Paintings on the Theme of "Torture" by Falun Gong Practitioners: "Force-Feeding"

PureInsight | December 20, 2004

Oil on Canvas: "Force-Feeding" by Wang Weixing (22in X 30in), 2004

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[] This is a realistic portrait of a type of torture that the Chinese police commonly use on Falun Gong practitioners and is the number one cause of death among Falun Gong practitioners so abused --- punitive force-feeding. Almost every Falun Gong practitioner who has gone on a hunger strike in forced detention has suffered from abusive forced-feeding. Many practitioners not even on hunger strikes have also been tortured using this method. The painting "Force-Feeding" portrays a scene where three Chinese police officers torturing a female Falun Gong practitioner with punitive force-feeding.

The purpose of criminal force-feeding is never to nourish, but rather to punish practitioners and to cause so much pain that they will renounce their belief in Falun Dafa. To that end, the police have used many different methods to cause excruciating pain and injury, including: repeatedly inserting and withdrawing the feeding tubes, leaving the feeding tube in the stomach, knocking off teeth during force-feeding, force-feeding highly concentrated saline solution, vinegar, hard liquor, hot pepper oil, mustard oil, boiling water, urine and feces and other harmful contents. Many Falun Gong practitioners who have survived the repeated torture of force-feeding are still suffering from the severe and permanent injuries the forced feeding has done to their organs.

The Chinese police use punitive force-feeding to inflict physical and psychological torment on Falun Gong practitioners. It is excruciatingly painful as well as humiliating to be force-fed saturated salt-water, hot pepper juices, hard alcohol, detergent, urine and feces. Some Chinese police, for their sadistic enjoyment, even order prisoners to heap on additional abuse during these force-feedings. For example, the Chinese police would order prisoners to pump air into Falun Gong practitioners' stomach after force-feeding them saturated salt-water, and then ordered inmates to stomp hard on practitioners' stomach to eject the saturated salt-water and in the process burn practitioners' eyes and noses. Or, when Falun Gong practitioners suffer from persistent diarrheas as a result of being forced-fed with any of the aforementioned substances, the Chinese police would deny them the access to the restroom, tie them upside down to a metal gate of the cells and, for their own entertainment, watch the practitioners suffer from the humiliation of defecating on themselves.

To prevent practitioners from resisting such punitive force-feeding, the police would restrain the practitioners from moving, using various approaches such as handcuffing their hands behind the back and forcing them into heavy shackles and wearing heavy tank helmets that restrain head movements. Sometimes they would subject practitioners to the "Flying Swallow" [1] torture prior to the force-feeding, to immobilize them.

[1] During the "Flying Swallow" torture, practitioners' lower bodies are fastened onto the floor. Six to ten police officers and inmates hold the practitioner's arms and pull backwards. Some of them bend the practitioner's head and upper body down until practitioner's foreheads touch their knees. They usually perform this torture for several hours or more than ten hours each time. The even crueler thing is that, when some practitioners are trembling all over and cannot even stand up, the police stuff them underneath a low bed, with their upper part of the body pressing down on the lower part.

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