(Minghui.org) Over 10 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested on July 28, 2012. They were taken to the Ziyang City Law Education Center, also known as the Erehu Brainwashing Center.

Personnel from the Jianyang City 610 Office and the Sichuan Province Domestic Security Division carried out the arrests.

Elderly Mr. Ma Detained for Over Five Months

Mr. Ma Daiheng, 76, was arrested at home. Agents forced their way into his home and ransacked it. They also stole a few hundred yuan in cash, which was Mr. Ma's and his wife's retirement income.

When Mr. Ma's wife returned home that night, she saw the mess left behind, but didn't know what had happened to her husband. None of the family were notified of Mr. Ma's arrest. His wife later found out that he had been taken to the Erehu Brainwashing Center.

Mr. Ma was held at the brainwashing center for more than five months before his arrest warrant was “officially” approved. Mr. Ma was then transferred to the Mahao Street Detention Center in Jianyang City.

The authorities are planning to indict Mr. Ma as a political prisoner, even though Falun Gong practitioners have no interest in political power and do not pursue politics; they only want freedom of belief and a safe environment to practice spirituality.

Mr. Ma has lived a hard life, farming and teaching to make ends meet. As a result of various hardships and poverty, he developed different diseases. However, after he began to practice Falun Gong, his illnesses disappeared and he became healthy. He also became kinder, friendlier and more patient by following Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Nevertheless, he and millions of good people like him, have been brutally persecuted by the Chinese communist regime over the past 14 years.

Retired Ms. Wang and Others Arrested

Ms. Wang Hua, in her 60s, was also arrested on July 28. Her home was ransacked, with police confiscating over 4,000 yuan in cash. Ms. Wang's husband, in his 70s and bedridden, was left unattended.

Ms. Wang was taken to the Erehu Brainwashing Center and was detained there for over five months before her arrest warrant was “officially” approved. She was then indicted as a political prisoner and is now being held at the Anyue County Detention Center.

Other practitioners who were arrested on July 28 include Mr. Wang and Ms. Li Niang, in her 60s. Both practitioners are from out of town and were in Jianyang City for work. They were taken to the Erehu Brainwashing Center. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

Ms. Wang Ying, in her 50s, was also among those arrested. Her whereabouts are unknown. Her family haven't been notified of the arrest or where she is being held.

Individuals and Agencies Involved in the Persecution:

610 Office at No. 9 Guangjiu Street, Ziyang City, Sichuan Province 641399: Wang Anpeng, director: +86-028-26999199, +86-028-26110123, +86-13568539855 (Cell)

Erehu Law Education Center, Yingjie Town, Yanjiang District, Ziyang City, Sichuan Province 641399: Xu Hongyan, director: +86-028-26741031, +86-028-26741799, +86-028-26332128

610 Office in Jianyang City, Sichuan Province 641399: Yang Zongkai, director: +86-028-27214480, +86-028-27210680, +86-13982923297 (Cell)

Domestic Security Division in Jianyang City, Sichuan Province 641399: Yan Yiquan, captain: +86-028-27226655, +86-028-27263848, +86-13980382856 (Cell)