Theme: III. Persecution in China
Once in jail and subjected to brutal torture, brainwashing and forced labor, Falun Gong practitioners have no means of appeal other than a hunger strike. Prison guards often use force-feeding as a form of torture. During force feedings, the guards hold down the victim and pry open the mouth with metal clamps. They then force a course rubber tube down the esophagus or insert a tube through the nostrils. They pour in substances such as a mixture of water and cornmeal, concentrated salt solutions, hot chili paste and even human excretory waste. The intention is to inflict pain so as to break the will. Such torture is extremely painful and is the most common cause of death.