[Acheng City, Heilongjiang Province]
Female practitioner Du Xin is 34 years old. On December 17, 2000, when she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, she was forced to get off the train by the police in Changchun Station for not having her ID with her and taken into custody by Section 7 of the Harbin Police Department.
On December 18, officers from Chengbei Police Station in Acheng City arrived in Changchun to escort her back. They handcuffed and beat her on the way. During the 16 hours of interrogation in Chengbei Police Station, the police refused to let her use the bathroom. In addition, they verbally abused and laughed at her. Du Xin was later transferred to Acheng City Custodial Centre and detained for 15 days.
The Custodial Centre extorted 150 Yuan from her. Her family was extorted 2,000 Yuan by the Acheng City Police Department, the 610 Office, and Chengbei Police Station. During the past year, officers from Chengbei Police Station often went to her home or made phone calls to harass her. The party secretary of her workplace, Songhuajiang Textile Co. Ltd., often threatened and harassed her.
The party secretary also applied pressure on her husband to beat her. On November 17, 2001, four policemen from Acheng City Police Department and Chengbei Police Station broke into her home and ransacked it. Du was forced to abandon her home to avoid further persecution.
Female practitioner Du Guoping is 39 years old. She went to Beijing to appeal and was arrested on her way. She was sent to Acheng City Custodial Centre and detained for 15 days. She was extorted out of 150 Yuan by the custodial centre and 2,000 Yuan by the Acheng City Police Department, the 610 Office, and Chengbei Police Station. Using the fact that Du Guoping was not registered as a local resident as an excuse, the police evicted her and forced her to go back to her hometown.
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