(Clearwisdom.net) Guards at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning Province recently beat Mr. Xu Shanglong into unconsciousness. Fearing exposure of their heinous deed, they refused to send the practitioner to the hospital. The following are details of the incident.

Mr. Xu Shanglong, around 35 years old, was incarcerated in the No. 8 Division of the No. 2 Men's Institute in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp. On June 20, 2008, when the inmates in the No. 8 Division went out for labor, Mr. Xu was unable to join them because he was bedridden with a high fever.

This angered guard Tang (surname), who was supposed to accompany the inmates in the team on their way to work. He accused Mr. Xu of feigning illness to avoid the work. Guard Tang verbally abused Mr. Xu and ordered the criminals on duty to drag him to work. Mr. Xu tried to explain, "I would appreciate if the guards would stop the verbal abuse and refrain from humiliating others. As a guard, you should behave yourselves well."

Mr. Xu's words shamed guard Tang, and he immediately became angry and hit Xu Shanglong with both hands. This did not appease his anger, so he tried to strangle Mr. Xu, and at the same time kicked him in the groin. Mr. Xu was severely injured and lost consciousness. It was a long time before he regained consciousness.

The officials refused to send Xu Shanglong to the hospital. The guards discussed the incident with the No. 8 Division head and decided that a hospital visit might reveal the sources of his injuries and Mr. Xu could then use such documentation to prosecute them, so they adamantly refused to let him go to the hospital.

Xu Shanglong was initially permitted to rest in his cell and someone brought him food from the canteen. A few days later, the guards made him go to the canteen to eat on his own, and threatened him that if he refused to eat they would force-feed him. A few days later they compelled him to do forced labor.

July 17, 2008