A 52 year-old practitioner, Mr. Zhang Zhaohua, is an official from Hailar Railway Substation of Inner Mongolia. He has always had a good reputation.

In November 2000, he was detained by the Hailar Railway Police because he clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to people. Many of his personal belongings were taken away and he was sent to Nantun Detention Center, where he suffered inhumane torture. Non-practitioner inmates were also incited to beat him up and injure his ribs. This lasted nearly two months. He was released only after the police extorted 7000 Yuan [Chinese currency, the monthly salary for an average Chinese urban worker is about 500 Yuan] from him.

The persecution of Zhang didn't end there. After the Spring Festival, on Feb 19, 2001, local police burst into his home. At the time there was only a relative at home, an 11 year-old girl. Without explanation the police searched every corner of his house and seized all Falun Dafa literature. Police then immediately rushed into Zhang's workplace and took him away. The next day he was sent to the Hailar Railway Police Station and detained there for 3 months. He was then sentenced to 2-years at the Fuyu Forced Labor Camp of Heilongjiang Province.

While he was in the labor camp, Zhang Zhaohua always resisted the persecution. He went on hunger strikes many times and clarified the truth constantly to expose the evil. On October 20, 2001, representing all practitioners in the labor camp, he wrote an appeal to request the end of the persecution and the release of all the practitioners unconditionally. His appeal was rejected. After being illegally locked up for 7 months, he was prosecuted by the Fuyu County's Procuratorate and was sentenced to 7 years. He was then sent to Beian Prison, where he is still being persecuted.

April 27, 2003