Mr. Song Wenliang Tortured in Prison for Six Years
Name: Song Wenliang(宋文良)
Address: Majin Village, Huiyuan Township, Shuncheng District, Fushun City, Liaoning Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: October, 2002
Most recent place of detention: Dongling Prison in Liaoning Province (辽宁省东陵监狱)
City: Shenyang City
Province: Liaoning Province
Persecution Suffered: Detention, handcuffed and shackled, brutal beatings, needles inserted between finger nails, cold water poured over him while being hung up, forced labor, torture, brainwashing, illegal sentencing, imprisonment
(Minghui.org) Mr. Song Wenliang, 49, was a resident of Majin Village, Huiyuan Town, Shuncheng District, Fushun City. He started practicing Falun Gong in July 1997 and is known as a good man in the village. Due to his steadfast belief in Falun Gong, Mr. Song was arrested and tortured by police, then illegally imprisoned for six years.
Arrested and Brutally Tortured
One day in the spring of 2001, the village Party Secretary went to Mr. Song's home to inform him that an authority at the town government wanted him to go to the government building for a meeting regarding writing a statement to renounce his beliefs. The party secretary also told him that another practitioner from the same village had not returned after such a meeting. Instead of either being arrested or being forced to give up his belief, Mr. Song chose to leave the village and become homeless.
Later Mr. Song and fellow practitioners were working on producing truth-clarification materials about Falun Gong for public distribution. On October 2002, he and two others were arrested at the material site by police, and sent to the Xinfu Police Station. Handcuffed and shackled, they were locked in one cell each.
In the evening, they were transferred to the Huashan Police Station where Mr. Song was brutally tortured. Director Zhao first hit him multiple times on the face, then slapped him on the head with a shoe. A young police officer inserted needles under Mr. Song's finger nails and toe nails; then hung him upside down and poured cold water over him, targeting his mouth and nose, to choke him.
After that, Mr. Song was sent to the No. 2 Detention Center of Fushun.
Tortured by Manipulated Inmates
Mr. Song was detained in Section 207 of the detention center where Lang Jingming was the head warden. Lang manipulated inmates to watch Mr. Song and prohibit him from practicing Falun Gong exercises or talking with others. He was beaten with shoes or kicked even if the watching inmates saw the slightest movements of his lips. Mr. Song was also forced to work without pay. He was either beaten or deprived of sufficient food if he did not finish his heavy workload every day.
The damp living environment in the detention center caused many inmates to have scabies, which were often passed to new inmates by those who had been there for a while. Inmate Wu asked fellow inmates to “treat” Mr. Song's scabies, so they scratched his skin then rubbed salt on his wounds. Another time Wu slapped Mr. Song on the bottom with shoes till the skin bled, then poured salt water on him.
Wu said to Mr. Song that he was instructed by the wardens to do so, and if he didn't torture Mr. Song to stop him from practicing Falun Gong, he would himself be tortured by the wardens.
Illegally Sentenced for Six years of Imprisonment
After being sentenced in 2003, Mr. Song was transferred from the detention center to the No. 2 Prison of Liaoning Province. He was put in Division Two where Li Jianguo was the head warden. Falun Gong practitioners in that division were forced to work and go through brainwashing sessions together. Practitioners were forbidden to talk or pass on things to each other.
Mr. Song's family was not informed of his whereabouts. Thanks to their social networks, one year later the family finally found out where Mr. Song was being kept. During the period of his imprisonment, Mr. Song's elderly mother passed away due to poor health and missing and worrying about her son.
On January 2008, Mr. Song was transferred once again to Dongling Prison in Liaoning Province. Two inmates were assigned to brainwash him, torture him, and prohibit him from doing Falun Gong exercises. Eventually Mr. Song suffered from serious tuberculous. Warden Liu asked the family to send 2,000 yuan for treatment for Mr. Song. However, after being sent to the Tieling Prison Hospital, Mr. Song was still forced to work while being given a few tablets every day. No one responded to the family's queries about the money.