Police officers continue to torture practitioners without any remorse in Qidong County, Hunan Province. They arrest whoever catches their fancy and ransack practitioners' homes. Since the end of May 2007, two practitioners who were forced to leave their homes have gone missing, six practitioners' possessions were confiscated and 15 practitioners were arrested and brutally tortured. At this time, seven practitioners are still detained, including Kuang Zongrao, Ms. Tan Cuiying and Ms. He Qionghui who were sentenced to a forced labour camp. Police threatened Kuang Sen, Ms. Tan Luyun, Ms. Deng Caiyun and Ms. Peng Xixiu that they would be sentenced to long prison terms.
Practitioner, Mr. Kuang Zongrao was arrested on May 27th. He is still detained in the Detention Centre. On August 1st, around 6 policemen, including Wang Xiwen hung Kuang Zongrao on the window sill and beat him through an entire night. Mr. Kuang suffered a mental breakdown from the torture. He was taken to Xinkaipu Forced Labour Camp where he continues to suffer torture. He is now very weak. He was taken to the hospital several times and had to pay for medicine from his own pocket.
Practitioner, Ms. Zhou Zhonglian, tried to convince some one who tore up Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution to stop. She was arrested by staff from the National Security. Her head and legs were brutally beaten until she fainted and fell to the ground. One day later, she was taken to the hospital emergency room. She suffers from a mental breakdown and half her body is paralysed. The policemen refuse to pay 5,000 yuan1 for medicine.
Staff from the National Security broke into practitioner Ms. Peng Xinxiu's home at night on June 24th. They ransacked her home and found Dafa leaflets. She was arrested and tortured. Ms. Peng's entire body was covered with wounds. The town court convened on November 26th. Ms. Peng was threatened that she would have to suffer worse torture. Ms. Peng is being held in a local detention centre.
Practitioner Ms. Lei Fangmei was arrested on June 26th. She was tortured around the clock for an entire week in attempts to force her to renounce Falun Gong. She was also hung on the window sill and suffered beatings. Her feet were covered with bloody wounds. Her family got her released after trying many different methods and after they paid large bribes for her release.
Practitioner Mr. Zhou and Mr. Shen are among those who were targeted for arrest frequently. Police tried many times to arrest them but failed. Authorities forced their workplaces to withhold the men's salaries, and sealed their homes. They offered 10,000 yuan to anyone who could arrest them. Mr. Zhou and Mr. Shen were forced into exile. They have disappeared without a trace.
Ms. Gui Fenxiu was arrested and detained for 15 days. Her home was not locked. Someone broke in and stole her belongings, including 2,000 yuan her son gave her for yearly living support. Now she is in very bad straits.
Police ransacked Ms. Jiang Zhoufang, Ms. Xiao Shuanggui, Zhou Xiaomao and Ms. Zou Yueying, Ms. Jiang Qunying's homes, who robbed their TVs and satellite receivers.
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.ca/mh/articles/2007/12/16/168505.html
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