Communist China: One Country, Two Faces
With his hands tied behind his back, 36-year-old Mr. Liu
Yonglai lay naked and shivering on the floor. The smell
of burning flesh was in the air.
Violence and terror against Falun Gong and others
belies increasingly polished global image of CCP
After dousing Liu with ice-cold water to intensify the
electric currents, several labor camp guards shocked his
body with electric nightsticks - each of which emits a
36,000-volt charge - targeting sensitive parts of the
body such as the mouth, neck, anus and genitalia.
In the hallway just outside, other victims lay moaning
or vomiting from similar torture.
On the other side of the camp, 60-year-old Ms. Fu
Shuying, 27-year-old Ms. Chen Hui, 30-year-old Ms. Sun
Yan and others are tied up in a spread-eagle position as
torturers repeatedly thrust long rods into their vaginas
causing severe inflammations and bleeding. Other women
suffer similar tortures with toilet and shoe brushes.
All the while, loudspeakers blare out fierce propaganda,
aiming to unseat the victims' personal beliefs and
instill in them the Party line.
The combined methods of extreme violence and constant
shaping of thoughts are what the torturers call
Several have already died here from this "re-education."
More will surely follow. (page 1)
Chinese colleagues unwittingly spreading Beijing's lies
about Falun Gong?
Anne Yang, 25, sat staring at the news displayed across
her computer screen. Then, quietly--lest her coworkers
hear--she began to cry.
It was at that moment that she realized she could no
longer deny what many of her American friends had told
The Chinese government had been lying to her, and Yang
now knew it. Lying to her, that is, her entire life. But
most alarming of all, Yang recalls, was that she had
unwittingly become part of the lie. (page 1)
A Parade of Culture
Gong, people are rediscovering their heritage, and
finding joy in sharing it.
Parades. Antiquity. And a meditation called Falun Gong.
The connection weaving the three together might not be
that obvious. But in their mixture lies a fascinating
tale of hope and renewal.
It's a tale told, in a sense, by the smile on Tracey
Zhu's face today. She's performing a Chinese "fan dance"
in the annual Chinatown New Year's parade, seemingly
impervious to the nipping winter cold that has others
bundled in layers of down and wool. (page 12)