October 12th, 2016 ~ Vol. 85 No. 40
Calgary Falun Gong practitioners arrive in Coleman
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Calgary Falun Gong practitioners were in Coleman last campaigning to raise awareness of their continued persecution by the Chinese government.
Pass Herald Reporter
Calgarian Ping Zhang found herself in front of town hall in Coleman campaigning to raise awareness of the continued persecution of Falun Gong practitioners last week.

Through an interpreter Zhang said she’d fled China last year. She said had spent almost three-years in Chinese prisons since, during which she was forced to undergo unexplained blood tests and physical examinations.

She said she believes that she was being profiled for organ-donation compatibility.

“I’m coming out to stand out for our people,” she said. “To stop the organ harvesting. The persecution should be stopped. We hope we can send a message to the leaders of China and we hope the media and the people living here will support us in our goal.”

Zhang and several other Falun Gong practitioners are touring the province to raise awareness of a recently published report by three prominent Canadians that alleges China is killing thousands of people to harvest their organs.

The report, authored by David Matas, David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann alleges that Chinese surgeons are transplanting between 60,000 and 100,000 organs a year. They claim this number far surpasses the number of organs available from voluntary donors.

Their 798-page report was released June 22, 2016, the day before a U.S. congressional committee convened a hearing on organ harvesting in China.

It raises troubling questions about the source of human body parts used to heal China’s elite and so-called transplant tourists: foreigners who pay high prices to receive new organs.
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They allege that China is using Falun Gong practitioners and ethnic minorities such as Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans and Christians as a pool for human-tissue extraction.

The authors claim that the organ trade is a crime in which the communist party, China’s state institutions and health system are all complicit.

They claim China’s organ transplant numbers increased dramatically after 1999, when persecution of Falun Gong began. The number of transplant centres in China increased from 150 in 1999 to 600 in 2007.

The report notes that on their website’s, China’s organ transplant centres claim that a matching organ can be found within one to four weeks whereas in other countries it can take years. The authors imply that the centres have a large bank of living people, from whom organs can be removed and transplanted at any time when there is a match.

The U.S. Congress issued a resolution condemning China for its state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting and the killing of religious and political prisoners to harvest their organs for sale.

China has acknowledged the use of prisoner organs in the past, but said the practice stopped last year.

In June, in response to the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying held a press conference and said: “I want to say that such stories about forced organ harvesting in China are imaginary and baseless — they don’t have any factual foundation.”
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Calgary Falun Gong practitioner Michael Wang who joined Zhang at last week’s protest disagrees.

“They’re killing Falun Gong practitioners who are these peaceful Buddhist meditators who believe in compassion, tolerance and truth. The government is afraid of any type of freedom really,” he said . “The nature of this killing is genocide. The means that they’re doing it is through organ harvesting and it’s become a multi-billion dollar industry.”

“I had no idea it was as bad as it was,” said Wing of the report. “What we have learned is the anatomy of this crime started with a policy of persecution against Falun Gong practitioners that started in 1999. It’s hard to understand the way evil functions but this government has been doing this.”

Wing wants Canada to issue a parliamentary resolution against the Chinese government’s practices.

Founded in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that incorporates meditation, Buddhist and Taoist traditions.
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