Fu Guilan, a female Falun Dafa practitioner from Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, started to practice Falun Gong in 1996. She was arrested and illegally detained for nine and half months after going to Beijing to appeal on July 20, 1999. The Nangang Station police arrested her in April of 2001 for her involvement in producing truth-clarifying materials. She was sentenced to two years in a labor camp. She went on a hunger strike to protest the illegal persecution and was released on parole when her life became endangered. During the Duanwu Festival (May 5th on the lunar calendar) of 2002, she was again abducted by police, this time from the home of one of her children. She continued her hunger strike until she died on December 29, 2002.