Chinese Name: 李发明
City: Longxi County
Date of Death: 2000-08-10
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Li Faming, male, 52, was formerly from Longxi County, Gansu Province. He was a worker in the North West Aluminum Processing Factory (State Operated Factory 113), a communist party member, and an ex-soldier. He started practicing Falun Gong in May
On February 12, 2000, the police illegally entered and searched his home, confiscated his color TV and detained him for 31 days. According to his own account, he was beaten when the police ransacked his home.
At around 4:40 pm on August 10, 2000, three police officers took Li Faming home from his job. At 5:30 pm, he fell from his own apartment on the forth floor. He died fifteen minutes after arriving at a hospital. When he fell from the building, all three police officers were present at the scene. At the time, someone from outside his apartment overheard the three police officers yelling loudly and abusively at Li Faming. In reply, Li Faming spoke only one sentence: "I am a Falun Gong practitioner." These were his last words.
The exact circumstances of his death cannot be verified, but the three police officers present at the scene clearly knew what really happened.
According to an insider, the police suspected that Li Faming was connected to the distribution of Falun Gong materials.
After the death of Li Faming, the officials from his factory and the police department held an emergency meeting. They mad a strong statement that his death was due to "committing suicide to escape punishment." They forbade Falun Gong practitioners to hold any memorial service. Within 24 hours, his body was secretly cremated.
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