December 14, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hebei Province, China
(Minghui.org) Ms. Zhang Xiaojie is a lecturer at the Technical College in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. She was arrested on June 10, 2013, by the Domestic Security Division from the Haigang Police Department. Her home was ransacked. She has been detained at the First Detention Center in Qinhuangdao city.
Her lawyer visited her in the detention center on the morning of November 6. The police attempted to terminate the meeting at 11 a.m. The lawyer asked the police to give them ten more minutes since there were still several questions Ms. Zhang needed to answer.
The police officer on duty yelled at the lawyer and Ms. Zhang, and started to drag her away. The lawyer shouted, “Do not touch my client! She has rights! You dare to do this when I am present. I cannot guarantee that she will be safe when I am not present.”
The officer yelled back, “I am taking her to lunch! It is good for her.” The lawyer said, “You must ask her if she would like to go to lunch or continue the meeting. That is her right and she must make her own choice. The detention center must guarantee the safety of the detainees. I witnessed you treating her like this. I don’t know if you would really allow her to have lunch after she goes back.”
The lawyer argued with the police officer, and was able to meet with Ms. Zhang for more than ten minutes. Ms. Zhang shared more details about what had happened while in detention.
Right after she arrived at the detention center, other prisoners forced her to take a cold shower. Officer Hu Wei attacked her with pepper spray, forced her to wear a prison uniform, and slapped her because she did not greet him.
After the meeting, the lawyer complained about the physical abuse to Li, the director of the detention center, and also mentioned the unreasonable behavior of the officer during the meeting. Director Li claimed that they would investigate. The lawyer and Ms. Zhang’s family are awaiting the results.
Ms. Zhang Xiaojie is pleading not guilty. Recently, nearly 100 lawyers have defended about one thousand cases where Falun Gong practitioners have pleaded not guilty. Freedom of belief is a basic human right and is protected by law. It is legal for Falun Gong practitioners to have freedom of belief and freedom of expression. It is legal for them to pass out flyers, clarify the truth about Falun Gong, and practice Falun Gong. The persecution of Falun Gong is based on administrative instructions and have no legal basis.
The Chinese people are awakening. Thousands have signed petitions to support persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. 150 million Chinese have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. More and more people are choosing to abandon evil and stand up for justice. These historical changes are happening right before our eyes. Quit the CCP! Choose a beautiful future for yourself!
Category: Accounts of Persecution