Torture and Murder of Dafa Practitioners in the Qiqihar City Forced Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.net) Since November 1999, Qiqihar City Forced Labor Camp (formerly the Shuanghe Forced Labor Camp) police and guards have illegally detained Dafa practitioners. They torture practitioners by hanging them up by handcuffs, handcuffing them to an iron ring set in the ground, depriving them of sleep, exposing them to mosquitos, shackling their feet and cuffing their hands to a metal chair (1), forcing them to work hard to make toxic pesticides, extorting money and personal belongings from them, as well as subjecting them to various mental torture methods. In the beginning of 2004, the labor camp sent guards Zhang Zhijie, Guo Li and others to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp to learn the authorities torture methods. Since then, the guards in the Qiqihar Forced Labor Camp closely followed the methods used at the Masanjia Labor Camp and have tortured practitioners even more viciously. The number of practitioners who were tortured to death continues to increase. We appeal to conscientious, upright people all over the world to pay attention to the practitioners' unlawful detention in the Qiqihar Forced Labor Camp. Some of them are on the brink of death at this very moment.
Prolonged interrogation and brainwashing with cruel torture methods
The brainwashing team, consisting of more than a dozen police and collaborators (2), brainwashed practitioners non-stop, day and night. They brought practitioners into a room and played videos that defamed Falun Dafa and forced practitioners to read information attacking Falun Dafa. Practitioners who refused to cooperate were forced to sit on a metal chair, some for as long as 27 days.
In this kind of torture method, the victim was restrained on the metal chair, and both hands were stretched and cuffed to the back of the chair through two holes that were specially made on this chair. At the same time, both feet were tied to the chair with a rope, and the other end of the rope was tightly tied to the handcuffs, so that no part of the victim's body could move. The handcuffs soon became embedded into the flesh, causing a bleeding wound. The hands, feet and legs swelled severely, causing excruciating pain. People subjected to this abuse would also exhibit a continuous, high fever. The policemen, though, still would not stop the torture.
When practitioners were tortured with the metal chair method during the cold winter they were not allowed to wear shoes or warm coats. Some practitioners were still wearing thin summer pants. When female practitioners had their menses, they were not allowed to change their sanitary napkins. Several body parts of the tortured practitioners are often seriously injured by this torture. Some practitioners became mentally traumatized and physically disabled.
Illegal forced labor; brutal beating at will; force-feeding and shameless looting of practitioners' belongings
The forced labor camp illicitly treated practitioners as slaves and forced them to make medical packagings. Once, when the assignment could not be completed on time, commissar Wang Yufeng and team leader Wang Yan ordered others to attack the practitioners brutally. Practitioner Li Jing from Baiquan County in the Qiqihar Region was beaten so viciously that her eyes were injured and her legs became disabled. Practitioner Li Chunxia from Baiquan County had been very healthy when she was sent to the Qiqihar Forced Labor Camp, but within just a years' time she had become emaciated and developed late-stage cancer. Even so, the police still forced her to carry out slave labor. When she only had one packaging left to complete, Wang Yufeng hung her up and brutally beat her for not finishing on time. When some practitioners staged a hunger strike to protest, the authorites then force-fed them, violently twisting the wide and hard rubber tubes in each practitioner's esophagus, and feeding them concentrated saline solution and raw corn flour gruel to further persecute, torture and abuse them. The police in the labor camp also unlawfully stole the food, clothes and things brought by practitioners' family members. They only gave practitioners the items they did not want after they picked through them and in some instances, even confiscated all of the items sent for a practitioner.
Fabricating news to deceive people
Every time the superiors came to the labor camp to inspect, the police would arrange several people to drag the practitioners who had been beaten to disability to the storehouse to hide them. The police also deceptively generously fed the collaborators (2) at mealtime. The propaganda departments further made this shameless drama into videos and showed this on the Qiqihar TV news. They pretended to treat practitioners so well, showing the "good" living conditions in the labor camp in order to deceive the public.
Proclamation of the notorious, "strictly monitoring team" headed by Wang Yufeng
Between the 12th and 13th of February 2004, the Qiqihar Forced Labor Camp was in a state of horror. The police emptied all the 12 rooms on the fourth floor, and formed the "strictly monitoring team." A group of policemen headed by Wang Yufeng violently dragged practitioners to the fourth floor and locked each practitioner in a room. Practitioners' hands were handcuffed and they were blindfolded with black cloth. Some were hung up; some practitioners were cuffed onto the metal chair and others were forced to tilt their heads up, while their hands were being cuffed behind the back of the metal chair.
The villains dragged the metal chair around and kept tightening the ropes and cuffs. Some practitioners had both hands cross-cuffed to two rings, with their feet touching the ground and their head on the back of the metal chair. The guards used a rope to tie the practitioner's body, making them face up, with the body dangling in the air, and kept tightening the rope. The heart-wrenching screams of male practitioners could even be heard from the second floor. As such, these villains took turns day and night to try to force practitioners to write the "four statements."(3) During this period, a group of people led by the chief the Bureau of Forced Labor Management came to look into each room. Some practitioners were at the brink of death; some were given oxygen, and others were put on an IV. It was too tragic to be seen!
They also forced practitioners to defame Teacher and attack Dafa. Whoever refused to obey them was violently beaten. Some practitioners' feet and legs were damaged so severely they could not move off the bed. The "four statements" had to be written according to the requirement of the police, otherwise the tortures would continue. After the statements were written, they had to be read in front of others. If the practitioners refused to read them or handed in a solemn declaration to invalidate those statements, they would be dragged to the fourth floor to be further tortured. The criminal prisoners strictly monitored each of these practitioners. They completely isolated each steadfast practitioner. Practitioner Ms. Wang Guofang, 42 years old, from the Ranghulu District in Daqing City, was beaten to death during this period.
The Qiqihar Forced Labor Camp administration held a special proclamation conference to commend those who had been outstandingly vicious as "excellent civil servants."
(1) The metal chair is often made of metal pipes. Victims are restrained on the chairs with both arms and legs tied for a long period of time. See illustration: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2002/1/9/17577.html
(2) Collaborators: Former Falun Gong practitioners who have renounced their practice due to brainwashing and torture and assist in persecuting practitioners.
(3) "Four Statements": Practitioners are coerced under brainwashing and torture to write the "four statements" as proof that they have given up their belief. Created by the "610 Office," they consist of "a letter of repentance," "a guarantee" to never again practice Falun Gong, a "Dissociation Statement" to declare a dissociation with Falun Gong and promise not go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and a list of names and addresses of all family members, friends and acquaintances who are practitioners.