The Persecution of a Television Anchor and His Wife

Name: Li Zhenjun
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Address: Ninghe County, Tianjin
Occupation: News Anchor at the Ninghe County Broadcast and TV Bureau
Date of Most Recent Arrest: November 8th, 2002
Most recent place of detention: Tianjin No. 6 Prison
City: Tianjin
Persecution Suffered: Detention, brainwashing, interrogation, forced labour, extortion, beatings, torture, fired from workplace, sleep deprivation

Name: Wang Huijuan
Gender: Female
Age: Unknown
Address: Ninghe County, Tianjin
Occupation: Lutai No. 1 Elementary School
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 1st, 2002
Most recent place of detention: Tianjin Women's Prison
City: Tianjin
Persecution Suffered: Detention, brainwashing, living under surveillance, interrogation, home ransacking, beatings, force-feedings, sleep deprivation, physical constraint

Mr. Li Zhenjun and his wife were arrested, and sent to prison(s) and labour camp(s) since 1999. They were subjected to brutal beatings and forms of torture. Below is an account of the gross mistreatment and abuse they were subjected to under the persecution.

Persecution of Li Zhenjun

Ninghe County police officer Wang Deyou arrested Mr. Li Zhenjun and took him to the Lutai Town Police Station in Ninghe County at 1:00 a.m. on July 19th, 1999. Ninghe County Broadcast and TV Bureau officials took him back to his workplace and bombarded him with propaganda, coercing him to renounce Falun Gong. He was held in his workplace for 12 days. Police officers Wang Lixin and Li Decheng, and TV bureau deputy head Wang Xiyan, office Party heads Zeng Fanlin and Bo Lianzhu all pressured him to give up Falun Gong.

Following his release, Mr. Li was arrested in Beijing on October 28th, 1999 while appealing for Falun Gong. He was taken back to Ninghe County and held at the police department's Criminal Police Division. Officer Ning Keming handcuffed Mr. Li to a heating pipe and would not let him sleep. The practitioner was subsequently sentenced to three years in a labour camp. Ninghe County TV Station aired footage of Mr. Li in handcuffs while in police custody.

He was held at the Shuangkou Labour Camp in Tianjin between November 8th, 1999 and May 24th, 2001, during which he was tortured and was forced to do extremely demanding manual labour. Official Zhen Runzhong extorted 6,000 yuan1 from his family. Mr. Li returned to work following his release but was only paid 400 yuan a month.

A group of police officers led by Liu Yanzhang arrested Mr. Li again at 8:00 p.m. on May 13th, 2002 and took him to Ninghe County Domestic Security Division where officer Shi He from Tianjin City Police Department slapped his face. His captors did not let him sleep. He later broke free and lived away from home to avoid the persecution and was arrested again on November 8th, 2002. On the return trip to Ninghe County, the police first used phone wires and later coarse ropes to hog-tie him. They also wrapped his head tightly in a thick coat. Officer Zhu tightened the rope even more from time to time.

Mr. Li was handcuffed and shackled at the Lutai Town Police Station in Ninghe County. Officers Yun Peigang, Zhao Ziyou and others did not let him sleep. He was transferred to the Tianjin City No. 1 Detention Centre two days later and was locked in the same cell as many inmates on death row. Then he was held at the Ninghe County Detention Centre for one year. The guards instructed a drug addict named Liu Lixin and inmate Kan Peng to attack Mr. Li.

Ninghe County Court officials sentenced him to four years in prison in August 2003. The head judge is Yu Ruisen; another judge is Shan Xinhua, the clerk is Li Zhijun, and the Ninghe County Procuratorate public prosecutor is Niu Huiming. Ninghe County 610 Office head Zhang Yuncheng and officials from the Ninghe County Inspection Bureau ordered the broadcast and television bureau to fire Mr. Li. He was sent to Division 5 at the Tianjin No. 6 Prison, where he was forced to read slandering materials on a daily basis and write a weekly report on his thoughts after reading those materials. He was also forced to do extended manual labour. These officials are responsible for acts of gross abuse and mistreatment: Yang Zhongshui, head of Division 5; Zhang Shilin and Qi Shuhai, deputy heads of Division 5, and group heads Song Xuesen, Zu Liming, and Xing Chengdong, among others.

Persecution of Li Zhenjun's wife Wang Huijuan

Mr. Li Zhenjun's wife Wang Huijuan was a teacher at the No. 1 Elementary School. Below is a list of persecution incidents in chronological order:

July 22nd, 1999: Dong Mingxiang, principal of Lutai Town Elementary School, and Liu Zongming, principal of Lutai No. 1 Elementary School, arrested her and took her to the No. 1 Elementary School where they bombarded her with propaganda for two weeks.

