My name is Gu Xiangmei. I am a 32-year-old female. My home is at No. 18 of Hangyu Dongzhen in Xinye County, Nangyann, Henan. I was sentenced to two years in prison because I believe in God.

At about ten o'clock in the evening on March 22, 2001, I was getting ready to go to bed. Suddenly Li Bin, assistant director of Xinye police station, climbed over the wall surrounding my house and broke in.

Li Bin forced me to give him the key to my father-in-law's house. Li opened the door and searched that house also. The police did not find anything except a set of cassettes of praising songs and a hardcover, God, You're Great, in the back room.

In the end, Li Bin got me into their car and took me to the Hang Yun police station, Xinye County. During my jail time in Xinhang police station, Li Bin interrogated me five times. He used electric shock on me, and pinched my fingers and back with pliers. I lost consciousness several times because of the pain. Li Bin tried to force me to admit that I worshiped God. I kept silent all the time so they couldn't get anything from me. Then Li Bin sent me to Xinye County detention house.

In the detention house, I am exhausted every day, and I don't get enough to eat. In the morning we are given a small bowl of thin noodles and hard, steamed bread, and in the evening we only get a bowl of thin noodles, which we call "tiger's diarrhea."

On April 19, Xinye County police sentenced me to be in prison for two years for associating with cults and breaking the laws. Li Bin and Liyanpu handcuffed me and took me to Shibali Women's Labor-Education Center of Zhangzhou, where I have been ever since.

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