This article was first published in November 2011.
(Minghui.org) Shortly after the persecution of Falun Gong began in July 1999, the Chinese Communist Party under the direction of then-head Jiang Zemin, blasted China's state-run media with a litany of propaganda. Among the most damaging pieces to Falun Gong's reputation was the so-called “1,400 death cases”-- a claim that the practice of Falun Gong had led to the death of 1,400 people. A close look at the evidence not only reveals how bogus the charge was, but some of the CCP's own statistics actually support Falun Gong's incredible health benefits. This article is a collection of different points that exposes this lie by the CCP.
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Falun Gong is a high-level Buddha Law cultivation practice introduced to the public in May 1992, by its founder Mr. Li Hongzhi. Mr. Li taught the exercises and principles of Falun Gong throughout China, teaching people to adhere to the principles of Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance). The number of practitioners increased rapidly all over China as word spread about Falun Gong's effects on healing illness and keeping fit. In 1998, the State Sports Bureau conducted five health surveys that were given to around 35,000 Falun Gong practitioners in the cities of Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian and in Guangdong province. The results showed that over 98% of the people practicing Falun Gong gained benefits to their health from the practice. The group concluded “Falun Gong has hundreds of benefits for the Chinese people and nation, and does not a bit of harm. ”
The following “Falun Gong Health Effect in Beijing 10,000 Cases Survey Report,” showed the change in people's health before and after practicing Falun Gong:
There were many positive media reports about Falun Gong before 1999. Medicine and Health published an article entitled “To Cure Illness and Keep Fit, Falun Gong is the Best” on December 24, 1997. After the State Sports Bureau survey was done in Changchun City on May 15, 1998, CCTV reported how people practicing Falun Gong were very healthy. The China Economy Times newspaper reported on Xie Xiufen, a housewife, from Handan City, Hebei Province on July 19, 1998. She regained the ability to walk after being paralyzed for 16 years. The article was titled “I Stood Up!”
During the opening ceremony of the Chinese Traditional Health Activity Week at the Asia Sports Festival held in Shenyang City, on August 28, 1998, China Youth newspaper reported that many Falun Gong practitioners had been cured of severe diseases. Yangcheng Evening News (in Guangzhou City) published “Old and Young Practicing Falun Gong” on November 10, 1998. The Shenxing Times (in Shenzhen City) published “Brief Introduction to Falun Gong”, and supplementary articles occupied an entire page on December 31, 1998. The titles of these articles were “Falun Gong Is Hot in Shenzhen, with Three Thousand Devoted Practitioners”, “Group Practice Site on Campus, Professors and Students Take Initiative to Do Exercises”, and “Falun Gong Very Effective in Curing Illnesses and Keeping Fit, Benefiting Countless Patients.” Seven photos accompanied the articles.
Once the persecution started in July 1999, the state-controlled media aired photos of bloody corpses, blamed Falun Gong for causing over 1,400 deaths, and people throughout the nation were horrified. Many citizens who did not know the truth became hostile toward Falun Gong practitioners. Why was there not a single death case before the persecution started? Why were there no other death cases reported from other countries where Falun Gong was practiced?
The following are some of the cases that were included as part of the “1,400 deaths”, which clearly expose the propaganda of the CCP.
I. Mental Patients Used to Slander Falun Gong
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