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Falun Gong Member on Hunger Strike Dies

January 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A member of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement detained in central China has died after a hunger strike, a hospital administrator said.

Wan Guifu, 57, died Dec. 18 at the hospital of the Dashaping labor camp in the city of Lanzhou, the administrator said by telephone. He gave only his surname, Zhang.

Wan was detained in March for distributing Falun Gong materials in Lanzhou, group supporters abroad said in a statement. He stopped eating Oct. 15 to protest his confinement and was hospitalized in mid-December, the statement said.

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