(Clearwisdom.net) On March 17, 2008, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Guochen from Changchun City, Jilin Province was arrested and tortured by the local police because he distributed truth-clarifying materials about Falun Gong.
Mr. Li Guochen, 34, lives in Houluo, Fengchan Village, Yutan Town, in the Development District of Changchun City. At around 9:00 p.m. on March 17, Mr. Li Guochen drove to Sihe Village, Yingjun Township, Erdao District to distribute truth-clarifying materials and to hang banners saying "Falun Dafa Is Good." He was arrested by a patrolman from Yingjun Police Station. Mr. Li was interrogated and tortured by the police for the entire night. He was beaten until his face and body were black and blue and one of his teeth was knocked out.
On the second day, Mr. Li Guochen's family members requested his immediate release but the police had already imprisoned him in Weizigou Detention Center in Changchun City. His family requested the return of his car, which is valued at more than 10,000 yuan, but the police refused. Mr. Li's family members went to Weizigou Detention Center to visit him that same day and the detention center extorted 100 "yuan" from them for "food expenses."
Mr. Li Guochen has been practicing Falun Gong since 1999. That July, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong, Mr. Li was detained and sent to brainwashing centers many times. When Mr. Li went to Beijing in 2000 to clarify the truth, the police arrested him and beat him with steel cables. On February 4, 2002, the CCP police took Mr. Li from his home to a detention center. Several days later he was sentenced to one year in prison in Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp. Even after he was released, he was still often monitored and harassed by CCP agents.
Mr. Li has a five-year-old child, who looks for his dad every day. Mr. Li's mother has been senile for ten years and she cannot take care of herself. Due to the high pressure from the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong, Mr. Li's father suffers from heart disease and is still recovering from heart surgery. His son's arrest causes him huge additional suffering.
We call on people from all walks of life to pay close attention to these imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners and we also call for an urgent, worldwide rescue to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and support the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners.