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)

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Practitioners Stand Up for Falun Gong in a Chinese Court of Law

February 15, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent from Yunnan Province, China

(Minghui.org) By the time five Falun Gong practitioners were brought to trial on January 21, 2013, they had already been illegally detained for over eight months. Falun Gong has been persecuted in China since 1999. These practitioners were tried in the Kunming City Intermediate Court, which, like all courts in China, is controlled by the communist regime. The five-hour trial of Mr. Ye and his family was the longest ever in the court’s history for Falun Gong-related cases.

 

The detained practitioners included Mr. Ye Baofu, former deputy director of Forestry Central Hospital; his wife, Ms. Yang Mingqing; their daughter, Ms. Ye Mao; Mr. Su Kun, teacher from the Yunnan National Defense Technology College; and his wife, Ms. Zhang Xiaodan.

 

Mr. Ye and his family displayed the characteristic compassion of Falun Gong practitioners to all those present in the courtroom. At every opportunity, they tried to help people to better understand the facts about the practice and choose the path free of hatred and persecution.

 

Mr. Ye’s wife said in her own defense: “Today, I once again stand here as a defendant, charged with ‘utilizing cult organizations to undermine law enforcement.’ My practice of Falun Gong is legal, and Falun Gong is not a cult. It teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, is beneficial to the nation, and does not do any harm. Possession of Falun Gong books and materials is also completely legal.

 

“Every single person—every living being—in the world is the object of Dafa’s saving grace, including those who have persecuted Falun Gong. I have no resentment or hatred toward those who participate in the persecution; I just hope you can come to understand the truth. The less you persecute Falun Gong, the more hope there will be for you to have a bright future.”

 

 

Mr. Ye Demonstrates to the Court How Falun Gong Led a Death Row Inmate to Repent

 

Mr. Ye told the court how he had brought great positive changes to the thinking of a death row inmate by discussing the principles of Falun Gong with him in the Wuhua Detention Center.

 

The inmate had lost all hope and was intent on creating conflicts with everyone in the center, including the guards. He had even thought about killing the guards, thinking that no one could control him.

 

Hearing this, Mr. Ye asked to be assigned to the same cell and eventually got through to him by sharing his personal experiences with Falun Gong. The inmate eventually wrote a letter to Mr. Ye, saying that if he had heard about Falun Gong earlier, he would not have committed the crimes that put him on death row (and ultimately saw him executed). He asked Mr. Ye to show his letter to everyone in the judicial system. The presiding court judge accepted this letter as evidence of the righteousness of Falun Gong.

 

Mr. Ye’s story reflects the truth that Falun Gong can benefit anyone, and that there is hope for anyone who can treasure the opportunity of a lifetime and remember that Falun Gong is good, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.

 

Through testimony such as this, everyone in the courtroom witnessed and was touched by the compassion so often shown by Falun Gong practitioners.

 

 

Longest Falun Gong-Related Trial in the Court’s History

 

The trial took place on January 21, 2013, and lasted 5 ½ hours, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and again from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. According to the bailiff, this was the longest Falun Gong-related hearing in the court’s history.

 

In the early morning hours of January 21, the Kunming City Intermediate Courthouse began to fill. Those who had come to witness the trial ranged from 80-year-olds to small kids, and included many who hoped to help free the wrongly detained Falun Gong practitioners. They included the family members of the detained practitioners. Security personnel initially said that 30 of Mr. Su and Ms. Zhang’s relatives would be admitted. However, officials only admitted 8 of them to the courtroom, with only immediate family allowed in. Only a cousin from Mr. Ye’s entire family was allowed in.

 

Mr. Ye’s trial was held in courtroom No. 21. There were four bailiffs and only one family member present. The presiding judge was Yang Jie, and the clerks were Li Xinghu and Li Shichao.

 

First, the two public prosecutors, Tang Yaqin and Li Yunbing from the Kunming City Procuratorate, read out the indictment that, as is typical in such cases, consisted of the usual trumped up charges routinely leveled against Falun Gong practitioners. Mr. Ye’s attorneys refuted the charges one by one. There were three defense attorneys present, and they made a strong defense for Mr. Ye, his wife, and their daughter.

 

Right at the outset, the attorneys pointed out the prosecutors’ presentation of the charges was illegal, as the prosecutors had only read out the titles of the evidence without showing any actual evidence. In addition, they had read out all of the evidence at once, without allowing an opportunity for the defense to raise questions against each piece.

 

None of the three practitioners (Mr. Ye, his wife, and their daughter) had signed their interrogation record. Ms. Ye pointed out that no one had ever asked her to do it.

 

No actual physical evidence was presented and the photos of so-called “evidence” appeared negligent and unprofessional. Since police did not follow standard protocol as required by law to collect and process the evidence, the attorneys argued that it was illegal. (Editor’s note. Since the charges themselves are trumped up, accusing practitioners of a crime that doesn’t exist, the whole notion of “evidence” may seem somewhat puzzling, even comical, to the Western onlooker, but such is the current state of things in these show trials of Falun Gong practitioners)

 

Prosecutors said that the 610 Office had performed the “authentication” for these pieces of evidence; however, this organization lacks the authority to perform any such acts per law. The final pieces of “evidence” were the books and materials taken from Mr. Ye’s home, which consisted of Zhuan Falun and copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, as well as videos of Shen Yun Performing Arts.

 

Mr. Su and Ms. Zhang were originally scheduled to be tried after the trial of Mr. Ye’s family. Their trial finally began at 5 p.m., but the earlier trial had lasted so long, by 5:30 p.m. the second was adjourned and rescheduled.

 

 

Background on the Practitioners Involved

 

i) The family of former Forestry Central Hospital deputy director arrested and persecuted

 

In the early morning hours of May 4, 2012, a special task-force vehicle appeared in the residential area of Mr. Ye’s community. Several policemen arrested Mr. Ye, his wife, and daughter; took photos and video recordings; and conducted a full search of the premises. They confiscated a large number of personal belongings and cash, as well as cut Mr. Ye’s telephone line. They left after 2 p.m., leaving behind many cigarette butts in the corridor of Mr. Ye’s building. Mr. Ye’s family was detained at the Wuhua Detention Center.

 

Mr. Ye, 62, is the former deputy director of the Forestry Central Hospital. His wife, Ms. Yang, 59, is the former head of the Forestry Training Center. Mr. Ye’s daughter, Ms. Ye, 34, lost her job after police’s harassment of her employer. The family has been persecuted for their belief in Falun Gong for over a decade.

 

On April 4, 2000, when Mr. Ye and his wife went to the Yunnan provincial government to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong, they were detained for 30 days. On August 15, 2001, he and his family were arrested at their temporary shelter by the Panlong District Domestic Security Division and the Riot Police Division. Mr. Ye and his wife were sentenced to two years of forced labor, and their daughter to one year of forced labor.

 

On January 10, 2005, Mr. Ye and his daughter were once again arrested at home by the Panlong District Domestic Security Division and the 610 Office. Their home was ransacked. Mr. Ye’s wife was also arrested at her workplace. They were all held in the Panlong District Second Detention Center. Mr. Ye was later sentenced to five years in prison, while his wife and daughter were each sentenced to three years in prison. Mr. Ye and his wife were also fired from their jobs.

 

ii) Teacher of the Yunnan National Defense Technology College and his wife arrested

 

Mr. Su and his wife, Ms. Zhang, lived in Room 301, Unit 1, Building 2 of the dormitory on the World Expo campus of the Yunnan National Defense Technology College in the Panlong District of Kunming City. Since the communist regime began it persecution of Falun Gong, the couple has been routinely harassed and persecuted by the Panlong District Police Department.

 

On December 6, 2004, when Mr. Su Kun gave his students CDs with information about Falun Gong, a parent reported him to the police. Mr. Su was arrested by officers from Panlong District Domestic Security Division. He was sentenced to three years of forced labor and imprisoned at the Ward No. 3 of the Yunnan Province No. 2 Forced Labor Camp. On June 28, 2007, he was transferred to Ward No. 1, and his prison term was extended by seven months. Mr. Su returned home in July 2008.

 

On May 4, 2012, Mr. Su and Ms. Zhang were arrested at home by officers from the Panlong District Domestic Security Division. Police ransacked their home and confiscated their desktop computer, laptop, external hard drive, cell phone, and Falun Gong books, among other things. The two practitioners were incarcerated at the No. 2 and No. 1 Panlong District detention centers, respectively. Ms. Zhang was beaten at the detention center.

CCP Officials Take Note: Atonement, Not Suicide, Is the Only Way Out

January 15, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Mainland China

 

(Minghui.org) Only a few days into 2013, multiple reports have surfaced that officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have committed suicide. On January 8, Qi Xiaolin, deputy chief of the Guangzhou City Police Department, hanged himself. On the night of January 9, Zhang Wanxiong, deputy president of the Liangzhou District Court in Wuwei City, Gansu Province, jumped from the sixth floor of a courthouse office building. His body was not discovered until the next morning. The police reported that a note was found with him. If one carefully looks at the facts, it seems apparent that the suicides are related to the imminent abolishment of the CCP forced labor system (laogai), and to the immeasureable blood debts the CCP judicial system owes to Falun Gong.

Average citizens may not yet be aware, but CCP officials know full well that its forced labor system is illegal; even more so is the persecution of Falun Gong. The CCP judicial system has knowingly violated the law in carrying out the persecution of Falun Gong, and the dark secrets and blood debts it owes to Falun Gong are shocking to say the least. All those officials who have engaged in the persecution have done so with a gambler’s mindset. They are aware that as soon as the dark secrets are exposed, the law will not spare them the death penalty when they are brought to justice.

