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Hebei Province Brainwashing Center Uses Barbaric Means to “Transform” Falun Gong Practitioners
October 08, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hebei Province, China
(Minghui.org) The “Hebei Province Law Education Center” is actually a front for a brainwashing center that illegally detains and persecutes Falun Gong practitioners. Under directives from the Hebei Province 610 Offices, the brainwashing center began unlawfully arresting and detaining practitioners beginning in August 2001. Each brainwashing session lasts for three months. If practitioners refuse to be “transformed” and do not give up their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, officials send them to a forced labor camp.
The brainwashing center is located south of Beicheng Road in Shijiazhuang City, inside the former Third Team of Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp. The north building is used to detain Falun Gong practitioners. Each floor has about 20 small rooms. There are iron bars on all the windows. The practitioners are detained in the rooms on the first and second floors. Two collaborators monitor each practitioner 24 hours a day. There are two beds, two chairs, a TV, and an air conditioner in each room. Two “assistants” (collaborators) sleep there in turn. The assistants closely follow the practitioners when they eat, sleep, or go to the restroom. The practitioner has no freedom. There is a peephole in every door, through which the officials can monitor what takes place inside.
The brainwashing center later moved to the Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp on Taihua Street in Shijiazhuang City.
Practitioners who have been detained in the brainwashing center include factory workers, farmers, college students, doctors, government officials, researchers, retirees, and mothers who were still breastfeeding their newborns. Most of them were arrested at work, dragged to police vehicles, handcuffed, and taken away. Some practitioners were deceived as they were told they would be attending a work place meeting, while some were taken in the middle of the night from their homes.
Each brainwashing session lasts for three months, severely impacting practitioners’ lives, at home, work, and study. Chinese Communist Party (CCP) personnel not only violate practitioners’ human rights, they also extort money from them. The practitioners originally were forced to pay 6,000 yuan each. Later, the brainwashing center increased it to 10,000 and then 15,000 yuan. The brainwashing center forced either the practitioners’ employers or their family members to pay. Some employers cooperated with the brainwashing center to arrest practitioners and forced the practitioners to pay the total or partial fine by deducting the amount from their salary. Employees also used all kinds of methods to extort money from practitioners.
Detention in the brainwashing center is the same as being in prison. The practitioners lose all personal freedom. The CCP is afraid that anything they do inside the brainwashing center will be exposed to the public, so they do not allow practitioners’ families to visit.
Practitioners are usually detained on the first floor of the facility. CCP personnel use a number of methods, including long-term sleep deprivation, to force practitioners to write repentance statements to give up Falun Dafa. Practitioners who compromise with the guards are detained on the second floor, where the guards continue to brainwash them by slandering Dafa and promoting the CCP culture. They force these practitioners to then slander Dafa in order to confuse and pressure those who have not been “transformed.” The big iron gates on the first and second floor are locked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning, with guards on duty 24 hours a day to prevent the practitioners from escaping.
Ms. Zhang Lishan, a college professor, was arrested at her workplace, Hebei Normal University, and detained in the brainwashing center. During the arrest, her clothes were torn.
Dr. Li Huiyun, an associate professor from Hebei Technology University, and her husband Song Hongshui, who teaches at Hebei Technology University, were held in the brainwashing center at the same time. Their young child and elderly parents were left at home without any support. When Shijiazhuang City Thermal Power Plant worker Sun Jinhu was arrested from work, his wife was nine months pregnant. He was allowed to go home only for a few days to take care of his wife after his child was born. Leaders from his workplace accompanied him to guarantee his return. On October 9, 2004, a group of people from the Hebei Province Telephone Equipment Factory and the local 610 Office pretended to be checking the electric meters, in order to deceive practitioner Ms. Cui Xiuying into opening her door. They arrested her and took her to the brainwashing center. Ms. Cui’s three-year-old grandson was traumatized after witnessing the arrest.
The guards and collaborators maintained a constant schedule of torture and brainwashing Falun Gong practitioners. They rotated personnel every few hours and used many cruel methods to pressure the practitioners both physically and mentally.
