Mei Zhao woke up soaking wet in the freezing wind, shivering from the buckets of icy cold-water police guards were pouring over her head to revive her.
These are a small sampling of testimonies from people who have lived through the persecution in China.
Ms. Yuzhi Wang has been incarcerated in Chinas notoriously brutal Wanjia Labour Camp, where, preliminary reports say, she faced brutal torture and witnessed horrific scenes. But yesterday, thanks to an around-the-clock emergency rescue effort by practitioners, supporters and government officials in Canada, she has been rescued to Canada from the Middle East, and landed in Vancouver yesterday.
Witnesses say that a local egg seller found Ms. Guo Xiumei kneeling on the pavement on the Southwest Road of Huaiyang County Xiguan Health Bureau in the early morning hours of September 23rd. Doubled over from pain, her face black and blue with one eye punctured, she clutched her stomach. The egg seller called for the police.
Citing effective pressure from overseas government and activists, Canadian residents report that the sister of a Toronto woman has been released from a Chinese labour camp where she was held for practicing Falun Gong.
With festering scars on her body and severe edema in her abdomen, Ms. Lingxia Wu was released from a Chinese detention center where she had been held and severely tortured for the past year. She died three weeks later from her injuries. Ms. Wu was 37 years old.
Little Fadu is just a toddler, but one day she will come to understand that her father, Chengyong Chen, was a very brave man. Brave enough to adhere to his beliefs despite numerous arrests and brutal treatment by the government of his homeland.
With only the sounds of their footsteps, the police escorted Shenli Lin and his wife Jinyu hand in hand down the hall to the top of the stairs. Jinyu wasnt allowed to go any further. Shenli turned his head and smiled goodbye. He walked down the stairs and out to a waiting police car. The police loaded him in. Jinyu stared from their living room window, not realizing that it would be two years before she would see her husband again….
Kidnapped by security guards from his former work place and sent to a labor camp, a retiree, who was forcibly “converted” to not practice Falun Gong while in police custody, returned to Tiananmen Square shortly after being released to openly declare to the Chinese government his belief in Falun Gong and appeal for an end to the persecution campaign. He was immediately detained again and suffered severe torture for three months before dying in August of this year.
Mr. Wang Jinguo was an accomplished and well-loved teacher who tragically died from internal injuries sustained over more than 200 days and nights of torture in a Chinese jail, according to sources inside China. Wang was 34 years old and left behind a wife and young child. All three in the family had started practicing Falun Gong in 1996.