The Cultural Revolution and Beyond РWei Jingsheng (魏京生)

Wei Jingsheng (È≠è‰∫¨Áîü) is one of China’s best-known democracy and human rights activists, now living in the U.S.. This article is based on his presentation at Living Without Freedom, May 5-6, 2007. From Foreign Policy Research Institute website:

… During my 18 years in prison, I was kept in strictly solitary confinement for three years. The rest of the time, although I was held alone in a cell, it was not as strict; I could chat with guards and fellow prisoners. During the three years of solitary confinement, there was a period of more than a year when I was not let out of my tiny cell even once. No one was allowed to speak with me; the door was always closed. Food was delivered through a small opening in the lower part of the iron cell door. Outside my window there was a small yard, but even that no one was allowed to enter. In this environment of complete isolation from the outside world, a person begins to slowly lose his endurance. An indescribable feeling of torment comes forth from within. Many people in this sort of situation lose their sense of reason; more serious cases go insane, becoming mentally ill. Many political prisoners are driven mad this way, including those imprisoned as a result of political fights within the Chinese Communist Party. [Full Text]

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