Falun Gong Practitioners Brutally Tortured at Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center, Guangzhou City
(Clearwisdom.net) Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center was established as a charitable organization under the supervision of Guangzhou City, but under the direction and co-ordination of Guangzhou Security Department, Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center has been brutally torturing Falun Gong practitioners.
The following are the crimes committed by the key criminal Zhang Dazi (or 'Dr. Zhang' as he is called in the hospital) at Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center:
Zhang Dazi originally came from Guangzhou, Hubei Province. On May 4, 2001, Zhang said to Falun Gong practitioners, "We kill people like we kill ants in this hospital. We have a mortuary here and nobody has ever investigated who went in there. I issue death certificates, and nobody will ever find out the real cause of the death."
On May 2, 2001, more than ten female practitioners were transferred from Shahe Detention Center to Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center. Because they refused to disclose their names, they were brutally beaten by a group of male drug addicts as ordered by Zhang Dazi. The drug addicts divided themselves into groups, with three male drug addicts beating one female practitioner using thick iron batons. They beat them with all their might until the practitioners lost consciousness. These practitioners were so violently battered that they were full of bruises, bluish and purple colors, and open wounds. Those witnessing the crime were completely shocked and terrified by the extreme degree of violence. A 60-year-old female practitioner and a 20-year-old female practitioner lay on the ground unconscious and their faces were swollen with bruises. Pleased with their accomplishment, the perpetrators left the scene without turning their heads.
On May 13, 2001, Zhang Dazi instructed eight to nine male drug addicts to break into the female section of the hospital and drag out a female practitioner who refused to disclose her name. A few practitioners tried to stop them. They then turned their attention to these female practitioners. Some used planks to hit the practitioners, some kicked and punched them, and some threw the female practitioners to the floor and choked them. They stopped only when the female practitioners were so severely beaten that they had all lost consciousness. Then these vicious criminals took away the practitioner who refused to disclose her name.
This practitioner was violently beaten when she was taken to another place. In the evening, two practitioners, suppressing the pain from their earlier beating, went to see the practitioner who lay on the ground unconscious.
Everyday, the sounds of people being beaten were heard from the male cells. It was usual for five to six dead bodies to be carried out of the cells each day. Someone said a male practitioner doing the exercises got beaten to death and his body was carried out of his cell. The hospital blocked all information and secretly treated the bodies in the mortuary. Nobody knows how many practitioners have been tortured to death in this living hell.
Zhang Dazi proudly presented the 'outcomes' to Guangzhou "610 Office" (a bureau specifically created by the Chinese government to persecute Falun Gong. It has absolute power over each level of administration in the party, as well as over the political and judiciary branches) and was 'recognized' and 'supported' by the Office. This has turned Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center into a designated site for torturing practitioners and a key learning center for other mental hospitals.
On May 9, 2001, Zhang Dazi instructed his people to demand that practitioners "write a thank-you letter to express your appreciation to the hospital for curing your illnesses. Either you write the letter or you risk another serious beating."
Practitioners who were on hunger strike had been suffering from the vicious torture on a daily basis. Those who were transferred from Shahe Detention Center had been here for more than a year by this time.
On May 14, 2001, all the practitioners started another hunger strike and asked for their unconditional release. Zhang Dazi was somewhat frightened, but the Executive Director of the hospital decided to continue to detain and torture practitioners. All information relating to their maltreatment was blocked.
Under the disguise of a "governmental organization," the hospital officially set up an area where taking drugs is "legal." Under the pretext of rehabilitation, the drug addicts legally dealt with "doctors" in selling and buying drugs. At the same time, the "doctors" recruited male drug addicts to torture practitioners. Practitioners in the hospital lost all their belongings and money to these thugs.
It is difficult to estimate how many people have been transferred to this hospital, as the number of people involved has been quite enormous. Anyone released by the hospital had to pay 600 Yuan (the monthly average income of Chinese people in the rural areas is 400 Yuan). The hospital also sold death certificates.
Some of the practitioners were released by the hospital but were transferred to brainwashing classes or forced labor camps by the Security Department. Some of these practitioners started hunger strikes and their weight dropped from 60 kilograms (approximately 130 pounds) to around 20 kilograms (approximately 50 pounds). They looked like skeletons and were quite close to death. The Security Department informed the families of these practitioners to pick them up, while extorting money from them for their release. Only very few practitioners have been released and have had the opportunity to expose the crimes that took place inside the hospital.
A 60-year-old practitioner was arrested for clarifying the truth about Dafa. She was initially detained in Chatou Detention Center, but since she refused to disclose her name, in October 2001, the Security Department of Yuexiu Region, Guangzhou City, sent her to Tianhe Detention Center. She was transferred to Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center after two days. This practitioner kept her 950 Yuan in a safe place. This angered the drug addicts and they threatened to beat her, but a man stopped them. After the practitioner was imprisoned for 97 days, she safely escaped from the Center. She said that the Center was a filthy place where everyone had sores and skin ulcers all over their bodies. She was kept in the same cells as drug addicts. Some of the cellmates came to know about the truth of Dafa. After they were released, they contacted the families of practitioners and asked them to bail the practitioners out. Although the hospital made known to people that as long as they paid, they would be released, Dafa practitioners were exceptions.
We hope that kind-hearted people in the world will take heed of the situation in China and stop the persecution.
Baiyun Mental Rehabilitation Center
Address: Tonghe, Guangzhou
Phone: 86-20-37386065 Executive Director: 86-20-37386119