Chinese People’s Police “enforcing the law” as an old woman knelt and the policeman uses an electric baton to shock her mouth. The elderly lady being tortured is Miao Aizhen, a follower of the Family Church. Location: Wenshu village Police Station, Yuzhou city, Henan Province. Violence perpetrator: Policeman Meng Shanlong (40 years old) from the Political Security Section of Yuzhou city Public Security Bureau.
Chinese Police “enforcing the law”. Tortured person is Sun Zhirong, a follower of the Family Church at Lingqiu County Police Station, Datong city, Shanxi Province. Violence perpetrators: Policeman Liu Di (40 years old), policeman Zhang Zhongcai (40 years old) and two others from the Lingqiu County police station. This is a commonly used torture, “Bei Baojian” (“Carrying the double-edged sword on the back”), with both arms handcuffed at the back of the body. The Policeman is pulling the handcuff, and threatening the victim to “dance”, “do the disco dance” to increase the pain of the tortured person.
The People’s Police “enforcing the law”. Victim of the torture is Cai Xiangdong, a follower of the Family Church. Location: Kongzhuang village Police Station, Xiayi County, Henan Province. Time: around 11:00 p.m. August 11, 2002. Violence perpetrators: Xie (56 years old), head of Kongzhuang Township Police Station, Xiayi County and three others. Enlarged picture will show two policemen “immensely enjoying” the suffering of the victim.
Chinese Police In the Process of Seriously “enforcing the law”. Torture victim is Huang Xikai, a follower of the Family Church. Location: Xinghua Barracks Patrol Brigade, Kaifeng County Detention Center, Kaifeng County, Henan Province. Time: June 2002. Violence Perpetrator: a policeman from Xinghua Barracks Patrol Brigade (about 30 years old); Mr.Yang and four others from Kaifeng County Public Security Bureau. The police themselves invented this form of torture. They have experimented with many ways of hanging. They will enforce whatever they can think of! They call this method of hanging as “lifting the sedan chair”. The picture shows the victim who has just been tied and hung up. The victim would be held in that position for hours, unable to move. If the victim moved, he would fall and be seriously injured. Click on the picture and look at the enlarged picture and you will see that just as the victim is hung up, his wrists are bleeding due to the handcuffs.
Police “enforcing the law”. Victim Shi Suhuan is a Christian. Location: Qingfeng County Detention Center, Puyang city, Henan Province. “Law enforcer”: Li Jingwei, male, about 20 years old, a policeman from the Qingfeng Public Security Bureau. Click on the picture and look at the enlarged picture and you will see that the woman are crying, tears on the face.
People’s Police “enforcing the law”. Victim Jiang Dongyun is a Christian. Location: Henan Qingfeng County Public Security Bureau. Violence perpetrator: Lu Dengkun (about 30 years old) from Political Security Section, Qingfeng Public Security Bureau. “At that moment, Lu Dengkun was standing on my feet and grinding on them (rolling action). As I screamed in pain, he used a piece of cloth, which was full of shoe polish and stuffed it into my mouth (for about three hours). Subsequently, he fondled my breasts, at the same time pinching and twisting them hard.”
被警察酷刑致残的基督徒胡长敬，50岁，遭酷刑地点是：安徽省亳州市赵桥乡派出所；亳州市七里桥劳教所。 施暴者：赵桥乡派出所所长赵洪艳（男，57岁）和一个24岁左右的胖警察及七里桥劳教所的一名管教干部。 95年4月胡长敬从劳教所回家时是他妻子把他背到三轮车上拉回家的，当时他已被打成痴呆，之后在家卧床三年，因没有钱治疗，腿部伤口至今未愈。妻子在给他洗伤口时，望着痴呆的丈夫流下了伤心的泪。
Christian Hu Changjing, 50 years old, was incapacitated due to torture by the police. Location where torture occurred: Zhaoqiao village Police Station, Haozhou city, Anhui Province; Haozhou city Seven Li (mile) Bridge Labor Camp. Violence perpetrator: Zhaoqiao village Police Station Chief, Zhao Hongyan (male, 57 years old), a 24-year-old or so fat policeman and a cadre from the Seven Li Bridge Labor Camp.In April 1995, when Hu Changjing was released from the labor camp, his wife had to carry him on her back, and then onto a tricycle to take him home. At that time, he was already beaten into stupor and was bedridden for three years because they had no money for medical treatment. The wound on his waist has not healed till today. While washing the wound and looking at her disabled husband still in stupor, the wife shed tears of grief for her husband.
