Details Surrounding the Persecution Death of Tan Pingyun from Weifang City

During the morning of November 8th, 2005, more than twenty personnel from the 610 Office1 in Weifang City barged into the residence of Tan Pingyun. They ransacked her house and confiscated her belongings. Tan Pingyun was arrested and taken to the "610 Office" brainwashing centre.

On December 6th, 2005, without informing her family members, the authorities sent Tan Pingyun to Division One at the Wangcun Forced Labour Camp.

In the afternoon on May 18th, 2006, her family members received a phone call from Wangcun Labour Camp, informing them that Tan Pingyun was in critical condition and asked them to rush over. When her family members got to the camp, they could not detect Tan's blood pressure. Her heartbeat was extremely weak. At 7 p.m. that night, her heart stopped beating. The vicious police told her family members, "Tan Pingyun drank detergent when she was cleaning the toilet earlier that morning. The two persons who were cleaning the toilet with her reported this to the team leader and sent her to the Wangcun hospital thereafter. She was later transferred to the 148 hospital in Zhouchun City at 9 a.m."

The next morning, Wangcun Labour Camp agents and those from the police department wanted to talk to the family members and urged them to immediately cremate Tan Pingyun's body. The family members did not agree and suspected foul play with regard to the cause of death. They said, "At home, she was a healthy and cheerful person. One month ago we saw that she was still in good spirits. Now she has suddenly died. We find that hard to accept." The family wanted to take her body back to the hospital to investigate the cause of death. Her other family members and friends also wanted to see her for the last time. The forced labour camp officials were adamant about not letting them take the deceased body away and demanded that the body be immediately cremated. They also said that if the family members wanted to investigate the cause of death, they had to go to a hospital selected by the forced labour camp.

Under such threats and intimidation, the family members gave in to the pressure to allow an immediate cremation. On the morning of May 20th, the labour camp officials gave the family members three thousand yuan2 as compensation. That is how the officials tried to cover up Tan Pingyun’s death as quickly as possible. During the cremation, personnel from the police department, the "610 Office," the forced labour camp and the Fenghuang Paper Factory, Ms. Tan’s former employer, were present. They appeared very anxious to see the process come to completion.

Tan Pingyun was arrested and taken to the brainwashing centre, and then sent for forced labour. She suddenly died in the Wangcun Forced Labour Camp. The officials there should give a clear explanation for the cause of death and evidence to back up the claim. After an investigation, all those found guilty of contributing the Ms. Tan’s untimely death must be held responsible.

Note

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.

2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.


Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/6/7/129833.html

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