A Falun Dafa Practitioner's Persecution Experience in China

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In July 1999, as our family was going on a vacation, we heard the news that the government had banned Falun Gong. We immediately headed to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. However, the police replaced the personnel of the Appeal Bureau. Falun Dafa practitioners who went to appeal were all arrested and sent back to their hometowns for further persecution. I did not want to jump into the trap so I left Beijing and went to other places. Shortly after I arrived home, the local police illegally detained me for 36 days with the excuse of finding out about my activities. They also extorted 10,000 Yuan from me. After my release, more than 20 people from the municipality, Education Committee, my work unit, local police, Street Committee, my relatives and neighbours closely monitored me. Whenever holidays or vacations came, I was deprived of the freedom of going out while other people could get together with their relatives. During the winter and summer vacation, other teachers enjoyed themselves, but I was deprived of the vacation by the "610 Office" [name of the organisation created specifically to persecute Falun Gong practitioners] through my work unit. During the time from my release to the second time that I was arrested, I had been under close monitoring by the police and "610 Office," including restraining my physical freedom, monitoring my dwelling place, tapping my home phone, intercepting my mails and frequent harassment.

On May 23, 2001, about 9 am, the head of the Politics and Security Department, Wang Qixiang, and three other people came to my home to force me to attend a brainwashing class and write a statement renouncing Falun Gong. I refused. Wang immediately ordered a policeman to show me the search warrant that they had prepared in advance, and then they searched my home. They confiscated my Falun Dafa books and materials, but they refused to write a detailed list when they took my personal property away. Under my strong insistence, they had to write a detailled list. Then, more than ten people took me to the police department. I was illegally detained 21 days and then illegally sent to a labour camp for a 3-year sentence without any evidence showing that I violated the law and without any signature from me. They suspended my salary without authorization since April. Before this, they had ordered my work unit to use my salary to pay the "610 Office" to compensate them for arresting people in Beijing.

At the same time that they detained me, they did not stop looking for my husband. However, they did not find him, even after they went to Beijing to search. They were so furious that they started to persecute my son. On the night of June 2, they took my son away and detained him illegally for 21 days. When my relatives went to ask for his release, the head of the police department and the secretary of the Politics and Judiciary Committee shouted with their hands striking the table, "If we cannot find the father, we will arrest his son, and we won't release the son until we catch his father!"

I was sent back to my hometown due to becoming ill during my illegal detention in the labour camp. On the day when I came back, I was sent to my work unit and detained 24 hours a day. During the daytime, two male staff members and one leader monitored me. At night, four female staff members stayed in one room with me to watch me and one leader was also on duty. The room was dark, humid and full of mosquitoes and flies. I could not get a good day's rest. On the night of June 19, Falun Dafa practitioners rescued me despite the close watch. Now I am homeless. I heard that they had illegally detained my son several days ago because they could not find me.

Source: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/9/29/14242.html

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