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Sichuan Man Serving Time for Practicing Falun Gong Taken to Hospital, Denied Family Visit

April 15, 2021 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Mr. Li Shisong, a Leshan City, Sichuan Province resident serving time for his faith in Falun Gong, was taken to a police hospital after developing a medical condition.

His family applied several times to visit him. The prison guards initially agreed for them to have a video chat with Mr. Li, but later rescinded the decision upon finding out that Mr. Li’s brother also practices Falun Gong. His sister, who doesn’t practice Falun Gong, isn’t allowed to visit him either. With no knowledge about his current situation, his family is very worried about his situation.

Mr. Li was arrested on November 5, 2019, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. He was secretly sentenced to three years in February 2020 and transferred to the Jiazhou Prison in the same month.

Prior to his latest imprisonment, Mr. Li was arrested multiple times. He was first arrested in 1999 for attending a gathering with other Falun Gong practitioners. He was detained for half a month and his clothes and 800 yuan in cash were snatched away by inmates, leaving him with only a shirt in the winter. He was later taken home by his family.

In March 2000, Mr. Li was given 1.5 years of forced labor at Xinhua Forced Labor Camp. As he refused to renounce his faith, he was shocked with electric batons, beaten, deprived of sleep and forced to do unpaid labor for long hours. The authorities extended his term by more than eight months. Instead of being released in September 2001, he didn’t go home until May 2002.

Only a few months later, Mr. Li was arrested again and sentenced to four years in December 2002. While serving time at the No. 2 Division in Deyang Prison, he was often made to stand until near midnight. On September 1, 2005, Mr. Li and several practitioners who refused to renounce their faith were transferred to the No. 3 Division and forced to work until 1 a.m. every day.

In 2007, Mr. Li and over 30 practitioners were targeted during a mass arrest. Mr. Li and 12 other practitioners were later sent to Dashiqiao Brainwashing Center.

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