The Persecution I Suffered at Jiamusi Forced Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.net) My name is Gou Cuilan. I am 39 years old. I work in Lingbei Mining Corporation in Hegang City, Heilongjiang province. I have been severely persecuted for believing in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance," persecuted for practicing Falun Gong.
On June 2, 2002, the police came to my workplace and tricked me to go to the police station with them. They said that I needed to be taken in for a talk and would be returned to work afterwards. However, as soon as I arrived at the station, they handcuffed me, claiming that they had found Falun Dafa exercise music tapes and a book at my home. The following day, I was locked up in the No. 2 Detention Center of Hegang City.
On March 27, 2003, I was sentenced to three years of forced labor and sent to Xigemu Forced Labor Camp in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang province. I was tortured in the "huge-back handcuff" position for four hours because I refused to write the so-called "five statements". This torture involves twisting the arms and handcuffing them behind the back. They had someone else write the "five statements" for me and then five or six people grabbed my hand and forced me to "sign" them.
At about 1 p.m. on February 20, 2004, while I was working in the workshop, the head guard of Division 7, Mu Zhenjuan, suddenly called out and asked whether I was a criminal. I replied, "No." Then she called Li Guiqin's name and 16 other Falun Gong practitioners. We were dragged to the classroom and held down on the floor. They took out handcuffs and five or six male guards threatened us menacingly with electric batons in their hands. Mu Zhenjun pointed to Li Guiqin and said, "It is she who is the leader. If she were not here, there wouldn't be any trouble in our division!" The guards started beating Li. Many of us shouted at them "Don't beat her!" As a result, the guards beat us as well.
I was knocked down to the ground and could not get up. Then I was dragged into the storeroom and handcuffed in the "huge-back handcuff" position again. Pointing at me, Mu Zhenjun said to the guards, "She refuses to follow orders." The guards shocked me on both sides of my chest, my cheeks, ears and my body until the batons ran out of electricity. They then beat and kicked me until I suffered a stroke. Instead of taking me to the hospital, they took me back into the classroom and tried to force me to read out loud the slanderous slogans. They shocked me when I refused.
These tortures left a big bruise on my leg which did not disappear for two months and my arms still hurt to this day. As for Li Guiqin, two of her teeth were knocked out from the beating, her face was covered with blood and it was hard for her to swallow food. Her face was so badly injured it didn't begin to heal for two weeks. Her health was also extremely poor and she couldn't walk on her own. Practitioner Xu Xianghua lost consciousness from a heart attack caused by the torture. However, she was still handcuffed in the "huge-back handcuff" position. Her mouth swelled up and didn't recover for two weeks. Zhang Qingjiao could not use her arms because they were handcuffed for too long. Chen Qiuling was handcuffed and not allowed to sleep for five straight days.
We had to sit on little stools from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, which caused us both physical and mental pain. The guards forced us to recite the regulations of the labor camp daily. I was put under strict surveillance for six days and my term was illegally extended for eight days.
In December 2004, the practitioners in Division 7 who refused to work were transferred to Division 9. The head guard Hong Wei continued to extend my term until it reached 74 days.
On the morning of March 2, 2005, a group of guards arrived at the classroom of Division 8 of the Jiamusi Forced Labor Camp. Yu Wenbing gave a speech. Then they changed our stools into smaller ones and started so-called "strict surveillance". Practitioner Li Sumei was dragged out by several guards. They tried to force her to give her fingerprint. When she refused, they beat her until she was badly wounded. Then they dragged me out and tried to force me to give my fingerprint. I resisted and shouted out loudly, "Falun Dafa is good!" The guards beat me and shocked me on the back of my neck for more than 10 minutes. Several other practitioners including Yu Chunmei and Zhang Chunzhi were also forced to give their fingerprints, but were handcuffed in the "huge-back handcuff" position and shocked when they refused.
Head guard Mu Zhenjuan also beat several practitioners in Division 7. They beat us up for four or five rounds. Yu Chunmei's mouth swelled up after being shocked and I could not raise my head because my neck was badly wounded.
On the following day, Liu Yadong beat me again for not being able to raise my head. Li Sumei was also beaten so badly that she couldn't stand straight or walk on her own. All the practitioners in Division 8 were put under "strict surveillance". We were beaten or cursed by the guards and other inmates every day.
Guard Liu Yadong beat practitioners whenever he liked, and encouraged other inmates to beat and curse practitioners who were under "strict surveillance". All the practitioners were physically tortured. In the winter, we were exposed to the freezing air; in the summer we were forced to stand or sit under the scorching sun as a form of torture. When it rained, we were thrown out in the rain. We were also not allowed to use the restroom.
On June 11, 2005, I was taken to the classroom by Liu Yadong for refusing to answer questions on a so-called examination. Liu Yagong, Gao Jie and Zhou Jiahui beat me badly. I said, "My sentence is already over, why won't you release me? I want to go home!" Liu Yadong then held my hand and asked other inmates to hold my head as he forced me to write on the examination paper. However, I still refused. Zhou Jiahui then beat my back with a long stick and forced me to write. I cried and shouted, "No, I won't write this! I want to go home!" My hands swelled up for seven or eight days.
Once head guard Jiang Jianan ordered me to clean the corridor. I was very weak at the time and didn't obey. As a result, she dragged me into the corridor from my bed and cruelly beat me. These things happened very frequently.
All Falun Gong practitioners suffer inhuman tortures both physically and mentally during their illegal detention.