194 Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted in January 2020

By  Minghui.org | Apr 05, 2020

According to information collected by Minghui.org, 125 Falun Gong practitioners were abducted and 69 were harassed in January 2020. 58 of the arrested practitioners remain in custody at the time of writing.

Most incidents occurred prior to the more than 80-city lockdown that resulted from the coronavirus outbreak. Hebei, Heilongjiang and Shandong provinces had the most cases, while incidents in all other provinces numbered in the single-digits.

Among the 194 practitioners, 48 had homes ransacked and 18 experienced extortion by police, with amounts ranging from 100 to 100,000 yuan, for a total of 155,700 yuan. Eight practitioners were in their 70s and five in their 80s.

Authorities in the Hongshan District of Wuhan City in Hubei Province reportedly prepared a list of 40 Falun Gong practitioners in December 2019 and planned to force them into a brainwashing facility after the Chinese New Year. As the city was later locked down it is unknown whether the abductions proceeded.

Below is a snapshot of the abductions and incidents of harassment in January 2020. The increased control of information and strict transportation restrictions throughout China due to the coronavirus outbreak make timely reporting of mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners even more difficult.

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