(Minghui.org) A Yanchi County, Ningxia Province resident was arrested on June 18, 2020 for practicing Falun Gong. It has been recently confirmed by Minghui.org that Mr. Gao Bing was secretly sentenced to Shizuishan Prison. The length of his term isn’t yet known. 

This is the third time that Mr. Gao, 41, has been sentenced to prison for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. In addition to the prison terms, he has also served two years in a labor camp and was held in a brainwashing center for four months.

Mr. Gao suffered depression in his teen years after his parents divorced. After reading Falun Gong books in 1996, he found hope again. Both his health and academic performance improved in a short time. He was later admitted to the Shaanxi Institute of Mechanical Engineering. In his spare time, Mr. Gao joined other practitioners in doing the Falun Gong exercises in the park. He said that was the happiest time in his life. 

With the onset of the persecution three years later, Mr. Gao’s college spread propaganda against Falun Gong. He told his classmates how he had benefited from Falun Gong and did the exercises on campus, hoping to help more people learn the facts about Falun Gong. 

In retaliation, the school leadership ordered him to stop practicing. As he refused to betray his belief, they summoned his father to the school and had him try to persuade Mr. Gao. When Mr. Gao remained unmoved no matter how his father scolded or beat him, his father threatened to disown him. The school later expelled Mr. Gao and he returned to his hometown in Yanchi.

On April 25, 2005, Mr. Gao was reported for putting up Falun Gong posters outside the Yanchi County Party School. He was later sentenced to three years in Guanmahu Prison in Wuzhong City, where he endured constant beatings and verbal abuse. 

When his term expired in April 2008, agents from the Ningxia 610 Office directly took Mr. Gao to the Yinchuan City Brainwashing Center and held him there until August 2008.

Mr. Gao later went to Beijing to work. He was arrested on May 24, 2011 and given two years of forced labor. He was subjected to electric shocks and beatings while serving time at the Inner Mongolia Forced Labor Camp, in addition to the forced labor of cutting rolls of toilet paper. During an accident in June 2013, his left middle finger was cut off by the machine and he required 38 stitches. He was released on November 12, 2013, shortly after the forced labor system was dismantled in China. 

Mr. Gao was secretly arrested again in late 2015 and later sentenced to three years in prison. He first served time at the Yinchuan Prison before being transferred to Shizuishan Prison on May 3, 2017. The guards kept him in solitary confinement and forced him to wear a straitjacket, as he refused to renounce Falun Gong. He was released around June 2018.

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