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Wang Zhiguo, a Handicapped Man, Shocked by Electric Batons while Sitting in the Water  
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Mr. Wang Zhiguo, male, handicapped, resident of Jianping County, Liaoning Province. On January 26, 2002, police from the Hebei Police Station in Jianping County arrested Mr. Wang, and detained him at a detention center in Jianping County, because he practiced Falun Gong.


At the detention center, he was deprived of sleep twice for a total of eight days and nights. Since Mr. Wang was not able to stand or walk, police put him on the floor in a puddle of water, and shocked him with several electric batons for six hours. The strong electric current made Mr. Wang twist and spasm, and his whole body was covered with sweat. After the torture, his hands became badly swollen for several months and he became very weak and emaciated.


After a few months of detainment, Mr. Wang was sentenced to three years of forced labor. However, no labor camp would accept a disabled person like him, so the police wanted to extort 7000 Yuan[1] from his family and release him. Since his family was unable to pay the money, he was sentenced to seven years in jail. Mr. Wang is now detained in the No. 4 Dabei Prison in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. The persecution on Mr. Wang had great impact on his family. He has elderly parents, his wife who is mentally unstable, and two children who are students, used to depend on his income to survive. Without his income, they have become indigent.

[1] 500 Yuan is the average monthly income for an urban worker in China

type=Case, Torture; type=Case, Women; type=Prison, No. 4 Dabei Prison in Shenyang; location=Liaoning, Jianping; location=Liaoning, Shenyang

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