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Details on How Mr. Zhang Zhagen Died in the Kaifeng City Labor Camp

July 11, 2005 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Henan Province

(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Zhang Zhagen was a fifty-two-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner in Kaifeng City, Henan Province. Because he practiced Falun Gong, the authorities imprisoned him in 2001 in a forced labor camp for two years. On March 6, 2005, the police officers at the Daxing Police Station of Kaifeng City abducted Mr. Zhang from his home. On April 7, the authorities sentenced him to another two years of forced labor education, and imprisoned him at the "Education Brigade" of the Kaifeng Labor Camp. Deprived of any rights to be visited by his family members, Mr. Zhang refused to follow the authority's order to denounce Falun Dafa. As a result, they tortured him with various means. Mr. Zhang was declared dead on the morning of June 28, 2005. More details follow:

On the evening of June 24, the labor camp sent Zhang Zhagen to the affiliated hospital of Kaifeng Medical College. According to the doctor who was responsible for Mr. Zhang's treatment and according to his family, Mr. Zhang's pupils were enlarged, his eyes were wide open, his face and whole body swollen, he was unconscious, his arms were full of bruises, his kidneys were not functioning, his other key organs were exhausted, and his electroencephalogram (EEG) showed a straight line. From June 24, when Mr. Zhang was sent to the hospital, to June 28, when he was declared dead, Mr. Zhang's eyes did not move at all. Based on his physical condition, he was most likely already dead when he was admitted to the hospital on June 24. "We had to treat him as if he were alive," the doctor said.

Afraid of their crimes being exposed, the authorities at the labor camp dispatched police officers to guard Zhang Zhagen's hospital room throughout the period that Mr. Zhang was there. They did not allow Mr. Zhang's family to visit him or take any pictures of him. Right after he was declared dead on June 28, many police officers guarded Mr. Zhang's body without allowing his family to get close to him. Furthermore, almost a hundred policemen hurriedly escorted Mr. Zhang's body to a crematory on that very afternoon.

If Mr. Zhang had died a normal death, why did the Chinese government make such a tremendous effort to guard a dead body? Mr. Zhang used to be very healthy and strong. In the two short months that he was imprisoned in the forced labor camp, a healthy man was quickly tortured to death. To shirk responsibility, the authorities at the labor camp lied to the public, saying that Zhang died of a nine-day-long hunger strike. If he had been on a hunger strike, why hadn't the authorities sent him to a hospital to save his life, and why did they not inform his family at all?

Medical analysis indicates the following facts: 1) Mr. Zhang's condition would not have been so severe, had he been a hunger strike; 2) Zhang Zhagen apparently suffered severe suffocation at the labor camp and the best chance to save his life was missed; 3) his brain and internal organs had suffered severe damage; 4) Zhang Zhagen was injected with unknown medicines; and 5) Mr. Zhang had suffered extensive torture physically and mentally.

Here we appeal, demanding that all the leaders at the forced labor camp be held accountable. They, including Xu Yinhai, the head of the "Education Brigade" who instructed the criminal inmates to torture Mr. Zhang, should be severely punished as the murderers of Zhang Zhangen.

Those responsible for Zhang Zhagen's death:

He Shisheng, Director of the Judicial Bureau of Kaifeng City: 86-378-3932683 (Office), 86-3700785688 (Cell), 86-378-3965881 (Home)

At the Kaifeng Labor Camp: Chen Guoqiang, Director, 86-378-3853282-8001 (Office), 86-13803786378 (Cell), 86-378-3664898 (Home) Liang Hongtao, Secretary of Disciplinary Examination, also the former head of the No. 4 Brigade where he ordered the persecution of many Falun Dafa practitioners. Liang is currently still responsible for persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. Xu Yinhai, the head of the "Education Brigade," the major culprit who murdered Mr. Zhang. Xu has instructed criminal inmates at the labor camp to torture a number of Falun Dafa practitioners. Ma Yunlong, the Associate Head of the Administration Office, who is responsible for forced brainwashing and forced "conversion" (to force practitioners to renounce their belief): 86-13937851767 (Cell)