In October 2008, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities in Liaoning Province concentrated Falun Gong practitioners held in labour camps in different cities into a select few labour camps, where they are being subjected to a new round of persecution. The following are some accounts of the more than 100 male practitioners who are concentrated in the Third Group of the First Section of the notorious Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.
Practitioners are tortured and coerced to write statements denouncing Falun Gong
Guards of the Third Group, led by group heads Gao Zhongjie and Yu Jiang, tortured practitioners and forced them to write statements to denounce Falun Gong. Those who refused to write the statements were tortured at night. The perpetrators threatened them, saying, "You will be killed if you do not write the statements. We have a death quota." The victims are tortured non-stop without being allowed to sleep.
Practitioner Mr. Li Hailong suffered so much that he could not walk and could not get himself to the dining room without two persons to support him. Two months later, he remains in this condition. Mr. Cui Dejun was crippled from torture, but the guards insisted that he was pretending and grabbed his hair and slammed his head against a wall. Later, he was subjected to the death bed torture.
Practitioners forced to watch videos defaming Falun Gong
Practitioners are subjected two things in the labour camp: hard labour and brainwashing. They are forced to watch videos and addresses of CCP officials that defame Falun Gong and are forced to endorse those lies. If they are disfavoured by the guards, they are punished with being forced to stand against a wall from 5.30 a.m. to midnight.
Practitioner Mr. Chen Yan was subjected to the standing punishment for over two weeks. His legs and feet were swollen, but the guards would not let him rest. Practitioner Mr. Sun Yi was unable to straighten his lower back after being tortured. Guard Gao Zhongjie, in his leather boots, had violently kicked him in the lower back. Later, because Mr. Sun refused to endorse the brainwashing, he was subjected to the standing punishment for more than 20 days and later the "death bed1."
Practitioners forbidden from meeting with their family members
One day, 17 practitioners from Fushun City, Liaoning Province, were sent to the labour camp. Upon their arrival, three practitioners called out, "Falun Gong is good!" The guards repeatedly shocked them with electric batons. They even stuck the batons into their mouths and shocked them. The victims' mouths became swollen, and they were unable to eat for a long time. Fearing that their crimes might be exposed, the guards forbid the victims from meeting with their family members. They even prevented them from calling home.
The guards torture Falun Gong practitioners with any means imaginable. For instance, group head Yu Jiang made a stipulation that no one was allowed to go to the toilet between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., no matter how urgent the situation might be. In the cold winter, the guards force practitioners to undergo "military training" by standing in a line for long time in the open air. This causes their heads to ache from the freezing cold.
1. "Death Bed" torture: A practitioner is tied to a bed with his hands handcuffed above his head to the bed rails, and his legs tied with thin nylon ropes. The rope is then tightly wrapped around the practitioner's body and the bed, from his legs to his chest. The rope is wrapped so tightly that the practitioner has difficulty breathing and eventually loses consciousness.
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2009/3/4/196512.html
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