Extreme Brutality in the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp and Belated News of Several Deaths
(Clearwisdom.net) For nearly five years, since July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime has been persecuting Falun Gong. A persecution of such magnitude has rarely been seen in history. The government has spent large amounts of resources on the persecution, in terms of both manpower and money. Large numbers of police and spies are used to persecute these innocent, good people. The county has suffered economic damages, and millions of practitioners have suffered the gravest injustice.
On March 19, 2001, the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp officials started a large-scale campaign of "Forceful Transformation" [to force practitioners to give up and renounce Falun Gong]. Led by the head of the labor camp, Hao Wenshuai, almost all the police officers at the camp were involved in torturing practitioners. Hao Wenshuai personally used an electric baton to shock practitioners on their faces, limbs and torsos, which caused many practitioners to develop blisters on their hands and faces. Police officers, including younger Wang Jun, older Wang Jun, Jiang Yi (female) and others, pushed practitioners down to the ground. Some sat on the top of the practitioners; others restrained the practitioners' heads; some shocked the practitioners with electric batons. In order to make practitioner Ms. Miao give up Falun Gong, the prison police tortured her for more than 20 hours.
This savage "Forceful Transformation" of March 19 caused one death and one severe injury among the practitioners. Two other deaths took place in the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp. One of the practitioners who died was Sun Lianxia, tortured to death on January 16, 2001. The other was practitioner Wang Qiuxia, who was beaten to death on June 10, 2001.
The following are accounts of some of the brutal torture cases that have occurred at the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp. I experienced some of them firsthand, and others happened to other practitioners.
Prison policewoman Wan Yalin was the deputy head of the female division in the Dalian Forced Labor Camp. Wan enticed the common criminal inmate Zhang Xiujuan with a reduction in term and better food, and urged her to persecute practitioners. Zhang Xiujuan had been held in the labor camp on two occasions. Since Wan Yalin was in the background to support her, Zhang Xiujuan used all kinds of methods and vicious ways during that time to torture practitioners. Wan Yalin boasted that those who were put into a solitary confinement compartment would not be allowed to get out if they refused to be "transformed."
In 2003, I was put into solitary confinement. The prison policewoman Wan Yalin and Yuan Lingyue urged criminal inmates Zhang Xiujuan, Yin Shiling, Xie Fangfang and Zhang Yang to torture me. I was forced to stand in the metal cage with bare feet and was not allowed to move my legs and arms at all. If I moved a little bit, they would beat me with wooden slats. I was forced to stand from morning until 11:00 p.m. or midnight, sometimes until the early morning. I was forbidden to go to the restroom when I needed to. As additional punishment they forced me to squat or do body-folding [body-folding refers to standing with both legs straight and touching each other, and bending the head down as far as it will go toward the feet, in front of the knees. The fingers point to the ground, the head is upside down, "folding" the body at the waist]. They tried to make me write the "three statements (1)" and a self-criticism letter, but I refused. They hung me up with both arms and legs stretched out. While I was in this position, the perpetrators tortured me with a number of cruel methods: they used the legs of a stool to rub against my private parts; they poured hot and spicy water into my mouth; they forcefully stuffed dry hot pepper powder into my mouth and forced me to ingest excrement and urine; they even stuffed dry hot pepper powder into my vagina. When I was let down, my legs had lost all feeling. They still didn't allow me to sit down. Both my hands were shackled to the metal cage, with the handcuffs cutting deeply into my flesh. Even now, my head and my wrists still have scars. Because I persisted in my belief, I have twice been held in solitary confinement, and my prison term was illegally extended by three months.
Ms. Han Shuhua, fifty years old, was a practitioner in the Ganjingzi District. She was sentenced to two years of forced labor. Because of her persistence in practicing Falun Dafa at the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp, she was put into solitary confinement. The team leaders, Wan Yalin, Yuan Lingyue and Han Jianmin, urged the prisoners Zhang Xiujuan, Wang Fengling, and Yin Shizhen to brutally torture Ms. Han. She was hung up with her legs and arms stretched out and they beat her feet with a wooden board. They stuffed cucumber and wooden strips into her vagina, and they poured chili pepper water into her mouth. The most vicious torture was to pour boiling water directly onto her tied-up feet. Her feet were immediately burned and developed many big blisters, and she lost consciousness immediately. After Ms. Han was taken down, several of the tormentors dragged her back and forth, causing the skin on her feet to peel off completely. It was dreadful to look at.
