Woman Given Deadline to Renounce Her Faith, On Hunger Strike to Protest Subsequent Arrest
(Minghui.org) Ms. Yang Lin held a hunger strike for more than ten days at the Hebei Province Brainwashing Center following her arrest on September 19, 2018. It was reported that she had begun to take in food recently, but her physical condition is unknown, and it is not clear whether she was force-fed.
Ms. Yang, in her 40s, is an employee at a power company in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province. Since March 2018, agents from the 610 Office and local street committee have been pressuring her to renounce her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline persecuted by the communist regime since 1999.
The agents also pressured her supervisor at work, who on August 13 gave Ms. Yang a two-day deadline to renounce her faith or face severe punishment. Her supervisor also told her that the authorities were targeting two Falun Gong practitioners in the state-owned company in Xinhua District, including Ms. Yang.
Ms. Yang tried to explain the communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong to her supervisor, but he only reiterated that the organization was under great pressure from higher-ups.
Ms. Yang said that she would not give up her faith.
One month later, three plainclothes officers came to her workplace and seized her from her office on September 19, 2018. She was taken to the Hebei Brainwashing Center and has been detained there since.
This is the second time Ms. Yang has been detained at the Hebei Brainwashing Center. In November 2013, she was held there for one month for making calendars containing information about Falun Gong.