My name is Tang Xiutong. I am 35 years old and I come from Xujiazhuang County of the city of Xinji, Hebei province. Before 1996, my health was very poor; I did not have any hope toward living a good life. In 1996, however, I was very fortunate to learn about Falun Dafa. I started practicing that year, and Falun Dafa brought me a new life.

In October 1999, I was illegally detained for half-a-month because I tried to clarify the truth to the government. In the past three years, the local officials and police harassed me constantly. My home was illegally ransacked many times, and I was forced to leave home in fear of being illegally arrested. I could not go home even though I had one. On the morning of September 16th, 2002, ruffians caught me handing out truth-clarifying materials, and they sent me to the Xinji city police station.

More than ten police officers from the "610 Office" [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems] tortured me relentlessly. They beat me till I became seriously injured and could not take care of myself. These villains used electric batons to shock all the sensitive areas of my body in order to inflict excruciating pain. Because I did not cooperate, they used an even crueler method of torture. They pulled one of my arms over my shoulder and pulled my forearm down behind my back. They then swung my other arm behind my back and pulled that forearm up so that my two hands were close to each other. They then tied my hands together using electric wires. With me facing downward, they hung me from the ceiling using ropes. To make me suffer even more pain, they attached more than 10 kilograms of books and newspapers to my body. More than ten people pushed me around like a swing. I was suffering such unbearable pain that I almost fainted. But they poured water on me and flushed water down my throat. I was suffocating and coughing so hard that my chest was cramping with extreme pain. Just when I thought I could not bear the torture any longer, I yelled, "You are not allowed to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners!" At that time, my two arms miraculously changed to the normal pointing upward position. Even though I was still hanging by my arms, my feet were touching the floor. The scene scared all the villains. "Strange, what is going on here?" they were all muttering to themselves. They were so frightened that they put me down in a hurry.

At night, these villains were tired, so they cuffed me to a steel chair for the night. I was badly beaten because I refused to sit on the steel chair. In order to extract the information that they wanted from me, they even tried to force feed psychotropic drugs to me. I stood firm and did not cooperate. In the end, they did not succeed in feeding me the drugs.

"If you don't give us the information," Geng Chao said. "We will take off all your clothes and take nude pictures of you. We will then distribute the pictures for everyone to see." Geng works for the political security section of the Xinji city police department. Currently, I am being illegally held in the Xinji city detention center. I cannot take care of myself, and I must depend on other people to help me. I am currently on a hunger strike to protest my illegal trial and detention.

This is the behavior of some of the police from the city of Xinji. After reading this article, I hope other Falun Gong practitioners will relay my situation to international human rights organizations and the international court of law. I hope more kind people will help stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

List of perpetrators:

Si Bo, Geng Chao, Li Xiaofeng, Xie Sai among others.

List of related people and their phone numbers:

Assistant Police Chief: Zhao Shuhua (86-311-3224939)

Political Security Section of the Police Department: Geng Chao (86-311-3223752)

Head of "610 Office" of Xinji City: Li Xiaofeng (86-311-3253091, 86-311-3253092)