Rumor on Hunger Strike by Falun Gong
The rumor about the hunger strike carried on
Institute has been completely denied as "absolute
by local former Falun Gong Practitioners.
It was lunch time in the Masanjia
Reeducation Institute in
this capital of northeast China' s Liaoning
Province, a place
famous for its success in reeducating over 90 percent of the
Falun Gong practitioners it has accommodated.
The big and well-lit dining
hall was packed with inmates
eating their meals, which consisted of meat,
potato, pickles and rice.
Zhang Yanli, a former Falun Gong practitioner
said the food here is much better than she had expected.
is colorful and we have different food for three
meals a day," said
whether the recent rumor spread by U.S. Falun Gong
practitioners that over 130
inmates here were on a hunger
strike was correct, Zhang refuted it as
Deputy Head of the institute Sun Fengwu was also
angry. "How come they have started such a big rumor
dormitory, Li Xiuqin, having had a cold for several
days, was alone in bed
while others were still out dining.
Since she had no appetite, instructor
Su Jing had asked the
chef to make something special for her.
In the visiting room,
inmate Sun Guizhen was meeting with her
husband, daughter and grandson. Fifty
six-year-old Sun was put
into the institute for disturbing the social
"The past for me is like a nightmare," she said,
"each time I
my husband, daughter and grandson, I regret having
followed Falun Gong. How
pleasant it is to be happily together
with my family like now."
Sun's daughter said the
family members have all set their
hearts at rest after finding out
through several visits that
the situation in this institute is quite good.
Sun and her
family later had lunch together in the guesthouse
of the institute, a place
providing accommodation especially
for those coming here to meet their
relatives or friends.
Equipped with a color television and other
no difference from any other ordinary hotel.
In front of the dormitory
on the square stands a flagpole.
Every Monday morning, like most
Chinese units everywhere, a
flag raising ceremony is held with all of the
Inmates here also have different kinds of entertainment like
volleyball, and various cultural activities. They
can also watch television
every evening and on weekends.
"We watched the announcement of Beijing's
successful bid for
2008 Olympics on television," said inmate Liu Shuwen,
were all very
happy for Beijing and very proud of our own
Instructor Su believed that
the facts speak for themselves and
the rumors are just rumors.
The fact why the rumors
arise is just because most of the
inmates at the institute have learned
about the cult nature of
Falun Gong and the evils of Li Hongzhi through
has therefore often become the target of rumors
by certain ill-motivated
affirmed that no matter what rumors there are,
reeducation efforts for
these former Falun Gong practitioners
will continue. "We will never let
those evil attempts come
true," she said.
(People's Daily 08/30/2001)