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Status: Tortured to death
City: Tonghua, Jilin province
Former Workplace: Last known occupation was as a vendor at Tonghua’s Hongyuan Market.
Date of Most Recent Arrest: February 13, 2008
Date of Death: February 29, 2008
Last Place Detained: Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp, Changchun city
Known Acquaintances Overseas: None
On the afternoon of February 13, 2008, Wang Guiming was selling baked sweet potatoes at Hongyuan Market. He was simultaneously telling his customers about the persecution Falun Gong adherents have been facing. At 2 p.m., policeman Zhang Xiaoxu from the Xinzhan Police Station arrested him. Mr. Wang was interrogated for seven hours. Several officers ransacked his home at 4 p.m., and at 9:20 p.m. police took him to the Dongchang District Police Department, completed his paper work, and sent him to the Changliu Detention Center. On February 17, 2008, Mr. Wang was taken to Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp and imprisoned in the Xinsheng (brainwashing) Ward. According to sources, Mr. Wang went on a hunger strike to protest, and as a result was force-fed and shocked with electric batons. He died on February 29, 2008, 16 days after his arrest. Some sources have named camp doctor Jiang Hongjie as having been a key instigator in his torture.
On March 3, 2008, the camp administrators allowed Mr. Wang’s family to see his body. Their questions about his visible wounds were not answered. The family asked to take his body home and offered to pay 1800 yuan ($260 USD) to the hospital, but were refused.
Wang Guiming had previously been arrested in 2002 by Domestic Security agents of the Dongchang District Police Department. He was sentenced to five years in prison and served in his term in Jilin Province Prison and Siping City Prison. In Jilin, Mr. Wang was once beaten continuously for eight days until he was almost unrecognizable and in critical condition. On February 23, 2004, he was transferred to Siping City Prison and detained in the Eleventh Ward. Mr. Wang went on a hunger strike to protest being regularly shocked with electric batons and otherwise tortured. Guards force-fed him for nearly a month in the prison hospital.