(Minghui.org) A Xiangtan City, Hunan Province resident has been detained for over a month for her faith in Falun Gong. She is now being held in solitary confinement for protesting against the persecution.

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

Ms. Mo Liqiong was arrested on February 5, 2021 while distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. Her family went to the Yangjiaqiao Town Police Station and Wujiaxiang Lockup to demand her release on February 8, but to no avail. When her family visited her at the lockup on February 10, she had three scars on her forehead.

The police lied to her family that they would release her ten days later. When her family went to pick her up on February 16, they were shocked to find Ms. Mo had been transferred to the Xiangtan City Detention Center. Her arrest was approved on February 23. 

Because she shouted “Falun Dafa is good” to protest the arbitrary detention, the detention center guards put her in solitary confinement. She remains in solitary confinement at the time of writing.

Past Persecution

Ms. Mo, a 51-year-old former accountant, began to practice Falun Gong in May 1997 when she was working in Tianjin. She became more broad-minded and her health also improved. She was filled with energy every day. 

After the communist regime ordered the persecution, she was arrested on February 1, 2000 for going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. The police detained her for 15 days.

Ms. Mo went back to Beijing in late 2000 to appeal, only to be arrested again. The police stripped her clothes, left her outside and poured cold water on her for four hours when the temperature was only 7 °F. 

She was officially arrested on March 10, 2001. The nearly 3,000 yuan cash she had was confiscated by the police. During the interrogation, the officers beat her and cuffed her hands behind her back.

During a hearing by the Yuetang District Court in Xiangtan on August 17, 2001, she escaped. The police searched her parents' and sister’s homes to look for her.

Ms. Mo was arrested one more time on August 25, 2003 in Changsha City, Hunan Province. She escaped from the police station again and was put on the wanted list. 

In November 2002, she was arrested in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, while distributing Falun Gong informational materials. She was held at the Luohu Detention Center in Shenzhen for over seven months and was force fed for 15 days during that time. 

She was later transferred back to Changsha and forced to wear handcuffs and shackles for a month for shouting “Falun Dafa is good.” 

The Yuetang District Procuratorate indicted her on November 24, 2003 and the Yuetang District Court sentenced her to nine years on December 19, 2003. 

The Xiangtan Textile Printing and Dyeing Factory fired her for practicing Falun Gong on February 24, 2004. 

While serving time at the Changsha City Women’s Prison, she was subjected to over 20 hours of brainwashing every day for three months. The guards once forced her to stand or squat for over ten days and sit on a palm-size stool for three days. She wasn’t allowed to be visited by her family and was constantly monitored by the inmates. In addition to the physical torture, she was forced to do intensive labor without pay. 

When she finally returned home on March 12, 2012, her son, who was only a year old when she was arrested, couldn’t recognize her as his mother anymore. Her husband had also divorced her due to the pressure.

Both of her parents have lived in fear and the mental pressure took a toll on their health. Her father developed diabetes and was emaciated. Her mother’s hair turned grey and she also had severe arthritis and lumbar disc herniation. 

The police continued to monitor Ms. Mo's daily life and harass her and her family from time to time. 

Because she practiced Falun Gong, many employers didn’t dare to hire her, forcing her to constantly look for a job.

Related report:

Ms. Mo Liqiong from Xiangtan City, Hunan Province Illegally Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

Related report in Chinese:

十年冤狱-湖南湘潭会计师控告元凶江泽民

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution