Mr. Guan Wenlong Subjected to Forced Labour After Seven Years of Imprisonment

Name: Guan Wenlong
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Address: Xiangbaiqi Village, Feiketu Town, Acheng City
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 29th, 2009
Most recent place of detention: Changlinzi Forced Labour Camp in Harbin City
City: Harbin
Province: Heilongjiang
Persecution Suffered: Detention, home ransacked, beaten, electric shocks, torture

For upholding his belief, Mr. Guan Wenlong was arrested in January 2002 and then given seven years of unlawful imprisonment. He was released in January 2009; however, the local police arrested him again on December 29th, 2009, and once more sent him to a forced labour camp.

On the morning of December 29th, 2009, guided by security head Wu Hailong from the Zhenglanqi Village, Feiketu Town, Acheng City, local police station officers ransacked Mr. Guan's home. They found Falun Gong books and also some information materials about the Spanish Judge charging the ex-leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin and four other top Chinese officials with genocide. Subsequently, Mr. Guan was arrested and taken to the Feiketu Town Police Station.

At around 8:00 p.m. on the same day, he was transferred to the No. 2 Detention Centre in Acheng City. Without any legal process, Xi Jinglong and other officials from the Domestic Security Division and the legal section of the police department, unlawfully subjected Mr. Guan to one and a half years of forced labour. Mr. Guan was sent to the Wanjia Forced Labour Camp on January 14th, 2010, and several days later, they transferred him to the Changlinzi Forced Labour Camp.

Seven Years of Unlawful Imprisonment

In January 2002, Mr. Guan was arrested at home by officials from the Acheng City Police Department. He was once temporarily detained at a prison in Yuquan Town, Acheng City. It was very cold at that time and Mr. Guan was forced to be in a water dungeon for several days, which severe damage and swelling to his legs, which he still suffers from today. Mr. Guan was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and sent to the Mudanjiang Prison in Heilongjiang Province.

While in prison, he was subjected to severe maltreatment. Before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Communist regime intensified the persecution of Falun Gong. Guards severely beat Mr. Guan and shocked him with electric batons many times. His body still has many obvious scars that were caused by the electric shocks.

After seven years of imprisonment, Mr. Guan was released and returned home in January 2009. However, just within one year, he was subjected to persecution again. On December 29th, 2009, officials arrested him again. Practitioners appealed to the local government many times as well as the police department and asked for Mr. Guan's release; however, all their requests were refused.

Statement from Mr. Guan Wenlong's Wife

When Mr. Guan was arrested and taken to the Feiketu Town Police Station on December 29th, 2009, his wife rushed to the station. She appealed to the town leaders and police officers, saying, "My husband was arrested by you just for practising Falun Gong. When he was detained at the Mudanjiang Prison, our house was about to collapse and therefore it was impossible to live in it anymore. However, my husband, the main labourer, was arrested by you. We didn't have any income. Our child had to discontinue his studies and go to work. Our life was very hard at that time. I reported my situation to officials of the town and the village, and asked for help. Unexpectedly, officials denied everything, saying that 'those who practice Falun Gong are against the government; our government won't help you at all.' Local practitioners noticed my hardship and contributed their own money to buy us an old house, so we have a place to live. It was also practitioners that helped us with the autumn harvest. Each holiday, practitioners send us rice, oil and flour. They helped us overcome many difficulties. Who has treated us with kindness? And who has persecuted us? Isn't it obvious? In addition, before my husband practised Falun Gong, he was grumpy and had many bad habits, such as excessive drinking and gambling. He often beat my son and me. After he started to practice Falun Gong, he got rid of those bad habits and his anger, and no longer beat us. I hope that my husband could continue to practice Falun Gong. He wants to be a good person, but you even forbid that; what on earth do you want him to be?" The town leaders and police officers had nothing to say in reply.

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