Mr. Wang Zhuang, 50 years old, is from Jiamusi City, Helongjiang Province. He started practising Falun Dafa before the persecution began on July 20th, 1999. He has been arrested and sentenced to a forced labour camp multiple times. While in prison, he was brutally tortured by the prison guards and inmates.
Under pressure from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Mr. Wang's workplace fired him. Previously he enjoyed a harmonious family life, but now this has all been destroyed. He still carries the scars and pain from the torture he suffered.
The following is a brief summary of the persecution Mr. Wang experienced.
Arbitrary Detention and Home Searches
One night in January 2002, Wang Zhuang was stopped and questioned by police officers while walking on the street. A policeman with the surname Gao knew that Mr. Wang practised Falun Gong. They took Mr. Wang to Jianguo Police Station for interrogation. They asked him if he was out on the street exposing the persecution, and they pressured him to write a guarantee statement that he would not practise Falun Gong. When Mr. Wang refused, the police beat him and ransacked his home. They took away Dafa books and audiotapes. Mr. Wang was sent to a detention centre for seven days.
In April 2002, police officer Zhao Shiyou and two other policemen from Jianguo Police Station, a Dongfeng Police Sub-Bureau, broke into Mr. Wang's home and ransacked the place. They did not find anything.
One day in September 2002, around 3:00 p.m., Mr. Wang ran into Li Rui, a police officer from Changsheng Police Station, who is a neighbour of his. Li ordered two policemen to take Mr. Wang to the police station and interrogate him. One policeman used a lighter to burn Mr. Wang's hand and ear. They questioned him as to who was the source of the leaflets exposing the persecution. Mr. Wang was tied to a chair for the whole night, and the next day he was sent to Jiadong Police Sub-Bureau. The chief of the State Security Unit, Sui Shiming, tormented Mr. Wang using the Tiger Bench1 for over an hour. He was then sent to Jiamusi Detention Centre. At the detention centre, a policeman with the surname Yuan beat him twice. Mr. Wang was detained for over five months, and then sentenced to three years of forced labour. He was sent to Jiamusi Prison for further persecution.
Persecuted at Jiamusi Prison
At Brigade 5 of Jiamusi Prison, prison guards tried to force Wang Zhuang to work, but he refused. Brigade Captain Zhang beat, kicked and slapped him. Later, Zhang instigated other inmates to harass Mr. Wang, and they beat him twice. He was also forced to stand for a long period of time.
In prison, the guards restrict Falun Gong practitioners' personal freedom and freedom of speech. Practitioners are not allowed to speak with others. The captain of the prison guards, Wang Hui, beat Wang Zhuang many times. He slapped Mr. Wang and kicked him. Once, while Wang Zhuang was walking, the captain suddenly kicked him, making him fall to the ground. Wang Zhuang went on a hunger strike to protest the unreasonable oppression and persecution. The guards ordered inmates to force feed him with a whole bag of salt. Guard Si Zhengming handcuffed Mr. Wang's hands behind his back so tightly that the handcuffs cut into his flesh. Wang Zhuang was handcuffed for a whole day, and was beaten by the inmates many times.
Persecuted at Lianjiangkou Prison
In March 2004, Jiamusi Prison merged with Lianjiangkou Prison. Wang Zhuang and several other Falun Gong practitioners were transferred to Lianjiangkou Prison. At the end of June, Lianjiangkou Prison started the so-called "transformation2" effort on Falun Gong practitioners. They tried to force practitioners to slander Teacher and Dafa. Wang Zhuang was assigned to Squadron 3 of Brigade 2. Staff at the prison were as follows: Captain of the brigade, Yang Xuwei; Assistant, Hu; Education Officer, Zhang Geqiu; Squadron 3 Unit Leader, Li Xiangkui; and Education Officer, Zhang Di. They conspired to have six or seven violent criminals try to "transform" Wang Zhuang. The guards ordered the inmates to torture the practitioners, and they stayed in the monitor room to monitor the entire process. They told the inmates that as long as they successfully "transformed" Wang Zhuang, regardless of the methods they used, they would have their sentences reduced. With the guards' instigation and promise of sentence reductions, these inmates began to fiercely beat and torture Wang Zhuang.
There was a group of seven or eight prisoners ruthlessly torturing Wang Zhuang. They tortured him by pulling his legs apart and forcing his head down between the legs, while his arms were pulled up vertically. In this position, his heart was under great pressure and his arms and legs were in such pain that it felt as if the flesh was being pulled off the bone. Mr. Wang gasped for breath until he passed out. At night, they tied down his arms and legs and put a plastic bag over his head and secured it around the neck so that he could not breathe. He was suffocated and passed out many times. He even lost control of his bowels. When he passed out, the criminal inmates did not dare take him to the hospital, so they repeatedly punched him on the chest to revive him. As a result, his chest was covered with bruises. They used this method on him five or six times.
