Zhang Yuanhao - 张元浩

Chinese name:
Shouguang City
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Chengguan Police Station
Case Description:
Mr. Zhang Yuanhao, 59, lived on Shengchen Street in Beiguan Village, Shouguang City, Shangdong Province. Mr. Zhang started practicing Falun Gong during the winter of 1998. His physical and mental health improved dramatically. Since the brutal persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, Mr. Zhang was forced to report to the village office every day, and he was sometimes forced to slander Falun Gong. Each time so-called "sensitive" dates approached, the authorities would detain him for several days. On one of those occasions he was detained for two months. This occurred in June 2001, when Shouguang City officials "arrested" Mr. Zhang for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the government. At the beginning of August 2005, he was arrested for posting materials about the truth of Falun Gong. He was jailed in the Chengguan Police Station in Shouguang City. The police extorted 20,000 yuan from his family. Mr. Wang was later diagnosed with heart disease and released on medical parole. Nevertheless, officials from the 610 Office of Shouguang City frequently called his home to harass him. They extorted 2000 yuan from him after threatening to send him to brainwashing classes. Under tremendous pressure, Mr. Zhang died during mid-August 2005.