Christian Liu Yan (37 years old) from Anhui Province was incapacitated due to torture. At present he can only stare blankly at his wife and young son struggling with the heavy work. It is pitiful to see his hunch-backed mother having to support him. Location of torture: Huainan city Labor Camp, Anhui Province. Violence perpetrators: Huainan City Labor Camp Third Brigade Instructor Gu Weiguang (male, about 30 years old), Assistant Instructor and secretary of Huainan City Labor Camp Third Brigade, who is nicknamed “Zou No. 4” (male, about 30 years old).
In the photo are a few amongst the tens of thousands of “fugitives”. From the expression of their eyes and their cries, do we observe the dignity of the law in China, with the net of Heaven, or do we see the sufferings of China’s citizens? They are the Family Church members Liu Lianfa and his wife Li Qioazhi; Li Kui and his wife Zhao Xuezhi from Ciba Township, Jia County, Henan Province. “At about 4:00 p.m. on June 29, 2001, because we were pursued by the Henan Province Jia County Public Security Bureau Punishment and Enforcement Fifth Central Unit leader Ma Yong and others, our families fled to Zhiyun Mountain Zhushi Peak area near Liangyao village, Jiaocun Township in Ruzhou city, and hid in a cave for a month. Later, we found a cave nearby known as Dashi Peng and hid there for another two months. We are still fugitives, with homes, but cannot return to them.”
This is the Number One Detention Center in Jingmen city, Hubei Province where the Family Church members Gong Shengliang, Li Enhui from Huanan are imprisoned. The location is at a place named “huya guan” (“Tiger’s Teeth Pass”).
Chinese Police Tortures Spiritual Followers
By Tang Qing, Epochtimes Writer, March 17, 2003
It bears special significance to have a series of photographs published at the time when the 59th Annual Meeting of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights opens today. A picture is worth ten thousand words. This is what Jiang Zemin describes as “the best period of human rights in China”.
These photos are provided to Epochtimes by Mr. LI Shixiong, Chairman of the New York based Committee to Investigate Persecution on Religions in China. Epochtimes Journalists asked a question in everyone’s mind: How could these photographs be taken?
Mr LI Shixiong said that they were taken by family members of other policemen, who are also members of the Family Church, and who risked their lives in taking these photographs. These people know the police well, so the policemen did not take much notice when the photographs were taken because they also took photographs of other things. Besides, the policemen torture people everyday and it is like part of their daily routine, nothing special. Some policemen even consider the photographs may be used as evidence to gain recognition or awards from their superiors in the future. Some policemen in the photographs enjoy torturing people, taking it as their ‘job’. You would be arrested if they become suspicious of you and you are found taking photographs at the gate of the prison. LI Shixiong claims that as far as he knows some 20 followers have been arrested when taking photographs in China.
Conservative figure: “more than ten thousand people persecuted to death”
LI Shixiong wrote in a letter to the chairman of the International Olympic Committee, comparing Jiang Zemin with Hitler in the World War II. He points out that some people flaunt the banner of national interest while committing terrorism in the name of “national law” to fulfil their own distorted personal ambitions. LI Shixiong also criticises the silence in the international community and their pretence that they do not even see such state terrorism. This kind of behaviour not only leads to the spread of terrorism around the world, stimulating the nerves of terrorists and strengthening their determination, but has also become the evil root of modern terrorism.
