(Clearwisdom.Net) On January 20, 2005, the Chinese official newspapers and TV stations published and broadcasted New China News Agency's visit with the participants who self-immolated in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001. Here, we can see how false and misleading the content of this interview is. If the "self-immolation" were not a total fabrication, why was Liu Chunling, who was on fire and could have been rescued, struck on the head by a heavy object and killed by the police? Also, 12-year-old Liu Siying, the daughter of Liu Chunling and the least-burned participant--she was given a tracheotomy, but she could still sing for the media. How could the authorities suddenly announce shortly after the interview that Liu Siying "suddenly died" after assuring the public that she was doing well?

These days, many commentaries are being published on Clearwisdom.net regarding a new round of lies about the self-immolation promoted by the Chinese authorities. Some articles have pointed out the false logic emanating from the New China News Agency and Chinese Central TV that just stresses repeatedly: "Falun Gong can be accused of teaching people to set themselves on fire since all the self-immolation participants called themselves Falun Gong practitioners."

Rather than spending more time refuting this faulty logic, let's look at Xue Hongjun, who was referred to as a "self-immolation plotter" by the Chinese Communist Party and who claimed "to be a practitioner for many years."

In the report from the New China News Agency on January 23, 2005, Xue Hongjun was referred to as a "senior student."

This reporter has obtained some information from Henan Province:

* Ten years ago, Xue Hongjun was dismissed from Longting Hospital in Kaifeng City, Henan Province. Later on he practiced medicine illegally.

* The New China News Agency reported that Xue Hongjun "started to practice Falun Gong in 1994." According to a reliable local source, it was known that before the persecution started on July 20,1999, Xue Hongjun "had been swindling other Falun Gong practitioners." Posing as a Falun Gong practitioner, he took money and other items from Falun Gong practitioners using the excuse of "having difficulty making a living." In this manner, he swindled another practitioner out of an auto-tricycle worth 3000 yuan.

* It was reported that Xue Hongjun indulged in smoking and gambling. In the summer, Xue Hongjun wandered about, and was a typical local thug.

Here it should be explained that smoking is a very sensitive issue for any genuine cultivator.

Zhuan Falun is the main book of Falun Gong's teachings. Every Falun Gong practitioner reads this book repeatedly. In this book, Teacher Li Hongzhi explains clearly why practitioners should not smoke: "As a practitioner, what's your goal? Shouldn't you quit it? Therefore, I have said that if you want to practice cultivation, you should quit smoking. It harms your body and is a desire as well. That is just the opposite of the requirements for our practitioners."

A genuine practitioner would follow Teacher's instructions exactly, and wouldn't smoke or gamble. Xue Hongjun indulged in both smoking and gambling, which do not fulfill the basic requirement for a cultivator. Can such a person claim to be a Falun Gong practitioner? When he could not even follow the basic requirements of Falun Gong, how could it be said that his "self-immolation plotting" had anything to do with the instructions of Falun Gong?

* Another source inside China gave a Clearwisdom reporter more information. Xue Hongjun claimed "to be a practitioner for many years" after being a "self-immolation plotter." He entrusted someone to take messages to his family and to bring cigarettes to him. The Falun Gong practitioners detained in the detention center told him many times, "Now that you claim to practice Falun Gong, why don't you follow the requirements of Falun Gong and be a genuine Falun Gong practitioner?" However, Xue Hongjun said that he was "special." Subsequently, the genuine practitioners gradually saw through his deception and broke off contact with him.

The above source thought that Xue Hongjun was being made use of by the Jiang regime again and again repeatedly because he, being a person with bad intentions, was exactly the type of person needed to do the work of the Communist Party.

In addition, among the videos broadcast by Chinese Central TV, there were three different persons playing the role of "Wang Jindong." According to the initial investigation of Clearwisdom.net, Wang Juan, the daughter of "Wang Jindong" from Henan Province, was detained in Zhengzhou Women's Forced Labor Camp after the Tiananmen Square Self-immolation, and later on was selected to speak at the UN Human Rights Convention in Geneva to slander Falun Gong. Afterwards, Wang Juan was selected to work in a kindergarten in Kaifeng City as a reward for "having performed well," and it was reported she was also given an apartment.

Many people from the local area in Henan Province testified that during her detention in Zhengzhou Women's Forced Labor Camp, Wang Juan and her mother often abused the Falun Gong practitioners detained there. After being released, Wang Juan and her mother continued to work for the "610 Office" in their efforts to force the local practitioners to give up practicing Falun Gong.

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On January 23, 2001, on the eve of the Chinese New Year, the self-immolation was staged in Tiananmen Square. The participants had various backgrounds. Except for those who died tragically that day, they are all being controlled by the government, so no independent third-party investigations have been allowed, nor have they been permitted to be interviewed by Clearwisdom reporters. No matter when the real director of this farce is exposed completely, the author can state that neither the New China News Agency or any of the self-immolation participants can show any evidence to verify their accusations against Falun Gong. This is because the self-immolation was contrived by Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan in order to advance the persecution of Falun Gong.