(Minghui.org) Since former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin started the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, Mr. Shi Zuosheng has been detained several times for refusing to renounce his faith, including being held in Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp for two years. Mr. Shi, 63, filed a criminal complaint against Jiang in June 2015.

Below is a summary of the persecution Mr. Shi has endured.

Several Arrests and Detentions

I was arrested on November 4, 2000, when I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. I was locked in a metal cage in the Tiananmen Police Substation before I was taken to the Shuangcheng Liaison Office in Beijing. Four days later, I was escorted back to Shuangcheng City and held in the detention center.

Guard Li Weixin instigated inmates to beat practitioners every day. They kicked me so badly that I was unable to sit or turn around when lying down. They also dunked my head into a toilet bowl.

Other torture included using the sole of a plastic shoe to repeatedly hit the back of my hands, which caused extreme swelling. The following day, they stomped on my swollen hands until I passed out due to the pain. I was beaten so much that my body was covered with dark bruises during those 19 days of detention.

I was arrested again on a bus to Zhoujia Township on January 15, 2001. Dong Fushan, the village Communist Party secretary, reported me to the police. First I was arrested. Then, the police arrested my wife Zhang Shufen, my son Shi Xiangfeng, and fellow practitioner Xia Yuanbo.

Since we refused to write a so-called guarantee statement to give up Falun Gong, they took us to the Shuangcheng Detention Center. The guards there tried to extort money from us. We were detained for 105 days because we didn't give them any money.

Police officers from Qingling Township, including Bai Shenggang, the head of the police station, Dong Fushan, Ren Shuangku, and Wu Wenzhi ransacked my home and arrested my wife on April 20, 2002. Because I was not home, they also held my son in the Harbin Detention Center. To avoid arrest, I had no choice but to leave my hometown and wander around.

Tortured in Zhanglinzi Forced Labor Camp

I was arrested again on November 8, 2004, when I visited a relative in Harbin City. I was first held in the detention center in Daowai District. Three days later, they took me to the Shuangcheng Detention Center. On December 17, 2004, I was sentenced to two years in Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp.

Zhao Shuang, the head of Division No. 5, threatened newcomers with an electric baton, saying, “It's a light punishment to get shocked with an electric baton. But if you refuse to write the three statements to renounce Falun Gong, heavier punishments will be waiting for you.”

We were forced to do slave labor for long hours. We had to get up at 5 a.m. and sometimes had to work until 3 a.m. the next morning in order to meet their daily quotas. We were allowed to use the restrooms only three times a day and had less than one and a half hours total for eating and using the restroom.

Once, I tried to advise Zhao Shuang not to slander Falun Gong, but he became angry and ordered inmates to hold me against a wall and hit me in the chest. When I did not fall down, he dragged me to the storage room and put me on a torture device that kept twisting my arms. Thereafter, I could not raise my arms and was in extreme pain.

Because I called out “Falun Dafa is good” at an assembly on January 1, 2015, I was kicked around by five guards in an open field. Later, they put me in solitary confinement and locked me to a metal chair for 24 hours.

A few days later, Wang Kai, the division deputy, cuffed me to a metal chair. They stripped off all my clothes and shocked me with three electric batons from my neck down to my thighs.

My entire body was burned, and my skin turned a dark purple color. And in some areas, I had no skin.

Zhao Shuang also pinched my testicles forcefully, which caused extreme pain when I urinated. I was then placed in solitary confinement for seven days.

On the evening of January 17, 2015, I again called out “Falun Dafa is good!” and was cuffed to a metal chair. Several inmates, including Chen Erlei, Yang Lei, Dong Hebin and Zhong Linwu, continued torturing me.

Yang Lei hit my throat, which caused me to have pain whenever I swallowed. They also pricked the top of my head with toothpicks and pierced my nostrils with grass.

They then slammed a locker door against the back of my feet, which left a deep pit. Eight of my toenails turned dark purple. It took me one and a half years to recover from these injuries.

In addition, I lost a tooth due to being beaten by inmate Dong Hebin. He thought I worked too slow.

Once, I needed stitches on my head after a beating by Zhao Shuang and his thugs. Afterward, they placed me on the “death bed” torture device for seven days.

After I was released, I was unable to stand and continually threw up. The next day, I had to be hospitalized.

During these two years in the forced labor camp, I lived in terror and torment. Each day seemed like a year!

Just because I practice Falun Gong, I was incarcerated and tortured. The culprit for all this is Jiang Zemin, who started the persecution of Falun Gong.