(Clearwisdom.net) On August 7, Falun Gong practitioners from Toronto held a press conference in front of the Chinese Consulate, condemning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for using the Olympics as an excuse to arrest Falun Gong practitioners in China.

The press conference

Ms. Wang Zhi, a Falun Gong practitioner, told of her experiences of being tortured in China at the press conference.

Ms. Wang was arrested twice and jailed in labor camps. The first time she was jailed in Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang and the second time was in Tiantanghe Labor Camp in Beijing.

She was forced to watch a video which slandered Falun Gong. She was deprived of sleep for a month and forced to do heavy labor.

Her friend, Yu Zhou, also a Falun Gong practitioner, was arrested on January 26, 2008, and sent to Tongzhou Detention Center. Ten days later, Yu Zhou was tortured to death.

Wang Zhi said: "Yu Zhou's dead body was covered by a white sheet. His family asked police for details of his death, but the policemen pushed them out and threatened them."

Wang said she talked to Yu Zhou on the Phone in December 2007. Yu was a happy person with very nice personality. Wang was very sad that such a good young man was tortured to death.

From December 2007 to June 30, 2008, 8037 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in China. In July 2008, the rate of arrests increased.