If the practitioners still refused to give up their belief, the brainwashing center used unimaginably cruel tortures, such as prying the eyelids open, plucking the eyeballs out, pulling practitioners’ ears, force-feeding practitioners wine, beatings, electric shock, pouring cold water on practitioners’ heads in cold winter, not allowing them to use the restroom, hanging them by handcuffs, administering nerve-damaging drugs, or even sending the practitioners to a mental hospital. They attacked the practitioners day and night, forcing the practitioners to watch videos that slander Dafa, instilling lies into their minds. This relentless torture challenges a person’s physical and mental limits.
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Ding Lihong, an engineer with the Shijiazhuang City Railroad, was deprived of sleep for 25 days. Collaborator Zhao Juyong pulled her ear so hard that it bled. Xing Xiao used a cigarette lighter to burn practitioner Ms. Jiang Fan’s hand. After she began a hunger strike to protest the persecution, the guards force-fed her. They did not allow Ms. Liu Hui’e to go to the restroom, forcing her to soil her pants. Ms. Ding Liyan from Tongliao, Inner Mongolia, was not allowed to sleep for eight days and nights. When the police realized she would not give in, the persecution became even more brutal. Methods used to break her spirit included force-feeding her alcohol, beatings, not allowing her to go to restroom, and writing slander about Dafa and Master on her face, arms, and hands. Ms. Zhang Yunzeng from Luquan, Shijiazhuang City, fainted due to the torture. After she came to, the instructor said viciously, “If you had died, we would have counted it as a suicide.”
Practitioner Mr. Liu Lifeng, who has a law degree, works in the Hebei Province government. He said, “Since China claims to rule the country according to the law, then you need to follow the law.” He used his knowledge of the law to demonstrate that it is illegal to persecute Falun Gong. Brainwashing center personnel had no reply. In order to “transform” him, they did not allow him to sleep for ten days. They put mustard oil in his eyes and did not allow him to go to the restroom. Several guards forced him to sit in the lotus position for a long time. The guards used all the tortures known to them, and when he would not “transform” and refused to renounce Dafa, they sent him to the forced labor camp next door.
Some practitioners (including Zhang Yun from Luquan, Shijiazhuang City, and Qiu Liying from Shijiazhuang City Oil Refinery Factory) were held in the brainwashing center for a year. They not only endured severe physical and mental tortures, but also suffered from long-term loneliness. Some practitioners came close to experiencing mental collapse, and some actually suffered long-term mental problems due to the persecution.
Ms. Li Huiyun, Associate Professor at the Electrical Mechanical Engineering Institute of Hebei Technology University, is a typical case. On February 24, 2004, her employer and the local 610 Office arrested 40-year-old Ms. Li and her husband. Both were taken to the Hebei Province “Law Education Center,” where she was brutally tortured. She was often tied to a chair with her arms tied behind her back. Two male assistants took turns beating her. Once, an assistant slapped her face so hard that he dislocated her jaw. In 2004, when Ms. Li was detained at the brainwashing center, she was force-fed nerve-damaging drugs, which caused her to think about committing suicide. Ms. Li was tortured for over five months, but she still did not give up her belief. On August 10, 2004, she was sentenced two years of forced labor and sent to the Fifth Team of Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp. After she was imprisoned in the forced labor camp, she safeguarded Falun Dafa with righteous thoughts and actions. The prison guards, fearing that they could not “transform” her, said she had a mental disorder and sent her to a mental hospital for two months. Extreme overdoses of sedation and inhibitors made her very weak and she constantly fainted.
Several years later on March 2, 2011, Ms. Li Huiyun and her husband were unlawfully arrested and detained at the Shijiazhuang Detention Center again.
