85-year-old Woman Arrested for Her Faith and 250,000 Yuan Confiscated
(Minghui.org) An 85-year-old resident of Wuhan City, Hubei Province was arrested and detained for one day for her faith in Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Dozens of officers broke into Ms. Zhao Xiqing’s home on July 14, 2020, when she was studying Falun Gong’s teachings with seven other practitioners, including three in their 80s. The police ransacked Ms. Zhao’s home and confiscated her savings of 250,000 yuan in cash. Although Ms. Zhao was released the next day, the police refused to return the money to her.
While trying to escape the arrest, one practitioner jumped out of Ms. Zhao’s window on the second floor and suffered a bone fracture in her calf. She was treated in the hospital and taken back home by her family around midnight.
Ms. Xiong Guiju, who accompanied that practitioner’s family to the hospital, was arrested and had her home ransacked on the morning of July 15. She was rejected admission by the local detention center due to her high blood pressure and was released on the evening of July 17.
All the other practitioners arrested at Ms. Zhao’s home have been released by July 20.