A 68-year-old woman in Tangshan City, Hebei Province died hours after she was arrested in a police sweep of 36 local Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Below are more details about Ms. Han Yuqin’s death.
A group of officers from Duanminglu Police Station in Fengrun District broke into Ms. Han’s home around 5 a.m. on June 18, 2020. The officers brought Ms. Han to the police station, forced her to sit in a metal chair and asked her to fill out a form to renounce Falun Gong. She refused to comply.
When Ms. Han’s daughter went to the police station to visit her around 10 a.m., she was denied visitation. Around noon, Ms. Han’s husband went to the police station to deliver lunch to her. She didn’t have an appetite and couldn’t stop crying. Her husband also noticed that her legs had became swollen after sitting in the metal chair for hours.
Ms. Han went to the restroom around 4 p.m. The officers waited outside for a while. When she still didn’t come out, they went inside and found she had collapsed on the floor.
The police sent her to the Fengrun District Chinese Medicine Hospital, after the urgent care facility next door refused to accept her. She was pronounced dead shortly after.
Ms. Han’s family was informed of her death around 6 p.m. They saw her body at the hospital. Her hair was messy and she had blood in her nose.
Ms. Han’s family said she had always enjoyed good health since she began to practice Falun Gong in 1995. It’s not clear whether they had asked for an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.
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