Ms. Qie Lili, who was born in 1978, is a teacher at Xili Elementary School in Shijiazhuang City. In April 2002, she was detained in the Hebei Province “Law Education Center.” To force her to give up her belief, personnel in the brainwashing center did not allow her to sleep for 12 days and nights. During that period, they held her down, pinched her nose, and force-fed her 40% (80 proof) alcohol twice. They also pushed her head down on the back of the chair, pulled her hair, and pinched her nose to force-feed her water twice. Her neck was injured after the water feeding. They also tied her up and smoked cigarettes near her and blew the smoke into her face. They played the music of another kind of qigong and put mustard oil in her eyes. Police officer Zhao Juyong pinched her nose and ears so hard that they swelled badly. He also used a twisted towel to apply hard pressure to her eyes. Her eyes were badly swollen and she could not open them. Officer Yang Jie pulled her ears and beat her. She pinched Ms. Qie Lili’s arms until they were black and blue. Once, she tortured Qie Lili non-stop for four hours. Police officer Xing Xiao was originally a Chinese medical masseur. He specifically pinched the practitioners’ acupuncture points, which is very painful but does not leave a trace. He also boasted that all the painful tortures used on the Falun Gong practitioners were of his devising. Police officer Jin Weiping used a wire hanger to beat Ms. Qie Lili, fed her 40% alcohol, put mustard oil in her eyes, and tortured her with many other brutal means. After suffering brutal tortures for a month, Qie Lili could not bear it anymore and was forced to compromise her belief. Afterwards she said that she almost lost her mind after having been forced to give up her belief, and that it felt like a living hell.
Mr. Wang Xinzhong, 53, is the cadre of the locomotive department of Shijiazhuang Railway. At the end of 2001, he went back to visit his daughter, Wang Bo, and was arrested by the 610 Office. He was detained in the Hebei Province Law Education Center for four months and suffered brainwashing, sleep deprivation, and a variety of mental and physical tortures. On May 13, 2002, he escaped from the brainwashing center and became homeless. In August 2002, he published a solemn statement on the Minghui website to rejoin Dafa and to make a video to expose the facts of the brutal brainwashing forced on Falun Gong practitioners. He also said he would expose the fabricated lies broadcast on the CCP’s mouthpiece, CCTV. Because of his brave action, Mr. Wang was listed as “wanted” by the Hebei Province 610 Office. At the end of October 2002, the police arrested him at his temporary place in Fenxi City, Shanxi Province. Later he was sent to the Second Team of Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp. In 2006, he was sentenced again.
Ms. Mi Xiaozheng was a student in the Architecture Department of Chongqing University. She was forced to leave school when she refused to give up Dafa cultivation. In 2002 and 2005, she was arrested twice by the Shijiazhuang City 610 Office and the Yuhua Police Department in Shijiazhuang. She was taken to the Hebei Province “Law Education Center” and subjected to brainwashing. She was not allowed to sleep for a long time and was pressured to write the so-called “transformation letter.” She also suffered from beatings and verbal abuse. At the end of April 2005, she was detained at the Shijiazhuang Brainwashing Center. She staged a hunger strike to protest the persecution for two months and was brutally force-fed. During the hunger strike, collaborators Wang Xincai, Wang Guixin, and others surrounded her to brainwash her, slap her face, and insult her. Collaborator Liang Ziling forced Ms. Mi to sit in the lotus position for over two hours and pressured her to write the repentance statement. In the beginning of September, center personnel were afraid that their crimes would be exposed, so they transferred Ms. Mi Xiaozheng from the first floor to the second floor, where the persecution was even more severe. Officers Yuan Shuqian (male), Jiang Qingchun (male) and Yang and collaborators Liang Ziling (male), Wu Yuxia, Shang Zhengdian, Wang Guixin, Wang Xincai, and others tortured her in turn for ten days. The police and collaborators persecuted her in secret in order to not to be exposed. They even ordered Ms. Mi’s mother to stay with her. But when they were about to torture Ms. Mi, they sent her mother home.
Associate Professor Wang Guilan of Hebei Medical University was detained in the Shijiazhuang Brainwashing Center at the end of 2001. She also went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution. The guards force-fed her with what they said was pig feed.
A practitioner from the Fourth Dongfang Thermal Power Plant refused to be “transformed” after being detained at the brainwashing center. Police officers Zhao Juyong and Yuan Shuqian tied him to a bed in the spread-eagle position. Then they wrapped a rope around his body and neck. In addition, they inserted two chopsticks into his mouth to “prevent him from committing suicide.”
