Four Falun Gong Practitioners from Jiamusi, Anshan and Leshan Cities Pass Away after Being Tortured

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Constantly Harassed, Zhang Xueyi Passed Away in His Seventies


Mr. Zhang Xueyi

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Xueyi was the Deputy Director of Jiamusi City Commerce Bureau. He started to practise Falun Gong in 1996. On April 9th, 2002, Zhang Xueyi was arrested at home by the policemen from Xinli Police Station and sent to a detention centre. He was released after being detained for half a month when a family member bailed him out. After that, Zhang Xueyi was constantly harassed by the district director and policemen from Xinli Police Station. Therefore, his mental condition gradually deteriorated.

In October 2008, many policemen from Xinli Police Station went to Zhang Xueyi's home to harass him. Due to all the stress and fear, he became sick. On November 6th, he was sent to a hospital for treatment. After coming back from the hospital, he became absent-minded. In January 2009, Zhang Xueyi was sent to the hospital again because he could not speak and half of his body had no feeling.

In the middle of February 2009, some policemen went to Zhang Xueyi's home to harass him again using the excuse of obtaining his picture. The harassment caused Zhang Xueyi's wife to have a sudden stroke. She was sent to the hospital on February 25th and stayed in the same room as Zhang Xueyi. Their son, daughter-in-law and niece spent all their time taking care of the old couple. Around lunch time on March 28th, Zhang Xueyi passed away at 70 years old.

Falun Gong Practitioner Zhang Guanghong from Anshan City, Liaoning Province Passed Away

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Guanghong was 47 years old and lived in Anshan City, Liaoning Province. He was a driver for the Electric Power Industry Bureau of Lishan District, Anshan City. He started to practise Falun Gong in 1996. In August 2001, he was jailed in Yuemingshan Forced Labour Camp. Right after his arrival, he was seriously beaten by the chief of the Education Section, Zhang Yongli, and a guard with the surname of Wang.

In 2003, Zhang Guanghong was sentenced to 4 years in jail. On the first day in Yingkou Prison, he was tied up on a tiger bench1 and beaten with electric batons, such that blisters developed all over his body. After that, he became ill with pulmonary tuberculosis and diabetes.

After being released in 2007, Zhang Guanghong's health condition constantly deteriorated. In April 2009, he passed away.

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Hongpeng from Anshan City was a technician for the Education Maintenance Team of Tiedong District. After appealing for Falun Gong in Beijing City in 2001, he was sentenced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to 2 years in a forced labour camp. He was tortured physically and mentally. In 2008, he passed away from a stroke at 55 years old.

Li Yuanrong Persecuted in Wumaping Prison of Leshan City, Passes Away

In early 2006, 11 Falun Gong practitioners from Chongqing City and Yibin City of Sichuan Province and Yunnan Province were arrested while they were practising Falun Gong together in Louba Town, Yibin County. Five of them were entenced after being detained in Yibin County Detention Centre for 9 months. Li Yuanrong was sentenced to five years in prison. On March 9th, they were transferred to Wumaping Prison of Leshan City, Sichuan Province for further persecution.

In Wumaping Prison, these old Falun Gong practitioners were forced to stand or sit cross-legged for a long time. They stayed outside every day and were not allowed to sit on a chair. The weather is constantly changing at Wumaping Mountain. Therefore, they were seriously abused physically. Guard Gao Hu interrogated and harassed each Falun Gong practitioner, such that Li Yuanrong's blood pressure elevated and his health condition deteriorated rapidly. In order to obtain their signatures, Gao Hu told them that they could sit on a chair if they signed guarantee letters to renounce Falun Gong.

Under the long-term harassment, Li Yuanrong collapsed in July 2007. He passed away after several days.

Note

1. "Tiger Bench": Prisoners are forced to sit on a small iron bench that is approximately 20 cm (6 inches) tall with their knees tied together. With their hands tied behind their backs or sometimes placed on their knees, they are forced to sit straight up and look straight ahead without movement for long periods of time.

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