Zhang Shanpin - 张善品
Mr. Zhang Shanpin, in his 60s, was a Falun Gong practitioner from Xiheying Town, Weixian County, Hebei Province. Since the peaceful appeal of April 25, 1999, he has traveled many times to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. Therefore, his local village, town and county government staff have persecuted him incessantly. They tortured him physically, penalized him economically, and abused him mentally.
During every holiday, the so-called "sensitive days," the officials extorted money from him and sent people to monitor him. By 2001, they had extorted 19,000 yuan. They ransacked his home many times and even robbed his last bit of instant noodles. His son and daughter-in-law were beaten cruelly many times. His wife was sentenced to three years of forced labor. Under such evil persecution Mr. Zhang Shanpin mentally collapsed and became seriously ill. He passed away in 2004.