The Persecution of Ms. Zhao Fengxian and Her Family

At about 10 p.m., on November 19, 2004, about a dozen people barged into the home of Ms Zhao Fengxian, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province.

Police officers took away 2 computers, 3 mobile phones, as well as 3,600 yuan (1) in cash. They handcuffed Ms. Zhao and her daughter, her younger son and his fiancee and forced them into a van, not giving them time to put on something proper. The only person left behind was Ms Zhao's daughter-in-law, who was in the late stage of pregnancy.

After learning that the daughter-in-law had moved in with Ms Zhao's sister, Zhao Fengqin, for support, the same team of police barged into Zhao Fengqin's house at about 11 p.m. on November 25. On entering the house, one officer dragged Zhao Fengqin's son out of bed and slapped him on the face without saying a word. They then took a computer away and abducted Zhao Fengqin, her husband and their son. The next day, the husband and child were released, but Zhao Fengqin was detained and fined 1,500 yuan for practising Falun Gong.

After the harassment, Ms Zhao Fengxian's daughter-in-law was in shock. To save the mother and baby, a caesarian was performed. The sister of the mother rushed down immediately from Inner Mongolia to help her out. Four days after the delivery, the mother, her sister and the baby went back to Inner Mongolia .

While at the detention centre, Ms Zhao Fengcxian and the other family members arrested were sharing between them one pair of sandals, until her sister, Zhao Fengqin was arrested, when they had more clothes brought in. During the 15 days of detention, Ms Zhao's house was under surveillance all the time. To avoid harassment, Ms Zhao's eldest son decided to stay away from the house. They did not spare him either, as the police imposed a fine of 10,000 yuan on his work unit for having employed someone that was involved with Falun Gong.

From Zhao Fengxian's confiscated mobile phone, contact numbers of other Falun Gong practitioners were found, which led to Zhao Tong's house being ransacked, and all the Falun Dafa related materials in the house confiscated. Zhao Tong was not at home at the time, but he was later arrested at work by the police. His whereabouts now are unknown.


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

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