Chinese Name: 马常斌
City: Tangshan City
Date of Death: 2001-05
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2000-10
Most recent place of detention: Nanfan Police Station
Mr. Ma Changbin, 57, is a retired worker. Mr. Ma left the work force at age 28 due to hepatitis and stomach illness. He was on medication for a long time and later had to go back to work despite his chronic illnesses in order to support his family. After he began cultivating Falun Dafa in 1998, not only did all his illnesses disappear, he also quit smoking and drinking alcohol. He was able to do heavy labor work, such as moving bricks and building houses. He became very diligent and was able to do a lot of labor by himself. On or around October 25, 2000, Mr. Ma was arrested by the Nanfan Police Station. Policeman Li Heping viscously beat Mr. Ma. The head of the police station, Xie Changfu, slapped him on the face, instantly causing bleeding at the corner of his mouth. Mr. Ma's family was impoverished, but that did not stop the policemen from extorting 2,500 yuan from them as a deposit for bail and charging Mr. Ma 2,000 yuan as a penalty. Mr. Ma was detained in the police station for over three months and was released in February 2001. He suffered great mental and physical torture and was not able to practice the exercises under such persecution. As a result, his old illnesses recurred and he was not able to be cured by any medical treatment. Mr. Ma passed away in May 2001.
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