“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.