Mr. Li Guangfan Dies as a Result of Long Term Persecution
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Guangfan from Chengguan Township in Yi County, Liaoning Province, passed away on September 18, 2014, after long term persecution. He was 59 years old.
His wife, Ms. Wu Fengyan, passed away at the age of 51 on May 21, 2010, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She had also been repeatedly persecuted for her belief in Falun Gong.
Both Mr. Li and his wife started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. After the Chinese Communist Party began persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Mr. Li tried to go to Beijing four times to appeal for the right to practice, but was illegally arrested beforehand each time.
Mr. Li was arrested for the first time by chief Shi Kunlai and officer Yang Chengwen of the Chengguan Township Police Station on his way to Beijing on July 20, 1999. He was detained at the police station for half a day.
He was arrested again on September 22, 1999, and taken to Yi County Detention Center. The officials at the detention center extorted 900 yuan from him before releasing him 15 days later.
On his way to Beijing on October 26, 2000, Mr. Li was arrested for the third time. Zhang Yanfu, captain of the Domestic Security Division, took him to the Yi County Detention Center. He was held for three months and had 1,300 yuan extorted from him.
Mr. Li was on his way to Beijing for the fourth time in October 2001, but was arrested near Huludao City by Yi County police officer Wang Zhanlin. He was taken to a detention center and held for 45 days before being transferred to Jinzhou Forced Labor Camp for 14 months. After he was released, he was forced to leave home for several years.
Mr. Li went to the mountainous areas in the western part of Yi County in January 2006 to tell people the facts about Falun Gong and distribute copies of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He was arrested, but escaped and was forced to move frequently for several years.
Mr. Li went home in January 2009. He and three other practitioners went to Gaotaizi Township to talk to people about Falun Gong and the persecution on January 20, 2009.
Officers from the township police station arrested them and took them to the Yi County Detention Center. They were held for five days. Officials at the detention center extorted 12,000 yuan from Mr. Li before he was released.
The money extorted from Mr. Li was all of his savings from working odd jobs while he was homeless. He was under intense pressure to make ends meet. Mr. Li agonized over his wife's death in 2010, and the frequent harassment by the police increased his mental stress.
Mr. Li became so ill in March 2014 that he could barely walk. His health worsened in early August, and he could no longer take care of himself. He became paralyzed and bedridden in the beginning of September, but the police continued to harass him at home. Mr. Li passed away on September 18, 2014.
Parties Responsible for Persecuting Mr. Li:
Zhang Yanfu (张彦复), captain of the Yi County Domestic Security Division: +86-416-7728528Wang Zhanlin (王占林), officer of the Yi County Domestic Security Division: +86-416-7728900Liu Haichi (刘海志), officer of the Yi County Domestic Security Division: +86-13898380181Zhou Hualai (周化来), officer of the Yi County Domestic Security Division: +86-416-6535517
Summary of Key Persecution Facts:Name: Li Guangfan (李广繁)Gender: MaleAge: 59Address: Wuli Village, Chengguan Township, Yi County, Liaoning ProvinceOccupation: UnknownDate of Death: September 18, 2014Date of Most Recent Arrest: January 20, 2009Most Recent Place of Detention: Yi County Detention CenterCity: JinzhouProvince: LiaoningPersecution Suffered: Forced labor, illegal sentencing, extortion, detentionKey Persecutors: Zhang Yanfu (张彦复), Wang Zhanlin (王占林)