The law can protect people’s lives, including the lives of law enforcement officers. One who abides by the law will commit no crimes, so there is no need to atone for his crimes. Yet the presumptuous CCP bends the law to its own will, piling up debt upon mounting debt of crimes as it cavalierly tramples the law. When it is time for the final settlement, who can bear the grave consequences?

I heard this old saying often cited by my mother, “When a man is about to die, this is when he is most anxious to live.” I have a heavy heart toward those who committed suicide because Master Li has told us that “committing suicide is a sin.” (“Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”) Regardless of what those who hold atheistic views may think, a person cannot dodge responsibility by choosing to end his life. Committing suicide on top of having committed heinous crimes only adds to one’s sinful debt, which as I understand it, will be settled in Hell.

The lives of those who committed suicide cannot be brought back. Here I would like to tell other CCP officials who are thinking about committing suicide: “Do not kill yourself! Do not add another sin on top of your other sins! Life is precious. The one who deserves the most severe punishment is Jiang Zemin. If one is thinking about committing suicide, this is evidence that this person still has some conscience. Make good use of this remaining conscience to make public what you know about the CCP’s dark secrets of the persecution of Falun Gong. Atone for your sins with acts of kindness and repentance, and help Falun Gong practitioners who are still under persecution. Gods and Buddhas are merciful: they will help those willing to return to the path of righteousness from one that is devious. Only the perpetrators who are too stubborn to change their minds will end up scapegoats of the CCP.

If one thinks that by choosing suicide, one will be able to leave wealth to his family, think twice. What kind of life will your loved ones lead with the money you wrongfully made at the cost of your life? Aren’t they living off your corpse? Do you think they will have peace of mind? Don’t make a foolish choice. Atonement, not committing suicide, is the only way out.

January 14, 2013

The Blood and Tears Behind the “Made in China” Label (Part 2)

December 30, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/12/29/136847.html

(Minghui.org) When people purchase those affordable products that are “Made in China,” be it clothing, consumer goods, or holiday decorations, they probably do not know that a lot of them are made in Chinese prisons and labor camps, and that behind those products are untold stories of blood and tears.

In Liaoning Province Women’s Prison, bonuses for the guards are tied to production performance. Therefore, guards in every section try their best to make Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners work harder. The raw materials of many labor camp products are hazardous, and the work conditions are very poor. For example, when prisoners manually make cotton swabs, they may do the work without having washed their hands. They may have just visited the restroom or have contagious diseases. However, they still make toothpick bags, chopstick bags, and bread bags all day long.

Below is a partial list of labor camp products manufactured in Liaoning Province Women’s Prison in recent years:

  • “Holiland” (Hao Li Lai) cake package boxes, bread bags, and hamburger boxes are manufactured for the Taoli Food Company in Shenyang City. Food, drug, shoe, and cosmetic boxes are made for other brands.
  • Rongfa” military clothes series for the Rongfa Clothing Factory in Jilin Province. The prison mainly manufactures different types of police uniforms, military raincoats, and cotton winter jackets.
  • Clothes for the Feilong (Chinese name for the Japanese company) Company that exports to Japan and South Korea. Feilong trousers are manufactured for men.
  • Export apparel for Baijiahao Clothes of Shanghai. The brand is Basic House.
  • Cotton swabs for the Tianjie Company in Shenyang City. Shenyang TianjieHealth Care Products Co., Ltd. exports its products to the USA, Europe, Israel, Australia, South Korea, and others.
  • Export apparel for the Liaoyang Guanglin Garments Enterprises Group.Guanglin’s apparels export to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Panama, USA, UK, and Canada.
  • Japanese and South Korean clothes for the Fushun Yinhe Apparel Factory. The company is located at 11 Leifeng Road West, Wanghua District, Fushun City, Liaoning Province.
  • The prison produces all kinds of lingerie. It also manufactures export apparel for the Dalian Foreign Trade and the Dandong Foreign Trade companies.
  • The Tenth Prison Section manufactures clothes for the Shenyang ZhongheClothing Co., Ltd. The company’s onsite manager at the prison has the last name of Wang. The Tenth Prison Section also works for the Dandong Yuxin Clothing Factory. The company’s manager has the last name of Jiang.
  • “Bangbang” brand trousers for the Shenyang Anna Garment Group exports to South Korea, Japan, Europe, and the Americas.

