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Ms. Gu Jianmin (顾建敏)

Ms. Gu Jianmin was sent to a forced labor camp for one year in June 2006 for her activities to inform the public about the persecution of Falun Gong. Not long after her release, on March 1, 2008, officers from the Yangjing Police Station in Pudong New District arrested her again. They then tortured her until she died on March 13, 2008, the thirteenth day of her arrest.


Ms. Li Shuying (李淑英)

At 8:00 p.m. on December 15, 2006, three policemen from the Shuangyushu Police Station in Beijing broke into the home of Li Shuying and her husband. They ransacked it, and, after finding some Falun Gong materials, arrested Ms. Li.


Ms. Yao Yue (姚悦)

Yao Yue and her husband, Liu Wenyu, were both graduate students at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University. They were ranked highly in their classes, and respected by their peers and supervisors. They are also both Falun Gong practitioners.


Mr. Bu Dongwei (卜东伟) (David)

Bu Dongwei, also known as David Bu, was assigned to two-and-a-half years’ “Re-education through Labour” (RTL) on 19 June in connection with his activities as a member of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. He is detained at an undisclosed location, and Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience. He is at serious risk of torture or ill-treatment.


Ms. Xu Na (许那)

Known Acquaintances Overseas: Angel (Jie) Li, currently residing in Los Angeles. Ms. Li shared a prison cell with Xu Na during Ms. Xu’s five-year imprisonment; Marianne Lefebvre, Belgium


Mr. Yu Zhou (于宙)

Fans adored Yu Zhou for his melodies and his humble, down-to-earth personality. His folk band frequently topped the charts, capturing the hearts of countless Chinese citizens. Although Yu Zhou had practiced Falun Gong for 13 years, his fame had granted him a certain degree of protection amidst the persecution. Yet with the government’s efforts to clean up Beijing ahead of the Olympics, Yu Zhou and his wife were arrested on January 26, 2008 on their way home from a concert. He was taken to the Tongzhou District Detention Center [point F, Beijing Map].


Behind the Olympic Spectacle: A Journalist's Walking Guide to the Persecution of Falun Gong in Beijing

Among the thousands of reporters, athletes, and spectators arriving this week for the Beijing Olympics, most have likely heard of Falun Gong and the Communist Party’s often brutal campaign to crush it. But what few realize is the extent to which the violence meted out against these peaceful religious believers has in some cases taken place within walking distance of Olympic venues, hotels, and prominent landmarks.

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