Elderly Mr. Wang Hongbo Beaten during Arrest

Mr. Wang Hongbo, a Falun Gong practitioner from Yueyang City, is in his 70s. He was arrested on July 6th, 2013, and beaten by local officials and police. They also ransacked his home.

As Mr. Wang walked past the Qianlianghu Town government building at approximately 9 p.m., a black car stopped behind him. Yuan Chunhua, director of the judicial bureau, stepped out of the car and tried to seize his backpack. Mr. Wang refused to cooperate.

Yuan grabbed Mr. Mang's bag with force and seized a copy of the Falun Gong book Zhuan Falun, Minghui Weekly, and a phone book with contacts of family and friends.

Yuan then attempted to arrest Mr. Wang. He called the town's People's Congress chairman Zhang Shanwen, 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) head Peng Changhua, and two police officers for help.

The five took away Mr. Wang's house keys, slapped him and attempted to cover his mouth. Mr. Wang's right leg was injured and bleeding.

He shouted "Falun Gong is great!" Peng then threatened to suspend his pension. Afterward, Zhang and Peng brought him to the Administration of Justice.

Subsequently, Yuan and the two police officers headed to Mr. Wang's house and conducted a search. They confiscated Falun Gong books and informational materials, the picture of Falun Gong's founder, as well as several hundred yuan1 in cash.

They detained Mr. Wang at the local police station and interrogated him until 1 p.m. the following day. He did not answer any of their questions.

Finally, they allowed Mr. Wang’s son to come and take him home.


1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

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