Yang Yanyun - 杨艳云

Chinese name:
Xinji City
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
a brainwashing center
Case Description:
Dafa practitioner Ms. Yang Yanyun, 49, was a laid-off worker in Xinji City, Hebei Province. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1999 and benefited both mentally and physically from the practice. Ms. Yang's husband was also a Dafa practitioner. In June 2001, Ms. Yang was arrested by the Jianshe Street Police Station in Xinji City. She was beaten with wooden clubs and electric batons for an entire day, rendering her unable to walk. Her head became severely swollen, and she was unable to open her eyes. After the beating, she was locked up in a detention center for six months, where she was brutally tortured. Later, she was forcibly transferred to a brainwashing class to be further persecuted. She was once deprived of sleep for four consecutive days, and was bombarded with propaganda. These people also exerted pressure on her family members. The long-term physical and mental torture resulted in Ms. Yang Yanyun's black hair turning completely white. The torture also caused her to become mentally dazed at times. For these several years, the couple was harassed and intimidated by people from the city 610 Office and the Jianshe Street Police Station countless times. They were extorted out of nearly 30,000 yuan, and their house was illegally searched many times. Due to the long-term mental pressure and persecution, Ms. Yang Yanyun died in January 2004.
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