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The Chinese Government's Staged Immolation on Tiananmen Square

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Analysis of Video Footage of the "Tiananmen Self-Immolation"

After July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin's faction launched a far-reaching campaign of disinformation to justify its persecution of Falun Gong and to escape world condemnation. Since the persecution started, state-run media have flooded the printing presses and airwaves with fabrications about Mr. Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong.

In early 2001, desperate to turn the tide against Falun Gong, the Chinese Communist Party attempted an outrageous stunt: a staged self-immolation of five people on Tiananmen Square. The state-run media then blamed it on Falun Gong.

As with all lies, the propaganda fails miserably in the details. This staged self-immolation has been analyzed by neutral reporters and by careful observers of the same videotape that was broadcasted by the Chinese government. The following holes prompted International Education Development, a UN NGO, to issue the following statement during the 2001 session of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: "The regime points to a supposed self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001, ... However, we have obtained a video of that incident that in our view proves that this event was staged by the government."

1. An arm is striking against Liu Chunlin's head

2. The striking object bounces off from Liu's head

3. The striking object flies against the fire extinguisher's spray towards a police

4. A figure emerges at the position from which the striking against Liu comes

A slow motion analysis of the Chinese Government's own video footage reveals that one of the "immolators," Liu Chunling, died from being struck on the head, not from self-immolation.

Investigative reporter Philip Pan of the Washington Post found that Liu Chunling had never practiced Falun Gong.

Wang Jindong during the self-immolation incident at Tiananmen Square.

Wang Jindong, one of the alleged self-immolators, was shown to have been badly burned; while hair burns and plastic melts extremely rapidly, his hair and the plastic Sprite bottle that he had used to dowse gasoline remained remarkably intact.

Liu Siying, the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly burned badly, was purported to have had a tracheotomy, but spoke and sang clearly in a TV interview, a medical impossibility. Liu Siying later died mysteriously.

Police were patrolling Tiananmen Square with dozens of pieces of firefighting equipment that day.

The video footage did not come from CNN as CCTV claimed.

The words that Wang Jindong shouted on Tiananmen Square were not Falun Gong teachings and his meditation movements were not Falun Gong.


Pictures of Wang Jindong appeared in the media three times, as three entirely different people.

Falun Gong teachings prohibit killing, including suicide.

Immediately after the event, the Falun Dafa Information Center in New York published a press release condemning the Xinhua News Agency for spreading unfounded, defamatory claims about Falun Gong. It also called on the PRC regime to allow the world media and international human rights groups to investigate this case to clarify the facts. No independent investigation has ever been allowed.

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