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Falun Gong Practitioners Detained in Mental Hospitals in Jiangsu Province

March 29, 2005 |  


In Jiangsu Province, the primary method used by local officials to persecute Falun Gong practitioners is to illegally detain them in mental hospitals. This method is often used in Nanjing City, Suzhou City, Wuxi City, Yancheng City, Yangzhou City, Taizhou City, and Xuzhou City in Jiangsu Province. As a witness who has personally experienced persecution in this manner, I will reveal the methods used by the persecutors in detail.

It usually begins with illegal detention and questioning of practitioners by officials of the 610 Office and police from the local State Security Department. When a practitioner is due to be released from detention, the persecutors will ask whether he or she still insists that Falun Dafa is good, and if Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are good. If the practitioner says "yes," without any legal procedures, the officials label them as suffering from psychosis and send them directly to mental hospitals, where they are detained for indefinite periods of time. Inside these mental hospitals, the doctors and nurses continuously implement comprehensive persecution to devastate the minds and bodies of practitioners under the banner of "treatment."

Initially practitioners are forced to take medicines either orally or intravenously, and any resistance will incite medical staff to forcefully inject substances into the practitioners' bodies, which devastates their central nervous systems. Each practitioner is forced to take anywhere from ten to more than forty tablets at mealtimes, which can be very harmful to them. The nurses check to make sure that the tablets are being swallowed. If a practitioner doesn't take them, nurses will pry the practitioner's mouth open and pour the tablets down his or her throat, after which the practitioner will be subjected to electric shocks. Some practitioners' teeth have been broken or even pulled out in this process.

Another method the persecutors use is to force practitioners to sleep for extended periods. They detain practitioners in very small rooms with four or five real mental patients, and force the practitioners to sleep for about 20 hours a day.

A far more prevalent method of persecuting practitioners is to subject them to electric shocks. They have two approaches to torturing practitioners with electricity. One is tying the practitioner to an iron bed with bandages, and then administering electricity until the practitioner loses consciousness. Practitioners subjected to this torture are often unconscious for as long as three or four hours. The purpose is to ruin the practitioners' central nervous systems and their ability to think and remember. Another frequently used torture method is to shock practitioners with electric batons. The practitioners will either be tied up or held down, and then an electric baton is used to shock the palms, arches, neck and other sensitive parts of the practitioners' bodies repeatedly and for extended periods.

The persecution does not stop there, but extends to the families of practitioners, who are subjected to economic persecution. While brutally torturing the practitioners, their families are forced to pay 5,000-6,000 yuan a month for this so-called medical treatment.

Perhaps the most insidious facet of this type of persecution is the fact that it goes on indefinitely. There are no restrictions or time limits for mental hospital detention of practitioners, and some practitioners might never be released. The persecutors can repeatedly torture the practitioners until they either give up, suffer a complete collapse, or die.

Being persecuted like this, the bodies and minds of practitioners have been tormented gravely. Their bodies have become extremely weak, they no longer have normal control of their bodies, and their reactions are slow or even abnormal. I myself repeatedly lost consciousness due to exhaustion while I was illegally detained there.

March 17, 2005