80-year-old Woman Arrested on the Street and Interrogated for Hours
(Minghui.org) An 80-year-old woman was interrogated and had her personal information recorded after she was arrested for distributing information about Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Cheng Sigui, of Lu County, Sichuan Province, was passing out Falun Gong materials on the street on the morning of July 19, 2020, when three people clad in black came over and snatched her purse.
It turned out the three men were police. They took her keys and ransacked her home after taking her to the local police station. No one was home, and the police confiscated her Falun Gong books, the photo of Falun Gong’s founder, and the media player she used to play Falun Gong meditation music.
Another group of officers forced Ms. Cheng to hold the Falun Gong related materials she brought in hand and took pictures of her. They also forced her to walk around and recorded her gait. Her other personal information, including voice, fingerprints and palm prints, were also collected.
The police questioned where Ms. Cheng got the Falun Gong materials. She refused to answer, but told the police that she recovered from her breast cancer after practicing Falun Gong and that she didn’t do anything wrong in upholding her faith.
Ms. Cheng was released on bail around 11 p.m. The police refused to return her Falun Gong books when she asked for them before leaving the police station.
Ms. Cheng used to work at the Luzhou natural gas mines. Both her husband and son died from cancer at a young age. Also plagued by cancer herself, she was delighted to have her health recovered after taking up Falun Gong.
Prior to her latest arrest, Ms. Cheng was arrested on August 30, 2015, for having Falun Gong related materials with her. She was deceived by the police into attending two court hearings on March 31 and October 27, 2016, both of which lasted less than ten minutes. The Jiangyang District Court sentenced her to two years in prison, with 3,000 yuan fine, on December 6, 2016.