A Family Tragedy: Mr. Bi Wenming is Tortured to Death, His Parents-in-law Die from the Stress of Relentless Persecution

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Bi Wenming, his father-in-law Huang Zhiyi and his mother-in-law He Chunmei who lived in Longxi County of Gansu Province in China have died as a result of the ongoing persecution against Falun Gong. The guards at Dingxi Prison brutally beat Bi Wenming and repeatably shocked him with electric batons, which directly resulted in his death on the 3rd of September in 2004. At the time of his death his body was covered with scars and bruises. His father-in-law, Huang Zhiyi died from persecution on the 19th of January in 2002, and his mother-in-law He Chunmei died from grief on the 30th of September in 2004.

Bi Wenming was 34 years old. He used to live in Dongying City of Shandong Province and later lived in the west suburban area of Gansu Province. He started practising Falun Gong in 1998. His parents-in-law, Huang Zhiyi and He Chunmei began practising Falun Dafa around 1998. Ms. He Chunmei was 60 years old and was illiterate and very sickly before she practised Falun Dafa. Several months after she started practising Falun Gong, she not only became completely healthy, but was also able to read the book Zhuan Falun, the main Falun Gong cultivation text. In the fifteen days during which Mr. Huang Zhiyi helped his wife to read Zhuan Falun, his post-operative wound of six years automatically healed. He was very surprised by this miracle.

After the brutal persecution of Falun Gong began, Bi Wenming, went to Beijing to peacefully and lawfully appeal for a stop to the persecution against Falun Gong in February of 2000. When he returned, he was illegally detained at the Longxi County Detention Centre and was held there for one month. In December of 2000, He Chunmei and Huang Zhiyi, along with Bi Wenming and his wife went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. He Chunmei and Huang Zhiyi were sent back to Shandong Province and were illegally held at a local prison for six months. Bi Wenming was again illegally held in Beijing for one month and left home after he was released to avoid further persecution.

In an attempt to arrest Bi Wenming and his wife, the local police monitored their residence, which they shared with their parents. The officials constantly harassed and asserted pressure on He Chunmei and Huang Zhiyi, threatening to arrest them if they didn't turn in their daughter and son-in-law to the police. Due to extreme mental stress, Huang Zhiyi suffered a relapse of his old illness and passed away on the 19th of January in 2002.

In February of 2002, Bi Wenming was arrested in Lanzhou City by police officers from the Qilihe Police Department. He was illegally held at the Xiguoyuan Detention Centre in Lanzhou City and was then was sent to the Longxi County Detention Centre. In 2003 he was sentenced to three years in prison and was held at Lanzhou Prison. In 2004 he was transferred to the Dingxi Prison. Bi Wenming was very determined in his belief in Falun Dafa and resisted the persecution against him and other Dafa practitioners during the illegal detention.

On the 1st of September in 2004, Shi Wenrui, head of the Dingxi Prison, ordered Falun Dafa practitioner Wang Peng to be shocked with numerous electric batons for a long time. On the 2nd of September, Gao who is a Division three instructor and Li, head of Division three, led a group of perpetrators. They shocked Wang Peng from 7:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. using a dozen electric batons while beating him at the same time.

Instructors Li and Zhang Jianying shocked practitioners Bi Wenming, Jin Zhilin, Xu Feng and Wang Yuping at Division 4 with electric batons. During the morning of the 2nd of September, the guards ordered two inmates to beat Bi Wenming. In the afternoon, five or six guards dragged Bi Wenming into a solitary confinement cell and tortured him with a high-voltage electric chair. Around 5:00 p.m., Bi Wenming was carried out of the solitary confinement.

On the 3rd of September, the guards ordered the inmates to beat Bi Wenming; then they shocked him with electric batons until he died. It is said that people heard Bi Wenming shouting, "Falun Dafa is great" and they also heard the beating.

After Bi Wenming died, the Dingxi City government, the judicial bureau, the legal system, the public prosecutor and an agency known as the "6-20 Office" which has being specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems tried to cover up the case, saying Bi Wenming died from suicide. Bi Wenming's family visited him in prison on the 30th of August, at which time he was calm and rational. It is not credible that he committed suicide because he showed no such intent and Falun Gong teachings forbid suicide. The high public prosecutor of Gansu Province is currently involved in the investigation of this case.

After her husband passed away and her daughter and son-in-law were forced into homelessness, He Chunmei suffered tremendously from worry and grief. After she learnt her son-in-law Bi Wenming was tortured to death on the 3rd of September, her condition worsened drastically and she passed away on the 30th of September in 2004.

Longxi County Police Department: 86-932-6622128, 86-932-6622129
Longxi County Detention Centre: 86-932-6627272
Head of Wenfeng Town Police Station: 86-932-668551
Wang Chengqun: head of the Police Station, Non-ferrous Metallurgy Machinery Factory, 86-932-6628616(Office), 86-13079347622 (Cell)
Secretary of Political and Judiciary Committee of Longxi County: 86-932-6622712 (office)
Xibei Aluminium Processing Factory Police Station in west suburban Longxi County: 86-932-6629894

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2004/12/27/92257.html

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