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Fired for Her Faith, Former Government Employee Sent to Brainwashing Center for Ninth Time

Oct. 23, 2021 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Hubei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Having been held in various brainwashing centers eight times for practicing Falun Gong, a Wuhan City, Hubei Province resident was recently arrested again and taken to a brainwashing center.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Zhou Ailin

Ms. Zhou Ailin, 53 and former auditor of Qiaokou District Industrial and Commercial Bureau, was reported by three college students for talking to people about Falun Gong on the street on July 29, 2021. The police arrested her around September 14, 2021 and gave her 15 days at Wuhan City No. 1 Lockup. As she was released from the lockup on September 29, the police stopped her at the gate, carried her into the police car, and took her to the Etouwan Brainwashing Center. 

Ms. Zhou being carried away by the police

Prior to her latest arrest, Ms. Zhou has been held at the Etouwan Brainwashing Center, Danshuichi Brainwashing Center, Erdaopeng Brainwashing Center and Hubei Province Brainwashing Center in Wuhan a total of eight times. For not renouncing Falun Gong, she was force fed, beaten, held in solitary confinement and hung up by her wrists for days. 

In addition to the incarceration, Ms. Zhou was also fired by the Qiaokou District Industrial and Commercial Bureau and transferred to a subordinate office to work as a secretary.

Etouwan Brainwashing Center

When Ms. Zhou was held in the Etouwan Brainwashing Center following her arrest on October 2, 2014, the authorities ordered her work unit to provide two employees as “transformation companions,” who would monitor her around the clock. When her work unit failed to do this, the 610 Office extorted 8,000 yuan from the work unit each month for two months, which was taken out of Ms. Zhou’s wages, to pay for the people they hired to monitor her.

Ms. Zhou was arrested again in June 2016 for filing a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party who ordered the persecution in 1999. After 15 days of administrative detention, she was held at the Etouwan Brainwashing Center for seven months, until the 2017 Chinese New Year. The authorities hired three people to monitor her and withheld 63,000 yuan from her salary to pay them (100 yuan per day for each person). 

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