(Clearwisdom.net) On January 29, 2007, practitioner Mr. Zhao Guangxi passed away as a victim of the Chinese Communist Party's vicious persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners. Mr. Zhao lived in Fuguo Village, Tuanjie Township, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province. He was a good person who believed in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He was only 42 years old when he died.
Mr. Zhao's wife Wang Guihua is also a practitioner. She was imprisoned in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp in Harbin when her husband died. They did not even see each other before he passed away. They have a young son who was left alone at home.
Mr. Zhao and his wife started to practice Falun Gong in 1996. They disciplined themselves according to the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and cultivated away their bad habits. Their morality improved.
After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, Mr. Zhao was illegally arrested by Tuanjie Township government officials, and imprisoned at Shuangcheng Detention Center. When he was there, he was brutally beaten by the inmates. Over two months later, he was released after being extorted some money.
In December 2000, Mr. Zhao and his wife went to Beijing to appeal together. They were both imprisoned in the Shuangcheng No. 2 Detention Center. Later, they were moved to No. 1 Detention Center. After a few days there, Mr. Zhao and a dozen other practitioners were secretly transferred to Pingfang Detention Center in Harbin. The prison guards ordered the criminal inmates to brutally beat Mr. Zhao during his 15 days there.
It was a cold winter, and the inmates stripped off his clothes, pushed his head under the water faucet, and ran cold water on his head. They kept pouring cold water over his head for a long period of time. He was so cold that he started to shake and his head felt numb. The big bed in the detention center was two feet high. The inmates pushed him to the ground, put his chin onto the edge of the bed, choked his throat on the edge of the wood plank, pulled his calves up high with his knees touching the ground, and pulled his hands to his back, keeping his body straight. Consequently, the weight of his body was on his throat, and he could hardly breathe. It was extremely painful. In addition, the inmates used hard plastic shoe soles to fiercely hit him on the back of his neck, and then pulled his head up and back to hit his throat as well. As a result, his throat was swollen and abscessed, and he vomited blood. He could not swallow any food. When he drank water, it was choked out from his nostrils.
The inmates used another kind of torture, called "sailing," or "pushing, breaking, and digging," where four or five inmates would push Mr. Zhao to the ground. One would sit on Mr. Zhao's back, two would pull his legs up high, and two others would pull his arms up to his back, and then push them towards his head while drawing circles. This torture would directly injure his internal organs or even cause disability.
The inmates also put the handle of a toothbrush in between Mr. Zhao's two fingers, and then they held tightly his five fingers and twist the handle of the toothbrush. Mr. Zhao's fingers were broken and bleeding, and he felt great pain. In addition to these forms of torture, he was often beaten and kicked. In his cell, there were four practitioners, but over 20 criminal inmates. This was what Mr. Zhao suffered in the fifteen days when he was detained at the Detention Center in Harbin, a few days before the New Year of 2000. Later, the Pingfang Detention Center was rewarded with the honor of "A cultured and civilized work unit" by the vicious Party.
One day before the Chinese New Year, practitioners were transferred to Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp in Harbin. To protest the long-term persecution, and threats to his life, Mr. Zhao started a hunger strike to demand his release, free of any conditions. However, he was force-fed by the prison guards who inserted finger-sized tubes inside his stomach through his nostrils. He was force-fed once or twice a day.
Around May 2001, Mr. Zhao was tortured so severely that he showed symptoms of pulmonary emphysema, and other illnesses. He was unable to breathe normally, and his entire body was swollen. His feet were so swollen that he couldn't even wear shoes. His body was covered in scabies. However, the labor camp still did not release him, and he was locked up alone. Only in July 2001, when his illnesses worsened, was he finally sent to the hospital. His pulmonary tuberculosis had reached a late stage, and couldn't be cured. The prison guards thought that he would die very soon, and decided to release him.
