Kidnapping, Extortion, Persecution Throughout Society

  • Falun Gong Practitioners Detained and Fined by Policemen from Lanshan County, Hunan Province

    On July 11th, 2010, Falun Gong practitioners Zhou Baisheng, Zhou Yongying and Li Xiyu were seized by local policemen while distributing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution to people in a village. They were taken to the Lanshan County Public Security Bureau that night and detained for fifteen days. The next day, when their family members requested to see the practitioners at the detention centre, the police demanded that they pay a fee. Every time the family members visited, they were either forced to pay meal fees or fines. Zhou Baisheng was taken to the Xinkaipu Labour Camp in Changsha City, Hunan Province where he was sentenced to a year of "re-education" through labour. Li Xiyu was sentenced to a year of "re-education" through labour at the Baimalong Women's Labour Camp in Zhuzhou City.
  • Daqing City Police Arrest Ms. Jin Lixia and Her Husband, Then Extort Money from Their Teen-Age Son

    Mr. Liu Zehe and his wife, Ms. Jin Lixia, from Daqing were arrested for distributing materials exposing the persecution of Falun Gong on June 18th, 2010. Ms. Jin experienced heart problems and was sent to a hospital for emergency treatment. Wolitun Police Department officers took this opportunity to force Ms. Jin's under-age son to borrow money and sign a document. They threatened they would send Ms. Jin to a forced labour camp if no money was handed in. Mr. Liu was taken to the Daqing City No.3 Detention Centre the afternoon of June 18,th.
  • Disbarred Chinese Lawyer: True Loser is the Legal System

    The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice in a hearing on April 22nd revoked the law licences of two attorneys, Tang Jitian and Liu Wei, both of whom are well-known for defending Falun Gong adherents and others who are disenfranchised in China. Prior to the hearing, Tang Jitian spoke to reporters outside the courtroom. He characterized the situation as just another attempt by the authorities to intimidate and suppress lawyers. In actuality, he said, the authorities were only jeopardizing their own moral and legal credibility with the people of China.
  • Party Officials in Deyang City Force Residents to Sign "Pledge Card"

    Since this March, the Deyang Municipal Party Committee in Sichuan Province and the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) have been forcing residents to sign "pledge cards" against Falun Gong and are distributing brochures attacking and slandering Falun Gong. In the Guanghua community at Dongshanbei Lane, residents who receive low-income financial assistance are forced to sign pledge cards against Falun Gong. Otherwise, their payments are withheld. In the Fourth Team of Nanxing town, most residents have signed the pledge card. They were told that if they did not sign, their children cannot join the army or go to college in the future.
  • The Truth About the April 25 Appeal -- Deceptive Propaganda Twists Peaceful Protest into "Justification" for Violent Repression

    In the morning of April 25, 1999, over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners began to gather in neat order outside the State Appeals Office in Beijing, close to Zhongnanhai, the CCP's central government compound. They sought a return of the open environment to practise Falun Gong that they had enjoyed for years, and more specifically, the release of dozens of practitioners who had recently been arrested in nearby Tianjin City.
  • Interview with a Participant of the April 25 Appeal

    On April 25, 1999, more than ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners went to Beijing to peacefully appeal. Several months later, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Jiang Zemin, using this event as a pretext, launched the persecution of Falun Gong. This brutal persecution is still going on in China. Falun Gong practitioner Guoping Deng and his wife participated in the appeal on April 25, 1999. The following is an excerpt of an interview with him.
  • Persecution of Ms. Zhong Dongmei in Hebei Province

    I went to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 20th, 1999, the day the persecution began. The police arrested me and took me to the Tiananmen Police Station, where many other practitioners were also held. I saw police officers violently beating practitioners. They attacked primarily the practitioners' chests, backs and abdomens. Soon officers took me back to my hometown. A deputy police chief interrogated me. Before I entered his office, a group of people approached me, and hit and kicked me. They whacked my head, eyes, ears and face until I lost consciousness. They sent me to the Dingxing County Custody Centre. This was my first detention. I was forced to pay them more than 380 yuan.
  • Practitioner from Hebei Province Persecuted --Over 50,000 Yuan Extorted from Her Family

    During the past ten years, Ms. Yang Zenghua, 54, has suffered from frequent harassment, arrests, home invasions, and thefts. She was held in the Fuping Detention Centre and imprisoned in Baoding Forced Labour Camp for eighteen months. She has had 55,500 yuan in cash extorted from her family and had personal belongings worth 600 yuan taken from her, for a total of 56,100 yuan.
  • Police in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province Arrest and Extort Money from Practitioners

