Ms. Zhao Wei, 25, Force-Fed Water Laced With Hot Chilli Pepper in Jilin City Detention Centre in Jilin Province

Ms. Zhao Wei is 25 years old. She is from Jilin City. She started practising Falun Gong in 1998.

On November 4th, 2006, Zhao Wei was arrested by Longtan and Tuchengzi Police Stations, and Longtan National Security Bureau in Jilin City. The policemen handcuffed Ms. Zhao and ransacked her home. It happened when a neighbour of Ms. Zhao's was passing by her residence and saw that the lights were on. The neighbour wanted to see who was inside. But before the neighbour even knew it, the policemen dragged her inside Zhao Wei's home and started to interrogate her. After that, the policemen let the neighbour watch them ransack Ms. Zhao's home claiming that she could be their eye witness. They took Zhao Wei's desktop computer, laptop, two printers, two colour printers, a copy machine that was worth over 10,000 yuan1, 2,800 yuan cash, two savings account booklets (with over 2,000 yuan of savings), and some other items. Those who were involved in arresting Zhao Wei included Ai Yuedong and Wang Qiupo.

On November 5th, 2006, Zhao Wei was detained at Tuchengzi Police Station. When her family members rushed to the station, they saw that Zhao Wei was being closely monitored by a policewoman. At about 9:00 p.m. that day, Zhao Wei was transferred to Jilin City Detention Centre. Although Zhao Wei had already been detained, the policemen still kept harassing her neighbour. They even went as far as ransacking the neighbour's residence, but did not get what they were looking for. On November 6th, two policemen went to Zhao Wei's neighbour again, claiming that they needed her at the police station to identify a person. They repeatedly emphasised that it was part of the legal procedure.

Zhao Wei refused to cooperate with the guards at the detention centre. She held a hunger strike to protest against the illegal imprisonment. The guards and the doctors of the centre brutally force-fed her. They even force-fed her with hot pepper-laced water.

Tuchengzi Police Station: 86-432-3039869
Jilin City Detention Centre: 86-432-4819029 (Office), duty officer's observation room: 86-432-4819130


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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