Police from Yinan County, Shandong Province Arrest Falun Gong Practitioners and Confiscate Their Belongings

On January 16th, 2009, the police from Yinan County, Shandong Province arrested eight Falun Gong practitioners and ransacked their homes. On the morning of January 17th, Ms. Wang Hongmei, a practitioner from Jiehu, Yinan County, was arrested by the police at her home. The police also confiscated her money and other property. Ms. Wang Hongmei is now being detained.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 15th, Mr. Meng Fanjiun and Mr. Leng Weinian, practitioners from Bojiadianzi Village, Hutou Town in Yinan County, were arrested by police at their homes. The police also confiscated their property.

On the afternoon of December 25th, 2008, officials from the local 610 Office1 and Police Bureau arrested Ms. Xue Li and took her to the County Police Bureau. They also ransacked her home and confiscated her laptop, printer, DVDs exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, and a number of leaflets.

On December 14th, 2008, Ms. Ren Shumei, a practitioner from Andi Village, Andi Town, Yinan County, was arrested by police from the local police station and her home was also ransacked. She is now being detained in Yinan County Detention Centre.

On November 19th, 2008, officers from Yinan County Police Bureau arrested more than 30 practitioners at Ms. Wang Xi'ai's home in Suijiadian. Among these practitioners, 19 were arrested and then released, but 16 are still being detained in Yinan Detention Centre. The families of these practitioners have been there more than once to request the release of their relatives, but they were all cursed and interrogated by Ma Chenglong, Commander of the Domestic Security Division. The authorities refused to release these practitioners.

On December 25th, 2008, Ms. Li Jizhen and Ms. Sun Qingxiang, practitioners from Yishui County, were sentenced to two-year terms of forced labour and sent to Jinan Women's Labour Camp. Mr. Yan Peiguang was sentenced to one year of forced labour and sent to Wangchun Labour Camp. Informants said that some of those detained practitioners from Yinan County would possibly be sentenced to forced labour.

According to incomplete statistics, from July 20th, 1999 to present day, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials from Yinan County have confiscated and destroyed more than 100,000 Falun Gong books plus Falun Gong materials. They have held vicious brainwashing sessions to persecute 130 practitioners and extorted 460,344 yuan2 from them. They have ransacked the homes of 35 practitioners 43 times and confiscated 7 desktops, laptops, and 13 sets of printers, DVD recorders and copy machines. They have taken 1,250 kg of grain, frozen 3 bank accounts, and confiscated numerous items and other property. During the past 9 years, 109 practitioners have been detained 171 times, and 40 practitioners have been sentenced to forced labour 43 times. There is evidence that 1 practitioner has been injured as a result of persecution, 2 practitioners have been persecuted to death; 2 practitioners have become mentally disordered from persecution, and 21 practitioners have become homeless. Moreover, the CCP officials and police relentlessly harassed practitioners under the pretext of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Before the 2008 Olympic Games was held, they arrested 11 practitioners and secretly sentenced 10 of them to forced labour.

Head of Yinan County 610 Office Li Xiaofeng: 86-13854959994(Mobile)

Commander of Domestic Security Division Ma Chenglong: 86-13573945281(Mobile)

Deputy Director of the Police Bureau and Director of the local 610 Office Xue Yunbo: 86-13605497379(Mobile)

Bureau Chief Zhu Maochen

Superintendent of the Detention Centre Huang Bangtao: 86-13853988069l (Mobile) 86-539-3221763(Office), 86-539-3228539(Home)

Note

1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

2. "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/2009/2/18/195672.html

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