(Clearwisdom.net) In 2008, Mr. Yu Yaou, a doctoral student at the South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was illegally arrested along with his wife Ms. Li Shanshan while visiting a friend in Guilin. The police took them to a brainwashing center. After they returned home, Ms. Li was fired from her job and Mr. Yu, who was working on his research dissertation, has been constantly harassed and threatened.

Mr. Yu Yaou, 28 years old, is a Falun Dafa practitioner from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. He began practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. He is a postgraduate candidate and close to graduation. Ms. Li Shanshan, also 28 years old, started practicing Falun Dafa in 2004. She has been employed as a laboratory technician at the South China Botanical Garden since 2007. They were married in 2005.

In June 2008 around the time of the Dragon Boat Festival, Mr. Yu and Ms. Li went to visit a practitioner friend in Guilin. Police officers from the Guilin Public Security Station arrested the couple in a motel, took them to the police station, and then to the Guilin No.3 Detention Center. In the detention center, the couple was forced to perform hard labor. Ms. Li refused to wear the prison uniform and to do the forced labor, and instead tried to clarify the truth to the guards. The guards ordered other prisoners to beat and insult Ms. Li. They tortured her by shackling her hands and feet together.

On July 10, Mr. Yu and Ms. Li returned to their home in Guangzhou. Ms. Li was fired from her job. The local 610 Office, Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and Botanical Garden Security Department personnel monitored them and followed them everywhere. Their neighbors and colleagues were also asked to monitor them. A dozen cars and several institute employees were specifically assigned to monitor the couple.

Police officers secretly searched the couple's home when they were out. They were followed everywhere, whether shopping or dining.

Mr. Yu is to graduate in January 2010, but the police have disrupted his research. They ordered him to write a "thought report," meet with the local police, and threatened him with his graduation and future job in order to make him stop practicing Falun Dafa. The 610 Office personnel even tried to make Mr. Yu's dissertation adviser pressure him to stop practicing Dafa. Mr. Yu did not give in to any of these demands, and often talked to the persecutors about the goodness of Dafa in order to dispel the CCP's lies.

November 28, 2009