(Minghui.org) Ms. Xu Runye, a 66-year-old resident in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Province, was arrested on January 16, 2022, after being recorded by surveillance camera distributing flyers about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
The police ransacked her home and held her at the Yinchuan City Lockup for 13 days of administrative detention, before transferring her to the Yinchuan City Detention Center, where she has been held since.
Ms. Xu was previously arrested on November 23, 2016 for her faith in Falun Gong, which she credits for curing her breast cancer. She was later sentenced to 3.5 years to the Ningxia Province Women’s Prison by the Jinfeng District Court. Her latest arrest came less than two years after she finished serving her prison term in May 2020.
In addition to the prison term, Ms. Xu, a native of Inner Mongolia, was also held in a detention center in Inner Mongolia for an extended period of time in the early years of the persecution.
In recent years, the persecution of elderly Falun Gong practitioners continues unabated. In 2021 alone, 58 practitioners age 60 or older were confirmed to have died as a result of the persecution, 278 were sentenced to prison, 1,318 were arrested and harassed, 142 had their pensions withheld, 55 had their blood drawn against their will, and 13 were forced to leave their homes to avoid further harassment.
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