I Suffered Four Years of Persecution in Tiebei Prison in Changchun City
(Clearwisdom.net) After fellow practitioners and I were illegally sentenced in 2001, I suffered all sorts of physical and mental persecution in Tiebei Prison, such as being locked up in a small cell that was like a steam box, being hung up in the air by hand cuffs, and continuously forced to undergo brainwashing. We also underwent suspicious and very detailed physical check-ups, but were not aware of the real purpose for this.
On November 22, 2000, I went to Beijing to validate the Fa. Four fellow practitioners and I unfurled a banner five meters long in Tiananmen Square. I shouted from my heart: "Falun Dafa is great!" "Restore the innocence of my Teacher, restore the innocence of Falun Dafa!" Then a group of policemen swarmed in to arrest us, and I was sent to Qianmen Sub-bureau for interrogation. Because I refused to tell my name and address, I was transferred to Daxing County Detention Center. Many Falun Dafa practitioners were arrested at that time. Because I again refused to tell my name, I was transferred to Dahongmen Police Station.
I was cuffed and hung up naked outdoors for the whole night, while it was snowing. The next morning, several policemen (the temporary guards always served as hatchet men) practiced boxing and kicking me in turn. A police officer surnamed Wang who claimed to be an instructor and another unknown police officer beat me black and blue with a club and then brought one big and one small electric baton to shock the sensitive parts on my body, until the power ran out.
Because I still refused to give my name, I was taken back to Daxing County Detention Center, 24 hours later. A police officer surnamed Zhang who claimed to be a member of the party, threatened us saying: "The people detained with you are the same as you, a message was sent down from my superiors that we should keep you all separate so that you can't talk to one another."
Later, due to being interrogated day after day and suffering from cruel beatings, my mind became unclear and I was taken advantage by the evil. At the office of Jilin Province in Beijing, 17 practitioners from Jilin and I were locked up in a room. At night, practitioners in the opposite room pried open the door and rescued me. After escaping, I stayed in Beijing where I produced and posted up truth-clarification material with local and other area practitioners.
The Small Cell is Smelly and as Hot as a Steam Box
On the night of December 8, I was again arrested. I was first detained at Tongzhou District Vice Squad Detention Center, and then transferred to Beijing No. 7 Detention Center. In March 2001, I was sentenced with 11 other practitioners, and locked up in Beijing City Prison, and then transferred to Tiebei Prison in Changchun on May 25.
Prison politics section chief Mou Zhanfu, vice chief He Dan and Da Miao took us from the station to the prison. The first question was: "Are you still practicing?" I said: "Yes!" They asked me whether I acknowledged my guilt, and I said "not guilty!" Officer Mou Zhanfu then said: "Lock up!" He Dan also ceaselessly scolded me. I was sent into a dark room that was all but airless. There was only one vent, about the size of a fist, in a five square meter space where eight prisoners were detained.
It was June and very hot, the people in the cell were all naked. When the head on duty patrolled, he put his hand into the intake, and if it was too hot, he would reluctantly open the iron door for a few minutes in fear of any accident. After he opened the lock, he would move away from the door, and then tell us to open it, then he would swear because the inside was so hot and smelly, and he feared he might fall down from the fumes. I was detained for 35 days in that hellish environment. My body and mind suffered a great deal.
Sentenced for Telling the Truth, While Criminals Manage the Innocent
In August, I was transferred to the 4th Squad of the Capital Construction Team, Prison Area 7 to have the so-called prison initiation. The guards were the most notoriously evil in the entire prison. The most ruthless in beating people was Zhang Shuhuai. His father was a former warden and his second eldest brother was the secretary in charge of the prison politics section. Guard Zhang claimed the vice warden was his buddy. He said: "Even I beat you half to death, the prison won't care."
Guard Zhang Shuhuai personally chose six prisoners to form a team to take turns watching me, even when I went to the toilet. They recorded every move I made, and reported everything to Zhang the following day. They carried out "level one strict discipline" on me, did not allow me to practice the exercises, did not allow me to talk to fellow practitioners, and did not allow me to mention the persecution of Falun Gong to prisoners. I was frequently admonished, they told me to write a "thought report," but I did not write one word. At that time, the tortures led to bitterness in my heart. I thought, "What kind of world is it, where one is sentenced for telling the truth, while the criminals are in charge of the innocent?"
Seeing through the Staged "Tiananmen Self-immolation Incident"
As soon as the "Tiananmen Self-immolation Incident" happened in 2001, it caused a stir among the prisoners. Prisoners who did not know the truth asked whether it was true. Some accused and verbally attacked practitioners. Practitioners in the same team found me and asked me whether I had seen it on TV. I said I only watched it once, but I believed genuine Falun Dafa practitioners definitely would not commit suicide.
The next day, the prison convened a meeting with all practitioners, asking our thoughts after seeing it on TV. They told us to write a report and hand it in. After a short sharing with fellow practitioners, we unanimously considered it had to be a plot to defame and frame Falun Gong. Although we could not point out the fake parts, we believed that Falun Dafa is the most righteous, that Teacher is innocent, and that Falun Dafa practitioners wouldn't violate the principles Dafa by setting themselves on fire. It was a plot for sure.
