Chongqing Woman, 72, Jailed for Her Faith, Ailing Son and Brother Struggle to Find Care
(Minghui.org) A 72-year-old woman on bail was taken back into custody on August 30, 2019 after the Chongqing City No.1 Intermediate Court upheld her prison sentence for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Lan Tailian, a resident of Chongqing, was arrested around early February 2019, sentenced to four years in prison, and fined 5,000 yuan on June 13 for using paper currency printed with information about Falun Gong.
With all information strictly controlled in China, many Falun Gong practitioners use grassroots channels to raise awareness of the persecution of their faith, including printing messages on paper currency.
Ms. Lan was the sole caregiver of her mentally ill son and her younger brother, who just had surgery to treat his liver cancer. Her son was taken to a mental hospital upon her recent imprisonment, and her brother is now struggling to find a caregiver.
Prior to her latest prison term, Ms. Lan has served one year in a labor camp and held in brainwashing centers twice for not renouncing her faith. She was sentenced to one year in prison with two years' probation in 2017 for reading Falun Gong books with other practitioners.