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Director of Retirement Home Dies as a Result of Persecution in Panjin Prison, Liaoning Province (Photo)

September 22, 2011 |   By a Clearwisdom correspondent from Liaoning Province, China

Name: Fan Zhenguo (范振国)
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Address: Tianshenghao Township, Lingyuan City
Occupation: Director of a retirement Home
Date of Death: September 11, 2011
Date of Most Recent Arrest: July 29, 2008
Most Recent Place of Detention: Panjin Prison (盘锦监狱)
City: Lingyuan
Province: Liaoning
Persecution Suffered: Illegal sentencing, beatings, imprisonment

(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Fan Zhenguo, previously the director of Tianshenghao Retirement Home, was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2008 for practicing Falun Gong. Some three years later, on September 11, 2011, he died as a result of persecution in Panjin Prison at the age of 50. On September 13, prison authorities forced his family to cremate his body.


Mr. Fan Zhenguo

Mr. Fan's family requested to view the prison surveillance video, but the authorities said that a camera had not been set up.

Mr. Fan was illegally arrested several times for practicing Falun Gong after the Chinese Communist Party launched the persecution in July 1999. On June 28, 2000, while he was watching TV with around a dozen other people, Mr. Fan was arrested by Sanjiazi Town police. He was detained for eleven days and was dismissed from his post as the director of Tianshenghao Retirement Home.

In February 2007, Mr. Fan was arrested by Sihedang Town police officers for putting up banners that clarified the facts about Falun Gong. He was interrogated for two hours. On July 20, Sihedang Town police and Sanjiazi Town police went to Mr. Fan's home and attempted to arrest him. Mr. Fan managed to escape. In November, officers from the Lingyuan Domestic Security Division went to Mr. Fan's home and attempted to take him away, but failed to do so.

On the night of July 19, 2008, about ten practitioners from the towns of Sanjiazi and Tianshenghao were distributing truth-clarification materials in the Pingfangzi and Taohuachi areas of Kazuo County. When they were about to drive back, around 1:30 a.m.., they were stopped by police from Pingfangzi Police Station.

The director of the police substation, Wang Xiaofeng, took out a gun, while another policeman held an electric baton and forced the practitioners' car door open. They found literature exposing the persecution and forced everyone to get out of the car and get into the police cars. Mr. Fan Zhenguo constantly clarified the facts to the policemen until the officers held his head down so that he could not talk. Afterwards, two police cars took the ten practitioners to Pingfangzi Police Station.

Mr. Fan climbed over the fence of the police station and escaped. The police conducted three searches, but didn't find him.

On July 29, under the command of Wang Xishan, the Communist Party committee secretary of Sanjiazi Township, Lingyuan City, Li Bin and Li Qin teamed up with police from Pingfangzi Police Station to arrest Mr. Fan. The police broke into Mr. Fan's home and arrested him. The police beat Mr. Fan, threw him to the ground, and stomped on his head. Mr. Fan was later severely beaten at Sanjiazi Police Station.

Four months later, Mr. Fan was secretly sentenced to eight years in prison, and was incarcerated in Panjin Prison. While in prison, he was subjected to forced labor, and he lost consciousness several times due to abuse.

Mr. Fan became unconscious for the last time at around 7:40 p.m. on September 11, 2011. He was sent to the prison hospital and was later hurried to the Lingyuan City No.2 Hospital. He died at 9:40 p.m. that night. The prison authorities sent a text message to Mr. Fan's wife at 12:45 a.m.