Practitioner, Liu Xu-guo, Was
Persecuted to Death
Mr. Liu Xu-guo, 29, with a bachelor
degree, was a technician in Zhoucheng Chemical Fertilizer Plant in Shandong
Province. Liu went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in last October
and was removed from his post after he came back from Beijing. Later, he
was detained in the Zhoucheng detention center and suffered maltreatments
both mentally and physically. He had been detained there beyond the legal
time limit. Before the Chinese New Year, he and another two practitioners
were transferred to Ji-ning City detention center and given a sentence
of three years of forced labor "education". Liu Xu-guo and other practitioners
started hunger strike. During their hunger strike, the authorities still
forced them to do hard labor such as carrying sand bags. A practitioner
lost consciousness on the fourth day of hunger strike and later the authorities
sent him to the hospital affiliated with the Ji-ning medical school to
receive forced-feed. After 6 days of hunger strike, Mr. Liu was also force-fed.
In the process of force-feeding, Liu's respiratory tract was injured, which
made his lung getting severely infected. On February 11, 2000, he died
in that hospital. The authorities had tried to cover his death.
In addition, more and more practitioners
from Ji-ning City are going to Beijing to appeal. About 60 practitioners
are being detained because of exercising their constitutional right of
appeal. Some of them might be sentenced.
The Ji-ning police are intensely interrogating
practitioners to find out who posted a practitioner's sufferings in the
Ji-ning mental hospital on Minghui Net.