21 Chinese parents attempt suicide after being tricked into enlisting their sons in the PLA

Fuxing Hospital, Beijing

Fuxing Hospital, Beijing

On Tuesday, twenty-one parents in China drank pesticides in an attempted mass suicide. They said their sons were promised jobs by the government’s Ministry of Railways if they enlisted in the People’s Liberation Army. Because none of them were university educated, they accepted.

From The Independent:

All wearing the same white T-shirts with the words “Harbin Railway Bureau” printed on their chests, the petitioners attempted suicide by ingesting a poisonous substance near the Beijing West Railway Station.

The petitioners were escorted by police to a Beijing hospital. Nine of them were released in the afternoon. According to the Independent, the hospital declined to comment on how many of the parents remained there.

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