Disturbing Stories From A Labour Camp in Changchun

Disturbing Stories From A Labour Camp in Changchun

On April 8, 2001, officials of the Chaoyanggou Labour Camp in Changchun staged a song and dance program by an art troupe to slander Falun Gong. Then they attempted to incorporate the act into a TV news program to further deceive the public. In order to carry out their plan, the labour camp officials coached inmates to coerce Falun Gong practitioners. They arranged for criminal inmates to be sitting on both sides of the practitioners during the performance. As soon as the defaming program started, practitioners Liu Haibo, Lian Hong and several others refused to watch it. The camp deputy then escorted them back to the camp brigade and beat them with electric batons. Some practitioner's faces were severely injured. They even illegally added one more year of hard labour to Liu Haibo’s sentence, and 4 more months to Lian Hong's.

Practitioner Yang Zhanwen was illegally detained at the First Brigade at the Chaoyanggou Labour Camp. Drunken inmates savagely beat him after he refused to sign affidavits to renounce Falun Gong. Inmates hit the back of his thigh with hardwood planks over 30 times, and punched his waist so hard as to cause misalignment of his lumbar vertebrae. He had great difficulty even getting on and off beds. Soon afterwards he was still forced to do heavy labour. A young man (not a practitioner) who was wrongfully sent to the labour camp wept after seeing Yang's condition and his mistreatment.

Falun Gong practitioner Wei Xiushan was illegally sentenced to one year of hard labour due to his appealing to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. The brigade leader tortured him with an electric baton after he refused to wear a labour camp uniform. Yet his resolute act truly earned the respect of the other inmates. He recited "Lun Yu" (The Preface of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong) to inmates while they worked. Several inmates told him that they would like to practice Falun Gong after they were released from the labour camp. At the end of his term the labour camp did not release Wei Xiushan; they added another 11 months of illegal detention. Finally, when he was requested to fill out a personal self-evaluation form in order to get released from the labour camp, he wrote, "I will continue to be a Falun Gong practitioner after my release. I will further prove that Falun Dafa is the most extraordinary science…." Because of his statement, he was directly sent to the Xinglongshan brainwashing class. After the class was disbanded in just one month, they sent him to Daguang Detention Centre to continue another term of illegal imprisonment.
Posting date: 1/14/2002


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