August 29, 2003

( Tian Xiaofei is a Dafa practitioner in Benxi City, Liaoning Province. He was abducted by police in March of 2002 and detained in the Huazi Prison in Liaoyang City. He was cited with fabricated charges and illegally sentenced to ten years of imprisonment. His home was also searched and personal belongings were taken away, including 10,000 Yuan cash.

On July 20, 2003, he and over fifty other practitioners who were detained in the prison started a hunger strike, protesting the illegal imprisonment. Tian Xiaofei was brutally beaten. He was hit, his teeth were knocked loose and his face swelled from the beating. He was carried out of the prison on a stretcher. When his family called the prison and asked if he was beaten, the prison police hung up the phone.

Currently, five to six practitioners are still on hunger strike, which has lasted for over 30 days and the practitioners' lives are now in danger. The prison police tried to coerce their families to pay for doctors' medical treatment, but the families refused. At this time, we don't know whether or not the practitioners are still alive.

Phone # for Huazi Prison, Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province: 86-419-8540008