Falun Gong lies slammed by hospital
By Le Tian (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-04-13 05:47
Hospital officials in Northeast China have lashed out at rumours made by the
banned Falun Gong that it had detained followers of the cult, harvested their
organs and incinerated their bodies, saying "the accusations are sheer lies."
of the Liaoning Thrombosis Treatment Centre of Integrated Chinese and Western
Medicine in Shenyang, in Liaoning Province, said yesterday their hospital lacks
the required facilities to conduct organ transplants and has no basement to
house the Falun Gong practitioners.
|Zhang Xu, a
senior official from the Liaoning Thrombosis Treatment Centre of
Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, holds up a photo at a press
conference in Beijing yesterday that he says proves claims of organ
harvesting at the hospital by the Falun Gong cannot be true.
"These accusations are fabricated," said Zhang Yuqin, the hospital's deputy
director, in a meeting with reporters organized by the State Council Information
Office in Beijing.
Falun Gong followers overseas have spread the rumour through its media the
Epoch Times and Minghui website since March 8, saying that more than 6,000 Falun
Gong practitioners were imprisoned at the so-called concentration camp in
Sujiatun District of the city, and many of them were cremated and their organs
Later, they changed their wording by saying the "concentration camp" was
established in a small hospital, that is, the hospital Zhang works at.
Zhang said the hospital, with only 300 beds, does not have enough space for
6,000 people, nor does it have a "basement" or " incinerator."
"Their lies about a concentration camp are sheer fabrication, and the organ
harvesting rumour is utter nonsense," she added.
Zhang has been working for the hospital since 1990. She said the hospital
specialized in thrombus diseases, with treatments that combined Western medicine
with the use of traditional Chinese herbs.
The hospital annually treats nearly 300,000 patients from China and abroad. A
hospital in Seoul has established friendly ties and exchanged experts with the
Sujiatun hospital since 1997, according to Zhang.
The Chinese Government banned the Falun Gong as a cult in July 1999 because
of illegal acts undertaken by the cult.