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Details of the Torture Death of Dafa Practitioner Jiang Yong: An Open Letter to the Responsible Authorities

September 13, 2004 |   By practitioners in Changchun


To the National Security Team of the Changchun City Police Department and Tiebei Detention Center:

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Jiang Yong, 46 years old, is from Section 10, Guangming Village, Xingfu Township of Changchun City. He had a strong body and was in perfect health. However, such a strong and healthy man was tortured to death within a short period of only a few weeks. In the light of day, you dared to willfully kill an innocent man!

Jiang Yong used to be bad-tempered and overbearing before he began practicing Falun Dafa. Since he began practicing in 1996, he went through extraordinary changes. He became a good person who did not fight back when hit or cursed. He no longer fought for self-interest, but instead he put other's interest before his own. He disciplined himself according to the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." All his friends and family members were amazed by his remarkable changes.

Like hundreds of thousands of Dafa practitioners, Jiang Yong also suffered from the persecution. He had been abducted and detained many times, sent to forced labor camps, and his home was searched. His wife was also persecuted and sent to forced labor for one year. During the police raids in their home, their child became so frightened that he hid himself and their elderly parents were trembling with fear. Since 2000, Jiang Yong had been staying away from home and travelling about to avoid persecution. A happy family was torn apart due to the persecution.

On April 13, 2004, you [Tiebei Detention Center authorities] illegally abducted Jiang Yong. You exhausted all the torture methods, including the "Big Hang Up" (1), "Tiger Bench," "Hammering Bamboo Sticks under the Fingernails" (2), shocking him with electric batons, force-feeding him with pepper water, and suffocating him by covering his head with plastic bags. Seven practitioners who were abducted along with him also suffered these tortures. Dafa practitioner Mr. Guo Wenshui's vertebrae were broken, and you are still trying your best to block the news. After being continuously tortured for eight days, Jiang Yong was at the brink of death. Not only did you refuse to release him, instead you sent him to the provincial police hospital for further persecution. After more than 30 days in the hospital, on May 26, Jiang Yong was sent back to the Tiebei Detention Center. Because he refused to cooperate with your evil requests and instigation to renounce Falun Dafa, and instead protested the cruel tortures with a hunger strike, you then incited the murderers and drug addicts to torture him both physically and mentally. You made him suffer every single second. Within 38 days, Jiang Yong passed away -- what a shocking injustice!

On July 4, you [Tiebei Detention Center authorities] sent the death notice to his family, claiming the cause of death to be "acute disease" and fabricated a so-called "explanation of death" document. With a single phoney document, you attempted to deny the fact that you murdered him.

Jiang Yong was very healthy and did not have any illness since he started practicing Falun Dafa. "Died from acute disease?!" Why is there a black and blue bloody scar on his neck? Why is his whole body black and blue? Why did blood spill out from his mouth when his body was turned over? Why was toilet paper put into his anus? Why did you falsely report the time of his death? Why did you change the clothes on his body? Why you are afraid of his family's taking photos of his body? Why did you even beat them away in order to prevent the photos from been taken?

Jiang Zemin and his followers who persecute the innocent have been sued by practitioners all over the world for genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity. The Global Coalition to Bring Jiang to Justice was also founded in 2003.

We hereby advise you: Do not deceive yourselves. Good is rewarded with good and evil is eventually met with retribution. It is simply a matter of time.

August 21, 2004


(1) "Big Hang Up": In this torture, one hand of a practitioner is handcuffed to one bunk bed and the other hand to another bed; the two beds are pulled in opposite directions, causing one to suffer extreme pain as the body is stretched until it can no longer be pulled further apart, and both of the practitioner's feet are lifted from the ground. It is extremely painful and most people cannot endure it for longer than a few minutes. At this point, jail guards would use electric batons to hit the practitioner's face, hands, body, and feet. A person's finger tips and inner soles of the feet are the most painful spots. For older practitioners and people with heart problems, the police would ask the doctor to stand by and be ready for emergency treatment if something happened during the torture.

(2): Hammering Bamboo Sticks under the Fingernails: The police hammer sharp bamboo sticks into the fingers of the practitioner through the tip of the fingernails.  In the process of the hammering, the fingernail will get torn off completely.  As one's fingers are extremely sensitive, the hammering process causes the kind of excruciating pain that one cannot even begin to describe. The police first hammer the bamboo stick into one finger.  If the practitioner still refuses to give in, the police will hammer bamboo sticks into more and more fingers until they reach all ten fingers.