(Minghui.org) Ms. Kong Qingchun was arrested at the same time as more than 100 other Falun Gong practitioners in Liaoning Province on June 28, 2016, by police and agents of the 610 Office.

Ms. Kong was taken to the Yaojia Detention Center, where she went on a 37-day hunger strike. Officers tried to force-feed her and severely injured her in the process. She nearly died and was taken to the Dalian Zhongxin Hospital for emergency care. Her family was not informed about her critical condition.

She was tried on January 18 and March 15, 2017, by the Ganjingzi Court. Ms. Kong was sentenced to four years in prison in April 2017. She appealed the decision to the Dalian City Court, but the court rejected her appeal and upheld the sentence. She was taken to the Xinrujian Prison in Liaoning and later transferred to Dongling Prison in Shenyang City.

Ms. Kong was beaten in Dongling Prison on November 30, 2017, for refusing to renounce her belief in Falun Gong or do forced labor. Her shoulder was fractured, and four of her front lower teeth were loosened by the torture.

Warden Liu Jian and chief guard Yang Ming subsequently directed inmate Yan Bing to monitor her. Yan deprived her of sleep and stopped her from doing the Falun Gong exercises. After Ms. Kong went on a hunger strike, Yan beat her with a rubber baton. (Rubber batons minimize visible wounds but inflict internal injuries and severe pain.)

Ms. Kong, 55, was the deputy chief physician of the urology surgery department of Dalian No. 5 People's Hospital.

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