Liu Jianguo, party secretary of the Tangshan Politics and Judiciary Committee (and in charge of the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong)), plotted a persecution of Falun Gong practitioners on February 21st, 2012, using the excuse that it was for the security of the National People's Congress Conference and People's Political Consultative Conference.
On February 25th, more than twenty arrests were made in the Tangshan area, and more than thirty practitioners were arrested. There are currently still more than 20 practitioners being detained in the detention centres.
Over twenty police officers broke into practitioners' homes in the Tangshan metro area, Tanghai County, Fengrun District, Kaiping District and the Fengnan area beginning at 6:00 a.m. on February 25th. Practitioners were arrested and their homes ransacked. The police also confiscated computers, printers, cash, and other valuable belongings. The confiscated items were taken away in vehicles. Some couples were arrested at the same time, some families of three were arrested together, and some practitioners' family members who are not practitioners were also arrested.
Tangshan City Metro Area: 15 Practitioners Arrested
The following arrests occurred on February 25th, 2012:
Mr. Li Wendong was arrested by local police and his home was ransacked. He is being detained in the Tangshan First Detention Centre.
At around 8:30 a.m., the police from the Tangshan City Police Department and the Lunan Police Department broke into Mr. Pei Xi's home. Mr. Pei was not at home and only his wife was there. However, the police went to his workplace and arrested him. At around 9:00 a.m., they broke into his home again and ransacked it. A computer, printer, and some other personal belongings were confiscated. The police returned to ransack his home again at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Pei is being detained in the Tangshan Second Detention Centre.
Mr. Meng Lijun and his wife Ms. Shang (given name unknown) were arrested. Mr. Meng is being detained in the Tangshan Second Detention Centre. Ms. Shang was released.
Ms. Xu Suqin, her husband Mr. Zhan Tangsheng, and her son were arrested. Ms. Xu is being detained in the Tangshan First Detention Centre. Mr. Zhan is being detained in the Tangshan Detention Centre. Her son was released.
At around 7:00 p.m., police from the Xingyuan Police Station near Dalixing Road arrested Ms. Tong Sufen. She has since been released.
Mr. Bian Lichao was arrested and is being detained in the Tangshan Second Detention Centre. His wife, Ms. Zhou Xiuzhi (not a Falun Gong practitioner), was also arrested, along with practitioner Mr. Ma Hengchao. Ms. Zhou, and Mr. Ma, are being detained in the Tangshan Detention Centre.
Over thirty police officers arrested Mr. Li Yunpeng and his wife Ms. Lu Jianxin, and their home was ransacked.
Ms. Zhang Ruifeng was arrested, and her home was ransacked. She has since been released.
Mr. Sui Xin was arrested, and then released in the afternoon.
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