The Persecution of Female Practitioners at Panjin Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province
(Clearwisdom.net) The guards at Panjin Forced Labor Camp have been
utilizing every possible vicious means to torture Dafa practitioners. They
deserve the condemnation of all gods and sentient beings.
Types of Torture
Types of Torture
1.Mental tortures include:
- reciting Diary of Lei Feng (a highly-recognized public role model in the 60s in China)
- brainwashing by "collaborators" (former Falun Gong practitioners who have gone astray due to brainwashing and torture)
- singing songs that slander Dafa and practitioners
- listening to malicious songs
- being pressured to sign petitions that defame Teacher and Dafa.
2. Physical tortures include:
- beatings with and shocks from electric batons;
- sleep deprivation or being allowed to sleep for very short time
- confined in rooms without any light for a long period of time
- receiving very little food at each meal
- beatings with thick plastic batons
- handcuffing and being shackled
- squatting and walking for extended periods of time
- holding difficult postures such as the body-fold (standing with two legs straight and close, and bending the head down as far as it will go toward the feet, in front of the knees. The fingers point to the ground, the head faces the ground, and the body is bent over to form a 90-degree angle. The victim is forced to keep this position for 17 to 18 hours a day except when eating, sleeping, or using the toilet)
- standing on one leg for extended periods of time
- being made to 'fly the airplane' on one leg (airplane flying requires one to stand facing a wall, with one's head dropped forward, and both hands pulled up from behind to touch the wall); (see http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/11/24/16156.html)
- being pinched on sensitive areas of the body
- hanging up by handcuffs (with both hands cuffed, both feet off or only toes barely touching the ground, one is hung onto the basketball support or the beam of a building by handcuffs. The hands and arms soon swell and become paralyzed and numb)
- made to bend the knees and not allowed to use the toilet;
- not allowed to shower or wash ones face for extended periods of time
- being made to dance to deviant music.
Evidence of the Torture
Exposing the crimes committed against female practitioners by the guards at Panjin Forced Labor Camp reveals the evil nature of Jiang's regime.
1. Mental persecution
The guards forced those who denounce their belief in Dafa against their will to write a weekly "journal." Yi Xiuyan, the Squad Chief, humiliates and slanders Dafa practitioners if she is not satisfied with their "journals." Meanwhile, these practitioners have to write the same three sentences each day that slander Teacher. They have to include these sentences in their journals that are reviewed weekly. If they do not include the three sentences they are subjected to further torture.
The guards divided the 20 female practitioners who upheld their faith the most strongly into different groups and kept them in separate rooms. They brainwashed practitioners, using every conceivable means to mentally torture them.
The guards forced practitioners to recite the Diary of Lei Feng. Practitioners were not supposed to make any mistakes. If they made any, even a mistake in punctuation, they would be punished and made to squat and start reciting all over again. The guards kept devising new ways to increase their torture of practitioners. The female guards would put copies of the Diary of Lei Feng on the practitioners' backs and make them stand on one leg. If the book fell, the female guards would beat the practitioner's hands. Zhang Shoujiang, the Head of the Panjin Forced Labor Camp composed a song that defamed Dafa and he forced each practitioner to sing it. He also made the female practitioners dance. The guards did all this in an attempt to destroy practitioners' wills and force them to succumb.
2. Making use of collaborators to persecute practitioners
In order to destroy practitioners' wills in upholding their belief in Dafa, the Labor Camp uses collaborators to mentally torture practitioners. These prisoners took turns brainwashing, slandering, and humiliating practitioners. The prisoners would break down and cry, and then scold practitioners and beat them. Some would kneel before Dafa practitioners and plead frantically. Except for meal times, they surrounded Dafa practitioners all day long and would not let them rest. Their ultimate goal was to force practitioners to betray Teacher and denounce their faith in Falun Gong. But all these attempts failed before the righteous thoughts of true practitioners.
3. May 25 - 30, 2001
Practitioners experienced the darkest hours at Panjin Forced Labor Camp during the week of May 25 - 30, 2001. On May 25, the guards at the Camp began to step up their persecution of Dafa practitioners through unimaginable mental and physical tortures. Led by the Head, Zhang Shoujiang, the guards used extremely violent and barbaric means to torture practitioners. They put two to three practitioners in one group and kept each group in a room where the windows were covered with newspapers so no light could shine in. They tortured practitioners by making them squat and walk, walk on one leg, kick on one leg and so on. They beat practitioners if they did not obey. Further disobedience would end in cuffing and imprisonment in rooms without any light. Some practitioners were kept individually in rooms without light and had to squat day and night. Some were not allowed to sleep at all, and some could only sleep for two to three hours a day.
The guards openly stated that their supervisors had issued documents to exempt them from any responsibility should a practitioner die from the beatings that occurred. Liu Jin, Assistant Head of the Squad, tried his utmost to slap the faces of female practitioners. On May 25, in the middle of the night, the guards took practitioners to the basement one by one and beat them with electric batons on their heads and necks. One of the guards was so evil that he put an electric baton in the mouth of a practitioner. They also beat the practitioners on the buttocks with a thick plastic baton. The buttocks of more than ten practitioners were covered with bruises. Some were beaten in the face and eyes and these areas swelled, disfiguring the practitioners' faces. Some could not walk after they were beaten.
