Mr. Hong Baojia of Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province Endures Years of Persecution
Name: Hong Baojia (洪宝加)
Address: Xinxing, Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 14, 2003
Most recent place of detention: Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp (长林子劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Detention, extortion, beatings, forced labor, electric shock.
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Hong Baojia was arrested, became homeless, and was sent to a forced labor camp because he remained steadfast in his belief in Falun Gong. His narration follows.
1. Arrested During Appeal in Beijing, Becoming Homeless for Two and a Half Years
I started to practice Falun Gong in 1996 and soon all my illnesses disappeared. I became healthy and was very grateful to Falun Dafa and its founder, Master Li Hongzhi. Since July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been persecuting Falun Gong and slandering Dafa and Master Li. Many Falun Gong practitioners in my area and myself traveled to Beijing to validate Dafa and ask for justice.
On December 12, 2000, I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. I was arrested and taken back to Shuangcheng City by Liu Qingyu, director of the Xinxing Police Station, and Zhang Yunlong, secretary of the Politics and Law Committee. I was detained in the Shuangcheng Detention Center until December 27. Soon after, I became aware that I was about to be taken into custody again and sent to a brainingwashing center, so I went to other cities to work and became homeless for two and a half years.
Whenever I went out, authorities from the CCP in our village would not let me pass, and they demanded that my family pay a fine; otherwise our farmland would be confiscated. Life became very difficult for my wife and two children when we lost our land, as my wife could not find another job. Their lives became very difficult, as we had to survive on my low salary. In the end, we had to pay 2,000 yuan to get our farmland back.
2. Arrested and Persecuted When I Went Back Home to Visit
In May 2003, since I had not been home for a long time and my son was getting married, I returned home. However, after several days, on May 14, Wang Guangzhong and Li Yunlong and others from the Rural Police Station arrested me.
Zhang Yunlong is the secretary of the Politics and Law Committee in my township. In 2000, when I went to Beijing to appeal and was arrested, he said at the time that my actions affected his standing in politics and he would punish me, but because I left town at that time, he did not have the opportunity. Now he was determined to get his revenge.
Zhang Yunlong arranged for police cars, policemen, and many people to surround my home. I was able to run out of my house among the police cars and escape. When I could not run any further, I hid in an empty shack. Not to be deterred, Zhang Yunlong spread rumours that I had contracted SARS and he asked people to report me. The villagers believed him and I was arrested.
I was detained at the Xinxing Police Station. Police slashed the bottom of my feet by hitting them repeatedly with white plastic pipe embedded with steel wire. It was extremely painful and I fainted. They forced me to sign a repentance statement to denounce Falun Dafa while I was not fully conscious. Police then hit me with a hammer, and I was then handcuffed onto an iron pipe in a dark room. I was sent to Shuangcheng Detention Center, where I was detained without legal procedure. After 32 days, I was sent to a forced labor camp for three years. I was first taken to an “intensive training group” in Wanjia Forced Labor camp for 11 days and then to the fifth team in Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp, where I was severely tortured. I was released in March 2006.
3. Persecuted in Forced Labor Camp for Three Years
On June 27, 2003, I was taken to the fifth team of the Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp. The leader was named Zhao Shuang. He said he had 28 methods by which he tortured Falun Dafa practitioners. I was beaten and shocked with an electric baton, handcuffed to an iron chair and had water poured over my head, and then shocked again with an electric baton. My arms were pulled back and lifted up to move my joints. I also suffered sexual torture.
Upon my arrival at Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp, two policemen pressed my head down, pulled my hands back and shocked me with an electric baton. They used the heels of their shoes to hit me in the spine. They shocked my head with an electric baton, and punched me in the throat so hard that I couldn’t breathe at one point, and my throat also bled. I felt great pain. They also used a lighter to burn my nails and tried to force me to sign a repentance statement to give up Falun Gong. I refused and was tied to a bed. I was watched continuously and was not allowed to close my eyes. If I did, they would beat me and punch me on the chest. I was continually tortured. It felt like I was in hell.
Later, I was taken to another ward to work from 5 a.m. until the next morning. I was forced to work continuously packing toothpicks and chopsticks.
I was tortured terribly at the forced labor camp, had no freedom, and I was not allowed to speak to others for years. There would be people watching over me even when I went to the restroom or slept. My hands were not allowed to go under the bedcovers. There were no rest days at all.
In the fifth team, guards and criminals beat Falun Gong practitioners freely and without fear of punishment. One criminal hit me in the back for no reason, and I was not able to get any treatment for it. My back hurt for many days, but I was still forced to work. One criminal named Heizi would ask for money from Falun Gong practitioners. If they refused, he would tell Liu Shuang, and then Liu would persecute the practitioners accordingly. Some criminals became accomplices to the guards. They physically assaulted Falun Gong practitioners regularly.
From December 2000 to March 2006, I was arrested, beaten, detained, became homeless, and was sentenced to forced labor. All of this persecution was due only to my cultivation in Falun Gong.