(Minghui.org) A college teacher in Tianjin was arrested at work and forced to sign a statement to renounce her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1999. Ms. Song Wenshuang was beaten during the process, and a deputy police chief claimed that they must treat her that way because they represented the CCP.

Ms. Song, a 52-year-old teacher of Tianjin Engineering Technical Institute, was seized at work at 9: 40 a.m. on June 8, 2021 by officers from the Haibing Police Station and staff members of her local residential committee.

With the consent of her supervisor, five officers forcibly carried Ms. Song downstairs from the third floor, pushed her into the back of a car and drove her to the police station.

The police interrogated her and ordered her to sign a prepared statement to renounce Falun Gong, which also had content that demonized the practice. As Ms Song refused to cooperate, one police officer held her right shoulder and right arm, pressed her against the wall, then Sun Xiaoliang, the deputy chief of the police station, tried to pry open her fist. Then police officer Cui Chen came in and slapped Ms. Song in the face continuously. She almost fainted. It was not until Ms. Song read out loud Cui’s police number that he stopped beating her. Finally they forced Ms. Song to sign and fingerprint the statement. They also videotaped her.

In addition to Sun and Cui, Ms. Song learned that two of the other officers were named Zhou Renyi and E Changhai, respectively. 

However, the police chief Sun didn’t stop here. He continued to order Ms. Song to fingerprint another document with content slandering Falun Gong’s founder. Ms. Song grabbed the paper and threw it away. Then they printed out another copy, yet Ms. Song still refused to comply. She asked, “I didn’t commit any crime, and why do you treat me this way?” Sun claimed that he was doing that on behalf of the CCP and all police officers had to obey his order.

After holding Ms. Song at the police station for a few hours, the police notified Sun Jiandong, the dean of Ms. Song’s department, to take her back home at around 12:30 p.m.

The next day, Wang Zhihong, the secretary of Ms. Song’s department, told Ms. Song that she was suspended from work, and part of her salary would be withheld during the suspension period. But the suspension was not implemented as another teacher suddenly passed away and the school didn’t have enough teachers.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution