Torture Survivor Faces Trial for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) An accountant in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province who survived years of torture for her faith in Falun Gong is now facing trial.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Dong Mei, 50, was arrested and had her home ransacked around 7 a.m. on December 4, 2019. Her 76-year-old mother, Ms. Zhang Yun, who was living with her, was also arrested and held in custody for 16 days. Ms. Dong has remained in custody at Shenyang City No.1 Detention Center since.
The Shenhe District Procuratorate has indicted her and submitted her case to the Shenhe District Court.
Ms. Dong took up Falun Gong in 1996 after witnessing the dramatic health improvement her mother experienced upon learning the practice. For refusing to renounce her faith, Ms. Dong was arrested multiple times and served two years at Longshan Forced Labor Camp.
The labor camp guards forced her to stand with both hands up against a wall for long hours. They shocked her with an electric baton when she couldn’t keep her arms up because of fatigue. The guards also grabbed her hair and hit her head against the wall and dragged her around barefoot on the concrete floor until her ankle bone was exposed.
On another occasion, the inmates forced her to sit on the floor, pushed her head down to touch her feet, and held her arms behind her back. Meanwhile, they shouted humiliating words into her ears. She felt her head would explode. Her hair and clothes became soaked in sweat, her chest became very tight, and she had trouble breathing. By the time she was allowed to stand up, she had already lost feeling in her legs. She was unable to walk on her own until two months later.
Ms. Dong was also forced to sit on a small stool for long hours every day until her buttocks festered. When she held a hunger strike to protest the persecution, the guards force-fed her.
After Ms. Dong was released, the police refused to issue her ID, causing her tremendous difficulty in finding a job. When she was working at a hotel in 2006, the police forced her manager to fire her.