Ms. Wang Sumei Refuses to Stop Doing the Falun Gong Exercises in Prison
(Minghui.org) Ms. Wang Sumei, in her 50s, is a Falun Gong practitioner from Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. She was arrested on July 21, 2008, and sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2008. She is now in the Liaoning Province Woman's Prison.
Sh refuses to stop doing the Falun Gong exercises, which are an integral part of this cultivation practice, despite being tortured by the guards and inmates.
After Ms. Wang was transferred to the No.11 ward, she got up at midnight to send forth righteous thoughts and do the exercises. The guards assigned inmates to monitor her and prevent her from doing the exercises.
Other Inmates Punished Because of Ms. Wang
The inmates were put into groups of three. If any one in the group violated prison rules, everyone in the group would be punished. This tactic has been widely used on practitioners. The guards put two inmates and one practitioner per team. The inmates are ordered to threaten or beat the practitioner.
If the inmates cannot stop the practitioner from doing the exercises, they will be warned, threatened, or have points deducted. The points an inmate earns reduces her term. One point means one day less in jail. Points can be earned by doing hard labor or doing bad things for the guards. An inmate can earn 8 to 12 points for a month of hard labor. A word from a guard can mean the loss of from 1 to 6 points. That means that many inmates will do anything to earn points, including torture practitioners.
Ms. Wang was monitored day and night by different team members. They would beg her or hold her down to prevent her from doing the exercises. But she never gave in. Because she refused to stop, she was held in a solitary cell many times.
The solitary cell is damp and cold and not heated in the winter. Two inmates keep watch around the clock. Even in three warm, cotton-padded coats, the inmates were cold in the cell. However, the cold did not bother Ms. Wang much. Even the inmates admired her.
The guards could not stop Ms. Wang from doing the exercises, so they gave up. In fact, although she was not supposed to get food or clothes from her family, the guards would take whatever Ms. Wang's family brought and deliver it to her.
This lasted until October 2013, when Wu Yan, the newly appointed deputy of the No.11 ward, began to persecute practitioners. Ms. Wang was put in the solitary cell again.
She was also beaten. Gu Qing, in her 50s, was the inmate head of the No.11 ward and a lesbian. She ordered her partner inmate, Xia Meihuizi, who was around 30, to beat Ms. Wang. Whenever Ms. Wang started to do the exercises at night, Xia viciously beat her.
Ms. Wang called out, “Falun Gong is good!” and “Master, I want to do the exercises!” Gu Qing and Xia Meihuizi put tape over her mouth.
Deputy Wu Yan didn't allow other inmates to talk to Ms. Wang.
Ms. Wang continued to do the exercises. At last the guards allowed her to meditate on the bed.
Something amazing occurred when Ms. Wang was doing the sitting meditation. She would turn in a circular motion while in the full lotus position on the bed, without messing up the bed sheet. Many inmates saw it, and some of the guards also witnessed it.