Beijing Jailed at Least 100 Falun Gong Practitioners in September: Report

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentenced at least 100 Falun Gong adherents to prison in September, according to Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that documents the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. An Oct. 5 article on the site enumerated 101 individuals who were given prison terms for their belief in Falun Gong in September, including 25 people aged 65 or older. At the same time, the CCP courts fined them a combined amount of $77,600, and local police officers extorted $7,767 from them. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice consisting of slow-moving exercises and moral teachings that promote truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance in everyday life. Its popularity peaked in the late 1990s in China, with 70 million to 100 million adherents, according to official estimates. The September persecution involved 19 provinces, ethnic minority regions, and municipalities under direct administration of the central CCP. Family Imprisoned, Tianjin In early September, the authorities of Ninghe District in the municipality of Tianjin, sentenced a family of three Falun Gong followers to jail, the report said. The father, Li Guoqing; the mother, Yu Bo; and their daughter Li Lei respectively received prison terms of 12 years, 10 years, and 7 years for practicing their belief faith. Li Guoqing was a chief power dispatcher in a local energy firm. His expertise and good character earned him wide recognition and respect from his colleagues. His wife and daughter ran a small family business—a wedding company, which enjoyed a good reputation in the locality. Soon after the arrests on May 15, 2019, police searched their home and seized three vehicles, a printer, and other private items. Lawyer Re-Jailed, Hunan Province  Falun Gong practitioner Meng Kai, a lawyer, was sentenced to three and half years in prison by a court in Liuyang City, Hunan Province, on Sept. 17. The trial came 11 months after he was arrested on Oct. 28, 2020, according to the report. The local government did not give Meng’s family any information until the day before his court appearance on Sept. 17, 2021. During the trial, the family watched Meng defend himself via a screen, as he pointed out that the court misapplied Article 300 of China’s criminal law to charge him. However, the judge insisted on convicting him despite the allegation. Meng has served seven years in Chishan Prison in Yuanjiang City, Hunan Province, since 2001 for refusing to renounce his beliefs. He was subjected to various forms of torture while imprisoned. Female Engineer Re-Jailed, Shanghai Falun Gong practitioner Yang Manye, was given a two-year prison term and fined $1,240 on Sept. 24. in Shanghai. The 54-year-old engineer is a resident of Putuo District, Shanghai. She has repeatedly suffered from persecution for her belief in Falun Gong in detention centers, brainwashing sessions, labor camps, and prisons, according to Minghui.org. Her combined loss of personal liberty adds up to 10 years, said the report. 81-Year-Old Re-tried, Shandong Province Retired teacher Ma Junting, 81, is a resident of Tai’an City, Shandong Province. She received a 2-year sentence on Sept. 2 on the basis of a pending 3-year term she received in 2019. Police harassed her more than once and forcibly sent her to brainwashing sessions. On June 7, 2018, four police officers from Feicheng Public Security Bureau, Tai’an City, raided her home and confiscated all her Falun Gong books and materials. Police forced her family to sign a notice of “bail pending trial” on her behalf. On June 13, 2019, a Feicheng court gave Ma a 3-year jail term, probation of four years, plus a fine of $6,208. On Nov. 9, 2020, Ma was out sharing Falun Gong related calendars and pamphlets with the public. When the police received a report of her actions, her home was raided by officers from Taishan District and agents of the local 610 Office. The 610 Office is a secret, extra-legal nationwide network designed to target Falun Gong practitioners. Also known as the “Gestapo” of China, the agency has authority to employ the country’s vast resources in the public security, procuratorate, justice, and propaganda sectors to oppress millions of Falun Gong believers. Follow Frank Yue is a Canada-based journalist for The Epoch Times who covers China-related news. He also holds an M.A. in English language and literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China.

Beijing Jailed at Least 100 Falun Gong Practitioners in September: Report
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentenced at least 100 Falun Gong adherents to prison in September, according to Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that documents the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong.

An Oct. 5 article on the site enumerated 101 individuals who were given prison terms for their belief in Falun Gong in September, including 25 people aged 65 or older. At the same time, the CCP courts fined them a combined amount of $77,600, and local police officers extorted $7,767 from them.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice consisting of slow-moving exercises and moral teachings that promote truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance in everyday life. Its popularity peaked in the late 1990s in China, with 70 million to 100 million adherents, according to official estimates.

The September persecution involved 19 provinces, ethnic minority regions, and municipalities under direct administration of the central CCP.

Family Imprisoned, Tianjin

In early September, the authorities of Ninghe District in the municipality of Tianjin, sentenced a family of three Falun Gong followers to jail, the report said.

The father, Li Guoqing; the mother, Yu Bo; and their daughter Li Lei respectively received prison terms of 12 years, 10 years, and 7 years for practicing their belief faith.

Li Guoqing was a chief power dispatcher in a local energy firm. His expertise and good character earned him wide recognition and respect from his colleagues.

His wife and daughter ran a small family business—a wedding company, which enjoyed a good reputation in the locality.

Soon after the arrests on May 15, 2019, police searched their home and seized three vehicles, a printer, and other private items.

Lawyer Re-Jailed, Hunan Province 

Falun Gong practitioner Meng Kai, a lawyer, was sentenced to three and half years in prison by a court in Liuyang City, Hunan Province, on Sept. 17. The trial came 11 months after he was arrested on Oct. 28, 2020, according to the report.

The local government did not give Meng’s family any information until the day before his court appearance on Sept. 17, 2021. During the trial, the family watched Meng defend himself via a screen, as he pointed out that the court misapplied Article 300 of China’s criminal law to charge him. However, the judge insisted on convicting him despite the allegation.

Meng has served seven years in Chishan Prison in Yuanjiang City, Hunan Province, since 2001 for refusing to renounce his beliefs. He was subjected to various forms of torture while imprisoned.

Female Engineer Re-Jailed, Shanghai

Falun Gong practitioner Yang Manye, was given a two-year prison term and fined $1,240 on Sept. 24. in Shanghai.

The 54-year-old engineer is a resident of Putuo District, Shanghai. She has repeatedly suffered from persecution for her belief in Falun Gong in detention centers, brainwashing sessions, labor camps, and prisons, according to Minghui.org.

Her combined loss of personal liberty adds up to 10 years, said the report.

81-Year-Old Re-tried, Shandong Province

Retired teacher Ma Junting, 81, is a resident of Tai’an City, Shandong Province. She received a 2-year sentence on Sept. 2 on the basis of a pending 3-year term she received in 2019.

Police harassed her more than once and forcibly sent her to brainwashing sessions.

On June 7, 2018, four police officers from Feicheng Public Security Bureau, Tai’an City, raided her home and confiscated all her Falun Gong books and materials. Police forced her family to sign a notice of “bail pending trial” on her behalf.

On June 13, 2019, a Feicheng court gave Ma a 3-year jail term, probation of four years, plus a fine of $6,208.

On Nov. 9, 2020, Ma was out sharing Falun Gong related calendars and pamphlets with the public. When the police received a report of her actions, her home was raided by officers from Taishan District and agents of the local 610 Office.

The 610 Office is a secret, extra-legal nationwide network designed to target Falun Gong practitioners. Also known as the “Gestapo” of China, the agency has authority to employ the country’s vast resources in the public security, procuratorate, justice, and propaganda sectors to oppress millions of Falun Gong believers.


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Frank Yue is a Canada-based journalist for The Epoch Times who covers China-related news. He also holds an M.A. in English language and literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China.