Zhang Guizhi - 张桂芝

Chinese name:
Jilin City
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
a brainwashing center
Case Description:
Ms. Zhang Guizhi was a 62-year-old retiree from a government bureau in Jilin City, Jilin Province. She suffered many illnesses before she started practicing Falun Gong, including a stroke which left her bedridden. She was not able to care for herself. In 1997, Ms. Zhang started practicing Falun Gong. Not only did she recover from all her illnesses, she was able to get out the bed and take care of herself. Moreover, she was able to help out with the housework. After the persecution began on July 20, 1999, Ms. Zhang went to Beijing three times in order to clarify the truth. After she returned from Beijing, she steadfastly practiced the exercises and studied the book (Zhuan Falun). She also told people on the street the truth about Falun Gong. For this, members of the Neighborhood Committee Office, the Community Office and the police department frequently went to her home and harassed her. One time, when no one was home with her, the police tricked her into going to a brainwashing class. Later, her family got her back. Because her family members were afraid of the persecution, they interfered with her practice of Falun Gong. As a result, Ms. Zhang didn't have a proper cultivation environment. She had a stroke and passed away in January of 2003.