(Minghui.org) Mr. Zhang Qingxing was on his way back home after taking his grandson to school on March 16, 2021, when a group of police officers showed up and arrested him on the street.

A few months before his arrest, he was reported for talking to people at a local fair about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Though he was released on bail initially, the authorities ordered his arrest again when he refused to have his photos taken during the “Zero-out” campaign, a concerted effort to force every Falun Gong practitioner on the government’s blacklist to renounce their faith.

Mr. Zhang was taken to the Xinji City Detention Center on March 17 and has been denied family visits since.

His family recently learned that he has been sentenced to three years and has been taken to a prison in Tangshan City.