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Practitioner Dies of Police Abuse: Mr. Wang Defeng from Heilongjiang Province

Jan. 25, 2004


Mr. Wang Defeng, 37 years old, was a resident of Houxiawazi, Handian Town, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province. He used to suffer from tuberculosis and had severe problems with his lungs. In 1996, he started to practice Falun Gong. All of his illnesses went away shortly afterwards.

After Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Gong in July 1999, Wang went to Beijing many times to appeal. He also wrote letters to provincial and central government officials, telling them about the benefits Falun Gong had brought him. In 2000, Wang went to Beijing to appeal and was arrested. He was taken back to Shuangcheng Detention Center, where he was jailed for several months. The police did not release him until they extorted over 2,000 Yuan from his family (the average monthly income of a Chinese worker is 500 Yuan).

On a summer night in 2001, police from Handian Police Station and the "610 Office"* broke into Wang's home and took him away while he was sleeping, not even allowing him to put on his coat. Wang was jailed and tortured in the Shuangcheng City Detention Center. He was not released until he was near death. Mr. Wang passed away on June 30, 2002.

When called, a policeman from Handian Police Station said that Wang Defeng died of tuberculosis around July of the previous year. The police station's phone number is 86-451-53230407.

*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 or judicial systems.