Song Yanzhao Dies as Result of Persecution at Pingantai Forced Labor Camp in Gansu Province
Name: Song Yanzhao (宋延昭)
Address: Yumen Oilfield , Gansu Province
Date of Death: May 2, 2001
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2001
Most recent place of detention: Pingantai Forced Labor Camp (平安台劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Forced labor, hung up, beatings, force-feedings.
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Song Yanzhao was a physician at the Yumen Oilfield Hospital in Gansu Province. In the nine years since he had been persecuted to death at Pingantai Forced Labor Camp, some detailed information deliberately hidden by the labor camp has gradually came to light.
Falun Gong practitioners were most seriously persecuted in the fifth brigade at Pingantai Forced Labor Camp.
In April 2001, the fifth brigade at Pingantai Forced Labor Camp played a video of the staged Tiananmen self-immolation, which slandered Falun Dafa, prompting practitioners Mr. Song and Mr. Qian Shiguang to shout, "Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is righteous!" As a result, each day for the next several days, team leader Bao Ping incited drug addict inmates Guo Yunfeng and Ma Guodong to strip the clothes off of Mr. Song and Mr. Qian and to tie them to a beam in the vegetable shed. After beating them there for three hours, the inmates would let them down. This torture continued for five days and resulted in two of Mr. Song's ribs being broken. However, labor camp officials did not allow him to receive medical treatment, but instead forced him to do physical labor.
Mr. Qian was also seriously injured as a result of this torture. He was sent to the Dashaping Labor Camp Hospital in Lanzhou for half a year, but was then sent back to Pingantai Forced Labor Camp and subjected to forced labor again.
Mr. Song continued to be persecuted in the vegetable shed thereafter. On May 3, 2001, he grabbed a bottle of pesticide and drank it out of desperation. (Editor's note: Song Yanzhao's action was a result of the Chinese communist regime's brutal persecution. However, it was not in accordance with Falun Dafa's principles that prohibit killing and suicide.) Inmate Wang Zhigang, who was assigned to monitor Mr. Song, found him foaming at the mouth and unconscious, but did not not take any immediate rescue measures. Instead, he slapped him in the face repeatedly.
After Mr. Song died, the Justice Department launched an investigation, but Pingantai Forced Labor Camp officials removed evidence and covered up facilities where prisoners were tortured. The fifth brigade officials coerced drug addict inmates to fabricate evidence about Mr. Song's death and hid his personal belongs. In the end, the Justice Department and the labor camp cooperated in deceiving Mr. Song's family about the facts surrounding his death.
Team heads of the fifth brigade Ma Wu and Kang Shicheng and the sub-team head Wang Wenchang also participated in the persecution of Mr. Song and other practitioners. The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners at Pingantai Forced Labor Camp continues to this day.