'辽宁省女子监狱监狱长杨莉与沈阳安娜服装公司签订所谓的“服装生产协议”(网络图片)'

Yang Li, warden of the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison. Yang signed a garment manufacture agreement with the Shenyang Anna Garment Group (online photo)

3. Stories of Two Falun Gong Practitioners

The Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp detains female Falun Gong practitioners and persecutes them. The labor camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to process export products such as candles and handmade necklaces. Every day, the detainees have to work more than 15 hours. The raw materials have pungent fumes that are toxic to humans. Even though the products are made in China, the packaging on the colorful candles made in the prison reads “Made in Thailand.”

'沈阳龙山教养院的奴工产品:彩蜡'

Product of forced labor at the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp: colorful candles

Ms. Ren Shujie was a small garment business owner in the Donghu market in Yuhong District, Shenyang City. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1998, and thus became a healthy, upright, positive, and kind person. Her customers and peers at the market all considered her to be a good person. In May 2002, Ms. Ren was arrested and sentenced to three years in a labor camp for distributingtruth-clarification materials. In the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp, because she refused to renounce her belief in Falun Gong, she was severely beaten and forced to do slave labor.

In a video appearance on the Minghui website, Ms. Ren told her story: “We had to depart at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and arrive at the labor site by 7 a.m. It’s on the third floor. Each container of wax was at least 40 jin (about 44 pounds). The containers looked like beer containers. They were full of wax. Every day, we had to carry the containers up and down stairs. One day, I cried because I was so tired. I carried 40 containers of wax!

“On average, we had to work until 10:30 p.m. every day. There was no lunch break. Even if you took a break in the middle of the day, you would have to work more at night. In fact, any breaks we took, we would have to work longer to make up for them. When the hours were extended, we were not talking about 10:30 p.m. Sometimes we even stopped at midnight. This went on every day, not just one or two days. The intensity of labor remained very heavy, not to mention that we had so little time to eat that we had to stop eating even though we were still hungry. We had neither any break time nor any freedom. There was only labor, and labor only in our minds.”

Ms. Ren passed away on September 1, 2005, at 42 years old. She is survived by her teenage son.

'沈阳法轮功学员任淑杰和儿子'

Falun Gong practitioner Ren Shujie and her son

The Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp detains male Falun Gong practitioners. The products manufactured there include combs, chopsticks, false eyelashes, cooking grids for grills, neon lightbulbs, and other items. The labor camp partners with the Shenyang Haiwei Jewelry Co., Ltd. to produce combs. The products are exported to over 10 countries including Japan, the USA, and many countries in Europe. The Haiwei Company provides raw materials and assembly. The Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to make the heads of combs and the packaging boxes. The fumes from the glue for the packaging boxes is hard on the respiratory system, and the other production materials are toxic to humans.

'沈阳法轮功学员李效元'

Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaoyuan

Mr. Li Xiaoyuan was an excellent mechanic at the First Mold Factory of the Shenyang Aircraft Cooperation. He was widely respected by his colleagues. However, before the 2002 Chinese New Year, he was arrested and sent to the Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp.

There, Mr. Li experienced torture including being stripped naked, hung from an iron gate and severely beaten, shocked with electronic batons, and being frozen in an ice room. Because he persevered in his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the police therefore detained him with convicts and forced him to perform intensive slave labor.

On April 25, 2002, Mr. Li refused to take part in the forced labor. Guard Yang Shu and prisoners shocked him with 120,000-volt electric batons. He was severely beaten and deprived of sleep. The torture lasted for four days. Mr. Li was black and blue all over and his body was swollen. He could not walk on his own and had to use a special chair to go to the bathroom. During May and June, Mr. Li was secretly transferred to the Liaoning Guanshan Forced Labor Camp, where he died from abuse on November 9, 2003. He was 46 years old.

In prisons and labor camps in China, Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to violent brainwashing and slave labor at the same time. The slave labor products made at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province include handmade flowers, feathers (produced with poisonous materials), handmade necklaces and bracelets, popsicle sticks, girls’ dresses, wedding dresses, hair accessories, military cotton winter coats, camouflage gear, vests for prisoners, peeled garlic (for export), and so on.

Products manufactured in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp include western holiday items, colorful candles, foam lambs, pigeons, eagles, skeletons, balls, and stars, golden “fortune” characters, and chopsticks.

'沈阳沈新教养院的奴工产品:饰金的福字'

Product of slave labor from the Shenyang Shenxin Labor Camp: golden “Fortune” character

4. “Made by Slave Labor in China” – the Covered-Up Truth

The facts regarding Chinese slave labor products are covered up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2006 in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp, a male prisoner’s identification badge accidentally dropped into a container of final products. The ID badge displayed a photo, prisoner name, and the name of the labor camp. The badge was found before the container left the labor camp. The guards were panicked. They conducted private interrogations of the prisoners and adopted even more strict examination methods on products for export in order to cover up the truth about slave labor, notably the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Today, slave labor still continues. Slave labor products flow to every location in the world, thus violating international trade protocols. Such commerce also extends the persecution of Falun Gong to all levels of the global community.

