Editor's note: Many Falun Gong practitioners released from the Chinese communist regime's detention centres, prisons, or police stations have recalled being brutally tortured in an astounding variety of brutal ways. This report, the second in our new five-part series on torture methods, describes how officials employ everyday objects and even their own bodies to inflict harm on Falun Gong practitioners.
Inside China's prisons, everyday items that you would least expect are used to torture people. For example, a watermelon was used to hit a Falun Gong practitioner on the head, spoons and coins to scrape a practitioner's ribcage, and a hanger to strike someone in the throat.
In other words, as long as it inflicts harm, any object, such as metal, plastic, leather, rubber, wood, or paper, can be used as an instrument of torture.
The prison guards and police officers can hit practitioners anywhere on their bodies, but often focus on sensitive areas. Perpetrators frequently torture their victims in ways that produce the most pain, but leave the least visible injury, hoping that by doing so they can escape responsibility by “hiding the evidence”. The resulting injuries are sometimes so severe that practitioners are disabled or even die.
Below are some individual cases:
Shovel Driven into a Man's Chest Causes Instant Death
Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Dong Fengshan was beaten to death just six days after he was admitted to Siping Prison, Jilin Province. When he was unable to stand up after a brutal beating, a guard drove a sharp metal shovel into his chest, and he died instantly.
Sharpened PVC Pipe Used to Drill into Flesh
At Yinmahe Forced Labour Camp in Jilin, guard Shi Chunfeng tied Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Huang Yuedong to a bed and drilled four holes into his thighs and under his armpits with a one-inch-wide sharpened PVC pipe.
Each fist-sized hole perforated his chest and damaged his ribs. Shi put salt in the wounds in his thigh and brushed them with a toothbrush. He then put an electric shock baton into the holes and shocked him.
Chinese Medicine Doctor Stabbed with a Needle all Over His Body
Mr. Shao Chengluo, 60, a doctor of Chinese medicine, was sentenced to a seven-year prison term. Guards at Shandong Prison stabbed him with a needle, scraped his ribs with toothbrushes or wooden sticks, and twisted a toothbrush between his fingers.
One time, they tied Mr. Shao's hands and legs together and placed him on an upside down stool. They then kicked the stool out from under him.
The guards also instigated the inmates to pull out his eyebrows and whiskers. They put salt on his wounds and burned his knees and ankles with a hot iron. In an attempt to force feed him, they pried open his mouth with a screwdriver and damaged his teeth.
He had injuries all over his body, including a deformed spine, broken bones in his fingers and toes, and injuries to his neck, ribs, arms, and abdomen. His muscles atrophied, his weight dropped below 100 lbs, and he can no longer straighten the fingers on his left hand.
Mr. Shao Chengluo developed an infection after his ribs were smashed with a shoe brush
Ms. Geng Li Beat with Rolled Up Newspapers
Ms. Geng Li is covered with bruises after being brutally beaten in Xiheying Town Police Station, Wei County, Hebei
Ms. Geng Li was arrested and taken to the Xiheying Town Police Station in 2007. At least four policemen brutally beat her by slashing her mouth, face, head, and arms with newspaper rolls. When the paper rolls wore out, they made new ones and continued. Her face and her mouth were severely swollen.
They then shocked her with electric batons on her arms and back and tried to force her to kneel down. When she refused to comply, they kicked her legs until she could no longer stand.
At one point, an officer stepped on one of her legs, while another hit her knees with a rubber stick. They then pulled her up and hit her buttocks. One policeman also used a rubber stick to repeatedly hit her legs, feet, arms, and shoulders. The beating left her covered with purple bruises.
Spanking with a Washboard
Wang Shutian and Zhang Junqiang, heads of the Wuyi Resident Offices in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, pulled down Ms. Cao Kuilian's trousers and smacked her buttocks and thighs with a leather shoe until the sole broke. Zhang then took over and continued to beat her until he was exhausted.
Later they resumed the beating, with Wang holding her head to the floor. Zhang brought in a basin of water to soak a washboard and spanked Ms. Cao's bottom and thighs until the entire area became bloody and purple. The beating continued until the next morning.
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