Sixty-Year-Old Female Practitioner's Home Ransacked and Sent to Forced Labour Camp

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Ms. Wang Wenshu, 62, was jailed, beaten, fined and verbally abused after she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in 1999. She was forced to move bricks and other harsh labour, and coerced to give up Falun Gong.

On July 20th, 2000, Wang Wenshu was arrested by policeman Zhang Hua and taken to Sunzhuang Village. She was released after a four day hunger strike.

On December 11th, 2000, a few policemen arrested Wang and six other practitioners by barging into Wang's home between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Her four or five year old grandson was left alone in the house. Wang was handcuffed after arriving in Sunzhuang Village. Wang's face was whipped repeatedly with a leather belt. She was later handcuffed to a tree and left outside in the cold at night.

Wang was interrogated the next day while handcuffed. She was beaten with a wooden bat. At around 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon, Wang was transferred to Zhuozhou Detention Centre. The police ransacked her home more than four times during Wang's detainment and over 4500 yuan1 worth of checks and over 500 yuan in cash were stolen. In addition, Wang was fined 3000 yuan. Wang's husband was so scared that he became mentally ill. Three months later, Wang was released when her family paid a bail of over 2000 yuan. Wang was forced to become homeless after the ordeal, to avoid further persecution.

In September 2001, Wang was again arrested in the County of Laishui and was sent to the police station in Sunzhuang Village. There she was locked in an iron cage for five days and nights. Before then, in order to get a hold of Wang, the police took Wang's daughters and held them hostage in iron cages. Wang was kept in the police station for four months without seeing her family members.

On January 25th, 2002, Wang was sentenced to labour camp for three years. In spring 2002, Wang started having heart problems due to hardships in the labour camp. In September she developed high fever and diarrhoea and became unconscious for three days. Even so, the police refused to release her. On September 30th, 2003, Wang was released. However, the second day after she returned home, Xing Guoping of Sunzhuang Village started harassing her.


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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