Two Elderly Practitioners from Henan Province and Hebei Province Passed Away Due to Repeated Persecution
Practitioner Mr. Yan Yong'an, 70 years old and a retired cadre from the Tobacco Department of Pingdingshan City in Henan Province, lived in Xinnan Village, Gaohuang Township of Weidong District. Because Mr. Yan steadfastly practiced Falun Dafa, after the persecution of Falun Dafa started on July 20, 1999, he frequently suffered from threats, harassment and illegal home searches perpetrated by the police from the Weidong District 610 Office and by the the Gaohuang Township Police Station.
In March 2001, someone reported his wife, also a practitioner, to the authorities while she was clarifying the truth. She was later arrested and taken to the Ye County Detention Center where she was tortured. Their home was ransacked, and the police extorted 3000 yuan from them. In October 2001, his wife was again reported to the police for telling people the truth. The couple was once more forced to pay extortion to the police. In August 2002, seven practitioners were having group practice in Mr. Yan's house. When they were reported to the police, the police ransacked their home and fined them. In April 2003, when Mr. Yan Yong'an was clarifying the truth in the city, he was reported to the police and had to pay them 2000 yuan. In the past six years, Mr. Yan, who is elderly, has been repeatedly harassed, threatened, fined, and had his home ransacked by CCP officials from the district, township and village and also by police officers that went to his house. The psychological torture he suffered cannot be put into words. He gradually developed illness symptoms. Sadly, Mr. Yan passed away on December 10, 2005.
Practitioner Ms. Jia Xiuying, 85 years old, lived in Chicheng County, Zhangjiakou City in Hebei Province. Ms. Jia learned Falun Dafa in 1995. After becoming a practitioner, she totally recovered from many illnesses, including emphysema. After the persecution of Falun Dafa started on July 20, 1999, the CCP officials put her practitioner-son through the so-called "double gauge." Her daughter-in-law was arrested four times. The police tapped their phone and repeatedly went to her home to harass them. When her daughter-in-law was arrested in 2001, Ms. Jia Xiuying became paralyzed. Her older son's wife was also held in the County Detention Center because she went to Beijing to appeal. Because both of her daughter-in-laws were arrested, the elderly Ms. Jia was both anxious and angry and she became paralyzed in the lower half of her body. Because Ms. Jia steadfastly practiced Falun Dafa, she recovered from this condition within several months.
In 2002, during the time of the CCP's 16th National People's Congress, the police arrested her daughter-in-law again at home. Ms. Jia Xiuying was again threatened. Several months later, she had the symptoms of a stroke. Ms. Jia was in pain for two years and eight months before she passed away on December 18, 2005.