Small City in China Imprisons 670 Falun Gong Practitioners
On June 21, 2007, two policemen in Liaoning, Chaoyang City invaded the home of Falun Gong practitioner, Zhang Yuwen. Zhang was sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp even though no official arrest warrant was issued.
At least 670 Falun Gong practitioners from Chaoyang City and its surrounding areas have been jailed or sent to forced labor camps since July 20, 1999.
According to a report on Clearwisdom.net, on May 23, 2007, the city commissioners and other local officials of Chaoyang City jointly issued 290 copies of a classified document entitled “The Guiding Principles of Chaoyang City to Govern Cult such as Falun Gong” to its local government departments. These departments were instructed to gather together and study the document.
For unknown reasons, Masanjia Forced Labor Camp refused to take Zhang. A month later Zhang was officially arrested. The police forced Zhang's family to pay 500 yuan for the expenses incurred in the police's unsuccessful attempt to send Zhang to Masanjia Labor Camp.
The brutal crackdown of Falun Gong in China began in July 20, 1999 under Jiang Zemin, the then leader of the Chinese communist regime. Of the 670 Falun Gong practitioners that were arrested sixty-five were tortured to death, nine became deranged due to intense torture, and four were maimed for life.
Some of those who suffered include: Wang Lishia, 46, who was tortured to death in October 2000 because she refused to give up Falun Gong; Yu Xiuling, 32, who was thrown to her death from the window of the fourth floor of a building, after she was severely beaten because she refused to give up Falun Gong; husband and wife, Tian Yili and Zhen Yujie who died from the persecution. Their 12-year-old daughter was orphaned and is being raised by her aunt and uncle.