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Supporter of Falun Gong Detained for Efforts to Stop the Persecution

June 05, 2014 |   By a Minghui correspondent from Hubei Province

(Minghui.org) Over 20 officials from the Jiang'an District 610 Office in Wuhai City, along with other officials from that area, broke into Mr. Cheng Dehan's home on May 12, 2014. They illegally arrested him simply for supporting Falun Gong and detained him in the Chenjiaji Brainwashing Center.

Mr. Chen, 43, is not a Falun Gong practitioner. Because he supported Falun Gong and became involved in efforts to raise awareness and stop the persecution, he has been subjected to pressure and abuse during the past seven years.

Police from the Wuhai Police Department arrested him on June 22, 2007, because he installed satellite dishes for people, so they could receive broadcasts from the New Tang Dynasty Television Station, a US-based Chinese TV network that broadcasts uncensored news. After being held in the Chenjiaji Brainwashing Center for two months, he was sentenced to one and a half years of forced labor. He was taken to the Hewan Forced Labor Camp.

He was fired from his workplace during his detention. However, on February 23, 2009, when he was to be released from detention, Hu Shaobin, the director of the Jiang'an District 610 Office transferred him to the Chenjiaji Brainwashing Center. Mr. Chen refused to compromise. He managed to escape after two weeks of detention.

On a directive of the 610 Office, since September 2013, officials from Mr. Chen's residential committee often went to his home to harass him and pressured him to write statements defaming Falun Gong. Mr. Chen refused.

Parties involved in persecuting Mr. Chen:Peng Liying, party secretary at the Chenjiaji Brainwashing Center: +86-27-82879716 (Home), +86- 13618617791 (Cell)Zhen Hongming, party secretary of the Xuzhou Residential Area in Jiang'an District: +86-13995637058 (Cell)Peng Li, director of the Xuzhou Residential Area in Jiang'an District: +86-27-82895230 (Home)