We sincerely hope that the people of the free world will follow the stories of the blood and tears behind slave labor products, help end the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, protect the universal values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and help protect the inalienable rights of Chinese citizens to be kind and good. Such actions will also protect the innate rights of each human being.

Ms. Zhao Ye Dies After Being Tortured in Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp (Photos)

December 22, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in Hebei Province, China

Name: Zhao Ye (赵烨)
Gender: Female
Age: About 40
Address: Tangshan City, Hebei
Occupation: Designer at the Tangshan Ceramic Research Institute
Date of Death: December 15, 2012
Date of Most Recent Arrest: February 25, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp (河北女子劳教所)
City: Tangshan
Province: Hebei
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, forced labor, illegal sentencing, beatings, imprisonment, interrogation, detention

(Minghui.org) Ms. Zhao Ye, a Falun Gong practitioner from Tangshan, was severely tortured, mistreated and abused in Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp for nearly a year, finally resulting in her hospitalization in critical condition. She was subsequently released on medical parole. Ms. Zhao passed away on the night of December 15, 2012. She was only 40 years old.


Ms. Zhao Ye prior to the persecution.


Ms. Zhao after being tortured to the point of extreme emaciation.

Ms. Zhao was an artistic designer at the Tangshan Ceramic Research Institute, where her designs won several awards. She also worked at a residential decoration company. When she was in her 30s, she was weak, plagued by diseases and had a hot temper. After she began to practice Falun Gong, however, her illnesses disappeared and her temper improved.

On February 25, 2011, officers from the Huoju Police Station illegally arrestedMs. Zhao because she gave someone a Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD. On March 11, 2011, captain of the Gaoxin Police Department’s Domestic Security Division, along with officers Liu Hong and Xie Lei, handcuffed Ms. Zhao and took her to Kaiping Forced Labor Camp for a term of 21 months. In May of the same year, Ms. Zhao was transferred to the third brigade of Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp.

At the labor camp, officials tried to force Ms. Zhao to renounce her faith. Ms. Zhao told them how she had benefited from practicing Falun Gong and refused to give up her belief.

On August 15, 2011, Falun Gong practitioners detained in the third brigade resisted the persecution and protested the illegal slave labor. Ms. Zhao was among them. The guards rushed toward them, some holding electric batons. The batons measured over 20 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. Team leader Lu Yaqin ordered practitioners to stand in rows and shouted, “I will extend all your terms by 3 months!”

Ms. Zhao was the first one to be called out. The guards dragged her into their office, where there is no surveillance camera, and used electric batons to shock her. They pulled up her shirt to shock her clavicles and her neck. When Ms. Zhao tried to persuade them to stop, one of the guards put the electric baton in her mouth and shocked her.

Lu Yaqin and Liu Ziwei actively participated in the torture, while Feng Kezhuang sat in the adjacent room giving commands. Several guards yelled outside the office, and people could hear the zaps of the electric batons from the outside. After about half an hour, they pulled Ms. Zhao out of the office.

The next day Ms. Zhao was forced to stand motionless the whole day. When she still refused to give up her belief on the third day, Liu Ziwei dragged her into the office again and beat her with electric batons for half an hour. When Ms. Zhao came out, her right upper arm was purple. In the afternoon, guard Shi Jiangxia and her husband, Zhang Ning, also a guard at the labor camp, threatened her and forced her to recite the prison regulations.

Afterward Ms. Zhao was forced to sit on the workshop floor for the whole day and sleep in the hall at night. The guards assigned someone to monitor her and prohibit her from speaking to others. This way, they separated her from the others.

Ms. Zhao was forced to sleep in the hall for about 3 months. Due to the pain and nerve damage inflicted through torture, her right arm muscles started to atrophy and her right palm became visibly smaller than her left palm. She could only use her left hand to eat, brush her teeth, and to wash clothes; her right arm could not function and felt as if it had detached from her body. She requested several times to be examined at a hospital, but the labor camp doctor with surname Ma (male, in his 40s) said there was no need for a checkup as long as the bones were not broken.

As a result of the long-term persecution, Ms. Zhao became extremely emaciated and her hearing greatly declined by the end of 2011. People had to shout for her to hear them. Her condition continued to deteriorate in 2012. She could only eat a little and had diarrhea. Her sputum was black, her movements were slow and shaky, and she began to hallucinate.

When Ms. Zhao was in critical condition on March 1, 2012, the labor camp finally admitted her to a clinic to get an IV. The brigade captain monitored her, not allowing anyone to speak to her. Later, Ms. Zhao was transferred to a hospital.

Ms. Zhao’s family got the news that Ms. Zhao had been hospitalized in critical condition on March 14, 2012. They immediately rushed to Hebei Province Women’ Labor Camp. After numerous requests, the labor camp finally allowed her family to bail her out for medical treatment. Hence, Ms. Zhao was released on medical parole.

