1. Why did Chinese government ban on Falun Gong?
Because Falun Gong has committed serious crimes infringing on human rights.
(1) Endangering lives
Under the severe spiritual control of Falun Gong ringleader Li Hongzhi, more than 1000 Falun Gong practitioners lost their lives because they refused to take medicine or see doctor, believing in the fallacy that Falun Gong practitioners should not take medicine when fell ill; several hundred practitioners committed suicide by following Li Hongzhi’s appealing that “you will become immortal once you neglect life or death”; and over 30 innocent people were killed by Falun Gong fanatics. A typical example is the Tian’anmen Square self-immolation incident: on January 23, seven Falun Gong practitioners set themselves on fire on the Tian’anmen Square in order to achieve the so-called “consummation”, resulting in 2 deaths and 3 disabled because of serious injuries.
(2) Seriously infringing upon other people’s rights and freedom of speech of the news media
In 1998, because a news agency in Shandong Province published a news report on a Falun Gong practitioner who had died for refusing to take medicine, Falun Gong organized more than 1,000 Falun Gong members to have besieged the news agency. In May 1998, Falun Gong organized more than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners to have besieged Beijing TV station because it reported on a PhD student who suffered schizophrenia because of practicing Falun Gong and obsessed in Li Hongzhi’s fallacies. Before it was banned by Chinese government, Falun Gong had organized over 300 such besieging actions.
So far Falun Gong didn’t ever stop committing crimes and infringing upon other people’s legal rights. According to an incomplete statistics, since June 2002, Falun Gong has attacked Chinese communication satellites for more than 200 times with a total time amounted to over 100 hours. Falun Gong also publicly instigated Falun Gong members to attack public infrastructure for radio and TV broadcasting. There had been more than 100 cases for Falun Gong members to be involved in attacking optical fiber and cable and having illegal TV program broadcasting. Many instigative articles on attacking communication cables can be found on Falun Gong website as well. In October 2002, Li Xiangchun, a Chinese American,also a Falun Gong member, had an abortive attack on the communication cables in Yangzhou City of Jiangshu Province. In the court, Li claimed that although it was true that he had attempted to attack the communication cable, he didn’t violate law since he was to publicize Falun Gong. Falun Gong have systematically sent junks to internet users in Mainland China and made millions of harassing telephone calls to the Mainland Chinese residents. Incomplete statistics indicates that monthly Falun Gong junks sent from overseas to Mainland China amounted to over 30 million.
2. About the issue of religious belief.
Some Americans intended to look on Falun Gong as a religious issue. In fact, Falun Gong had no relationship with religion. In 1992 when Li Hongzhi founded Falun Gong, he claimed himself to be a Qigong master so that he could make money by curing disease for others with his alleged “energy”–Qigong, which in turn resulted in some patients died for not having been treated in time. Therefore Li Hongzhi had to resort to other trickeries. He fabricated his theories and made money by selling his books. As it further developed, he eventually resorted to spiritual control to amass money. That is the fact about the evolution of Falun Gong, for which no relationship can be observed with religions. All Li Hongzhi’s theories served to realize his mind control over Falun Gong practitioners. For instance, he said that things in the world had been arranged by him countless years ago; the Nanjing Massacre and Hitler’s killing were caused by changes of astronomical phenomena; he prohibited Falun Gong members from believing in religions, saying that all religions were fake and could not save people from torment, and only Falun Gong could help people escape from the exploding earth. Can such ideas be regarded as religious belief?
3. Policy of Chinese government on Falun Gong.
The policy adopted by Chinese government on the Falun Gong issue is: educating, converting and emancipating the majority of the Falun Gong practitioners who have been deceived by Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong, and to punish, according to law, the few who cherish ulterior motives and disrupt public order. Among the estimated two million Falun Gong members, 98 percent were ordinary practitioners. They have now broken away from Falun Gong and come to normal life with the kind help from the society, their units and families. After their converting, they are not discriminated, but have received certain preferential treatments in their work and living since they have become quite vulnerable after their obsessing in Falun Gong.
Only a tiny number of Falun Gong core members have been punished simply because they have engaged in criminal activities in violation of law instead of having practiced Falun Gong. It is an international practice to investigate the criminal responsibility of those who engage in illegal activities and those who violate the law.
Chinese people support their government’s banning and cracking down on cult Falun Gong, helping and emancipating the majority Falun Gong practitioners and punishing those few Falun Gong members engaged in criminal activities in violation of law. Chinese government must follow the public will and no external factors can stop it from such determination.