(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Pan Xujun has been on a hunger strike since February 21, 2009 to protest his illegal detention at Hongze Lake Prison in Jiangsu Province. He is in critical condition.

Before the persecution began, Mr. Pan Xujun, 43, was an English teacher at the Pei County Middle School in Jiangsu Province.

In December of 2000, Pei County Political and Legislative Affairs Committee director Jiang Chaofu ordered police to arrest all Pei County practitioners. Mr. Pan was arrested and detained first at a detention center, then in a brainwashing camp for a year. He was forced to pay 35 yuan a day in fees. His employer was forced to pay a fee to the 610 Office and ordered to suspend Mr. Pan's salary.

On December 14, 2001, Mr. Pan and two other practitioners, Mr. Wang Xinchun and Mr. Cao Houcun, escaped from the brainwashing camp.

At the end of August 2002, the three practitioners were arrested by the police, led by the Pei County 610 Office director Chen Yong. They were secretly sentenced. Mr. Pan was sentenced to nine years in prison, and imprisoned in Hongze Lake Prison in Jiangsu Province.

At the prison, the guards frequently ordered prisoners to beat and insult Falun Gong practitioners. The first ward political instructor, Hu Juqiu, repeatedly ordered prisoners Bi Dongsheng and Jia Lianggui to beat and insult Mr. Pan. Mr. Pan endured tremendous mental and physical abuse. He went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution on February 21, 2009.