Name: Gu Bengen (顾本根)
Age: 59
Address: Shandong Province Shengli Oilfield in Dongying
Occupation: Employee of the logistics group of the oilfield
Date of Death: September 1, 2006
Date of Most Recent Arrest: November 2001
Most Recent Place of Detention: Linpan Employee Training School brainwashing center
City: Linyi
Province: Shandong
Persecution Suffered: Detention, brainwashing, extortion, surveillance

( The brutal persecution of Falun Gong was initiated by Jiang Zemin in July 1999 and carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Mr. Gu Bengen, a practitioner from Shandong Province Shengli Oilfield in Dongying, was persecuted financially, physically and spiritually. He was even prevented from studying the Fa and practicing the exercises. All the diseases that he had had before recurred, and he passed away on September 1, 2006.

Mr. Gu Bengen was born in 1947. He was a veteran and an employee of the logistics group for the Linpan No. 1 Oil Extraction Field of Shengli Oilfield. He used to have several diseases. In the winter of 1996, he became a Falun Gong practitioner. He became very healthy and his demeanor totally changed. At work, he was in charge of purchasing and distribution. Hundreds of thousands of yuan passed through his hands without any mistakes. He was praised by his leaders and co-workers.

On July 23, 1999, Gu Bengen was arrested by 610 Office personnel and taken to the Linpan boarding house. He was subjected to brainwashing and forced to sign the three statements. In August 1999, personnel from the Linpan Oil Extraction No. 1 Field 610 Office extorted 10,000 yuan from him as a "guarantee deposit," and never returned it.

On the morning of September 28, 2000, officers from Linpan Police Station illegally arrested Mr. Gu and took him to the Linpan Detention Center without following any legal procedures. He was detained for one month.

Later on, Yang Qiang and Wei Wei from the No. 1 Field 610 Office transferred Mr. Gu directly from the detention center to the No. 1 Field brainwashing center. The front door was kept tightly secured at all times and Mr. Gu's room was always locked. He was even restricted from going to the bathroom. The local people who were assigned to "transform" him verbally abused him at will, attempting to break his will.

From January to April of 2001, Mr. Gu was forcibly subjected to brainwashing at the Linpan Employee Training School. During that period, the regime officials suspended his salary for half a year, a loss of approximately 9,000 yuan. They additionally extorted another 4,000 yuan from him, claiming that it was to pay for transportation and living expenses, as well as another 5,000 yuan as a "deposit" which, to this day, has not been returned.

In June 2001, Mr. Gu was forced to cash in his job seniority (cash out his years left before retirement) and become unemployed. At the beginning of November 2001, he was subjected to a two-day brainwashing session at the Linpan Employee Training School.

When the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, the huge wave of resignations from the CCP began, and the CCP leadership started to panic. Linpan Party leaders persecuted Mr. Gu to the fullest extent and used him as an example to threaten others.