(Minghui.org) A Chongqing resident served three years and three months in prison, between 2015 and 2018, for practicing Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Wu Lixing recently recounted his ordeal:

“A group of police officers, as well as agents from the 610 Office and Political and Legal Affairs Committee, broke into my home on June 30, 2014. One officer held me down on the floor, while the others raided my place and confiscated my computers, printers, Falun Gong related items, and 37,215 yuan in cash.

“They took me to the Hanfeng Police Station, interrogated me, and didn’t allow me to sleep. They also beat and verbally abused me.

“I was taken to Kai County Detention Center the next day and held there for 15 days. I was then released on bail for a year, after paying a 5,000 yuan bond.

“The Kai County Procuratorate indicted me in March 2015. On April 3, I appeared in the Kai County Court, along with three other practitioners, Wei Jiuqin, Luo Min and Xu Kaihua. We each testified in our own defense. The judge said he would announce the verdicts at a later time. I returned home after the hearing.

“I went to the police station on July 30, 2015, demanding that they return my 5,000 yuan bond. Instead of returning the money to me, the police arrested me and took me to the Kai County Detention Center.

“The judge sentenced us to prison on November 10, 2015. Luo was given seven and a half years, Wei was sentenced to four and a half years, and I was sentenced to three years and three months. As Xu has lived away from home to avoid the persecution, the judge didn’t announce the verdict against him.

“The three of us were taken to Yongchuan Prison on December 21, 2015. I was held in both the eighth and tenth wards there. The guards transferred me to Yudu Prison on March 14, 2016, where I finished serving my term.

“Guards in the prison ordered the inmates to monitor me around the clock, including when I was doing the unpaid labor, sleeping, or taking a break. I had no freedom and was often humiliated by them.

“I returned home on March 12, 2018.”