Mudanjiang City Prison Guards Torture High School Teacher Mr. Gong Chengge and Extort Money from His Family

Mr. Gong Chengge is a former maths teacher from the Mudanjiang City No. 2 Senior High School. In 2008, he was sentenced to three and a half years years in prison. He was arrested and held in the 15th Ward in Mudanjiang Prison.

In the first half of August 2009, the head of the 15th Ward, Xie Xiaofeng, instigated team leader He Guanghai to torture Mr. Gong by shocking him with an electric baton. Xiu Yanxin and Li Yunye forced his thumbprint on documents certifying that he has renounced the practice of Falun Gong.

In the middle of August 2009, Mr. Gong was forced to perform slave labour in prison. He had to stick eyelashes onto toy dolls. Due to his very severe short sightedness, he could not do many dolls in one day and only a few were acceptable. Ward head Xie Xiaofeng and team leader He Guanghai used convicts to extort funds from Mr Gong. When that failed, they ordered prisoners Sun Jinghua and Li Yunye to viciously beat him. Mr Gong's teeth fell out as a result of the beatings.

Later on, the prison guards enforced upon Mr. Gong a production target of 40 yuan1 every month. He also had to cut labels. Although he was given a task that was not physically strenuous, even with the help of his friends, due to his severe short sightedness he was unable to reach the target production demanded of him and Gong's family had to use their savings to make up for his shortfall. At the end of 2009, Xie Xiaofeng and He Guanghai increased Gong's monthly production target to 200 yuan. He could meet this target through cutting labels and did not have to stick eyelashes onto toy dolls. If he failed to reach the quota, his family had to pay for the shortfall.

In January 2010, Xie Xiaofeng instigated convicts to extort money from Mr. Gong. They threatened his family members that if they did not give them bribes, the guards would increase Mr. Gong's workload and make him stick eyelashes onto toy dolls. Consequently, Mr. Gong's parents gave Xie Xiaofeng 1000 yuan.

Around the end of May 2010, inmate cell head Xiu Yanxin ordered other convicts to take the shoes mailed by Mr. Gong's family member. They forged his handwriting and wrote a letter to his family, swindling them for 500 yuan as well as other items.

On June 13th, 2010, Xie Xiaofeng ordered a convict to forge a letter extorting money from Mr. Gong's family. In the end, they extorted another 500 yuan from his family. They also secretly phoned his home to demand things. Among the items sent by Mr. Gong's family, a package went missing and shoes were taken away.

On June 30th, 2010, Xie Xiaofeng had a talk with He Guanghai. That afternoon, He Guanghai accused Mr. Gong of falling asleep and not doing his job and hit him on his head several times. Two workers came over and helped him beat Mr. Gong.

Since June 2009, in order to reach the quota set for "transforming" [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] Falun Gong practitioners, Mudanjiang Prison has spared no effort in persecuting practitioners detained in prison. They beat practitioners, shock them with electric batons, forbid them from sleeping for long periods of time, strip off their clothes and pour cold water over them, and even make them stand outside even though the temperature is around -15oC (around 5oF). They try to force them to sign guarantee statements renouncing their faith. They also prohibit visits by family members. The 15th Ward is known as the worst of all.


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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