Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (5)- Force-feeding
Posted by Author on January 12, 2007
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Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed against Falun Gong practitioners in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals.
Torture Methods (5) – Force-feeding
Note: Force-feeding is NOT an attempt to nourish or feed; rather, it is a a torture method, the brutal procedure has resulted in at least 100 deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China labour camp.
The force-feeding is most often carried out by labour camp staff with no medical training, or by criminal inmates who are coerced to assist.
Firm, unsanitized tubes are forced into a practitioner’s nose and into the stomach, often rupturing or damaging tissues; sometimes the tube enters the lungs instead.
The tubes are sometimes left in a practitioner’s stomach for days or weeks, causing severe infections, or pulled out and reinserted repeatedly.
The practitioners are often “fed” irritants such as highly concentrated salt water, hot pepper oil, boiling water, or detergent.
In the summer of 2003, the Gaoyang Forced Labour Camp (in Baoding City, Hubei province, north China) began force-feeding Falun Gong practitioners with human urine and excrement; the Chinese government awarded them for this innovation, and sent labour camp staff from around the country to learn this procedure.
1. Ms.Wang Yuzhi (photo below ), now canadian resident, recalls her experience of being force-fed in China labour camp before she escaped from China:
“I vividly remember my first hunger strike at the Harbin City Detention Centre. In order to force-feed me, the doctors at the Harbin City Detention Centre used a metal clamp to pry open my teeth and then pushed a thick rubber tube down to my stomach. My mouth was filled with blood and my body was covered in bruises after every force-feeding. Several people were there to beat and subdue me for these force-feedings. They would pour two big bowls of cold water mixed with corn flour into me, saying that it was for ‘stretching the stomach’. When I screamed, the police were afraid of others hearing me. They ordered inmates to gag and beat me even more.
“Before they force-fed me for the first time, I saw them grab a female Falun Gong practitioner named Shang by the hair and knock her head against the wall and floor. When she was finally unconscious, they forced the tube into her nose to force-feed her. There was no sterilization – they simply brushed the tube around in a basin, then forced it through her nose and down into her stomach. Then they injected ground corn grain mixed with cold water.
“After they’d finished with her, the two prison doctors turned around and looked at me. They stood there with their forceps and tools in their hands and said, ‘You see that? You’re next.’ After that, I was subjected to this kind of force-feeding every day in jail.
“They would beat us to the point where we were almost unconscious before tying our arms and legs down and forcing the tubes through our noses and down into our stomachs. We were tied up to prevent us from pulling the tubes out because of the excruciating pain.
(Photo right: demonstration by Ms. Wang Yuzhi – force-feeding )
“One day I heard the desperate cry of a man in the woman’s ward. It was the husband of a Falun Gong practitioner named Ding Yanhong. He had begged to be able to visit her, and when he finally was allowed to come in, they force-fed her right in front of him. This man cried terribly while his wife struggled in pain.
“I always knew that if I would simply write a letter denouncing Falun Gong, denouncing its teachings and promise to never practice again, I would be released immediately. But if it is wrong to believe in ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance,’ what hope does humanity have? This persecution was forcing people to choose between their lives and their conscience. I knew that I was being forced to make that choice, and I chose my conscience because I knew that when good men and women renounce good, wholesome beliefs under pressure from a dictatorship, something much greater than us dies.”
– more detail story of Ms. Wang Yuzhi can be found from this report: From Rags to Riches to Torture in a Chinese Labour Camp , by the FALUN DAFA INFORMATION CENTER
2. Ms. Zhang Guiqin, 37, mother of 2 girls, died after being force-fed
… At the end of July 2000, Ms. Zhang Guiqin (photo left) was again arrested, this time for distributing information about the persecution of Falun Gong. She was again sent to the Feidong Detention Center and handcuffed in heavy shackles. She and other practitioners started a hunger strike to protest the torture.
As a punitive measure, the prison guards force-fed them. After a prolonged hunger strike and forced-feeding, Ms. Zhang became very weak and ran a high fever.
The detention center officials sent her to a hospital for a check-up. The doctor’s diagnosis revealed that her lungs had been punctured during the inept force-feeding.
Fearful that she would die in the detention center, they sent her home on August 24, 2000.
On January 17, 2001, at 1:03 p.m., Ms. Zhang passed away after suffering five months of pain. She left behind two daughters, one 9 years old and the other 12 years of age.
– more detail story about Ms. Zhang Guiqin can be found from this report: Zhang Guiqin Died from Force-Feeding , by Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group
3. Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong, 22, undergraduate university student, died from the force-feeding
Mr. Zhang (photo left) was an undergraduate student at the Business Administration School of the Shandong Industrial University, Jinan City, Shandong Province.
On January 1, 2001, Mr. Zhang was arrested in Beijing because he appealed peacefully on behalf of Falun Gong. At the police station, the police hit him with eight electric batons simultaneously and burned him with cigarettes. This went on for almost twelve hours.
On May 17, 2001, the police arrested Mr. Zhang again. The policemen used their fists and electric batons to hit sensitive areas on his body and repeatedly kicked him.
More than an hour later, he was so badly beaten that he began to vomit blood and his nose became bloody. The policemen tied him up with ropes and sent him to a jail cell. He began a hunger strike to protest the maltreatment.
On the sixth day, the policemen ordered the inmates to force-feed him. They handcuffed him to a chair and repeatedly tried to insert a feeding tube into his nose. On the fifth try, Mr. Zhang lost consciousness and died from the force-feeding.
– more detail story about Ms. Zhang Guiqin can be found from this report: Zhang Zhenzhong Died from Force-Feeding at Tangyin Public Security Bureau , by Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group
– China: 2508 Family Members’ Open Letter Expose Torture, the Epoch Times, Dec 11, 2006
– Lawyer’s 3rd open letter urge China to stop the Brutality(1), December 12, 2005, Gao Zhisheng
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