According to Tencent News reports, Zhou Xiuyun died after being detained for five hours at a police station. Her body is now lying in a morgue freezer at the same hospital, Shanxi Armed Police General Hospital, where her husband, Wang Youzhi, with four broken ribs, is currently hospitalized. After Zhou died, a policeman yelled at her relatives:
She died, so what? If you are capable, go report us!
Wang Kuilin, the son of Zhou Xiuyun, is a migrant worker from Henan Province, and has been working in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. He said that the Chinese New Year is coming, but the boss hasn’t paid their wages, so the workers kept asking for their payments at the construction site. At that time, he and other workers returned to the Sijian Beimen construction site located in Longcheng Boulevard, Xiaodian District, Shanxi Province, concerned about the wage payment situation, but they were stopped by the gate guard, and both sides quarreled with each other.
The local police station dispatched several policemen who rushed to the spot. As soon as the police arrived, they started ferociously beating and kicking the migrant workers. Wang Kuilin’s parents, Wang Youzhi and Zhou Xiuyun, came to argue with the police, but suffered abuse and beatings. His father was handcuffed, and they were all bundled into the police car. In the car, a fat policeman smashed Zhou Xiuyun’s head with his fist and kicked her until she collapsed in a state of shock.
Zhou Xiuyun died after being detained for five hours at the police station. Wang Kuilin said: “During the period of time when my father and I were detained till after 3 o’clock in the morning, the police continued to beat us, resulting in my father’s four ribs being broken. The police let my father go. Later, my father came back and told me that my mother had passed away. The news was like a bolt from the blue!”
Wang Kuilin told reporters that the local police had been stalking and monitoring their movements. Director Yang of the local police station ordered they were not allowed to take the bus, reveal their situation to the media, conduct a leapfrog petition, or post information on the Internet.
Translated by Joseph Wu, Chinese edited by Mona Song