Guards Force Practitioners to Meditate on Snow-Covered Ground in Freezing Weather
(Clearwisdom.net) Shortly after 8:00 P.M. on February 8, 2000, guards at the Kaifeng City Detention Center in Henan Province yelled, "Falun Gong! Come out and practice your exercises!" It was freezing cold, with bone-chilling winds. Policemen poured basins of water on the snow-covered ground and then forced practitioners, barefoot and dressed only in underwear, to meditate on the ground. Some were even forced to sit on the snow bank by a wall. The guards didn't even spare practitioners who were having their periods.
Wearing heavy coats and holding police clubs and flashlights, the drunken guards shouted, "You want to practice? Then go ahead. Do it!" They had fourteen practitioners, from 20 to 58 years old, on the ground. The guards and their supervisors filled the courtyard and continually threatened practitioners with their clubs.
The practitioners who had been ordered to stay inside recited Teacher's articles in strong voices to encourage the practitioners outside. At the same time, they repeatedly asked the guards to stop their brutality. However, the guards packed ice on the hands and heads of the practitioners, and yelled, "Let's see how you practice! No one is allowed to see doctors!"
Practitioners sat quietly on the frozen ground. The torture lasted until midnight. Fearing that some practitioners would die, the police carried the practitioners inside one by one. The lower bodies of many of them were already numb from the cold. As soon as they were brought in, the practitioners who had been kept inside hurried to warm them with their own bodies.
The next morning, people saw a row of depressions in the ice, marking the places where the practitioners had been tortured. The ice did not melt until several days later. Afraid of having their crimes exposed, officials of the detention center did not allow any practitioners to go outside for a break the next day.