610 Office in Changsha Holds Annual Brainwashing Session Targeting Falun Gong Practitioners
(Minghui.org) The 610 Office in Changsha City held its annual brainwashing session targeting Falun Gong practitioners on June 26, 2018. This is the 8th consecutive brainwashing session held since director Hu Yajun took office in 2011.
Confidential sources report that five female practitioners, including Ms. Deng Qinghui and Ms. Yan Haiying, were taken to the center and subjected to the brainwashing. The number of male practitioners detained there is being confirmed.
By July 17, 2018, Ms. Deng and several other practitioners (whose names are unknown) had been released. It is not known whether other practitioners are still detained at the brainwashing center.
“Black Jail” Under the Guise of “Legal Education Center”
The Changsha Brainwashing Center, also known as the Changsha Legal Education Center to the public, is located in Laodaohe Prison. All Falun Gong practitioners detained here are kept in separate rooms on the third floor of the building and not allowed to leave their rooms. The entrance to the third floor has a security door, which is locked at all times. The windows in each room are fitted with security bars.
Brainwashing center authorities deny family visitation or any communication with practitioners' families. Two guards monitor each practitioner around the clock. They record everything the practitioners do every day, and prohibit them from doing the Falun Gong exercises or talking to other people.
Brainwashing – Killing of One's Spirit
The main purpose of the brainwashing sessions is to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief and turn against the practice.
The guards and 610 Office staff force the practitioners to watch brainwashing videos every day, including videos defaming and demonizing Falun Gong, as well as those promoting other qigong practices and Buddhism.
Additionally, “brainwashing experts” hold individual sessions with each practitioner in their rooms, handing out books slandering Falun Gong.
Through their conversations with individual practitioners, they analyze each practitioner's personality and mental state, and then draft individualized brainwashing plans for each practitioner.
Many practitioners who have been detained there recount that the complete isolation in small rooms, as well as intensive brainwashing and mental pressure, is suffocating and extremely depressing. Some exhibited symptoms of mental instability upon their release.
According to practitioners who were detained there this year, the brainwashing center arranged several young male doctors to visit them two or three times a day and measure their blood pressure. These doctors changed every four days. During the 20 days they were detained at the brainwashing center, they met a total of five doctors.
Each time the 610 Office holds a brainwashing session, all staff receive significant compensation. Some of the guards are recruited from neighborhood committees, who have been influenced by the government's propaganda against the practice. Every time a practitioner is “transformed,” the staff receives an additional bonus.
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