Chinese Name: 王兴田
City: Ningjin County
Date of Death: 2000-03-25
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2000-02-21
Most recent place of detention: a brainwashing center
He was beaten to death by the county government of Dayang Village on March 25, 2000, for refusing to recant his belief in Falun Gong.
On February 21, 2000, the Dayang Village government illegally detained Wang Xingtian and 11 other Falun Gong practitioners in the "Law Education Center," in order to prevent them from going to Beijing to appeal. After 33 days of detention, they were transferred to the Beiquanli Village government, where they were not allowed food or water.
While in custody, each practitioner was demanded to pay a deposit of 1000 Yuan plus a fine of 1000 Yuan. The practitioners were also required to write a pledge to recant. Wang firmly refused to do this.
On the noon of March 25, Wang's friends came to visit him and suggested he write the pledge and pay the money. But Wang refused to do that. Around 2-3 o'clock that day, the village government ordered some thugs to beat Wang using electric batons, police batons, etc., which left many wounds on Wang's body. A fatal wound was a hole on the back of his head. Only after Wang's family members wrote the pledge for him and paid the money, were they allowed to take Wang home. At that time, Wang already lost his consciousness, and he died at 5pm.
Death of Wang Xintai
Because Wang Xintian insisted on practicing Falun Dafa and refused to give a written promise to renounce his practice, on March 25, 2000, Li Xichun and Zhao Zhiqi from the Office of the Township conducted inhumane torture against him. They pressed a 3-inch wide wooden board against Wang's calves, applying so much pressure the board broke against his legs. They then hit him with an iron rod, including his head. They also used the iron rod to poke his chest and back. His body was soaked with blood, and was too horrible to look at. In the end, he died.
Afterwards, the chief of the Township of Dayang Zhuang, Tie Jinbo, used 150,000 yuan (about US$18,000) of public funds and "took care of the matter in private." However, Wang Xintian's family only received 75,000 yuan. No one knows where the other half of the money went.
The Chief of Dayang Zhuang
Tie Jinbo 0319-5678029
Director of Dayang Zhuang
Li Minghua 0319-5660062
Families are not allowed visit practitioners detained at the district detention center of Ningjin County. Whoever wants to visit his loved ones has to pay 2,000 yuan (Chinese dollars, the monthly salary of an averaged worker in cities of China is about 500 yuan); if you don't have money, you don't see your family. After 40 days, one will have to pay 3,000 yuan, 4,000 yuan or perhaps even 5,000 yuan in order to have them released. The longest time a practitioner has been detained there is 7 months.
At present, there are still 8 practitioners being held at the detention center, 6 of whom are not able to return to the families they have waiting for them. We are appealing to every conscientious person for attention and support. We hope you can help uphold justice and stop the evil.
Practitioners in China
December 6, 2000
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