(Clearwidsom.net) Since March 2005, more than 100 practitioners from Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province have been unlawfully arrested, and almost everyone has been persecuted with various torture methods such as the "Big hang up" (1). Two practitioners have been persecuted to death, many have been injured badly and disabled and are no longer able to work. Most of the persecuted practitioners are elderly. Some of them have been detained for several months and fined 3,000 - 5,000 yuan before they were released. At present, twenty-three practitioners are still detained at the No. 1 and No. 2 Detention Centers. They have all been physically tortured, some have broken bones and others have bleeding head wounds.

Before July 20 of this year, a special "work group" in charge of persecuting Falun Gong in Heilongjiang Province visited most of the area jails. Whenever a jail was visited by this special work group, the practitioners there were severely persecuted. Twenty-three practitioners detained at the detention center were directly persecuted by this special work group. Six of the practitioners did not cooperative with the persecutors during violent interrogation sessions. The persecutors could not finalize their cases, so they began again the process of collecting "evidence" using violence against the practitioners. An elderly practitioner, Ms. Liu, was tortured with the "big hang up" again. Her hands were cuffed behind her back and she was hung up three times with only her toes touching the ground.

Qiqihar City has been rampantly persecuting practitioners over the last several years. A lot of practitioners were unlawfully sentenced and sent to forced labor camps. At every department of all detention centers, forced labor camps, jails, and police stations, collecting "evidence" using violence, and forced brainwashing are commonly employed.

Tailai Prison is one of the biggest prisons in Qiqihar City. Many Dafa practitioners are detained there. In order to reach the quota of "transformation" of Dafa practitioners, the persecutors have tried all means to brutally torture practitioners. Besides that, they block all information, disapprove of practitioners meeting with family members, and appoint inmates to monitor the practitioners. When practitioners refuse to cooperate with the persecutors by not writing "transformation" declarations, the persecutors beat them severely. Practitioner Ms. Zheng Lianqing, who was detained at Team 3, Division 5, has been tortured fifteen times. Ms. Zheng's head was fractured by the division director, Wang Zhiling, and Zhang Weijia. On the coldest days of winter, Zheng Lianqing was hung outside for several hours. This disabled her hands, and she can no longer conduct daily activities. Practitioner Ms. Lu Yuping is detained at Division 1 and has been suffering greatly because she refuses to renounce Falun Dafa. Every time she practices the Falun Gong exercises, she receives a serious beating. The physical torture usually happens in the water house. Several times, Lu Yuping woke up long after having fallen unconscious, and she was almost killed once. Practitioner Mr. Liu Yinquan had to be sent to the hospital because of the torture, and he is now in critical condition.

Heilongjiang Province has always been at the forefront of the persecution of Falun Gong since the persecution began in 1999. The persecutors have tried all means and spent large sums of money, materials, and human resources to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Many practitioners are still unlawfully detained at the infamous Shuanghe Forced Labor Camp, the Fuyu Forced Labor Camp, Tailai Prison, Daqing Prison, Harbin Prison, Wanjia Forced Labor Camp and others. The torture methods used by the persecutors are brutal and shocking. A large number of practitioners have been unlawfully sentenced and sent to forced labor camps, and some practitioners have been tortured to death.

Prison Management Bureau of Heilongjiang Province
Address: Harbin City
Phone: 0451-6316442, 6342238, 6342139. The bureau head answers the phone himself on Wednesdays.

(1) "Big hang up" - There are two forms of this torture: 1) With both hands cuffed behind the back and only the toes touching the ground, one is hung by a rope that is tied to a metal window frame. 2) One hand of a practitioner is cuffed to one bunk bed and the other hand to another bed, and the two beds are pulled in the opposite directions. It is excruciatingly painful as the body is pulled.