The “teachers” in the brainwashing center are actually police officers from the forced labor camp who come disguised in plainclothes. They beat practitioners many times at the forced labor camp. When officer Kong Fanyun tried to brainwash the practitioners, the practitioners questioned his identity. He lied and said he was a government official. He refused to reveal his name or workplace. When practitioners exposed the police who persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, he pretended to show sympathy. He did not allow practitioners to sleep, and he also slandered the Minghui website in order to interfere with practitioners’ righteous thoughts. He confused right and wrong and slandered practitioners’ truth clarifying as being political. He intentionally misinterpreted the laws by saying that practitioners who appealed were destroying social stability. He threatened them with dismissal and being removed from the CCP, school and army; stopping their salaries, bonuses, and pensions; and confiscating their houses and rented property. He also threatened to send practitioners to forced labor or prison if they refused to be “transformed.” He forced the practitioners to choose between keeping their belief and dying or being able to live without belief. Facing this choice made many practitioners collapse mentally.
Officers Kong Fanyun, Di Manli (female), Yuan Shuqian, and others threatened practitioners. Others pretended to be good people in order to deceive other practitioners, such as officers Wang Jiafeng (female), Lu Huiying (female), and Wang Wei. Officers Kong Fanyun, Di Manli, and Yuan Shuqian verbally abused the practitioners and said that they were mentally ill and that “traitors should be imprisoned.” After they finished delivering their threats, officers Wang Jiafeng, Lu Huiying, and Wang Wei started to act like they agreed with Dafa. They also called Master Li, teacher. They also said, “Falun Dafa is good.” But they intentionally misinterpreted and distorted Dafa’s principles in order to confuse practitioners. The practitioners who had not studied the Fa well did not have a clear understanding of Dafa based on the Fa, and began to doubt Dafa after listening to the perpetrators’ slander. This sometimes led to their deviating from Dafa. Some of the brainwashing center personnel acted falsely, pretending to be just like the practitioners’ relatives. Some persuaded practitioners to eat, brought them water, and peeled their fruit for them. They pretended to be very considerate. They also told the practitioners how lucky it was to be detained at the brainwashing center and that practitioners would suffer a lot if they were incarcerated in the prison. They also said the food at the brainwashing center was even better than at home and it was like living in a hotel with good food and good living conditions. They even said that the practitioners could study the Fa (with the collaborators).
The brainwashing center decorated its exterior to cover the real evil taking place inside. They also slandered the Minghui website for exposing the brainwashing center, saying there was no water dungeon, confinement room, or tortures. Some practitioners became confused and were deceived. They believed the lies and finally deviated from Dafa. The deceived practitioners also told other practitioners after they were released that they were not persecuted at the brainwashing center and described how well the brainwashing center treated them. They did not realize that they had been brainwashed.
For the practitioners who were deceived and “transformed,” the brainwashing center made them read the collaborators’ articles, watch slanderous videos, and slander Master Li. Later they forced the practitioners to hand in their Dafa books, reveal the details of how they validated the Fa in the past, forced them to betray other practitioners, and reveal the source of their truth-clarifying materials and the location of the materials-production sites. If the practitioner didn’t comply, the perpetrators would again and again apply pressure to him with the excuse of helping other practitioners and preventing them from being imprisoned. They forced the practitioners to help the CCP to persecute other practitioners. Kong Fanyun told the collaborators, “Whenever I see you beating and slandering practitioners, I consider you truly ‘transformed.’”
