Ms. Guo Shuyan, a 38-year-old resident of Jidongyu Manchu Autonomous Town in Liaoyang County, Liaoning Province, went to Beijing on December 17, 2001. According to a police officer in Jidongyu Town, Ms. Guo unfurled a banner on Tiananmen Square that read "Falun Dafa is good" and held it high above her head. She was immediately arrested. Police from her local town escorted her back from Beijing, and then sent her to the Liaoning Detention Centre, the police officer said.
While at the detention centre, she was sentenced without trial to three years at the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. To protest her illegal arrest and mistreatment, Ms. Guo conducted a hunger strike. Sources in China say her condition worsened by the time authorities brought her to Masanjia. Therefore, out of concern that Ms. Guo might die in the camp, the hospital director at the camp refused to accept her. She was released on December 20 at 2 p.m.
Ms. Guo's condition continued to deteriorate after her release as she began to vomit food, and later blood. She passed away on December 31, 2001. Ms. Guo is survived by her 17-year old son and husband, who works as a farmer and also practices Falun Gong.
A police officer from Jidongyu Town indicated that Ms. Guo's family had made inquiries about her death, but added there was little his police station could do. "We told them that the state [central government in Beijing] defined how to handle the Falun Gong issue," he said, "what could we do?"
Posting Date: 1/10/2002
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