Mr. Xu Huatang, 72 years old, was from Yongxing County, Hunan Province. Xu was the director of the County Agricultural Bureau. In 1994, after he retired, he began to practice Falun Gong. After Jiang's regime began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, the county 610 Office, the police department, the Chengguan town Agricultural Bureau, and the local police station harassed him frequently and forced him to pay a 1,060 yuan fine. They demanded that he renounce Falun Gong, took money from his retirement pension, and forced him to report to the County Agricultural Bureau and Police Station frequently. Mr. Xu was monitored and harassed for a long period of time and, as a result, died on March 4, 2004.