(Minghui.org) My 84-year-old neighbor, Mr. Wang Jiaguo, is a good person. He is kind and warm-hearted. When it snows, he always comes out to shovel the snow on the road in front of our apartment building. We all like him.
We were so surprised when Mr. Wang and his wife, Ms. Tang Hongyan, were arrested for practicing Falun Gong. This happened on June 20, 2014. After taking him away from a neighbor's home, six plainclothes police officers went to his apartment. Like gangsters, they broke in and beat Ms. Tang hard, dragging her back and forth, pulling her outside barefoot to shove her into the police van.
Mr. Wang and several other practitioners were apparently all handcuffed and shackled during their trial in December 2014. I do not know why it is necessary to do this to an 84-year-old man who practices a peaceful meditation.
To make things worse, Shuncheng Court in Liaoning Province announced it was sentencing 7 practitioners to prison. Among them, Mr. Wang was sentenced to 6 years, and his wife was sentenced to 8 years.
This is the fourth time Mr. Wang has been arrested for his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the principles of Falun Gong. His first arrest was in July 1999 and he was detained for three months. The second time was in February 2001 and he was kept at the Fushun Brainwashing Center, after being extorted for 3,000 yuan. The police arrested him for the third time in 2007 and held him for one day.