Steadfast Belief: Ms. Xu Guiyun Tortured for Three Years in Prison
(Minghui.org) Ms. Xu Guiyun, 60 years old, was tortured for three years in Shandong Women's Prison for her firm belief in Falun Gong.
Ms. Xu, from Cuijiaji Town, Pingdu City, is locally well-known for her filial piety and kindness. Before she practiced Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), she suffered from ulcers, headaches and other diseases. All these symptoms disappeared after she began practicing Falun Gong.
Ms. Xu was arrested many times after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. In August 2014, she was arrested again by police officers from Gaomi, Shandong Province. She refused to answer their questions or sign any documents.
The local Gaomi Court sentenced Ms. Xu to three years in prison in spring 2015 for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong. She was taken to Shandong Jinan Women's Prison in May 2015. Ms. Xu Guiyun was brutally tortured there because she refused to “transform.”
Tortured at Weifang Detention Center
Ms. Xu went to Dujia Village, Damujia Town, Gaomi City on August 22, 2014, to talk to villagers about Falun Gong. She was arrested by police officers from the Mujia Town Police Station. Several police officers stepped out of a car, grabbed her by the arms, and dragged her into the car. Many passers-by watched her arrest, but she kept on telling people that Falun Gong teaches people to be good.
The police took Ms. Xu to a house, handcuffed her hands and shackled her feet so that she couldn't move. They took turns interrogating her and deprived her of food and sleep. Then, she was taken to the Weifang Detention Center, where she was held for eight months.
Three police officers attempted to strip Ms. Xu at the detention center. She resisted, but another six police officers were called in and they stripped her of all her clothes. There were more than 20 inmates detained in the same cell, including Ms. Xu and another Falun Gong practitioner.
In order to force her to give up her faith, the guards only gave her torn clothes to wear, detained her in a dark cell, wouldn't let her bathe, and didn't give her toilet paper.
In winter, police officers forced Ms. Xu to stand in the snow and poured cold water on her. She recited to herself, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Master Li Hongzhi, please strengthen your disciple.” Soon it stopped snowing and there was sunshine.
Immediately after Ms. Xu was arrested in August 2014, police officers ransacked her home and confiscated everything related to Falun Gong. They opened several of her drawers and broke open a wardrobe, scattering clothes everywhere. Finally, they took 5,000 yuan, bank notes, and 600 yuan in paper bills that had information about Falun Gong written on them. They also confiscated a motorcycle and a cell phone. The police didn't tell Ms. Xu's family of her whereabouts. Her family hired a local attorney, who charged 3,000 yuan for each meeting.
Tortured in Jinan Women's Prison
During the three years in prison, Ms. Xu was tortured because she refused to give up her belief in Falun Gong.
She recalled later, “Without my firm belief in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and without Master's protection, I might have lost my life. Every time I suffered torture, I recited Master's teachings. It's Master's Fa principles, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, that encouraged me during those three years.”
When Ms. Xu was taken to the prison, a jail guard said, “How many years have you been sentenced? If you answer my questions, I will give you new clothes. If not, I will give you torn clothes.”
Ms. Xu replied that she hadn't committed any crime, so she would not answer. As such, she was given torn clothes to wear, and the jail guard confiscated the 400 yuan she had with her.
Ms. Xu was detained in Section 11 of the prison. In protest of the persecution, she didn't abide by the prison regulation and rules. She refused to sign any documents, report her presence, stand in line, report her inmate number, and watch TV programs that defamed Falun Gong.
The guards forced Ms. Xu to watch videos and listen to recordings that defamed Falun Gong, then ordered her to write summaries of her thoughts. She had to sit on a small stool from early morning to late evening. When she moved a little, they beat and insulted her. The worse persecutors were Jiang Xueping and Liu Xiuqin from Qingdao.
Drug abusers, traffickers, and murderers participated in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They set up three teams, with three in each, and took turns around the clock to “transform” Ms. Xu.
In one session, they held her to the ground. Some pressed down on her head, some held her legs, some pushed on her hands and some held her feet. They beat her with shoes until her whole body was black and blue. They demanded that she write the “five statements” to betray Falun Gong and Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong. They also demanded that she curse. Jiang Xueping and Tang Weiwei beat Ms. Xu until her face was covered with blood and she lost several teeth.
A Falun Gong practitioner saw Ms. Xu being beaten and shouted, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
The tormentors wrote on the restroom wall words that denigrated Dafa's Master. Ms. Xu cleaned it off and was seen by Liu Xiuqin, who called in a group of prisoners to beat her until she was black and blue. They poured excrement from the toilet over her head, cursed her, and insulted her.
Ms. Xu was often forced to stand or squat for long periods of time. There was not a moment when she was not being tortured in one way or another. Whenever Ms. Xu moved a little, they extended her time of standing, adding half an hour or one hour. Sometimes they made her squat. They said if she died, it would be like she'd died during a hunger strike or committing suicide.
Ms. Xu was deprived of water and sleep for 18 days. They threatened, “If you refuse to be 'transformed,' even harsher methods are ready for you.” Whenever they demanded that she denounce Master Li Hongzhi and Dafa, Ms. Xu refused.
Falun Gong practitioners who refused to “transform” were not allowed to leave the cell, visit with each other, or have their families visit.
Once, a police officer said he would take Ms. Xu for a walk. However, they took her to the hospital for a medical exam. They took a large number of blood draws. An insider claimed that Falun Gong practitioners' blood was sold.
Ms. Xu was kept in the hospital for six days, where she was continually persecuted. When she refused to take medications, they tortured her more.
Three years of imprisonment didn't shake Ms. Xu's firm belief in Falun Gong and Master Li Hongzhi. She said, “During each round of torture and endurable pain, I recited Master's teachings. Every time, I could feel that Master was beside me.”
Participants in the persecution of Ms. Xu Guiyun:
Damujia Town Police Station, Gaomi, Shandong Province: +86-5362882057Liu Dibin, superintendent: +86-13864691696
Cuijiaji Police Station, Pingdu City, Shandong Province: +86-5328238101Dai Bo, superintendent, ＋86-13708955970Sun Mingchun, Instructor, +86-13361271699
Gaomi City 610 Office: +86-5362123683Li Yuebin, Director, +86-5362318778 (Home), +86-13608953738 (Cell)
Gaomi City Police Bureau:Lu Qinyi, Chief: +86-5362593606, +86-5362318688
Gaomi City Domestic Security Division, +86-5362593670, +86-5362593671Wang Chuanpu, Captain: +86-13963606738, +86-5362331223 (Home)Sun Lizhong, Deputy Captain: +86-13853611038Yu Qinrong, instructor: +86-13506460987
Gaomi 610 Office: +86-5362593672, +86-5362593673Zhong Xiaojuan, chief of General Section: +86-13964678066Mao Xiaohu, squadron chief of domestic security division: +86-13791610966
Guo Yucheng, Deputy Director of the Pingdu 610 Office: +86-15615887178