My name is Li Yongxiu. I live in apartment #1 in the dormitory district of Factory 5701 in Chengdu City. Before the persecution started, I was a worker at the 8.1 Factory. I would like to expose the cruel crimes perpetrated against my family members and myself by Jiang's regime and their cohorts in Factory 5701.

Mistreatment Suffered for Using Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights

After Jiang launched the large-scale brutal persecution of Falun Gong, I went to Beijing to make use of my constitutional right to appeal on December 2, 1999. I was returned home by people from the Cuqiao Police Station and detained there for 15 days. While at the Cuqiao Police Station, I was illegally searched and a cash amount of 500 Yuan was confiscated from me without a receipt. The cash has not yet been returned to me. On December 21, 1999, Director Huang from the Integrated Management Office of the Cuqiao Town Administration forced me to pay a fine of 4,150 Yuan. On December 28, 1999, I was placed under house arrest and had to report to the Retirement Office at Factory 5701 daily.

On December 12, 1999, I was dismissed from my job at the 8.1 Factory because I had gone to appeal in Beijing. The people who caused my dismissal were the party secretary and president of the factory, Min Zhiyun, and the directors of the workshop Feng Suzhen and Li Zuozhong. At the same time, I was also deprived of my retirement benefits. I was told there would not be any benefits for the people who lose their jobs due to practicing Falun Gong.

On March 19, 2001, policeman Ye Changju from the Cuqiao Police Station sent me to the brainwashing center. I refused to give up my beliefs and was therefore brutally beaten. Participants in this torture included people from the 610 Office of Wuhou District and the secretary of Factory 5701, Tang Yuanxing, the director of the Security Bureau, Dong Yongxi, Assistant Director Zhang Huanzhi, head of the squad, Zhou Heping, and Yang Rongjiang from the Retirement Office.

Forced Divorce

I am a Falun Gong practitioner but my husband is not. However, Factory 5701 not only canceled his scheduled salary raises but also decreased his salary. On January 14, 2002, policemen from the Wuhou District Police Station, the local police station and Factory 5701 raided my house to arrest me for posting Falun Dafa truth-clarifying materials. At that time, my son was the only person home. He refused to open the door for them and they were not able to apprehend me. They asked for my husband to come to the factory for a conference and announced that he was not allowed to come to work. They told him that he could not come back to work until he was divorced. They further told him that I would no longer be allowed to live in Factory 5701 after the divorce and if anyone found me in the factory, my husband would be charged with providing shelter for a criminal. Thus, so my husband and son could avoid "guilt by association," we were divorced, and a happy, harmonious family was broken apart.

Brutally Tortured for Being True to My Belief

On July 9, 2000, I attended an Experience Sharing Conference close to the Police Bureau of Pengzhou City during a visit to my mother's house. I was arrested and detained for over 20 days. On February 18, 2002, I went to my mother's house again. A group of people headed by director Yuan of the Civil Affairs Bureau of Penzhou City and Li Yijun from the Longfeng Town searched my mother's house and left it a complete mess. They arrested me and took me to a police station. They brutally tortured me by punching, kicking, beating me with barbed sticks, whipping me with four electric wires, exposing me to the hot sun, forcing me to do hard labor, and beating me with a nettle plant (a plant with toxic hairs on leaves and stems, which cause extreme pain and itching).

Later, I escaped using righteous thoughts. More than 20 policemen and a company of soldiers searched everywhere for me. They searched my mother's house twice and I had no choice but to become homeless.

The persecutors include Min Zhiyun, the Party Secretary and the president of the Factory 5701, Feng Suzhen and Li Zuozhong, directors of the workshop.

Telephone numbers of the Security Division: 86-28-85200317; 86-28-85200225
Telephone number of the Retirement Office: 86-28-85201646