NEW YORK (FDI) – In a June 2003 TV program broadcast over state-run media in Dalian City, a Dalian Forced-labor Camp official, joined by a group of labor camp “educators,” attests to the aim of “educating” and treating Falun Gong practitioners with “compassion.”
“There is absolutely no such thing as persecution here,” they tell the TV audience.
Eyewitness accounts from the Dalian Forced-labor Camp, however, detail a different, darker reality of Jiang Zemin’s often brutal, nation-wide campaign to eradicate Falun Gong by any means necessary.
Since 1999, terror and violence have permeated the Dalian Forced-Labor Camp, as authorities implement orders to “transform” Falun Gong practitioners.
In a report received by the Falun Dafa Information Center in December 2003, eyewitnesses provided details of 47 cases of torture that occurred from 2000 to May 2003, and confirmed 6 deaths from torture. The report describes the number of cases it details as “just the tip of the iceberg.”
Among the cases are the events that unfolded on the afternoon of March 19, 2001, when the Vice-President of the labor camp, Zhang Baolin, directed a group of labor camp personnel in torturing Falun Gong practitioners.
They first locked the practitioners in a room and then, one by one, took them to another room to try to force them to sign a letter renouncing Falun Gong. Those who refused to do so were shocked with cattle prods and beaten with batons. Outside, loudspeakers boomed threats against Falun Gong practitioners throughout the camp. The report says the electric buzz of the cattle prods, the shouting of the torturers, the screaming of the practitioners combined with the threats belted out from the loudspeakers covered the camp with a sense of fear and terror.
After torturing the practitioners, many were placed in the hallway. They had wounds all over their bodies. Some of them were shaking or groaning in pain.
Other cases mentioned in the report include:
The report also provided details of eight women who suffered savage forms of sexual assault as labor camp authorities sought to “re-educate” them.
60-year-old Ms. Fu Shuying was tied up spread-eagle, while a torturer violently inserted a long rod into her vagina causing severe inflammations and infections.
27-year-old Ms. Chen Hui and 30-year-old Ms. Sun Yan were also tied up in a spread-eagle position as torturers repeatedly thrust long rods into their vaginas causing bleeding.
Three other women suffered similar tortures with chili pepper sauce shoved into their vaginas causing extreme pain, while in three additional cases toilet and shoe brushes were used causing severe vaginal bleeding.
According to the report, the torturers frequently tell the practitioners “we represent the government in transforming you” or “it means nothing if you die here.”
Hundreds of reports from Falun Gong practitioners in China quote police and labor camp officials saying they are under orders that “no method is too extreme” to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs, and those who are killed amidst the torture “should be reported as suicides.”