The "Black Coffin" Torture Device Constructed by Jianxin Forced Labor Camp in Tianjin
(Clearwisdom.net) In Jianxin Forced Labor Camp, in order to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners, the officials have constructed a device called the "black coffin" to torture and destroy a practitioner's body and mind.
The "black coffin" is made of thick wooden boards, which are 50cm in length, 40cm in width, and 1.89 meters in height. It is coated with artificial black leather throughout the interior, with only a small hole at the front. The practitioner is forced in, and there is no room to move at all.
The labor camp officials use this device to torture the most steadfast practitioners. Officials lock a practitioner inside generally for seven to ten days, and even up to two weeks at a time. Officials first set the "coffin" upright, then turn it sideways, face up, face down, and even upside down.
Many practitioners were crippled after coming out of the "black coffin"--their legs were permanently damaged. When they first came out, their extremities were severely swollen with blisters, and their clothes had to be removed with scissors. During the hot summer, the practitioner's clothes would cut into the flesh and stick to it. It was a horrifying scene, yet some guards joked: "This is real imprisonment--a person fits snugly inside a box."
The guard's most abhorrent action was placing Master's picture on the bottom of the box, so that whoever was pushed inside the box had to stand on the picture. They used this method to insult and humiliate practitioners in an attempt to destroy their body and mind.
In April 2003, practitioner Yan Shujun was pushed into this "black coffin" after being tortured with an electric baton (the box was 50cm in length, 30cm in width and 1.5 meters in height). This practitioner was 1.7 meters tall. She was kept inside with a bent head and a twisted body for eight days. She was unable to walk for a long time after she came out. Practitioner Guo Baohua has been shut inside the "black coffin" many times. The longest period of time was one month. In February 2002, practitioner Sha Litian, over sixty years old, was put in the box in subzero temperatures without a coat. Practitioner Liu Ya was locked inside for 4 days. When she came out, her legs were swollen like wooden barrels, black and purple all over.