Ms. Zhao was in a half-conscious state and could not care for herself. She had a persistent high fever and her weight was only about 55 pounds. Ms. Zhao’s family spent tens of thousands of yuan on her medical care, but she still did not recover and could only survive on infusions and medication. She told her family that she may have been poisoned by the labor camp guards, as she had once inexplicably vomited after a meal.

After her release, the Hebei Women’ Forced Labor Camp forced her family to report her condition to the authorities on a monthly basis. Ms. Zhao passed away on December 15, 2012, at the age of 40.

Persons who participated in the persecution of Ms. Zhao in the Hebei Women’ Forced Labor Camp include the third brigade captain Wang Xin, team leader Lu Yaqin, Shi Jiangxia, Wang Weiwei, Liu Ziwei, and prison doctor with surname Ma. Further investigation is ongoing to identify others participating in the persecution of Ms. Zhao.

Earlier report:

“Ms. Zhao Ye Tortured to Near Death at Hebei Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp”
(http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/11/11/136244.html)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing the readers of BehindLies09 a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

We unite in humility and celebrations across the world during this season, and someday soon, we will unite across the world in speaking out against the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

During this holiday, and every holidays across the world since 13 years ago, a genocide is happening in China. Many families in China are missing a love one, either illegally imprisoned in brainwashing centres or labour camps, tortured, or killed for their practise in Falun Gong.

Also, “a form of evil that we have yet to see on this planet, a new form of evil,” as described by human rights lawyer, Mr David Matas — the illegal harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners in China.

When the world speaks as one against this atrocity, a new era in human history will soon begin.

For now, drive safe, enjoy the holidays with our love ones, and visit BehindLies09 again soon.

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Chinese Regime Power Shift Seen in Apparatus of Repression

By Matthew Robertson On November 18, 2012 @ 8:48 pm In Regime 

Meng Jianzhu in Beijing, 2010. Meng, a new member of the Politburo, took over as head of the Communist Party's security forces. (Ng Han Guan/AFP/Getty Images)

Meng Jianzhu in Beijing, 2010. Meng, a new member of the Politburo, took over as head of the Communist Party’s security forces. (Ng Han Guan/AFP/Getty Images)

Among the outcomes of the recently concluded 18th Party Congress in China was a subtle but important institutional shift: the head of the Chinese Communist Party’s security forces is now no longer in the Politburo Standing Committee, the Party’s seat of power consisting of seven men. But he will instead be a member of the Politburo, a body of 25 cadres that wields less unchecked authority.

For nearly a decade the agency that oversees almost all aspects of law enforcement, called the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), was essentially a personal fiefdom controlled by men loyal to former regime leader Jiang Zemin. This included from 2002 Luo Gan, his trusted lieutenant, and from 2007 Zhou Yongkang, a grim-faced Jiang loyalist with deep ties to the oil industry.

The new leader is Meng Jianzhu, the current secretary of the public security bureau and a recent inductee to the Politburo.

The matter of who controls the PLAC is a crucial one for the CCP. The Party spends $110 billion on domestic security, more than the amount spent on national defense. The coercive apparatus managed by the committee is massive: it includes a system of courts, labor camps of various kinds, jails, detention centers, brainwashing centers, the prosecutor’s office, the police, a number of secret police forces, and the 1.5 million-strong People’s Armed Police—effectively a standing army.

Without oversight, whoever controls the security forces is able to play a decisive role in influencing domestic policy, as well as cultivate an army of client cadres who benefit from the enormous disbursal of funds overseen by the PLAC. Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist that escaped from house arrest earlier this year, reported much cash being handed out to the people who watched over him, many of whom had ties to local officials.

Power Struggle

The fact that the PLAC will now be controlled from the Politburo is a product of the political struggle between Hu Jintao’s leadership and the faction of former leader Jiang Zemin, which controlled the agency for so long, according to analysts of China’s blackbox politics.

Jiang needed to keep the security forces in his hands after initiating the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, an unprecedented security campaign that has required massive, sustained investment of state resources that many saw as needless and wasteful. Countless yuan have been spent in prosecuting the campaign, including the construction and expansion of labor camp and brainwashing facilities, the development of highly advanced surveillance systems, and mass mobilization of security personnel across the country to enforce the regime’s edict.

When Hu Jintao came to power in 2002, Jiang expanded the Standing Committee by two places, and inserted Luo Gan and Li Changchun, respectively heads of the PLAC and the Propaganda Ministry, to ensure that the campaign would not be disrupted. Zhou Yongkang took over from Luo Gan. But with the events of this year, there was no one else to give the job to.

