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Falun Gong Practitioner Mr. Lu Chengling Died from Various Methods of Torture  
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Lu Chengling, male, 37, resident of Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province, China


Location of Death:

Yichun Labor Camp, Heilongjiang Province



Police Officers of Yichun Labor Camp, Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province


A brief report of the incident:


Lu Chengling was an employee of the Telephone Office of Jinshantun District, Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province. In July 1999, many local volunteer assistants of Falun Gong were arrested. Therefore, Lu Chengling and some other Falun Gong practitioners went to the local government to clarify the truth about Falun Gong, and to demand the release of the arrested volunteer assistants. However, the local government not only refused to listen to them, they arrested all these practitioners as well. Several days later, they sentenced some of the volunteer assistants to forced labor camps. They were among the first group of Falun Gong practitioners to be sentenced to labor camps. On October 20, 1999, Lu Chengling was sentenced to two and a half years of forced labor at the camp in Yichun City.


In the Yichun Labor Camp, Falun Gong practitioners suffered from all kinds of persecution. In order to force practitioners to renounce their beliefs, and "transform" them as soon as possible, the labor camp coupled threats with promises. Every day, they played the so-called "transformed practitioner" videotapes. When the promises did not work, they told the criminal prisoners to hang the practitioners up and beat them brutally—even to the point of death. More cruelly, they used plastic bags to cover the practitioners' heads to suffocate them, and then poured cold water onto their faces to make them regain consciousness. The practitioners were tortured this way until they were near death.


For more than a year, Lu Chengling suffered all kinds of persecution and painful torture at the labor camp, and passed through one difficulty after another. Around December 2000, he protested this cruel and illegal treatment by going on a hunger strike. During his hunger strike, he again suffered from all kinds of tortures associated with force-feeding. More than a month later, on January 25, 2001, Lu Chengling protested once again with a hunger strike. However, on January 29, 2001, his family was notified by the labor camp that "Lu Chengling died of heart disease suddenly after an all-out but ineffectual rescue at 10:40 a.m. on January 29, 2001." But Lu Chengling never before had any medical history of heart disease.


On January 31, 2001, before the cremation, the deceased's family demanded to see the corpse at the Yichun Municipal Hospital's mortuary. Waiting for them at the door of the mortuary was a van full of uniformed and plainclothes police. When the family arrived, the police immediately surrounded them and stipulated that no Falun Gong practitioners could enter. It was discovered during the autopsy that the deceased had a front tooth missing, and there was blood in his mouth. His left eye-lid was black and blue. On his lips were traces of bruises. In the middle of his head, there were three cuts: the middle one was about seven centimeters and the other two were about three centimeters. On the left and right sides of his chest, there were two big red stamps. From all over his back to his hips, there were thick purple dots, evenly distributed like the end of the sieve. There was a strip of marks around his Adam's apple that looked like handprints.


Lu Chengling's corpse was quickly cremated. It was classified as a "normal death" by the authorities. All participants involved in this death case were clearly recorded in the files, so no one could escape scrutiny.


(Reported on February 25, 2001)

type=Case,Death; type=Labor Camp,Yichun Labor Camp; location=Heilongjiang, Yichun

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