(Clearwisdom.net) In order to continue persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, in 2002 the Neijiang "610 Office"* took over some schoolhouses owned by the Neijiang Colliery Mechanic School to establish brainwashing classes. They built an iron fence around the houses, set up monitors in every room and in all the places where Dafa practitioners were active, and hired security guards. Thus they effectively turned the area into a prison built especially for the "610 Office." All the practitioners who are sent to this brainwashing center are forced to pay 2,000 to 5,000 Yuan. The "610 Office" staff either coerces the practitioners' families to pay the fine, or deducts the money from the practitioners' salaries or pensions.

The brainwashing methods for Falun Gong practitioners include physical and mental torture. The main torture used is as follows:

First, the 610 Officers rank all the Falun Gong practitioners who are on their blacklist, then deceive and abduct them to the brainwashing center. Some practitioners, for instance Ms. Gan Xuemei, were just released from a labor camp, and are immediately sent to the brainwashing center so that the "610 Office" can continue to persecute them.

Two or three people are then assigned to watch and brainwash each practitioner. The practitioners are rigorously watched 24 hours a day; they are not allowed to close the door even in the bathroom. Every day, the observers force practitioners to watch the videos slandering Falun Dafa and our Master Li Hongzhi; they read books that slander Falun Dafa to the practitioners; they ask former practitioners who have turned against Dafa under pressure and are now assisting the "610 Office" to mislead practitioners; moreover they ask the practitioners' work units and families to pressure them into changing their beliefs. They tell the practitioners that if they do not renounce their beliefs, they will either be fired or not given their pensions, or that their families will lose their jobs. For example, Falun Dafa practitioner Fan Yufen is a retired employee of Neijiang's Electric Power Department, and her family also works there. The 610 Officers and the leader of the Electric Power Department told her that if she did not write a letter renouncing her practice of Falun Gong, they would fire all the members of her family.

The vice president of the brainwashing center, Zhou Gonghui (who is the vice director of the Neijiang "610 Office"), and fellow persecutor Cao Yang, take turns brainwashing Falun Dafa practitioners. Using the stick and the carrot method, they both threaten the practitioners with extended detention, and being sent to the labor camp or condemned if they refuse to write a letter renouncing their practice. Zhou Gonghui and Cao Yang then tell the security guards to beat-up and torture the unyielding and determined practitioners. More than half of the practitioners that are beaten are women over 60 years old. For example, Mao Junhua and Zhou Ziyu were pulled into the office and the security guards slapped their faces and savagely beat them. Falun Dafa practitioner Yu Ziming was left in an empty room to freeze in the winter. She was also forced to sleep on a blank bed board without bedding. Some practitioners' families asked Cao Yang if he would give up only after he had tortured them to death. Cao Yang actually answered, "You can do nothing to me if you die; go ahead and sue me if you have the ability."

With the high-intensity mental and physical torture, older practitioners suffer severely, with some of them becoming terminally ill. For instance, Gan Zaiyin, who is a 60 year old gentleman from Chaoyang City in Neijiang, has very high blood pressure and Fan Yufen has serious edema and hematoma. However, the "610 Office" still will not release them.

* "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.