FDI: 100 Go on Extended Hunger Strike in Chinese Prison Camp as Man Upholds Peaceful Appeal, Tortured to Brink of Death
Specific details were discovered regarding one of the 100: the case of Mr. Cheng Jun Liu and the appalling abuse he suffered at the hands of prison officials.
Many family members and concerned activists have initiated a phone campaign to contact officials in the Changchun region to urge them to release Mr. Liu and the other Falun Gong practitioners wrongfully held in Jilin Prison.
Man Tortured to Brink of Death
Reliable sources in China say Mr. Cheng Jun Liu is on the verge of death.
What led to Mr. Liu's present condition is a tale of both courage and horror. Over the course of his four-year appeal for the right to practice the traditional Chinese spiritual practice, Falun Gong, Mr. Liu has been beaten, tortured, and finally nearly killed by agents of Jiang Zemin's regime who wish to silence Falun Gong and those who would expose the atrocities against its practitioners.
Mr. Liu's tale began in 1999, when he traveled to Beijing to lodge a formal appeal against the banning of Falun Gong with the central appeals office. Upon making his appeal, Mr. Liu was subsequently sent to Changchun Fengjin labor camp.
Over the course of the following four years, Mr. Liu was detained twice more for activities of peaceful appeal on behalf of Falun Gong. He was eventually "sentenced" to 13 years in Jilin Prison, where prison guards beat and tortured him to the brink of death.
Mr. Liu, his body and face mangled and barely able to speak, was transferred to Changchun City Central Hospital as authorities at the labor camp attempted to escape responsibility for his impending death. Mr. Liu's family was summoned and guards attempted to extort payment from them for his treatment.
When his family asked the prison to let Mr. Liu go, guards reportedly told them that if Mr. Liu dies, it would have "nothing to do" with them.
Mr. Liu's family reportedly responded that Mr. Liu was healthy before he was detained, and they would not remain silent if Mr. Liu dies.
According to a last-minute report from the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, Mr. Liu has lost consciousness in the hospital, and hospital officials do not want to take further responsibility for his care.
Relevant Contacts (all numbers use China's dialing prefix, 86)
|Jilin Prison 100 Junmin Road Jilin City, Jilin Province 132000 Operator: 0432-4881551 Dept. of Education: 0432-4881511 x3040 Dept. of Prison Politics: 0432-2409418||Jilin City Central Hospital 45 Northern Boulevard Jilin City, Jilin Province 132011 Operator: 0432-2027049 Office: 043-2024200|
NEWS - Oct. 20, 2003 Falun Dafa Information Center, www.faluninfo.net
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa (about), is a practice of meditation and exercises with teachings based on the universal principle of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance." It is a practice that was taught in private for thousands of years before being made public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. Falun Gong has roots in traditional Chinese culture, but it is distinct and separate from other practices such as the religions of Buddhism and Taoism. Since its introduction in 1992, it quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China, and is now practiced in over 50 countries.
With government estimates of as many as 100 million practicing Falun Gong, China's Communist leader Jiang Zemin outlawed the peaceful practice in July 1999 (report), fearful of anything touching the hearts and minds of more citizens than the Communist Party. Unable to crush the spirit of millions who had experienced improved health and positive life changes from Falun Gong, Jiang's regime has intensified its propaganda campaign to turn public opinion against the practice while quietly imprisoning, torturing and even murdering those who practice it. To that end, Jiang established the "6-10 Office," a Gestapo-like agency spanning from the Central Government to the local governments. The United States Congress has described the "6-10 Office" as an agency charged with "overseeing the persecution of Falun Gong members through organized brainwashing, torture, and murder." (news)
The Falun Dafa Information Center has verified details of 802 deaths (reports / sources) since the persecution of Falun Gong in China began in 1999. In October 2001, however, Government officials inside China reported that the actual death toll was well over 1,600. Expert sources now estimate that figure to be much higher. Hundreds of thousands have been detained, with more than 100,000 being sentenced to forced labor camps, typically without trial.
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