On July 20, 1999 when Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Gong, Xu and other practitioners stepped forward to appeal for Dafa. He has been arrested and detained twice. Each time, he kept his thoughts righteous. The first time, he just recited Teacher Li's poem:
"To live with no pursuits,
To die with no regrets;
All excessive thoughts extinguished,
Cultivating Buddhahood is not difficult."
("Non-existence" from Hong Yin, unofficial translation)
He stepped out of the detention centre with righteous thoughts. The second time when he left the detention centre, the policemen used money and a job opportunity for him as bait and asked him to assist the police in persecuting other practitioners and force them to give up their belief, but he refused.
In 2000, his wife was arrested and sent to a brainwashing class. Xu was also forced to become destitute and homeless to avoid persecution, but he never stopped revealing the truth to people. In January 2002, Xu was arrested. In jail, he was determined and did not give up his faith. He went on a hunger strike for over two months, to protest the mistreatment he was suffering. During the persecution, he lost his hearing. A medical examination revealed that he suffered from gallstones and liver disease. His physical health continues to deteriorate. Now he is still jailed in Team Three of the No. Two Labour Camp in Longhua Town, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province. Because he would not give up cultivation, he has been sentenced to three years of illegal imprisonment. There has been no news from him since October of this year.
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