16 Falun Dafa Practitioners from Various Provinces Passed Away Under Persecution
Practitioner Mr. Liu Jinguo, 39, from Shuangyang District, Changchun City, Jilin Province, was once a volunteer Falun Dafa assistant. In March 2000, he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. On the evening of May 6, 2001, he was arrested by several policemen when he was clarifying the truth about Dafa to people. He was brutally beaten and was later sentenced to two years of forced labor. He was sent to the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City. At the labor camp, he developed severe scabies and was once near-death. When he was released in July 2003, he could hardly walk. He rested at home for only one month and then started to clarify the truth of Falun Gong to people again. In early 2004, a storage place for truth-clarifying materials was destroyed by the government, and his name was disclosed. He was forced to become homeless to avoid persecution. After a long period of isolation and emotional pressure, his physical condition worsened. He passed away on May 12, 2005.
Practitioner Li Li, 44, was from Chengbeiguan District, Laiyang City, Shangdong Province. In 2001, she was illegally taken to a mental hospital by the local police and 610 Office. She was brutally tortured and released only after the local authorities extorted money from her. Due to the severe physical and mental abuse she endured, she had edema and ulcerations all over her body. Shortly afterwards, on December 9, 2001, she passed away.
Practitioner Ms. Zhang Fengmei, 34, was from Beijing. In October 2001, while she was distributing truth clarifying materials, she was reported to the police. The police illegally searched her home and arrested her. She was sentenced to two years in prison.. Four months after her detention, her kidney disease recurred, and she died in July 2002.
Practitioner Mr. Wang Qinglin was 59 years old. He lived in room 403, Building No. 8-4, United Dormitory, in Yanxixiaoqu, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. He used to work at the local machine bearing plant. He started to practice Falun Dafa in 1994. On April 25, 1999, he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong with fellow practitioners. After the persecution started in July 1999, on November 29, he went to Beijing again to appeal for Falun Gong. He was illegally detained for half a month. Subsequently he suffered from constant abuse. In March 2000, his wife, Ms. Li Gaizhen, was sentenced to three years of forced labor for practicing Falun Gong. The local police, neighborhood committee, and members from his work unit continuously harassed him. He died on April 16, 2001.
Practitioner Ms. Du Genhua, 52 years old, used to reside in room 201, Building 52-4, United Dormitory, in Yanxixiaoqu, Changan District, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. A former worker at Sanjiu Beer, Ltd. in Shijiazhuang City, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa on April 25, 1999. In January 2000, she was illegally detained for practicing Falun Gong outdoors. In August 2000, she held up a banner in Tiananmen Square to appeal for Dafa. Her company cancelled her work contract. Subsequently, Ms. Du Genhua was illegally detained and her home was ransacked many times. Her husband was sent to a forced labor camp for practicing Falun Gong. Due to constant harassment by the local authorities, she could not study Dafa and practice the exercises regularly. In October 2001, she passed away.
Practitioner Ms. Zhang Zie, 49, used to reside in the Zhuangkexiaoqu Area of Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. She started to practice Falun Dafa in 1997 and experienced significant benefits, both physically and mentally. On October 17, 1999, she went to Beijing with seven other practitioners to appeal for Dafa. They were arrested in Tiananmen Square. Early on the morning of October 19, they were sent to the North Shengli Street Police Station. Policeman Zheng Qihong ordered members of the United Security Team to tie the eight practitioners to poles and trees and threaten them with whips and electric batons. During that period, practitioners were not allowed to eat, sleep or use the restroom. Under the brutal persecution, Zhang Zie passed away in March 2002.
Practitioner Ms. Song Yufang, 51, was a retired worker of the wool mill in Jilin City, Jilin Province. She started to practice Falun Gong in 1996. Before learning Dafa, she suffered from various diseases; all of them disappeared after learning. In 2001, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong and was detained for 15 days. Subsequently, she was subjected to constant threats from the local police and neighborhood committees. The tremendous pressure, in addition to lacking a stable environment for studying Dafa and practicing the exercises regularly, hurt her deeply. She developed serious diseases and passed away in February 2002.
Practitioner Ms. Song Yuzhen, 55, was a retired worker of the wool mill in Jilin City, Jilin Province. Before she practiced Falun Gong, she was in poor health. In 1996, she started to practice Falun Gong and gradually regained her health. After the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, she was under a lot of pressure and suffered a lot both physically and mentally. Her younger sister, Ms. Song Yufang, died under the persecution, and this affected Ms. Song Yuzhen deeply. In January 2003, she also passed away.
Practitioner Ms. Yang Jianping, 48, was from Shuangyang District, Changchun City, Jilin Province. In the winter of 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa. She was stopped on her way there, and detained for 15 days. After she returned home, her husband abused her for a long time by beating and scolding her. He also destroyed her Dafa books and prevented her from practicing the exercises. She became ill and passed away between June and July of 2000.
Practitioner Ms. Chen Shujie, 50, was from Changchun City, Jilin Province. Before she started to practice Falun Gong in 1995, she had severe diabetes. She fully recovered after she started to practice Falun Gong. After the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999, she was too afraid to practice any more. Her diabetes recurred. She was hospitalized twice and spent over 20,000 yuan. She died in January 2002.
Practitioner Mr. Sun You, 68, was from Changchun City, Jilin Province. After he started to practice Falun Gong in 1995, he experienced significant benefits from it, both physically and mentally. All of his diseases disappeared. Since the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999, he was harassed often by the local police, both at work and at home. Under tremendous pressure, he passed away in April 2004.
Practitioner Ms. Zhang Guilan, 73, used to reside near the Provincial Hospital in Haerbing City, Heilongjiang Province. She was harassed often during the early stages of the persecution in 1999. She passed away in February 2005.
Practitioner Mr. Liu Shu, 55, used to work in the Planning Section of the First Oil Factory in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province. He started to practice Falun Gong in 1995. His younger sister, Liu Li, was illegally sentenced to 5 years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. He experienced extreme suffering, both physically and mentally, and passed away on October 25, 2003.
Practitioner Mr. Zhang Minghui, 46, was from Shengzhong Township, Nanbu County, Sichuan Province. Because he practiced Falun Gong, he was harassed and threatened. His home was also illegally searched by the local authorities. He passed away on August 17, 2003.
Practitioner Ms. Jing Biqing, 57, was from Jianxing Township, Nanbu County, Sichuan Province. After she started practicing Falun Gong in 1996, her rheumatism, heart disease and nephritis were healed. On December 24, 2000, her home was illegally searched. She was abducted to the county detention center and was held there for over 20 days. She was released only after she paid a fine of 8000 yuan. Afterwards, she was constantly harassed by the local authorities. She passed away on January 22, 2003.
Practitioner Ms. Yang Guizhen was 74 years old. Her husband used to work for the Eighth Mine in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province. After she started to practice Falun Gong in 1997, she became healthy both physically and mentally. After the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, since she didn't know how to read and write, her cultivation was seriously inhibited due to the loss of group environment for practicing. At the same time, she suffered a great deal physically and mentally. In January 2004, she passed away.