The Chinese communist regime has been using psychiatric hospitals to reform dissidents for decades. Several testimonies revealed the horror suffered by the citizens in these institutions. One of the cases that shocked public opinion was that of Liu Hongzhi, who was again in one of these dreadful hospitals.
Following the incident at the Tianjiayi chemical plant in Chenjiagang that killed 78 people and left a hundred injured, Liu denounced the corruption and negligence of Chinese Communist Party officials as responsible for the tragedy.
The young man’s denunciations spread throughout Chinese social media. Although posts mentioning the accident were later censored, Liu did not give up and joined the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong in 2019.
Liu’s dissidence infuriated the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which arrested him and charged him with “picking quarrels and provoking fights.” This is the most common crime used by the Chinese regime to accuse dissidents, typified in article 293 of the Chinese Penal Code.
Later, the Chinese justice, which works as a rubber stamp for the regime, declared that Liu had mental problems and sent him to a psychiatric hospital.
At the psychiatric center, the young man was subjected to extreme torture and routinely exposed to strong drugs to reform his thoughts, forcing him to abandon his anti-CCP views and ideas.
Although he was released in 2020, Liu’s family commented that in early November this year, he was taken away again after being encouraged to publicly denounce the abuses he suffered in 2019 in the psychiatric hospital.
321 explosion exposed CCP corruption
Explosion 321, was a terrible accident that occurred on March 21, 2019, at the Tianjiayi chemical plant in Chenjiagang Jiangsu. According to an official count, the explosion killed more than 78 people and seriously injured about 617, but it is estimated that the number of victims could be higher.
The direct cause of the accident was that the nitrification waste stored illegally for a long time in the former Tianjiayi company’s solid waste repository continued to accumulate heat and heat up, which caused the explosion.
However, it was never determined why the officials did not use the money to perform the mandatory inspections or what they did with the money.
The accident research team determined that the Tianjiayi company ignored national safety and environmental protection laws and regulations.
The chemical plant authorities deliberately concealed reports, illegally disposed of nitrification waste, falsified daily inspections, and built unauthorized solid waste tanks.
Following the accident, the CCP prohibited discussions of the incident on the internet and in homes, it did not provide explanations to journalists either.
In this context, Liu Hongzhi, one of the survivors of the explosion, became one of the most critical of the incident using social media to denounce the corruption of officials of the Chinese communist regime.
Liu, on several occasions, expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of response to requests for a full report on the accident, which many demanded.
Illegal arrests in psychiatric hospitals
According to a report by Safeguard Defenders, police and agents continue to detain critics of the Chinese communist regime in psychiatric hospitals.
These medical institutions function as brainwashing centers for dissidents, petitioners, activists, and religious people detained here with diagnoses of “mentally ill” solely to silence them.
Likewise, doctors and hospitals are coerced by the CCP or collude with them to allow these abuses.
“The diagnosis is tailored by the hospital to suit the needs of the CCP, so human rights defenders can be detained and persecuted at will,” said Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese lawyer based in the United States.
After being admitted to the hospital, victims may remain there for months, even years. Nine victims have been detained for more than 10 years. Others have been released but locked up on several occasions.
The report revealed that 99 people were locked up in psychiatric wards, and a single person was locked up 144 times in the seven years from 2015 to 2021. It also reported that, in China, there are some 109 hospitals in 21 provinces, municipalities or regions dedicated to locking up healthy citizens for their dissent or beliefs.
In these psychiatric centers, patients are physically and mentally abused, subjected to extreme torture, painful electroconvulsive therapy without anesthesia, tied to their beds where they are left for hours, humiliated in their own feces, beaten and isolated.
People in these mental institutions are also denied contact with family members or lawyers, even by telephone.
After their release, the victims suffer severe physical and psychological trauma, weight loss, scarring and muscle atrophy.
In addition, after long treatments of forced medication, people are psychologically affected, suffer night terrors, tremors and suicidal thoughts, and some even have signs of dementia.
On the other hand, people persecuted for their faith are also subjected to these abuses, with Falun Gong practitioners being the most affected.
It is estimated that about 1,000 Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) practitioners were tortured in Chinese psychiatric hospitals, although the actual number is probably much higher.
Abuses of Falun Gong practitioners in psychiatric hospitals are documented by organizations such as the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Human Rights Watch, and the Geneva Psychiatric Treatment Committee.
“They are not patients, they are here to be re-educated… Most of them are Falun Gong extremists who have been to Beijing to protest,” Amnesty International reported through research, according to FalunInfo.net.
In 2013, the CCP put into effect a new mental health law that banned involuntary institutionalization. But despite the laws in writing, the CCP continues to act as it sees fit.
“It doesn’t matter how well drafted a law is: if there are no checks and balances on its implementation, then it’s useless,” said jurist Chen.
The CCP excuses itself by saying that it takes these actions in order to “maintain stability,” but, on the contrary, it only causes much suffering to the Chinese people.
In its struggle for control, the Chinese regime has spared resources, and psychiatric hospitals have become hell for anyone who thinks differently from the CCP.