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Ten Methods Commonly Used to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners (Illustrations)

June 19, 2004 |  

Under Jiang Zemin's orders to, "physically destroy" Falun Gong, Falun Gong practitioners have suffered many kinds of torture. All the tortures were used to augment the spiritual persecution in order to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their practice and write the "three statements" (guarantee statement, breaking away statement, criticizing statement), and give up their beliefs. The following illustrate some of these tortures:

One of the tortures suffered by young women: heavy pressure applied to the lower abdomen

Another torture suffered by women: sexual assault

Long bamboo shoots are forced under the fingernails

Brutal force-feeding

Wang Yuzhi, a practitioner from Helongjiang Province in China, said: "During my hunger strike to protest the persecution, I was force-fed in the labor camp. Their measures were very brutal. Several prison guards and criminals tied my hands and feet and forced me down on a board. They covered my body with a white sheet with only my mouth exposed. Then they inserted the tube into my month, and held my mouth open by using a steel expander in order to pour in a corn gruel. They placed the container over six feet high to create the pressure necessary for the feeding. Because the food was very coarse and the tube was very thin, it burst the tube and sprayed everywhere." Steadfast Falun Gong practitioners were force-fed with concentrated salt, irritating chemicals and hot chili pepper mixed with water.

In April 2004, Dafa practitioners, Chu Lin (female) and Wei Jun from Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, were abducted by the local police. Chu Lin went on hunger strike to protest the persecution for 9 days. The police mistakenly inserted the tube into her trachea. She went into coma from suffocation. The police declared: "We are not responsible for her death!"

Beaten for a long period of time

Suspended in the air for long periods of time or immersed in a chamber pot


After being tortured to the point of passing out, they are revived by pouring cold water on them

Hypothermia torture and humiliation

Tiger Bench: many bricks are inserted underneath the practitioner's feet and their knees are brutally pressed down using boards or ropes.