Ms. Xing Limin was poisoned at the Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp in April 2013. She lost her ability to walk the same day.
Ms. Xing is a Falun Gong practitioner from Shahe Town, Changping District, Beijing. She was arrested at home by officers from the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) in 2011. She was taken to a brainwashing centre.
Because she refused to give up her belief, the 610 Office personnel said they would only release her if she paid 100,000 yuan1. Ms. Xing refused. As a result, she was sentenced to two and a half years of forced labour and transferred from the brainwashing centre to the Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp.
In the labour camp, Ms. Xing was locked in a small cell for not cooperating with the guards in being “transformed” [forcibly renounce Falun Gong]. In retaliation, in April 2013 the guards put unknown drugs in her meal. Soon afterward, Ms. Xing experienced a lot of pain. The same day, she also lost her ability to walk.
The article Confessions of a “Baojia” - a Prison Monitor's Insights into the Persecution of Falun Gong revealed more information about the incident. The author wrote: “The 'baojias' took meals to the practitioners who were locked in solitary cells. I took meals to Xing Limin and Ning Yuhuan, both of whom had refused to give up their beliefs, and were thus not 'transformed.'
“One day when I went to get the meals for them, I noticed that guard Yang Jie had just finished putting drug powder in their food. She had a small piece of paper that contained the drug powder in her pocket and she wiped the powder on the edge of the plate and then into the food with her right hand. Practitioner Ning Yuhuan was later transferred to a faraway place, and when she left she shouted, 'Falun Gong is good!' Xing Limin was eventually unable to walk due to the drugs and torture.”
The labour camp authorities released Ms. Xing in May 2013 to avoid responsibility.
She is still feeble and unable to walk.
1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
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