Ms. Li Guijun is a Falun Gong practitioner in Linqing City, Shandong Province. She was sent to labour camp in mid-October 2008. She now has oedema all over her body as a result of gross abuse and mistreatment at the labour camp. Her hyperthyroidism has also recurred, and she is in pain every day. This is the second time she has been sent to a labour camp. Following are particulars:
Ms. Li Guijun, 33 years old, lives in Beisanli Village, Xinhua, Linqing City, Shandong Province. Prior to the 2008 Olympics, Meng Juan and several other local officials went to Ms. Li's home and demanded to see her ID card. Ms. Li told them her ID card had been lost, and they left. That afternoon, Meng Juan and others returned and, without showing any documents, began to confiscate her possessions. They also called Xinghua Police Station people to arrest Ms. Li and take her to a detention centre.
Ms. Li's family went to Police Department and detention centre many times, asking them to release Ms. Li. The police did not release her, but instead demanded payment of 5,000 Yuan1 in extortion, and that the family guarantee that she give up the practice. Several days later, in mid-October, without informing Ms. Li's family, police sent her to Jinan City Women's Labour Camp, Division 3, in Shandong Province, for a two-year term.
One month into her stay at the labour camp, Ms. Li had severe illness symptoms. Labour Camp officials notified her family and ordered them to send 3,000 Yuan. Her husband went to the labour camp to visit her. Camp officials demanded 8,000 Yuan, saying that it was for medical treatment Ms. Li had received.
Ms. Li has now been incarcerated for five months. She is unable to wear shoes because of her swollen feet, which show scars. There are two rotten holes in her feet, making her hurt daily. As already mentioned above, her hyperthyroidism also recurred. Ms. Li's family went several times asking for her release, but have always been refused. They are worried about her health.
Ms. Li was also earlier sent to labour camp for a three-year term for going to Beijing to appeal in 2000. She was sent to the Wangcun Women's Labour Camp in Shandong Province, but was released after a year because of her hyperthyroidism.
1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2009/3/29/197952.html
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