Ms. Gao Xunhong Recounts the Persecution She Suffered
Name: Ms. Gao Xunhong (高勋宏)
Address: Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 7, 2005
Most Recent Place of Detention: Qianjin Forced Labor Camp (前进劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Sleep deprivation, forced labor, brainwashing, forced injections/drug administration, beatings, torture, force-feedings, extortion, physical restraint, home ransacked, detention
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Gao Xunhong was arrested while she was in her grain store in December 2005. She was illegally detained for two years, and was released in October 2007.
The following is her account of events:
When I was selling grain at my store, at around 3 p.m. on December 7, 2005, a dozen police officers suddenly burst in. They confiscated a computer, a printer and some Falun Dafa books, then they took me to the Zhanqian Police Station. I was taken to Shuangcheng Detention Center the following morning.
When I went on a hunger strike to protest my persecution, the guards dragged me into a car and took me to the outpatient wing of Shuangcheng Hospital. Jin Wanzhi, head of the detention center, and another person whose surname is Liu and who serves as the political instructor there, tortured me. They ordered the doctor and the guards to hold me down while they inserted a rubber tube into my nose to force-feed me. When they finished with the force-feeding, I threw up everything onto the bed. The guards then shouted and ordered that the force-feeding continue. They did not remove the tube after force-feeding me this time. When I returned to the detention center, they force-fed me every hour, while my hands were cuffed to the railings.
On my 13th day in the detention center, I had severe stomach pains and felt terrible for a day and night. Guards at the detention center told my family that they should come to the detention center and bring money with them, and that they should send me to a hospital. When quite a few of my family members came, the guards refused them entry. Then when they went back home, they phoned my husband and said that I was dying. My husband went to the detention center alone, and immediately sent me to Shuangcheng Hospital. I was diagnosed with a perforated appendix, and needed an operation right away. After I spent a week in the hospital, the guards wanted to send me back to the detention center. My family disagreed and said, "She just had an operation and has not even had her stitches removed. Wouldn't the prison environment be too much for her?" The guards agreed and took me to the Harbin Police Hospital instead. My family had to pay 6,000 yuan as a deposit. I was given injections every day in the hospital, which were very expensive. The hosptial was just like a prison and the guards from the detention center watched me day and night.
Officials from the Shuangcheng Detention Center took me to the Wanjia Forced Labor Camp for a second time on January 26, 2006. Officials at the labor camp refused to take me because of my poor health the first time. Upon my arrival at the Wanjia "Intensive Training Team," guards Wu Baoyun, Guan Jie and Yu Fangli started to kick me as soon I entered the room, because I refused to kneel down for them. Wu Baoyun and Yu Fangli pulled my hair, and punched and kicked me. In the Intensive Training Team I was forced to write guarantee statements to renounce my belief. I had to get up at 5 a.m. every day and sit on a small stool, without moving, until 10 p.m. I was also forced to recite the prison regulations and to slander Falun Dafa.
There were more than 20 Falun Dafa practitioners in the Intensive Training Team at that time. As soon as we got up, we had to start working. If we could not finish our daily work quota, both the inmates and guards would verbally and physically abuse us. Practitioners were also not allowed to speak. After two months in the Intensive Training Team I was transferred to the No. 7 Division. Zhang Bo was head of that division.
More than 100 practitioners were in the No. 7 Division. This division was divided into three teams. Every day, we did hard labor, and were only given corn flour cakes to eat and some cabbage soup. Even the elderly ladies, over 70 years old, had to pack soles for shoes, bag insecticide, as well as make lollipop sticks and toothpicks. We had to work from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and were not allowed to go to bed until we had met the assigned quota, even if it went past midnight.
I was forced to pack shoe soles, and the tips of my fingers had blisters and my eyes were red due to lack of sleep. I was later assigned to make toothpicks. I was exhausted, but was still forced to do hard labor. We had to load the delivery trucks once every few days for 2 to 3 hours each time. Each box weighed over 30 kgs. Elderly practitioners had to carry the boxes as well. Whenever I did heavy lifting, the incision on my stomach from when I was in the hospital began to swell. I later found that the doctor at Wanjia Hospital did not take out all the stitches when they treated my appendix.
I was transferred from Wanjia Women's Forced Labor Camp to Qianjin Forced Labor Camp on January 25, 2007, where I was still forced to do hard labor. I was made to work in the kitchen one time, where there were very large gas stoves. When I noticed that the gas pipe was leaking, I told guard Zou Lifan about this, and was told, "Does what you say count? You just do what you are told to do. You do not have a choice." Yang Guohong, head of the division, didn't care whether the work was dangerous or not. We had to do whatever he ordered us to do.