(Minghui.org) A 67-year-old Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province, woman was recently sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for her faith in Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Zhong Yifang has developed severe uremia while being held at the Panzhihua City Detention Center. Her abdomen is badly swollen and she is emaciated. The guards are giving her injections every day, but it’s not clear what is in them.

Ms. Zhong’s latest arrest in mid-November 2019 for talking to people about Falun Gong came less than three years after she served eight years for her faith.

Ms. Zhong, a retired factory worker, took up Falun Gong in 1998. Since the persecution started a year later, she has been repeatedly arrested and served 1.5 years of forced labor before being given eight years in 2010.

While she was serving time in Longquanyi Women’s Prison, the guards injected her with unknown drugs and regularly took blood samples of her blood. She was also forced to do intensive unpaid labor during the day and stand with her upper body parallel to the ground for long hours at night.

When she was released, she only was given her undergarments. An inmate secretly gave her pajamas and a sweater so that she could leave the prison with some clothes on.

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