Name: Cui JinshiChinese Name: 崔金实Gender: FemaleAge: 86City: HarbinProvince: HeilongjiangOccupation: N/ADate of Death: April 13, 2022Date of Most Recent Arrest: April 13, 2022Most Recent Place of Detention: N/A

An 86-year-old Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, resident died four hours after she was arrested for studying Falun Gong’s teachings with six other practitioners.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Seven officers broke into Ms. Cui Jinshi’s home at around 1 p.m. on April 13, 2022, when she was studying Falun Gong’s teachings with six other local practitioners. The police forcibly took away Ms. Cui’s Falun Gong books, a photo of Falun Gong’s founder, and cash. Ms. Cui fell while trying to stop the police, saying “Don’t take my books away! Don’t take Master’s photo away!”

At 5:45 p.m., Ms. Cui’s second son, Mr. Piao Hu, received a call from the police and was told that his mother was being resuscitated at the 242 Hospital. He rushed to the hospital. Five minutes later, the doctor came out and pronounced Ms. Cui’s death. The son went into the operating room and saw Ms. Cui’s body. Her face was pale. Her throat was cut open. And she was only wearing one shoe.

Mr. Piao said his mother had been healthy in the past 20 years thanks to her practice of Falun Gong. Despite her age, she lived on her own and walked fast. It’s unknown exactly what the police did to her that caused her death in just four hours.

The other six practitioners arrested at Ms. Cui’s home, Ms. Zheng Lijun, Ms. Shao Xiuling, Ms. Ge Lijun, Ms. Yang Yarong, Ms. Ge Xiaojing, and Ms. Liu Shuzhi, were taken to the Pingfang District Domestic Security Office and interrogated. They were released at around 11 p.m. and put on house arrest on charges of “having an illegal gathering during the pandemic,” even though the COVID-19 lockdown had been lifted a few days before their arrests. 

Perpetrator’s information:
Pingfang District Police Department: +86-451-86505242
Zhou Lifeng (周立峰), head of Domestic Security Office: +86-451-87665250, +86-18746011306, +86-13703650400