Total Deaths from Persecution Climbs to 3,124.
The Falun Dafa Information Centre has learned the details of nine Falun Gong adherents
who died in December 2007 and January 2008, either in police custody or shortly
after their release. With ages ranging from 30 to 73 years old, they died mostly
of injuries incurred from torture, complications stemming from injection administered
with unidentified drugs or diseases contracted in detention (especially tuberculosis).
Their deaths spanned five provinces, with four of the nine occurring in Heilongjiang,
regularly the deadliest region for Falun Gong adherents. The cases were compiled
from a variety of sources, including testimonies from relatives or acquaintances
of the deceased, photographic evidence, and follow-up phone calls made by researchers
to the relevant police or prison authorities.
In addition to those who died over the two month period, the centre has recently
received reports of eight other individuals who died earlier in 2007 from abuse.
The total number of individuals who have reportedly died as a result of the Chinese
authorities’ campaign against Falun Gong now stands at 3,124.
Posting date: 14/Feb/2008
Original article date: 14/Feb/2008
Category: News from China