Name: Yu ChunqiangChinese Name: 于春强Gender: MaleAge: 66City: LaiyangProvince: ShandongOccupation: N/ADate of Death: November 1, 2022Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 21, 2007Most Recent Place of Detention: Shandong Province Prison
By the time Mr. Yu Chunqiang finished serving a 13-year prison sentence on September 20, 2020, for his faith in Falun Gong, the Laiyang City, Shandong Province resident had been plagued with several medical conditions due to the torture he suffered in prison. The ongoing police harassment after he returned home further caused him to continue living in fear and distress. Unable to recover, he passed away two years later on November 1, 2022. He was 66.
Mr. Yu took up Falun Gong, an ancient mind-body discipline, in 1999, the same year when the Chinese communist regime ordered nationwide persecution due to its enormous popularity. On July 4, 2006, a group of 610 Office agents broke into his home and arrested his wife and Ms. Zhao Ruixiang, another practitioner who happened to be visiting them. Both women were savagely beaten at the police station. Mr. Yu’s wife was later given 1.5 years of forced labor and Ms. Zhao was sentenced to 12 years.
To avoid being targeted, Mr. Yu lived away from home to hide from the police. When he returned home on September 21, 2007, to help harvest peanuts, six officers descended to his home, ransacked his place, and took him to the Laiyang City Detention Center.
Mr. Yu was secretly sentenced to 13 years in 2008. He suffered barbaric torture in the 11th ward in the Shandong Province Prison. He once had a stroke and also developed diabetes and high blood pressure.
The police continued to harass Mr. Yu after he was released on September 20, 2020. He eventually passed away on November 1, 2022.
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