On January 5th, 2002, police authorities arrested Mrs. Xiong Wei, age 31, a former student at Berlins Technical University as she distributed Falun Gong truth-clarifying handouts to passers-by, detailing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. According to information received from her family, shortly following the arrest, police officers searched her home, looking for additional Falun Gong information materials. Police personnel did find more flyers and also arrested her husband. Because of his highly skilled, irreplaceable expertise as a technician at his place of employment, his firm paid a certain amount of bond money and therefore was allowed to retain him. He is, however, under strict security watch. The authorities did not even spare Mrs. Xiong Weis parents, although they are not Falun Gong practitioners. During a home visit, the police, not producing a search warrant, confiscated their computer. Mrs. Xiong Weis father is a 71-year-old professor of solar energy at a research institute. He is also a duly elected representative to the Peoples Congress. Mrs. Weis mother is a physician. Both suffered severe mental shock, which aggravated their heart conditions. As we learned from additional information from the family, Mrs. Wei has been taken away for re-education.
Mrs. Xiong Wei was a student at Berlins Technical University during the years between 1993 and 1999. While there she obtained Falun Gong and had taught many Berliners the exercise movements. After completing her studies as an Assistant for China Trade [for foreign corporations, an economics degree] she returned to Beijing and had worked for a Beijing-based German enterprise. In order to avoid causing the German company any problems because of her Falun Gong practice she voluntarily terminated her position.
During an interview with persons from the Falun Gong Information Centre, Mrs. Zheng, a friend of Mrs. Wei and a fellow student at the same German university had this to say:
The suppression of ones freedom of belief and the persecution of those citizens in China who wish to live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is unacceptable. Xiong Wei had lived in Germany... She could not sit idly by and watch how the Chinese government slanders Falun Gong.
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