(Clearwisdom.net) I am a practitioner from Shanxi. I would like to share what I saw and experienced in Shanxi Detention Center and Labor Camp, in order to disclose the criminal persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners.

Ms. Xi Liying, a woman over 60 years old from Lanzhou city, was continually tortured by Hu County police. She was forced to sit on the "life tiger bench," a torture method in which a person's hands are bound behind the back, using rope to tie the forearms. The person is then suspended by the rope from a high iron frame, so the toes barely touch the floor. The feet are then bound together with a rope which is pulled by several police, so the victim hangs in the air. Then another rope binds the victim's waist, with the other end secured to the floor. With several guards pulling the feet, the person's suspended body is bent into a right angle, like the posture of sitting on the tiger bench. Ms. Li lost consciousness several times during this torture. They would then take her down so she could be doused with cold water from head to toe. After she was revived, the guards would resume their torture.

At night used another gruesome torture method. They bound her hands to the back of a car, driving the car and pulling her along the road at a high speed. She suffered injuries all over her body. After passing out, she was doused with cold water, and tortured again. The authorities also robbed her entire savings from the bank.

Another woman was also beaten and tortured with the "life tiger bench". When her hands were tied behind the back and she hung in the air, she sent forth righteous thoughts and called out "Master, save me!" as soon as she uttered these words, the thick rope that bound her arms broke. The guards were shocked. From that point on they no longer dared to torture her that way again.

On September 1, 2002 police detained 57 year old Mr. Wang Weizhen in a building and tortured him for six days in order to extort "evidence." Liu Zhijin led other 610 office staff in beating him to death. In order to cover their crime, they threw his body out the window, and claimed that he had committed suicide by jumping out the window. (More info: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2005/6/24/62189.html). Practitioners who witnessed the scene called out: "Policemen beat people to death!" Afraid that we would disclose their crimes. The police transferred practitioners to different places and dispersed them into different detention centers the next day.

In Shanxi Women's Labor Camp, I was detained in an iron cage during the winter and was frozen numb. I wasn't allowed to sleep until 3 or 4 in the morning, then they woke me up again at 5 or 6 am for brainwashing.

Every Falun Gong practitioner was forced to work more then ten hours each day, and never allowed to sleep until the task was finished. The work to be done every day is as tall as a mountain. In order to extract more profit, police cram twenty to thirty practitioners in a single room where they are forced to use paints, oils and glues with no ventilation equipment, making us nauseous and dizzy. Even when we vomited, the police didn't care - they said "you won't die."

Many practitioners were tortured with various methods: tiger bench, hanging on rails, jet plane, unknowingly consuming nerve damaging drugs in their food, squatting in the posture of military tomb figure (note 1), wearing straight jackets (note 2), cuffing, beating, kicking, pinching face and skin so hard that our faces became blue and red, and our skin was broken, slamming our heads against the wall, etc. Every one of us received all kinds of torture.

[Note 1] Squat: One leg squats, with the other thigh and calf at a 45 degree angle, and the.body is erect, This posture is kept for many days, and one loses all feeling in the feet.

[Note 2] Straight Jackets: Made of fine canvas, they are put on the victim from the front and tightened from behind the back. The sleeves are about 10 inches longer than the victim's arms, with straps on them. The perpetrators force determined Dafa practitioners to wear the strait jackets, and then pull their arms to their backs, cross and tie their arms behind their backs. Then they pull their arms up over their shoulders to the front of their chest, tie up the practitioners' legs and hang them up in the air from the windows. At the same time, they gag practitioners' mouths with cloth, put earphones in their ears and continuously play messages that slander Dafa. According to an eyewitness account, people who suffer this torture quickly sustain broken arms, tendons, shoulders, wrists and elbows. Those who endure this torture for a long time have completely broken spines, and they die in agonizing pain. See