(Minghui.org) Two Falun Gong practitioners in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, are facing trial for their faith, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Both of the practitioners were arrested last year and held at Wuhan City No.1 Detention Center. The prosecutor at Hanyang District Procuratorate recently indicted them and forwarded their cases to Hanyang District Court. 

In recent months, the Wuhan branch of the 610 Office, an extralegal agency created specifically to persecute Falun Gong, has consolidated all Falun Gong cases to two districts, Hongshan and Hanyang.

Ms. Wu Guiju

Ms. Wu Guiju, in her 50s, was arrested on March 20, 2019, after security personnel in her subdivision tricked her into opening the door at the police’s command. Her Falun Gong books and some related materials were confiscated.

Ms. Zou Shuangwu

Ms. Zou Shuangwu, 70, was arrested on April 18, 2019, also after the police ordered staff from her property management to deceive her into opening the door. A dozen officers ransacked her place and took her to the police station. Her arrest was approved on April 30. 

This wasn’t the first time that Ms. Zou had been persecuted for her faith.

In March 2007, Ms. Zou was arrested when she went to Wuhan Women’s Prison to take her younger sister, Ms. Mou Shuangfen, home after the latter had served three years, also for her faith in Falun Gong.

The older Ms. Zou was held at Yangyuan Brainwashing Center, also known as Yujiatou Brainwashing Center. She was in serious condition and emaciated after being tortured for two weeks.

Other Practitioners Detained at Wuhan City No.1 Detention Center

In addition to Ms. Wu and Ms. Zou, there are 27 other Falun Gong practitioners known to be detained in Wuhan City No.1 Detention Center for their faith.

They are: Ms. Li Pingyu, Ms. Qian Youyun, Ms. Sun Zuying, Ms. Ouyang Ruyun, Ms. Zhou Cuie, Ms. Fu Yousheng, Ms. Zhu Guangrong, Ms. Li Yungui, Mr. Li Taozhi, Ms. Huang Yuzhen, Ms. Li Xiumei, Ms. Jiang Dailan, Ms. Xiong Wenfeng, Ms. Tang Changjun, Mr. Liu Kexing, Ms. Wei Youxiu, Ms. Xu Huiming, Ms. Lu Xiuying, Ms. He Aixiang, Ms. Zhang Yi, Ms. Chen Zhuo, Ms. Liu Mulan, Ms. Liu Jing, Ms. Zhang Xiaorong, Ms. Zhang Guizhen, Ms. Zhao Zhiying and Ms. Wang.

In particular, Ms. Zhang Guizhen was arrested on October 23, 2019. She was hung up for days and force-fed in the local detention center. One of her fingers was broken during a beating by the guards.