Chinese Officials Rewarded 30,000 Yuan for Sending Falun Gong Practitioners to Labor Camps

By Gao Zitan

On June 1, 2012 @ 11:32 am

Communist officials were rewarded 30,000 yuan ($4,700) for forcing two Falun Gong practitioners into the Hebei Province Women’s Labor Camp, an insider revealed to The Epoch Times.

The local Political and Legislative Affairs Committee issues the amount as “prize money” for successfully sending Falun Gong practitioners to labor camps. The money is typically split between the local police station, the national security brigade, and the 610 Office, the extralegal police organization established in 1999 for the suppression of Falun Gong.

A Falun Gong practitioner who wished to only be identified by his pseudonym Zhang Qiang also informed The Epoch Times that when he was illegally sentenced to jail in 2002, the provincial public security bureau chief was rewarded 70,000 yuan.

“Internally, the public security bureaus all have quotas [for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners]. If you ‘re-educate’ one, you get rewarded a certain amount of money; if you sentence one to jail, another amount is rewarded. The public security bureaus all have it listed on their performance boards.”

Such boards keep track of officers’ so-called “political achievements” so that they can get rewards or promotions according to the number of arrests they make.

China expert Ji Qing, who is based in Washington D.C., said these high dollar figures suggest the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong is not supported by the Chinese public, and can only be sustained through monetary bribes.

Earlier this month, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng revealed in a video addressed to CCP leader Wen Jiabao that local authorities in his native Shangdong province spent over 60 million yuan ($9.5 million) to keep him and his family under house arrest.

Chen also expressed in his video that each guard made 100 yuan a day ($15.70) , while the head guard would keep 10 yuan from each guard’s salary for himself. Chen noted that 90 yuan is still much greater than the 50 to 60 yuan that local workers typically make a day.

According to official figures from the Chinese government, the projected budget for domestic security this year will reach over 701 billion yuan ($109 billion), far greater than the projected budget for national defense, at approximately 670 billion yuan. “Public safety” expenditures are part of the communist government’s policy of “weiwen,” which mobilizes the country’s security apparatus to keep tabs on the Chinese population in the name of “maintaining stability.”

 

However, many speculate that the actual figures are still higher. Chinese scholar and blogger Kong Xiangxin wrote in his article “How Many People in China Live On ‘Maintaining Stability’” that he believes over 2 trillion yuan ($314 billion) is spent yearly on weiwen expenses. 

Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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