According to her religious beliefs, a 59-year-old woman who suffered more than 20 different tortures during 10 years of imprisonment and frequent harassment in her home died on March 12. report Minghui.org, a US-based website that records the persecution of Buddhist Falun Gong in China.
Originally from Shenyang, Liaoning Province, northeastern China, Wang Sumei died the day after his son took her from his sister’s house.
During her last 33 months, the king’s sister was taking care of her after her husband abandoned her. After 10 years of imprisonment, a 56-year-old woman left a weakened body, blurred vision, tooth mobility, and gray hair. The king reportedly lost most of his eyesight and could not go out alone.
The torture and imprisonment that the king endured began for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
At 4:30 am on July 21, 2008, police in Shenbei New District, Shenyang, broke into her house and detained the king for the need to ensure “social stability” in the capital. report About her situation.
The incident recorded on Minghui.org revealed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had ordered police to arrest Falun Gong practitioners across China prior to the 2008 Olympics.
Since July 1999, CCP has launched a systematic campaign to eradicate Falun Gong because of its popularity. Falun Gong, introduced to the Chinese in 1992, had more than 70 to 100 million practitioners by the end of the century.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual self-improvement system consisting of a series of Qigong exercises and moral teachings based on the universal values of honesty, compassion, and tolerance. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party has promoted materialism and atheism in Chinese society and has suppressed independent religious practices since the beginning of its reign.
The king began practicing Falun Gong in 1998. By following the principles of honesty, compassion and forgiveness in her daily life, those who knew the king said she was happier than ever. She suffered from migraines, gynecological problems, and other illnesses. After a month of practice, her physical discomfort disappeared.
But in December 2008, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her beliefs.
Forced labor and torture
The king’s first eight days of torture reportedly included being forced to stand in a basin filled with frozen water. Other prisoners were tasked with exchanging water to make sure the water was cold enough.
She was subsequently imprisoned in the Liaoning Women’s Prison for three months starting March 3, 2009.
From 7 am to 7 pm daily, the king forced labor and made sweaters as part of the eighth section of the prison. After 12 hours of work, police stood her up and she was not allowed to rest until 1 am. She was given a meal once a day with very little food.
Inmates were advised to beat her, even when she was in the assigned labor — they didn’t need a reason. They pinched her thighs for 5-6 minutes, the report said. Her face was often swollen due to slaps from other prisoners. Once, one prisoner was counted as another and slapped 27 times.
Persecution tactics: threat, coercion
The report also detailed the torture methods used against the king to demoralize her, hoping to force her to abandon her faith.
In one tactic, guards trap individual Falun Gong learners with two other selmate and are tortured if the Falun Gong learners refuse to abandon their faith or attempt to practice Falun Gong. They said. Under such pressure, many prisoners will often monitor, abuse, beat, and even participate in the torture of Falun Gong practitioners.
In the case of Wang, her fellow selmate participated in waterboarding her with a barrel. They held her head in the water and pulled it out just before she choked. The king remembered when they did this to her ten times before she lost consciousness.
The king also told her selmate that if she helped her in an effort to dismantle her, she could earn points or shorten her sentence.
“If we can’t control you, we can deduct our points and reduce our term,” recalled one selmate, the king said.
Her guards frequently changed selmate and used different methods to torture her, as the king did not abandon her faith. One selmate often pushed her teeth and another selmate kept her mouth open. This did not leave her visible injuries, but her teeth were loose on her gums.
To prevent the king from exercising Falun Gong, she handcuffed her from behind with one arm on her shoulder, even while she was eating or sleeping.
Another option was to handcuff her to bed. Once, she was tied to bed every night for a month. Her selmate was told not to talk to her. When she shouted, “Falun Dafa is good,” they taped her mouth.
When the king had not yet abandoned her faith, her guards attempted to confine her in a cell. She was damp and cold in winter, with only small windows near the ceiling, and was isolated in a bed-sized cell. The king was put in such a cell many times.
She remembered an experience in her cell. She folded her hands behind her back and couldn’t eat, so she started a hunger strike. Three days later, her guards sent her to the hospital, where she was tied to bed for 24 hours and forced to feed for 42 days.
Every second was torture — torture of the body and soul, the king spoke to Mingui before her death. “The decade of persecution is beyond explanation,” she said.
Melanie Sun contributed to this report.