(Minghui.org) A Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province resident was arrested on April 23, 2021 after being reported by a child’s grandfather for talking to the child about Falun Gong. The police ransacked Mr. Chen Yan's home twice. He is now held at the Shuangyashan City Detention Center.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

For upholding his faith, Mr. Chen, a 59-year-old former employee of the Shuangyashan Mining Bureau Second Construction Company, has served two labor camp terms and a prison term, for a total of nine years. 

He was first arrested on January 12, 2002 for going to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. He was taken back to Shuangyashan on January 29 and released on February 5.

Mr. Chen was arrested again in January 2003 and given three years at the Suihua Forced labor Camp in Heilongjiang Province. The guards ordered the inmates to beat him at night on a regular basis because he refused to give up Falun Gong. 

Shortly after he was released, Mr. Chen went to Beijing again to appeal for his faith. He was arrested at Tiananmen Square on December 22, 2006 and given 2.5 years of forced labor.

This time, he was taken to the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor in Liaoning Province. There, he was constantly hung up by his wrists, held in solitary confinement, had his four limbs tied up in a spread-eagle position, shocked with electric batons, had his legs forcibly pulled apart in a split, and force-fed.

Torture reenactment: tied up on a bed

Torture illustration: forced to do center split

Because Mr. Chen refused to cooperate in a new campaign aimed to force him to renounce his faith, on July 13, 2008 he was hung up by the wrists in a room designated to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. 

On October 4, 2008, the guards shocked him with four electric batons until the batteries ran out, as he refused to do the forced labor. One of his teeth was knocked out by the guards during the beating.

Not long after he was released, Mr. Chen was arrested one more time on November 4, 2010 and taken to the Wuchang Brainwashing Center in Wuchang City, about 340 miles from Shuangyashan.

Mr. Chen was arrested again on September 14, 2016 for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. He was held at the Hongxinglong Detention Center and sentenced to 3.5 years by the Hongxinglong Court on January 13, 2017.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution