A few days later, the malicious police officers and prisoners became even crueler. On February 12, a policewoman named Liu Sujuan used a broom to jab the practitioners in the face while they were sending forth righteous thoughts [this can be understood as a type of meditation]. A vicious policeman named Liu Zhijie brought in several prisoners to interfere with the practitioners and a policeman named Qi Hua blasted a radio to try and distract them.
Under these circumstances, the practitioners in the First Brigade decided to go on a hunger strike to protest. On the evening of February 17, Political Commissar Zhang Zhenyang came to the First Brigade. At first, he feigned kindness by giving his consent for the practitioners to send forth-righteous thoughts and asking them to eat a little, but behind the scenes he incited even more madness amongst the prisoners by asking them to intensify their interference. Practitioner Kou Xiaoping saw through his deception and all the practitioners continued their hunger strike, demanding to be set free from the labour camp with a "not guilty" verdict. On the afternoon of February 19, several policemen viciously force-fed the practitioners in the First Brigade as a means to escalate the persecution. After being force-fed, the practitioners' faces and nails turned pale. Their entire bodies ached and their internal organs were extremely painful. They could not turn their bodies while resting in bed or walk without someone's help. Practitioner Wang Jinli had a high fever for more than half a month and practitioner Xu Fengmei lost control of her bladder. Some other practitioners had bad coughs for more than one month and many were in extreme pain. Zhang Zhenyang and Liu Zhijie came to the First Brigade to hurl insults at them, saying they were faking it. Practitioner Liu Sumei had a high fever for a long period of time and was sent to the first-aid centre for treatment. Worrying about the expenses, the police forced her to leave the first-aid centre the next day. Half a month later, they carried her back to the labour camp and abused her repeatedly.
Dafa practitioner Kou Xiaoping died a tragic death after the force-feeding. She felt painful all over her body, her mouth was extremely dry, and her nails and face turned pale. After two days of so-called "emergency treatment", she died after all rescue efforts failed.
On June 24, 2002, practitioner Xu Yanju was brutally beaten with a cane by a thug in the labour camp, causing her to pass out twice from the pain. She could not get up from her bed for several days and needed help when she went to the toilet. The police didn't allow any of the collaborators (former practitioners who gave up the practice of Dafa due to brainwashing and torture. They now assist in the persecution together with officials.) in the labour camp to take showers together with the steadfast practitioners for fear that their consciences might awaken and they would see the true facts of the persecution. After Xu Yanju was beaten, other practitioners went to commissioner Zhang Zhenyang to reason with him, but he said he would do nothing about it.