Chongqing 610 Office Holds Falun Gong Practitioner Li Xiangdong and Threatens His Family
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiangdong has been illegally detained for over a year by agents from the Chongqing 610 Office. His mother Dai Liwen went to numerous offices to find out her son's whereabouts. Instead of helping her, the Jiulongpo District Political and Judiciary Committee, 610 Office, Domestic Security Department, District Procuratorate Office, and City Procuratorate Office shifted responsibility and verbally abused her.
On August 19, 2012, the Chongqing Political Judiciary Committee issued an order to arrest Li Xiangdong and his wife Zhan Lanzhen along with twenty other Falun Gong practitioners. The order was carried out by the Jiulongpo District and Banan District Domestic Security Departments. Following their arrest, Li Xiangdong and Wang Yun were held in Jiulongpo District Detention Center.
The Jiulongpo District Procuratorate in Chongqing dismissed the case due to insufficient evidence (the evidence presented had been fabricated by 610 Office). On June 9, 2013, after Mr. Li had been held for ten months, Jiulongpo District Domestic Security officers took Li Xiangdong and Wang Yun from the detention center under the pretense of bail, and transferred them to a brainwashing center in Qianzhugou Village, Leshan Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing City. They did not notify Mr. Li's family members of the transfer.
Mr. Li's mother began appealing to various organizations. She sued the Jiulongpo District Police Department and the Xiejiawan Police Station for unlawful entry without a warrant, and for holding her son with no legal basis. She hired a lawyer from Beijing to defend her son and daughter-in-law. When the lawyer arrived, the authorities created many difficulties for Mr. Li's mother and the lawyer.
Li's mother learned in July that her son was held in a brainwashing center. She went to see him, but was stopped by staff from the Jiulongpo 610 Office, the Geleshan Police Station, and the Huangjueping Residential Committee.
On September 3, 2013, three staff members from the Huangjueping Residential Committee came to Mr. Li's home and asked his mother to pack some clothes for him. His mother wanted to go back with these people to see her son. They refused, but she insisted. They asked permission from director Luo of the Residential Committee, who agreed to let his brother Li Xuqiang go the next day.
On September 4, 2013, Li Xuqiang finally saw his brother Li Xiangdong, whom he had not seen for over one year. He took some pictures at the brainwashing center with his cell phone and showed his parents. The next day, nine people from the Jiulongpo District Government, the District Police Department, the Domestic Security Department, the District 610 Office, and the Police Station and Residential Committee came to Mr. Li's home asking where the pictures were, and demanded that they be destroyed. Li Xiangdong's father, a stroke patient, was so frightened that he could not talk for hours.
Mr. Li Xiangdong was a director in the Technology Department of China Sichuan Video Equipment Co., Ltd. He was recognized as an outstanding staff member every year. Mr. Li began practicing Falun Gong in 1995. He is very responsible, reliable and accountable at work and at home, and has a good reputation.
Since the persecution of Falun Gong began in July of 1999, Mr. Li has endured years of persecution. He suffered 22 months of inhuman torture in a labor camp; he was sentenced to prison for inserting truth-clarification programs into a local cable TV network. His mother Dai Liwen was also sentenced to labor camp twice, for three years each time. She almost died as a result of the persecution.
Li Xiangdong and his wife Zhan Lanzhen are still being held by the Chinese Communist Party. His mother is appealing to everyone to help rescue her son and daughter-in-law.
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