Ms. Zhang Zhongfen from Chongqing Dies as a Result of Persecution
Name: Zhang Zhongfen (张中芬)
Address: B Residential Area, the Yubei District, Chongqing
Date of Death: June 14, 2011
Date of Most Recent Arrest: August 2008
Most Recent Place of Detention: Maojiashan Women's Forced Labor Camp (茅家山女子劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Beatings, extortion, detention, forced labor, torture, harassment
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Zhang Zhongfen from Taihong Township, Luoqi Town, the Yubei District, Chongqing died as a result of persecution on June 14, 2011.
Ms. Zhang started practicing Falun Gong around 1999.
After the persecution started, Ms. Zhang went to appeal for Falun Gong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 2002. She was arrested and illegally held for more than ten days. The police officers brutally abused and tortured her, threw her head against a wall, causing it to bleed profusely, and she suffered a severe concussion. Beijing police extorted more than 10,000 yuan from her husband, and notified officials from the Luoqi Town Police Station in the Yubei District to take her home. Ms. Zhang was directly taken to the Maojiashan Women's Forced Labor Camp to be held for a year.
Ms. Zhang was arrested again around August 2008 as she spoke with people about Falun Gong at a farmers' market. She was once again subjected to one year of forced labor, and held in the Maojiashan Women's Forced Labor Camp. Physical abuse and mistreatment caused Ms. Zhang's head to be seriously injured, and her leg was fractured. Due to her injuries resulting from extreme abuse, she lost the ability to take care of herself, and was once again in critical condition. The labor camp officials informed her family to take her home for medical treatment.
After her release, Luoqi Police officers frequently harassed her at home, attempting to force her to write a guarantee statement to give up her beliefs. Ms. Zhang passed away on June 14, 2011.