Zhang Mingtong - 张明同

Chinese name:
Qi County
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Henan Province Forced Labor Camp in Xuchang City
Case Description:

Mr. Zhang Mingtong, 58, lived in Shawobei Village, Shawo Township, Qi County.

On July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime banned Falun Gong. In order to speak out for it, Mr. Zhang Mingtong went to appeal many times. On July 22, 1999, he went to the Provincial Government Compound, and was detained in the Qi County Detention Center for more than a month. He was tortured and forced to sit in the half squatting position for a long time, and was handcuffed behind his back while being shackled and slapped.

In November 1999, he went to Beijing to appeal, was arrested and detained again by the Qi County 610 Office police, was tortured with the Tightening Rope (1), handcuffed behind his back, and brutally beaten by other prisoners. The guards stripped him of his clothes in the freezing winter, put him inside a big conference room without heat, and opened the windows and turned on an electric fan to freeze him even more for over three hours. They released him after he went on a hunger strike for many days.

In May 2000, Mr. Zhang Mingtong went to Beijing to appeal again, and was arrested by the Qi County 610 officers. This time they detained him for several months in the Qi County Detention Center, where he endured all sorts of tortures, and was sick with severe anemia. His red blood count was very low. He was released temporarily, because they had him formally arrested, which means he was ready to be put on trial. They arrested him again after he recovered a little bit, sentenced him to three years in prison, and locked him in the Mi County Prison.

Upon being released from prison, he was very weak, but he recovered through studying the Fa and persistently doing the Falun Dafa exercises.

On August 12, 2007, police arrested many Falun Dafa practitioners with the "excuse" that the Olympics were getting closer. At around 1:00 a.m. on August 13, 2007, Qi County Domestic Security Division Leader Liu Hongtao and Shawo Township Police Station Director Li Xiangyang, broke into Mr. Zhang Mingtong's home, and arrested him while sleeping, without following any legal procedures. He was detained in the Qi County Detention Center, and was sentenced to 21 months of forced labor several days later. He was then taken to the Henan Province Forced Labor Camp in Xuchang City.

Mr. Zhang endured numerous hardships in the labor camp, such as brainwashing and sleep deprivation, and was brutally beaten and tortured by drug addicts and guards. He was forced to work overtime, which exceeded his physical ability, and he was starving. Mr. Zhang was tortured to the degree that he developed high blood pressure, his hands and feet were numb, and he could not take care of his personal needs. The Camp Administration still would not release him, but had to allow his family to pick him up in November 2007, as he could not speak, was paralyzed, and unconscious.

After returning home, he recovered a little bit. He could move his hands and feet, could study the Fa and do the exercises, and get out of bed to walk with a walking stick and use the toilet. The CCP would never let him rest, and harassed him many times before the Olympics were held in August 2008. They threatened him and would not allow him to practice Falun Dafa.

Once several officers stormed into his home and found him reading Zhuan Falun, and took the book away immediately. They threatened him, "If you dare to read that book, we will arrest you again." Mr. Zhang had just recovered a little bit, but his condition worsened under such harassment. He died on October 2, 2008.