Five Practitioners from Yakeshi City, Inner Mongolia Unlawfully Sentenced to Forced Labour

From August 30th to September 6th, 2007, police officers Qu Jingping, Liu Tao, and Wang Baolin from the Haitie Police Department in Inner Mongolia and personnel from the Yitie Police Department arrested nine Falun Gong practitioners from Tulihe Township and Yitulihe Township in Yakeshi City.

Practitioner Min Daqing, a 26-year-old employee of the Yitie Electricity Department, was arrested at his workplace. The police confiscated the computer he was using at his workplace. The leaders at his workplace tried to stop the police from taking the computer, but the police forcibly took it away. After this incident, people at his workplace all said that this group of policemen were criminals. Later on, the police broke into Min Daqing's home to confiscate his private computer and Dafa books. Before leaving, they also took 1,300 yuan1 of his family's money. The police said that the cash was their "activity fees." In fact, it was what Mr. Min's family was living on.

A policeman asked Min Daqing's father to sign the list of goods that they took away. His father did not sign and said, "You took my belongings from my home and did not give me a receipt, and you even asked me to sign. Isn't this the behaviour of a gangster?" The policeman could say nothing.

Mr. Zou Yugui, in his thirties, is an employee of the Yitie House Property Department. On the afternoon of September 6th, while on his way home from work, a group of policemen grabbed him from behind and put a bag over his head and then took him away. Later, they ransacked his home.

Ma Huilan (a retired official of the Yitie Veteran Cadre Section) was arrested on the street on September 6th. The policemen sneaked up behind him, put a bag over his head and took him away. Ma Huilan was mentally traumatised by this sudden attack.

Policemen from the Haitie Police Department arrested practitioners in different places on September 6th. They were Ms. Zhang Yuxiu (a 44-year-old employee of the Yitie Hospital), Ms. Wang Juan (an employee of the Yitie Station), Mr. Han (in his sixties, a retired employee in Yitie), and married couple Lu Quanwei and Lu Guiying (39, an employee of the Tulihe Forestry).

At present, five of the practitioners have been sentenced to forced labour. The four other practitioners (Ma Huilan, Mr. Han, Lu Quanwei, and Wang Juan) have been released.


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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