Monday, December 14th, 2009
So, yes, as the most cursory online research makes clear, Epoch Times is run by the Falun Gong. But they’ve a legitimate beef with this repressive regime by any objective standard, and there are multiple sources of substantiation on the issue of organ harvesting in China: Harry Wu, USA today, the Canadian report cited below, the various sources that Epoch Times itself has brought forward in an attempt to expose the issue… it’s difficult to deny that vivisection is being carried out by the Chinese state.
Update (2009/12/21): It’s emerged in the past day that Israel had been harvesting organs from dead soldiers and Palestinians without the permission of next-of-kin, although they say this practice ceased in the 1990′s. Suffice it to say, China isn’t the only country engaging in grotesque practices of this sort though there is no suggestion that any organs were harvested from living victims in Israel. None of which moderates or excuses the behaviour, but the facts must be known.
Stephen Gregory, Epoch Times
December 14, 2009
|‘Organ Crimes.’ Oil painting depicting the seizure of organs from a living Falun Gong practitioner in China. Xiqiang Dong is the artist. (Image courtesy of Xiqiang Dong.)|
An eyewitness has recounted in vivid detail the story of a woman in China–a high school teacher in her 30s–who was detained, tortured, raped, and finally operated on to extract her organs while she was still alive.
“I have witnessed all these with my own eyes, but I regret that I didn’t take any photos,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
This testimony is the first eyewitness account of harvesting organs from a living Falun Gong practitioner. The Epoch Times broke the story of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in March 2006, but The Epoch Times investigations and those of independent researchers have relied on forms of evidence other than eyewitness testimony.
A 30-minute interview, in two separate conversations, was carried out by an investigator from the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), and a recording is available on its Web site.
The events took place in 2002, but investigators located the policeman only this month.
According to the interview transcript, the witness worked for the public security system of Liaoning Province in 2002 and he himself had participated in torturing and interrogating Falun Gong practitioners “many times.”
On April 9, 2002, two military surgeons came to the makeshift “black jail,” a small hotel rented as a “training center,” according to the witness. One of the military surgeons was from the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and the other one was a graduate of the Second Military Medical University, he said. They took the woman to a hospital.
“At that time, we had been interrogating and severely torturing her for about a week,” he said. “She already had countless wounds on her body. Also, [we] used electrical batons to beat her. She had already become delirious.”