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( Mr. An Hongquan was a retired worker at Jinchuan Group Second Smeltering Factory in Jinchang City, Gansu Province.

He was first arrested not long after the persecution of Falun Gong began in July 1999. The police tried to extort 2,000 yuan from his family but failed in their attempt. Mr. An was detained for 15 days.

He was arrested a second time in April 2002 and given two years of forced labor. He was kept at Jinchang Detention Center for 100 days before being mvoed to a drug rehabilitation center. He was hung upside down and brutally beaten in detention. His blood pressure shot up to dangerously high levels and he was released days later.

Mr. An was traumatized by the torture and never recovered. He walked with a limp and suffered from intermittent incontinence. He sometimes couldn't stop drooling and had trouble with his speech. Even so, his workplace harassed him at home during sensitive dates and also reduced his pension. When he filed a complaint against his company, he was told that was the policy targeting all Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr. An felt very uncomfortable one day in early 2006, but the doctors couldn't pinpoint what was wrong. He died on March 2, 2006 after he was choked by his phlegm.

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