October 24th, 1999: She went to Beijing to appeal. Plainclothes police officers in Beijing arrested her on Tiananmen Square on October 28th and took her to the Fengtai Stadium. She was transferred to the Changping Shelter later that night where she was held for a week.

Early November 1999: Principal Dong Mingxiang from Lutai Town, Human Resources head Yang Shujiang at the Education Bureau and officer Dong Jing from the Ninghe County Police Department arrested and took her to the Lutai Town Detention Centre in Ninghe County. She was also held at the Tianjin No. 1 Detention Centre for two weeks.

November 16th, 1999: The school officials arrested her again and held her at the No. 1 Elementary School. The faculty was assigned to take turns monitoring her. She was forbidden to do the Falun Gong exercises, read Falun Gong books, or meet with her family. She was subjected to brainwashing for more than one month.

June 2000: Lutai Police Department officials held her at the detention centre for 15 days.

July 2000: School principals Dong Mingxiang and Liu Zongming arrested Ms. Wang and held her at the No. 1 Elementary School for brainwashing sessions.

Between January 1st, 2000 and the 2001 Chinese New Year: School officials held her at the No. 1 Elementary School for brainwashing sessions for six months. They did not release her during the Chinese New Year and forbade her to read Falun Gong books or do the Falun Gong exercises.

June 2001: Lutai Police Department officials arrested and held her at the Lutai Detention Centre for 14 days.

Three years between 1999 and 2001: She lived under constant surveillance from school officials and the police.

May 13th, 2002: Zhao Ziyou and other officers from Lutai Police Department arrested Ms. Wang and her husband Mr. Li Zhenjun and ransacked their home. They went through the backpacks of several children who were receiving private instruction at Ms. Wang's home. The children trembled with fear. When the police took Mr. Li away, his young daughter Li Fuyao clung to her mother's legs and cried for her father. Ms. Wang was taken to the No. 1 Elementary School the next day and began living away from home to avoid the persecution on May 15th, 2002.

September 1st, 2002: The police arrested Ms. Wang at the Pingquan County Train Station in Chengde City and took her to the Pingquan County Detention Centre. They savagely beat her during interrogation, interrogated her several times and brutally beat her each time. Officer Wang Zhongjun and a few others whipped her with a metal ruler and rammed her head against a wall until she bled from the nose and mouth, and her eardrums were shattered. She now has very poor hearing. While at the Pingquan County Detention Centre she held a hunger strike, and the guards force-fed her five times. She was taken to the Ninghe County Detention Centre on September 12th, 2002.

End of 2002: A female officer surnamed Wang and several male officers at the Tianjin City Police Department interrogated her. Officer Yun Peigang kept insulting her with vulgar language and forbade her to sleep. They also threatened to harm her daughter if she did not give up her belief.

March 2003: She held a 100-day persecution protest hunger strike. She was savagely force-fed seven times, resulting in physical trauma and mental anguish.

July 13th, 2003: Ninghe County court officials sentenced her to seven years in prison. The head judge is Yu Ruisen; another judge is Shan Xinhua; the clerk is Li Zhijun, and the Ninghe County Procuratorate public prosecutor was Niu Huiming.

August 14th, 2003: She was transferred to the No. 1 Detention Centre in Tianjin where she was forced to do hard labour.

September 17th, 2003: She was transferred to the Tianjin Women's Prison. The guards there forbade her from talking to others; two inmates were assigned around the clock to watch her every move and audit her every word. They also forced her to study materials that slandered Falun Gong.

November 25th, 2004: She was transferred from Division 3 to Division 5.

February 22nd, 2005: All inmates at the Division 5 housekeeping group brutally attacked her. These inmates were Chen Li, Li Lu, Zhu Tong, Wang Limei, Hui Yin, Song Shijie, Fan Chengcheng, Liu Xu, and several others. They took turn beating her for three hours with instruction from the guards. They again assaulted her the next day at noon, when they wrapped her head in bed sheets and beat her for one hour.

June 25th, 2005--July 2005: Guard Du Yan would not let her use the restroom or take showers. She was forced to relieve herself in the room. Du Yan also forced Ms. Wang to stand on the floor after evening roll call instead of letting her go to bed. She also forced detainees in the same cell with Ms. Wang to stand with her until past 11:00 p.m., in order to turn them against Ms. Wang.

April 3rd, 2006--April 7th, 2006: Guards Zhang Na, Wang Jingjing and Shi Shuhua handcuffed Ms. Wang to a bed; inmates held her feet down so she could not move.

November 29th, 2007: Guards Liu Min and Yin Nan forced Ms. Wang to stand for two days.

Note

1. "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.org/mh/articles/2010/4/5/221032.html


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