On April 20th, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference and rally at McPherson Square while President Bush was meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao nearby at the White House. Two witnesses of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp atrocities, Peter and Annie, made their first public appearance at the rally to testify on the abhorrent crimes of organ harvesting taking place in China.
|Peter and Annie publicly testify about the abhorrent crimes of the CCP|
|The press conference site|
Two Sources Testify on the CCP's Crimes
The two sources said that they thought that the exposure of this most abhorrent crime would bring positive changes: Stop the atrocities, bring the criminals to justice, and release detained Falun Gong practitioners and thus save their lives. However, the Chinese Communist regime has recently relocated all practitioners detained in the Sujiatun death camp and destroyed all the evidence to deceive the international community and media. In addition, it continues to tempt the international community with commercial interest and use terrorist measures to threaten witnesses, agencies and countries that wish to expose the facts about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) practice of harvesting organ from living Falun Gong practitioners.
The two witnesses said that they felt they had to make the choice to use their lives as evidence to publicly expose the CCP's crimes.
Peter said that he had received anonymous calls, pressuring him to "... stop revealing what I found, to reduce the shock from big to small, then from small to nothing."
Annie said, "If I don't step forward, I will feel regretful for my whole life. Today, I speak the truth and I may be assassinated tomorrow. However, you will know it is the Chinese Communist Party that has murdered me."
Witnesses Testify about the Chinese Communist Party's Atrocities of Harvesting Organs from Living Falun Gong Practitioners
|Witness Peter accepts media interview|
Witness Peter was a reporter. At the rally, he said, "Before and after 2000, I selectively contacted some people in China with different career and societal backgrounds to collect information from different angles, which helped me gain new understandings of the Chinese government's statements, actions, and current situation. In the past three years, I have used large amounts of manpower, material supplies, and financial resources, and have finally found this facility in Sujiatun, where many Falun Dafa practitioners were detained, and their corneas, internal organs, and bone marrow were harvested while they were alive, and then their bodies were cremated. Even their hair is made into wigs, and their skin and body fat is sold. The remainder of their bodies is then cremated to destroy all evidence."
Annie testified: "My ex-husband told me that most of the Falun Gong practitioners were strong and healthy and many were still breathing when their organs were removed. After the removal, many of them were thrown into the (hospital's) crematory oven, so that no trace was left. For others, after their organs were removed, the openings on their bodies were stitched. Some families knew practitioners were detained here, so they would be asked to sign their agreement to have the bodies cremated in crematories outside."
Annie said that the Sujiatun Concentration Camp is just the tip of the iceberg of the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong. Stealing organs of Falun Gong practitioners and others is a widespread practice in labour camps all over China. Since the Chinese authorities exercise a policy of "not being responsible" for killing Falun Gong practitioners, the death of Falun Gong practitioners is not a very big issue for Chinese prisons.
Physician Who Participated in Removing Organs from Falun Gong Practitioners Is Suffering from Retribution
During the rally, Annie first apologised to Falun Gong practitioners on behalf of her ex-husband who was involved in removing organs from practitioners as a neurosurgeon.
She said, "My husband had asked not to perform these operations, but at that time he had no control. He knew that if he stopped, his wife, child and parents may all be killed. Even today, he dares not to speak up."
Annie said that her ex-husband is now suffering from retribution: He is now a late-stage cancer patient. She hopes that she could help her ex-husband to pay back his crimes by revealing the truth of the atrocities.
Truth Awakens Conscience
Annie said that she didn't know much about Falun Gong and had taken the CCP's anti-Falun Gong propaganda as facts. After she came abroad, she watched Falun Gong truth-clarifying videos and learned the truth of the persecution including the Tiananmen "Self-immolation" incident. She said that she was shocked and was compelled by her conscience to reveal the truth of the persecution that she knew about.
Annie said that she knew many people know the truth of the persecution, and she hopes that her public testimony will encourage more people to step forward to stop the crimes.
Timeline of the Recent Exposure of the CCP's Widespread Organ Harvesting Practice
On March 9th, 2006, undercover reporter Peter from Japan revealed that there was a concentration camp in the Sujiatun district, Shenyang City which specializes in harvesting Falun Gong practitioners' organs. The secret camp is underground and has a cremator.
On March 17th, Annie, whose ex-husband was involved in removing organs from Falun Gong practitioners, revealed that this concentration camp is in fact the Liaoning Provincial Thrombus Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine. From 2001 to 2003, the hospital detained about 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners. More than 4,000 have been burned in a backyard cremator at the hospital after their organs were removed.
On March 28th, Qing Gang, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied the existence of the camp and invited reporters to inspect the suspected area.
On March 31th, a retired military doctor from the Shenyang Military Region stepped forward to point out that the Sujiatun Concentration Camp indeed exists and it was only one of 36 similar concentration camps. He stated that it only took one day for the military to relocate 5,000 people within a closed freight train on a special route.
On April 4th, the Falun Dafa Association and the Minghui website founded "The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China" (CIPFG) to fully investigate all labour camps, prisons, hospitals, secret concentration camps and other related facilities which have been used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners.
On April 16th, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong released a report revealing the status of organ removal from living Falun Gong practitioners in hospitals from 22 cities and provinces. Zhongshan Hospital openly stated that all their organs were from Falun Gong practitioners.
On April 19th, Linda Xu, Sound of Hope Radio Station senior reporter who is in charge of Mainland China news, and Lei Xu, chief editor of the European Epoch Times newspaper, responded to the invitation of Qing Gao, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They went to the Chinese Consulate in Sydney and the Chinese Embassy in Berlin respectively to apply for a visa in order to go to China to investigate the organ harvesting claim. Their visa applications were rejected.
On April 20th, two witnesses of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, Peter and Annie, testified publicly about the crimes of the CCP in harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
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