June 7, 2003

(Clearwisdom.net) The illness of an elderly man in Wenyang Village of the Gaozhuang Street Committee, Laiwu City, Shandong Province became aggravated after he learned that his two daughters were put into prisons for practicing Falun Gong. The bad news grieved him deeply, and he passed away shortly after hearing it.

The elderly man's third daughter, Zhang Fucui, was illegally sentenced to forced labor in 2001 for practicing Falun Gong. To avoid hurting the old man, who was in frail health, his family had not told him the news. During each birthday celebration for him, he would ask, "Why has the third daughter not shown up?" His family members would say, "She was very busy in her business. You see that this 100 Yuan is money she wanted us to bring for your birthday." The man would nod his head and did not say anything.

In May and June of 2002, the elderly man's second daughter, Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Fuxiang was illegally detained at a brainwashing center by the Laiwu City Police Department and the "610 Office."* At that time, she was taking care of her father, as well as her daughter, who was also sick. The old man kept asking everyday, "Why does the second daughter not come?" His family again made up some excuses to cover up the real situation, "She is very busy in her home..."

Later Zhang Fuxiang escaped from the brainwashing center. Unfortunately she was stopped and arrested along a road by the Laiwu City Police Department in September 2002. Zhang Fuxiang was also illegally sentenced to forced labor. She is now detained in the Shandong Province No. 2 Female Labor Camp in Jinan City.

Upon learning that two of his daughters had been sentenced to forced labor camps, the old man was overcome with grief. His illness became aggravated, and before long he passed away.

* The "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.]