March 03, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China
(Minghui.org) A woman from Guanghan City was arrested for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual belief that is persecuted in China, and tortured in a detention center and prison for three years. A year after her release, she was taken to a mental hospital and tortured for 10 months.
The authorities in Deyang City scheduled four Falun Gong practitioners to be tried on March 7, 2011. The trial was a setup to lure other practitioners into the courthouse, where they were illegally arrested. The trial was then canceled.
In total, 22 practitioners were arrested that day, including Ms. Yang Yonghui. In the police station the officers drew Ms. Yang’s blood without her consent and tortured her into giving up her address. The police then ransacked her home and confiscated her belongings.
Ms. Yang was indicted three months later and, a year after that, sentenced to four and a half years in prison. She appealed, and her sentence was reduced to three years. During the appeal, she went on a huger strike to protest the persecution. The guards in Guanghan Detention Center handcuffed her to a bed and force fed her for a month. A few times the feeding tube was inserted into her windpipe instead of her esophagus, and Ms. Yang passed out from the pain.
Ms. Yang was sent to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison. She refused to ask for permission to use the toilet, so the guards deprived her of sleep, forced her to do manual labor, and read materials that slandered Falun Gong. She was released in March 2014.
Ms. Yang’s husband, who was deceived by the Chinese regime’s slanderous propaganda about Falun Gong, called the police on her in April 2015. Ms. Yang was taken to Guanghan Mental Hospital, where she was tied down on a bed and shocked with electric batons. She was also forced to take nerve-damaging drugs. Ms. Yang was released on February 3, 2016.
Category: Accounts of Persecution