioners:Zhong Gang (钟钢), secretary of the Changsha City Political and Legal Affairs CommitteeLiang Yinming (梁银明), deputy director of the Changsha City Comprehensive Management Office: +86-731-88667360, +86-15074800055 (Cell)Hu Yajun (胡亚军), director of the Changsha City 610 Office: +86-731-88667548 (Office), +86-13787151617 (Cell)Li Jiede (李介德), Party secretary, director of the Changsha City Police Department, deputy mayor of Changsha City: +86-731-82587899, +86-18608410059 (Cell)Zhou Tiegang (周铁刚), captain of the domestic security division in Changsha City Police Department: +86-731-82587519, +86-13508485397 (Cell)Luo Zhengping (骆正平), secretary of the Tianxin District Political and Legal Affairs Committee: +86-731-85898111, +86-13907317033 (Cell)Dong Zhiping (董智平), director of the 610 Office in Tianxin District: +86-731-85898203, +86-13574129810 (Cell)Hu Zhiguo (胡志国), director of the Tianxin District Police Department: +86-731-85895009, +86-731-85567878, +86-13907318450 (Cell)Jiang Pengzhou (将鹏洲), captain of the Tianxin District Domestic Security Division: +86-731-85895078, +86-13908476677(Cell)