 

 

Once Bo Xilai was gone there was nobody qualified to be in the Standing Committee with the experience or credit to take over Zhou Yongkang’s position.

 

 

“Bo Xilai was their candidate for heading the PLAC,” said Xia Yiyang, senior director of policy and research at the Human Rights Law Foundation, based in Washington, in a telephone interview. “Once Bo Xilai was gone there was nobody qualified to be in the Standing Committee with the experience or credit to take over Zhou Yongkang’s position.”

The plan to give the job to Bo broke apart in spectacular fashion beginning in February of this year, when Wang Lijun, Bo’s chief of police, defected to the U.S. Consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

 

Previously there had been what analysts called two centers of power within the regime, with Zhou Yongkang controlling the PLAC outside the effective oversight of regime leader Hu Jintao. That was a dynamic engineered by Jiang on his way out, where significant authority over portfolios was devolved to individual members of the Standing Committee.

The recent shift means that the PLAC is no longer a plaything of Jiang Zemin, but is now firmly within the control of the Party proper, and the idea of there being “two cores” within the Party, one being the PLAC, is no more.

“It’s about consolidating one-Party rule, so they can use the PLAC to oppress the people more effectively, and not have it get involved in intra-Party struggle,” said Zhong Weiguang, a scholar of totalitarianism based in Germany.

“But we must be clear: there will be no change in how they use the PLAC to persecute the Chinese people,” he added.

Warzone

The role of the PLAC, and the difficulties inherent in any major reassessment of its role in social control, means that little change is actually possible, despite the lowering of the agency’s profile, according to Xia, the researcher.

A police guard stands in a courtyard inside the No.1 Detention Center in Beijing in October. The regime's budget for domestic security is at least $110 billion, more than is spent on national defense. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

A police guard stands in a courtyard inside the No.1 Detention Center in Beijing in October. The regime’s budget for domestic security is at least $110 billion, more than is spent on national defense. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

“The problem is that this notion of ‘maintaining stability’ is the Party’s policy. This is the only way they can maintain their power,” he said. The term “maintaining stability” is a catchall for a range of coercive techniques by the regime to repress dissent, ranging from Internet censorship at the light end, to incarceration and electric-baton torture at the harsh end.

“This is a warzone. It’s fighting. The CCP is fighting against the whole nation. There are so many issues that they cannot handle in a regular way, like other countries,” said Xia. “Other countries can manage social problems, but there’s no management here. They have to use power to crack down.”

The stability maintenance system, at least in its current form, owes in large part to the innovations in how coercion was used against Falun Gong practitioners. The techniques used against Falun Gong were then reapplied to the wider population, according to a paper that Xia presented to the European Parliament in 2011.

But given that the current, sophisticated system of violence has grown over the last 13 or more years, in lockstep with China’s rapid economic development and the social dislocations that unbalanced economic growth has brought, finding a new means for addressing problems will be impossible, Xia believes.

“They need something to take the place of the current system if they no longer want to use it, but that would mean the whole society would have to change. That means political reform. They won’t take that road. So they have to use this system.”

The ubiquity with which the PLAC’s power invades the daily lives of Chinese citizens could not have been on clearer display than in the period leading up to the 18th Party Congress, which concluded last week in Beijing. Kites and pigeons were banned from the skies, vegetable knives were removed from shelves, thousands of dissidents were detained or driven out of Beijing, stifling Internet restrictions were put in place, and taxis were made to lock their rear windows, in case riders planned on tossing out political leaflets.

 

 

“This time for the 18th Party Congress they used about 1.4 million security personnel,” said Xia. “How do you imagine that they would need this massive security force? It means they consider the whole nation their enemy.”

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Editor’s Note: 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.

 

Click www.ept.ms/ccp-crisis to read about the most recent developments in the ongoing crisis within the Chinese communist regime. In this special topic, we provide readers with the necessary context to understand the situation. Get the RSS feed. Who are the Major Players?

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Evidence That Wife of Disgraced Official Traded in Bodies, Group Says

By Lisa Huang & Jack Phillips On November 19, 2012 @ 3:09 pm In Regime

The murder of a British businessman by the wife of an ambitious Chinese Communist regime leader raises many questions. (The Epoch Times)

The murder of a British businessman by the wife of an ambitious Chinese Communist regime leader raises many questions. (The Epoch Times)

There is new evidence that Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) politician Bo Xilai, was involved in selling the organs of prisoners of conscience, including adherents of the persecuted Falun Gong meditation practice, according to a report from a human rights organization.

The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, or WOIPFG, said in a recent report that Gu, who was convicted of killing British businessman Neil Heywood, was profiting from selling bodies to body plastination factories. Body plastination involves replacing body fluids with certain plastics in order to preserve them.

source previously told The Epoch Times that Gu profited from the plastination of bodies while her husband Bo Xilai was mayor of Dalian. Bo was later made head of the Chongqing mega-city but was sacked earlier this year after his right-hand man Wang Lijun attempted to defect to a U.S. consulate, triggering factional strife in the regime.

