The Brutal Torture I Received at Heizuizi Labor Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province, Could Not Shake My Rock Solid Faith in Master
I was very fortunate to obtain Dafa on June 13, 1999. On June 20, 1999, hearing that dictator Jiang wanted to persecute Falun Dafa, I went to Beijing to appeal. In my four trips to Beijing, I was illegally detained twice and imprisoned twice. In March 2000, I was sent to Heizuizi Labor Camp in Changchun City for one year of forced labor. Because I refused to renounce my belief in Dafa, I was forced to serve an extra one year term. I returned home in February 2002.
The cruel persecution I endured during my two years at Heizuizi, which included forced-feeding, confinement in a "small cell," countless torture sessions of being beaten or shocked with electric batons, could not make me waver in my rock solid faith in Dafa and in Master. When I was being persecuted, there was only one thought in my heart, "Even if I die under the electric baton, I will never betray my faith in Truth-Compassion-Forbearance."
I remember on May 16, 2001, the head of the Fourth Quarter, Zhang Guihai, and a guard named Feng came to interrogate me again to try to force me to give up my belief. I firmly said no. They then tortured me with an electric baton. At that time, I suddenly saw Master appear. He looked just like the photo in Zhuan Falun. Master opened his arms and stood before me. Immediately, I no longer felt any pain. I cried on the spot; tears streamed down my face. I was thinking in my heart, "Master, your disciple feels ashamed to face you! Your disciple hasn't cultivated well enough, yet Master is bearing the tribulations for the disciple. How can I face the Master?" Oh, humankind! All these times it's Master who's been bearing hardships for the disciples. I saw with my own eyes our Master suffering for us disciples.
The days are dark in the labor camp. We get up at 3 a.m. and work the whole day until 11 p.m.--20 hours a day. At the same time we are subjected to vicious physical and verbal abuse by the guards and bombardment from those "collaborators" who strayed and "enlightened" along an evil path. Amidst the persecution, I remembered what Master said in "Expounding on the Fa," "Whenever a tribulation comes, you do not see it with the side of your original nature but view it completely with your human side. Evil demons then capitalize on this point and inflict endless interference and damage, leaving students in long-term tribulations. As a matter of fact, this results from an inadequate understanding of the Fa by your human side. You have humanly restrained your divine side; in other words, you have restrained the parts that have been successfully cultivated and have prevented them from doing Fa-rectification. How can the uncultivated side restrain your main thoughts or the side that has already attained the Fa? Having humanly fostered the evil demons, you allow them to capitalize on the loopholes in the Fa. When a tribulation arrives, if you, a disciple, can truly maintain an unshakable calm or be determined to meet different requirements at different levels, this should be sufficient for you to pass the test." Suddenly I became enlightened to the reason I had been subjected to torture by the evil using electric batons over a prolonged period of time. It was because of my inadequate understanding of the Fa by my human side. If I was afraid of the electric batons, then I was only a human. I must be a Dafa Disciple, maintain an unshakable calm in the face of tribulation. From then on, I removed the fear in my heart and the tribulation became non-existent.
Since I began my cultivation, I clearly and vividly felt that Master has been looking after me all the time, protecting me and encouraging me. I have such a great benevolent Master, how could I not strive forward most diligently?
In the labor camp, it is hard to come into contact with the outside world, so I tried my best to make use of the time to clarify the truth to people there, like the truck drivers and the quality control officers. I told them that Falun Dafa is good, that those who wrote letters to give up Dafa had been coerced against their own will; they were deprived of sleep, shocked by electric batons, locked up in "small cells;" many of them wrote a letter saying they would quit practicing Faun Dafa when they couldn't bear it any more. They nodded when they heard what I said. They all knew that I was telling them the truth.
The Heizuizi Labor Camp is an extremely evil place. I was an eyewitness to the inhumane persecution being employed on many fellow practitioners. There were over 100 people in the Fourth Quarter, which I belonged to. Unwavering Dafa practitioners were put into "small cells," and subjected to cruel torture. One practitioner refused to denounce Dafa and refused to wear the name label, so the Fourth Quarter guards devised their own special cell, tied her down on the "death bed (The four limbs of the practitioner are stretched out and tied to the four corners of an icy-cold metal bed. The practitioner cannot move at all. Neither is he allowed to get up to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom. This treatment would last from several hours up to more than a dozen days. This type of cruel torture causes severe damage to the practitioner both mentally and physically.)," and shocked her with electric batons. Her screams tore up everybody's heart; no one could bear it and they weren't able to work. One time five guards were coercing her to give up: four of them beat her, while the fifth one shocked her with an electric baton. (For a detailed description for these and other forms of torture used in forced labor camps, see http://www.geocities.com/transrefs/Torture-tr.html)
Another practitioner who refused to give up her faith and refused to wear a name label was locked up by guards Zhang Guimei and Guan Wei in an iron cage inside a "small cell" for over a month. A "small cell" is not a place for human beings. When I was detained in a "small cell," a rat crawled into my pants once and sometimes rats ran over my head.
On the eve of the 2001 Chinese New Year, the guards said to us, "It's New Years Eve, you can talk about whatever makes you happy." I said, "We are being persecuted here, cannot live like human beings, how could we have anything happy [to talk about]?" A practitioner took the opportunity to stand up and expose the evil persecution, recounting that the so-called "denouncement statements" were the result of torture by electric batons, not from people's true will. Guard Li Xiaohua immediately took her away and shocked her with an electric baton until her body was covered with wounds. These wounds are still clearly recognisable even after a year.
The head of the Fifth Quarter used an electric baton on a practitioner's private parts. The practitioner was rolling on the floor in such pain that it was unbearable to see. One time, another young practitioner was calling aloud for help when being attacked by a vicious criminal inmate. More than 100 people heard it, yet Feng, the guard on duty at the time, did not even raise an eyebrow, totally disregarding the life or death of a Dafa practitioner.
The means used by the labor camp to persecute Dafa practitioners are unbearably cruel, and the individual cases of persecution are numerous. Moreover, in my case, the persecution did not end after I was released. From the time I returned home in February until now, it has been over a month. The police have come to my home a number of times, and twice to my son's school to look for him. They wouldn't even spare a child! At present, I am forced to stay away from my home with my son; the child can't even go to school. The police were not satisfied because they could not catch me. They then went to harass my relatives. What they really want through me is my husband (a Dafa practitioner who was also forced to leave home to avoid persecution a long while ago.) Now, my whole family cannot go home.
The only thing we did was to say a few words of truth, but what we've gotten in return is such inhumane treatment. Yet, it is a heavenly principle that good and evil will be rewarded accordingly. Those who do evil will be judged by heaven.
There was an inmate drug addict named Li Li, who often abused Dafa practitioners both verbally and physically. She refused to listen to us when we clarified the truth to her or when we advised her to be good. Once, she stole Teacher's article from us, and her nose immediately went crooked. She died not long after she was released from the labor camp. One day in July 2001, the Fourth Quarter was going to hold an anti-Dafa seminar when thunder roared in the sky (even though it was a fine sunny day), shocking the eardrums. The guards and those collaborators who "enlightened" along an evil path were so frightened that they rushed to end the seminar. From then on, they dared not behave as rampantly in the persecution.
As a Dafa practitioner, I'd like to give some serious advice to those who are doing evil: stop persecuting Dafa and Dafa practitioners, for you are truly hurting yourselves.