In 1997, Zhongxia Tian was a sales clerk at a supermarket in Hefei, with monthly income of only about several hundred of Chinese Yuan. She lived a very frugal and simple life, often eating only a few steamed buns or buying a vegetarian’s meal box costing 1-2 Yuan for food for the whole day. In 1998, when she saw that many children in poor areas of Anhui Province could not afford to go to school, she sponsored two of them, providing fund for them to go through the elementary school. Soon after that, she bought clothing and food and sent them to the Orphanage of Hefei. As “doing good deeds to let others know is not really doing a good deed”, and she never told anyone about it.
After a long period of time, people from the Orphanage came to her workplace to thank her, her fellow workers realized then that their usually very “stingy and tight” fellow worker is so unselfish and a Good Samaritan. Someone said she was foolish, and she replied, “Thinking of others first when doing anything and everything is what our Master in Falun Dafa taught us.” Her deeds moved many people, the “Anhui Countryside Co-op News” reported on her story on their front page.
In 1999, Chinese government started its persecution of Falun Gong, yet Zhongxia Tian persisted firmly on her belief, and she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in 2000. She was illegally arrested, beaten, and persecuted, just as many other Falun Gong practitioners in China at that time. After her release, she was listed as a “Key Figure” by local police and the 610 Office, and they would harass her during those “sensitive” days and holidays. In 2004, before the Chinese
Communist Party’s two major conferences, Heifei police arrested her again, and ransacked her entire house, in order to find further “evidence” to continue their persecution, but they did not find anything. She was arrested and detained for 15 days and then released. In May, 2004, party officials again stormed into her house, attempting to arrest her. Fortunately she was not home and the arrest attempt failed. But since that time her residence and home telephone had been monitored illegally, and she could no longer return home, and had to be on exile since then.
In the beginning of 2008, local police of Hefei set up a trap: they stopped to issue retirement money to her, and colluded with local neighborhood committee to tell her family that the retirement policy had changed, that Tian had to go to government office to complete some paper works, in order to continue to receive her retirement payment. On November 19, 2008, Tian went with family to go to the local government agency to complete the paper work, but the agency telephoned the police secretly. As soon as Tian stepped out of the door, she was arrested by police.
A local police officer named Li once told family members of Tian that, “I know those who practice Falun Gong are good people, but the government does not allow them to practice, and there is nothing we can do.” He also told her family, “If we don’t catch her, we would lost scores on our annual review and lose money.” The economic losses may be why the police persisted on persecuting Zhongxia Tian.
At the end of December, 2008, without any evidence, Hefei Labor Camp Committee sentenced Zhongxia Tian to one and a half years in labor camp. She was detained in the 2nd Division of Anhui Women’s Labor Camp. Because she refused to be “converted”, she was put in the “Severe Punishment Group”, with drug addicts closely monitoring her all day long, even when she is eating, sleeping, and going to the bathroom. At the age of over 50, she is forced to work as slave labor for over ten hours every day. She is also forced to write “Though Report”. When she refused to write, the guards at the camp would threaten her with “deprivation of visitation rights of her family, allowing them to visit once every three months.”
Zhongxia Tian is still being kept illegally in the labor camp. We ask that good people of the world to work with us, and let’s end the evil persecution against Falun Gong and its practitioners.
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