Killed On The Street For Posting Flyers

Practitioner Killed for Posting Flyers

In the early morning hours of December 8, 2001, Mr. He Xingzong, 55, a resident of Macheng City, Hubei Province, left his home to post flyers on wire poles in the surrounding area. The flyers exposed human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners. According to sources inside China familiar with this case, Mr. He was noticed by policemen from the Songbu Police Substation who then assaulted and killed him. After choking Mr. He to death, the police took his body to a local hospital where an official report pronounced an "accidental death" with "no visible wounds." When Mr. He's family went to identify the body, however, they observed two deep handprints on his neck, severe injuries to the back of his head, and that his testicles had been crushed.

In a telephone interview with a reporter, a police officer from Macheng City claimed, "He Xingzong died from posting flyers." When questioned how a man could die from "posting flyers," he began yelling, at which time his words became unintelligible. He then hung up the phone. Further attempts to contact the police station were not successful.

Posting Date: 1/10/2002

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