Beijing Woman Arrested for Her Faith, Police Threaten Her Daughter to Watch Her
(Minghui.org) A Beijing resident was arrested on her way home on June 6, 2020, after the police suspected her of talking to people about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Xu Fengmei, 68, was stopped by officers at a bus station. The police searched her bag and didn’t find Falun Gong-related materials. They followed her home and searched her place without a warrant. Her computer and Falun Gong books were confiscated.
The police next brought Ms. Xu to the local police station. When she refused to answer their questions during interrogation, the officers verbally abused her. They also provided her with no food or water, nor did they allow her to use the restroom.
Hours later, Ms. Xu began to experience symptoms of high blood pressure. The police took her to a hospital, where doctors recommended that she be admitted immediately. But the police ignored them and took Ms. Xu to Daxing District Detention Center, which declined to accept her due to her hypertension. Ms. Xu was released on bail in the evening of June 7. Her daughter, though, was threatened while picking her up.
The police demanded that Ms. Xu's daughter watch her closely and prevent her from going out, or they would force the younger woman’s landlord to terminate her lease or have her workplace fire her.
The police returned to Ms. Xu’s home on June 8, took her photo and threatened her again not to go out. They said they would send some people to monitor her.
In the past 20 years, Ms. Xu has been arrested and detained multiple times and served seven years in prison for her faith.