The Brutal Torture Suffered by Ms. Liu Yanqin in Masanjia Labor Camp
Name: Liu Yanqin (刘艳芹)
Date of Most Recent Arrest: June 2008
Most Recent Place of Detention: Masanjia Forced Labor Camp (马三家劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, forced labor, brainwashing, illegal sentencing, forced injections/drug administration, beatings, hung up, solitary confinement, torture, physical restraint, home ransacked
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Liu Yanqin, a Falun Gong practitioner from Fushun, Liaoning Province was illegally sentenced to two years of forced labor in 2008. She was hung up for long periods of time, shocked with electric batons and brutally tortured in the Masanjia Labor Camp. As a result of being tortured, she cannot bend her fingers or lift her arms. Her hair has turned completely white.
Liu Yanqin is in her fifties. In June 2008, she was arrested by officers from Tianqiao Police Station. Wang Dong and two other policemen forced Ms. Liu into a metal chair, handcuffed both her hands and legs together, pulled her hair back and started beating her head with electric batons. They later lit two cigarettes and inserted them into her nostrils, and splashed her face with wine. She was tortured for one whole night. The next day, Ms. Liu's face was unrecognizable as a result of the torture. Officials from the Qingyuan 610 Office illegally sentenced her to two years of forced labor at the Masanjia Labor Camp.
At Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liu Yanqin was locked up with six other Falun Gong practitioners. The guards had installed hanging devices in some of the cells, intended for torturing the practitioners. The practitioners were given meager rations and had to recite the camp rules. Because Ms. Liu refused to cooperate with the demands of the guards, her term was extended by 15 days. She was hung up for eight hours with both arms stretched out to the extreme and her legs tied together with a rope. This is an extremely inhumane, cruel form of torture.
In early September 2008, Ms. Liu was brought to the office because she refused to recite the labor camp rules. Guard Liu Yong shocked her with an electric baton, causing her arms to swell severely. They commanded her to greet them but she refused and instead shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" Consequently she was brutally beaten up by a guard surnamed Wang. Guard Peng Tao attached one end of a metal wire to her fingers, and the other end to an electric baton, and increased the voltage. Liu Yanqin refused to submit to their demands. Then they rubbed her nostrils with a bottle of hot mustard. She was tortured from noon to dinner time.
Ms. Liu was confined in the cell all day. She had to eat, drink, sleep and relieve herself in the same room. Ventilation was poor and no sunlight filtered through into the cell. Consequently, Ms. Liu developed scabies all over her body and she could not sleep properly. She continued to protest against the illegal detention. During the second half of 2009, Ms. Liu took off her prison uniform as a form of protest. A female guard surnamed Pan stripped off the rest of her clothes leaving her with only her underpants. She beat Ms. Liu's head with a shoe and did not stop until she was exhausted. When Ms. Liu still refused to wear the uniform, Pan continued to torture her for two days and two nights until Liu Yanqin collapsed from exhaustion. Because she remained unconscious for a long time, the guard sent her to the hospital, where she was given unknown medication.
On New Year's Eve 2009, Ms. Liu Yanqin and Liu Shiqin were hung up for one day because they refused to wear uniforms.
In June 2010, Ms. Liu Yanqin was stripped naked and hung up by collaborator Yuan Shuzhen. As a result of being hung up for long periods of time, Ms. Liu can no longer bend her fingers and lift her arms. She lost control of her hands and cannot work. Her weight went down from 50 kilos to less than 40 kilos and her hair turned white.
Other practitioners who were also severely mistreated in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp include Sheng Lianying from Dalian (50 years old); Xia Ning from Xingcheng (53 years old); Sun Sujie (a university student); Liu Shiqin from Benxi (65 years old); and Zhang Lianying from Beijing (an accountant with a university degree).