Breastfeeding Mother Detained for Her Faith, Family Struggles To Feed Her One-year-old Son
(Minghui.org) As a nursing mother in Jinan City, Shandong Province remains detained for her faith, her family is struggling to feed and care for her one-year-old son.
Ms. Liu Xifang, in her 30s, was arrested on June 14, 2019, while staying at her mom's house in Huimin County, also in Shandong Province, together with her husband and their one-year-old son. She was targeted because she had been reported for distributing materials about Falun Gong the day before.
Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
One arresting officer said to Ms. Liu, “The Chinese Communist Party is going to wean your son now!”
The police forced Ms. Liu's husband to take them to his own home in Jinan City, about 80 miles away, with the little boy in tow.
The police didn't find anything interesting to them at Ms. Liu's residence, so they took pictures of New Year's paintings with “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance,” the core principles of Falun Gong, written on them.
When Ms. Liu's husband returned to Huimin County on June 15 to seek her release, she had already been taken to Binzhou City Detention Center the afternoon before.
He next traveled to the detention center and demanded to visit Ms. Liu. But Qu Zheng, the director of the detention center, denied the visit.
Ms. Liu's husband asked that she be at least allowed to breastfeed their son, who he brought along on the trip and had just started crying. Qu said no.
Seven days after Ms. Liu's arrest, her family went back to the local police station to demand her release again. They told the police that her son desperately needed her. The officer who received them refused to accept any materials from them. He also threatened to arrest them and lock them in a room. He yelled at them and drove them out of the police station.
Ms. Liu credits Falun Gong for helping her to become a better person. Being a well recognized graphic designer, she often received gifts or commission offers from different printing companies who wanted to get more business for her printing projects. She rejected all the offers and insisted to follow industry standards in choosing business partners.