September 02, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China
In February 2013, the guards, led by prison head Geng Mingcai and guard Wang Yuanchun, once again rounded up Falun Gong practitioners into the so-called “educational team” in an attempt to force them to give up their belief. They isolated the steadfast practitioners and forced them to sit on boards from morning until midnight while being brainwashed.
Over 40 practitioners have been persecuted within the “educational team.” In addition, 10 practitioners have been locked up in the “aged and disabled area,” and 6 or 7 practitioners have been detained in the “admission team.”
Key Perpetrator: Wang Yuanchun
Guard Wang Yuanchun has specialized in persecuting Falun Gong for years, aiming to get a promotion through the provincial 610 Office for persecuting practitioners.
Due to practitioners’ years of truth clarification efforts, no one else at the prison was willing to carry out the persecution, except a newcomer guard Xu Boyang. Wang then contacted the provincial 610 Office and used its authority to force others to follow him in persecuting practitioners.
Wang has tortured practitioners by forcing them to sit on boards from 5 a.m. till 8 p.m., and frequently until 1 a.m. the next day, while being brainwashed. He also shocked them with electric batons and only allowed them to get out of their cells to use the restroom or wash clothes on Sundays.
Over 50 Practitioners Currently Imprisoned
Among the 50-plus Falun Gong practitioners currently detained in Jilin Prison are model citizens who’ve boldly done what is righteous, brave heroes who’ve risked their lives to help others, as well as elderly people who are over 60 years old.
When there was a gas explosion at the Tonggang Dormitory, Mr. Zhang was the first person in to rescue people. Disregarding his own safety. Such a good person was locked in solitary confinement for over 2 years and suffered all kinds of torture during the 12-year incarceration in the prison. Mr. Zhang is just over 40 years old and presently has tuberculosis. He was detained in the “aged and disabled area.”
Among the 11 practitioners illegally sentenced to prison for tapping into state-run programming that slandered and defamed Falun Gong to broadcast the facts about the spiritual practice (the “Changchun broadcasting” event), 4 have died from the torture in Jilin Prison.
Mr. Sun Changjun was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He developed tuberculosis after being subjected to severe torture. He is currently detained the “aged and disabled area.”
At Least 19 Practitioners Died as a Result of Persecution
At least 19 Falun Gong practitioners have died from the brutal persecution in the Jilin Prison, including:
1. Liu Chengjun (32 years old, “Changchun broadcasting” participant) 2. Wei Xiushan (30 years old, “Changchun broadcasting” participant) 3. Lei Ming (30 years old, “Changchun broadcasting” participant) 4. Liang Zhenxing (46 years old, “Changchun broadcasting” participant) 5. Wang Guiming (30 years old, brutally beaten for 8 days and nights) 6. He Yuanhui (41 years old) 7. Cui Weidong (50 years old) 8. Zhang Jianhua (50 years old, died on a “stretching bed” torture instrument in the prison on Chinese New Year’s Day in 2004) 9. Hao Yingqiang (49 years old) 10. Sun Changde (43 years old) 11. Lin Shixiong (46 years old) 12. Wang Qibo (47 years old) 13. Cao Hongyan (46 years old) 14. Yang Guang (56 years old) 15. Xu Boyi (55 years old) 16. Xin Yanjun (46 years old) 17. Zhang Jingchong (died during imprisonment, 53 years old) 18. Liu Zhijun 19. Zhang Yuke (64 years old, subjected to the “stretching bed” torture, force-feeding and beatings for not giving up his belief. The guards put heavy chains used for death row criminals on Mr. Zhang and tethered him to iron bars for over 20 days. They ordered inmates to take turns to sit on Mr. Zhang’s neck around the clock for over 10 days. They beat Mr. Zhang until he fainted and tied his four limbs to a bed when transporting him to the hospital for emergency rescue. Mr. Zhang vomited large amounts of blood prior to his death.)
Even more practitioners have been disabled from torture in Jilin Prison. Numerous practitioners, including Mr. Yun Qingbin, were tortured to the point of a mental breakdown or crippling disability.
The above is an incomplete account based on the limited information gathered to date.
Category: Imprisonment & Forced Labor