(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Cao Xi from Pingliang City, Gansu Province and his family, are being persecuted. Cao Xi is currently being illegally detained at a prison in Gansu Province. Cao Xi's wife tells the following story.

I am 63 years old this year and I am married to Cao Xi. We live at the 4th Building, Electric Power Bureau Employee Complex, 7 Gongyuan Road, Kongtong District, Pingliang City. I was fortunate to learn Falun Dafa in 1998. Since then, my heart disease healed completely. After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Dafa, my family and I have suffered severe persecution. The authorities detained my husband on October 22, 2004. On November 24, 2004, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. He is still being detained at the Dashaping Prison, Lanzhou City.

On July 22, 2000, I went to the city square to practice the exercises and promote Falun Gong. The police from the Political and Judicial Committee of the City Police Department illegally arrested me and put me in a detention center for 15 days. They forced me to write a guarantee statement before releasing me. On January 18, 2000, the city 610 Office entered my home, forcefully arrested me and detained me for three months. Later, after I was released, people from the "610 Office" came to my residence frequently to interfere. They have monitored me, tried to control me, and extorted money from me without cause.

My husband Cao Xi, age 64, is a retired employee of the Electric Power Bureau, Pingliang City. He went to Beijing to validate Dafa at the end of 2000. Police arrested him. He was detained for 20 days in Beijing. On January 17, 2001, the security division of his company took him home. Later, he was detained for more than 3 months. The authorities didn't release him until April 9.

During the "transformation" class, he went on a hunger strike. Perpetrators interrogated him almost daily. Both of us had more than 4,000 Yuan extorted. "610 Office" personnel - Wang Liqun, Xi Panhu, and Guang Baoan and others used various methods to monitor, stalk, and intimidate us.

Cao Wenxi led other policemen from the State Security Bureau of Pingliang City and intruded into our rented apartment and destroyed the truth-clarification material site. We had been turned in by informants. The police took four Dafa books, 387 paper materials, and 19 computer discs.

Cao Wenxi once again led some policemen and broke into our home on July 17, 2004. They arrested Cao Xi and two other practitioners. Three of them were secretly detained for ten days at the Aviation School Factory following the instructions of the State Security Bureau director. Since there were no witnesses to the arrest they took away many Dafa materials and our personal belongings. They stole 1,500 Yuan in cash, and secretly installed a wiretap device in the inside of the sofa; the device was used for as long as two years.

On May 26, 2004, practitioners celebrated Teacher's birthday. The State Security Bureau stalked and recorded practitioners' conversations, and took our photos secretly. They charged Cao Xi, Lu Baoliang and other practitioners with being organizers.

Between October 19 and 22, 2004, every member of my family went to visit my daughter who worked at the Jingyuan County Power Plant. Spies followed us to my daughter's residence. Cao Wenxi headed other police officers and arrested Cao Xi. They detained him for nine months at the Pingliang City Detention Center. The police ransacked my daughter's home and took away all the Falun Dafa books (51 copies), several thousands of various truth-clarification materials, 35 Falun Dafa amulets, a small recorder, 27 cassettes, 15 computer discs, one disc player, one telephone, Teacher's photo, exercise sitting mat, bankbook, cash, etc. On November 24, 2004, Cao Xi was sentenced seven years at the Dashaping Prison, Lanzhou City.

My daughter Cao Yali is 30 years old and works at the Jingyuan County Power Plant. She lives at the power plant's employee complex. She does not practice Falun Gong, but only helped her father burn computer discs. On October 22, 2004, vicious men from the police department followed us to her home. They arrested her father, detained her and her husband. The police ransacked the place and took away their computer, disc burner, Walkman, two cell phones, over 200 copies of truth-clarification discs, one copy of Dafa book and a family photo. They extorted 50,000 Yuan for no cause. The police secretly installed a wiretap device at her home.

My son, Cao Jianping, is 43 years old. He is an employee of the East Electric Power Company, Pingliang City. He lives at 82 Wenhua Street, Kongtong District. Because he practiced Dafa and transported Dafa materials and discs, the authorities detained him on October 23, 2004. On November 24, perpetrators arrested and detained him for nine months. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but it was extended to four years.

On October 19, 2004, when Cao Jianping was on a business trip to Baiyin City, he accompanied us to visit his younger sister's family. The Security Division staff of his company and the police from the State Security Bureau deceived him into going back to Pingliang. On his way home, the police arrested him and put him in a detention center. They took away 120 copies of truth-clarification discs, his cell phone, money, etc. They attempted to coerce him into writing a confession, a guarantee statement, etc. After Cao Jianping was released and returned home, he was still followed and monitored. The police department required him to write a so-called report every month. His employer cooperated with the police by threatening to stop paying him, to suspend him from work, to cut off his phone lines, and not assign him any work. During the last year, Cao Jianping has attempted to talk to the company managers, but they have dodged their responsibilities. When Mr. Cao planned to start a small business, the Junfen District, Pingliang City said that they wouldn't rent rooms to Falun Gong practitioners. At this moment, he is still unemployed and stays at home.

My daughter-in-law, Li Zhilan, is in her 40's. She does not have a job. Because she practiced Falun Gong, Geng Kaijun from the State Security Bureau led other policemen to force their way into her home on October 21, 2004. They illegally searched her home, and took away a computer, a multifunction printer, two cameras, one small recorder, four telephones, two stereos, two computer wires, one stapler, one set of batteries, three TV antenna wires, five bank CD certificates (10,000 Yuan -13,800 Yuan), two loan notes, one MP3 player, one cell phone, two cassettes, 35 computer discs, 22 Falun Gong books, and over 400 truth-clarification materials. My daughter-in-law was detained for 36 hours. The police extorted 3,000 Yuan from her before she was released.

Evil people:

Head of the "610 Office," Wang Liqun, Xi Panhu

State Security Bureau: Director, Cao Xiwen; Section head: Geng Kaijun