CHINA—In April 2008, police from the Shouguang City Public Safety Bureau in Shandong Province arrested Falun Gong practitioner Sang Chunlian. Six months ago, police from the same police bureau sexually abused Sang while she was detained. This time, according to a source, police again tortured Sang to extort a confession.
On September 24, 2007, police arrested Sang, who lived in Houzhang Village, Shouguang City, and detained her in the bureau. That night, two police forced her to sit on the ground, pulled her arms behind her back and pulled her chin up from behind. They slapped her face, stamped on her legs and feet, and burned her arms and hands with cigarette lighters until her flesh was blistered and purple. One policeman even stripped Sang and had the other officers leave the room, saying “I am going to burn her genital area.”
When questioned about the torture, the head of the Bureau, Nie Zuokun denied it.
After her release, Sang exposed her torture for publication on Clearwisdom.net.
On April 1, 2008, police from the same Bureau arrested Sang again. According to the source, Sang was tortured in the Industrial District Police Station in Shouguang City. Police from the Shouguang City 610 Office and the Bureau were involved.
New Police Chief Declares 3 Year War
According to a report on April 12, 2007, from minghui.org, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Shouguang City intensified after Liu Zhonghui became the Party Chief in March 2007. In November 2007, Liu said on TV that he would start a battle with Falun Gong for the next three years. This news was reported in the Shouguang Daily newspaper.
From 2007 till now, according to incomplete statistics, there have been about 100 Falun Gong practitioners in Shouguang City that have been arrested, beaten, fined, and their homes searched. Sixteen practitioners were taken to slave labor camps.
In the evening of April 2, 2008, the Shouguang TV broadcast a city meeting where Liu Zhonghui stressed his suppression of Falun Gong.
The following cases are recent arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in Shouguang City.
On January 2, police arrested four Falun Gong practitioners; one of them was Ms Zhang Guizhi. That afternoon, several police hit Zhang using the legs of a chair and severely bruised her back. When she was taken to a detention center that day, the center refused to accept her because of her critical physical condition.
On March 7, 2008, police from the Luocheng Street Police Station arrested 28 Falun Gong practitioners and confined them in a yard. The Hou Town Party Commission arrested a dozen practitioners and confined them in a yard as well.
In March, police in Shouguang City arrested 13 Falun Gong practitioners Guo Xiuhua, Mou Zhangwen, Han Xinzhen, Song Zulan, Li Xiuhua, Zhang Zedong, Han Xinxiao, Yang Mingyi, Bi Ruilan, Li Fayao, Lin Wenying, Wang Shixiao, and Hu Aiyun and locked them in the Shouguang City Detention Center.
On April 1, officers arrested practitioner Ms. Sun Guizhen and her husband (not a practitioner), and son-in-law. Sun's son-in-law was released that day. Sun and her husband are currently locked in the Industrial District Police Station.