What Does It Mean When CCP Officials Claim that a Torture Victim “Deserves It”?
(Minghui.org) In 2004, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Cao Yuqiang from Pulandian, Liaoning Province, died due to being beaten by police officers. After the Minghui website reported this news, a Falun Gong practitioner from overseas called the Public Security Bureau in Pulandian in order to verify the death. The person, who picked up the phone said, “He deserved it.”
It's unimaginable that a person casually makes such a comment after a man was killed. Everyone, especially the police, should know that Falun Gong practitioners never physically fight back or use abusive language. How can police officers be so cold and not feel any guilt? How can a police officer feel that his action is justified and be fearless after killing a person?
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case when we read through reports on Minghui. The statement that Falun Gong practitioners who died from being tortured, “deserved it” is like a widespread plague among the Chinese police. The following are statements from officials in this regard.
Xin Hechong, deputy chief of the Public Security Bureau in Shulan, Jilin, told Ms. Song Bing, who was tortured to death, “Should you die from the beatings, you deserve it! Even that won't make me hate you less!”
Xi Min, a guard in the Longping Brainwashing center in Suining, Sichuan, cursed at practitioners who went on a hunger strike in order to protest their illegal imprisonment. He said, “I told you not to practice, but you still did it. You deserve it should you die from hunger. The crematorium is very close, I will drag you there once you have died.”
Li Jing, a guard in the Hewan Forced Labor Camp in Wuhan ordered the force-feeding of practitioners with chili powder. He said, “They deserve it if they cannot take it. It does not matter if they die while being tortured.”
Zhanqiu, Shandong, deputy director of the Jiaxiang Police Station in Mingshui County said to a practitioner, “You deserve to die. There will be one less Falun Gong practitioner if you die.”
A guard in the Jingkou Brainwashing center in Shapingba District, Chongqing, commented on Ms. Xu Yunfeng, who later died from being tortured, “If she dies during force feeding, she deserves it. It's her fault because she won't give up the practice. There are plenty of people in China...”
The Chinese police uses this phrase “they deserve it” as their justification when they have tortured and killed Falun Gong practitioners. Besides being unscrupulous, the words “deserve it” send a clear message that these officers hate practitioners. They hated practitioners so much that they did not rest until they killed them. Practitioners were tortured and even killed because they were hated. But practitioners are merely a group of good people, who follow the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance” in their lives. Why would anyone hate these good people? This hatred comes from the Chinese regime's slanderous propaganda, which framed Falun Gong practitioners for things they did not do and incited hatred against them among the Chinese people.
In the beginning of the persecution, the Chinese regime mobilized all state media to twist the facts and vilify Falun Gong practitioners. The media made up “1400 cases” of practitioners who supposedly had died because of the practice, committed suicide, slaughtered others, or became psychotic. The Chinese regime did everything in its power to demonize practitioners and incite public hatred against them. A documentary made by Wuhan TV which defamed Falun Gong and its founder was used by Jiang Zemin to coerce other core leaders in the Politburo to agree with his decision to persecute Falun Gong. It was also used as the basis for brainwashing and torturing practitioners in prisons. Many police officers had negative feelings toward Falun Gong after watching this video. When Jiang realized that most Falun Gong practitioners did not give up their belief under coercion, he intensified the persecution. He wanted to “eliminate Falun Gong practitioners physically.” He staged the “Tiananmen self immolation” incident and phony news such as “Falun Gong practitioners go insane and kill innocent people” in order to frame practitioners.
A reporter interviewed the then chief representative of China to the UN, Sha Zukang, and asked him why Falun Gong practitioners were locked into mental hospitals and injected with nerve damaging drugs. Sha responded without hesitation, “They deserve it.” Bo Xilai, then the governor of Liaoning Province, blatantly ordered the chief of the Dalian Public Security Bureau, “Look at these Falun Gong practitioners. They are so united and efficient. We'll be in trouble if they are not arrested and punished. Just beat them up, and if they die, they deserved it. The government will be responsible.” This logic of practitioners “deserving it” did not just come from hate propaganda, but also from the Chinese leaders “leading by example.”
This irrational logic did not start with the persecution of Falun Gong; it has a deeper root within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It came from Mao Zedong, the man who brought numerous disasters to the Chinese nation. Mao once said, “Even when we beat people, we need to conduct a class analysis. When a good man beats a bad man, the bad man deserves it. When a bad man beats a good man, the good man should be proud. When a good man beats a good man, there is a misunderstanding.” Mao's “deserve it” logic was widely adopted by the Red Guards, thus violence and blood quickly covered China. Jiang not only inherited this irrational logic, but augmented it. He added the most evil note to it, “to eliminate them physically” and “to count it as suicide if they are killed during beatings.”
An ordinary man has reason and emotions. When he calms down, he is able to regret the wrong things he did. The “deserve it” logic anesthetizes the perpetrators' conscience. Both Mao and Jiang successfully used it to launch large scale movements that dragged the Chinese people into deep disasters.
This logic of the CCP allows it to get away without conscience, morality, and allows it to abuse the law. It is the logic of hooligans. It clearly explains how every piece of CCP propaganda is to cover up its violence and to pave the road for eliminating any opposition.