(Minghui.org) A disabled and blind woman was sentenced to two years for her faith in Falun Gong in February 2021.

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. Zhang Chunxia, 53, is from Tianjin. She was arrested at home on September 4, 2019, just prior to the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s power grab in China. She was held at the Wuqing District Detention Center and sentenced to two years by the Wuqing District Court in February 2021. It’s not clear if she has been taken to prison.

Ms. Zhang suffers from congenital blindness and her legs are disabled. She took up Falun Gong in 1998, one year before the communist regime ordered the persecution. Despite her physical condition, local government officials didn’t spare her. They kept harassing her and monitoring her.

Ms. Zhang went to Beijing with other Falun Gong practitioners in May 2000 to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. She was arrested and beaten at the local detention center.

A guard said to the inmates, “You should give her a good ‘education.’” The inmates kicked her off her bed. Her leg broke and started to bleed. The inmates also hung her up from a beam in the ceiling. She held a hunger strike to protest the persecution and was released five days later.

Ms. Zhang was arrested again and taken to the brainwashing center in January 2001. Because she was coughing, the authorities gave her three injections in one day. She passed out and had to be resuscitated in the hospital. Her family protested vehemently, and the authorities released her.

A year later, the authorities took her back into custody in January 2002. She fell into a coma and was taken to the hospital again. Her father asked the police, “Why did you arrest my daughter? If you arrest her again, I will fight you to the death.” The police tore the elderly man’s jacket as they argued. The police later released Ms. Zhang.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution