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Ruthless Tactics Used on Falun Dafa Practitioners at the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City

September 03, 2005 |  

(Clearwisdom.net) The Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City is a place where officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brutally torture Dafa practitioners. It is notorious for its brutality. The following are my personal experiences, and I want to disclose them here to expose the perpetrators' atrocities.

All of the practitioners sent to this camp are forced to renounce their belief in Falun Dafa. Those who refuse would be brainwashed by a group of people day and night without being allowed to sleep. If they still refuse, criminals would be incited to abuse and otherwise beat and torture them. Those steadfast practitioners were secretly transferred to another forced labor camp for more savage persecution based on instructions from the Changchun Judiciary Bureau. Since 2004, practitioners Jin Qihui, Dong Zhe, Tian Zidong and others were subjected to this terrible process.

At the beginning of 2005, CCP officials started a so-called "Strengthen the Advanced Nature" nationwide campaign. This was done partly to gain public support for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Shortly after the Chinese Lunar New Year, official Wang Xiaoming held an "all-hands" meeting to encourage forcible reformation of Falun Gong practitioners. A "reformation rate" of over 90% was set at the meeting. People attending the meeting were told that if they could not achieve this goal, they would qualify for participation in the "six zeros" competition within the Changchun Judiciary Bureau. In other words, how well they can torture and force practitioners turn against Dafa is directly correlated to their compensation.

On March 28, 2005, the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp announced its implementation of policies from the Changchun Judiciary Bureau. The document stated that anyone not reformed would not be released, even if their terms were up. Instead, their terms would be extended by 50% again until they were eventually "reformed." For those who are reformed, a probation period of three months would go into effect, and even when this time is up, their release is still not assured. The Changchun Judiciary Bureau could issue a new document at any time. Sometimes a release permit was issued and declared invalid only a few minutes later.

Adopting an implication policy to threaten and intimidate family members of Falun Gong practitioners; creating conflicts among them and the practitioners so as to intensify the persecution

They used shameless tactics to coerce family members to aid in the persecution. For example, if Dafa practitioners were not "reformed," their relatives would lose their jobs, right to schooling, housing vouchers and other necessities. In the face of this unconstitutional persecution, just in order to survive, people dared not to seek justice for their family members. They are forced to let the authorities use them to help "reform" the practitioners.

Scenes like these have become commonplace: parents cried to persuade a son to be "reformed;" a young wife carried their child to the forced labor camp, crying and quarreling, and used divorce to demand the husband to be "reformed"; a thirteen or fourteen year old middle school student cried to tell his father to be "reformed" because he could not pay tuition and would be expelled from school, and other such heart-wrenching episodes. If the practitioner would not give in, crying, begging, kneeling down before that person, even scolding and beating, would be the next steps. Then the prison guards would appear sympathetic to the family, and then blame or even beat Dafa practitioners, to appear to be "siding with" their family members. The guards staged those family tragedies to mislead other prisoners into thinking that Falun Gong practitioners are cold-hearted people who don't care about their parents, spouse and children. Afterwards, the persecution would become even more vicious. People who didn't know the truth got the wrong impression and even bore hatred toward Dafa, Master and Dafa disciples. Consequently, these misguided individuals used ever more sinister ways to work with the police to persecute Dafa practitioners.

Police, together with prisoners, torture Dafa practitioners

The Changchun Judiciary Bureau officials promised police large amounts of bonuses and promotions as a reward and promised prisoners who earned high scores that they can use these for term reduction, which caused them to persecute Dafa practitioners even more. As a result, many practitioners died or became disabled. Falun Gong practitioner Liu Ziwei from Baishan City, Jilin Province, incarcerated at the former No. 5 Division, was killed this way. The prisoners even say publicly, "Wasn't Liu Ziwei's death in vain?"

Some of the abuse perpetrated against Dafa practitioners

Being handcuffed backward to a metal bed involved cuffing both hands of a practitioner behind the back and stretching them as much as they can, and then linking the handcuff to a metal bed. After some time, the handcuffs would cut deeply into the flesh. The pain in both arms would become unbearable. Some even ruptured a tendon or fractured a bone.

Shocking with electric baton is the most widely used torture method. The baton's voltage was as high as more than ten thousand volts. One could not help jumping when shocked. Sometimes, several such batons would shock one practitioner simultaneously on the head, face, mouth, anus, and other private parts. Sometimes it would last one to several hours. Sometimes it would continue for several days.

Kicking the kidney area led to incontinence of both bowel and bladder.

Other forms of abuse include hitting the back and legs with a baton, punching in the head, removing toenails, burning the feet, finger and mouth with an open flame, and long-term sleep deprivation.

Deputy head of the No. 4 Division Chen Ligui is one of the worst offenders of abusing practitioners.

Fabricating false theories to deceive Dafa practitioners

Former practitioners, who turned against Dafa under pressure and abuse, Wang Zhigang, Pu Chengjun, Zhu Jiahui and a lay Buddhist named Chen from the Judiciary Bureau were ordered to come and give lectures about their false theories. They slandered Dafa and twisted its meaning at will.

Covering up the bloody abuse

To prevent their bloody atrocities against Dafa practitioners from being exposed to the world, the forced labor camp took three steps:

  1. No more visitations for Dafa practitioners who remained steadfast.
  2. Visiting relatives of Dafa practitioners were checked at the entrance of the visiting room to determine if they practiced Falun Gong. If so, then they were not allowed to visit. Otherwise, they had to follow the camp regulations to curse Falun Dafa or Master Li Hongzhi prior to a visit.
  3. All Falun Gong practitioners are monitored by prison guards while talking to their family members.

A group of people with severe tuberculosis was detained at the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp. Dafa practitioners Liu Wen from Siping City was diagnosed with the disease shortly after. Based on prison regulations, Liu Wen should be out on parole for medical treatment or living under surveillance, but his family members' repeated attempts to get him medical treatment ended up in vain.

The above are merely a part of what happened from between March and May of 2005 in the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp under instructions from the Changchun Judiciary Bureau to intensify the brainwashing and torture of Dafa practitioners. I wanted to expose their atrocities here to awaken the public, so that we can end the persecution together.

July 12, 2005