The Persecution of Dafa Practitioner Ms Zhang Xiaoping from Ningxia Province

Dafa practitioner Zhang Xiaoping from Yinchuan City, was illegally arrested1 and detained for one month because she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. She was sentenced to a forced labour camp for three years for handing out Falun Gong materials exposing the persecution in December 2000. In the labour camp, Zhang Xiaoping was deceived by the false pretence and lies, and was "transformed2." In 2004, with the help of other practitioners, Zhang Xiaoping realised her mistake. She then helped other practitioners who were "transformed" under duress to return to the righteous path again. Because of this, the police see her as a thorn in the eye.

On May 14th, 2005, the Yingchuan Police Department and Xingqing Public Security Sub-bureau used sinister schemes to entrap and arrest Dafa practitioners. On May 15th, the police arrested Zhang Xiaoping and another practitioner from her hair salon. The police searched the Salon, but they didn't find any evidence they needed. They then robbed Zhang Xiaoping of all her private possessions - cash, bank deposit book and jewelry. They also searched the homes of Zhang Xiaoping's parents and her sister. After that, they arrested another five Dafa practitioners.

In the first five or six days, the police without any factual or legal basis attempted to extort a confession from Zhang Xiaoping by torturing her in the 610 Office3 and Xingqing Public Security Sub-bureau. In order to extract information about the Falun Dafa materials production sites, the police targeted Zhang Xiaoping. Other practitioners were subjected to threats, deceit, isolation and various cruel tortures. Zhang Xiaoping was tortured by being tied up and hung up for as long as ten hours, made to sit on the tiger bench4 three times, vicious forced-feeding, being handcuffed with her arms behind her back and having her feet shackled for extended periods of time, as well as other brutal tortures. However, the police still didn't get what they wanted from Zhang Xiaoping.

From October last year to March this year, Zhang Xiaoping had both her hands and feet shackled like death row criminals. The longest period lasted 46 days. The police didn't allow other prisoners to give her help. Zhang Xiaoping refused to answer roll call, recite the prison regulations, or perform slave labour, and openly practised the Falun Gong exercises. She went on hunger strike three times to protest the persecution.

The lengthy period of persecution took a toll on her health, and Ms. Zhang became very feeble and unrecognisable. Not until March 2nd, did the Xixia District Investigation Department and the Yinchuan Detention Centre notify Zhang Xiaoping's family after Zhang Xiaoping had been on hunger strike for 12 days, and was rushed to the Emergency Resuscitation Centre.

Many scars from being tied up and from being tortured on a metal chair were clearly evident on her body. At present, Zhang Xiaoping is at home.

Below are the departments, the people responsible, and their phone numbers:

Li Zhenguo, Committee of Yinchuan Commission, secretary of the Political and Legal Commission, and head of Yinchuan Police Department
Han Xianggong, head of Yinchuan Politics Commission
Zhu Ming, deputy head of Yinchuan Police Department
Zhang Anzhong, police officer at No. One Division of Yinchuan Police Department
Phone: 86-951-6915120 (office), 86-13909571157 (mobile)


1. Illegally arrested: Contrary to what former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution, and the Chinese Communist Party would like the world to believe, practising Falun Gong is NOT illegal in China. Although the Public Security Department issued an unconstitutional set of restraints on the practice at the onset of the persecution in 1999, no laws have been passed by the only legislative body in China, the People's Congress, banning Falun Gong or granting the police the authority to arrest Falun Gong practitioners for practising the exercises or distributing flyers. For a more complete discussion of the illegality of the persecution of Falun Gong, please refer to the article "The Ban on Falun Gong—A Dictator's Whim, Not the Rule of Law". (Variation: "illegally sentenced")

2. "Reform or Transform" Implementation of brainwashing and torture in order to force a practitioner to renounce Falun Gong. (Variations: "reform", "transform", "reformed", "reforming", "transformed", "transforming", and "transformation")

3. "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.

4. "Tiger Bench": Prisoners are forced to sit on a small iron bench that is approximately 20 cm (6 inches) tall with their knees tied together. With their hands tied behind their backs or sometimes placed on their knees, they are forced to sit straight up and look straight ahead without movement for long periods of time.

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