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Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (15) – Flying An Airplane

Posted by Author on August 16, 2007

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The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed by Chinese authority against Falun Gong adherents in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals, to force them to renounce their belief, or by physically destroying them if they refuse.

Torture Methods (15) – “Flying An Airplane”Flying an Airplane

Victims are forced to bend over while holding their legs straight. The person’s head is bent down until it cannot go down any further, while the hands are pulled up and held up to the highest point. The hips have to point up.

The body in this position looks like the shape of an airplane, which is how this torture de-rived its name. With the feet close together, the arms are lifted to the highest position and the hands must touch the wall.


1. Yu Lixin, female, 27, resident of Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Ms. Yu Lixin was detained at the Dalian City Detention Center because she practiced Falun Gong.

On the evening of April 15, 2001, she was forced to stand with her hands clasped behind her head and, at the same time, bow down at a 90-degree angle. Mean-while, she was beaten, kicked and shocked on the back of her neck with an electric baton.

There were bruises all over her body.

In the early morning on April 16, 2001, Ms. Yu was escorted to a room on the fifth floor, ostensibly to clean it. All of the rooms in the detention center had iron parapets enclosing the windows, except for the room that Ms. Yu was supposed to be cleaning.

Shortly after being escorted to the room, she was seen falling from the window. The fall killed her.

2. Li Binghua, male, 39, a farmer, resident of Yuxin Town, Tianmen City, Hubei Province

In May 2000, Mr. Li Binghua went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Consequently, he was arrested and sentenced to one year of forced labor at the Shayang Labor Camp.

The Labor Camp officers did not allow him to rest. Even when Mr. Li was walking, they forcefully made him walk as if “flying an airplane.”

They ceaselessly insulted him and took turns telling dirty stories and saying disgusting things in his ears. They intentionally pulled him out of the restroom when he was in the middle of urinating, and they did not let him use toilet tissue when he went to the toilet. They would stop him or put dirty things into his bowl when he had only finished half of his meal.

Four inmates, instigated by the camp officers, often took turns beating Mr. Li, slamming his head or body against the wall. This kind of torture occurred over a long period. As a result, Mr. Li began to exhibit the behavior of someone who is brain-damaged.

The labor camp authorities locked Mr. Li in a “solitary confinement” cell to isolate him from others.

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One Response to “Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (15) – Flying An Airplane”

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