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China gang forced children to donate blood: Xinhua

Published on Aug 16, 2014 12:02 PM
 
People line up in front of a bus to donate blood for the victims of an explosion at a factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu province on Aug 2, 2014. Police arrested seven people in north-west China allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood, state media reported. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Police arrested seven people in north-west China allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood, state media reported.

The arrested are the deputy chief of a blood centre operated by a company in Gansu province, whose surname was given as Huang, and six jobless men, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Friday.

The company, Lanzhou Institute of Biological Products in the city of Wuwei, is one of the country's biggest producers of blood products, the report said.

According to the report, a friend of Huang's surnamed Zhang and some of Zhang's friends forced primary and secondary school children to go to the centre to donate blood, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed official with the public security bureau in Wuwei's Liangzhou District.

 
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