(Minghui.org) Mr. Zheng Xilin, from Qiqihar City, was arrested at work on January 25, 2017 by officers from the Longjiang County Domestic Security Division.

Mr. Zheng, in his forties, hung up banners that contained information about Falun Gong in a public area on January 15. The police noticed him and began following him. They ransacked his residence and confiscated his car, a computer, a printer, over 1,000 yuan in cash, and other personal belongings.

The police beat him to force him to provide names of other Falun Gong practitioners, causing his face to bleed.

Previous Imprisonment

Mr Zheng started practicing Falun Gong in 1996, and has been telling others about the benefits of the practice ever since the Chinese Communist Party started persecuting practitioners in July 1999.

He was arrested in October 2003 for hanging banners about Falun Gong along the state highway.

Officers from the Angangxi Police Department and Daobei Police Station tortured him, leaving his body bloody and covered with bruises. His face was deformed and his clothes were ripped. When Mr. Zheng's family visited him, they hardly recognized him.

Mr. Zheng refused to cooperate with the police, and was hung upside down. He later described the ordeal, “As the blood rushed to my head, my eyes were congested with blood. I almost fell unconscious and was on the verge of death.”

Mr. Zheng was later sentenced to five years in prison, and fired from his job at the Angangxi District Locomotive Depot.

The police also arrested Mr. Zheng's wife and took her to the police station, leaving their ten-month-old daughter at home.

She was interrogated and only released when Mr. Zheng's family went to the police station and strongly demanded her release.

Parties involved in the persecution of Mr. Zheng:Zhou Hongquan, head of the Longjiang County Domestic Security Division: +86-13945220000Xiu Yang, chief of the Longjiang County Police Department: +86-452-5823512, +86-15845208110