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The Torture That Led to the Death of Mr. Song Changguang -- The Abuse He Endured In Chaoyanggou Labor Camp In Changchun

December 17, 2003 |  


(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Song Changguang, 26, lived in Biangang Township, Shuangchenzi Village. He started practicing Falun Gong in 1997 and experienced great physical and mental improvements.

In 2001, Mr. Song Changguang was to graduate from the University of Jilin, Telecommunications College. In December he went to Beijing to appeal, in accordance with his rights to do so. He was illegally arrested on Tiananmen Square, returned to Jilin authorities by the government's liaison office in Beijing, and detained in the Chaoyanggou detention center. Later, he was sentenced to two years in a labor camp and was sent to the notorious No. 4 group. While there, he encountered inhuman torture. Especially in September 2001, Chaoyangge Labor Camp started using force and many inhumane tortures to transform the detained Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr. Song was badly beaten by the policemen and non-practitioner prisoners because he did not give up his beliefs and would not write the "Five Guarantee Letters" [promising not to practice Falun Gong again]. His body was covered with bruises. His toenails fell off due to a cruel beating with a hammer. He was left unable to walk and had serious pulmonary tuberculosis. Later his family spent money to get him out of prison to see a doctor, send him to the hospital (the month long stay in the hospital cost them 10,000 Yuan [500 Yuan is the average monthly salary for a worker in China]) and then took him back to home. Due to internal wounds and the foot injuries, he had difficulty walking, could no longer work, and often coughed and experienced lung congestion. Due to these physical and mental injuries, he was often in extreme pain and his health status was unstable. In November 2003, he stayed in bed and could no longer stand up. His family sent him to the Jiutai hospital for treatment, but medicine did not help him. Six days later, Song Changguan died on November 12th.