Apr.23,2000-- The Chinese government has won
decisive victory in its ongoing battle against Falun Gong,
but the cult group led by Li Hongzhi has not recognized
their defeat and continues to cause trouble, according to a
senior Chinese official .
This year in
particular, the cult has collaborated with overseas
anti-China forces and become their political tool. The
struggle against Falun Gong is long-term, complex and
serious, the official in charge of the State Council Press
Office said in a recent interview with the Hong Kong-based
newspaper, Wen Wei Po.
The government has worked to
educate the majority of Falun Gong practitioners,
while cracking down, according to law, on a handful of those
who have engaged in criminal activity and
jeopardized the public safety.
With the help of
their families and work units, more than 98 percent of the
two million-plus Falun Gong practitioners have recognized
the true nature of the cult and relinquished their ties to
So far, the cult has been directly
responsible for 1,500 deaths-- more than the number killed
by the Ugandan "Ten Commandments of God" cult.
Meanwhile, over 600 people have become mentally ill after
practicing Falun Gong.
China has shown no mercy in
its crackdown against organizers and backbone members of the
cult, the official said. As of March 25, 91 Falun
Gong-related cases had been handled by Chinese courts at
different levels. Of the 99 people who had been
involved in these cases and sentenced by the courts,
84 received prison sentences and 15 were exempted from
Since July 22, 1999, Falun
Gong members have been causing trouble on and around
Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing nearly every
day, under orders from cult leader Li Hongzhi.
The number of Falun Gong troublemakers rises on
significant dates or when important activities are
scheduled, such as Spring Festival, sessions of the National
People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, and visits of
high-level foreign guests.
Some of these
troublemakers were practicing Falun Gong, some were
protesting, banners in hand and shouting slogans, and some
were even attempting to detonate explosives, according to
A Falun Gong member
surnamed Li, who came to Beijing from northern Hebei
Province, attempted to detonate explosives strapped to his
body but was stopped by police.
Festival, the traditional Chinese New Year, more than 1,000
Falun Gong members gathered on Tian'anmen Square
in an attempt to hold an activity they called
"Guarding Falun Gong on Tian'anmen Square in the
Millennium of the Chinese Lunar Calendar."
Local police said this was a demonstration jointly organized
by Falun Gong members at home and abroad, the official said.
Under the direction of Li Hongzhi, some backbone
elements of Falun Gong spread rumors and deceived the
followers. The followers were told to
"publicize" Falun Gong in Beijing at the time, or
else miss their chance for "salvation" and the
loss of the "religious strength" they had gained
through practicing Falun Gong.
noted that despite their repeated claims that their actions
are not politically motivated, Li and his followers have
colluded with anti-China forces and become their political
Recently, the true faces of Li and his
followers were further exposed when they joined the
anti-China forces in pushing forward the U.S. anti-China
motion at the 56th session of the U.N. Commission on Human
It was reported that on March 2 the
Falun Gong groups in Canada held a press conference together
with the so-called democracy movement organizations and
those calling for Tibetan independence.
conference, the group pressed the Canadian government to
follow the U.S. lead on the motion against China and to link
its trade with China with the country's human rights status.
On March 16, Li sent his assistant Zhang Erping
to the "China religious freedom" hearing in the
U.S. to provide more ammunition for the anti-China motion.
A few days later, Li organized a group of Falun
Gong followers to go to Geneva where the 56th session of the
U.N Commission on Human Rights was being held. There they
held press conferences, collected signatures on petitions
and sponsored other anti-China activities.
"All these acts and more have
clearly indicated that Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong
organization have publicly given themselves up to the
anti-China forces and actively served as their anti-China
tool," the official said.
also said that despite their claims of truthfulness,
benevolence and tolerance, Li and his Falun Gong cult have
always been noted for their defiance of Chinese law.
Li, through brainwashing and spiritual
control, has manipulated a small number of Falun Gong
practitioners who cling to his lies and say they are
motivated by his preaching.
In addition, Li
and the core members of Falun Gong also claimed that Falun
Gong practitioners must follow the so-called Falun Dafa, and
that man-made laws have no bearing on their actions, the
After being brainwashed, the ordinary
Falun Gong practitioners were ordered to challenge the
country's laws, while Li's core followers preferred to stay
behind to pull their strings.
In the interview, the
official stressed that some Falun Gong practitioners now
residing abroad had come to China and shown their disdain
for the country's laws.
"Foreigners in China
must abide by the country's law. Otherwise, they will be
punished," the official said.
The official also
refuted Li Hongzhi's false preaching, such as his theories
that "the earth will inevitably explode,"
"mankind will eventually be exterminated," and
"seriously ill people should not take medicine."