(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Hua Lianyou, a 55-year-old accountant from Tianjin, has been on a hunger strike for over nine months to protest his arrest. His wife and daughter realized during their latest visit on January 19, 2017, that Mr. Hua is on the verge of death because of excessive weight loss. They are appealing for his medical parole.

Recent Persecution

Mr. Hua was illegally arrested by officers from the Jiarongli Police Station on the morning of April 14, 2016, and taken to Tianjin Binhai Prison that afternoon.

He went on a hunger strike to protest his arrest on April 14, 2016, more than 270 days ago. He was tied to a bed, force-fed pepper water, and forced to listen to programs that slandered Falun Gong.

Mr. Hua became mentally disoriented as a result of torture. He could not even recognize his own family members when they visited on December 22. He just murmured over and over how he was being tortured.

His worried relatives begged the prison authorities to grant him medical parole. Their request was denied.

During the family’s most recent visit, Mr. Hua was pushed out in a wheelchair with his neck and legs tied to the chair. His health had severely deteriorated. His head shook nonstop and his eyes remained tightly shut. He muttered to himself repeatedly. The family suspects that he had been poisoned with drugs.

Previous Incidents of Persecution

Mr. Hua was arrested on February 23, 2001 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was mentally disoriented from being brutally tortured in the prison.

Mr. Hua was arrested again on April 24, 2012, and sentenced to seven years in prison. He started a hunger strike to protest and was on the brink of death due to excessive weight loss after more than 600 days on a hunger strike.

After nearly 9,000 citizens petitioned for his release, Mr. Hua was taken home on a stretcher on January 28, 2014, Chinese New Year’s Eve. He only weighed about 77 pounds at the time.

Parties Involved in Persecuting Mr. Hua

Guo Hongliang (郭洪亮), chief, Jiarongli Police Station: +86-22-2664-6570Gao Peizhi (高佩治), squadron leader, Tianjin Binhai Prison: +86-22-6207-1151Dong Ping (董平), chief, Beichen District Branch Police Station: +86-13502028888

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