Ms. Yang Wenjie Tortured for Five Years In Custody of the 610 Office and Brainwashing Center in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province
(Clearwisdom.net) 610 Office agents in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province have been torturing Falun Gong practitioners since the persecution started in 1999. The following is what Ms. Yang Weijie endured.
Ms. Yang Wenjie is 45 years old. She is a Falun Gong practitioner from Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province. At the beginning of the persecution, her employer fired her because she refused to renounce Falun Gong. She went to Beijing to appeal for justice and was held in a detention center for eight months.
In March 2002, Ms. Yang was again arrested by agents of the 610 Office and sentenced to three years in a forced labor camp because she passed out truth-clarification materials about Falun Gong.
On February 14, 2005, when her sentence was completed, agents from the 610 Office sent her to the Zhaoyuan Brainwashing Center, which has a very bad reputation for torturing practitioners. They used the reason that Ms. Yang refused to be "reformed" in the forced labor camp. In the brainwashing center, Liu Shuju, head of the 610 Office, and Sun Qiquan from the brainwashing center tried to force Ms. Yang to renounce Falun Gong. She refused again, so they locked her in a solitary cell and tied her onto a metal chair with metal chains for several days.
Since Ms. Yang refused to be "reformed," Sun Qiquan, Xu Jianzheng and Zhao Xiujiang pulled her to the second floor. It was cold that day, but they took off Ms. Yang's clothes and tightly tied her to the window frame, leaving the window open. She was tied up like that for six whole days. They kept threatening her and tried to force her to slander Falun Gong and Master. They also forced Ms. Yang to sit on a photo of Master (she was tied up, so she could not move). Then, Sun Qiquan and Xu Jianzheng burned the photo with cigarettes.
Ms. Yang's arms were swollen from being tied up. Even though she was tortured, Ms. Yang still clarified the facts about Falun Gong to the guards with compassion, asking them to stop the torture. She also told them that Falun Gong is very righteous and no matter what they do, she will not renounce it.
Sun Qiquan and several other people tied Ms. Yang's hands and feet tightly at her waist, with her limbs stretched out to the extreme. Therefore, she could not move at all. Her wrists were swollen. It was cold, but the window was open and one of her hands was locked to the window frame. The guards did not give her enough food and she was tortured like that for more than 10 days.
One day, Sun Qiquan was very mad that Ms. Yang refused to be "reformed." He slapped her on the head and face the entire afternoon. Her whole face was distorted. Sun did not stop until he was very tired.
The guards did not give Ms. Yang food for several days and did not allow her to use the bathroom. She did not want to be tortured like that anymore, so she hit her head against the wall and passed out. (Editor's note: Harming oneself is against Dafa's requirements. We hope that all the practitioners can follow Dafa's requirements in any situation and cherish the opportunity of cultivation. Of course, Ms. Yang's behavior was due to the torture she experienced. The perpetrators will be punished for their behavior.)
When Ms. Yang woke up, Xu Jianzheng kicked her. Later, she was sent to a hospital. After they stitched her wound in the hospital, the guards tied her up again to the window frame with her limbs stretched. Since she lost a lot of blood, Song Shuqin, the head of the 610 Office, told the guards to tie her on a bed. Four days later, they tied her to the window frame again.
The guards tortured Ms. Yang in that way for more than 20 days, but she still refused to be "reformed." They tied her up on a metal chair with metal chains. She could not move at all. Guards Liu Yujiu and Liu Cuihua did not give her food and did not allow her to use the bathroom. She had to urinate in her pants.
Since his tactics did not work, Sun Qiquan told guards to tie Ms. Yang's hands to a metal pipe. Her body was lifted in the air and her feet barely touched the ground. The guards tortured her like this for 50 days. During those 50 days, Ms. Yang was tied on a bed for only four days, and the other 46 days she was hung up in that very painful position. The guards not only tortured her physically, but also asked some collaborators to brainwash her, paying several of them.
One night in July 2005, guard Zhao Xiujiang was drunk. He entered Ms. Yang's cell and beat her with shoes. Her head was injured and she had to lie in bed for three days. Due to the injury, she vomited for three days. She complained to the head of the 610 Office, Song Shuqin, but he ignored her.
