Thoughts from Looking Back at the Brainwashing Songs

Mu Xiangjie

PureInsight | February 17, 2006

[] The Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) has been using songs to forcefully brainwash
Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China. It is even planning to use
the same method to poison people all over the world. In Mainland China,
using songs or sketches or comic dialogues to permeate the minds of
Chinese people with the evil party culture of the CCP and brainwash
them is very common. Even little kids are subjected to such things.
When I was a child, the only music performances that I was allowed to
watch were the CCP's "model operas" such as "The Red Lantern." Every
Tuesday my school arranged for us to watch "children's programming"
that was heavily saturated with the evil party's culture. Even the
games that we played were not immune from that. For example, we often
played a hand-clapping game as children. As we clapped our hands, we
sang, "Let's clap our hands together the first time, a child is about
to take an airplane ride. Let's clap our hands together the second
time, two girls wear braids…….Let's clap our hands together the tenth
time, let's see which one of us can beat down Chiang Kai Shek." We were
only 4 or 5 years old at that time and too young to go to school. None
of us even knew who Chiang Kai Shek was. But even then the evil party
had forcefully planted seeds of hatred into our young minds and
polluted our innocent hearts.

Every single Chinese person who lives in Mainland China grew up in such
an anomalous environment. But at the same time, precisely because we
grew up in the land of China, we are also the most fortunate people
because Falun Dafa was first taught in Mainland China. More fortunately
for me, I obtained the Fa at the end of 1998.

I was overwhelmed by the magic power of Dafa and the boundless
compassion of Master Li Hongzhi. I had been ill for more than ten
years. Once I started to practice Falun Dafa, all the diseases that I
had used to suffer from miraculously vanished. I went from being lonely
and depressed to outgoing and optimistic. My whole way of looking at
the world changed completely. I finally knew what the purpose of a
human life is and why a person should be good. Just as Dafa enlightened
me with the true meaning of Dafa and I was doing my best to contribute
to the society and give to others, a sudden storm took place. The CCP
started a large-scale crackdown against Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999.
Just like Chairman Mao, the head of the CCP, once said, "The Cultural
Revolution should be held once every 10 years." The Tiananmen Massacre
took place on June 4th, 1989. The crackdown against Falun Gong ten
years later in 1999 had long been planned by the heads of the CCP.

On July 21, 1999, it really felt that the sky had fallen and the ground
had sunk. All the propaganda machines in Mainland China, including all
the newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations, spread slander and
lies against Falun Gong. It was as if dark clouds had covered every
single corner of China. I hadn't lived through the Cultural Revolution.
I was naïve and didn't realize what was going on. I simply thought that
the crackdown took place because the government didn't know the truth
about Falun Gong and had made a mistake. I felt that once it realized
the truth, it would acknowledge the mistake it had made.

In order to let people know the truth about Falun Gong and let the
Chinese leaders hear what is in the hearts of ordinary Chinese people,
I went to Beijing in October of 1999 to appeal for Falun Gong. I simply
wanted to tell everyone that, as an ordinary Chinese citizen, I had
been practicing Falun Gong and Falun Gong is very good. I only went to
a place that didn't block anyone's road to practice the Falun Gong
exercises. I only went to the Appeals' Office to tell them about my
experience of practicing Falun Gong. I only went to Tiananmen Square to
unfurl a banner with the words "Falun Dafa is good" written on it.
Because of that, I was arrested a total of three times where I was
brutally beaten and forced to attend brainwashing sessions. I was
detained 15 days the first time, 10 months the second time, and 3 years
the third time. I was only 23 years old when I was first arrested. By
the time I was released from prison the third time, I was 27 years old.
At the age of 27, I was supposed to be at my peak. But because of the
torture that I had experienced in prison, a lot of my hair had turned
white by then.

In December of 1999, I was transported in a prison vehicle from
Tianjing City Hongqiao Detention Center to Banqiao Female Labor Camp in
Dagang District, Tianjing City. At 6 AM on January 25, 2000, several
fellow practitioners and I practiced the Falun Gong exercises in the
courtyard inside the labor camp. Two policemen with the surnames of Pan
and Song ordered several inmates to handcuff Pei Meiyu, an ethnic
Korean Falun Gong practitioner from northeastern China, and me against
an iron fence outdoors while the ground was covered in deep snow. They
used four electric batons to hit us simultaneously. I was tortured for
seven days and nights. But I didn't give in. A former practitioner
named Qin Yunxia had been brainwashed and enlightened along an evil
path. She brainwashed many fellow practitioners. It was very cold
outside. Inside they were dancing and singing as if they had gone mad.
Under immense pressure, many practitioners wrote pledges and statements
of remorse promising to give up practicing Falun Gong. Every day they
were forced to study the works of Carl Marx and the works of Chairman
Mao Zedong. Former practitioners who had been brainwashed, guards, and
inmates began to make up lies about me, isolate me and attack me. They
made all inmates stay away from me and attack me. What I heard all day
were things like, "So everyone else is wrong and you are the only one
who is right?" "Why don't you quickly look inward?" "Look inward!"
"Don't you think you are wrong?" The labor camp quickly set up a
so-called "Dafa platoon." The vast majority of people there were former
practitioners who had been brainwashed, with only 1 or 2 who had not
been brainwashed yet. I was sent to that platoon. What went on there
shocked me. Those ladies had once been like sisters to me. At one time
we were as close as being from the same family. But they had changed.
Their complete transformation made me feel terrified. Some of them
carried on lesbian relationships among themselves. Some of them hit
each other when arguments broke out. Some assisted the guards in
brainwashing Falun Gong practitioners who hadn't been brainwashed,
torturing them mentally and physically. They had completely gone
against the patient guidance of Master Li and the standard of
"Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance." Every day, guards at the labor
camp used "Works of Carl Marx," "Works of Chairman Mao," and books that
slandered Falun Gong to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners.

