Chinese name:
Xinglong County
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Gangbei Prison
Case Description:

( Both Ms. Liu Xiuchun and Mr. Chen Tongqing were high school teachers in Hebei Province. Both were tormented by multiple diseases. Mr. Chen's asthma made it difficult for him to breathe all year round, and his rheumatoid arthritis and intestinal hernia made him unable to walk. Ms. Liu had had a weak heart since age 30 and often passed out. She also had stomach disease and hypertension. What pained her the most, however, was chronic insomnia. In 1990, Ms. Liu developed a throat problem and could not breathe or talk normally.

The couple suffered every day through the 80s and 90s. Ms. Liu often said to her husband: “Have our lives reached a dead end?” Mr. Chen's answer was usually, “If it weren’t for our children, I would kill myself.”

In January 1998, Chen acquired a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong. The couple read it and came to the same conclusion, “It’s a great book.” They then joined the local exercise group.

A month later, a miracle happened: both husband and wife recovered from their diseases. Their kids were surprised and happy. Their eldest son told everyone around, “My folks' health problems were fixed by Falun Gong. They can do physical labor now. Our family is happy now. Falun Gong is really great!”

Not only did their health improve but their minds also changed—they no longer fought for personal gain.

In September 1999, Mr. Chen was a hit by a car and came to a stop 20 yards away. His bicycle was destroyed. Many victims in China would very likely take the opportunity to extort a considerable amount of money from the driver. However, as passersby wondered whether Mr. Chen was still alive or needed to be sent to the hospital, he got up and said, “You guys can go. I’m fine.” He did not ask for a penny from the driver.

Ms. Liu Xiuchun and Mr. Chen Tongqing were both sentenced to prison. Mr. Chen was sentenced to 8 years in prison and died from the persecution. Their oldest son became mentally ill due to the psychological pressure.

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