Appeal Letter from Mr. Liu Litao, a Dafa Practitioner Who Was Tortured at the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp in Beijing
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a villager from Songjiagou Village, Xinmin Township, Taihe District, Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province. I was illegally kidnapped and sent to the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp in Beijing because I practice Falun Dafa.
On August 1, 2002, I was forcibly taken to Division No. 5 in the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp. Upon arrival, the guards told us how well they treated practitioners and that the articles on Clearwisdom Net [Minghui Net in Chinese] related to the persecution in the labor camp were false. During the next two months I saw that what the guards said was actually false.
This is what happened to me after 3:30 p.m. on August 14, 2002 at the Tuanhe Labor Camp Dispatch Center: Six police officers and two prisoners brutally beat me, which resulted in my passing out for one day and one night. As a result, I was sent to the Tuanhe Hospital and stayed there for seven days. Yue Qingjin, the chief of Division No.5 of Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp, claimed that the beating was for my own good.
Chief Yang of the Education Section, along with collaborators [former Falun Gong practitioners who have gone astray due to severe torture and brainwashing] tried to brainwash me every day until late into the night; they often forbade me from sleeping when it was time for sleep and forbade me from eating when it was time for a meal. They used the "wheel" tactic (rotating different persecutors in shifts) and took turns using brainwashing methods on me in order to exhaust me.
In mid September 2002, the team leaders tortured me and other practitioners by forcing us to stand in the "army corps" posture, during which time I experienced severe muscle pains in my lower back. I asked a team leader for a break, but he said, "Bear it for a while." After the standing mistreatment, we were forced to squat and stand up repeatedly in the army posture, and I fell to the ground numerous times. After more than three weeks of the squat-and-stand abuse, the pain in my lower back grew much worse and I was often awakened by the pain at night and could not go back to sleep. During this physical abuse, the only relief I was given was to stand still. Team leader Yang said, "If you pass out from the pain, then fall on the grass."
I could no longer endure this physical and mental torture, and I told the team leaders that I refused to continue. Three team leaders dragged me and forced me to continue. I told them, "My lower back hurts so badly that I cannot even sleep, yet you treat me like this. I won't go." Team leader Yang said I should go to the medical room to have my lower back checked out. The doctor prescribed medications but I refused to take them, because this situation had resulted completely from the team leaders insisting on my performing the limitless so-called physical training. My pain showed that I was unfit to do such long-term physical movements, and if I took the medication and continued the "training," what purpose would that serve? Why would they insist that I, a person who firmly refuses the brainwashing, do this kind of training? Why would they insist on my doing it when I experience such severe pain?
When I refused to follow the abusive order, I was forced to stand on a square brick (its area is approximately 0.125 square meter, i.e., about 1.3 square feet). The guards even forced me to urinate on the square brick spot when I needed to use the bathroom. Even when I told them about the pain in my lower back, the guards would not allow me to move. If I moved slightly, they would press on my shoulders with both hands and hit my lower back with their knee. They also clutched my neck and I had difficulty breathing. They forbade me from speaking. Because of the severe pain in my lower back, I couldn't keep the balance between my legs and feet, and team leader Yang ridiculed me and said, "You are just faking illness."
Isn't this physical torture and psychological abuse actually persecution against us Dafa practitioners who persist in our faith?
I said to the guards, "We practitioners won't return blows or curses when we are hit or cursed. What do you want to do with me?" They said, "You must reform." I said, "That's absolutely impossible."
Labor camp police:
Section Chief Yang Fenghua, police ID number: 1153084
Chief Yang Bin, police ID number: 1153242
Division Chief Yue Qingjin, police ID number: 1153154
October 15, 2002
For more stories regarding Mr. Liu, see http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/1/23/31216.html and http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/1/24/31223.html