Some of the practitioners who have been detained in this brainwashing center include: Li Xiaoying, Qiu Liying, Ma Lanxiang, Zhang Yuncai, Gao Fengnuan, Li Xiufen, Li Ruichao, Yang Miao, Feng Xiaomei, Li Huiyun, Song Hongshui, Wang Xinzhong, Wang Bo, Li Kuncai, Yang Yulu, Wang Xinggui, Ji Yulin, Zhang Lishan, Bai Lanzhen, Feng Ruixue, Wang Jianhui, Liu Yudong, Ning Yongqian, Chen Lin, Huang Sumei, Liu Junying, Zhang Lanzhi, Wang Ruo’e, Jiao Shuchao, Fu Huajing, Zhou Qinglong, Zhang Xiangzhen, Yan Guoping, Qi Lanqin, Yin Jianhui, Fan Ailian, Zhao Yulan, Cui Xiuying, Liu Tao, Kong Shuang, Qin Xiu’e, Li Xiangjin, Jun Yan, Zheng Shujun, Zhang Shuping, Yue Xiu’e, Cui Huimin, Wang Shoulan, Hu Yuge, Zhao Chunlei, He Jinmei, Zhang Lingxia, Li Xinhua, Ma Qing, Nie Fenghe, Kang Ruying, Jian Min, Yan Xinzheng, Lu Xiaocha, Du Suqiao, Wang Jingfen, Cao Quanru, Hao Zhanju, Yang Ling, Liu Suping, Liu Yajun, Gai Wufan, Hua Fengxiang, Zhang Yun, Xue Yuchun, Guo Baozhu, Zhang Wenhui, Wang Huifang, Liu Lifeng, Jiang Fan, Ding Lihong, Liu Hui’e, Ding Liyan, Deng Ren, Wu Xiuling, Li Jing, Wang Pengpeng, Lu Lihua, Huang Yulan, Wu Fenglan, Jia Jian, Wang Aijun, Jing Xin, Guo Jinpeng, Cui Weina, Liu Wenxiu, Qie Lili, Huang Wei, Hao Qiuyan, Wei Tianchen, Lu Shufen, Sun Jinhu, Cheng Wenfen, Wang Zhiliang, Sun Jinying, Zhou Lixia, Yu Hua, Qi Xiangcai, Wang Lingzhi, Hua Fengxiang, Mi Xiaozheng, Liang Linhong, Wang Huajun, Shen Manliang, Yao Jianrong, Zhang Jinjing, Zhou Wenli, Cheng Wenfen, Li Jiangang, Dong Xiuzhu, Jia Yulian, Wang Minxue, Yang Hua, Zheng Ping, Ge Yanwen, Gao Wenzhi, Zheng Xu, Wang Chun, Liu Fuying, Yu Fengyun, Sun Jinhong, Wu Fenglan, Huang Yulan, Li Hongyi, Geng Jingxiao, Liu Ruiqin, Lan Qizhi, Qin Shuling, Jia Shuzhen, Gao Lanqing, Li Zhenwen, Zhang Jin’ai, Zhang Suwen, Wang Yuexia, Ji Junyan, Li Suping, Zhao Yugui, Tong Jianying, Cao Guihua, Li Xiangjin, Li Ruicai, Wang Jinling, Zhang Xiangzhen, Han Shuxian, Lu Xiuju, Ma Suping, Jia Shuzhen, Zhang Yuhua, Hou Minjie, Mi Xiaozheng, Yu Fengyun, Zhang Suwen, Li Suping, Cui Jinghua, Li Shulin, Liu Xiufang, Meng Lianying, Wang Xiuling, He Meiqing, Wang Guilan, Fan Shufen, and Shi Xiangdong.
The “transformation” process deprives a person of his or her freedom of belief through brainwashing or brutal torture. The CCP’s persecution of innocent Falun Gong practitioners not only violates Chinese law, it violates international conventions. Genocide, crimes against humanity, and torture are all CCP violations. However, it is a universal law that good is rewarded and evil meets with karmic retribution. This will happen in the future. Everyone who participated in the persecution of Falun Dafa and Falun Gong practitioners will one day be brought to justice and face retribution.
Contact information: Hebei Province Law Education Center Director Liang Jianbin: +86-13653312118(Cell), +86-311-86686716(Office) Guo Suoshan, deputy chief of Shijiazhuang Police Department Residence Police in the brainwashing center from Shijiazhuang City 610 Office: Li Jing, Wang Jianguo Police officers that participated in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners: Di Manli (female), Wang Jiafeng (female), Chen Ling (female), Bai, Lu Huiying, Liu Fengzhen, Zhang Ruifen (teach aerobics), Yang (assistant), Kong Fanun (already transferred away), Yang Yukun, Wang Jianguo, Jiang Qingchun, Yao Fang, Yang Weiguo (from the safety group) Yuan Shuqian, head of the Hebei Province Law Education Center (Shijiazhuang Brainwashing Center): +86-13903115399(Cell). He is from Wuji County, Hebei Province. He always actively persecuted the practitioners at the brainwashing center.