Macheng County Woman Arrested, Interrogated and Held in Forced Labour Camp

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Name: Xiang Jinping
Gender: Female
Age: 46
Address: Unknown
Occupation: Unemployed

Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 13th, 2006
Most Recent Place of Detention: Hubei Women's Forced Labour Camp
City: Wuhan
Province: Hubei
Persecution Suffered: Detention, home ransacked, extortion, interrogation, beatings, torture, hung up, brainwashing, forced labour.

During the past ten years, Ms. Xiang Jinping has been repeatedly persecuted because she persists in her belief in Falun Gong. In 2006, she was arrested and her home was searched by police. In the police station, she was interrogated. Later on, she was sent to the Hubei Women's Forced Labour Camp.

Ms. Xiang Jinping was laid off by the Macheng Cotton Mill. On May 13th, 2006, her mother, husband and she were ready to go to visit her relatives in Ezhou City. Her mother and husband are not Falun Gong practitioners. At the entrance to the Macheng Train Station, police searched her and found Falun Gong materials. As a result, all three were taken away, isolated and detained in the Railroad Police Station. The police took her mother and husband to search their homes. At her mother's home, the police cursed at her 60-year-old mother, taking away a Falun Gong brochure and materials with information about Falun Gong. At her home, the police took away a TV, DVD player, cassette recorder, MP3 player, Falun Gong books and Falun Gong materials.

In the police station, the police forced Ms. Xiang's husband to sign a falsified confession. He was released at around midnight. She was kept in the station for further interrogation. At midnight, two police officers, one male and one female, poured cold water on her face and poked her fingers with bamboo sticks. On May 14th, 2006, she was sent to the Railway Detention Centre. During detention, she was repeatedly punched, kicked and slapped in the face. She was interrogated and forced to press her finger on and sign documents. One night, a guard saw that she was practising the Falun Gong exercises. As a result, she was not allowed to eat the next four meals. One day, a person from the epidemic prevention station came and drew a pouch of blood from her. A guard whose surname is Deng forced her to stand on a brick, handcuffed her from the top of the door and kicked away the brick, which left her suspended in the air, with all her weight on her wrists. She was held in the detention centre for 37 days.

Ms. Xiang was sentenced to one year in a forced labour camp. On June 20th, 2006, she was sent to the Hubei Women's Forced Labour Camp. In the camp, she was forced to watch video programmes defaming Falun Gong, watched by drug addicts and other detainees, not allowed to sleep but forced to do labour and drills, and left outside under the blazing sun for long periods of time. As a result, she became very thin and her old illnesses relapsed. She foamed at the mouth and fainted many times. The guards didn't send her to a hospital until her family gave them 500 yuan1. Under the doctor's suggestion, she was released on bail for medical treatment on September 22, 2006. She was detained there for 130 days.

On September 26, 1999, Ms. Xiang went to the appeals office in Beijing and appealed for Falun Gong. She was arrested by Beijing police and detained in Beijing Detention Centre for three days. Later on, she was escorted back by the Macheng police and detained in the Macheng Detention Centre for eight days. The guards took away the 400 yuan that she was carrying and extorted 2,000 yuan from her family before releasing her.

On the night of February 21, 2000, Liu Yan, Director of the Third Branch of Macheng Cotton Mill, led Yu Lanxia and Yan Junsen to search her home and take away Falun Dafa books. They took her to the brainwashing session in the cotton mill. She was forced to do labour and watch brainwashing programs, which caused her old illnesses to relapse. She felt dizzy, vomited and had diarrhoea. She was not released until the middle of May 2000.

Individuals and departments involved in the persecution:

Railroad Security Section in Macheng Train Station

Xie Guangming, Liu Bin


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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