Three Practitioners Die As a Result of Persecution

Farmer Gong Zhaotao Dies in Wangcun Forced Labour Camp

Mr. Gong Zhaotao, in his 50s, was a farmer who lived in Chahe Village, Shuidao Town, Yantai City, Shandong Province. He was arrested in October 2007 while distributing leaflets exposing the persecution and telling people the facts about Falun Gong and was sentenced to one year of forced labour. He was held in the notorious Wangcun Forced Labour Camp. At the end of March 2008, camp officials notified his family that he had died. The details are yet to be investigated.

The camp officials are trying to cover up the crime, telling people that Mr. Gong died of a heart attack. His body has not been cremated, and only his 18-year-old son and mentally ill wife are allowed to see his body.

Ms. Miao Xiaolu Dies in Heilongjiang Province

Ms. Miao Xiaolu lived in Angangxi District, Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province. She was arrested on December 28th, 2001, and sentenced to five years in prison. She was held in Harbin City Women's Prison beginning on August 16th, 2002. Prison life damaged her mind and body, she was bailed out on a medical parole in November 2006. She died on March 11th, 2008.

Ms. Yang Xianfeng Dies under Persecution

Ms. Yang Xianfeng 53, lived in Shashi District, Jinzhou City, Hubei Province. She was arrested again by 610 Office1 agents around February 20th, 2008, and sent to the Tangxunhu Brainwashing Centre in Wuhan City for 40 days. The severe mental trauma caused her old injuries recur. She died at 7 a.m. on April 3rd, 2008.

Ms. Yang began cultivating Falun Gong in 1997. She went to Beijing to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong, was detained, and had money extorted from her. She was arrested the second time in 2001 while distributing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution. Police officers Liu Juhua (male), Li Zhenggang (male), Guo Minwen (male), Xu Zhonglin, and others beat her brutally in an underground carpark, severely injuring her mentally and physically. She was sentenced to four years in prison after being detained for 10 months. In 2006, after enduring repeated torture, she was released from prison.


1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

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