A Facebook user has posted a photo with a claim that it shows the persecution and torture of a Christian in China.
In the photo, a man with his hands tied behind his back, his face and shirt seemingly covered in blood, is seated straight-legged on a bench. Two uniformed men on either side of him appear to be crushing his legs with a metal rod. A banner behind the trio reads: “Now happening in China.”
The photo is captioned: “Christian percussion in China. Breaking legs of Christian believer. May God have mercy on our brothers and sisters in China.”
The post was shared on a Zambian Facebook group page. But is it real?
Demonstration of torture staged in Australia
The photo actually relates to the alleged persecution of a different group in China.
According to the article, the photo is one of many taken during an exhibition in Brisbane, Australia, on 10 July 2004.
“Dafa practitioners” held a “large-scale anti-torture exhibition” to “expose the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China”, it says.
“The torture scenes were so true-to-life that they shocked many people who stopped to take a look at the exhibition.”
The photo does not show the torture of a Christian in China. Instead, it depicts a staged demonstration, in Australia, of the alleged torture of Falun Dafa adherents in China. – Dancan Bwire
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