Falun Gong Says Torture, Not Suicide, Killed 15

HONG KONG, JULY 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- China´s banned Falun Gong spiritual movement contends that at least 15 of its followers were tortured to death in a prison camp last month and denied reports of a mass suicide, Reuters reported.

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A local government official denied both accounts and said three Falun Gong followers at the camp had tried to commit suicide, but nobody had died.

The Falun Dafa Information Center said 5 female practitioners were killed and several seriously injured at Wanjia Labor Camp in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, in northeastern China, around June 20.

However, a Hong Kong human rights group said on Tuesday 16 Falun Gong adherents tried to hang themselves at the camp that day after their sentences were extended for staging a hunger strike. The Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy said 10 people may have died.

Falun Gong followers overseas say the movement does not sanction killing of any sort, including suicide.

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