College Teacher Persecuted, Her Salary and Bonuses Withheld

Ms. Zhang Shuqin, a teacher at the Shanghai Academy for Health Sciences, cannot teach her students. The academy, following the orders of the Shanghai 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), doesn’t allow her to, simply because she practises Falun Gong.

When she was arrested on October 9th, 2011, the academy withheld her year-end bonuses as well as a month's salary because she had been arrested. In addition, she was subjected to brainwashing sessions conducted by officials from the 610 Office.

Ms. Zhang is respected by her managers and colleagues alike. She works hard, maintains a good relationship with her colleagues and often helps them when problems arise, and is very competent in her profession.

Whether she performs her regular duties or her managers request other responsibilities of her, even when off duty or on holidays, Ms. Zhang willingly accepts and fulfills any tasks without complaining.

Arrested and tortured in 2011

At about 2:00 p.m. on October 9th, 2011, Wang Yu, Shen Xiaolei, and two other people with the last name of Wang and Zheng from the Changning District 610 Office rushed to Ms. Zhang’s workplace. They searched her office without a search warrant, dragged her from the library on the third floor to the police vehicle downstairs, and took her to the Changning District Detention Centre that same evening.

The detention centre initially refused to admit Ms. Zhang because she had high blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat, but the police simply left her there.

Shortly afterward, Wang Yu and Shen Xiaolei took Ms. Zhang's house key from her handbag and went to her home with people from the Sunshine Green Park neighbourhood office, the Xuhui District 610 Office and the Household Registration Office.

When they entered the home, Ms. Zhang’s 70-year-old mother was taken by surprise and asked: “How did you enter my home?” These policemen neither answered nor showed any identification.

They closed the windows and the door, forced the elderly woman onto the sofa and beat her until she had bruises all over her body. They confiscated Falun Gong books, informational materials, a computer, a printer, and other personal property from Ms. Zhang’s home and have not returned any of them thus far.

While she was detained, Ms. Zhang lost a lot of weight as a result of being mistreated. She was finally released on November 7th, 2011.

When Ms. Zhang resumed her work at the end of 2011, the Shanghai 610 Office sent people from the Shanghai Brainwashing Centre to her workplace twice a week in order to attempt to brainwash her.

These people also tried to force her to write a so-called “thought summary,” a summary describing the results of her brainwashing sessions. Ms. Zhang continuously resisted and refused to follow their demands. In the end, they ended the brainwashing sessions with a so-called panel discussion.

Ms. Zhang lives at Tiandeng Road, Sunshine Green Park complex, Xuhui District in Shanghai and works at the Shanghai Academy for Health Sciences, which is a vocational and technical college jointly operated by the Shanghai Education Commission and the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission. She has worked at the academy for 28 years, since graduating from college.

Below is a partial list of names and mobile phone numbers of those who participated in persecuting Ms. Zhang:

Jiang Yiqiong (蒋绮琼): +86-18901896121
A man with the last name of Xu (徐): +86-18918502066
A man with the last name of Huang (黄): +86-18918502081

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