Elderly Woman Suffers Declining Health After Being Fitted with Wrist Monitor and Subjected to Frequent Harassment
(Minghui.org) A 76-year-old woman was fitted with a wrist monitor two months before she finished serving a one-year term outside of prison for her faith in Falun Gong. The monitor has stayed on even after Ms. Tang Xiuwen's term ended in June 2019.
She has also had to deal with her local residential committee staff, who visit her on a regular basis to interrogate her. The never-ending surveillance and harassment has taken a toll on her health. In recent weeks, Ms. Tang began to experience rapid weight loss, dizziness, coughing and high blood pressure. She is also having trouble falling asleep at night.
Ms. Tang, a retired TV factory worker in Changsha City, Hunan Province, was arrested in May 2017 after being reported for handing out informational materials about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Although she was released on the day of the arrest, the police found her again in 2018 and said they had submitted her case to the local procuratorate.
Ms. Tang was given a one-year term by Yuelu District Court in June 2018 and ordered to serve the time outside of prison.
The local police and residential committee staff members showed up at Ms. Tang's home one day in April 2019 and forced her to wear a wrist monitor that constantly tracks her location and records her daily life in both audio and video.
The residential committee staff has also since been interrogating her at home every one or two weeks, making records of her daily activities and taking her fingerprints and photos.