Falun Gong Practitioners Mr. Zhang Honghuai and Ms. Zhou Liru Pass Away as a Result of the Persecution
(Clearwisdom.net) 64-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Honghuai from Jiutai City, Jilin Province started practicing Falun Gong in 1997, which cured his illnesses. In December 2000, he went to Beijing to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong, but was illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor and incarcerated in Jilin Province's Jiutai Forced Labor Camp. During the period of his incarceration, Mr. Zhang suffered from liver illness as a result of the abuse he endured. Later he was released for medical treatment. After he returned home, he again took up studying the Falun Gong teachings and practicing the Falun Gong exercises, and his liver ailment was cured.
As Zhang Honghuai refused to give up his practice, he was illegally detained for 15 days in 2002 and later sentenced to forced labor for two years. He was tortured, which resulted in the relapse of his liver disease. He was released on medical parole on September 25, 2002, but the local authorities still often went to his home to harass him. Suffering from both serious mental and physical trauma, he died on November 28, 2004.
Ms. Zhou Liru, 50 years old, was the deputy manager for the Xiushui Resort, the Zhalantun City Energy Supply Bureau in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. She went to Beijing to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong in January 2001. In March 2001 she was sent to a brainwashing class. As she refused to give up her Falun Gong practice, the authorities sentenced her to forced labor of two years. She was severely tortured and suffered from serious mental and physical trauma. She began to suffer from an array of illnesses and died in October 2004.
February 5, 2005