(Clearwisdom.net) [Note: The following is a shortened version of a longer and more detailed article that appeared on the minghui.ca website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net).]

In December 2000, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Shao Qiang from Qingdao City, Shandong Province, went to Beijing to validate the greatness of Dafa. He unfurled a 99-meter (325 foot) banner in Tiananmen Square and was later sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is now being held at the Shandong Province Prison in Jinan City, and he is still determined in his belief in Dafa.

Mr. Shao was an engineer at the No. 2 Qingdao Aviation Affairs Company. After he was detained, Beijing police beat him to the point of unconsciousness several times. After one particularly brutal beating, upon awaking he could not recall how long he had been unconscious. He woke up in a pool of his own blood and realized that the beatings had caused a skull fracture. He could not remember anything and later suffered a sudden mental collapse.

When his family visited him at the prison, they often saw Mr. Shao covered in new scars on top of old ones. Once they observed that half of his face was black and blue and his eyes were severely bloodshot. During the past few years, his mother has written to related government agencies asking for a medical parole for her son, but her requests have been denied.