(Clearwisdom.net) The Suining County Detention Center in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, has been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for eight years. Mr. Wang Xingfei, Mr. Ni Peng, and Mr. Tong Dejun are still detained there. These practitioners, who follow the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are treated even worse than criminals who have committed all sorts of atrocities. They are monitored and controlled by prisoners, forced to do drills and labor, and they must report their thoughts and recite the prison regulations. They have been severely humiliated, and their dignity has been impugned.

Moreover, guards Zhang Mingyu (male), Gao Fangliang (male), and Tong Defang (male) have escalated the persecution by applying a torture method called "holding shackles." They handcuffed the practitioners' hands, pounded shackles onto their feet, passed the handcuffs through the shackles, and linked the left shackles and right shackles with chain less than 50 cm. (20 inches) long. This way, practitioners cannot stand up and walk normally. Their backs are bent 90 degrees. They cannot sit, sleep, eat, or use the restroom by themselves. They can only move a tiny step at a time, with extreme pain. After threatening to beat practitioners with a rubber baton, guard Zhang Mingyu forced them to jump while wearing the "holding shackles" that weighed around nine pounds. Furthermore, some practitioners were restrained to a chair while in the "holding shackles" for as long as 18 days, and they were not able to sleep. During this period, the guards hit practitioners' fingers and toes with a stick containing nails until they were covered with blood.

Practitioners devastated with the "holding shackles" torture included Mr. Xu Xingrong, Mr. Ma Jie, Ms. Teng Xiaohong, Ms. Song Yushu, Ms. Wang Meidi, Ms. Peng Zengmei, Mr. Wei Dong, Ms. Guo Juanling, Ms. Yang Dalan, and Ms. Wu Di.

Suining County Detention Center: 86-516-88300494

August 10, 2007