Torture at Yitong Detention Center, Jilin Province and Weizigou Labor Camp, Changchun City
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Dong Weixing is thirty-seven years old. On March 12, 2002, he was arrested and taken to the Dongjie Police Station in Yitong County, Jilin Province. When he refused to sign his name on the record of interrogation, the police tried to handcuff him. He did not cooperate. Five or six people pushed him to the floor. One police officer ruthlessly kicked him three times, causing him to lose consciousness.
In the middle of the night of March 14, Dong Weixing was sent to the Yitong County Detention Center. Police interrogated him, put a 55-pound shackle on his neck and made him squat. At night, one officer insulted him for half an hour, making him listen to the most obscene language.
On the third day, police interrogated him again. One officer held a flyer and asked him if he distributed it. He answered: "No." The police said: "You have to admit it even if you did not do it." They took Dong Weixing to the second interrogation room, stripped off his clothes and forced him to sit on the "Tiger Bench" with feet stuck in iron shoes, hands tied with iron chains and an iron bar put in front of his chest. They then opened the window. It was snowing. Dong Weixing started shivering immediately. Police poured cold water on him and blew air with a fan behind him. He was tortured like this for three hours.
On May 14, 2002, Dong Weixing and five other practitioners were sent to Weizigou Labor Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province. They were forced to make plastic buckets all day long and were not allowed to talk. They were denied visitors or any other activities. Some even developed bedsores.
Later the authorities started a so-called "forceful strategy." The practitioners were made to sit on a board all day long. The length of time was continuously lengthened, and they were forced to sit there until 12:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. They had to get up before 6:00 a.m. Such torture would often last more than ten days. When they were extremely exhausted, police then took each of them individually to a small dark room and tortured them by hitting their legs with a wooden board, poking their eyes or lifting their legs and then stepping on the legs.
According to criminals at Weizigou Labor Camp, there once was a practitioner who went on a hunger strike. As a result, he was force fed with one bag of salt in water. He asked for water to drink at night and was refused. The next morning, he was found dead. At Changchun City's Chaoyanggou Labor Camp, the guards tortured Xia Jun, who was from Shenyang City. They hung him up with his arms and body straight, and he sweated all over. Cao Lijun from the Shuangchao area was also hung up for one night. His arms went numb and only recovered half a year later.
Geng Zhi, over seventy years old, was also beaten in the dark.
August 28, 2004