Older Practitioner Ms. Lv Huiwen Beaten in Qianjin Women's Forced Labour Camp in Harbin City

Ms. Lv Huiwen, 57 years old, from Shuangsheng Village, Yilan County, Heilongjiang Province, is currently detained in the first team of Qianjin Women's Forced Labour Camp, Harbin City.

On May 29th, 2007, Ms. Lv was transferred from Wanjia Forced Labour Camp to Qianjin Women's Forced Labour Camp, where she was forced to do hard labour. She was beaten, hung up while handcuffed, and personally insulted by the camp guards. As a result, she suffered heart disease, blurry vision, and became very weak.

In the past, Lv Huiwen suffered from various hard-to-treat diseases including almost going blind and not being able to lower her head due to severe pain in her cervical vertebrae. She tried her luck with various kinds of medical treatments without any success. Once she started practising Falun Gong, her eyes miraculously recovered and so did her other diseases. However, after she was arrested and put in a forced labour camp, the camp guards would not let her study the Falun Gong teachings or practise the Falun Gong exercises. Instead, she was forced to do hard labour from 7:30 a.m., after breakfast, until 8 p.m., seven days a week for a long time.

In the labour camp all her basic human rights were revoked. The guards told her, "You are put in the proper status, your behaviour is strictly regulated, you are not allowed to speak, and you are only allowed to work." The worst guards are Yu Fangli and Zhou Muqi, who curse and beat practitioners as long as they wish. If they are not in a good mood, they don't allow practitioners to use the toilet for hours.

Yu Fangli always finds fault with Ms. Lv , curses her, and pushes and shoves her around. One day after Ms. Lv got up in the morning and was sitting for a moment with her eyes closed, Yu Fangli threatened to prolong her forced labour term. Due to being under such high pressure and exposed to such a harsh environment, she developed heart disease, blurry vision, and weakness. She once fainted and fell down in the toilet. Her heart now displays symptoms of irregular and sometimes missed beats.

On January 14th, 2008, the camp authorities forcibly took Lv Huiwen, Li Wenjun, Zhao Shuxia, and Zhou Yingqi to the office on the first floor of the first team. Claiming they were defying regulations, Captain Zhang Bo instigated Zhou Muqi and Yu Fangli to beat the four women. Zhou Muqi punched Ms. Lv in the face and forced her to go to work in the workshop.

On January 19th, Zhang Bo, Wang Min, Yu Fangli, and Liu Chang took Ms. Lv to a warehouse within the first team and hung her by her hands four times. Because she could not stand the torture, she unwillingly agreed to do the hard labour. The authorities also forced her to stand in front of everyone and promise that she would complete her work quota and obey the regulations. She thus was not only tortured physically but also endured insults to her character.

On January 24th, she had symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. The authorities sent for the camp doctor, Wang Zhongliang, who diagnosed her with high blood pressure and fast, irregular heart beats. However, the captain of the first team, Zhang Bo, claimed that she was just faking the symptoms.

On January 25th, Zhang Bo summoned Ms. Lv to Zhang's office and cursed at her while grabbing and pulling violently at her collar. Then Zhang Bo took her to a basement and hung her up with white cloth strips binding her arms. When Ms. Lv could not bear the pain and resisted the hanging, Zhou Muqi and Zhang Bo took turns slapping her face, viciously joking that they would cure her eyes with the beatings. They forced her to announce in front of everyone that she was faking the illness symptoms. She was then dragged back to the workshop to work.

February 16th, was visitation day. On the previous day, Division Head Chen Lihua had threatened Lv Huiwen, saying, "Tomorrow, if you tell your daughter what happened here, we will use all the regulations at hand to punish you later." The next day, Lv Huiwen's daughter came early to visit her, however, the camp authorities did not arrange for her daughter to see her. After other families had left, L� Huiwen was then allowed to see her daughter separately, where the division head and other camp guards were present, watching them. In order to avoid any further persecution, Lv Huiwen chose not to say anything to her daughter.

Chinese version available at http://minghui.org/mh/articles/2008/2/28/173254.html

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