Persecution of Falun Gong Escalating in Shanghai
As reported by Falun Gong's Minghui Chinese language website, Shanghai Public Security Department, the National Public Security Department and local governments of all levels have escalated the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. In May and June, over a hundred Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Shanghai alone.
Those familiar with the scene in Shanghai believe there are three reasons behind the escalation. The first is that the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party issued an order in March to actively suppress anyone who introduces Falun Gong and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to people.
The second reason is that authorities are trying to limit the spread of information in mainland China about live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, and have begun to kidnap practitioners on a larger scale.
Thirdly, in preparation for the G6 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that took place in June, Shanghai authorities arrested practitioners in order to further limit the spreading of information about the persecution of Falun Gong at the SCO summit.
Below are a few of the cases that have been documented thus far:
1. On the evening of July 6, 2006, Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Xiaomei from Xinchang Town of Nanhui County in Shanghai was kidnapped by Xinchang Public Security and residential committee personnel. Her home was searched, and her belongings were confiscated.
2. On June 26, 2006, policemen kidnapped Gu Jimin, another female Falun Gong practitioner from Shanghai, when she was visiting another Falun Gong practitioner. Her home was then searched and her possessions confiscated. Gu is currently in detention.
3. On June 14, 2006, Shanghai Dahua Hospital doctor Qian Wuling, went missing on her way back home. It turned out she was kidnapped by the Shanghai Xuhui Public Security personnel for practicing Falun Gong.
4. On May 30, 2006, Chen Yaoqing, an elderly practitioner from Pengpu Town of Zhabei District in Shanghai was kidnapped by policemen from the Zhabei branch 610 Office 1 , and her home was also searched. Chen Yaoqing is currently illegally locked up at the Lingshi Road Detention Center in Zhabei District.
: 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.