Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured at Wangcun Men's Forced Labor Camp in Zibo City, Shandong Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong Wangcun practitioners are tortured and persecuted at the Wangcun Men's Forced Labor Camp located in Zibo City, Shandong Province. According to practitioners who were released after completing their illegal sentences, the labor camp at Wangcun was recognized as a "civilized" labor camp by the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese law stipulates that no beatings or verbal abuse are allowed at labor camps, but behind closed doors the guards mentally and physically torture Falun Gong practitioners to try to force them to give up their beliefs in "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance."
Mr. Sun, a fifty-six-year-old practitioner from Shengli Oilfield, Dongying City, Shandong Province, was illegally sentenced to two years in the labor camp. In early 2006 he was caught distributing Teacher Li's lecture and was sentenced to three more months after being "strictly managed" and physically punished. During the fourteen days of "strict management," he was handcuffed to the side of the bed, but wasn't allowed to sit or lie down. He was allowed to sleep for only one or two hours a day until his legs were so swollen that he couldn't move.
The guards isolate and brainwash practitioners who are newly admitted. They don't allow them contact with the outside world or other practitioners, creating an atmosphere of terror. They continuously play audio and videotapes that slander and defame Falun Gong and force the practitioners to write "thought reports" and are expected to repeated the slanderous lies in these reports. Guards use different torture methods depending on each practitioner's circumstances. They brutally beat and abuse practitioners, forcing them to stand and face the wall for long periods of time, and don't allow them to move or sleep all day long. This method is used to forcefully "transform" them by wearing them down. Some guards pretend to be kind to the practitioners after torturing them. Practitioners who are very afraid develop a grateful attitude toward them and accept the deception that everything the guards do is for their benefit. Sometimes the guards capitalize on their victims' emotional ties with family and friends and use threats of divorce and unemployment to pressure practitioners. Others fabricate fake Dafa lectures to deceive practitioners in order to make them commit wrongdoing or create doubt about Teacher Li and Dafa. They also utilize the twisted logic of those who were "transformed" previously to deceive other practitioners. After weeks and months of brainwashing, those who don't have a deep and clear understanding of the Fa become more and more muddle-headed, and thus judge their situation and the Fa with a human mindset. They drift further and further from the Fa until they agree to be "transformed" or even turn against the Fa.
The authorities impose increased terms of imprisonment and harsher punishment for practitioners who resist the "transformation." The methods of abuse include:
1. Intimidation, threats, brutal beatings, and handcuffing
2. The use of electric batons and confinement in solitary compartments, including a cage in the basement.
3. Hanging a victim up or shackling them to a fixed location, not allowing them move, and limiting sleep to one or two hours a day.
4. Sending practitioners to the "violent attack team." This means they send practitioners who are steadfast to the ordinary criminal inmates' groups where no other practitioners are. The authorities then take advantage of the labor camp inmates. These inmates often brutally beat practitioners in an attempt to reduce their own sentences. Every day, from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. or midnight, practitioners are forced to sit on a very small stool. They sit until their legs are in pain and numb and their buttocks are raw and peeling. They aren't allowed to move or go to the bathroom. Practitioner Mr. Liu, in his fifties, and Mr. Wang, in his forties, were both tortured with this method until they defecated in their pants.
5. The guards won't allow practitioners to go to the bathroom before 3 a.m., or bathe or change clothes in the months of July and August, when the weather is hottest. Practitioners aren't given any freedom and are assigned heavy labor tasks.
The following three cases are from the 7th Brigade of the 2nd sub-camp of Wangcun Men's Forced Labor Camp:
Mr. Shen, a fifty-nine-year-old practitioner, was illegally sentenced to three years of labor in March 2004. Because he refused to write the three statements and kept declaring "Falun Dafa is good," the guards incarcerated him in the basement on April 5, 2005. He was cuffed to the pipes and allowed to sleep for only one or two hours a day. Thirty-three days later he was sent to the "strict management team" for more persecution.
Mr. Wang, a practitioner in his twenties, was taken to the guardroom one day. Three guards took turns shocking him all over his body with electric batons. They placed an electric baton inside Mr. Wang's mouth, which was severely burned. He had difficulty eating for a long time. His inner thighs were also burned by electric shock and he was unable to walk.
Mr. Zhang, a fifty-four-year-old practitioner, lives at #109 of the Development Zone of Juye County, Liao City. At the end of 2005, he was illegally sentenced to the labor camp for one year and three months. Mr. Zhang refused to be "transformed" and wouldn't cooperate with the authorities. Because he refused to compromise, he suffered tremendous beatings. As a result, his teeth became loose. He couldn't eat solid food, and he could only eat porridge and vegetable soup. He was very pale and thin, and was barely alive. They kept him incarcerated in this condition and wouldn't allow him any freedom. Two policemen carried him home on a stretcher when he completed his sentence on March 11, 2007. At the end of February 2007, the newly promoted deputy brigade chief Wang Xinjiang came to the "strict management team" to verbally abuse the practitioners. In order to show off his power, Wang ordered the barely breathing Mr. Zhang to open the door for him. Mr. Zhang refused, which infuriated him. On February 27, when Mr. Zhang went to the bathroom, the guards beat him until his nose and mouth bled profusely. On March 1, Mr. Li, a practitioner in the labor camp, sought out Luo Guangming and Li Gongming and tried to reason with them regarding Mr. Zhang's treatment. Practitioner Li was instead kicked by 7th Brigade chief Gao and was handcuffed for several hours.
Similar incidents occur on a daily basis. These practitioners who steadfastly resist the persecution have suffered tremendous torture.
The labor camp in Wangcun, Shandong Province provides a typical look at how the Chinese Communist authorities are persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. There are countless practitioners in labor camps in other areas of the country who suffer similar persecution. Many practitioners have endured the pain of having their families torn apart and separation from their loved ones.
Note: As a Fa-rectification Dafa practitioner, one should do the three things well with a clear mind under any circumstances in order to fulfill one's vows. Practitioners who are detained and tortured in the 7th Brigade, 2nd Group of the men's labor camp in Zibo City have been doing the three things well under extreme conditions. They have persisted in "sending forth righteous thoughts" at set times to eliminate the evil elements. They have taken every opportunity to clarify the truth to the authorities, other labor camp inmates, and those who are "transformed." As a result, the guards of the 7th Brigade were all replaced as of October 2006. The authorities brought new personnel into the newly formed 8th Brigade, which is another brigade for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Currently, except for the newly promoted Gao, who is still brutally beating practitioners to further advance himself and to show off his power, many guards and labor camp inmates have learned the facts about Falun Dafa, and numerous practitioners who were "transformed" have also returned to Dafa. At the end of 2006, half of the one hundred and ten practitioners in the 7th Brigade have written solemn declarations to deny all the arrangements made by the old forces, and are determined to follow Teacher and steadily safeguard Dafa. They will refuse to write the thought reports as required by the authorities, and they also won't write the "three statements" to give up the practice. In March 2007, there were more than twenty practitioners who wouldn't cooperate with the guards' orders. They refused to participate in forced labor tasks and demanded to be released with "not guilty" verdicts. Because of their righteous behavior, the guards have had no choice but to ease up in their persecution.