LI Shixiong pointed out in his letter, “Since China’s economic reform and open-up policy, at least 2.7 million among the 60 million of the Family Church Christians have been arrested (that is, one in every 22 people); 440 thousand sentenced to forced labour and re-education; 750 on the wanted list; 200 thousand forced to leave their homes and became homeless or on the run; more than 10 thousand persecuted to death; more than 20 thousand became crippled by torture; some 130 thousand under surveillance in their residence; some 1.12 million fined at authorities’ will.” These statistics were obtained conservative figures since autumn in 2000 when more than 20 thousand Christians started their investigation on more than 560 thousand Christians of the Family Church in 207 large and small cities in 22 provinces and numerous villages.
*Official document to strike-hard on Falun Gong
LI Shixiong provided evidence to the International Olympic Committee on China’s human rights violations: secret document from the Department of Public Security of Jilin Province. The document specifically emphasises “To strike hard on Falun Gong practitioners and promoters, arrest them on the spot when found. Arrest warrant can be done at a later time.” In fact, the Chinese government’s persecution of Falun Gong is far severer than that of the Family Church. It is reported that Jiang Zemin issued an order through the different levels of government to labour camps and prisons, “Beating Falun Gong practitioners to death is nothing, the death is counted as suicide” and no legal procedures are applicable to Falun Gong practitioners and followers of the Family Church. These policies are clearly shown in the following set of photographs.
A high rank police officer in Beijing reveals inside story, “At the moment, Falun Gong practitioners are fined 40,000 Yuan if arrested; immediate burial if tortured to death for refusing to be transformed, and tell outside that the person involved has escaped”.
According to incomplete statistics by Falun Gong, there have been 629 Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death, as confirmed via unofficial sources since Jiang Zemin started the persecution on July 20, 1999. According to leaked Chinese government’s statistics that by the end of October 2001, the death toll of Falun Gong practitioners in custody was as high as 1600; at least 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally sentenced to prison terms; more than 100,000 people have been illegally sentenced to forced labour; thousands are forced into mental hospitals with health ruined by central nerve system damaging drugs; numerous Falun Gong practitioners are kidnapped and sent to “brainwashing” classes to suffer mental torture, many more practitioners have suffered vicious beatings, physical abuses and money extortions by the police.
Confidential Circular from Jilin Province Public Security Bureau
Jilin Province People’s High Court
Regarding Severe Crackdown on Illegal Organizations
All Cities, Counties, Townships (urban areas) Security Departments, People’s Courts:
According to the regulations by Ministry of the Public Security of the State Council and the Supreme People’s Court , in order to ensure a smooth running of the 2008 Olympic Games in our country, stabilize social order, severely deal with illegal rallies, assemblies, and other activities that disrupt social order, it is hereby announced:
1. Any crowd or gathering of more than three persons that do not obey instructions to be detained as punishment for not more than 15 days and fined 1,000 Yuan;
2. Those involved in large scale organized rallies, parades, public speeches, and those who refuse to change in spite of repeated admonitions to be detained for not more than three years and fined 10,000 Yuan.
3. As for organizers of illegal organizations, the leaders must be severely dealt with; arrest them first before dealing with the formalities.
4. Falun Gong practitioners and instigators must be dealt with more severely and, whenever discovered, arrest them first before dealing with the formalities.
5. The above exercise is to be instituted for the full period from May 20, 2000 to December 30, 2007.
*There is no law to abide by in the Persecution
Li Shixiong stated that the force and range of persecution of religions in China today are obviously more severe than the traditional political persecution in the past. The Communist Party persecutes in any way they please those with religious beliefs, those who they do not like without any basic legality, and the persecution does only limit to those involved in the Family Church activities.
When asked if the Chinese Government allows the existence of Government approved churches in China, Li Shixiong said that the Government approved churches are only a tool to hoodwink the public and to disguise the elimination of religions and to show that China has religious freedom. Superficially, the Government approved churches believe in God, but in fact they believe in the Communist Party. What kind of religion are these “patriotic churches”?! Devout Christian Li Shixiong does not approve of the recent visit to Canada by China’s official religious leader Fu Tieshan. He said that Fu Tieshan believes only in Jiang Zemin and not in God and he is only a counterfeit! And the chairman of the Buddhist Association Zhao Puchu was a bureau ranking Communist cadre when he was alive.
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