By Juliet Song for the Epoch Times
Gong Yuqun, a professor of English with an impeccable British accent, came of age during the Cultural Revolution in China, a time of political madness and turmoil when intellectuals were heavily persecuted. She made it through that period and went on to make significant contributions to English-language education in her home province.
But now, in her 70s, Gong has been unable to escape an even more ferocious political persecution: she was recently placed in a re-education center because she handed out information about the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice in China.
Local police in China’s central province of Hubei abducted Gong on Feb. 22, the date of this year’s Lantern Festival, for passing out explanatory materials about Falun Gong and the deadly state campaign against it. The same night, she was transferred to the brainwashing facility after being deceived into giving her signature.
Falun Gong incorporates five meditation exercises and a body of moral discipline at the core of which is the cultivation of three cardinal principles—truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Practitioners have been unlawfully detained and thousands murdered by Chinese communist authorities since July 1999.
Gong Yuqun began practicing Falun Gong over twenty years ago at the age of 50, when it was still freely practiced in China. Like tens of millions of people who also took up the discipline, Gong found the practice improved her health and that its teachings aided her in resolving interpersonal conflicts at the workplace by reducing her competitive and selfish habits.
When she was out distributing Falun Gong flyers in the city of Wuchang (part of Wuhan), Gong was reported to the police and detained. Zhou Yingguo, the officer, told her that she would not be held for long on account of her age and would need her signature for processing purposes.
But instead of releasing her, Zhou turned Gong over to the Internal Security Bureau, a kind of secret political police force, in Wuchang, from which she was transferred to a brainwashing center in the outskirts of town. The building has no address or workplace title, and houses many others arrested for practicing Falun Gong.
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