"Squid Game": When Korean fiction meets Chinese horror [OPINION]

“Squid Game” is already the biggest success of the Netflix platform. Viewers from 90 countries are enthralled by this Korean dystopian fiction in which contestants take part in a ruthless game with a view to winning a fortune. Gold or death!

If this bloody drama looks like science fiction to better criticize the dehumanization of modern societies, part of the storyline is quite real according to Levi Parsons for the Daily Mail Australia.

The investigation carried out for more than a year by nine UN special rapporteurs reveals that the Chinese Communist Party has the kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts of nearly 100 political prisoners removed every year! The international community remains silent, cowardly taking refuge behind the fanciful hospitalization reports transmitted by the authorities of this totalitarian state to the World Health Organization. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounces a program which particularly targets detainees belonging to "religious, linguistic or ethnic minorities" and which would bring in $ 1 billion per year. Uyghur, Tibetan, Muslim and Christian prisoners, members of the Falun Gong sect would be specifically targeted. They would undergo medical examinations, against their will, in order to fill in a directory of organ donors and, thus, to plan distribution. The testimonies collected speak of the constant threats of the jailers: “If you do not give up your beliefs or refuse to cooperate with the police, your organs will be removed. They also speak of abuse only limited by the need not to "damage the organs."

China has been accused of this barbaric practice since 2000. Initially, the testimonies concerned those condemned to death. The Chinese authorities have ended up confirming such a policy while justifying it: prisoners on death row consent to "redeem themselves from their faults vis-à-vis the state". In 2015, Beijing announced to end this practice. However, the proliferation of hospital services carrying out transplants as well as the observed increase in “medical tourists” arriving in China are disturbing signs. The system is too well organized not to be suspect: applicants can make an appointment in advance. In any other country, confirmation of the operation is at the last minute since it is conditioned by the death of a voluntary donor. The investigation made public the contents of a telephone conversation with Dr. Feng Zhendong from a military hospital in Shandong Province who boasted of having "organ arrivals every month." Susie Hughes, who heads “The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China” explains that it is enough to cross the official figures transmitted by the Chinese government to understand that the data is falsified. The WHO lists between 10 and 000 transplants per year in China. But when we analyze more precisely official statistics such as hospital revenues, bed occupancy, the number of surgeons, we would be, according to her, between 20 and 000 ...

Multiple testimonies were collected. Zumuret Dawut, a Uyghur prisoner, spent three months in detention. She realized that she had been taken to a hospital on the very first day when she saw the people in white coats. His blood was drawn and his organs x-rayed. Yu Xinhui, a member of the Falun Gong sect, spent six years in prison. He relates that one day a doctor quietly came to see him, letting him understand that he had sympathy for Falun Gong's peaceful resistance.

“Do not try to resist the Communist Party. Otherwise, you will disappear. And then they will take away your heart, liver, spleen and lungs… ”

A week before the release of "Squid Game" on Netflix, the Chinese government furiously dismissed the UN accusations. The allegations of NGOs and UN investigators are said to be “defamatory”. The witnesses would be “actors”. Nevertheless: the analysis of official data and the number of testimonies tend to show that the Chinese prison world is managed like an "organ bank".

The Korean series is talking about her. The media wonder about the fascination it exerts on spectators, on the dehumanization of modern societies ... We hear much less about the UN report on the transplant industry in China. Apparently, the “non-inclusive” rulers of Eastern Europe or even Brazil are more serious threats to universal democracy. Does fiction take precedence over reality?

Ludovic Lavaucelle

This article is published from Selection of the day.

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