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( Mr. Chen Shoudao, of Maanshan City, Anhui Province, credited Falun Gong for improving his health, and he never shied away from telling people about it. Because he promoted Falun Gong, the police ransacked his home three times and detained him at the local police station for three days shortly after the persecution began in 1999.

Mr. Chen was held at the Penshan Farm Brainwashing Center in 2004 and then sent to the Maanshan City Detention Center when he still refused to renounce his faith after the brainwashing session.

During the winter season in December 2004, the detention center guards forced him to sit on a concrete floor every day while they poured cold water onto his head. They also deprived him of sleep and didn't provide him with any comforter.

He was on the verge of death by late January 2005, and was carried home by the guards. He vomited everything he ate, could only drink a little water, and was extremely emaciated. He passed away five months later, on June 25, 2005. He was 73 years old.

After Mr. Chen's tragic death, the police returned and ransacked his home again. They even removed his bed and dug a hole in the ground, claiming that he had buried something there. The police looted almost everything from his home, leaving his wife deeply terrified.

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