On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin, [former leader of China and instigator of the persecution] and his regime started a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. One hundred million practitioners have suffered abuse including unjust arrest, imprisonment, forced labour, and torture, including Mr. Cai Zhigang of Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province.
Mr. Cai was first arrested on October 21st, 2000. Police from the Wangjia Station and the Jinzhou City 610 Office1 arrested Mr. Cai when he was purchasing materials for his employer. He was forcibly taken into custody then detained for more than two months in the detention centre. The police extorted 20,000 yuan2 from his family before releasing him, and his employer ended his contract without reason.
Cai Zhigang was arrested the second time on April 4th, 2001. Police from the Jincheng Station detained him for six months in the Linghai City Detention Centre, where he went through all kinds of cruel tortures. The most cruel form was when guards used the method "Carrying a Sword on the Back"3 on him for more than three hours at one time. He was sentenced to two years of forced labour and served his term in the Jinzhou Labour Camp. He found a driver's job after being released, since he no longer had a contract with his former employer.
Mr. Cai was arrested for the third time on April 2nd, 2004. He was driving during a night shift in Jinzhou City Harbour. At 10:30 p.m., police from the Wangjia Station arrested him and ransacked his home and his father's home until 3:00 a.m. Mr. Cai escaped from the police station but had to leave to avoid being arrested again.
In the long three-and-a-half years he spent away from home, Cai Zhigang endured all sorts of hardships, especially the mental burden of the fact that his whole family had lost their source of income. His child is in college and needed his financial support. Mr. Cai became sick due to the huge mental pressure and he died on November 17th, 2007, still far away from home. His death is a direct result of this brutal persecution.
1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.
2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
3. "Carrying a Sword on the Back" - The practitioner's hands are tied behind his back with one hand over the shoulder and the other hand against the lower back. The police then apply a great deal of force to pull the hands toward one another and handcuff the two hands together. See illustration on http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/11/24/16156.html (Figure 8)
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2007/12/1/167543.html
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