Mr. Liu Yupu was a retired teacher of the Zhongxin Company Technical School in Luoyang City, Henan Province. He developed a liver disease (cirrhosis) in 1988, and his condition worsened in 1993. Over the next several years, he suffered greatly from excess fluid in his liver. Unable to find a cure for him, the doctors asked him to simply go home and rest, and also advised his family to prepare for his funeral. In 1996, while he was on the verge of death, he was fortunate enough to come across Falun Dafa and started cultivation practice. He diligently studied the Fa and practiced the exercises, and followed the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" in his life. In less than one year, he was freed from his illnesses. He had a rosy complexion and he was energetic again. An over 60-year-old man, he could carry a 45-pound flour bag and go up to the fourth floor without any difficulty. He often told others, "I am only alive today because of Master Li's compassionate salvation."
On July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime started the persecution of Falun Gong. In March 2000, Liu Yupu brought his medical history and a letter to Beijing to appeal, because he trusted the government. He wanted to use his own experience to tell the government the facts of Falun Gong. However, he was arrested and put in administrative detention for 15 days. Then he was forced to go through a 20-day brainwashing class. Since then he was listed as a key target by the Luoyang City authorities. They sent people to monitor him around his home, and tail him wherever he went. His once peaceful life was thus gone.
In November 2000, he went to his hometown to visit his mother who was terminally ill. The police even chased him to his hometown. Because they couldn't contact him, they instructed the security section chief in his work unit to keep calling him and ask him to return. He had no choice but to return. However, as soon as he got home, the police came to arrest him. The excuse the police used was that someone reported him to the police, saying he did not really go to his hometown but rather distributed truth-clarification fliers in neighboring counties. After a six hour standoff, he was taken away by police and sent to Jianxi Detention Center. The police also ransacked his home. On the sixth day of his arrest, the police told him they knew he did not pass out fliers, and then they asked his work unit to hold a 20-day brainwashing session for him.
On November 27, 2003, his work unit deceived him into coming to his office and then forcibly sent him to a brainwashing class, where he lost his personal freedom. Two people were assigned to watch each practitioner. Practitioners were not allowed to communicate with each other. Every day they were forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong. The staff there knew that he used to suffer from a liver disease and should not eat spicy food, but they intentionally sent him to a nearby restaurant to have meals every day. During the 40 days while he was there, he had to eat spicy vegetables, spicy soup, and spicy rice every day, causing tremendous damage to his body. At 11:00 p.m. on April 2, 2004, he died as a result of persecution.