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A Chinese Christian woman revealed the mental abuse she endured at a Chinese “indoctrination camp,” including how police withheld sleep after she refused to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ.
Jian Yongjiu, a member of The Church of Almighty God, told Bitter Winter magazine that after she was arrested for “organizing and using an organization to undermine state law enforcement," she was sent to a “legal education center” in Hangzhou city, in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang.
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She told the outlet that while she was not physically harmed, she endured “mental torture” that sought to destroy her mind and spirit.
“For a person of faith, being subjected to mandatory indoctrination not only causes mental anguish but more so, the soul is subjected to unbearable repression and agony,” she said.
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Jian described prison-like conditions, complete with 24/7 surveillance and small, padlocked rooms with little more than a skylight. Guards escorted her everywhere she went, and two “tutors,” specially trained to help detainees undergo “ideological transformation,” slept beside her every night. A surveillance camera was aimed directly at Jian’s bed to watch for any attempts to pray secretly.
During the day, Jian participated in several hours-long indoctrination classes, where she was forced to watch Chinese Communist Party propaganda videos, study Chinese President Xi Jinping's teachings, and sing songs thanking the Party. After several days of this, she was shown videos criticizing Christianity and ordered to complete “homework,” which required her to write words blaspheming God.
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“Every day, I was forced to watch content that condemned and slandered my faith, but I wasn’t allowed to refute it,” she said, adding that the homework was “like “stepping onto a battlefield.”
Once, the tutors told Jian to clearly write blasphemous words about God. She refused to do so, and asked, “The national constitution expressly provides for the freedom of belief of...
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