(Minghui.org) Ten locals in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province were arrested on January 5 and 6, 2020 for practicing Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Eight practitioners were arrested on January 5, 2020. The police followed them after they left a practitioner’s home after studying Falun Gong teachings together. The police confiscated their keys, sent them to Xi’an Police Station and ransacked their homes.

The police had been monitoring the practitioners before the arrests, and obtained information about their study group, where they distributed Falun Gong informational materials and their home addresses.

The eight practitioners are: Ms. Liu Fengyan, Ms. Chen Yanwei, Ms. Wang Jinping, Ms. Sun Yujing, Ms. Sun Guichun, Ms. Huang Yanli, Ms. Li Shurong and Ms. Wang Chunhua.

Ms. Liu was released after failing a physical examination, and the other seven practitioners were given 15 days of administrative detention at Mudanjiang City Detention Center.

Two more practitioners, including Ms. Fan Limin, in her 40s, and Ms. Yu Changlan, were arrested on January 6, 2020.

The police knocked on the door of Ms. Yu’s home the night before. She refused to let them in, but was arrested when she left for work the next morning.

It’s not clear where Ms. Fan and Ms. Yu are currently being held.