Mr. Cao Yang was born in November 1971. He was a Falun Gong practitioner from Nanchuan, Chongqing City and he used to be the director of the Dongsheng Power Plant. Around 6 o'clock in the morning on October 12, 2000, the Nanchuan City Police Department abducted him because he had printed Falun Gong flyers.
Because Cao Yang refused to renounce Falun Dafa, the Nanchuan City Court sentenced him to three years in prison in February 2001. On April 16, 2001, he was sent to the Dianjiang Forced Labor Camp where he was detained in a "strictly monitored team," specifically set up to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Later, he was transferred to Team No. 1. Then, on June 17, 2001, he was sent back to the strictly monitored team. On August 26, 2001, he was found dead in the washroom. The labor camp authorities did not inform his family of his death until two days later.
The labor camp authorities claimed that Cao's death was a suicide and his family refused to sign the death certificate. Several days later, the authorities visited his family, along with local police officers, to force them to sign the death certificate. They threatened to have every one in the family fired from their jobs if they did not cooperate. Under this tremendous pressure, Cao's family signed the document.
According to sources within the labor camp, Cao Yang had suffered numerous tortures. However, his faith in Falun Dafa remained firm, and he shouted out, "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance is good" at a meeting that had been organized to slander Falun Gong. When it became clear that the labor camp authorities intended to kill him, he bit his finger and wrote on the wall with his blood "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance is good."