(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Cheng Huatang's family lives in Duzhou Town, Changshou District, Chongqing City. All three members of his family started cultivating Falun Dafa in 1997, and have been brutally tortured by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution because they firmly hold their faith.

Mr. Cheng Huatang is 63 and quit smoking and drinking three days after starting the practice on May 17, 1999. His health improved, and he is free from illnesses. On November 17, 1999, policemen Li Zheng and Huang Zhiyong (both male) arrested Mr. Cheng and took him to the Duzhou Town Station, where they extorted 1,000 yuan from him before releasing him. On December 12, 1999, Mr. Cheng Huatang was arrested again from his home by police officers Huang Zhiyong and Su Luwei (male), and he was detained in the Changshou District Detention Center. Practitioners Mr. Zhang Quanmin, Mr. Li Zongyun, Mr. Yang Dingchan, Ms. Li Sufang, and others were arrested with him. On December 25, Mr. Cheng Huatang was sentenced to one year in prison.

Mr. Cheng Huatang's wife Peng Yunfang, 61, started cultivation in March 1997. All of her gynecological diseases, arthritis, and anemia disappeared. She was sent to a brainwashing center for seventeen days beginning January 15, 2000, by the Duzhou Village Administration, and was then detained in the Duzhou Town Courthouse for seven days. On November 3, 2001, she was arrested and detained in the Changshou District Detention Center for nine days. On June 7, 2004, she was arrested and detained again in the detention center for fifteen days.

Mr. Cheng Huatang's son, Cheng Jianbo, 37, started cultivating in 1998. He went to Beijing to appeal in October 1999 and was detained for one month. On August 15, 2000, he was arrested and sentenced to forced labor for one year. He was sent to the Xishanping Forced Labor Camp in Chongqing City. On November 3, 2001, he was arrested, sentenced to three years in prison, and locked in Dongyin Prison located in Dianjiang County, Chongqing City. On June 30, 2005, police officers Yang Shulin and Xiang Quanlin (both male, from the Changshou District Department) and Che Kui and Yuan Bibo (both male, from the Duzhou Town Station) stormed into his home, arrested him, and sentenced him to four and a half years in prison. He is now locked in Dongyin Prison located in Dianjiang County, Chongqing City.

During these past several years, Mr. Cheng's family has become financially bankrupt, and many family members have been tortured as well. Their house is empty. This account of their family is typical of many families of Falun Dafa practitioners in China.