Ms. Yang used to be very healthy, but now, due to torture, she is very weak. Her heart rate is high and she has developed high blood pressure.
After being tortured in the Zhaoyuan Brainwashing Center for 50 days, Ms. Yang was held in a detention center for eight months. After that, officials from the 610 Office sentenced her again to three years in a forced labor camp. On October 9, 2005, she was sent to the labor camp. The labor camp refused to take her, so the head of the 610 Office, Liu Shuju, contacted the provincial labor camp bureau and forced the labor camp to take Ms. Yang. Since every subdivision of the labor camp knew that Ms. Yang is a very solid practitioner and refused to renounce Falun Gong, nobody dared to accept her. They were afraid that their salary and bonus would be affected if they could not "transform" Ms. Yang. Eventually, the labor camp imprisoned Ms. Yang in a solitary cell of about 70-80 square feet. It was very cold in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer.
Ms. Yang's father passed away while she was in the labor camp, but she was not allowed to attend his funeral.
On September 22, 2006, Ms. Yang was released. Agents of the 610 Office in Zhaoyuan learned that she had not been "reformed," so they took her to the brainwashing center again. Ms. Yang Wenjie kept clarifying the facts about Falun Gong to officers of the 610 Office, including Liu Shuju, Song Shuqin and Du Weixian. She also exposed the torture she experienced in the brainwashing center. She exposed that the guards in the brainwashing center extorted money from practitioners and used the money (500,000 yuan) funded by the government for themselves. She also exposed the behavior of Liu Shuju and Li Jianguang.
The officials in the 610 Office often extorted money from practitioners. Ms. Yang reported what she had seen in the brainwashing center to the provincial government and relevant departments of the Yantai City government. Because of this, the 610 Office officials in Zhaoyuan used all kinds of excuses refusing to release her. They held Ms. Yang and practitioner Ms. Zhao Yuhong in a room with no windows. They had to drink the water from the toilet and did not receive enough food.
One afternoon, Xu Jianzheng and guard Liu (surname) took Ms. Yang to a room. They forced her to hug her legs with her hands, then tied her hands and legs together, so her whole body was tied into an "S" shape. They then inserted an iron stick between her legs and hung her up with her head hanging towards the ground. Four guards, including Du Weixian, Xu Jianzheng, Cao Haijun and Liu, beat her hands, face and feet with electric batons. The guards tortured Ms. Yang like that for two years, and she almost passed away. When they released her, she could not stretch her legs and could not stand up. They detained her in the dark room again. Due to the torture, Ms. Yang's health was badly damaged. Her heartbeat and blood pressure had raised. Her family asked officials at the 610 Office to release her several times, but the requests were rejected.
Before the New Year in 2007, Ms. Yang Wenjie and practitioner Ms. Wang Shupei started a hunger strike to protest the torture. After more than 10 days, Xu Jianzheng and Cao Haijun force-fed them. They locked Ms. Yang onto a chair and inserted a pipe through one nostril of her nose; her nose was injured and bled. Then they inserted the pipe through the other nostril. Ms. Wang tried to stop them but was beaten. Later, Ms. Wang was sent to a prison.
After being released by the labor camp, Ms. Yang was detained in the brainwashing center for six months. The guards tried to force her to write a guarantee statement, but she refused. They also extorted money from her. She was not released until March 2007, when she had become very weak due to the hunger strike.
Ms. Yang was tortured for five years because she refused to renounce her belief. When she was finally released in March 2007, she saw her son, Qunchao, for the first time in five years. He had grown up and looked like an adult. Ms. Yang cried and asked, "Qunchao, do you recognize me?" He answered, "Yes. I know you are my mother." Everyone who witnessed this cried. It was the first time that Ms. Yang heard her son calling her "Mom" since she was put in prison five years before.
It is difficult to describe in words the torture Ms. Yang experienced during the last five years. In China, there are thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who are being tortured like Ms. Yang. We call upon the international community and kind people to pay attention to the situation and help us to stop this brutal persecution.
April 20, 2007