(Minghui.org) Six women from Maanshan City, Anhui Province, all between 77 and 86 years of age, are facing prosecution for their faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

On April 24 and 25, 2020, the police harassed the six practitioners and ransacked their homes. 

Ms. Xie Kuaiji, 84, wasn’t taken into custody because her family objected. The other five —Ms. Zhou Chunying, 86; Ms. Wang Suhua, 84; Ms. Shen Xuemei, 84; Ms. Chen Xiufang, 83; and Ms. Ji Yinzhu, 77—were taken to the local police station and interrogated. 

The police said that they had been monitoring the practitioners since March 2020 after videotaping them distributing Falun Gong materials. The women were asked where they got the materials. 

Although the five practitioners were released that evening, the police ordered them to return to the police station the following day for further questioning. The police are preparing to submit their cases to the procuratorate for prosecution.