[Note: The following is a shortened version of a longer and more detailed article that appeared on the Minghui.org website, the Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net]
Ms. He Maofen is about 60 years old. She began practising Falun Gong in 1997. Her illnesses all vanished after she started the practice. Tragically, Jiang Zemin's regime started persecuting Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999. He Maofen persisted in cultivating Falun Gong.
Because she exposed the persecution, Ms. He was brutally persecuted. She was illegally arrested1, tortured, fined, and subjected to brainwashing. Her family members were also harassed.
He Maofen was arrested on November 10th, 2004, when she explained the true situation of Falun Gong in her town. Her home was then searched and she was sent to a detention centre. The inhuman detention centre authorities denied her food for nine days. Later, one of her relatives paid 5,000 yuan2 to the detention centre. He Maofen was later released.
On December 17th, He Maofen was arrested again. The next day, she was sent to the Linyi Brainwashing Centre. She was also arrested on March 30th, 2005, for distributing Falun Gong materials. Recently, Ms. He has been in the Yishui Detention Centre.
1. Illegally arrested: Contrary to what former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution, and the Chinese Communist Party would like the world to believe, practising Falun Gong is NOT illegal in China. Although the Public Security Department issued an unconstitutional set of restraints on the practice at the onset of the persecution in 1999, no laws have been passed by the only legislative body in China, the People's Congress, banning Falun Gong or granting the police the authority to arrest Falun Gong practitioners for practising the exercises or distributing flyers. For a more complete discussion of the illegality of the persecution of Falun Gong, please refer to the article "The Ban on Falun Gong—A Dictator's Whim, Not the Rule of Law". (Variation: "illegally sentenced")
2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
Chinese version available at http://minghui.org/mh/articles/2006/4/16/125334.html
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