(Minghui.org) It was recently confirmed by Minghui.org that a retired middle school teacher in Chongqing was taken to the Zouma Women’s Prison in November 2023 to serve a 14-month term for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
The sentencing of Ms. Yu Dehui, nearly 70, stemmed from her arrest on February 19, 2020, after the local Jinfeng Town Police Station found out that she had distributed Falun Gong materials in a residential area. She was released under house arrest that same day. Between May 13 and 31, 2020, several police cars patrolled her neighborhood every day and forbade her from leaving home. The police also put her on bail in August 2020.
For the next three years, Jinfeng Town Police Station officers, especially chief Wang Zhiyong, harassed Ms. Yu many times. Three officers from the Gaoxin District Domestic Security Office arrested her at home on June 24, 2021, and took her to the Chongqing People’s Hospital for a physical exam. Because of her high blood pressure, she was denied admission to the local detention center and released that evening.
Police chief Wang and three other officers arrested Ms. Yu again on August 2, 2022. She was held in the local detention center and then a hotel-turned-brainwashing center for over three weeks, before she was released under house arrest.
The High-tech Industrial Development Zone Police Station submitted Ms. Yu’s case to the Jiulong District Procuratorate in mid-February 2023. Jinfeng Town Police Station officers attempted to take her back into custody on May 17, 2023, but had to release her when the detention center refused to admit her due to her poor health.
Ms. Yu was arrested again between August and September 2023 and held in the Shapingba District Detention Center. She was later sentenced to 14 months in prison. Details about her indictment, trial, and sentencing aren’t clear.
Prior to her latest sentencing, Ms. Yu, a retired teacher from the Changyuan Middle School, was sentenced to five years in 2003 for practicing Falun Gong.
Ms. Yu recalled that she used to be very selfish and had a bad temper. It was Falun Gong that taught her to be considerate and understanding. She learned to look within for her own problems instead of pointing fingers at others. When her parents became bedridden in their 80s and 90s, she and her sister, also a practitioner, took care of the elderly couple for years until they passed away. The sisters bathed their parents every day to prevent bedsores. “If I didn’t practice Falun Gong, I wouldn’t have done that for so many years,” Ms. Yu recalled. Because she refused to give up practicing Falun Gong, she was targeted by the communist regime.
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