Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 2)

October 11, 2013 | by a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/9/13/141981.html )

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The following images are copies of designs we used to make Shu embroidery in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products.

Shu Embroidery

There are two kinds of Shu embroidery: single-sided and double-sided. Shu embroidery requires splitting a thread into multiple strands. These embroidery patterns are designed for handkerchiefs to be sold in the Sanxingdui tourist areas. There are many patterns like this. There are also larger pieces of embroidery. For example, I used to embroider on Korean dresses that were exported to South Korea. The collars and wristbands were covered with embroidery.

But how many people know that these delicate dresses came from Chinese prisons?

Many Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners were forced to create these delicate Shu embroidery pieces. They had to work for more than ten hours per day. If they could not finish their quota, they would get two kinds of torture in monthly sessions.

Torture Used on Those Who Failed to Meet Quotas

1. “Planting Seedlings” Torture: The victims are forced to stand with legs straight and their finger tips touching toes for as long as several hours. Many victims passed out, but they were forced to continue this position after being revived.

2. “Tying with Rope” Torture. First, the rope was wet. Several guards and prisoners pin the victim to the ground, then tie the victim’s hands together behind his/her back. Then chopsticks are used to tighten the rope.

Torture Re-enactment: Tying with Rope

The pain of this torture is indescribable. I suffered this kind of torture on my first day in prison because I refused to give them my copies of articles by Master Li Hongzhi. My hands and fingertips still felt numb after a couple of months, making me incapable of handling lots of little things in daily life. The day after the torture, the guards forced me to do slave labor, claiming that I should earn my meals.

Many practitioners in this prison suffered this kind of torture, which caused some women to suffer gynecological problems. Many practitioners were forced to do embroidery for long hours, plus frequent torture, making their vision quickly drop so they were not able to embroider any more. Then they were forced to do other work. The prison forced detainees to do intensive work to exhaust their vision and physical strength until they could make no more profit.

These two kinds of torture were generally applied to all prisoners. There were more torture approaches particular to Falun Gong practitioners: solitary confinement; not being allowed to wash or change underwear; cursing and beating, etc.

(to be continued)

Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise (Part 1) – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison

September 13, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Colorful butterflies; cute beetles; adorable puppies and kittens; eye-pleasing apples, bananas, and grapes; and cartoon images decorate beaded handbags and backpacks for teenage girls and ladies. But how many people know the sad story behind these beautiful products?

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The above images are copies of designs we used to make beaded bags in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products. According to a technician sent by a manufacturer to assist production and quality inspection, these bags were for export only.

No one knows for sure what percentage of the made-in-China merchandise is produced by slave laborers in prisons. While incarcerated, I worked on a number of jobs: inserting real hair into a rubber scalp; making shoe heels; making paper boxes for moon cakes, and making envelopes. We were forced to work extended hours for days without a break. One inmate was so tired that she pierced her finger with the sewing machine needle. These jobs usually had a deadline, so we were forced to work day and night. Those who were old or weak were ordered to do simple jobs such as knitting, making embroidered insoles, and making fireworks.

After my earlier arrest at the end of 1999 in Chengdu City, I was sent to Ningxia Street Detention Center. I shared a cell with about 40 people and it was so packed that we could only sleep on our sides like sardines. People had to sleep next to the toilet and under the bed. The place was filthy and humid. Even in such a dirty place, we were forced to make dry tofu bundles with toothpicks and sausages for hot pot. We made candies, assembled medical syringes, and made plastic bags for chemical fertilizer.

We worked long hours. The plastic bags were very dirty and smelled awful. The workplace was dusty and the chemical dust made it hard to breathe and caused rashes on the skin.

(To be continued)

Sichuan Earthquake Relief Activist Expresses Support for ‘Brave 300′ Villagers

By Fang Xiao

On June 1, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

A prominent investigator who faced censure by Chinese security forces for looking into the shoddy construction of schools that collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 has voiced his support for the “brave 300”—a group of villagers that put their real names to a petition calling for the release of a local Falun Gong practitioner.

Wang Xiaodong, a representative for disaster relief volunteers in the Sichuan earthquake, is a businessman-turned-activist. He personally experienced harassment from Chinese authorities for investigating the structural failure of schools in Sichuan, which led to the deaths of thousands of young children in the earthquake.

Wang was forced to flee the area in April 2009 when local police tried to track him down.

That experience gave him a first-hand education about the nature of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), the entity that oversees the regime’s police, courts, and domestic surveillance systems.

Many of the “Brave 300” villagers in the Hebei province village that signed the petition, (in written form and with their thumb print) have since been harassed and intimidated by the local authorities with the PLAC who have forced some of the petitioners to sign declarations stating that they did not sign the petition voluntarily.

Coincidentally, Wang shares the same English spelling of his name as the Falun Gong practitioner, Wang Xiaodong, who the petitioners were calling to be released.

 

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The Falun Gong practitioner’s sister, who initiated the petition effort, waskidnapped and arrested by police this past weekend.

Investigator Wang told The Epoch Times about his own experience with the PLAC.

“As a disaster relief volunteer for the Sichuan earthquake, my enemy is the PLAC. At the beginning of my volunteer work, the PLAC tried to keep my mouth shut. Later, they ransacked my home, and tried to frame me as a drug dealer. The PLAC has used all sorts of dirty tricks to persecute me, as well as the people of the Falun Gong group,” he said.

Wang believes that the Hebei public and national security bureaus were forced by their superiors to harass the villagers who stood up for Falun Gong.

“Forcing these public and national security bureau police officers until they have nowhere to go, using dirty tactics to deal with the Chinese public—these are all very common phenomena in China today.”

Wang once published an article on his blog titled, “Calling for the Public Trial of Zhou Yongkang and the Outlawing of the PLAC.”

His blog was soon blocked.

Zhou Yongkang has been forced to relinquish control of the PLAC, though he is still officially its head, according to well-placed sources in Beijing. Well-placed sources have also told The Epoch Times that Zhou is now under investigation.

Wang has also been revealing Zhou Yongkang’s crimes through various posts that he wrote on online forums, but they have all been deleted.

Wang also explained to The Epoch Times why he believes the PLAC is an entity that is detrimental to freedom and justice in China. Government entities like the PLAC are using taxpayer money to commit crimes against taxpayers, he said. As long as the PLAC exists, fairness in China’s judicial system cannot be realized.

Wang also said that in order to bring true reform to China, CCP leader Wen Jiabao should get rid of the PLAC. Wen and current leader Hu Jintao are seen as reformers looking to counteract the faction that includes Zhou Yongkang that has controlled the PLAC.

“The CCP’s political reform faction should push for China’s social progress, democracy, and human rights through upholding truth and the rule of the law.”

Read the original Chinese article.

When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose thepersecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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