(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, an article "Inmate's 'Skeleton Death' due to Long-Term Forced Labor while Ill at theTangshan Forced Labor Camp " from the Xiaoxiang Morning News was republished on the Internet. It stirred a huge public outrage. This article reported that Dong Xiongbo, an inmate at the Tangshan Hehuakeng Forced Labor Camp in Hebei Province, suffered illness for a long time but was not given any treatment. Furthermore, he was still forced to do hard labor, which caused his health to deteriorate further. On April 9, 2010, he died while on medical parole at the age of 37. With a height of 5 feet 10 inches, he weighted only about 80 pounds-he was so skinny that he looked like a skeleton.
The article had an link to another article, "Statistics Regarding Strange Deaths in Detention Centers," which examined questionable causes of death at various detention centers, such as dying from drinking water or from falling while using the toilet, being frightened to death, falling into a coma while sleeping in inappropriate position, dying from mental instability due to long-term detention, playing "hide and seek" to death, etc. Internet readers, one after another, criticized the unlawfulness and cruelness of the Chinese Communist regime's "re-education through labor" system.
Actually, due to the censorship of information by the regime, the Internet readers in China only get to know the tip of the iceberg. Since 1999, many Falun Gong practitioners have been detained at the the labor camps , along with the drug addicts, thieves, prostitutes, etc. Since 1999, because of the systematic persecution of Falun Gong, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) built many new labor camps across the country, where hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally sentenced to forced labor. They have also become places of concern to the world's human rights organizations, since they provide the public with clear examples of the CCP's evil-doing.
Labor camp officials are the executors of the CCP's policies. Many kinds of torture methods are used in labor camps and show the CCP's evil nature. The physical devastation and the destruction of humanity has reached the extreme. Several kinds of torture methods that have been exposed on Minghui.org are shown below:
In the Shandong Province First Labor Camp, practitioners suffered the torture of "five houses splitting the body": practitioner's two hands were tied to the top bunk-bed, and their ankles were tied to the bottom of the lower bunk-bed, so that their feet were off the ground. A sheet tied to the practitioner's waist was linked to another bed at the opposite end. A guard or an inmate would sit on the bed and push practitioner's body forward with their feet, adding to the cruelty.
Torture Demo: Five Horses Splitting the Body
Torture Demo: Forced Feeding
Some practitioners experienced the torture of being "tied to ladder": practitioner's legs were tied to the ladder (in the demo picture, the wooden board is used). Their month was sealed with tape, and their hands were tied behind the back. A tape went around their necks and pulled toward their legs.
Torture Demo: Tying to Ladder
In the Fajiatai Prison in Shayang County, Hubei Province, Mr. Liao Yuanhua suffered the "swinging" torture. His hands were handcuffed, and his feet shackled. The handcuffs and shackles were tied to frames and at the same time pulled his body up in the air, cutting into his flesh.
Torture Demo: Swinging
In the Guangzhou City First Forced Labor Camp, practitioners were tied into a ball and hung up.
Torture Demo: Tied into a Ball and Hung Up
In the Changle Forced Labor Camp in Shandong Province, to force practitioners to renounce their belief in Falun Gong, the guards stripped off all of their clothing during the cold of the winter. Then they forced practitioners into a big water container in the restroom, with their hands and feet tied to each other. They pushed practitioners heads into the water for a few minutes, then asked them to give up practicing Falun Gong. If any practitioner refused, they repeated the torture.
Torture Demo: Thrown into A Big Water Container with Hands and Feet Tied to Each Other
The crimes committed against Falun Gong practitioners in labor camps have been covered up by the CCP, which claims that now is the "best period for human rights" in China. The CCP is against the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Instead, the CCP promotes dishonesty, evil, and violence, which causes social instability, moral collapse, and distortion of human nature.
The article "Why These Female Police Officers Lost Human Nature" on Minghui.org pointed out that Ms. Lang Dongyue from Beijing Yanqing County was persecuted several times and sentenced to forced labor four times. Police officers tortured her with various methods, such as poking her fingers with knife tips, punching, kicking, hanging, forced-feeding and depriving her of restroom use and sleep.
When she was detained in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province, the guards put a special "mouth opening" torture instrument in her. A round steel ball was stuffed into her mouth to force her mouth open. Additional parts, tied together at the back of her head, pulled the ball. When she cried, the instrument pushed her month to open wider. Her chin almost broke. She was not able to eat and was in extreme pain.
When Ms. Lang was detained in the Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp, one day in April 2002 at around 1:00 a.m., No. 3 Ward chief Jiao Xuexian, prison guard Huo Xiuyun, and several others tortured her. They stripped off her clothes and brutally punched and kicked her. They used a toothbrush to poke her anal cavity. Jiao stepped on Ms. Lang with high-heel shoes. They also wrote many words that defamed Falun Gong on her clothes.
This article also described that "at the Beijing Dispatch Center, chief Zhang Dongmei ordered two inmates who were transferred from Beijing Women's Forced Labor camp to persecute Ms. Lang. Once, the police officers stuffed a bloody pad into her month, then got another one from the restroom and stuffed it into her month as well. When blood flowed out of her mouth, the police pulled her head back to prevent outflow. They also stripped off her clothes and poured cold water on her to freeze her."
The CCP officials use all of their cruel methods to torture Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to give up their beliefs. Many forced labor camps look like schools with gardens, but they are really the places where the systematic, brutal, and evil persecution against Falun Gong practitioners is going on.
Practitioner Ms. Zhang Yijie, a former official from the Ministry of Commerce, wrote an article "First-Hand Experience of Cruel Brainwashing at Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp" to expose the evilness of how officials at the forced labor camp tried to transform Falun Gong practitioners. Some guards tortured practitioners themselves, some ordered other inmates to limit practitioners' activities, to torture them physically and to brainwash them, and all were able to persecute practitioners at will.
Falun Gong practitioners suffer the brutal persecution simply because they want to tell people "Falun Dafa is good," so that people would not believe the CCP's lies about Falun Gong. They adhere to their belief and practice the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. CCP uses suppression of Falun Gong to maintain its power, while destroying people's kindness and conscience.
With the popularity of software that breaks through the Internet blockage and Google withdrawing from China, people in mainland China will continue to gain access to truthful information and learn the truth about the CCP's unjust persecution of Falun Gong, and what really happened in China during the past decade. People will come to recognize that the system of re-education through labor is a microcosm of the CCP's evilness. The CCP is the root of all suffering, and only through the dissolution of the CCP can Chinese people save themselves.