On the afternoon of February 13, 2008, Wang Guiming was selling baked sweet potatoes at Hongyuan Market. He was simultaneously telling his customers about the persecution Falun Gong adherents have been facing. At 2 p.m., policeman Zhang Xiaoxu from the Xinzhan Police Station arrested him. Mr. Wang was interrogated for seven hours. Several officers ransacked his home at 4 p.m., and at 9:20 p.m. police took him to the Dongchang District Police Department, completed his paper work, and sent him to the Changliu Detention Center. On February 17, 2008, Mr. Wang was taken to Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp and imprisoned in the Xinsheng (brainwashing) Ward. According to sources, Mr. Wang went on a hunger strike to protest, and as a result was force-fed and shocked with electric batons. He died on February 29, 2008, 16 days after his arrest. Some sources have named camp doctor Jiang Hongjie as having been a key instigator in his torture.
Ms. Qing was detained by Urumqi police in Xinjiang on March 31, 2008, during a visit to her sister’s home. The two women were followed by police while distributing information about Falun Gong late at night. The police detained Qing’s sister and forced her to unlock the door to her home, which they subsequently searched, confiscating computer equipment and Falun Gong-related materials. The two women were placed under house arrest until May 23. On that date, agents from the 610 Office of the Gansu Administration College (Qing’s former employer) and policemen from her home town of Lanzhou arrived in Xinjiang to collect her. They traveled by train for over 24 hours, arriving in Lanzhou on May 24, 2008, when Ms. Qing was immediately placed in Gongjiawan brainwashing center.
In the early morning of April 5, 2008, Guo’s family received a notice from Baoding Prison, saying that Guo was receiving emergency treatment. Prison officials instructed his family to come see him as soon as possible. They rushed to the hospital, but Guo was already dead.
At 8am on April 22, 2008, approximately two dozen personnel from the State Security Bureau and local law enforcement agencies arrested Ms. Si Miao and her father Mr. Si Shilin. Ms. Si was arrested directly from her work place, while Mr. Si was arrested when the officers came to his home, in which they conducted a thorough search, confiscating Falun Gong-related materials, computers and address books.
On the morning of February 22, 2008, Ms. Zong Xiuxia was distributing literature about the persecution of Falun Gong near Jialejia Supermarket on Xinhua Road. Someone reported her to the police, and at approximately 11:00 a.m. she was taken to Guangwen Police Station to be interrogated. That night, her family was notified to come down to the police station to identify and claim her body. The time of death is believed to be around 3:00 p.m., four hours after her arrest. Police tried to force the family to announce that Ms. Zong committed suicide.
Xiao Sumin, 46, was arrested on May 30, 2008 by police officers from the Pingdu City 6-10 Office, along with Falun Gong adherent Ms. Sun Shujie. During the time the two women were held at the Pingdu City Petitions Office, their families were not allowed to visit them. According to sources, Ms. Xiao was subjected to torture for almost two weeks, after which she was taken in critical condition to Qingdao Haici Hospital. She never recovered and died within a month of her arrest, on June 21. Her body was immediately cremated and her ashes were taken to her home. She is survived by a young daughter. The whereabouts Ms. Sun, the woman arrested with her, remain unknown.
On February 24, 2008, Chen Baofeng, a taxi driver, was hired by Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li Yaxuan to drive her and four others to Shenyang. She had learned that her husband, Mr. Gao Yuling, had been severely tortured in Shenyang’s notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp and was undergoing emergency treatment in a hospital there. But the taxi was followed and on their way a police vehicle from the Qianjin District Police Department pulled them over and arrested all six people inside.
Mr. Gu began practicing Falun Gong in the early 1990s, and volunteered his time to teach others the practice until the practice was banned in 1999. In early 2000, Mr. Gu traveled to Beijing to peacefully demonstrate in Tiananmen Square. He was arrested and held at a Dalian drug rehabilitation center.
Fan Dezhen and his wife were arrested along with nine other Falun Gong adherents on February 25, 2008. The arrest was reportedly headed by Suizhong County’s Security Division leader Li Changhua. Mr. Fan died around 7:00am on April 20, 2008, leaving behind his wife and their infant child.
In 1999, the 31-year-old accountant was fired because she practiced Falun Gong. In response, she began filing legal appeals to protest the government’s persecution of the practice. She did so in spite of knowing that other Falun Gong practitioners had been jailed for the same action.