採訪/朱智善 編輯/尚燕 後製/王明宇
300 Prisoners Hunger-Strike Against Beatings to Falun Gong
Human rights abuses in China’s labor camps continue
with conditions deteriorating,
while the Chinese regime remains so far unable to decide
whether to reform or abolish its Reform-Through-Labor (RTL) system,
300 inmates in Heilongjiang Women’s Prison went on
a hunger strike on January 6, to protest against the atrocities committed by prison guards.
The tall prison wall built to isolate the criminals
continues to cover and hush the illegal acts committed inside.
Today, let’s look behind the Iron Curtain.
Minghui.org reported on January 20 that,
officer Qu Jialiang had beaten Falun Gong practitioner
Lu Yinghua on January 6 at 8 pm, until he was stopped by others present.
Officer Qu then proceeded to beat another two 62-year-old
Falun Gong practitioners, Dong Lingui and Zhang Dexiang, who were in another room.
The beatings caused Lu Yinghua to be hospitalized after
suffering a heart-attack, and caused Dong Lingui’s blood pressure to rise to 160.
Eye-witnesses say Officer Qu Jialiang had been drunk
and had bloodshot eyes.
The incident provoked anger among the inmates, causing
nearly 300 prisoners—including Falun Gong practitioners—
to protest by going on a hunger strike the following day.
Qu Jialiang admitted to his actions, but the prison director
Bai Yingxian punished all inmates instead of the officer.
It was later learned that the video capturing the incident
had been erased.
Falun Gong practitioner Li Jing who was tortured in Masanjia
Labor Camp in 2001, is very sympathetic to the inmates.
[Li Jing]: “Prison guards are hooligans who are often drunk
and they punish Falun Gong practitioners at their every whim.
They like to use the methods which cause the most pain
—all kinds of torture—like the ‘tiger bench’;
electric baton shocking; forced squatting; and
the deprivation of sleep for days on end.”
Hong Kong Falun Gong practitioner Zhu Keming was
illegally arrested for suing Jiang Zemin and other seniors.
Zhu Keming was released after being tortured for
five years in prison.
He says, imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners are treated
not only very cruelly, but also very secretively.
[Zhu Keming]: “Prison guards are very secretive
in punishing practitioners.
They dodge the surveillance videos, because they’re afraid of
being condemned by the Chinese public and the international
community—so they use the inmates to do their dirty work.
They gather obedient inmates; give them two weeks training,
and sign them up with a contract.
In the hunger strike incident, the other inmates who were
sandwiching the Falun gong practitioners were also hit, cursed at, and threatened.
Zhu Keming says, the guards offer the inmates a reduction
in their prison sentence, as a bribe, to get them to ‘transform’ the Falun Gong practitioners.
The prisons had supposedly been built to ‘transform’ inmates
into good people, but they are now facilitating the growth of violence and evil; where the innocent are punished.
[Zhu Keming]: “During the training, the inmates learn
to hate Falun Gong and they no longer care whether
Falun Gong practitioners are kind or innocent;
they only do what they are told.
Under very difficult living conditions,
the inmates’ evil side is exposed and fed.
Falun Gong practitioners endure incidents of sexual abuse,
beatings, and other bad things—one after another.”
The 21st International Human Rights Council exposed news
of China’s live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners,
on September 2011, causing widespread concern within
the international community.
However, a lot of people have been kept in the dark
about the crimes being committed in Chinese prisons.
[Zhu Keming]: “In fact, a lot of people in the mainland
still do not know the Communist Party’s evil nature;
if they did, the situation would not be like this.
In actuality, the communist regime likes to do those
bad deeds secretly; otherwise it hires others to do its work.”
Currently, there is a dispute within the high-level officials
whether to abolish or reform the labor education system.
Experts in the mainland believe that, success of improvement
depends on the determination of the Party’s high-level.
Legal professionals fear that,
without a thorough reform of the RTL system,
it will only become a extrajudicial system covered with
a layer of legitimacy; there’ll be no real change.