Many Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured to Death or to Mental Collapse at Benxi Forced Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.net) Since 2000, the Benxi Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province has used various torture techniques against Falun Gong practitioners. As a result, some practitioners have died and many suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and mental disorders as a result of the brutal tortures, which include tying up with ropes or locking practitioners in a small cell (1).
Mr. Bai Jinqi was a practitioner who lived in Gaojiazi Village, Panjin City, Liaoning Province. He was taken to Benxi Forced Labor Camp in mid-August 2006. After he was unjustly imprisoned, he was examined and labeled mentally and physically fit, so he was forced to carry objects up and down the stairs. Guard Liu Shaoshi (male) confined Mr. Bai, subjecting him to both mental and physical torture. Under Liu's orders, 24 hours a day, inmates tried to coerce Mr. Bai into writing the three statements against Falun Gong. He was even badgered while he ate and used the bathroom. Two people always accompanied him. He became seriously ill. He ate very little. Liu kept Mr. Bai under close surveillance for more than five months, until Mr. Bai was bedridden and dying. Mr. Bai's family was then notified and allowed to take him home. Mr. Bai died on February 7, 2007, not long after his release.
Practitioners Mr. Shi Yinchang and Mr. Wang Wenan suffered a similar fate: They were released only when they were on their deathbeds after Benxi Labor Camp guards had tortured them. They both died shortly after their release.
Mr. Gao Dong, a practitioner and technician at the Panjing City Oil Field, suffered from mental disorder after he was tortured for more than seven months in the camp.
Mr. Wang Yuzhu is a practitioner from Haiyang County, Shandong Province. On December 10, 2006, guard Liu Shaoshi (male) instructed guards Guo Tieying, Ding Huibo, and Guo Baogang to tie Mr. Wang to a bed and put 55-pound rice sacks on top of each of Mr. Wang's legs for two hours. Liu said maliciously, "I would bury all Falun Gong practitioners alive if I had the authority."
Practitioners Mr. Zhai Mingjun from Changtu County, Mr. Ni Guangmin from Huanren County, Mr. Li Zhimin from the Chaoyang District, and Mr. Cheng Guanghui from the Chaoyang District are currently imprisoned and being tortured in this camp.
(1) The small cell torture: The detainee is locked up alone in a very small cell. The guards handcuff practitioners behind their backs in a fixed position, in which the practitioners can neither move nor lie down. The small cell is very damp and dark. Detainees have to use a bucket in the cell as a toilet. During the day, detainees are served half of a regular meal . During the night, rats scamper about the cell. The stench in the small cell is so bad that it is difficult to breathe.