Two Practitioners Die as a Result of Persecution in Hebei and Shandong Provinces
Ms. Chai Heping Dies in Hebei Province
Ms. Chai Heping, around 58, was an employee of the Handan City Power Company in Hebei Province. She went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong in October 1999 and was arrested by the Beijing police, picked up by her employer, and detained in the Handan City Second Detention Center. She was released after the police extorted money from her. She lost her job, and her husband had been retired early many years ago, so she was under significant financial pressure. She went to Beijing to appeal again in 2001, and she was arrested and detained in the Handan City Second Detention Center again. She was sentenced to one year of forced labor, which she served at the Shijiazhuang City Women's Labor Camp. When she was picked up by her family after one year, she had lost her eyesight and had an unclear consciousness. She used to be so intelligent, but she became mentally impaired from the torture. She died from falling out of a building in March 2008.
Mr. Ren Wensheng Dies in Shandong Province
Mr. Ren Wensheng used to be the Union Chairman of the Jian'an Company in Pingdu City, Shandong Province. Before he started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996, he used to be very ill, with severe high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. After practicing, all his sicknesses were gone. After the persecution began in 1999, he still firmly believed in Falun Dafa. In 2002, someone reported him to the police, and agents from the city's 610 Office constantly harassed him at his home. He was forced to leave home to avoid being arrested. His employer withheld his salary, leaving him without any living resources. He died of exhaustion on March 24, 2008.