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Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners Escalates in Shaanxi Province Women's Prison

August 20, 2010 |   By a correspondent from Shaanxi Province, China

(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioners have being detained at Shaanxi Province Women's Prison since December 6, 2002, and the persecution has been escalating from physical abuse to include exposure under the burning sun, many different torture devices, beatings, punches, and kicks, to around-the-clock brainwashing, sleep deprivation, denial of restroom use, and even injections of unknown psychotropic drugs.

One example is practitioner Li Lin from Chenggu, Hanzhong Region, in Ward No. 1, who refused to acknowledge herself as a prisoner or to acknowledge the jail sentence forced on her. She firmly refused do forced labor. Guard Liu Sujuan then made her stand upright for a very long time as punishment. In ward No. 2 Guard Han Meili snatched the book Zhuan Falun, which had been copied by fellow Falun Gong practitioner Xu Chunxia. When Xu Chunxia asked Han Meili to give the book back, Han Meili slapped Xu Chunxia on the face several times. As they were both on their way to his office Han Meili kicked her hard in the buttocks, and as Xu Chunxia's fell to the ground her head hit the corner of the wall and she bled profusely. She now has a one-centimeter-long scar on her forehead.

In 2006 Falun Gong practitioners Xu Chunxia, Li Jingai, and Zuo Li submitted appeal letters to the guards in Ward No. 2 to protest the required ten hours of forced labor each day, which violates the law. Soon afterward, guard Han Meili sent Xu Chunxia and others to the Strict Control Team for refusing to do the forced labor. Ms. Xu was persecuted there for over seven months. Zuo Li was hung by handcuffed wrists for a long time in the Chenggu Detention Center for practicing the Falun Gong exercises. She was weak when she was taken to Shaanxi Province Women's Prison. She twice received notice of being too critically ill to work. She was nonetheless still threatened by police, and beaten by inmates Ren Hongli and Ma Jixin. Falun Gong practitioner Tian Shuanlu in Ward No. 3 was beaten several times by guard Zhang Wenge for saying "Falun Gong is good." Tian Shuanluo was subjected to both physical and mental torture. A new practitioner was persecuted in the Strict Control Team for six months for protecting the Falun Dafa books and truth clarification materials.

Guard Zheng Dongli from Ward No. 6 and four accomplices subjected 60-year-old Ms. Ma Yunhua to one year of intense persecution. They stuffed her mouth with a rag that had been used to wipe up urine, taped her mouth closed with adhesive tape, stripped off her pants, and whipped her buttocks with a wet towel. Prisoner Cai Hongli whipped Ms. Ma with her leather belt. As she was handcuffed from behind onto the steel frames, Ma Yunhua could not stand up and could not squat down. Ma Yunhua denied any bathing or washing to further intimidate her. Practitioner Ms. Yang Xueqin was not allowed to use the restroom, and was tortured and deprived of sleep. To persecute Ms.Yang the prison guards offer incentives to prisoners to monitor her. Ms. Yang Xueqin had all her winter clothes taken off of her. She was left naked during the coldest days in winter in December. This was extremely cruel and shameful for Miss Yang, who is an unmarried girl.

Ms. Wang Hong had been held in Ward No. 8 before she was transferred to Ward No. 9. She was persecuted there for nine months. While she was in Ward No. 8, Guard Yang Jin hung her up by her handcuffs from a window frame in the library for several days.

Ward No. 9 is mainly used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. All practitioners who have been sent to this prison after 2005 have been held there. Guard Ji Guifen from the education office and guards Shi Jianrong, Wei Chen, and Du Ying from Ward No. 9 are directly involved in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They set up a special place for the abuse, because they are afraid that the other inmates would see their crimes. It is located on the first floor of the reception building, which is far from other prison wards. They train the very bad inmates who have no conscience to keep an eye on the Falun Gong practitioners. These inmates include a drug dealer and thief Wang Chunxian, and Zhang Wen. Inmate Xue Dongpuo has two medical doctor degrees, and was enlisted by the prison to create heinous ways of persecuting practitioners.

Between May and June of 2007, Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Wang Hong was isolated for 36 days. Under the direction of guards Shi Jianrong and Wei Chen, Xue Dongpuo, Wang Ying, Wang Chunxian and Zhang Wen started a new round of torture targeting Ms. Wang. They stripped Ms. Wang of her clothing, and hung heavy items on her nipples. Before they burned the portrait of the founder of Falun Gong, Teacher Li, they forced Ms. Wang to jump on it. They injected an unknown drug into Ms. Wang which confused her mind. After the drug was injected, Mrs. Wang's muscles twitched and her body convulsed as the guards laughed while evilly watching her. They subsequently forced Ms. Wang to put her finger print on a so-called repentance statement.