However, Wang Zhuang did not yield to them. So they tried another method where they shoved a part of mop head into his mouth and told him, "If you don't 'transform,' you will be suffocated to death." Wang Zhuang indeed was suffocated until he lost consciousness. According to the inmates, they spent over an hour trying to revive him. When he finally came to, they told him, "We don't have a choice. The police told us to do this to you. If you had really died, we might have been blamed. From now on, we won't do this to you any more." That night they let him sleep through the night.
The next day, these inmates were summoned by guards to attend a meeting. They were ordered to continue their efforts of "transforming" Wang Zhuang. They were told that if he died, it would be considered a natural death, merely requiring a form to be filled out. Under the guards' instigation and pressure, these inmates became more brutal. A convicted murderer forced Wang Zhuang into the double lotus position, and then stepped on his head until it touched the ground, and his face turned purple. When he was somewhat recovered, this person then stuck a needle under his toenails, causing them to become bruised, bleeding, and infected. Another inmate stomped on his toenails, causing his toenails to come off.
One day, three inmates tied Wang Zhang's legs together and a person weighing 170 to 180 lbs. sat on his back. His upper body was pressed to the ground while he was handcuffed to a bed frame, until his feet and legs turned black and blue and he could no longer breathe. Wang Zhuang suffered this type of torture many times. Another inmate put a pen cap between his fingers and then squeezed his hand so tight that it caused severe pain. Another inmate used a wooden stick to strike Wang Zhuang's pressure points. He also struck Wang Zhuang's knees and ribs. They also beat him on the chest while an inmate pushed him forward from behind.
Another time, an inmate stomped on Wang Zhuang's chest, and as a result he could only breathe in but could not breathe out for a while. He still has difficulty breathing, even to this day, and his voice has become hoarse. One time, a convicted murderer beat Wang Zhuang on the chest until he passed out. Although guard Yang Xinhua was patrolling the hallway and saw the beating, he did not do anything. Inmates also hacked Wang Zhuang's feet, underarms and buttocks with a bed board. Wang Zhuang went on a hunger strike to protest the abuse he suffered. The guard captain, Li Xiankui, summoned Mr. Wang to his office and while an inmate restrained his hands, Li used an electric baton to shock his mouth and throat. The entire area around his throat was burned and blistered. Wang Zhuang still has the scars from these burns.
During this period of time, every few days after the inmates tortured Wang Zhuang, Li Xiankiu would ask him, "How is it going? Are you 'transformed' yet?" When he saw no result, the guards then encouraged the inmates to continue torturing Mr. Wang. After two weeks of inhuman torture, Education Officer Zhang Geqiu talked to Wang Zhuang and threatened him, saying, "This will never end if you do not give in." Another guard standing near Zhang Di said, "Wang Zhuang's physical condition is getting better." This indicated to the others that the torture should still continue, so the whole "transformation effort" lasted over twenty days longer.
This is one example of how Jiamusi Prison is persecuting Dafa practitioners, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Even under this tremendous hardship, Wang Zhuang held no hatred toward the guards and inmates. He treated them with a compassionate heart, honestly and peacefully. He even helped them when they needed it.
These inmates were very touched by Wang Zhuang's kindness. They told him, "We did not know the truth at the time. We were deceived and used by the CCP and the guards. People like us commit crimes because we have hatred. We took risks and killed people out of hatred. We never knew such a kind person like you. You do not hold grudges against us and still treat us well. We now know that Falun Gong is different from what the CCP and TV have portrayed. If the guards ever ask us to do these kinds of things again, we will not." Later, when the guards ordered them to torture another Falun Gong practitioner, they all refused.
(Note: The inside story of how Jiamusi Prison authorities and guards persecuted Wang Zhuang is provided by a witness who cannot disclose his identity. He participated in the persecution, but has awakened to the truth. Other inmates' names are also not mentioned, because they have regained their conscience as a result of Wang Zhuang's kindness, honesty and forbearance.)
1. "Tiger Bench": Prisoners are forced to sit on a small iron bench that is approximately 20 cm (6 inches) tall with their knees tied together. With their hands tied behind their backs or sometimes placed on their knees, they are forced to sit straight up and look straight ahead without movement for long periods of time.
2. "Reform or Transform" Implementation of brainwashing and torture in order to force a practitioner to renounce Falun Gong. (Variations: "reform", "transform", "reformed", "reforming", "transformed", "transforming", and "transformation")
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2006/9/2/136930.html
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