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Luzhou City, Sichuan Province: Four Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in Two Hours

September 23, 2019 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Four women in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province, were arrested on September 10, 2019, for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

They are being held in Naxi Detention Center. The police claimed that the practitioners were caught on surveillance cameras putting up banners with messages about Falun Gong. The practitioners were charged with “undermining law enforcement,” a standard pretext to criminalize Falun Gong practitioners.

All four of the women’s homes were ransacked and their personal belongings related to Falun Gong were confiscated.

Ms. Zhang Xinglian, 54, was arrested around 7 a.m. at her daughter's home. Her family suspects that the police had monitored her for some time, because she’d just moved in with her daughter three weeks before.

Ms. Ao Qizhen, a 59-year-old retired employee of Rural Credit Cooperatives, was also arrested at around 7 a.m.

Ms. Tang Zuqun, around 60, was surrounded and handcuffed by eight plainclothes officers around 8 a.m. when she went outside to empty the trash. The officers said they were from the Jiangyang District Police Station, but none of them signed her criminal detention notice and only put a seal on it.

Ms. Peng Zhaoqun, 50, was arrested around 9 a.m. at her mother's home. The officers ransacked her own home when no one was around. They also raided her son’s appliance repair shop and searched his cellphone.