(Clearwisdom.net) Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Zidong from Harbin City, who was illegally sentenced to a 12- year term, became paralyzed from the waist down due to persecution in Daqing Prison. He can no longer take care of himself, yet the prison authorities still refuse to release him.

Mr. Zhang Zidong was originally an undergraduate student in the School of Arts, Harbin Normal University. In October 1999, he was expelled for going to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. He was detained in the Nangan District Police Department in Harbin City for 27 days. On November 9, 2000, he was arrested for printing Falun Gong truth clarifying materials and was locked up in the detention center of the Daowai District Police Department in Harbin. In July 2001, the Intermediate Court of Harbin City illegally sentenced him to a 12-year term. In March 2002, and he was put into Harbin Prison.

In July 2002, guard Geng Hao from Harbin Jail assigned two prisoners with severe pulmonary tuberculosis to the bunk next to Mr. Zhang's, which caused him to become infected with tuberculosis, pleurisy, and peritonitis. He suffered severe edema and was hospitalized at the Harbin Pulmonary Hospital for 30 days. During this time, he had over 10 pounds of water drawn out of his chest and belly. Later he was hospitalized in Harbin Prison Hospital for nine months. The doctors in charge of his case were Liu Zhuru, head of Harbin Pulmonary Hospital, and Huang Yingjun, a physician. Doctors who participated in his treatment included Liu Mingde and Gao Shihong, the directors of Harbin Prison Hospital, and physician Han Hongjun. On July 1, 2004, Mr. Zhang was transferred to Daqing Prison.

On March 31, 2005, Mr. Zhang did the Falun Gong exercises. Because of this, Guo Chuntang, Chief of the Education and Reform Section in Daqing Prison, ordered other prisoners to put him under what they called "strict discipline." That evening, the prisoners on duty harassed Mr. Zhang and refused to let him sleep. In order to protest the persecution, Mr. Zhang went on a hunger strike. On April 1, 2005, when his mother came to visit him, he told his mother in front of the perpetrators about the atrocities they had committed. After that they restrained themselves a little. During his hunger strike from April 1 to April 7, Mr. Zhang was force-fed twice, which severely injured him both physically and mentally.

On May 12, 2005, because Mr. Zhang refused to wear the prison uniform, the guards from the Education and Reform Section ordered five or six prisoners to tear up his clothes. They slapped his face and stepped on his glasses. Mr. Zhang was put in solitary confinement for eight days, during which time conducted a hunger strike and was force-fed twice. From May 20 to July 25, he was prohibited from leaving his cell, going to the canteen, going to the store, or even to fetch water. They also assigned two prisoners to monitor his daily activities.

At noon on August 30, 2005, when Mr. Zhang was sitting in the sun outside his cell, guard Cui Zhengui ordered prisoners Li Xin and Gu Shanqiang to carry Mr. Zhang back to the cell. While this was happening, Mr. Zhang kept shouting, "Falun Dafa is good!" After being carried back to the cell, Mr. Zhang wanted to report the incident to Officer Zhao Dianwei, who was on duty that day, but the two prisoners stopped him. They threatened to beat him. Officer Zhao Dianwei came out of the office and said, "Get him back." The two prisoners again carried Mr. Zhang back to the cell and threatened, "If you leave your cell again we will make you sorry." While he was being carried back, his back was injured and he couldn't stand up. He became bedridden and lost the ability to take care of himself. Mr. Zhang has been hospitalized in the Prison Hospital since August 31.

Mr. Zhang's mother Wei Guangzhen needs help to have him bailed out for treatment.

Address of Daqing Prison: Daqing City Hongweixing Prison, Ranghu Road, Daqing City, Zip code: 163159

Telephone numbers of Daqing Prison (Country Code and Area code: 86-459):

Tang Yongfu, the former warden, currently deputy head of the Daqing City Political and Judiciary Committee: 86-459-5056688 (Office), 86-13303690588 (Cell)
Wang Yongxiang, warden: 86-459-5964388 (Office), 86-13904867068 (Cell)
Chen Qingfa, member of the Political Committee: 86-459-5058588 (Office), 86-459-4686358 (Home), 86-13329491288 (Cell) (living in Building 1-0, Dongfeng New Village)
Wang Jiaren, deputy warden: 86-459-5050616 (Office), 86-459-4687616 (Home), 86-13303691339 (Cell)
Zhang Yajun, deputy warden: 86-459-5059122 (Office), 86-459-6388889 (Home), 86-13359825633 (Cell)
Jiang Shuchen, deputy warden: 86-459-5059808 (Office), 86-459-6783122 (Home), 86-13936711131 (Cell) (living in Xiangge Garden Village, Dongfeng New Village)
Wang Yingjie, deputy warden: 86-459-5059919 (Office), 86-459-6363870 (Home), 86-13329393777 (Cell) (living in 1-57-1-302 Wanbao Village, Dongfeng New Village)
Tan Ronglai, director of the Political Division: 86-459-5050618 (Office), 86-459-6133365 (Home), 86-13304694188 (Cell)
Xu Zhi, deputy director of the Political Division: 86-459-5059918 (Office), 86-13936702596 (Cell)
Han Jiaxi, deputy director of the Political Division: 86-459-5059900 (Office), 86-459-6283035 (Home), 86-13059050546 (Cell)
Ma Wenyu, director of the office: 86-459-5050613 (Office), 86-459-4621138 (Home), 86-13936999985 (Cell)

Zhang Lijing, deputy director of the office: 86-459-5059891 (Office), 86-459-6388960 (Home), 86-13936741257 (Cell)
Gong Huaqiang, director of the Disciplinary Inspection Monitoring Office: 86-459-5059590 (Office), 86-459-4660518 (Home), 86-13845929612 (Cell)