Arrested in the Middle of the Night, Guangxi Woman Detained Incommunicado for Over Three Months
(Minghui.org) A Guilin City, Guangxi Province, resident has been detained incommunicado for over three and a half months for her faith in Falun Gong. Her family is very worried about her health.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zhao Renyuan and her husband, Mr. Xie Jianxin, were arrested in the middle of the night on February 5, 2020. The police knocked on their door and claimed to be temperature checkers. Mr. Xie sent a text to a relative about the situation and said he didn’t open the door. When the relative saw the text on the next morning and called Mr. Xie, the couple had already been arrested.
Mr. Xie and Ms. Zhao are currently detained in Room 201 in the 2nd ward and Room 301 in the 1st ward, respectively, in Guilin City No.2 Detention Center. The police didn’t allow their family to make phone calls or visit them.
In the past few months, the couple’s family has been writing letters to them. Mr. Xie has been writing back each month, but the family hasn’t heard back from Ms. Zhao after her only letter on March 18.
The couple’s family has been calling the detention center to inquire about her situation. The guards would tell them either that she refused to write letters or that they didn’t know about her situation, before quickly hanging up the phone.
Ms. Zhao’s lawyer went to the detention center on June 18 to obtain her signature on his Power of Attorney document. The guards denied the visitation with the excuse of the coronavirus epidemic and also refused to deliver the lawyer’s letter to Ms. Zhao.
Ms. Zhao’s cousin, who lives in the same city as the couple, wrote to the detention center on June 22 and requested Ms. Zhao be allowed to contact her family again. She hasn’t received a reply at the time of writing.
Ms. Zhao’s sister called the detention center on June 29 and asked whether she was sick or something had happened to her. A male guard replied, “We have doctors in here.” When the sister kept asking what had happened, the guard said everything was fine and then hung up.
Ms. Zhao’s sister called back, and a female guard picked up the phone. She said to Ms. Zhao’s sister, “The person you just talked to was talking nonsense. Your sister is doing fine. We are very busy now and don’t have time to talk to you.” She hanged up, and no one picked up the phone when the sister called back.
Ms. Zhao’s family is now very concerned about her health in custody.