Dafa practitioner Mr. Du Shiliang from Hailin City, Helongjiang Province, was persecuted to death in January 2006 in Mudanjiang Prison.
Mr. Du suffered severe heart disease and stomach polyps for many years before he learned Dafa. The expensive medical bills made his already tight financial situation even worse. Fortunately he learned Dafa at the most difficult time of his life, and several months later, his persistent ailments were gone.
In January 2002, the Political Security Team in Hailin City broke into Mr. Du's home. The police kidnapped Mr. and Mrs. Du because they found equipment that could be used to make leaflets exposing the persecution. They were held in Hailin Detention Centre. In July 2002, the People's Court in Hailin brought the first Falun Gong case to trial. Mr. Du stated that he would continue to practise Falun Dafa. The judge then arbitrarily changed his sentence from three to six years in prison.
In September 2002, the authorities moved four practitioners from Hailin Detention Centre to Mudanjiang Prison.
Despite coercive threats, promises of gain, and brutal torture, Mr. Du showed a Dafa practitioner's incomparable compassion and forbearance. He never wrote any form of Guarantee Statement1 and clarified the truth whenever he had a chance.
Between 2002 and 2003, in order to "transform2" Mr. Du, the guards in the No. 3 district of the prison intensified the persecution. They forced him to work long hours during the day and deprived him of sleep at night. They also instigated criminal inmate Shen Fuzheng to torture Mr. Du many times. These despicable acts did not stop until Mr. Du reported to Wang Yongfu, an officer in No. 3 District of the prison.
In April 2005, the No. 3 District forced six practitioners into intensive physical labour. Because of the hot weather and the intensive labour, Mr. Du developed severe hypertension. His blood pressure was as high as 220. One week later, he was forced to clean up rubbish and haul water. He had to haul water from the prison to the factory each day. Each time he did this he was exhausted and sweating from head to toe. Mr. Du Shiliang was forced to do intensive physical labour for long periods of time and deprived of the ability to do the Falun Dafa exercises. This was extremely difficult for someone over 60 years old. Guards Gai Fu and Hou Jian were responsible for making Mr. Du perform extra labour for long periods of time.
On January 13th, 2006, Mr.Du's family visited him in prison. On January 20th they received notification that Mr. Du had died that day due to an acute illness.
When Mr. Du's family went to take his body home, the prison, the Political Legal Committee, and the 610 Office3 in Mudanjiang became extremely tense.
Twenty to thirty people in uniform surrounded his family. The relatives protested and requested to take Mr. Du's body home. Prison officer Li Xiangdong claimed that, because Mr. Du had died in the middle of his sentence, he could not be released to his family after death. After several days of futile negotiations, the police officers Jiang Yuntao and Na Yongshen had Mr. Du's body cremated without the family's permission and forced all the relatives to sign their names.
Since July 20th, 1999, Political Security Director Song Yumin and police officer Jiang Yuntao have been responsible for persecuting every Dafa practitioner in Hailin City. Bi Xu is responsible for every practitioner's illegal sentence. Public Security Bureau Director Zhao Huajiang is responsible for every warrant that was sent out to arrest practitioners. Forced labour occurred in all the prisons in the Mudanjiang area. If one refuses to participate, they will subject that person to beatings, to being tied up, or to solitary confinement. In January 2006, the director of all the prisons in Helongjiang Province, Yang Wenxue, exclaimed, "Ten million prisons, one million wards." It is clear evidence of extreme greed, corruption, and inhumanity. Gai Fu and Hou Jian are the two policemen directly involved in persecuting Dafa practitioners. When inmates beat up practitioners, these officers shouted, "We are carrying out official policy in persecuting you. So what? Go ahead and sue us."
Human beings have their own intellect and thoughts, and people have to make their own choices when facing right and wrong. They are responsible for their own choices and responsible for their own crimes and sins.
1. "Guarantee Statement": A statement to declare that one is remorseful for practising Falun Gong and guarantees not to practise Falun Gong again, not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and never again associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners.
2. "Reform or Transform" Implementation of brainwashing and torture in order to force a practitioner to renounce Falun Gong. (Variations: "reform", "transform", "reformed", "reforming", "transformed", "transforming", and "transformation")
3. "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.
Chinese version available at http://www.minhui.org/mh/articles/2006/3/7/122278.html
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