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Legally Blind Senior Woman Brainwashed, Tortured, and Forced to Scrub Floors in a Forced Labor Camp

September 20, 2009 |  

Name: Wang Chunhua (王春华)
Gender: Female
Age: Over 60
Address: Weifang City, Shandong Province
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Most Recent Arrest: March 16, 2005
Most Recent Place of Detention: Wangcun Labor Camp (王村劳教所)
City: Zibo
Province: Shandong
Persecution Suffered: Home Ransacked, Forced Labor, Sleep Deprivation, Torture

(Clearwisdom.net) (Correspondent from Shandong Province) During the morning of March 16, 2005, Ms. Wang Chunhua was out distributing information about Falun Gong. When she was seen by the transportation police, they arrested her. The Weifang District Police Department in Weifang City then ransacked her home. They confiscated pictures of the founder of Falun Gong, Falun Gong books, an audio tape player, 9-day lecture cassettes, Falun Gong brochures, and copies of the Minghui Weekly. After checking the confiscated materials, they took her to the Weifang City detention center. The police called her older brother demanding money, saying, "She will be sentenced to forced labor if you do not pay us." After 32 days, several police officers headed by the chief of the 610 Office of Weifang City and a woman from the local residence committee came to the detention center to take her to a hospital for a physical examination. Years ago Ms. Wang, due to an eye disease, one of her eyes had been removed and an artificial eye had been implanted. The labor camp did not want to accept her due to this condition. But the 610 Office agents bribed the labor camp into accepting her by paying them 1,000 yuan.

In the labor camp, prison guards Yan Yan, Wang, and others tried to force her to give up Falun Gong. Because she did not cooperate, she was tortured, deprived of sleep, and prohibited from going to the toilet. She was forced to sit straight on a low bench all day long, which caused pain in her legs. After nearly 20 days of this abuse, the guards asked her why she practiced Falun Gong. She replied, "I practice Falun Gong because I want to be a good person. My Teacher does not charge me any money. I am in very good health and don't need medication. The founder of Falun Gong offered me good heath."

The guard pointed her finger at Ms. Wang's forehead and said, "You still say Falun Gong is good. If you continue to say Falun Gong is good, you will be forced to stand for a long time." Later, others pressured her to renounce Falun Gong by writing a guarantee statement to give up the practice. Because she was nearly blind she could not work, but the guards found something for her to do. They forced this over-60-year-old lady to wash the floors in the corridors and the halls every day. If she failed to do a good job, she would be abused all day long. The physical labor was exhausting and pained her legs and back, but this is what she had to do every day. During her two years in the Wangcui Forced Labor Camp, the guards tortured and abused her.