The head of prisoners who supervised me accompanied me to the education
section to hand in my report. Team leader Chen Fang punished me by forcing me to
stand for a long time. Police officer Zhang Shuhuai stomped around with fury,
dismissed and replaced the head of supervising prisoners, and deducted two
points each from other prisoners who supervised me. He tortured me in the yard,
ordered the prisoners to put pressure on me, and prohibited my family visits for
three months, depriving me of my right to see my family.
The Evil Seizes Every Opportunity
The head of the 610 Office in the prison, chief Jun (chief of the so called assaulting fortified people office), arranged a new round of persecution; everyone had to write the "Four Statements" (this relates to the promotion of brigade administration cadre and the evil's economic interest), they took turns talking to me for the whole day, and only allowed me to sleep a very little at night. Later, for several days, they completely deprived me of sleep. Taking advantage of my tiredness, they called on "transformed" Pan Zhaorui and Mu Richun to "assist in teaching" me many times. They also called fellow villager Wang Yufu from Jilin City to try and convince me.
Because five people in the whole prison did not write the "Four Statements", the prison warned the brigade. Brigade Head Chen Fang personally harassed my family at night, trying to make them convince me. They talked to me on the phone for 40 minutes. Police officer Zhang Shuhuai also tried to bring my son in to talk to me, threatening to fire him from his job.
Because of my loophole and attachment to qing, the evil took advantage of me. I was not allowed to sleep for five days straight, and I was forced to stand every day. While I was muddle-headed, I agreed to let the head of the supervision team, Zhang Zhemin, casually write a few sentences on my behalf. I slept for 24 hours, and then, when I became clear-headed, I wept aloud and I did not eat for two days. Police officer Zhang Shuhuai feigned kindness and bought some food, fruit and cooked meat for me (a total of seven times), which I accepted. Afterwards I realized it was wrong, so I paid him for all the food he brought me.
I realized the meaning of "living worse than dying." I felt I did not deserve Teacher's merciful salvation. Teacher endured everything for me, how am I worthy of being Teacher's disciple, worthy of being a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple? I became depressed. After about a month, guards gave me stories from Buddhism to read. When I met fellow practitioners later, they encouraged me to continue practicing, and not give up. So I wrote a solemn declaration to void all my words and acts that did not comply with Dafa, and immediately handed it to the brigade to forward it to the warden. I again pulled myself together.
Suspicious Physical Exams
From 2001 to 2004, the prison conducted complete body checks on all detained Falun Gong practitioners, and recorded the details of height, weight, skin, heart, blood pressure and X rays. We underwent two physical exams and one blood test. We did not know the CCP was so cruel that it would remove internal organs from live practitioners and then cremate the bodies to destroy the evidence. We just thought the prison treated Falun Gong practitioners differently from other prisoners.
Conducting a Hunger Strike to Protest Persecution
Yin Lizhu, a newly detained fellow practitioner, was beaten up by police officer Li Jun twice for practicing the exercises. I met several practitioners during lunchtime, we all understood that Falun Dafa practitioners are one body. We are not guilty, we are innocent. Hence on the next morning, while the iron doors of every prison area were opened up for us to get food, all practitioners protested at the prison politics section, requesting to speak with prison officials, to see that they seriously punish guards who beat practitioners, and to demand they allow us to study the Fa and practice the exercises.
The police locked up five of us in a small cell. Practitioner Liu Ziwei refused to enter. The police cuffed him to a tree at the entrance gate with both his feet lifted off the ground. With his body in the air, the handcuffs deeply cut into his flesh, covering him with blood. He did not recover even after six months.
Falun Dafa practitioner Zhang Hongwei was dragged to the criminal law execution section and brutally tortured for shouting, "Don't beat people!" and "Falun Dafa is good!" Other practitioners were taken back by each brigade. We all conducted a hunger strike to protest the persecution.
The Capital Construction Brigade twice sent instructors and guards to bring me out of the small cell, but I refused to leave. I put forward my conditions to the prison; I would not eat or leave the small cell without a reply.
At night, police officer Zhang Shuhuai led five tall and strong prisoners to drag me out of the cell. On the third day of the hunger strike, practitioners in other areas of the prison told me that the prison had basically agreed to all our conditions; police officers who beat people would be transferred from the post and internally punished, and they would let us study Fa and practice the exercises. I lost my senses and believed in this lie so I began to eat and other practitioners also began to take food.
Falun Dafa practitioner Zhang Hongwei in another prison area was quite righteous, saw through the evil plot, and continued the hunger strike. On the 8th day, he was force-fed in the hospital. He had been on a hunger strike for 31 days, and his life was in danger, so he was forced to have a transfusion. The police notified his family, and his mother came from Tonghua and cried by his bed. However the police still did not let him go free, and transferred him to Jilin No. 2 Prison for further persecution.
Police Meet with Karmic Retribution
I was unconditionally released on June 7, 2005. I refused to sign the release notice because Falun Dafa practitioners are good people and innocent, and we are persecuted for no reason.
I heard police officers Mou Zhanfu and Zhang Shuhuai suffered karmic retribution for their evildoings. Mou Zhanfu was transferred out from the post, divorced, and some prisoner said he is also addicted to drugs. Zhang Shuhuai had kidney stones and had a major operation in 2003. All the money he collected for looking after the prisoners in recent years was all spent at the hospital and he nearly lost his life. This reflects the heavenly principle that good is rewarded and evil is met with karmic retribution.