AFP: Spotlight Grows on China's Harsh Labor Camps (Photo)
(Minghui.org) A report released by the AFP on May 26, 2013 exposes the severe physical abuse and torture of Falun Gong practitioners who were illegally detained in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in China. The report tells of the experience of three Falun Gong practitioners at Masanjia.
Ms. Wang Chunying handcuffed for hours, wrists bleeding
The AFP report stated, “When she refused to sign a document renouncing her faith, Wang Chunying said she was handcuffed between two bunk beds for 16 hours, deprived of food, water and sleep as she felt her wrists bleeding.”
“The police would kick the beds apart to the point that my body couldn’t stretch any further,” she recalled. “The pain that I had to endure was beyond words. The handcuffs already touched the bone and police still kept tightening them to make them hurt more.”
Ms. Wang now lives in the United States. She was once imprisoned in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for more than five years.
Ms. Wang said that she and the hundreds of other practitioners at Masanjia were forced to sit each morning from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. listening to Falun Gong-slandering videos and guest speakers. She would then be forced until 9:00 p.m. to manufacture artificial flowers.
“A lot of people would cough and get rashes from the chemicals. I couldn’t even breathe whenever I smelled them,” she said.
Ms. Zhang Lianying tortured for speaking to EU official
The report stated that “Ms. Zhang Lianying, who was also sent to Masanjia, said she and her husband were subjected to particularly harsh treatment after they discussed Falun Gong’s plight with a European Union official ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”
“More than a dozen policemen and inmates pinned down my husband, stripping him of clothing and abusing him across his body with electric batons and clubs,” she said.
The report stated that former inmates recounted similar abuse at other forced labor camps. A 2009 United Nations report estimated that 190,000 Chinese are detained in forced labor camps.
Ms. Ma Chunmei forced to work 19-hour shifts
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Ma Chunmei said she was arrested in Tiananmen Square after she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong.
According to the AFP report, “At a camp in northeastern Jilin Province, she said she was forced to work for up to 19 hours a day producing chopsticks, toothpicks and children’s books.
“In one session, Ms. Ma said that policemen beat her simultaneously with two electric batons and stomped on her.”
“I felt my heart was going to jump out. I was vomiting blood, but still I refused to sign [a statement to renounce my faith],” she said.
She has since moved to the United States but said that her sister, Ma Chunling, was sent last year to Masanjia.
Falun Gong practitioners said that guards threatened them not to reveal the harsh methods. Ms. Ma said that her interrogation room’s windows were covered by newspapers.
“They are afraid for people to know about this because it violates the law and their own consciences,” she said.