‘Like an Animal’: Mother Describes 700 Days Detained in a Chinese Labor Camp Over Her Faith

Almost two decades ago, Wang Ying was sentenced to two years of forced labor for doing nothing more than carrying two books in her luggage on a train home. “Show me your ticket. … Which is your luggage?” A steward approached Wang on the morning of Oct. 3, 2002, trying to find out her identity. It was the cross-legged sitting posture of her companion that aroused the steward’s suspicion. The officer ended up finding two Falun Gong books—millions of which had already been burned or trashed on orders from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that originated in China, involving five slow-moving exercises including a sitting meditation and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It was practiced by 70-100 million adherents in China by 1999, official estimates at the time found, but later brutally suppressed …
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