Shang Qingling, 38, was a resident in the township of Lixin. Because he insisted on practicing Falun Gong, he was arrested on December 28th, 2000 and thrown into the Laiwu City Detention center. The police tried to force him to write statements attacking Falun Gong and expressing remorse. He refused to do so and started a hunger strike in protest. On the 9th day of his hunger strike, the police placed long handcuffs and heavy shackles on him, and forced-fed him with flour soup. The force-feeding caused severe infections of his lungs and trachea. The police finally released him and rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. He passed away on January 31st, 2001.