    Li Fu, former commander of the Mudanjiang City Domestic Security Division said to someone in private, "I am going to retire soon. Before I retire, I can't treat these brothers (police) badly. We have to find all possible ways to collect money. Falun Gong practitioners and their relatives are our source of money." In early December 2009, officers from the Mudanjiang City Domestic Security Division arrested Mr. Wei Jingkun and confiscated two computers and other personal property. Policemen threatened him with forced labour, and then forced his relatives to pay 5,000 yuan.
  • Large Numbers of Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted for Persecution and Arrest in 2009, Says Congressional-Executive Commission on China (Excerpt)

    In its 2009 Annual Report released last week, the U.S. Government's Congressional-Executive Commission on China thoroughly documents the continued and intensified targeting of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese security apparatus over the past year. The section on Falun Gong cites, in particular, the involvement of top Chinese Communist Party officials in directing a "strike hard" campaign against Falun Gong, as well as the robust activity of the extralegal 6-10 Office in carrying out such directives.
  • Relentless Persecution of Ms. Ma Yan by Li Jianbin, Head of the 610 Office in Changyi, Shandong Province

    On September 4th, 2009 when Ms. Ma Yan was not at home, Li Jianbin, Head of the 610 Office, combed through her house and took 1,800 yuan, the only money she had to support herself and pay her bills. In September 2007, Ms. Ma was arrested by Li Jianbin and his cohorts when she was at home. They hit her in the face, used a towel to muffle her mouth, and handcuffed her behind her back. In this robbery alone, the police took money and property belonging to Ms. Ma worth about 100,000 yuan in total. Ma Yan was then held in Changyi Detention Centre for eleven days. She was tortured until she could not eat or drink, and threw up blood. Although she had already been brutally treated, Li Jianbin sent her to Shandong Province Zibo No. 2 Women's Forced Labour Camp for further torture.
  • Ms. Zhang Lianfen Tortured Many Times and Her Relatives Extorted out of Huge Amount of Money

    During the past ten years, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have brutally tortured Ms. Zhang Lianfen because of her firm belief in Falun Gong. They arrested her four times, tortured her, beat her brutally and extorted 83,000 yuan from her family. Her husband had to borrow the money to pay the CCP officials. In 2001, Ms. Zhang was taken to a secluded, tiny cell in police custody. Three guards beat her brutally. They pulled her hair, slapped her face and kicked her violently. From time to time Ms. Zhang fell to the ground. They pulled her up and continued beating her. When they were tired, they handcuffed her to the arm of the sofa. After a while, they started another round of violent beatings. Ms. Zhang fell to the ground, but the police held her hair, stepped on her neck and tortured her until far into the night.
  • State Security Division Personnel Embezzled 30,000 Yuan from Ms. Wang Lanying

    Police stormed into Ms. Wu Licui's home on July 31st, 2008. They took away her Falun Gong books as well as other personal property, including a personal bank deposit passbook and 147,900 yuan in cash. In her bank passbook, there was a deposit of 30,000 yuan from practitioner Ms. Wang Lanying. Ms Wang lent the money to Ms. Wu to buy a house. On September 7th, 2008, police arrested Ms. Wang and took her to the Kaijiang County Detention Centre. In order to embezzle the 30,000-yuan bank deposit, State Security Division agents brutally tortured Ms. Wang into falsely confessing that she never lent any money to Ms. Wu. In this way, the State Security Division was able to confiscate the money.
  • Chaoyang County and Liucheng Police Extort Huge Sums of Money from Practitioners; Woman Sent to Forced Labour for Not Paying

    Ms. Qian Jilan, 43, was arrested by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and jailed for half a month. Subsequently, she was put to one year of forced labour after police tried twice to extort money from her and failed. She has recently been taken to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. The Chaoyang County Police Department has tried to extort several thousand yuan from the family members of each person arrested by them. On top of buying expensive meals for Chief Pan Shi and others, members of a certain family had 10,000 yuan extorted from them.
  • Sisters Imprisoned, Money Extorted from Their Families

    Sisters Ms. Cao Junfeng and Ms. Cao Junping were arrested before the Beijing Olympics in July 2008 by the Weifang County Domestic Security Section in Shandong Province. They have been detained at a detention centre ever since. The Domestic Security Section has denied all of their families' visitation requests, harassed and arrested their family and friends, and extorted 70,000 yuan from them. The latest news the family has received is that "there will be another sentence."