Mr. Zhao and his wife were detained in labor camps at the same time. Ms. Wang was imprisoned at Wanjia Forced Labor Camp. At the time, their son was only 11 years old. He was left home by himself so his aunt took him home. Afterwards, his aunt's husband went to the township government to explain the situation of the child. When the labor camp found out that Mr. Zhao was in critical condition and was about to die, they asked someone to take him home. Ms. Wang was then released on July 6, 2001. She went home a few days before Mr. Zhao so that she could bring her husband home.
Before Mr. Zhao returned, the former military assistant of Tuanjie Township, Liu Hulin, and a person from the local police station went to Fuguo Village and asked Mr. Zhao's family members if he had had pulmonary tuberculosis before. His family said, "No, he had no illnesses at all." After that, the officers told his family, "They've found that Mr. Zhao has pulmonary tuberculosis now. He doesn't have many days to live. Take him home and put him somewhere so that he won't spread it to other people."
When his family members went to get him, they could hardly recognize him. A strong and healthy man had been tortured to this degree within only 7 months. His family members were very depressed, and they realized that the labor camp did not want to take responsibility for his death, and so they threw him out to his family.
On the day after Mr. Zhao's release, the labor camp gathered all the detainees, both practitioners and criminals. The labor camp chief Shi Changjing, who was in charge of the persecution of Falun Gong, said in front of hundreds of people that Mr. Zhao could live no longer than 2 or 3 months. No medicine could cure him. Shi sounded very sure of what he said.
Mr. Zhao's body and hands were all swollen when he went home. His head seemed to be much bigger than before and he had a hard time breathing. He could not get onto the bed because of his swollen body and had to ask others to carry him onto the bed. Ms. Wang spent many hours every day reading Zhuan Falun to him. After consistently practicing the exercises, and studying the Fa, Mr. Zhao started to heal. Back then, many practitioners went to see him. In a few months, he finally recovered, and the scabies also gradually disappeared within two years.
With his wife's help, Mr. Zhao completely recovered without any medicine, something the labor camp could never expect.
Mr. Zhao gradually recovered. In 2005, he looked like any other normal person. However, in January 2005, Ms. Wang was arrested again after telling people that it was beneficial for one to practice Falun Gong and that the Tiananmen "Self-immolation" was staged. She was reported by someone from Shuangshan Village in Xingshan Township. She was sentenced to three years of imprisonment and detained in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp.
Mr. Zhao was devastated to learn that his wife was suffering from vicious persecution. He knew how practitioners were treated in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp. One person who was released from Wanjia told Mr. Zhao that his wife suffered from brutal torture there.
Under long-term mental pressure, at the end of 2005, Mr. Zhao' physical condition deteriorated. In March 2006, after the organ harvesting atrocity was exposed to the world, he became extremely nervous. He was afraid that his wife would be transferred. His mental pressure was extreme and he started to have symptoms of illness.
Mr. Zhao went to Ms. Wang Guihua's parents' to get her photos to look at. He wished her to come home safe and sound. Due to overwhelming mental pressure, the pulmonary tuberculosis that he had sustained because of the torture in the labor camp recurred. He started to have pounding in his chest, and some other symptoms. In June 2006, he could move with difficulty, but by July and August, he had lost much of his mobility and became dependent on help.
During the harvest time in the fall, he was unable to work, and more than 60 practitioners came to help him. Along with five or six of his relatives, they harvested the soybeans and corn. In the history of Fuguo Village, no family in difficulty had ever got this much help in the fall harvest season.
Mr. Zhao's family members took him to the hospital but his condition did not improve. Almost their entire savings were used to treat his illnesses. The worsening condition made his mind unclear, and he started to mumble things that did not make sense.
On January 29, 2007, Mr. Zhao passed away. He was only 42 years old. His wife was still imprisoned in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp. He did not even see her before he died. Their young son was left home alone.
A happy family was thus broken apart. This is one of the many vicious crimes committed by Jiang's evil regime.