(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Shixiang from Jianyang City, Sichuan Province is more than 60 years old, and he is a retiree of the Jianyang City Department Store. Over the past few years, he has been illegally jailed many times and forced to become homeless in order to avoid further persecution. On November 4, 2008, more than ten policemen from the National Security Group of Jianyang City arrested him. He is currently detained in the Jianyang City Detention Center.

The morning of June 4, 2007, Mr. Zhang was clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in Tianqiangguan Market of Qianxi Department Store. He was arrested by five policemen from the Chengzhong Police Station. The policemen did not show any identification. A plainclothes officer told him that they had monitored him for a long time. The policemen searched him, did not give him water or food, recorded the interrogation, and forced him to sign the transcript. Mr. Zhang signed the words, "Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good."

At 2:30 p.m., the policemen took away Mr. Zhang's home key and ransacked his home. They took away Falun Gong books, truth-clarifying materials, an MP3 player, a VCD player, 1050 yuan in cash, and Mr. Zhang's pensioner's card. The perpetrators include policemen Liu Wensong, Chen Ke, and Yan Yichuan, the security guard from the department store Xu Hongzhi, along with several people from the neighborhood association.

Mr. Zhang Shixiang persistently sent forth righteous thoughts in the police station. Shortly after that, he left the police station. However, he was forced to become homeless in order to avoid further persecution.

Around 4:30 pm on November 4, 2008, more than ten policemen from the National Security Group of Jianyang City, including group leader Yan Yichuan, Chen Ke, Luo Jiao, and Lu Hui, and officers from Chengzhong Police Station - all out of uniform - broke into Mr. Zhang's temporary residence, the home of Long Huaming in Jiancheng Township. They arrested Mr. Zhang and pushed him into a police car. At the time, the owner of the house was not present. The officers still ransacked the home, leaving the entire place in disarray.

After arriving at the Jianyang City Detention Center, Mr. Zhang was tortured by the policemen there. His hands were cuffed behind his back.

Since 1999, Mr. Zhang has been detained several times. He was beaten and cursed at by the guards and inmates of the detention center. On the morning of March 11, 2000, while practicing Falun Gong in the People's Park of Jianyang City, he was arrested and jailed in a detention center for 20 days. He was forced to perform physical labor and tortured by other inmates. The captors made him stand by a wall for a long time. Twenty-two inmates took turns punching and kicking him, and asked him whether he would still practice Falun Gong or not. They forced him to thank them even after beating him. Mr. Zhang was beaten to the point where he could no longer stand up.

During the detention period, it was very cold. Twice a week, the inmates poured cold water on Mr. Zhang's body. In order to sustain his mental and physical well-being, Mr. Zhang would wake up in the middle of the night to practice Falun Gong. Whenever the inmates found him practicing, they would severely beat him. Due to the beatings, he urinated blood.

After his release, Mr. Zhang Shixiang kept studying the Fa and practicing the exercises, and he quickly recovered. In order to gain his release, Mr. Zhang's family had to pay 3,000 yuan to the police.

In the evening of January 23, 2001, while Mr. Zhang Shixiang was doing business in the market, the security guard from the market and two policemen arrested him and detained him for 22 days. The arrest corresponded with the staged self-immolations in Tiananmen Square. More than 100 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested from the surrounding townships. After all of the arrested practitioners started hunger strikes, they were released.

Deputy Chief of Jianyang City Police Department, Wang Jianyong: 86-13982935111(Cell), 86-832-7214480(Office)
National Security Group, Yan Yichuan and Luo Jiao: 86-832-7226655
Chengzhong Police Station, Qu Xincheng: 86-832-7796668, 86-832-7222957
Director of 610 Office, Yang Zongkai: 86-832-7210610, 86-13982923297(Cell)