Woman, 74, Detained for a Month for Her Faith and Denied Visits
(Minghui.org) A 74-year-old woman has been detained for a month and denied visits by her family or lawyer because of not renouncing her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
The Jinzhou City, Hubei Province resident is now facing further prosecution after her arrest was approved by the authorities.
Ms. Wang Shaoqing traveled to Wuhan City (the capital city of Hubei Province) to visit her daughter in early March 2019. She was arrested on March 7 in a park while talking to people about Falun Gong.
She has been held at Wuhan No.1 Detention Center ever since. Her family is now very worried if she has been mistreated for her faith in the detention center.
Repeatedly Targeted for Practicing Falun Gong
Ms. Wang used to suffer from multiple ailments. She experienced quick health improvement after practicing Falun Gong. Simply for holding firm to her faith, she has been subjected to repeated harassment, arrests and detention in the past 20 years.
Ms. Wang was held at a mental hospital and force-fed large amounts of psychiatric drugs following her arrest in 2002. She escaped from the hospital and was forced to live away from home to hide from police, only to be arrested again a few months later, on January 14, 2003.
She held a hunger strike to protest the persecution while being kept at Gong'an County Detention Center.
Shortly after she was released, she was arrested again on March 12, 2004. The police threatened to arrest her son when he attempted to protect his mother from being taken away by the officers.
This time, she was detained at Tangxunhu Brainwashing Center for 40 days, and subjected to both mental and physical abuses aimed at forcing her to renounce her faith.
Ms. Wang was harassed in 2016 after she filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, the then leader of the communist regime, who ordered the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.