Torture Methods in Heilongjiang Women's Prison: "Hang Up" and Injection with Drugs

The "Hang Up" torture method raises cuffed hands and feet just off the ground and is not permitted according to prison rules. However, in Heilongjiang Women's Prison, recently assigned officers Xu Longjiang and Liu Zhiqiang adopted this vicious technique to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners. Team Two in Jail One used it initially, which then spread to other teams.

Two practitioners, Zhang Linwen and Yu Xiuying, who exposed this to jail officials were severely punished. Zhang Linwen was taken by prison inmates to the very same Team Two while Yu Xiuying was handcuffed at night.

On December 21, 2004, practitioner Guan Shuling was handcuffed and sitting on the bare ground, her eyes glazed and red-rimmed. She was on the verge of falling unconscious. Guan Shuling said she was injected with drugs and fell into a coma-like sleep. The drug was known to have coma-inducing effects, and caused vomiting so severe that Guan Shuling needed assistance even to use the toilet.

Seeing Guan Shuling teetering on the edge of consciousness, practitioner Zhang Jing went to help her. Prison inmate Wang Wenhua and others immediately rushed over and pulled her back, and called out to the guards. The two began to interrogate Zhang Jing but she refused to answer. Liu Xiaofang said viciously, "Don't waste any more time with her. Handcuff her."

Other inmates piled on her, forcing her to put on prison clothing, and then pushed her to the ground. Liu Xiaofang directed an inmate to handcuff Zhang Jing. She refused to be handcuffed and called out loudly, "Falun Dafa is great." Li Fenghua then pressed against her head.

From December 21 to 29, Zhang Jing was handcuffed. During the day, she was handcuffed behind her back and at night she was handcuffed in the front. From December 21 to 26 she was handcuffed to the ground, and from December 27 to 29 she was handcuffed and made to stand, with her hands bound to an upper level bed. Even then her captors would not stop. On December 29 at 3 p.m., guards directed the worst inmates to hang up five practitioners.

Three police officers led inmates to Zhang Jing's cell. They covered the window with a bedsheet. Inmate Wang Jingdan climbed to the upper bunk, hooked Zhang Jing's handcuffs to the highest place on the bed, and left her hanging there for 20 to 30 minutes until she agreed to wear prison clothes. Zhang Jing was then forced to give her fingerprints. The handcuffs cut deeply into her flesh. Marks remained on her skin for two days, and her left thumb continues to experience numbness.

Practitioner Chen Weijun was hung up by inmates at 3 p.m. on December 29, 2004. At the time, seven guards were present. The handcuffs cut into her skin as Chen Weijun was hung for over an hour. When her wrist began to turn black and she could not stand it any more, she was carried back to her team cell. This was Chen Weijun's second "hang-up," with the first occurring on July 10, 2004, because she refused to report to work duty. At that time, she was hung up in the guard's office on the sixth floor.

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