Guizhou Province: Massive Harassment of Falun Gong Practitioners in a “Zero Out” Campaign
(Minghui.org) In the past two months, Falun Gong practitioners in Guizhou Province have been seriously harassed, as the authorities rolled out a “zero out plan” in an attempt to force every single one of the local practitioners to renounce their faith.
It was reported that the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) in Guizhou issued an order to completely “transform” all practitioners between 2020 and 2023. Their order was based on a document (No. 101) released by the central PLAC in Beijing, titled “On the Issue of Reducing the Number of Falun Gong Practitioners.”
The Chinese Communist Party has been persecuting Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline, since July 1999. The PLAC, an extra-judiciary agency that oversees state security, the procuratorate, and the courts, has played a central role in planning and executing the persecution policies.
In most instances, the police and residential committee members called or visited the practitioners in person. If the practitioners refused to sign the prepared statements to renounce Falun Gong, the officials threatened to send them to brainwashing centers or prevent their children from finding jobs or going to college.
It has been confirmed that practitioners in the cities of Guiyang, Zunyi, Anshun, Tongren, Kaili, and Liupanshui have been targeted the most. Many of them are 60 or older, including a few in their 90s.
Below are some of the confirmed cases in Guiyang and Zunyi. Due to the increased information censorship and restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, more cases are yet to be investigated and reported.
Practitioners in Their 80s and 90s
Ms. Zou Changming, 85, was harassed in early March. The residential committee member threatened her, saying that if she didn’t give up Falun Gong, her children would be harmed. Ms. Zou responded, “I had a difficult life before taking up Falun Gong. I became an orphan at 4 and my husband died when I was 40. No one cared about me or helped me raise my children. After I regained my health by practicing Falun Gong, you come and don’t let me do it.”
Ms. Rao Jiyu, 90, was arrested on March 7, 2020. The police took a sample of her blood against her will and ransacked her home. Her Falun Gong books and 8,000 yuan in cash with information about Falun Gong printed on the bills were confiscated. She was released that evening after she failed the physical exam.
Ms. Mo, also in her 80s, was arrested on March 7. Further details about her case remain to be investigated.
Ms. Chen Yuhua, 90, was harassed on April 4, 2020, and ordered to sign the statement to renounce Falun Gong. When she refused to comply, they forced her son to hold her hands and put her fingerprints on the document.
Ms. Li Dexian, in her 80s, was called by the residential committee in early April and told to go to the local police station. She refused to go. The officials attempted to harass her at home but relented when her family protested.
Mr. Qin Yuehui, in his 80s, and his wife Ms. Mo Cuiqin, in her 60s, were harassed in early April. Officers took their pictures and threatened to harm their son. The couple signed the renouncing statement against their will.
Practitioners in Their 60s and 70s
Ms. Huang Huaying, in her 70s, was arrested and had her home ransacked around March 5.
Ms. Wu Minmin, in her 70s, had her home ransacked in March.
Ms. Tang Jianhua, in her 60s, had her home ransacked in March and was detained for 15 days.
Ms. Zhao Yue, in her 60s, was harassed and had her photo taken in March. She has been forced to live away from home since.
Ms. Liu Bihua, in her 70s, was harassed in early March.
Mr. Zhang Chunyun, 75, was arrested and had his home ransacked on March 7. He was released that day.
Mr. Zhang’s sister, Ms. Zhang Chunming, 69, was visited by a few officers on March 9. They ransacked her home and took her to the police station in the afternoon. She was released around 11 p.m.
Ms. Zhu, in her 70s, was harassed in early April. The officers tried to take her photo, but she refused to comply and clarified the facts about Falun Gong to them.
Ms. Zhu Chuanzhen, 62, was harassed in early April. The officers attempted to force her to sign the renouncing statement, but she refused to.
Ms. Da Siqi, 71, had her home ransacked on April 13. She was interrogated at the police station and released around 11 p.m.
Ms. Dai Youqiong, in her 60s, was harassed and pressured to give up Falun Gong on April 16. Lai Min from the local residential committee threatened her, saying, “You’d better not let us catch your talking to people about Falun Gong or we'll send you to jail.”
Practitioners in Their 50s or Younger
Ms. Wang Guixin was arrested on March 16 and released the same day. The police returned to her home a few days later and attempted to take her picture. Her husband stopped them.
Ms. Wang Li, in her 50s, was harassed in early April. The officials threatened to cause trouble for her children, but she still refused to cooperate. She was arrested a few days later. She held a hunger strike to protest and was released on bail after being resuscitated in the hospital.
Mr. Wang Chao, in his 40s, had his home ransacked on April 16. The police attempted to force his wife to testify against him or spy on him, but she refused to comply.
Mr. Yang Tianwei and his wife Ms. Pan Yirong, in their 40s, were harassed on February 19 and again on April 17. They clarified the facts about Falun Gong to the officers and expressed their firm determination not to give up their faith. The officers left without pressuring them further.
Ms. Zhang Jingxia, in her 50s, is a vice president of a rehabilitation hospital. The authorities first harassed at work in February and then returned on April 17 to harass her again. After she refused to comply with their demands, they came back every day for the next few days to harass her, forcing her to take days off to hide from the police.