The Story of Mr. Yang Baochun: How the CCP Uses Psychiatric Hospitals to Persecute Falun Dafa Practitioners in China
(Minghui.org) Since July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has detained tens of thousands of healthy Falun Dafa practitioners in mental hospitals. The CCP fabricated psychiatric diagnoses for these practitioners to justify administering very powerful and unwarranted neuroleptic drugs against their will. These drugs resulted in severe Central Nervous System (CNS) side effects which were harmful to the bodies and minds of the practitioners.
The following is a shocking story about Mr. Yang Baochun, a practitioner from Handan City, Hebei Province. This is an example of a typical case of imprisonment of healthy Falun Dafa practitioners in psychiatric facilities in China.
I. The Persecution of Mr. Yang Baochun Resulted in Amputation of His Right Leg and Imprisonment in a Psychiatric Facility
Mr. Yang Baochun was a 30-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner who was employed at Jinhang Cotton Factory in Handan City. He was arrested on September 1, 1999 when he went to Beijing to appeal against the persecution of Falun Dafa. Later, he was taken back to Handan City and sentenced to two years of forced labor by local police officers. During his imprisonment, Mr. Yang Baochun suffered severe torture.
While detained in the labor camp in the winter of 2000, he was not allowed to see his family. The guard threw his cotton shoes onto the roof because Mr. Yang practiced Falun Dafa exercises inside his cell. He was ordered to go outside and stand barefoot in the snow. Later, when he went back indoors, the guard intentionally poured hot water on his feet. As a result of this treatment, Mr. Yang Baochun developed an infection in his blistered feet, which soon spread to his legs. After some time, the guard took him to Handan Textile Bureau Affiliated Hospital for emergency treatment, but it was too late. The infection became life threatening and Mr. Yang Baochun’s right leg had to be amputated.
The guards at Handan Forced Labor Camp tried to cover up their actions and shirk their responsibility by falsely claiming Mr. Yang had gone insane and self-inflicted the damage to his leg. A few weeks after Mr. Yang’s leg was amputated and, with the wound still open, the CCP officials took him to Ankang Mental Hospital in Feixiang County. In order to substantiate their claim that Mr. Yang was insane, he was admitted to a psychiatric facility without due medical cause or procedure. Hospital president Wang Yubin conspired with nurse Feng Yongcai to covertly put an unknown drug into Mr. Yang’s meals. After consuming the meals, Mr. Yang experienced severe extrapyramidal side effects, which often occur with neuroleptic medicines, and can be life threatening if left untreated.
At that time Mr. Yang Baochun was not insane and still very clear that he was unwilling to stay in the mental hospital. He tried many times to escape from the persecution in that hell on earth. Doctors assigned someone to watch him 24 hours a day and forced him to stay inside his room at all times. Whenever he was found outside of his room, they forcefully returned him. As a result of this physical restraint against his will, Mr. Yang’s hips were torn and bloody. They also shocked him with electricity and beat him violently.
II. Mr. Yang Baochun Imprisoned in a Psychiatric Facility for a Second Time
In 2004, Mr. Yang Baochun’s wife spent much money seeking assistance to obtain release from Ankang Hospital for her husband. He had been detained there for almost four years. However, Mr. Yang was not truly free after his release. Officials from the security department of Jinhang Cotton Factory assigned someone to monitor him 24 hours a day. They questioned him every time he went outdoors.
In June 2005, Mr. Yang Baochun went to Beijing again to appeal against the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners. He had been to the National Organization on Disability and the State Appeals Office. He also consulted with lawyers and told them what he had experienced due to his firm belief in the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They showed only sympathy, but no one dared to speak up for him. Although handicapped, Mr. Yang Baochun continued to stay in Beijing for half a year and tried to appeal against the persecution. At the end of 2005, Beijing police officers arrested him and dispatched him back to Handan City. The factory executives said, “The new year is coming. How should we deal with him? We will just detain him in Yongkang Mental Hospital for the time being and deal with him after the new year.”
Mr. Yang Baochun was then taken to Yongkang Mental Hospital in Congtai District, Handan City. As a result, he was detained against his will without psychiatric need for the second time. This time he was detained for more than two years. During this period, he suffered from much inhumane torture.
On the afternoon of February 17, 2008, Mr. Yang Baochun successfully escaped from the mental hospital where he had been detained for more than two years.
III. Mr. Yang Baochun is Imprisoned at the Hospital for the Third Time and Truly Goes Insane
The CCP officials didn’t forget about Mr. Yang Baochun. At approximately 11:00 p.m. on the same day he escaped, the hospital president and about six doctors from the Yongkang Mental Hospital drove to Mr. Yang’s home and forcefully took him back to the mental hospital.
Mr. Yang Baochun’s wife went to the factory executives and asked them to honor their promise and release Mr. Yang. They all knew about Mr. Yang’s firm belief, so they knew it was impossible to force him to write the statements renouncing Falun Dafa. They shirked their responsibility and asked Mr. Yang’s wife to talk to Congtai District 610 Office. When Mr. Yang’s family went to the 610 Office, the officials said they would not release him unless his family submitted a 10,000 yuan deposit. Mr. Yang’s family didn’t accept their demand.
As a result, no matter how hard he resisted, Mr. Yang Baochun was again imprisoned against his will. The doctors and nurses in Yongkang Mental Hospital continued torturing him and administering unknown drugs with serious side effects.
Finally the evil CCP officials reached their goal: Mr. Yang truly went insane as a result of his imprisonment in the psychiatric hospital. On January 20, 2009, when his family took him home from Yongkang Mental Hospital, they found that he had truly become insane. Mr. Yang’s family felt miserable and helpless. They had no choice but to return him to a mental hospital for medical treatment.
During the past thirteen years, many mental hospitals in China have become venues for the CCP to persecute healthy Falun Dafa practitioners. The CCP officials, 610 Office and some corrupt medical staff, overrode laws and ignored the proper procedures for medical and psychiatric treatment. They forcefully detained healthy Falun Dafa practitioners in mental hospitals, where they force-fed and injected them with unknown drugs. The poisonous drugs often result in serious side effects when administered to healthy people. The above case of Mr. Yang’s detentions in a psychiatric hospital, is only one of many, many evildoings committed by the CCP. It’s difficult to imagine how many benevolent Falun Dafa practitioners have been inappropriately detained in psychiatric facilities during this cruel persecution taking place in China.