Soon after, the guards gathered together all the Falun Gong practitioners who persisted in practicing Dafa and firmly resisted being "transformed." Wang Li from Ward No. 7, Zhang Jie from Ward No. 8, Zhang Baoyu from Ward No. 4, Xu Chunxia from Ward No. 2, and Ru Hongxia from Ward No. 5 were transferred to Ward No. 9 for more intense persecution. Once they got there, they were kicked, punched, and stripped of their clothing for a body search. Zhang Wen pulled Xu Chungxia's pants to make her fall down, and the guard Shi Jianron beat her on her buttocks. They told the inmates who were monitoring Falun Gong practitioners to kick and punch them if the practitioners did not memorize the prison rules. Some practitioners' teeth fell out, some were beaten black and blue, others could not walk as result of the beatings. Almost every one was bruised. When they called out for help, no one came. Later when Zhao Hailian, director of the prison, and Ji Guifen, chief of the education office had a meeting with four practitioners, several practitioners reported the abuse in the meeting room, but they were interrupted and received severe warnings.

During the second half of 2007, Ward No. 9 started a campaign of one-to-one persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. Prison officers Wang Chunxian and Zhang Wen pushed nearly sixty-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Xu Chunxia down onto the floor and kicked and punched her. They ripped off her clothes and opened windows, blew air onto her face using a fan while continuously pouring cold water on her head during the cold winter days of December. Ms. Xu was forced to stand for over ten hours. As result of the coldness and physical punishment she lost consciousness. Falun gong practitioner Zhang Jie was brutally kicked by inmates over her lower body. As a result she found it very painful to use the toilet, and this pain lasted for a long time.

The details of torture exposed here is only the tip of the iceberg. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been persecuting, torturing, and murdering Falun Gong practitioners for eleven years. These crimes are relentlessly committed every minute, every day of every year, and the majority of these crimes have not been exposed yet because they are committed in secret. One day all the governments and all the people of the world will learn the complete truth.

An incomplete list of Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted in Shaanxi Province Women's Prison:

Ward No. 1: Li Lin from Hanzhong City, Geng Yanping from Xian City, Wang Hong from Hu County, Fang Liting from Hu County

Ward No. 2: Xu Chunxia from Baoji City, Li Jingai from Dalian City, Zuo Li from Chenggu County in Hanzhong, Sun Hongxia from Ankang City

Ward No. 3: Zhang Yunxian from Xian City, Zhang Yinqin from Baoji who obtained the Fa in prison, Tian Shuanluo from Qishang County, Baoji City, Xi Liling from Lanzhou City

Ward No. 4: Shi Zhuanling from Baoji City, Zhang Baoyu from Chenggu County, Liang Yuli from Xian City, Xue Yan from Yanan City, Zhang Yulan from Mei County, Zhang Xianglian from Xian City, Gou Yinxia from Baoji region who is a non-practitioner, but beaten and sent to the Strict Control Team for passing Falun Gong books.

Ward No. 5: Liu Chunxia from Hux County, Huo Guilan from Xian City, Ru Hongxia from Baoji City, Liu Gaixian from Qishan County of Baoji City, Jin whose family name is unknown from Xian City, Xiexiuying from Tongchuan City, Gan Guangying from Ankang City, Xu Guifang from Tongchuan City, Xu from Hanzhong City.

Ward No. 6: Yang Xueqin from Baoji City, Ma Yunhua from Xian City, Pan Fangli from Hu County, Wong Kunxia from Xian, Gao Jianzhen from Yanan City

Ward No. 7: Wang Li from Hu County, Unknown name from Tongchuan City, Xu Mingxia from Qishan County of Baoji City

Ward No. 8: Gou Yufang from Baoji City, Zhang Jie from Xian City

Ward No. 9: Li Yanfang from Beijing, Qin Lijie from Baoji City, Pu Huiqun from Yanan City, Wang Yuzhi from Baoji City, Song Xianlan from Baoji City, Zhao Baoqin from Baoji City, Zhou Fengqin from Tongchun City, Wang Guizhi from Tongchuan city, Lian from Weinan who family name is unknown, Sha Yulian from Baoji City, Zhang Fengzhu from Chenggu County, Xiao Chunhong from Hu County, five or six newly arrived Falun Gong practitioners whose names are unknown.