The Persecution I Suffered in the Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a Falun Gong practitioner who was just released from the Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp.
I was arrested by the police when I was clarifying the truth on May 13, 2004. The authorities sentenced me to two years of forced labor for "disturbing social order." After beginning to practice Falun Gong in 1998, I had a big change in my mind and spirit. Falun Gong benefited me tremendously. Dafa let me understand many issues that I could not figure out for a long time. The practice taught me how to be a kind person, a better person. What I did was only expose the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong. What law did I violate?
From the detention center, to the "dispatch center," to the labor camp, what we faced were vicious guards who held electric batons. They instigated all kinds of criminals, and used all means of coercion and force to make us to give up our faith in "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance."
When I arrived at the dispatch center, every practitioner was surrounded by two guards and three to four "reformed" persons. They ceaselessly attacked the practitioners in turns until they were "reformed." Their tortures also included not allowing the practitioners to sleep. If practitioners did not "reform," they would be made to stand for hours on end. Being monitored by someone the whole time, they were not allowed to talk or even go to the restroom. If you were seen as "stubborn," they would give you a hard time. Whenever there were visitors or an inspection was carried out, they transferred those who refused to be "reformed" or hid them in the office. They did this because they were afraid that Falun Gong practitioners would speak out the truth and expose their lies to the outsiders. They would arrange in advance on what to say, and what not to say to the reporters. Everything was planned beforehand, but it was all lies. Once informed that someone was coming to visit or inspect, they would rush to clean up the place and remove the monitors so the outsiders would feel "warm" and "free" and so on. It was all a put-on.
One time when they heard someone would come for inspection, they transferred all the practitioners to work at the big storehouse. After the inspection team arrived, they asked to inspect via the names on the roll. The guards immediately sent someone to the storehouse to inform the people on duty that the inspection team would be inspecting via the names on the roll so they had to bring everyone back from the storehouse. To not let the cat out of the bag, the guards did their all to deter any inspection or interviewing of the Falun Gong practitioners.
At the Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp, many firm Falun Gong practitioners are restrained on the death bed and the tiger bench. They are shocked by several and even a dozen guards with electric batons, electric needles, and other tools of torture. The tortures are usually carried out in shady corners or filthy storehouses. In addition to being brutally tortured, practitioners also lived worse than animals. They were given only pickles with dry buns. They never had enough food, let alone nutritious food. Those who "did not obey" were given very little water to drink, or even water for normal washing up. Female practitioners were denied sanitary napkins if they refused to be "reformed." Even the personal items that their families brought in were confiscated. Even worse, to better control and encourage the criminals, they distributed practitioners' personal belongings to those criminals, including money. Some practitioners could only use water to clean up because of a lack of tissues.
Some practitioners were beaten to the point of deafness. Some had their legs or backs broken. Some incurred concussions from the beatings. Some were beaten black and blue-- the guards only beat the places covered by clothes. Many practitioners were tortured to the breaking point. Some practitioners could not stand for these inhuman tortures and went on hunger strikes to protest. Dafa practitioners who persisted in their belief were often detained in well guarded and murky corners.
I call for the International Inspection Organization to, at the earliest, start inspecting this labor camp and jail that detains Falun Gong practitioners in China. Let Dafa practitioners who have suffered such humiliation regain their freedom as soon as possible.