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US Lawmaker Calls on Chinese Regime to Free Detained Falun Gong Relative

Zhou Deyong last saw his wife and son in Florida half a year ago before flying back to China to care for his ailing parents aged 87 and 90. He’s now being held in a Chinese detention center with little access to the outside world. Both his wife and son practice Falun Gong, a Buddha-school spiritual practice targeted for brutal suppression by the communist party in China for over two decades. Zhou, a senior geological engineer at the Geological Scientific Research Institute of the Shengli Oil Field, the second-largest crude producer in China, was arrested on April 23 at his home in Dongying, a coastal city in eastern Shandong Province. They accused Zhou of “utilizing heretical cult to sabotage the enforcement of law”—a common charge that many religious believers have faced under a regime that has shown little tolerance of faith. The police gave no official document when they raided …

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