I am a 50-year-old female Falun Dafa practitioner. On December 21, 2000 I went to Beijing accompanied by another female practitioner to validate Dafa.
On December 26 we arrived in Beijing and went to Tiananmen Square. When we got there, there was a man holding up a banner exposing the truth behind the persecution and we joined him as he shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" I felt the sounds shake the entire cosmos -- it was such a solemn and sacred event! We were then arrested. The officers in the local police station asked us to write statements defaming Dafa and we firmly refused.
I was later sent back to my district and detained for five days in the Dongcheng Police Station in my hometown of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. During these five days, I conducted a hunger strike to protest my unlawful arrest and took the opportunity to introduce Falun Dafa to the policemen. With strong righteous thoughts, there weren't any fears or worries in my mind; I just wanted to be a true Dafa practitioner in an open and dignified manner.
After five days, I was sentenced to one year in the Zizhong Nanmusi Female Forced Labor Camp. The environment there was quite evil. They tried to have us stop practicing Falun Dafa through physical and mental torture. Because I did not comply, they didn't allow me to wash my face or brush my teeth. In the extreme cold weather during the winter, I couldn't take a shower. The police in the labor camp punished practitioners who were firm and resolute. They would force us to raise both hands high with our faces up against the wall, and they wouldn't allow us to move at all. We were forced to stand in this position from 6 o'clock in the morning until nighttime. During other hours, the collaborators [former Falun Gong practitioners who have gone astray due to brainwashing and torture] held brainwashing sessions several times a day, trying to have us give up practicing Falun Dafa. On one occasion, a policeman said to me, "If you still do not give up Falun Gong, I will shoot you dead." Another policeman said to me, "If you do not comply with us, we will send you to a mental hospital!" I looked at both of them and smiled. I knew that the evil could not touch me and stayed very calm.
While detained in the labor camp, I had only "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" in my heart. I could not read any Dafa books in the labor camp, so I would recite the parts I had memorized. I did not think of anything except Dafa and the benevolence of our Teacher. No matter what they did to me, they could not move my heart, and they could not change me. I always clarified the truth to the police, told them that the "self-immolation" was staged and that it was made to deceive people, and that Falun Dafa is innocent. They did not dare to touch me. During the one year I spent in the labor camp, they did not dare to put handcuffs on me and never beat or swore at me. They did not dare to touch me even once.
Teacher has said that he only looks at our hearts, and when we meet the standard of a true practitioner, he can do anything for us. I knew Teacher has endured so much for me.
In January 2002, I returned home. I read Teacher's new articles. In Teacher's new poem "Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions" he says:
"A great enlightened being does not fear hardship
Having forged an adamantine will
And with no attachment to living or dying
He walks his path of Fa rectification openly and nobly"
The old evil forces are nothing in the face of true practitioners that have strong righteous thoughts. My own experience has verified this. In actuality, I didn't do much, but only had righteous thoughts, and Teacher took care of me. Thank you Teacher!
Note: The above was accounted orally by the practitioner and recorded by other practitioners. When she described what she had emphasized while detained in the labor camp, she said that she only had Teacher and Dafa in mind. The guards in the labor camp did not dare to beat or swear at her, and only forced her to stand facing a wall. During the first part of her detention she was in the fifth squadron, and the police could not make her righteous thoughts waver, so they transferred her to a notorious team -- the ninth squadron, yet they still could not move her heart. Then they sent her to the most vicious team - seventh squadron, and all attempts to make her righteous thoughts waver still failed. They could not think of any other ways to deal with her.
Her experience in the dark Nanmusi Forced Labor Camp was amazing. Because her heart was faithful to Teacher, Dafa, righteous thoughts, and righteous actions, the evils were unable to touch her. Teacher has told us clearly: "There are two circumstances in which they can't touch a Dafa disciple. One is that he is rock-solid. They don't dare touch him, because they know at that time that if this disciple has taken a righteous path and conducted himself well and someone still dares to persecute him, it doesn't matter that they're the old forces or what the old principles are--I absolutely won't spare them." "For example, after some Dafa disciples are arrested, they are able to maintain an unshakable calm, and they have no fear. You'll see that the old forces don't dare to persecute them. It's because they know that unless they beat them to death, any persecution of them won't do a thing, so they don't touch them." "Their being so steadfast in Dafa terrifies the evil." (Touring North America to Teach the Fa)