Ms. Yang Ming from Dalian City was put into solitary confinement several times in the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp because of her persistence in practicing Falun Dafa. The prison policewomen Wan Yalin and Han Jianmin compelled prisoners Zhang Xiujuan and Gao Binlin to torture Ms. Yang savagely. She suffered tortures such as the "Tiger Bench (2)" and the "Dead Person's Bed (3)." Ms. Yang was hung up for a long time until she was close to death. Team leaders Yang and Liu Yuchan forced her to take unknown drugs until she was tortured to the point of suffering a mental collapse.
Ms. Wang Xinfeng, thirty years old, came from Pulandian. Because of her refusal to be "reformed," she was handcuffed to a heating pipe and forced to stand for five days and five nights. Yuan Lingyue urged prisoner Zhang Xiujuan to kick and punch her. When Yuan Lingyue stood aside and saw that Ms. Wang was not afraid at all, she yelled, "No restroom for her. Let her go in her pants." Wang Xinfeng was forced to sleep beside an inmate who was a mental patient, who always cried loudly throughout the night.
Ms. Zhang Guixia, thirty years old, is from Fushun City. She was transferred to the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp from the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in December 2003. On the first day that she arrived, Ms. Zhang was confined in a solitary compartment. Zhang Guixia started a hunger strike to protest the persecution. Wan Yalin instigated prisoners Zhang Xiujuan and Zhao Hui to torture her. Zhang Guixia was hung up in the metal cage with her legs and arms stretched out. They mixed vinegar and garlic, and poured the mixture into her mouth. She was confined in the solitary compartment for more than 40 days. During the daily periods of forced labor, Ms. Zhang was seen to be very weak and pale. She had difficulty walking up and down stairs.
Ms. Yin Guirong, 43, is from Lushun City. She was put into solitary confinement in February 2002. Team leader Han Jianmin incited prisoners Guo Ling, Zhang Xiujuan and Sun Bo to torture Ms. Yin cruelly. Yin Guirong was hung in the metal cage with her legs and arms stretched out during the cold of winter. They poured cold water on her and tugged at her lower body with a rope.
Ms. Yang Chunhua, fifty-eight years old, was from Pulandian. She was sentenced to three years of forced labor. Duan Guixian, Wan Yalin, and Yuan Lingyue incited the prisoners to torture her. They tied Yang Chunhua's legs in the full lotus position (both legs crossed, on top of each other) and tied her hands as well, which made her unable to move at all. For ten days and ten nights she was not allowed to sleep. Later, they put her into a solitary compartment for further torture. She lost her teeth because of the beatings administered by prisoner Song Lina. Ms. Yang suffered all kinds of other tortures, such as being forced to squat and stand still for a long time. In December 2003 she was transferred to another forced labor camp.
Ms. Wan Xiaohui, forty-eight years old, had been confined in a solitary compartment several times in the Dalian City Forced Labor Camp. During the Spring Festival of 2003, prison police officer Yuan Lingyue put Wan Xiaohui into a solitary confinement cell. Ms. Wan Xiaohui was hung up with her legs and arms stretched out. She suffered all kinds of tortures and was not let down until her whole body was trembling.
The list of persecutors:
Hao Wenshuai, Head of Dalian City Forced Labor Camp
Zhang Baolin, Deputy Head of the Labor Camp
Zhang Ziliang, Political Secretary.
The Division Leaders:
Han Jianwen (the Political Secretary as well), Wan Yalin, Yuan Lingyue,
Yang, Sun Lu, Duan Guixian, Xu Lili, Guo Xin.
Liu Yuchan, Fan Wei, Luo Shenglin, Zhao Xia, Wang Shiqing, Liu Liang, Cao Zhi.
Qu Shiping, Logistics Team leader.
Huang Lijuan, the former Leader of the Squadron, now at the Administration Section.
Former Team Leaders:
Yao Lifeng, Sun Yufa, Wang Jun, Lin Yi, Yang Jing, Cui Jinmei, Jiang Yi.
(1) The "Three Statements" are documents the practitioners sign that state they are remorseful for ever having practiced Falun Dafa; they will never go to Beijing to appeal for Dafa and will not associate with other Dafa practitioners, nor practice Dafa in the future.
(2) Tiger Bench: Practitioners are forced to sit on a small iron bench that is approximately 20 cm (6 inches) tall with their knees tied together. With their hands tied behind their backs or sometimes placed on their knees, they are forced to sit straight up and look straight ahead. They are not allowed to turn their heads, close their eyes, talk to anyone or move at all. Several inmates are assigned to watch over the practitioners and force them to remain motionless while sitting on the bench. Usually some hard objects are inserted underneath the practitioners' lower legs or ankles to make it harder for them to tolerate this abuse (see illustration on <http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/11/24/16156.html>)
(3) Dead Person's 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.