(Minghui.org) A 67-year-old man in Xining City, Qinghai Province serving five years for practicing Falun Gong has been subjected to physical abuse, intensive brainwashing, and forced labor.

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

Mr. Cao Shengxiang, the former director of the Logistics Department of Xining Jiaotong Hospital, was arrested at home on June 29, 2020. His Falun Gong books were confiscated. 

Due to his health condition, he remained bedridden for over a year at the detention center. The authorities later secretly sentenced him to five years.

Mr. Cao was taken to the Menyuan Prison where the guards put him under strict management. He was denied family visitation and barred from writing or calling his loved ones. The guards barely gave him enough food and they didn’t allow him to buy extra food either.

In addition to the strict management and poor living conditions, Mr. Cao was forced to do unpaid labor. The authorities played audio programs slandering Falun Gong through a loudspeaker every day and sometimes held the practitioners in solitary confinement, causing tremendous mental pressure to those who refused to renounce Falun Gong. 

Prior to his latest sentencing, Mr. Cao was given three years of forced labor in the early years of the persecution and sentenced to five years in 2013.

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