On January 2, 2001, I was sent from the Tianjing City Hongqiao
Detention Center to the Banqiao Female Labor Camp in Dagang District,
Tianjing City for the second time. Once again the guards used Communist
writings by Carl Marx, Lenin and others to brainwash Falun Gong
practitioners. Everyone at the labor camp sang a song called "A New
Age." The song was repeatedly sung day after day.

Almost every single practitioner there had been brainwashed. It was as
if they had turned into robots controlled by others. There were very
few practitioners left who could withstand the immense pressure and
hadn't been brainwashed. Once a guard tried to "talk" to me and
brainwash me. When she began to curse at Dafa, I told her, "Cult? The
Communist Party is the real large cult! It promotes the worshipping of
the head of the cult and is corrupted from top to bottom." She looked
at me and said dejectedly, "I know. I know that too. But how could the
arm be stronger than the leg (meaning that the Communist Party is too
powerful)?" From September of 2001 to September of 2002, over a period
of one year, the guards at the labor camp forced inmates to sing
"revolution songs" that praise the evil Party every morning. Every
person had to know at least two such songs. The entire labor camp was
filled with an evil atmosphere, and it was suffocating. Once all the
inmates were ordered by guards to gather in the courtyard and sing
songs that praise the evil party together. A Falun Gong practitioner
named Wu Qiong, a lady around 50 years old, refused to sing the songs.
The guards punished her by forcing her to remain standing for a long
period of time. Because I refused to sing those songs too, I wasn't
allowed to attend any leisure activities from then on.

In March of 2003, all the inmates, including Falun Gong practitioners,
were ordered to pick out beans in the workshop. Because they were
forced to work long hours and also tortured physically and mentally,
those people had no humanity left. Their minds had become numb, but
their bodies still felt pain. Watching them living in such misery and
their tired faces, I couldn't stop from crying. A guard on duty called
me over and asked why I was crying. I pointed at a white-haired elderly
Falun Gong practitioner who with a great deal of difficulty walked by
us carrying a bag filled with more than 100 pounds of beans and said,
"Is this a place that human beings should live in? What have they done
wrong?" At that point, I was heartbroken. The guard looked at me and
cried as well. She said, ‘Mu Xiangjie, I know that. But I am powerless
to change anything." She took my hands into hers, and cried with me. I
knew that it was a being showing her real feelings and displaying a
true picture of her humanity.

In April of 2003, it was as if the guards at the labor camp had gone
mad. They had their eyesight set only increasing the so-called
"transformation rate" and forced all the inmates to attend brainwashing
sessions. They forced Falun Gong practitioners to read books that
slandered Falun Gong. There were only two Falun Gong practitioners left
in my platoon, me and an older lady named Feng Chunzhi from Wuqing
Distrct. We steadfastly refused to participate in the reading. The head
of the platoon, a puppet of the guards, forced a lady with the surname
of Li who was being detained at the labor camp for her belief in
Christianity to read out loud. She had no choice but to stand there and
read. I couldn't help from touching my hands against her back with
tears streaming down my face. She turned toward me suddenly, held my
hands, and said, "My dear little sister, I know you are only trying to
look out for me. I have no choice but to do this. I've read the words
with my mouth. But I truly believe that Falun Gong is good."

I spent countless nights at the labor camp without being able to sleep
at all. It seemed that every day I shed endless tears. Loud speakers at
the labor camp blasted things that slandered Falun Gong. I felt that my
heart was about to break. A holy belief system was trampled on
groundlessly there. I painted pictures of Buddhas and gave them to my
friends there. But guard Wu Jing tore all my paintings to pieces
because the CCP forbids people to have their own beliefs.

During the three years I spent at the labor camp, guards there assigned
inmates to watch over me 24 hours a day. They were given notebooks and
told to record everything I did, including my facial expressions and
expressions in my eyes. They often falsified the record based on orders
from the guards or out of their own will, with the only objective being
that they could claim they were not responsible if I were tortured to
death. At the same time, they also tortured me mentally. Several newly
appointed "watchers" went to the guards after three days and told them
that they couldn't do it anymore, as they couldn't treat another person
like that. I spent time in two so-called "Dafa platoons" for a total of
more than a month. After I clarified the truth about Falun Gong with
wisdom there, many practitioners who had been brainwashed came to their
senses. The head of the platoon, a former practitioner who had been
brainwashed, reported me to the guards, who then moved me. They forbade
anyone to speak to me and told inmates that anyone who dared to speak
to me would get her sentence increased (their instruction was secretly
told to me by my friends at the labor camp).

During the last several decades while ruing Mainland China, the CCP has
been madly brainwashing the Chinese people in order to control their
minds and behavior, with the final goal being to strengthen its regime.
Now the dirty hands of CCP have even reached outside of China. CCP is
trying to use "The Same Song," a brainwashing song filled with the
elements of the evil Party, to poison people all over the world. I urge
people from all walks of life outside of China who don't know about the
evil nature of the CCP not to fall prey to it and not to be confused by
its made-up external appearance.

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