Desperate Girl Holds Banner on Street: ‘I Want to See My Father’

23-year-old girl, Bian Xiaohui, was arrested for holding a banner in  Tangshan, Hebei Province in March, 2014. (Image: Weibo)
23-year-old girl, Bian Xiaohui, was arrested for holding a banner in Tangshan, Hebei Province in March, 2014. (Image: Weibo)

This story of a young woman arrested for holding a banner got censored on China’s popular blogging site Sina Weibo.

The reason 23-year-old Bian Xiaohui was apprehended in Hebei Province seems unreasonable, as does her father’s sentence to 12 years in prison.

Bian Lichao was a physical education teacher, and was awarded for being an outstanding employee for 15 years in a row. However, in 2012, he was imprisoned for not giving up his faith in Falun Gong, a peaceful meditation practice. He suffered symptoms of a severe heart attack after being brutally persecuted in jail.

His relatives were very worried about him, and kept trying to visit each month, but were repeatedly turned away.

“They just won’t let us see him; they won’t give a reason or legal provision,” said Bian Xiaohui earlier this year.

I’ve been everywhere and tried everything. I don’t even know whether my dad is still alive.

So the brave girl held a banner on the street on March 3, trying to attract attention and get help. However, Bian Xiaohui, her mother, and her cousin Chen Yinghua, who accompanied her that day, were arrested a week later.

Many people were touched by her filial piety, and several hundreds locals signed a petition for her father’s release. Chinese bloggers called her a “modern Ti Ying,” after a well-known daughter in ancient China who had great courage, according to Epoch Times.

The case went to trial on Dec. 12, but the verdict is currently unknown.

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