(Minghui.org) At least 11 residents of Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, have been sentenced to prison for their faith in Falun Gong since last October.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zeng Youmei was arrested on February 1, 2020, and sentenced to four years in October 2020. She appealed to the Liaoning City Intermediate Court, which upheld her prison sentence but allowed her to serve time at home.
Ms. Zeng’s sister (name unknown), who still struggles with the aftereffects of a stroke, was sentenced to three years and a half.
Ms. Ma Yuzhi, 76, and Ms. Zhang Wenling, 60, were arrested on March 17, 2020, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong. They appeared in Dong’e Court on November 23, 2020, and Ms. Ma was sentenced to three years and Ms. Zhang to one year. Although the prison refused to accept Ms. Ma due to her health, the police continued to hold her in the Liaocheng City Detention Center. Her pension was also suspended. Ms. Zhang was taken to the Jinan Women’s Prison on January 20, 2021.
Ms. Zhang Shuping and Ms. Wang Qin had their homes ransacked on November 26, 2020. Ms. Wang was arrested and sentenced to three years around December 2020. While Ms. Zhang was released, the police secretly installed a location tracking device on her car and she didn’t find out about it until months later. The police harassed her twice on January 15, 2021, and arrested her at a highway exit in March 2021. She was sentenced to four years in late July and taken to the Jinan Women’s Prison with Ms. Wang.
Seven more practitioners—Ms. Chen Jun; Ms. Sun Chun’e; Ms. Li Guihua, 75; Mr. Zhang Liang; Ms. Xu Shaoxia; and Ms. Hua Liqin and her husband were arrested at around 9 p.m. on October 16, 2020. Their Falun Gong books and informational materials were confiscated. Another practitioner, Ms. Guo Xiuping, around 70, was arrested a day later.
While Ms. Hua’s husband Mr. Zhang and Ms. Xu were cleared of charges, the other five practitioners were convicted on July 27 and taken to the Jinan Women’s Prison. Ms. Guo was sentenced to two years and 10 months, Ms. Hua and Ms. Li were each given two years and three months, Ms. Sun was sentenced to 10 months, and Ms. Chen to eight months.
Perpetrators’ contact information:
Dongchangfu District 610 Office: +86-635-8413081Hu Yungang (胡云岗), head of the Domestic Security Office: +86-13306350338, +86-13306358809Meng Xiaoli (孟晓丽), officer, Liuyuan Police Station: +86-13306358900
(More perpetrators’ contact information is available in the original Chinese article.)
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