Tao Weixiang - 陶维香

Chinese name:
Xianning City
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Xianan District Detention Center
Case Description:

Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Tao Weixiang, sixty years old, was a doctor employed by the Xian'an District People's Hospital in Xianning City, Hubei Province. From 2004 to 2006, officers from the Xianning City Police Department, the Wenquan District Police Department, the Xian'an District Police Department, and the Domestic Security Division harassed her, ransacked her home many times, and detained or sent her to forced labor many times. Each time she was illegally arrested, the authorities used the false charge of "undermining social order." The ongoing brutal mistreatment she suffered at the hands of the police caused her huge physical and mental damage, and her old illness recurred.

On September 5, 2005, led by Song Ruisheng, the police arrested Ms. Tao, ransacked her home, and took away her computer and other personal belongings. They forcibly took her to the Hubei Province Brainwashing Center, where under constant pressure and abuse, Ms. Tao suffered from high blood pressure and had to be taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. The police still tried to take her back to the brainwashing center, but her family reprimanded the officers and forced them to release her.

On January 17, 2006, the Xian'an District Domestic Security Division Chief Zeng Guohua, Chinese Communist Party Director Huang Shun'an, and others forcibly arrested Ms. Tao again and imprisoned her in the Xian'an District First Detention Center despite her family trying to persuade them to leave her alone. Two weeks later, Ms. Tao's blood pressure was so high that she passed out one early morning. She was rushed to the hospital for rescue efforts. Her family picked her up from the hospital.

In November 2006, Ms. Tao had a stroke, leaving the right side of her body paralyzed and causing her to have difficulty talking. Her family took her to the hospital many times, but she could not recover, and she passed away on April 6, 2009.

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