June 22, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China
(Minghui.org) Jilin Province Women’s Prison (also known as Changchun Women’s Prison) set up an “Education Ward” to centralize the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Ni Hong was appointed as the chief.
Four divisions were set up with a guard responsible for each division. Criminal inmates were given orders to brainwash newly detained practitioners and those that were steadfast in their belief. Practitioners were physically and mentally tortured.
The Education Ward holds over 200 women, about half of them Falun Gong practitioners. All newly detained practitioners are brainwashed and persecuted there. What follows are details on a few of them.
Ms. Pu Shunzi
On April 10, 2011, Ms. Pu Shunzi, 61, a practitioner of Korean ethnicity in Yanji City, was arrested by the Yanji City Police Department. She had prepared truth clarification materials to distribute and was planning to leave at 7 a.m. but police officers broke into her home at daybreak. They searched and confiscated a lot of materials.
They took her to the police department, strapped her to a tiger bench, and then hung her up by handcuffs for about five hours. They wanted to know where she was taking the materials. She refused to say, so they increased the severity of the torture. Her arms were fractured in multiple places, and she was in critical condition. Li, also of Korean descent, and Jin worried that she would die, so they they took her to the detention center and then to Heizuizi Prison. She could no longer take care of herself.
The torture was carried out secretly and she was classified as a missing person. Her relatives and daughter searched everywhere for her. They only learned that she had been arrested when they went to court after hearing where she had been sent.
Ms. Zhu Xiyu
Ms. Zhu Xiyu, another practitioner of Korean ethnicity from Yanji City, was sent to the Education Ward. She protested by going on a hunger strike and refused to be “transformed.” They took her to the hospital and force fed her multiple times as a form of torture. She became very weak. They recently took her back to the Education Ward.
Ms. Li Changli, Ms. Li Changhua, Ms. Dong Guizhi, Ms. Li Li, Ms. Li Fengyun, and other practitioners from Yanji City are presently detained in the Education Ward. They are brainwashed from morning till night, and are forced to do handwork during the daytime.
Ms. Wang Hongyan
At the end of 2011, Ms. Wang Hongyan, 48, from De Hui City, Jilin Province, went on a hunger strike in a detention center. They carried her to the prison, because she was no longer able to take care of herself. She was taken to the fifth floor, stripped, and tied up with rope. The window was left wide open in the middle of winter. Wang Xiufen, Zhao Liying, and Ma Yan, criminal inmates from the fourth division of the Education Ward, tortured her. It’s been almost six months and she has yet to recover. Guo Xia, a guard, refused to take responsibility when this issue was raised with her and said it was the result of an individual’s action.
Ms. Sun Xiuxia
In March 2012, Ms. Sun Xiuxia, 48, from Nongan County was detained in the Education Ward of the prison. Under the direction of chiefs Zhang and Sun, she was persecuted by inmates, including Han Lili and Tian Guiping. Her heart condition became more serious and she died. The officers were frightened and immediately transferred two of the inmates to different divisions in the prison. The Education Ward is strictly sealed off so this information isn’t easily available.
Ms. Chen Xiuqin
In March 2011, Ms. Chen Xiuqin, over 60, was moved from the fourth floor to the third. Chiefs Zhang and Ni from the fourth division of the Education Ward directed inmates including Che Yan and Wang Xiufen to torture her. Ms. Chen died for unknown reasons. The guards in the Education Ward lied and said that she had been released. Later it was discovered that the inmates had tortured her to death. The inmates and the guards from the Education Ward were frightened. The guards and inmates from the third floor were transferred to the fourth floor. They were transferred back after the mess had been cleared up. They also produced false evidence and instructed the inmates to write fake documents.
Ms. Xu Hongxiang
Ms. Xu Hongxiang, 54, from Changbai, Jilin Province, was imprisoned in 2010. Criminal inmates Liu Wangfeng and Pang Fengying, under the direction of chiefs Zhang and Ni from the fourth division of the Education Ward persecuted Ms. Xu. They hung her up with rope, beat and cursed at her, denied her food and access to the bathroom, knocked out a few of her teeth, and tortured her on the death bed. It became difficult for her to eat.
Ms. Liu Xiaohua
In April 2011, Ms. Liu Xiaohua, 48, from Tumen City, Jilin Province, was held in the third division. Chief Zhang directed guard Wang Fuxia and criminals Ma Yan and Wang Xiufen to torture her. They made her sit on a single brick with a newspaper placed between her thighs that she wasn’t allowed to drop, nor was she allowed to move. She had to ask to go to the bathroom. They wouldn’t let her go if her voice was too loud or too soft. In the end they didn’t permit her to use the facilities.
Ms. Li, 61, from Yantai, Shandong Province, was originally locked up in the fourth division of the Education Ward. She was then detained in Fushan Detention Center, where she has been locked up in a small cell with her arms and legs bound, sitting on a chair and unable to move. Someone had to feed her. As a result of torture, only half of her tongue was left. She was sentenced to three years, and her family is unaware of her circumstances.
Practitioners that have been “transformed” and participate in the persecution of practitioners in the Education Ward are Yu Xuewei, Li Minghua, Liu Baoqin, and Yang Mei. They slander Master and Dafa and assign “homework” every time they give a “lecture.” Practitioners who don’t write slanderous statements about Falun Gong are reported to the chief. They are considered below standard, have ideological problems, and are subject to further persecution.
On November 16, 2012, a bus secretly transported female detainees from the Jilin Province Women’s Prison to the new prison in Lanjia Township handcuffed together in pairs.
Falun Gong practitioners are the most severely persecuted in the Education Ward. There are about 30 practitioners there now.
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