Mr. Yu Guoju, 69, was a Falun Dafa practitioner from Kaifaqu, Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province. Mr. Yu started practising Falun Gong in 1995 and benefited physically and mentally from the practice. After the persecution was initiated by Jiang Zemin and his cohorts, Mr. Yu went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in June 2000. He was arrested and taken back to his hometown by the village Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Qi Baohai and local police officer Li Gang. They extorted 800 yuan1 from Mr. Yu's daughter without giving a receipt. Mr. Yu was directly taken to the Jinzhou First Detention Centre for detention. Later, he was taken to Jinzhou Forced Labour Camp where he was held for fourteen months. He was one of the oldest people in the labour camp. He was released when his health took a turn for the worse, as he had been on a hunger strike protesting the illegal detention. Mr. Yu went to Beijing a second time and was arrested and taken to the Jinzhou First Detention Centre where he was cruelly persecuted. In the cold of winter they forced him to sit in the urinal pit where they poured cold water over him. Later he was taken to a labour camp, which refused to take him because of his deteriorating health condition. Mr. Yu did not recover, and suffered oedema and could hardly walk. The local CCP staff continued harassing and monitoring him. Due to such pressure, his health and mental condition worsened. Mr. Yu died on September 24th, 2006.
Ms. Yang Sukun, 62, was from Heishan County, Liaoning Province. She began practising Falun Dafa in 1998. She was detained for distributing materials exposing the persecution. Later, she was taken to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp and cruelly tortured. In April 2005, she passed away, soon after her release from the labour camp.
Ms. Sun Xiurong, 69, was a retired officer from Qingzhou City, Shandong Province. She began to practise Falun Dafa in 1998. In March 2003, she was forced into homelessness to avoid being taken for brainwashing by the 610 Office2. In March 2003, the CCP's 610 Offices suspended her retirement pension and kept harassing her children. Due to the inhuman persecution Ms. Yang's health deteriorated. She died on October 22nd, 2006.
Mr. Su Zhongseng, 84, from Zibo, Shandong Province, suffered from many illnesses and was on medication before he began to practise Falun Dafa in June 1999. Within two months, all his illness had disappeared and he became a kind and pleasant person. He could take care of himself at his age. But government officials began to persecute him and his children (all practitioners). They kept harassing him and forcing him to sign [the three statements3]. They arrested his children and the elderly Mr. Su cried and followed them. Police saw it and just said, "Let him follow and cry." His children were taken to the 610 Office. Once night police suddenly broke in to Mr. Sun's home when he was alone at home. They ransacked the home. Their actions scared Mr. Sun so much that he ran out of the house, naked. Neighbours saw him and kindly covered him with a piece of material. Mr. Sun died 28 days later, on June 28th, 2004.
Ms. Zhang Baoying, 70, from Changyi City, Shandong Province learned Falun Dafa in 1997, after which a miracle happened. The illiterate lady was able to read the Falun Dafa book, Zhuan Falun. Additionally, all her old illnesses disappeared. After the persecution started in 1999, she was persecuted by the CCP. It hurt her tremendously when her son, also a practitioner, was abducted and sentenced for four years by the local 610 Office, because he was explaining the facts about Falun Dafa to people. She passed away on November 28th, 2001, without seeing her son before she died.
1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
2. "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.
3."Three Statements": Practitioners are coerced under brainwashing and torture to write "Repentance Statement," "Guarantee Statement" or 'Dissociation Statement" as proof that they have given up their belief. In the statement, the practitioner is forced to admit remorse for practising Falun Gong, promise to give up Falun Gong, and never again associate with other practitioners or go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong.
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/10/28/141207.html
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