4. Abuses Suffered by Practitioner Su Ying
Su Ying, a woman, was taken to a pitch-dark room in the middle of the night, where four policewomen stripped her down to her underpants. Then they forced her to lie on her stomach and brutally beat her. Su Ying was having her menstrual period at the time, or else the police would have taken her underpants off as well.
A policewoman named Cai Li yelled, "We each will give her three blows," and she hit her almost before she had finished her sentence. When she finished, she pulled Su Ying up and yelled, "Are you going follow your Master or the Party?" Su Ying answered, loud and clear, "I will follow my Master no matter what!" Before Su Ying could finish her sentence, the policewomen started another round of beating, followed by the same question. This went on and on. In the end, they felt that they hadn't done enough, so the four policewomen decided to pinch Su Ying on the inside of her thighs, laughing and screaming at the same time. It was a horrible sight. They tortured her until she lost consciousness. At that time, they got scared and decided to call the ambulance and sent Su Ying to the hospital.
On the following day, the policemen persecuting the male practitioners in the same unit tried to lie to cover up their coworkers' evil actions, saying, "A female practitioner was sent to the hospital last night due to heart problems."
When the doctor saw the injuries all over Su Ying, including the insides of her thighs, which were beyond recognition, and her buttocks, which were black and blue and badly swollen, he/she asked the police how it happened. The leaders from the labor camp couldn't answer. Later, having consulted Yi Xiuyan, female Section Head of the labor camp, and Liu Jing, female, the Vice Section Head, the doctor recommended surgery to take out the extravasated blood in her backside. There would be serious consequences otherwise.
When Su Ying was told that she needed surgery, she said, "You need to notify my family if you are going to operate on me." But the police were afraid that what they had done would be exposed if Su Ying's family were called. So Su Ying underwent surgery without her family being notified. During the surgery, a large amount of extravasated blood was removed from inside of her backside. After being hospitalized for half a month, Su Ying was sent back to the detention center, where the abuses continued.
To cover up their bad deeds, Su Ying was put in a room by herself adjacent to the one that held Li Shujian, another woman being held for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. The police played loud disco music while they tortured Su Ying and Li Shujuan. At the time, Li's left hand was hooked to a window while her right arm was shackled to the radiator. This has continued over a long time.
5. Abuses Suffered by Practitioner Wu Maoling
Wu Maoling, a woman, was taken by the police to a confinement room where some male convicts abused her as directed by Vice-Director Zhou. They handcuffed her, hung her up, and then beat her while Vice-Director Zhou lay on a bed watching.
6. Abuses Suffered by Practitioner Li Shujuan and Lu Shuxuan
Practitioners Li Shujuan and Lu Shuxuan, both women, have been confined many times for continuing to practice Falun Gong. They were hung by their wrists with their toes barely touching the floor for hours. Li Shujuan has been confined since May 23. She was not allowed to sleep for six days and nights. Her feet and legs were swollen to the extent that the skin burst, leaving marks on her calves. Lu Shuxuan couldn't even put her shoes on. They had to cut the front of the shoes open. In spite of all that, they did not give in.
After May 13, they were held in a small, dark room where the sun never shone in. They ate, slept and went to the washroom in there. There was only one single bed, with no padded sheets. They were only allowed to sleep on the bed for 2 or 3 hours after midnight each day. For the 17 days they were there, they were only given a small dish of rice, or a thin slice of rice cake. The other practitioners who witnessed this were all hurting for them.
One day, Lu Shuxuan was dragged to a small kitchen behind the classroom where brainwashing classes were held for not writing her report according to the policemen's requirements. She was handcuffed and made to squat. But Lu shouted, "Falun Dafa is good," which was heard by other practitioners. Yi Xiuyan started slapping Lu Shuxuan across her face until late in the night. And that was not enough. Later, Lu was shackled in the room where the policemen sleep. She was made to squat and stay awake while the policemen went to sleep.
Lu Shuxuan's arm atrophied. She could hardly hold a spoon as a result of being handcuffed behind her back while she was beaten and shocked with the electronic baton numerous times. When her family came to see her, she showed them what they did to her. To prevent people from knowing their evil actions, the perpetrators wouldn't allow her family to come to visit her again. To date, Lu's family still cannot see her.
At the Panjin City Labor Camp, many practitioners have suffered from torture and abuse by the police. Every practitioner that has been held there has a horrible story to tell. One cannot possibly recount all the crimes done to Falun Dafa practitioners there.
Director of Panjin City Labor Camp Zhang Shoujiang
Vice-Director of Panjin City Labor Camp Zhou XX
Section Head, Panjin City Labor Camp Yi Xiuyan
Vice Section Head, Panjin City Labor Camp Liu Jing
Policewoman, Panjin City Labor Camp Cai Li