Bo advanced through to nearly the top echelon of the Chinese regime by following the charge of former CCP leader Jiang Zemin to persecute Falun Gong adherents, as recalled by journalist Jiang Weiping.

 

“You must show your toughness in handling Falun Gong much like the toughness shown by Hu Jintao in handling the 1989 Tibetan riot; it will be your political capital,” Jiang Zemin told Bo years ago, according to Jiang Weiping, who was later arrested and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Bo was this year stripped of his position and Communist Party membership for corruption and nepotism.

Bo, Gu, and Wang were involved in the selling of bodies and harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners, the WOIPFG report said.

“Falun Gong practitioners were victimized in several ways. One was having their organs forcibly removed, and being killed in the process,” Wang Zhiyuan of the WOIPFG said, according to the New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television.

“Secondly, Wang Lijun had a center to research legal injections where Falun Gong practitioners were experimented on and killed. Also, others were tortured to death, or killed directly so their bodies could be used for plastination.”

Wang cited several pieces of evidence, including taped phone calls that the group says incriminate Gu. An investigator posed as Liaoning Province Communist Party secretary Xia Dereng, calling Dalian police chief Sun Guangtian. Dalian is in Liaoning.

In the recorded phone call exchange, the two said:

Investigator: “A lot of things have happened. No matter what, do not reveal that Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai, was selling bodies of Falun Gong practitioners, in case anyone asks.”

Sun Guangtian, Dalian police chief: “Who are you?”

Investigator: “My surname is Wong.”

Sun Guangtian: “Party Committee Secretary Xia’s secretary is surnamed Wong?”

Investigator: “Yes, I was transferred here recently.”

Sun Guangtian: “Oh.”

Investigator: “Are you able to do this?”

Sun Guangtian: “Oh, go on.”

Investigator: “If other departments ask about this, make sure you don’t reveal anything.”

Sun Guangtian: “Hmm, what else do you want to tell me?”

Investigator: “Also, Secretary Xia wants me to tell you to make sure those from the Dalian Public Security Bureau back then also keep things a secret.”

Sun Guangtian: “Please tell Secretary Xia to trust me; I will make sure this is carried out.”

WOIPFG believes the statements from Sun are a tacit admission to knowledge of the atrocities. Later, the WOIPFG contacted an official with the 610 Office, an organization that was created by Jiang Zemin to enforce the persecution of Falun Gong. The phone call exchange between an investigator and the 610 Office official, who was identified only by the surname of “Zhao,” reads:

Investigator: “Don’t you know you guys are a criminal group? Once the persecution ends, have you thought about what will happen to you? Look at Gu Kailai … on the surface.”

Zhao, the 610 Office official: “Gu Kailai was selling organs of Falun Gong”

Investigator: “What did you say?”

Zhao: “I said, Gu Kailai, she was selling organs of Falun Gong people.”

Zhao: “It wasn’t just Falun Gong either.”

The rights group also contacted Sui Hongjin, the assistant professor with the Dalian Medical University and who set up the Plastination Company of Dalian Medical University, was a former general manager of the Von Hagens Dalian Plastination firm, which specializes in body plastination. He was also part of another plastination company, the Dalian Hongfeng Biological Technology firm.

Sui told the WOIPFG investigator that many of the bodies his companies received are from the Dalian Municipal Public Security Bureau.

The recording reads as follows:

Investigator: “What was the main source of the bodies your company used?”

Sui Hongjin: “We received dozens [of bodies] from the Public Security organs … that was … from the Public Security Bureau.”

Investigator: “From the Public Security Bureau, how many bodies have you received?”

Sui: “I don’t remember. Probably dozens of them.”

Investigator: “What Public Security Bureau?”

Sui: “Dalian City. The Dalian City Public Security Bureau.”

Premier Exhibitions, which receives bodies from Sui’s Plastination Company of Dalian Medical University, issued a warning to visitors of its body exhibitions after the connection was discovered.

Sui Hongjin also did business with more than 100 world-renowned museums and from that, received more than 200 million yuan (US$32 million), reported the Bandao Daily in November 2010.

According to the WOIPFG, Sui Hongjin has exported at least 1,000 plastinized specimens made from Chinese bodies to the United States and Europe for exhibition.

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Editor’s Note: 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.

The Epoch Times publishes in 35 countries and in 19 languages. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.

 

Click www.ept.ms/ccp-crisis to read about the most recent developments in the ongoing crisis within the Chinese communist regime. In this special topic, we provide readers with the necessary context to understand the situation. Get the RSS feed. Who are the Major Players?

Copyright © 2012 Epoch Times. All rights reserved.

 

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