Jiangsu Province Practitioner Suffers Broken Rib from Police Brutality

Mr. He Guoping, a Falun Gong practitioner in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, was detained in different units, a police substation, a detention centre, and a forced labour camp, and was also laid off. While in the detention centre, he suffered a broken rib from police brutality and endured various other tortures.

Mr. He Guoping started practising Falun Gong on March 12th, 1996. Before July 20th, 1999, everyone in his family except for his father also practised Falun Gong.

In September 2000, he went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa and was detained in the Kunshan City detention centre. One month later, he was released but still restricted to a small room by his employer, the Kunshan Transistor Factory, for nearly six months. Finally the factory laid him off solely because of his affiliation with Falun Gong. Since then he has had no source of income.

On the evening of December 12th, 2000, police searched Mr. He and found the flyer entitled Top Ten Crimes of Jiang Zemin. They took him to the Chengzhong Police Substation in Kunshan City, where they handcuffed him behind his back, and six police officers beat him from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. the next day. When they stopped beating him, Mr. He was unconscious with a broken rib.

Because the police failed to get the confession they wanted, Mr. He was transferred to the detention centre and sentenced to one year of forced labour on January 12th, 2001, which he served in Dafeng Fangqiang Forced Labour Camp in Jiangsu Province.

On his second day at the forced labour camp, because he did not fulfil the labour quota, he was brutally beaten by the guard. In the middle of September that same year, all of the detained Falun Gong practitioners in the No. 1 Team where he was detained initiated a hunger strike to protest their detention. Three days later, they were force-fed through the nose. Some of them lost a lot of blood during the forced-feeding.

On December 14th, 2002, Mr. He was arrested again since he was discovered delivering Teacher Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa's new articles and distributing videotapes of Falun Dafa materials. One month later, he was sentenced to two years of forced labour once again in the Dafeng Forced Labour camp, where he experienced endless persecution. The camp authorities tried to force him to quit cultivation by brainwashing him day and night and torturing him both physically and psychologically in the name of "communication" and "learning."

In April 2003, the brainwashing was intensified. He wasn’t allowed to sleep until 1:00 or 2:00 or sometimes even 3:00 a.m. However, Mr. He was still steadfast and was therefore deprived of sleep and forced to stand for long periods. Once he was made to stand for several days without sleep until he finally fell to the ground when he could no longer stand up. He suffered oedema from his toes to his calves as a result of this torture.

In July 2003, the forced labour camp launched a so-called "general attack" on practitioners. Popular camp tortures included beatings, enforced standing, enforced squatting, being insulated in the heat of summer, electric baton shocks, being whipped on the head, and stabbing the thigh with needles. After his rib was broken, the broken bone made a noise for two weeks. For six months after that, Mr. He suffered excruciating back pain and recovered only after he returned home on December 13th, 2004.

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/6/7/129792.html

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