Hebei Man in Serious Condition One Week After His Arrest for Practicing Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) A Huailai County, Hebei Province resident was in serious condition one week after he was arrested for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Ding Yuming, Ms. He Yurong, and Ms. Ren were walking on the street on July 14, 2020, when they were suddenly arrested and sent straight to a brainwashing center. While Ms. He and Ms. Ren were released shortly after, Mr. Ding remained in custody.
The brainwashing center staff body-searched Mr. Ding and confiscated his 100 yuan in cash, keys, and cellphone. They didn’t provide him with bedding for five days, starved him, and also forbade him from taking showers. When he refused to watch propaganda videos demonizing Falun Gong, the brainwashing center staff beat him and hit his head and body with their shoes.
Mr. Ding was sent to solitary confinement for shouting “Falun Dafa is good” when the brainwashing center’s director came for a visit. The staff there threatened to kill him if he "caused more trouble for them." His daughter wasn’t allowed to visit him.
After repeated abuse, Mr. Ding became seriously ill and was hospitalized on July 22. It’s not clear where he is being detained at the time of writing.
Prior to his latest arrest, Mr. Ding was sentenced to seven years in 2003 and released on medical parole in 2008 after he developed a heart condition and high blood pressure. He was arrested again in 2017 and given four more years while working in Beijing. The authorities allowed him to serve time outside of prison due to his physical condition.