Man Dies during Police Raid, Family Pressured to Waive Legal Actions

A 38-year-old man from Nanyang City fell to his death during a police raid last December, and his family has been pressured to waive their rights to pursue legal action against the arresting officers.

Mr. Wang Xiao and three other friends were visiting friends when the police closed in on them. The police had received a tip that the six residents were gathering to read Falun Gong books. Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

According to witnesses, several dozen police officers rushed into the apartment building around 10 a.m. on December 5th. The next thing they saw was a person falling from a sixth-floor window. Before they could take a look, several plainclothes officers wrapped up the body and stuffed it into a police van.

Mr. Wang was an employee at Nanyang City Explosion Prevention Group. He is survived by his young son, his wife, and elderly parents.

The authorities gave the family 60,000 yuan (£7,000) as compensation and insisted on having his body cremated. They also threatened the family to keep their mouths shut.

The couple whose apartment the study group was held in, Mr. Yao Guofu and Ms. Liang Xin, are still in detention at the time of writing. Their daughter, who lives in the U.S., has been calling for their release.

The three other friends who visited the couple that day are Chen Yujing, Wang Xiuyun, and Li Chengshu. While the latter two have been released, Ms. Chen remains detained.

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