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Repeated Arrests and Ongoing Torture of a Mother and Her Young Daughter  
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On October 1, 2000 Ms. Yang Fenglian, 49 years old, a Senior Examiner and Associate Professor at the Hebei Technical College of Architecture in Handan City, went to Beijing to appeal for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. Her daughter, Ms. Du Likun, 16 years old, went with her. They were both arrested and incarcerated at the Handan City Second Detention Center.


Ms. Yang was sentenced to one year of forced labor, and was taken to the Fifth Team of Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp. While in the labor camp, she was tied up, hung, beaten, shocked with electric batons, deprived of sleep for extended periods of time, and forced to sign the “four statements.”1 Ms. Yang was expelled from the Party and fired by the Hebei Technical College of Architecture. Ms. Yang's husband divorced her when he could no longer handle the pressure caused by the persecution. Her daughter, Ms. Du Likun was also tortured at the detention center. She was handcuffed and fitted with heavy shackles. On four separate occasions, police shocked her with high voltage electric batons. Two of those times, she was stripped naked and shocked over her entire body. After nine months of detention, Ms. Du’s family was forced to pay 3,000 Yuan [500 Yuan is the average monthly income for an urban worker in China] to bail her out. After she was bailed out, Ms. Du was expelled from her school.


On January 17, 2002, six months after Ms. Yang's release from the forced labor camp, college personnel responsible for persecuting practitioners, including Yang Jinting, Party Secretary Li Wanqing, City Architecture Department Manager Zhang Ziping, Security Department Director Mao Ruixin, and City Architecture Department Office Director Zhang Yufang, attempted to send her to the brainwashing center in Shijiazhuang City. When they failed, several people from Ms. Yang’s workplace were sent to monitor her at home, 24 hours a day. The community office and the Kaiyuan Police Station also sent people to her home to harass her.


On November 2, 2002, over 30 policemen from the Kaiyuan Police Station and the Hanshan District Police Sub-bureau broke into Ms. Yang's home. Using a crane, they hoisted themselves up to the sixth floor, broke her window, and entered her apartment. Ms. Yang and her daughter Ms. Du were arrested a second time, and taken to the Kaiyuan Police Substation in Handan City. That night, under the direction of the Hanshan District Police Sub-bureau Chief Liu Wenming, the Captain of the Kaiyuan Police Station, Wang Lin, directed several police officers to torture Ms. Yang. They shocked her with several electric batons while attempting to extort a false confession from her. Her head became badly swollen, and her hands and arms were covered with blisters that did not heal for over two months. After the torture, they transferred Ms. Yang to the Second Detention Center in Handan City, where she was incarcerated for 10 months. Several times during her detention, the Kaiyuan Police Station attempted to send her back to the forced labor camp. Because of the torture she endured, Ms. Yang had blood and pus in her stool every day. Her heartbeat was irregular, sometimes being as high as 140 beats per minute. Her weight dropped from 145 pounds to 90 pounds. Ms. Yang was not released until August 2003, at which time the officials extorted over 2,000 Yuan from her family. Her daughter Ms. Du was released on bail of 10,000 Yuan after three months of detention. Afterwards, she was again expelled from school.


One month after Ms. Yang’s release, on September 27, 2003, College Party Secretary Li Wanqing, Li Kuiliang (a new person leading the persecution), City Architecture Department Party Secretary Jiang Bianliang, and Security Department Director Mao Ruixin arrested her for a third time. They took her to the brainwashing center on Xihuan Road in Handan City, where they tortured her again. She became extremely weak and began to throw-up blood, passing out several times. The provincial "610 Office" sent people to secretly abduct Ms. Yang and take her to Shijiazhuang. Her exact whereabouts are unknown at this time.


On December 10, 2003, police from the Kaiyuan Police Station in Hanshan District arrested her daughter, Ms. Du, for a third time, this time for distributing pro-Falun Gong flyers. She has been sent to the First Detention Center in Handan City.

1 Practitioners are coerced under brainwashing and torture to write these as proof that they have given up their belief.

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