A Practitioner Goes through the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp's Brainwashing but Returns Once More to the Path of Falun Dafa Cultivation
I am a 39-year old doctor. I started practicing Falun Dafa at the end of 1994. Since then, I've elevated my spiritual side by following "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." Both my body and mind have benefited very much.
However, everything has changed. On July 20, 1999, because of a dictator's extreme jealousy, he used the political power that he possessed and started persecuting Falun Gong. He defamed and belittled the founder of Falun Gong. He used extremely cruel means to torture the practitioners. I am but one of the hundreds and thousands of practitioners that he has persecuted.
On the morning of July 20, 1999, a group of police, under orders from their chief, broke into my house. They took away my husband and locked him in the Dalian Detention Center for three months. During which they tortured him mentally and physically. The police took me away from my working unit at the end of August, and they illegally locked me in the Dalian Detention Center for over a month.
In early 2000, because my husband and I practiced the Falun Dafa exercises in a local park at 5 o'clock in the morning, the local police sent us to the detention center for half a month. In the same year, because we went to the National Appeals Office to submit an appeal letter to reveal the current states of the persecution of Falun Gong, they illegally sent us to the Mansanjia Labor Camp for one and a half years.
In the Masanjia Labor Camp, they forced my husband and other male practitioners to perform extreme physical labor. Male guards watched over them. These guards would beat and verbally abuse them at will. They physically injured many practitioners. When my husband passed out due to the heavy workload, a guard went up to beat and stomp on him. When the guard saw that he was unconscious, they then sent him to the hospital. He was in the emergency room for a few hours before he woke up. They locked me in the Masanjia female prison and forced me to undergo brainwashing there. At first I didn't listen to their lies. I had strong faith in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." The director then ordered a drug-addict inmate to torture us physically. While everyone else was sleeping, they would make those who were steadfast in Falun Gong squat from 9 p.m. until 2 o'clock in the morning. This went on for several days. During this time they used other methods to torture us mentally and physically. They used electric batons and bats to beat us. They hung us by our handcuffs and confined us in a solitary compartment [a single detainee is placed in a solitary cell, which contains a basin and a pair of handcuffs. The basin is used both for face washing and relieving oneself. One end of the handcuffs is fastened to the wrist and the other end attaches to the door railing. The handcuffs can be fastened onto the door railing at three different heights. In the highest position, the detainee has to extend his/her arm upward. The middle position is at waist level. In the lowest position, the detainee can sit on the ground.] If we didn't cooperate they used various methods to torture us.
Under all those lies, defamation and propaganda, my body suffered such high-pressure torture that I gave up cultivation. Later I was diagnosed with tuberculosis. They released me for treatment.
After leaving that kind of evil environment, and after a year of sober minded contemplation, I looked back at my cultivation path and my mental elevation, and knew that they were not what the media's lies and propaganda had said. Everyone is trying to be a better person, they called that "evil," and they tried to transform people. What do they want to transform us into? When I learned the truth behind the TV and newspaper propaganda I felt very ashamed of myself. The media is just shameless beyond hope. If I didn't endure all this myself I wouldn't have believed it. I felt extremely regretful for having given up my faith because I was fooled by the evil's lies. After learning the truth I came back to the path of cultivation just like other fellow practitioners that underwent brainwashing.
On April 23 of last year, after a hard day of work in my work unit, and just before I was off, three policemen from the local police station took me away. They asked me if I still practiced Falun Gong. I didn't answer them. They then illegally ransacked my house, and found a hand-copied version of Zhuan Falun. They used this as an excuse to persecute me and locked me up in the Dalian Detention Center. A month later they took me away to the Masanjia labor camp, hoping to sentence me there for two years. A body check up revealed that the tuberculosis had not been completely cured, so I was sent home. I am staying home and haven't been able to work normally. All the practitioners that were locked in the detention center were all taken away with force when they were at home or at work. They ransacked our houses and illegally detained us. These kinds of things are happening throughout China.
Only evil persecutes goodness. We can't let the evil continue. For the betterment of humankind's future, let's end this wicked persecution!
February 19, 2003