Statement by the Epoch Times on the Events at the White House
At the welcoming ceremony for Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao on the south lawn of the White House on Thursday morning, Dr. Wenyi Wang stood up in the press corps and shouted slogans.
Dr. Wang attended this event on Epoch Times press credentials. However, her actions were her own. In protesting in this manner, she did not act on behalf of Epoch Times. Moreover, she had not consulted any of her Epoch Times colleagues beforehand about her staging this protest. If Epoch Times had known of her intention to use this event to protest, we would have seen that her press credentials were withdrawn.
Epoch Times apologizes to President Bush and the White House for Dr. Wang’s actions.
However, while Epoch Times does not approve of the methods used by Dr. Wang, we think the world does need to understand what might have moved a respected medical professional such as Dr. Wang to take such unconventional actions.
Epoch Times has reported that, based on the statements of doctors performing organ transplants in China, in the next eleven days thousands of Falun Gong practitioners will be slaughtered in China in a particularly horrifying manner: through having their organs harvested while they are still living. The only hope for saving the lives of these practitioners lies in bringing sufficient pressure to bear on the Chinese regime.
Epoch Times broke the story on March 9 of how about 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been held in a civil defense facility next door to a hospital complex in the Sujiatun District of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province in northeastern China. According to sources, thousands of these practitioners had been killed through having their organs harvested while they were alive.
Our original sources for this story were two brave individuals who had fled China: a Chinese journalist who had worked for a Japanese TV station covering northeastern China, and the former wife of a surgeon who had performed organ harvesting at Sujiatun.
Subsequent investigations, made by calling doctors and staff at hospitals performing organ transplants revealed that what had happened at Sujiatun was not an aberration. Rather, it was the tip of the iceberg.
Doctors at hospitals in eight different provinces and cities readily volunteered in phone interviews in which investigators posed as patients needing organs that:
- the organs were of the highest quality because they came from living human beings;
- an organ could be procured within a day or two of a patient presenting him or herself at the hospital; and
- the organs were being taken from Falun Gong practitioners.
Tapes of these conversations are available for listening.
Upon Epoch Times publishing the news of this organ harvesting, we learned that the Chinese regime quickly transferred the remaining practitioners out of the facility at Sujiatun and devised a cover-up.
Transplant doctors in China are now telling patients that they had better come in right away. If they do so before “May 1,” then they can have a transplant operation immediately because organs at this moment are in plentiful supply. After that date, these doctors say, having a transplant done will be difficult.
The meaning of these statements is clear: The Chinese regime is killing the practitioners that had previously been held as a living organ bank, in order to remove any witnesses to this entire horrible enterprise.
Dr. Wang has played a very important role in developing this story. She has been able to use her medical expertise to help evaluate the reports of organ harvesting. And she has worked closely with our two original sources.
At the same time, as a physician, Dr. Wang has felt acutely the nightmare of doctors violating their trust in this horrifying way.
The crimes against humanity first uncovered at Sujiatun are only the latest form taken by the persecution of Falun Gong in China. That persecution has seen all of the might of a giant totalitarian regime used to try to “eradicate” a peaceful meditation practice that believes in following the principles of “truthfulness-compassion-tolerance.”
This is a desperate situation. “Peter,” the journalist from China who first told us of what was happening at Sujiatun, understands this. At a press conference today, he said, “I am willing to use my life, if that is the price I have to pay to expose this crime.”
Dr. Wang also clearly understands this is a desperate situation. She took matters in her own hands today to try to let the world know what is happening.
The clock is ticking. Let’s act now and save lives.