[xtypo_dropcap]T[/xtypo_dropcap]ina is a remarkable woman. She has overcome things which many of us cannot even imagine. Tina's Story is the story of one woman's journey through some of the darkest recesses of the world today into freedom in the West.
In the year 1999 the Chinese communist regime banned Falun Gong. Some in the Communist Party felt that its popularity posed a threat to their grip on power. Tens of millions of Chinese citizens were branded criminals overnight.
Tina, along with countless others, traveled to Beijing to appeal against the ban. There she was arrested and spent almost three years in prison and in labor camps where she was beaten and tortured. This is her story.
On 20th July 1999, the Communist Party issued orders that no one was allowed to practice Falun Gong any more.
In the year 2000 Tina decided to go to Beijing. She appealed on Tiananmen Square and was soon arrested.
She had known she might be arrested, but she was determined to defend her rights and those of her fellow countrymen. She was determined to stay true to her principles.
To protest her incarceration, in prison Tina went on a hunger strike. The first lasted six days and nights. She didn’t eat or drink anything. She said she was so weak she could only walk by leaning on the wall.
Eventually Tina was brutally force fed by the prison guards with a very thick plastic tube which was forced in through her nose. The process was brutal, she recounts, and caused her extreme pain.
She soon endured other forms of torture, such as being forced to stand in contorted positions for hours on end. She regularly was threatened with electrocution via the guards' electric shock clubs.
On another occasion Tina was locked in a cage and forced to stand for seven days and nights. She was beaten and given electric shocks when she became too exhausted to keep standing.
In April of 2009 Tina arrived in Australia as a refugee. Later that year she was given a Protection Visa which is similar to having permanent residency. Now she says she has true freedom of belief and can practice Falun Gong and its philosophy of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance openly and without fear.