(Minghui.org) Today's news from China includes incidents of persecution that took place in 17 cities or counties in 9 provinces, where at least 34 practitioners were recently persecuted for their belief.
Ms. Zhang Xiulan and Ms. Wang Yulan were sentenced to four years and two years in prison, respectively, in mid-December 2021.
Ms. Li Saimei from Kaifu District was arrested at around 11 p.m. on October 27, 2020. Her home was ransacked. She was recently sentenced to one and a half years in prison.
Ms. Xie Hongying, Ms. Liu Suping, and Ms. Jia Yanxia from the Suzhou District were arrested on April 25, 2021. Their homes were ransacked on the same day. Ms. Liu and Ms. Jia were released the next day. Ms. Xie is still detained.
It was learned that Ms. Xie was recently sentenced to one year in prison, Ms. Liu was sentenced to one and a half years of probation and fined 3000 yuan, and Ms. Jia was sentenced to a two-year probation and fined 3000 yuan.
Ms. Li Minzhi from Hulin City was tried in the Mishan Court on December 21, 2021 and sentenced to one year in prison. She is currently being detained in the Jixi City Detention Center.
Ms. Jin Huixin and Ms. Tai Zhenzi were arrested last year for distributing Minghui calendars which contain information about Falun Gong. It was recently learned that they were each sentenced to six months in prison. They were detained in the Yanji City Detention Center for three months. It is not known where they were detained afterwards.
Ms. Zhou Guihong and her husband Mr. Niu Jiancheng (non-practitioner) were arrested by the county police in early December 2021. Their home was ransacked. Mr. Niu took all the responsibility in order to protect his wife. He is now facing criminal charges.
Ms. Lin Guolan and Ms. Yao Shumei were arrested on December 25, 2021 when they were distributing truth-clarifying materials in Tonghua County. Their homes were ransacked the next day. The police confiscated four photos of Falun Gong’s founder, more than 100 Falun Gong books, three laptop computers, two printers, media players, and the truth-clarifying materials. Shi Jiayun was also arrested. The three practitioners were taken to the Tonghua County Police Department for interrogation. Ms. Yao Shumei and Shi Jiayun were released at around 10 p.m. that night.
Ms. Ji Guorong was reported to police for distributing truth-clarifying materials and was arrested by officers from the Jinsheng Village Police Station and the Jinyuan District Police Department on December 14, 2021. Her home was ransacked. At the time of this report Ms. Ji had been detained for two weeks, and was still being held.
Mr. Li Wanning and Ms. Zhang Junmei from Hujiachi Town were reported to police for talking to people about Falun Gong, and were arrested in September 2021. Their homes were ransacked. They were released on the same day.
Ms. Hu Guiying, 60, is a retiree from the Caijiagang Well Construction Engineering Department. She was arrested on April 15, 2021 when she was talking to people about Falun Gong in a supermarket in Xiesan Village. She is currently being detained in the Huainan City Detention Center.
Ms. Wang Peiyu, 74, is a family member of an employee in the Caijiagang Well Construction Engineering Department. She was arrested at the same time with Ms. Hu Guiying. It was learned that Ms. Wang was sentenced to one year and three months in prison and fined 2000 yuan. Because of epidemic, Ms. Wang is still at home.
Ms. Liu Chaoshu lives in Jinfeng Town, Gaoxin District. She was reported to police for talking to people about Falun Gong while on a bus, and was arrested on December 4, 2021. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
Ren Yiling, head of 610 Office of the Yangpu District Police Department, along with officers Wang Xiaojun and Li Jie, went to Ms. Cong Peixi’s home on December 15, 2021. They confiscated Ms. Cong’s cell phone and took her to the Changhai Road Police Station. Ms. Cong was interrogated in the police station and was later released.
Ms. Liu Yanjun and her sister Ms. Liu Yanchun have been harassed by police and local community staff members since late 2020. The police called their daughters and pressured them to sign a guarantee statement on behalf of their mothers. The local community staff members went to knock on their doors.
Ms. Liu Yanchun’s daughter was called to the Heshun Street Police Station on the evening of December 16, 2021. She was threatened that she would lose her job if she refused to sign the three statements on behalf of her mother. Two daughters of Ms. Liu Yanjun and the son-in-law also received harassing calls from the Heshun Police Station at the same time.
The eldest daughter of Ms. Liu Yanjun was harassed at her workplace on December 20, 2021. Zhang Shaojian from Erdao District Police Department, Tao Yong from the Heshun Street Police Station, and the director of Xinwang Community, pressured Ms. Liu’s daughter to sign the three statements on behalf of her mother while video recording the process.
Ms. Qu Longsheng, 77, was photographed at her home by officers from the Longshou Police Station on the morning of May 19, 2021.
Several days later, her son received several calls from the local community director and was pressured to sign a guarantee statement on behalf of his mother. He was told that he would receive a reward of 3000 yuan if he cooperated.
Six people, led by local police officer Xie Xiaofeng, went to Ms. Qu’s home a few days later. They told Ms. Qu to answer no if some higher officials came to ask if she still practiced Falun Gong. Ms. Qu refused to cooperate.
Two community staff members, Zhang and Long Zushu, went to Ms. Qu’s home to harass her again in late August 2021.
Five practitioners were tried by the Zunhua Court on September 15, 2021, and verdicts were announced on October 15, 2021. Ms. Geng Fuxia was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 10,000 yuan; Mr. Wei Guoshen, three years and eight months in prison with a fine of 5000 yuan; Ms. Wang Xiuhong, three years in prison with a fine of 3000 yuan; Ms. Fu Riying, two years in prison with a fine of 3000 yuan; and Ms. Lu Caiyun, one year and five months with a fine of 3000 yuan.
Ms. Lu Ciayun was released on November 18, 2021. She did not pay the 3000 yuan fine.
Ms. Zhao Shanying, 74, was taken to the Jilin Province Women’s Prison on December 10, 2021.
Ms. Li Shirong and Ms. Yang Xiaohui were followed and arrested by officers from the Chengdong Police Station on December 21, 2021, for talking to people about Falun Gong. The police searched them and confiscated 312 yuan in cash, an MP3 audio player, and several copies of truth-clarifying materials. They were released later that day.
Ms. Li Guizhen from Shapingba District was recently arrested again.
Ms. Zhang Yan was reported to police for talking to people about Falun Gong and was arrested on December 20, 2021. Her home was ransacked and her Falun Gong books and other personal belongings were confiscated. She was placed under 15-day detention and detained in the Hulin City Detention House.
Ms. Liu Yan was taken away by the court officers on December 27, 2021. Ms. Liu was released on bail pending trial. She has been tried before.