(Clearwisdom.net) At noon on June 3, 2003, San Francisco Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference in front of the Chinese Consulate to call for an urgent rescue of Charles Li.

A US Consulate official in Shanghai informed Charles Li's fiancée Ms. Yeong-ching Foo that Charles Li began a hunger strike on May 27 in Nanjing Prison. Since May 31, he has been transferred to a hospital inside the Nanjing Prison and was force-fed.

In the last three plus years, Chinese police have applied brutal tortures against Falun Gong practitioners as a means of persecution. Force-feeding in Chinese prisons has caused great danger to prisoners' lives. It has been verified that among 720 cases of Falun Gong practitioners' deaths from torture and abuse in Chinese prisons, 74, or more than 10%, died from force-feeding while on hunger strike.

Today is the fourth day since Charles Li was force-fed. Upon hearing the news, Falun Gong practitioners immediately arrived at the outside of Chinese Consulate, strongly protesting the Chinese government's mistreatment and demanding Charles' immediate release.

The media including NTD TV Station, Epoch Times and Voice of the Bay Area came to cover the activity.