Targeted in a Group Arrest, Sichuan Man Sentenced to Four Years for His Faith
(Minghui.org) The Minghui.org website recently confirmed that a Guang’an City, Sichuan Province resident has been sentenced to four years in Jiazhou Prison for his faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Tuo Wanxue was seized by the police at around 8:00 a.m. on April 23, 2019 in a group arrest. It was reported that officers from the Guang’an District Domestic Security Office arrested dozens of practitioners, including Mr. Tuo, following to a name list.
Although most practitioners were later released, Mr. Tuo, Mr. Liu and his wife, and another practitioner surnamed Qiu, were kept in custody. Practitioner Qiu was sentenced to 2.5 years in July 2019 and ordered to serve time outside of prison. It’s not clear when Mr. Tuo was sentenced. More details about the arrests and their sentencing are being investigated.
Prior to his latest term, Mr. Tuo has been arrested multiple times for going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. The Beijing police shocked him with electric batons and caused his whole body to be severely burned.
Mr. Tuo was arrested again in December 2000 for printing informational materials about Falun Gong and given an unknown term at Deyang Prison.
Guards at Deyang Prison used various torture methods against Falun Gong practitioners who refused to renounce their faith, including high voltage electric shocks, force feedings, savage beatings, solitary confinement, and brainwashing.
The guards also instigated felons to be their “messengers” to closely monitor the practitioners’ daily lives. When the practitioners refused to cooperate, the inmates beat and verbally abused them.
An inmate once threatened to push the practitioners down from the third floor and then say they committed suicide. One of them said, “There are so many people in China, even if we beat you to death, the earth is still rotating. What’s the big deal about it? We were murderers before we came here. Now we are protected by the guards. We wouldn’t bear any responsibility for beating you to death. If you don’t cooperate with us, we will use force against you.”
The inmates once taped Mr. Tuo’s mouth, tied up his limbs, and kept him in an isolated room for three days. He wasn’t given any food or water during the time, nor was he allowed to use the restroom.