The Chinese communist regime has set up numerous brainwashing centres all over China to detain, brainwash and torture Falun Gong practitioners, including the elderly and pregnant women. These facilities are euphemistically labelled “Legal Education Training Centres” to deceive the public.
1. Brainwashing Centres Exist to "Transform" Falun Gong Practitioners
Brainwashing is part of the official governmental structure of the Chinese Communist Party. Here are 2 examples:
The “main responsibilities” procedural document of the brainwashing centre in Shouguang, Weifang, Shandong Province, clearly states: “Persecute Falun Gong to make them “transform” [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] and renounce their faith.
According to the “Responsibilities of the Legal Training Centre of the City” document, made public by the Political and Legal Affairs Committee of Qingzhou in Weifang, Shandong Province, the centre's responsibilities have nothing to do with “legal training” and everything to do with “transforming” Falun Gong practitioners.
2. Tactics Used in the Brainwashing Centres
a. Detention of Babies and Young Children
Two babies several months old were detained with their mothers (practitioners Ms. Li Hu and Ms. Chen Huilan) at the Zhuhai District Brainwashing Center in Guangzhou City on December 15th, 2000.
A five-year-old was detained with their grandmother (practitioner Ms. Rao Huoli) in the Fujian Brainwashing Centre by the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) of Changting County on August 3rd, 2011.
b. Detention and Abuse of the Elderly
It's been a common practice to detain practitioners over the age of 50 in the brainwashing centres.
Mr. Zhu Xianghe, 64, was beaten to death in the Sutang Village Brainwashing Centre of Suining County, Xuzhou City, on May 4th, 2005. His eyes were dug out, and his organs were cut out.
Mr. Liu Shaobo, 65, was tortured to death in the brainwashing centre in the Zhuhai District in Guangzhou City.
Ms. Jiang Meilan, 65, was injected with unknown drugs, shocked with electric batons, and tortured to death in the brainwashing centre in Laodaohe, Changsha City.
Gongjiawan Brainwashing Centre in Lanzhou City hung up practitioner Ms. Luo Qingshu by handcuffs for 12 days and nights. Qi, a guard at the facility, boasted to her, “You are against the Communist Party, so I will hang you up by the handcuffs 100 times.”
c. Detention of Pregnant Women and Forced Abortion
Pregnant women have also been detained in the brainwashing centres.
Pregnant practitioner Ms. Luo Zhixiang was tortured to death in the brainwashing centre in the Huangpu District, Guangzhou City, in 2002.
The Zhuhai District Brainwashing Centre in Guangzhou City carried out a forced abortion for a practitioner named Lin. Another pregnant practitioner, named Zhou, was detained in the brainwashing centre in Jinan City.
d. Brutal Forms of Torture
Brainwashing facilities have used different kinds of torture, including the death bed1, forcing practitioners to stand for long periods of time, kicking and breaking ribs, injecting unknown drugs, applying burning substances to the nose and eyes, putting a helmet on the victim's head and hitting the helmet with a wooden stick, burning with cigarettes or boiling water, stuffing the nose with cigarettes while covering the mouth, kicking the lower part of the body, slapping in the face, hanging up practitioners by handcuffs or hanging them upside down, pushing the head into the toilet, beatings with a steel rod, piercing with needles, pouring detergent into the stomach, hitting the chest with an iron rod, peeling off nails with pincers, piercing fingers with toothpicks, squeezing the penis, pulling out pubic hair, covering the mouth with tape, flicking the eyeballs, etc.
Shouguang Brainwashing Centre in Weifang, Shandong Province, bound practitioner Mr. Fu Jian to an iron chair with both hand and ankle cuffs. They kept him from sleeping day and night. They slapped his face, hit him in the chin, pulled out his beard, and hung him up by the handcuffs in an attempt to "transform" him. The authorities also stole his car and put it inside the yard of the brainwashing centre. Mr. Fu was detained from April 15th to April 21st, 2013.
3. Systematic Persecution Using Brainwashing
Take the Shouguang City Brainwashing Centre in Weifan, Shandong Province, as an example. The directive for systematic persecution using brainwashing there includes:
Ascertain the state of mind of all practitioners in the city. Arrest, detain and "train” practitioners registered with the government, batch by batch.
For those who do not “reform,” follow the steps to strike them down, one by one. Subject each one to brainwashing in the centre, targeting their different reasons for practising Falun Gong. For the elderly and weak practitioners unable to go to the centre, go to their homes to brainwash them.
Practitioners who finish their prison or forced labour camp terms are not released. They are taken to a brainwashing facility. An “assistant coach” is assigned to talk to them there, assessing how “well” they've “transformed” after being detained in the prison or forced labour camp. After this assessment, the brainwashing begins.
Brainwashing centres typically set up an “exhibition room” with various propaganda to brainwash people who are sent there. Since around 2009, they have organized brainwashing sessions for more than 6,000 people, including those from government agencies, enterprises and factories, teachers and students.
Brainwashing centres also set up a torture chamber. The police and the head of the centre typically conspire to persecute practitioners through torture and other means.
Practitioners who've gone to Beijing to appeal for the right to practise Falun Gong are especially targeted for detention in brainwashing centres. In addition, local authorities are instructed by higher-level organs to maintain control during dates that are deemed “sensitive.”
Authorities routinely extort money from practitioners and their families. Here are a few examples:
The Dongshan District Brainwashing Centre in Guangzhou City extorted 30,000 yuan2 from practitioner Zhang Anmei in 2001.
A brainwashing centre and union committee in Fujian Province fined the employer of each practitioner 10,000 to 20,000 yuan.
Brainwashing centre in Jieluqiao, Yongzhou, Hunan Province, extorted 10,000 yuan from each practitioner. Between October and December 2011, 47 practitioners were arrested and taken to the Yongzhou Brainwashing Centre; the extortion sum totaled at least 470,000 yuan.
The huge amount of money squeezed out of practitioners has all gone into the pockets of those who work at the brainwashing centres. For example, Yu Jingzhi at the Yichun Brainwashing Centre in Heilongjiang Province gets 1,500 yuan every month for torturing practitioners.
At the brainwashing centre located in Lannigou, Jinzhu Town, Guiyang City, over 400 agents on staff get more than 48,000 yuan each year for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, plus bonuses and allowances.
5. A Waste of Taxpayers' Money
The Chinese communist regime builds brainwashing centres and sets up monitoring systems to persecute innocent people. This is a huge waste of taxpayers' money. Here are some examples:
The brainwashing centre in Huaihua City, Hunan Province, used to be a dormitory for workers of the Arts Printing Factory of Huaihua City. In October 2005, the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and 610 Office of Huaihua City spent 2.8 million yuan to purchase this building and set up a brainwashing centre. There was no signage put in place to indicate to outsiders that this is a brainwashing centre.
The brainwashing centre of Jinan City, Shandong Province, spent 103,035 yuan to install a monitoring system in May 2012 to target and persecute Falun Gong practitioners.
Hunan Province spent nearly 20 million yuan on brainwashing in 2011 alone.
The Laodaohe Brainwashing Centre, located in the Kaifu District of Changsha City, used to be a residence for seniors. In 2002, the 610 Office of Hunan Province spent a great sum of money to purchase this building. They built a fence with iron netting around it and closed the gates tightly, even during daytime. They also put bars on the windows.
During the past 10 years, they have arrested nearly 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners from all over Hunan Province.
The brainwashing centre in Beijing was built using tens of millions of taxpayers' money. According to information provided by some police officers, the daily expenditures there run as high as 400,000 to 500,000 yuan at peak time.
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.
2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.
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