Eyewitness Account of the Brutal Tortures in Wanjia Women's Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.Net) Since first cultivating Falun Dafa in March 1998, I have begun a completely new life and become a healthy and happy person, vastly different from before, when I had many illnesses. I realize that it is Dafa that has given me a new life. My life belongs to Dafa.
In July 1999, China's national media launched a propaganda campaign, spreading rumors and twisted stories about Falun Gong. I thought that I should exercise the right granted by the national constitution to safeguard that which is right, so I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong on October 30, 1999. I was arrested in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province on my way to Beijing and sentenced to 2 years in a forced labor camp. On December 26, 1999, I was sent to Wanjia Labor Camp in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province. I witnessed first hand that practitioners' appeal for a reasonable environment for cultivation practice led to their persecution using various barbarous tortures such as brutal beating, electric baton shocking, locking up in "small cells," being handcuffed for long periods of time and prolonged periods of being forced to sit on metal chairs.
On June 18, 2000, the camp held a meeting for practitioners. Heavily armed police surrounded the meeting place where male criminal inmates, who cooperate with the camp authorities to persecute Dafa disciples in exchange for preferential treatment, sat behind the practitioners. The chief officer of the labor camp said, "This [battle against Falun Gong] is not an internal conflict among ourselves but a clash between ourselves and the enemy." Some so-called "reformed" former practitioners, who had been coerced or brainwashed to give up Falun Gong, stood up to slander Dafa. A few practitioners in my group acted to stop them immediately, for which they were brutally beaten and then hung up (from handcuffs holding their arms behind their backs) in small cells for over 30 hours. The labor camp then began forcing us all to be subjected to brainwashing, attempting to coerce us to sign statements renouncing our cultivation practice. Those of us who refused to sign were sent to join male groups in the camp.
On June 20, those who suffered the torture of being hung up were returned to the group cells one after another. Their faces and bodies were all swollen. There were obvious wounds on their wrists from being hung up. The last practitioner to come back said tearfully that a male policeman named Li Min obscenely groped her breasts while torturing her in the small cell. When she attempted to stop him, Li punched and kicked her mercilessly.
I was shocked by the obscene acts perpetrated by members of the so-called "People's Police." Falun Gong practitioners suffer inhumane torture in this hellish labor camp everyday.
I am a survivor and a witness to the cruel persecution in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp. As a citizen with a sense of justice, I am risking my life to speak out the truth of the vicious persecution and torture imposed on Falun Gong practitioners. I appeal to all the kind-hearted people in the world to help stop this inhuman persecution.
All of I said above are the truth and facts about Wanjia Labor Camp.