Paintings on the Theme of "Torture" by Falun Gong Practitioners: "Tiger Bench"

PureInsight | December 6, 2004

Pastel: "Tiger Bench" by Wang Zhiping (39in X 27.5in), 2004

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[] [Editors' Note: After Jiang Zemin's regime had been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for five years since July 20, 1999, Falun Gong practitioners who are artists by profession hope to express the joy of Falun Gong practitioners have experienced since they started their Falun Gong cultivation practice, their invincible righteousness that helps them brave the cruel tortures and bloody persecution, their continuous pursuit of Falun Gong's cultivation principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and their faith that righteousness shall ultimately prevail over evil.]

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This painting realistically portrays one of the cruelest tortures that the Chinese police subject Falun Gong practitioners to: the Tiger Bench. During this torture, police tie the victim's legs tightly to the tiger bench using belts. They then put bricks or some other hard objects under the victim's feet. They keep adding layers of bricks until the belts break. Victims endure excruciating pain and often pass out during these torture sessions.

Other tortures are often used on the victim at the same time, including shocking the victim with stun batons, cuffing the hands behind the back, burning the body with cigarettes, inserting wood slivers under the fingernails, stabbing the ribs with a sharp pen, hitting the cheekbones with a screwdriver, slapping the face, pricking thumbtacks into the face, and "reining" the mouth tightly with a rope (oftentimes the victim cannot close his mouth since the two corners have been badly torn.)

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