(Minghui.org) Nine people in Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province, were arrested between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. on April 11, 2021, for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

The nine practitioners are Ms. Tang Rongzhu, Huang Zengyou (gender unknown), Ms. Liu Yuxiu, Ms. Lai Chengmei, Ms. Shao Yanfang, Ms. Lai Lanying, Ms. Lan Qiuxiang, Deng (first name and gender unknown), and a woman whose first name is Hua (last name unknown). At the detention facility where they were taken, they saw two other practitioners, with one of them bleeding from his head. It’s not clear when the other two were arrested.

The nine practitioners arrested on the same day were held in separate rooms and were given comprehensive physical exams. They were also ordered to read random sentences, likely to record their voices. The police took their heights and photographed them from the front, back, left, and right. They also ordered them to sign a thick stack of paperwork. It’s not clear what was on the papers.

Ms. Tang, Huang, Ms. Liu, and Deng were released the next day. Lai Chengmei and Shao are now in the Yangshan County Detention Center. Lai Lanying, Lan, and Hua were taken to the Lianzhou City Lockup.

A total of 32 police officers went to Ms. Shao’s home in a bus and several police cars. She was about to have dinner with her 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. The police pounded on the door. When she refused to open up, the police kept turning off her power supply, making the lights go off and on. Her children were terrified.

After an hour of relentless knocking, the police threatened that they would smash the door down if Ms. Shao didn’t open it. She went downstairs and opened the door. The officers rushed in. They attempted to put a black hood over her head and stuff her mouth with cloth, but her children stopped them.

The police handcuffed Ms. Shao and took her away. Her computer, printer, five cellphones, Falun Gong books, paper cutter, and a box of printer paper were confiscated.

When her husband, who was out with friends that evening, heard about the incident and rushed home, the police didn’t let his daughter open the door for him. He stood outside and watched the police take his wife away around midnight.

Both Ms. Shao’s husband and daughter were summoned to the police station the next day to be interrogated.

Ms. Liu was handcuffed and forced to wear a mask during her arrest. She was unable to talk during her arrest. It’s not clear whether the police had stuffed her mouth and used the mask to cover it up.

The police put a black hood over Ms. Lai Chengmei’s head when they arrested her. She was also handcuffed.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution