Authorities in Yongchang County, Gansu Province Intensify Persecution of Falun Dafa Practitioners

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In early 2007, the police in Yongchang County, Gansu Province, held a special conference to organise a county-wide persecution of Falun Gong. They arranged for all the local businesses within their jurisdiction to establish a working group under the county secretary of the Chinese Communist Party to direct the persecution. They ordered every village to produce and publicise anti-Falun Gong posters at their own expense. In addition, the police had the villages assign night-duty to special officers who would be responsible for arresting practitioners who distributed leaflets exposing the persecution. They also launched a county-wide propaganda campaign against Falun Gong. County Governor Meng Youzhu sternly stated in his County Work Report that Falun Gong practitioners were to be persecuted severely. He personally issued a directive to the Chengguan Town (the County Seat) government that if they did not eliminate the “problem” of Falun Gong, no one would receive a promotion.

During the Chinese New Year Festival, the police harassed Falun Gong practitioners on numerous occasions. If they found anyone who had Falun Gong books or materials, the person faced either an exorbitant fine of thousands of “yuan1” or a prison sentence.

Mr. Mi Zengshi, 70, was fined 1000 yuan after the police ransacked his house in February and found two VCDs informing people about the true nature of Falun Gong.

Mr. Chen (first name unknown)'s house was also ransacked, and the police seized Falun Dafa materials and a Falun Dafa book. The amount of his fine is unknown.

Ms. Zhao Jinfang's house was ransacked by a group of police officers led by Li Guoyu on February 25th, 2007. They seized one copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party 2 The police tried to extort 1000 yuan from Ms. Zhao, but she had only 500 yuan at the time. The police threatened her and said that she would have to pay the remaining 500 yuan by March 5th.

Ms. Shi Gangqin's house was also ransacked, and the police found a Falun Dafa banner. They fined her 1000 yuan and detained her for fifteen days.

Ms. Jiao Guiying's house was ransacked last autumn, and the police found an empty box that had contained Falun Dafa CDs. They fined her and her husband 1000 yuan. They had to borrow 500 yuan in order to pay the fine. The authorities are also trying to send them to trial.

Mr. and Mrs. Li You's house was also ransacked, and the police seized several Falun Dafa books. They detained Mr. Li for seven days and fined him 1000 yuan.

Ms. Li Youling's house was ransacked last fall. The police seized a correction sheet for Falun Dafa publications. They detained her for ten days and fined her 500 yuan.

On February 25th, 2007, someone reported Mr. Hou Youhu for distributing materials on the Third Bridge of Qingshanbao, Hexinbao Town. Police from Hexinbao Town, Yongchang County arrested him. At 11:00 p.m. that same day, the Hexinbao Police sent four officers to ransack his house twice. They seized several Falun Dafa books. He is currently being held in the Yongchang County Detention Centre.

On March 8th, 2007, the Yongchang County Court tried Ms. Zhao Guixiang, an 83-year-old practitioner. The police had ransacked her house twice and seized several Falun Dafa books and exercise audiotapes.

Note

1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

2. Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party: Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party is a series of essays published in late 2004 that reveal the true nature of the Communist Party. The Nine Commentaries have led millions of people to renounce their membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). "A book that has shocked all Chinese around the world. A book that is disintegrating the Communist Party." http://ninecommentaries.com

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2007/3/5/150203.html

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