Recent Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in Ziyang City

In mid-September of 2005, many government branches including the Ziyang Municipal Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Committee, the District CCP Committees, the Politics and Law Committees, 610 Office1 and police departments worked together and created a new wave of terror through TV, radios and newspapers. The public is encouraged to "report to authorities." Friends and relatives getting together may be called an "illegal gathering." The street committees, work units and village offices are forced to hang up a black sign reading, "Cracking Down on False Religion Office." On the night of September 28th, the whole police force in the city were assembled, and they started large-scale arrests. The sounds of pounding on the doors and the dogs' barking awoke the city. In the name of "checking residential registrations," they forced the persecution on everyone.

Let us examine how those government branches and individual officials from the municipal and district CCP committees to the Politics and Law Committees, 610 Offices and the judicial departments, carried out their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

In the name of "Police force is limited but the people force is unlimited," with an incentive of 50 yuan2 to 200 yuan per month, they bribe and train many retired people, unemployed, people in the local community and various other people in society. These people are trained to monitor and follow practitioners.

The authorities threaten work units, schools, residential communities and various other people in society to make them monitor, report, harass and obstruct practitioners. Listed here are most active organisations and employers in the persecution of Falun Gong: the Chengjiao Police Station, the Nanjun Corporation, the Danshan Education Office and the Residential Community of No. 431 Factory employees.

They secretly arrested an excellent teacher, 60-year-old practitioner Ms. Wen Borui, and sentenced her to three years in prison.

They illegally arrested retired practitioner Ms. Liu Cuiyu, who used to work in the No. 431 Factory, and then immediately sentenced her to forced labour in secret.

They arrested a retired head nurse, practitioner Fu Tianlu, who used to work in the No. 431 Factory's hospital.

They arrested practitioner Fu Lijun, who worked in the No. 3 Subdivision of the No. 431 Factory. She was fired and then secretly sentenced to forced labour. Fu Lijun's family is in a desperate situation. Her father is paralysed, her mother is sick, and her child is very young. The Ziyang Judicial Bureau rejected her appeal.

They arrested practitioner Li, who is retired from the No. 431 Factory, and practitioner Xiao Dailin, who worked in the factory's technical school. After forcing them to give up their beliefs and betray their fellow practitioners, they released the two.

At 9:30 a.m. on October 16th, another set of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners took place under the Ximan railway bridge. Over-70-year-old practitioner Li Zhengrui was forcibly dragged into a police car and illegally detained. Ms. Li Zhengrui made a living by selling sewing needles and threads. She used to have illnesses but no money to see a doctor. She recovered after practising Falun Gong. During the past six years, she had been arrested five or six times and was subjected to brutal beatings, several home searches and heavy fines. Someone stole from her, and she had difficulty maintaining a basic standard of living. She was arrested again on October 16th.

On October 13th, led by 610 Office head Zhang Xiang, the guard of the Nanjun Corp. Jian Guomin, officers from the local police station in the Jianguobeilu, the District 610 Office, armed police and police cars surrounded the residential community of the Laonongxiu Factory located at Jianguobeilu. They broke the window and got into the home of an older lady, Dong Yujing, who was retired from the technology section of the Nanjun Corporation. Those police barged in and turned the home upside down. It is still unknown how many personal belongings they removed from Dong Yuying's home. The retired lady can no longer go back home. At present, police are questioning her relatives and neighbours, and forcing them to become involved in the persecution and to report to them if they see her. Dong Yujing and her non-practitioner husband have been suffering persecution for years. The pressure and persecution come from people in charge in the Nanjun Corporation, from the 610 Office, and police. Her husband Hu Yuanzhong was the head of the technology section in Nanjun. In June 2000 he suffered from the persecution and his life was in danger, which eventually left him disabled. Dong's mother is 85 years old and almost died under the persecution. During the past six years, Dong Yuying has been arrested and detained seven times. She was beaten and sent to forced labour twice. Her life was in danger several times, and her home has been searched repeatedly. She has been fined heavily and lost her retirement pension. So far, there is still 8,000 yuan [of her money] held by the police department.

In order to continue persecuting Falun Gong and to please the CCP and get rewards, the head of the Ziyang municipal Politics and Law Committee Tang Yongliang and the head of the district Politics and Law Committee Duan Chengwu made a special trip to Nanjing City in June of this year to learn how to persecute Falun Gong. After they returned, they did not have time to immediately implement the persecution methods since there were some urgent issues to deal with, such as tricycle workers who were unjustly treated, farmers whose lands were forcibly taken away, the chaos caused by an unknown pestilence and so on. In September they got a break and thought it was a good time to implement the new persecution methods. They expanded the "Cracking Down False Religion Office" to have eight staff members and accelerated the propaganda to slander Falun Gong.

Falun Dafa treasures all beings. The practitioners in Ziyang City hope that all people in Ziyang will have good futures. Once again, with compassion, we call to those who continue to follow the CCP by persecuting Falun Gong, "No matter who you are, wake up! Become responsible to the Chinese people, to your family, your children and yourself! Quit the CCP and stand up for justice."

Note

1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

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

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2005/10/28/113286.html

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