(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Zhang Zhenxue, a Falun Gong practitioner from Beipiao City, Liaoning Province, was illegally arrested again on January 9, 2006. He was imprisoned at the Beipiao City Detention Center. Mr. Zhang went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment but was force-fed at the No. 2 Hospital of Beipiao City.

Mr. Zhang Zhenxue, 40 years old, started to practice Falun Gong in 1993. He used to be weak and suffered from numerous diseases. After practicing Falun Gong, he benefited both mentally and physically.

In 1999, Mr. Zhang went to the Appeal Office in Beijing to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong. As a result, he was fined by the Lingyuan City police and sentenced to one year of forced labor. In 2001 he participated in writing an article entitled "How Innocent Falun Gong Practitioners Were Brutally Persecuted at Chaoyang Forced Labor Camp." Policemen from Beipiao City arrested him. In court, evil people defamed Falun Gong and practitioners. Speaking out in the name of justice, Mr. Zhang Zhenxue firmly declared, "China's Constitution protects a citizen's freedom of belief. The China TV Broadcasting Agency Publishing Company legally published Falun Gong books. I personally witnessed and experienced 'How Innocent Falun Gong Practitioners Were Brutally Persecuted at Chaoyang Forced Labor Camp.' I have solid evidence that the Chaoyang Labor Camp cruelly tortures innocent practitioners. What we are doing is clarifying the truth to people. It is the police who are acting against the law and need to be punished, not us."

The court was afraid that people would understand the truth of what Mr. Zhang was saying, so they took his microphone away, forbidding him from speaking. They did not announce the verdict in public.

In October 2001, the court announced the verdict privately. Ms. Zhang Zhenxue was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Shenyang City Dabei Prison. He appealed to Chaoyang City Middle Court based on four points: 1. Jiang Zemin violated the Constitution and suppressed citizens' freedom of belief and freedom of speech, 2. His request to investigate the responsible persons at Chaoyang Reformatory for illegally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, 3. His request to investigate the illegal actions of the Beipiao City Government and the responsible persons, 4. His request to clear the name of Falun Gong.

While being held at Shenyang City's Dabei Prison, Mr. Zhang was severely persecuted in various ways, including force-feeding, confinement in a small compartment, forced sitting on a small ridged stool for a prolonged periods of time, and being made to wearing handcuffs and shackles. During the force-feeding, the feeding tube was inserted through his nose in such a way at to cause acute pain. While he was confined in a small dark cell only several square feet in size, his daily activities were all restricted to the small cell. Long-term isolation in similar cells have caused many people to become psychotic and even lose their lives.

While Mr. Zhang was imprisoned, he was unable to live with his elderly mother or raise his young daughter. The 610 Office of the Politics and Law Committee and the local police have now detained Mr. Zhang again.

Related phone number (area code 0421):

No. 2 Hospital of Beipiao City: 5351007, Zip code: 122100

Zheng Liguo, Chief of the hospital: 5816987, 5351008, 5351111, 13591859686

January 18, 2006