Arrested Nine Times for Her Faith, 72-Year-Old Woman Faces Prosecution
(Minghui.org) A 72-year-old woman is facing prosecution for her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zhou Xianwen, a Shanghai resident, was arrested twice in 2019, on February 22 and June 24, respectively. She had her home ransacked during the first arrest and detained for a month at Zhangjiang Detention Center. The police also held her at the same detention center following her second arrest. She suffered a heart condition after more than two months of detention and was unable to sleep. She was released on bail on September 23, 2019.
It was confirmed on September 21, 2020, that the police have submitted her case to the Pudongxin District Procuratorate.
Prior to her latest ordeal, Ms. Zhou had been arrested seven times and served one year in a labor camp for not giving up Falun Gong. She credits the practice for curing her neck problem, gallstones, anemia, and other physical conditions.
She was first arrested in November 2000 and held in detention briefly.
She was arrested again on July 31, 2007. She was held in the same detention center for a month before being transferred to Qingpu Brainwashing Center on August 30.
Her next arrest was on September 28, 2009. Only a few days after she was released on bail after one month of detention, she was arrested and sent to a brainwashing center. The police gave her one year of forced labor two months later.
Ms. Zhou was detained for a month after her arrest on September 26, 2012, and then held at the Fengxian Brainwashing Center for 24 days.
She was detained seven and five days, respectively, after her arrests on May 22, 2014, and July 28, 2015.