Mr. Li Hongwei, a Falun Dafa spiritual discipline practitioner who lived in Liaoning Province, China, died on June 8, 2021, three and a half years after being released from prison. He was just 58 years old.
The website Minghui, which is dedicated to documenting first-hand information about the abuses suffered by Falun Dafa practitioners, compiled the details of Mr. Hongwei’s persecution, and the details of his ordeal are heartbreaking.
Falun Dafa, a discipline of the Buddha School, based on the principles of Truth-Benevolence-Tolerance, is a series of gentle exercises and meditation to improve the body and mind.
It spread in China during the rise of qigong practices such as Taichi but became prominent because, in addition to the exercises, Falun Dafa asks its practitioners to elevate their moral character and emphasize being good people in society. Within a few years, it reached 100 million adherents.
The number of practitioners surpassed the number of members of the Chinese Communist Party, and so the regime decided to ban it and persecute its followers in 1999, with practitioners renouncing their faith as the target of persecution.
Mr. Hongwei’s miraculous health effects
Mr. Li, a former employee of the Real Estate Bureau of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, began practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. Severe diabetes and fatty liver from which he suffered from soon disappeared without any medical treatment. As a result, Mr. Hongwei adopted the discipline for the rest of his life.
Two arrests, forced labor and extreme torture
Mr. Li was arrested in October 2006 by police officers from the Shandongmiao police station and sentenced to one year of hard labor in the Shenxin camp. During that time, he was also taken to Zhangshi Brainwashing Center and ordered to renounce Falun Dafa.
Mr. Li was arrested again on June 26, 2016, while pasting posters with information about Falun Dafa. Officers from Wusan Police Station stripped him down to his underwear and put him in a small metal cage at around 6:00 pm.
Zhou Xu, deputy chief of the police station, tied Mr. Li’s ankles to a metal chair, taped his torso to the back of the chair, and covered his nose and mouth with tape making it difficult for him to breathe. He was not allowed to go to the restroom from 8:00 p.m. until after 11:00 p.m.
Mr. Li started a hunger strike to protest the mistreatment. The staff took him to Hunnan Central Hospital and force-fed him. Guard Yu Shenqiao sat on his shackles and slapped him in the face. Wang Shiqiang, the deputy captain, shouted at him, “Don’t you eat? Now we are adding salt to the milk to see whether you drink it or not.”
The guards restrained him before inserting a probe through his nose into his stomach. The inside of his nose and esophagus were badly irritated. He left a trail of bloodstains when he was dragged to his cell. Sometimes he would vomit blood all over the cell afterwards.
Repeated force-feeding made Mr. Li’s nose and throat severely inflamed, and it became impossible to force-feed him. The guards had to take him back to the hospital, where he was handcuffed and shackled. The captain continued to stomp on his face and chest despite his condition. They threatened to beat him to death if he shouted “Falun Dafa is good” in protest.
During Mr. Li’s 53-day hunger strike, there were 29 consecutive days when he was force-fed heavily salted milk. The salt caused him to become severely constipated. As a result, his abdomen was hard to the touch and painful, and he could not evacuate normally.
Mr. Li was taken to Benxi Prison on October 10, 2016. He was assigned to the eighth ward and ordered to perform unpaid work from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
With extreme torture, health problems returned
In prison, his health began to deteriorate severely due to the constant torture.
His severe diabetes returned, he began to lose his eyesight and feel very dizzy and with chest pain.
Because he was fragile, he was unable to perform the forced labor assigned to him, and as a result, the guards gave him beatings every day.
Finally, they realized that he could not breathe, that he could not stand up on his own so they took him to the hospital.
At the hospital they tested him and he had extremely high blood pressure: the results showed that his fasting blood glucose level was up to 20 mmol/L, while the normal range is 3.9 ~ 7.1 mmol/L.
On December 27, 2017, Mr. Li was placed on medical probation. His health continued to deteriorate, and he passed away three and a half years later, on June 8, 2021
Death toll from persecution reaches genocide proportions
Mr. Li Hongwei’s death is the 4,641st victim that Minghui.org managed to document, although the actual number is estimated to be exponentially higher due to the CCP’s strict censorship of the Internet.
Under the vague excuse that practitioners ‘use a sectarian organization to undermine law enforcement,’ hundreds of thousands of innocent practitioners are sent to prison, where they suffer similar fates to Mr. Hongwei.
Sometimes for simple acts such as sending a link or cell phone text message containing information about the discipline and persecution they suffer, practitioners are sentenced to prison.
To achieve this, there is complicity between police, judges and authorities in prisons, brainwashing centers and concentration camps who violate all the legal procedures that exist in China to convict practitioners for their faith.
Despite the seriousness behind the persecution of Falun Dafa, the Western media has failed to play its role in informing the international community about the abuses of the Chinese Communist regime because of its business interests with the Asian giant.
An extensive investigation by Breitbart journalist Alex Marlow recently exposed that many major media corporations are funded by the CCP and are therefore reluctant to publicly denounce the Chinese government.